News and Announcements
Canada's men's field hockey team island-bound, set to host clinic and raise funds gearing up for Pan Ams
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Canadian men’s field hockey team is venturing across the pond to host a one and a half our skills clinic and demonstration for the field hockey youth in Victoria. Recently, the Canadian contingency were shorted $900,000 in Own the Podium funding, forcing the men to re-direct their focus towards fundraising for the time being.
Canada’s last Olympic appearance was at the 2008 Beijing Games, where the team finished 10th overall. Only two Canadians from that Olympic squad are still with the team including Tsawwassen’s Mark Pearson, who grew up playing on the island in the Victoria Junior League, as well as Vancouver’s Scott Tupper, also the captain of the team. The fresh-faced team is now looking towards the 2016 Rio Olympic Games but before that will have a number of hurdles to jump.
University of Victoria Vikes Sam Jones, Matt Sarmento and James Kirkpatrick, also the lone Victoria native, will be among the squad that will visit the island. The trio have re-located to the mainland for their summer training, while Sarmento picked up his first international cap at the World League Round 2 tournament hosted in early May in St. Germain, France. Jones and Kirkpatrick have been a part of the training squad preparing for a pair of upcoming Ontario-hosted tournaments.
From Aug. 11-17, Canada will compete in the Pan American men’s cup, hosted in Brampton, Ont., and will return again in July 2015 when Toronto hosts the Pan American Games , which is also a direct qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The squad will be at UVic’s field hockey pitch on Friday, June 21 from 5:30-7:00 pm to run their clinic and demo session. Players, parents and interested fans and coaches are all encouraged to attend for a suggested minimum donation of $25. No registration is required. In addition, donations will continue to be accepted online and fully tax receipted at: http://bit.ly/MNT-BigPush
For media enquiries or event information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ali Lee at 250-686-5000 or email@example.com
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A reminder that the REBELS SUMMER DROP IN has now begun! Full schedule is below:
REBELS SUMMER DROP IN
MONDAYS @ UVIC
(Mixed Hockey, Ages 14+)
7-8:30pm (Starting in June 3)
Bring: light & dark coloured shirt
Cost: $5 per drop in or $45 for summer
SAILORS SUMMER DROP IN
THURSDAYS @ UVIC
(Mixed Hockey, Ages 14+)
8-9:30 pm (May 9-June 20)
7-8:30 pm (June 27-Sept 5)
COWICHAN DROP IN
(Mixed hockey, ages 14+)
Cost: $5 per session
7-8:30pm, Wednesdays @ John Ferreira Field (Duncan, BC)
Dates: June 19, 26 / July 3, 10, 17 24, 31 / August 7, 14, 21
**Players must be registered FHBC members after the first 2 session
Vancouver Island celebrates Pat Hall’s contributions to women’s field hockey
by Ali Lee, Communications Director
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association (VILFHA) are pleased to announce a retirement party and celebration for Pat Hall on June 15. Pat Hall has been active member of VILFHA for 51 years and has retired from the executive board after the 2012-13 season.
It is rare to find a member of the field hockey community in Western Canada who has not heard the name Pat Hall. Now at the age of 77, Hall is retiring from her most recent position on the VILFHA executive as Director of Operations. Outside of her volunteer duties on the executive, Hall was a player from 1961-88, helped co-found the Victoria Junior League in 1967 and was umpiring regularly until 2000.
Hall has been coaching the local Demons and Devils ladies league teams but has a long history of coaching including helping at several local elementary schools. Her list of volunteer contributions is endless and includes being a B.C. or Victoria representative with the Field Hockey BC (formerly BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation), Field Hockey Canada (formerly the Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Association), the South Island Umpires Association and the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association.
In addition, Pat has been the main point of contact for several touring club teams from around the world, helping organize billets and exhibition games for them. A true ambassador for the sport of field hockey, Pat Hall was honoured four times with VILFHA’s most prestige award, the Christine Trophy, that combines sportsmanship, service and playing ability. She was also honoured with Field Hockey BC’s Barbara Schrodt award for those who have made a difference, the Gold Pin Volunteer Award, as well as Sport BC’s President’s Award and numerous others.
Her list of contributions are endless, her volunteer time to the sport unmeasurable and her passion for the growth of field hockey and women in sport is infinite. It is a true pleasure for VILFHA to host a celebration this year in honour of Pat Hall’s retirement.
VILFHA will use funds collected at the retirement party, along with contributions from other associations, to establish a bursary in Pat Hall’s name. A committee will be formed, along with Pat Hall, to establish the criteria but there is no doubt that it will reflect the character and commitment Pat Hall has given to the sport of field hockey.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Velox Rugby Club (3957 Gordon Head Rd, Victoria, BC V8N 3X2)
Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per person
Light appetizers, snacks and drinks will be available.
Attendees, virtual seat purchases and donations are encouraged and can be reserved and made online at www.vilfha.ca
For further questions or media enquiries, please e-mail Ali Lee, Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
VILFHA announces 2012-13 award winners
VICTORIA – The Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association was pleased to announce its annual award winners for the 2012-13 season. Heading the list was the league’s most outstanding player, Theresa Kennedy, from the Demons and Devils. Long-time president of the Sailors Field Hockey Club Ronnie Lee was awarded the prestigous Christine Trophy for service, sportsmanship and ability. Under 17 Canadian national program member and member of Lynx 2, Ella Mosky, was named the leagues Most Outstanding Under-18 player, while Cowichan’s Lauren Keller was honoured as the most improved umpire.
HIBBERT TROPHY – Most Outstanding Player
WINNER: Theresa Kennedy, Demons & Devils
CHRISTINE TROPHY – Ability, Sportsmanship and Service
WINNER: Ronnie Lee, Sailors Field Hockey Club
TRELAWNY SHIELD – Outstanding Under-18 Player
WINNER: Ella Mosky, Lynx 2
FOLEY SHIELD – Most Improved Umpire
WINNER: Lauren Keller
DIV 1 MVP: Sandy Zinkowski, Patriots
DIV 2 MVP: Lexi De Armond, Lynx 2
DIV 3 MVP: Kyla Bulynx, Ravens
Regular Season Champions:
DIV 3: Demons
DIV 2: Sailors
DIV 1: Lynx 1
DIV 3: Ravens
DIV 2: Blue Jays
DIV 1: Mariners
Most Sportsmanlike Team
DIV 1: Flickers
DIV 2: Lynx 2
DIV 3: Lynx 3
DIV 1 ALL-STAR LIST (Shirt Size)
1 Sandy Zinkowski, Patriots
2 Heather Wheatley, Patriots
3 Annie Brothwell, Patriots
4 Sam Purcell, Mariners
5 Ali Lee, Mariners
6 Kira Graham, Mariners
7 Claire Seeliger, Flickers
8 Teresa Gregus, Flickers
9 Stef Langkammer, Flickers
10 Gillian Kirkpatrick, Lynx 1
11 Kristina Walters-Shumka, Lynx 1
12 Jenna Dhillon, Lynx 1
DIV 2 ALL-STAR LIST
1 Ella Mosky, Lynx 2
2 Lindsay Cole, Lynx 2
3 Lexi De Armond, Lynx 2
4 Sara Brant, Sailors
5 Shannon Petrovic, Sailors
6 Christine Munro, Sailors
7 Teresa Wong, Blue Jays
8 Sunny Jun, Blue Jays
9 Kate Egan, Blue Jays
10 Sara Lowes, Cardinals
11 Shylayne Davidson, Cardinals
12 Maddie Smith, Cardinals
DIV 3 ALL-STAR LIST
1 Heather Crisp, Pirates
2 Jane Shumka, Pirates
3 Erica Kjekstad, Pirates
4 Kyla Bulynx, Ravens
5 Dana Dickinson, Ravens
6 Wendy McElroy, Ravens
7 Sue Fraser, Stellers
8 Steph Yeats, Stellers
9 Hannah Avenant, Stellers
10 Brenda Lockhart, Kestrels
11 Janice Strand, Kestrels
12 Marina Ellison, Kestrels
13 Casey Boyle, Lynx 3
14 Theresa Kennedy, Demons/Devils
15 Cathy Boraston, Demons
16 Shelley Andrews, Demons
Ravens, Blue Jays and Mariners win league playoffs!
Congratulations to all the teams on a very successful VILFHA season!
Div 3: Ravens (2) def. Pirates (1)
Div 2: Blue Jays (2) def. Lynx 2 (1)
Div 1: Mariners (3) def. Lynx 1 (2)
LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS:
Div 3: Demons
Div 2: Sailors
Div 1: Lynx 1
Congratulations and hopefully you can attend the VILFHA AGM on April 8th when we will give out all the individual awards, team trophies and season all-star awards.