Provincial Athlete Feature: Introducing Eve Carrothers

Eve Carrothers is the midfielder that every team needs. Her calm and collected strength is what makes her often the most reliable player on the field. In her grade 12 year, the Tsawwassen native will be competing for the U18 BC Rams for the third consecutive year after a strong showing at the 2019 Regional Tournament with the Southeast Killer Whales.

Eve Carrothers (back row, third from right) with the Southeast Killer Whales at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Championship. Photo: Chris Wilson

Coming from a family of soccer players, Carrothers started off playing field hockey for the Delta Falcons just as a fun sport in the off season. All of that changed when she joined the Field Hockey BC Regional Program and had her first opportunity to play at the National Championships.

“I wasn’t that serious about field hockey but I really started to enjoy it with this program,” explained Carrothers. “After grade 8 when I went to the Nationals in Brampton, Ontario after that it all switched, it just took over that this was my top priority. Getting to travel with the team and doing all the team bonding activities, it’s so much fun. Every year my coaches have been great at forming a family environment, that’s why I value all of the friendships I’ve made because the team really is a family.”

Eve Carrothers in action with the Southeast Killer Whales at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Tournament. Photo: Chris Wilson

Carrothers has been training with the Southeast Regional program for the past five years and has been selected to a Provincial team every year. Last year, her U18 BC Rams team earned the elusive gold medal, which they had lost to Ontario for the past few years. For Carrothers, this was a huge accomplishment as it was her first ever gold medal in four years playing at the National Championships.

“I really felt with that team last year that everything just clicked,” said Carrothers. “Everyone was really comfortable with each other and you could tell that playing was a lot of fun because we really trusted each other. I think that’s what helped us win gold and reaching that goal was way more rewarding because it was with the people that we loved playing with the most.”  

Eve Carrothers (bottom right) with the U18 BC Rams after winning the 2018 National Championships.

 In her final year playing with at the U18 National Championships, Carrothers hopes to be a leader on her team and influence her younger teammates as they look to repeat last year’s gold medal victory. They will be up against some tough competition between their Ontario rivals and two other BC teams, as well as teams from Alberta, Quebec and PEI.

Carrothers plan to continue her field hockey career next year likely at the University of Toronto where she can take her field hockey to the next level while pursuing a degree in Geophysics.

“I’m really excited to play at the next level. It will be with a lot of girls who have gone through the Provincial program I’m sure, so it will be nice to see them on the field again and reach a new level of competition.”

We are excited to follow Carrothers and the rest of the U18 Team BC athletes as each team pursues the gold medal at the U18 National Championships in Surrey, BC July 3-8, 2019!

Talent on Display at the Train 2 Compete Regional Championships

Photo: Chris Wilson

On April 11-14, 2019 the Field Hockey BC Train 2 Compete Regional Championships took place at UBC Wright Field in Vancouver, BC. This high performance event saw teams from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Interior and Alberta compete for the title in both the girls and boys divisions.

In the girls division, both teams from the Vancouver Island and Northwest regions qualified for the semi-finals. In the first semi, the Island Stingrays edged the Northwest Sharks by a score of 1-0 on a 3rd quarter goal by Julia McDermott. The second semi-final saw the Northwest Jellyfish and Island Barracudas take a 2-2 tie into a shootout. The Jellyfish came out on top with shootout goals by Allison Kuzyk, Madeleine Wong and Kate Rogers.

The Barracudas took bronze with a 4-1 win over the Sharks. The gold medal game was a thrilling battle between the Stingrays and the Jellyfish. Both teams played hard, but an early goal by Stingrays’ forward Nora Struchtrup was the difference as the Stingrays held onto a 1-0 win to take the gold medal.

In the boys division, a four game round robin saw the Condors come out on top with three wins and one tie. The runners up from the Ravens claimed the silver medal. For a full recap of scores and results, visit the Field Hockey BC Altiusrt page.

This tournament was also the selection point for the U18 BC Teams that will represent our province at the 2019 National Championships. Selections will be announced later this week.

From April 25-28, 2019 Field Hockey BC will be hosting the Train 2 Train Regional Festival at Tamanawis Park, Surrey. Stay tuned for more details!

Join us at the Train 2 Compete Regional Championship!

Field Hockey BC is excited to be hosting the Train 2 Compete Regional Championship from April 11-14 at UBC Wright Field in Vancouver, BC.

This four day tournament will include two boys teams and eight girls teams from across British Columbia. We are thrilled to welcome the U18 Girls Team Alberta, who will be participating in the FHBC Regional Tournament for the first time ever this year!

The FHBC Train 2 Compete athletes have been training hard over the past six months in preparation for the Regional Tournament. This competition will be the selection point for the U18 BC Teams that will compete at the National Championships in Surrey, BC from July 3-8, 2019.

With a diverse range of athletes from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Interior and Alberta, this tournament is sure to bring out a fantastic weekend of field hockey. Make sure to check out https://fieldhockeybc.altiusrt.com/ for live game statistics and follow @fieldhockeybc on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more tournament content!

We’ll see you this weekend at UBC Wright Field!

VILFHA: Playoff Recap

What better way to wrap up the month of March than with a beautiful weekend of playoff field hockey on Vancouver Island! The Vancouver Island Ladies’ Field Hockey Association held playoff finals across all three divisions last weekend. All teams played exciting hockey with a number of close and competitive games. Congratulations to the Playoff Champions:

  • Div 1: Mariners (2-1 W vs Patriots)
  • Div 2: Sailors (4-3 Shootout W vs Lynx 2)
  • Div 3: Stellers (5-1 W vs Lynx 3)

Huge thanks to all players, coaches, volunteers, administrators and officials for making this another successful season! Visit the VILFHA Website for the list of standings and results.

Stellers, Div 3 Champions. Photo: VILFHA.

Congrats to All VWFHA Playoff Champions!

NV Strikers, Div 2 Playoff Champions.

Last weekend, the Vancouver Women’s League wrapped up with a number of exciting playoff match-ups across all divisions! Congratulations to our division Champions:

  • Premier: Meralomas Premier (2-1 W vs Vancouver Hawks Premier)
  • Championship: West Vancouver 1 (3-2 W vs Tri-City Eagles)
  • Div 1: Delta Falcons (W vs Elite Select)
  • Div 2: North Vancouver Strikers (2-1 W vs Vancouver Hawks 2)
  • Div 3: North Vancouver Thunder (4-3 OTW vs Burnaby Bears 1)
  • Div 4: Richmond Rebels (2-1 W vs Thrasher Sharks)
  • Div 5: Vancouver Goshawks (1-0 W vs North Vancouver Mariners)

Thank you to all players, coaches, volunteers and umpires for making this another successful season! Visit the VWFHA Website for the list of standings and results.

Happy International Women’s Day from Field Hockey BC!

On behalf of Field Hockey BC, we would like to wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day! This day is very important to us as an organization because it provides an opportunity for us to celebrate our amazing female athletes and all women around the world.

In celebration of IWD 2019, we asked our Regional Program athletes to share their thoughts on International Women’s Day, their experiences as women in sport and the women who have inspired their athletic endeavours. We are proud to share their wonderful words with our field hockey community:

Please share to show your support for our incredible athletes who are breaking barriers every day!

 

John McBryde Celebrates his 80th at UBC Wright Field

On March 9, 2019, the day that John McBryde turns 80 years old, he will be out on the pitch playing for his men’s league Vancouver Hawks team. As one of Field Hockey BC’s longest active members, it seems fitting that his 80th will be spent playing the sport to which he has dedicated so much of his life!

John McBryde, still in action at 80 years old!

John was born in Maryborough, Australia and was the captain of the first Australian National Field Hockey team to win an Olympic medal when they took bronze in Tokyo, 1964. In the late 1960’s, John came to Canada and became the Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s Field Hockey team. He also served 25 years on the FIH Equipment Committee and currently acts as an Advisor on the Canadian Masters Hockey Steering Committee.

John has dedicated himself to the growth and development of field hockey for over 60 years and throughout that time, he has never stopped playing. Field Hockey BC would like to invite our community to come out to John’s game on his 80th birthday in celebration of everything he has contributed to our sport. John’s Vancouver Hawks team plays at 3 pm at UBC Wright Field on Saturday March 9, 2019. We hope to see you all out there supporting one of Field Hockey BC’s most iconic players!

John McBryde (left) and Don Paterson at the 2016 Grand Masters World Cup.

Information and images contributed by Don Paterson

Register for the Vancouver International Tournament!

It’s that time of year again – registration for the Vancouver International Tournament is now open!

The Annual Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) will take place May 18-20, 2019 at Burnaby Lake West Sports Complex. The tournament will play host to five divisions across three turf fields, with one beer garden for all (19+) players and officials to enjoy! The VIT has been one of the largest adult social field hockey tournaments on the West Coast for over 20 years and promises a fun and exciting environment for everyone involved.

The early bird deadline to secure your team’s spot is March 18, 2019 and the final deadline is April 8, 2019. Visit the VIT Event Page for more tournament information or download a registration form now:

Domestic Teams

Out of Province Teams

If you have any questions about the Vancouver International Tournament, please contact Kurt Du Bois.

2019 Women’s BC Indoor Championship Reaches New Heights

On February 2-3, 2019,  we saw 8 teams from the Island, Lower Mainland, and Alberta duke it out at the Duncan Island Savings Centre for the 2019 Senior Women’s BC Indoor Championship. It was a competitive weekend full of close matches and intense battles resulting in an all Vikes final. The Vikes Alumni and the University of Victoria Vikes went head to head to determine which generation was the best. Both team played hard but ultimately the young guns at UVic squeaked out a 2-0 win over the Alums. Third place went to the Island Wildcats, who edged the University of Calgary Dinos in the bronze medal game.

The UVic Vikes battle the Vikes Alumni in the Championship game.

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate all participating teams for a great weekend of indoor hockey! We are thrilled to see this tournament growing, as the tournament increased by three teams this year including the out-of-province U of C Dinos.

We’d also like to thank Brenda Lockhart who ran another excellent tournament and Wendy Stewart who took the tournament umpires under her wing. The combination of these two helped propel this tournament to new heights and we are excited to see what the future holds for the growing game of indoor hockey in BC!