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Late-game heroics featured in VIFHA games
On the heels of a dramatic 2-1 win that clinched a fourth straight U SPORTS national women’s field hockey championship crown Saturday for the home turf UVic Vikes, the four Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association teams in action kept the drama going Sunday.
Javier Virk’s second goal of the game for Tigers came in the final minute and proved the difference in a 3-2 victory over the men’s Vikes in the day’s thrilling opener.
The defending competitive division champions, who improved to 3-0-1 with the win, never trailed in the contest.
A long lead pass to a waiting Virk deep in Vikes territory saw the sniper convert a breakaway to make it 1-0 in the opening quarter.
The Vikes responded well, pushing for the equalizer almost immediately. It took until the second quarter for their efforts to pay off, however.
Vikes’ Ralph Rietveld carried into the D and created enough space for himself to let go with a back stick shot that sailed over the shoulder of Tigers keeper Tom Pennells and into the top corner.
After the Tigers’ Jesse Kaloti popped home a rebound on a short corner in the third quarter, Rietveld tied it up again on a tip-in.
The Vikes pressed hard as the rain intensified through the fourth quarter, but it was the Tigers who notched the winner barely ahead of the final whistle.
UVic dropped to 1-2-1 with the loss.
Culminating the well-played recreational division game that followed, Marauders’ Brayden Chatlain notched the 2-2 goal on the final play against Hawks, giving his team its first point of the season.
Goals by Bobby Virk and Rajiv Dillon had given Hawks a 2-1 lead in their first non-jamboree game, after Thomas White opened scoring with a shot from the top of the D for Marauders in the first half.
The Nov. 13 schedule sees another two-game card, with Rebels 2 playing Hawks in the rec opener at 10:30 a.m., and Rebels 1 taking on Tigers in the competition division match at noon.
Athlete + Coaches Masterclass coming to Victoria
Former Canadian men’s national team head coach Paul Bundy will be in Victoria in parallel with the U SPORTS Women’s Field Hockey Championships to host two clinics – one for athletes and one for coaches. Bundy has over 20 years of experience as a full-time professional coach including over 250 games on the international scene. Bundy qualified the Canadian men’s program for two-consecutive Olympic Games (2016, 2020) and has led the Red Caribou in the 2018 World Cup, three Commonwealth Games, three Pan American Cups, three Pan American Games and he has also coached in three Junior World Cups.
All details: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xjb51c948xsosdz/Field%20Hockey%20Master%20Classes_Victoria%20.pdf?dl=0
Paul will share his level of Canadian field hockey expertise with athletes and coaches. Sessions include modern techniques and methods to educate and mentor aspiring performance athletes and coaches.
There is a session for athletes (aged 14-21) and coaches (club level, high school level or high performance coaches). Video analysis, guest high performance coaches, review of the first U SPORTS Championship game and more! Get better prepared as an athlete or fill your toolbox as a coach!
Athlete seminars: Nov. 4 (6-7:15pm), Nov. 5 (10-11:15am)
Coach Seminars: Nov. 4 (7:30-8:45pm), Nov. 5 (11:30-12:45pm)
McKinnon Building (Room 150) – University of Victoria
$45.99 + GST
ATHLETES register here:
COACHES register here:
For questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgman Cup returns!
After a two-year hiatus, the prestigious Bridgman Cup high school field hockey tournament will finally return to the University of Victoria campus this weekend, Friday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 9. In addition, it will be the first major event on the newly-laid water-based pitch at UVic that opens just this week.
The tournament brings together several of the province’s best high school girls field hockey programs and is a showcase for island hockey talent. It’s also an opportunity for local officials (technical and umpires) to take part in a three-day tournament. The last edition ran in 2019, while the tournament has been running since 1937.
Island teams taking part this year include Cowichan Secondary, Shawnigan Lake, St. Michael’s University School and Oak Bay, while several historic programs like Handsworth, Collingwood, South Delta, Argyle and Kelowna help round out the 12-team tournament.
The Bridgman Cup is the oldest field hockey tournament in North America. The silver cup donated by Commander Montague Bridgman, was a trophy to be played for annually among the few teams in Victoria and Duncan. Specially designed pins were presented to the winners, the prototype kept on file at Birks, and the pin ceremony tradition continues to this day.
In 2019, Oak Bay won the Bridgman Cup title for the first time since 1937 knocking off Handsworth in an exciting shootout after a 1-1 regulation time score. Also happening at the tournament will be the presentation of the Stephanie Doney (Johnston) Award, last awarded in 2019 to Nora Schrutrup.
This year the tournament is chaired by Shelley Andrews and is organized by a fabulous group of volunteers including Gillian Braun, Nancy Griffin, Denise Hall, Pat Hall, Bunny Hughes, Alanna Martin, Nancy Mollenhauer, Brenda Rushton, Alison Sweeten, Carrie Trumpy, Sandy Zinkowski.
Everyone is encouraged to come out to watch and support the return of one of B.C.’s favourite hockey tournaments. In addition, Hockey King Sports, a Vancouver-based field hockey equipment provider, will be on site on Saturday, Oct. 8.
For the full schedule visit: https://www.bridgmancup.com/schedule
Follow along at: instagram.com/bridgmancup
Victoria four represent Canada at Masters World Cup
Vancouver Island will be well represented at the upcoming Masters World Cup hosted in Capetown, South Africa from Oct. 1-10, 2022. Jim Knight, David Kerr, Chris Wilson and Andrew Mackinnon will all dawn the red and white as part of Canada’s Over 50s team competing in a 14-team tournament.
Canada 050s will square off in pool play with the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Argentina and two local-based teams. Up first will be a game against Pan American rivals Argentina on Oct. 1, while they have a day break before they play hosts, South Africa.
Tournament info: https://worldmastershockey.org/wmhevents/mwc22sa/
Canadian masters info: https://mastersfieldhockey.ca/
The team is led by head coach John Sacre, who also coached Victoria’s Jim Knight and Clive Wheatley, at the 2018 edition hosted in Barcelona, Spain. Wheatley was originally named to the South African roster but was made a reserve following injury.
Canada has no women’s teams at the event but current long-time Sailors FHC women’s player, current FHBC President and VILFHA past president, Denise McGeachy, was appointed to the event as an umpire.
Good luck to Rebels Jim, Dave and Chris and Sailors club members Andrew and Denise!
Photo (L-R): Jim Knight, Andrew Mackinnon, David Kerr, Chris Wilson (provided)
Join VILFHA in celebrating Pat Hall
While long overdue, the Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association (VILFHA) are excited to host a celebration event and fundraiser in honour of long-time field hockey builder Patricia Hall who was inducted in to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in October 2021. VILFHA is pleased to host this celebratory event and tickets will be sold by donation (min. $10 per person).
•Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022
•Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
•Location: Windsor Pavillion (2451 Windsor Road, Victoria BC, V8S 5H3)
•Tickets: min. $10 donation paid by e-transfer to email@example.com (Please include your name in the e-transfer notes)
Register online: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/PatHall
Deadline: September 10, 2022
Note: one person can purchase multiple tickets on the above registration link. That person will be the main contact from the event organizers.
All ticket sale funds from this event support the Pat Hall Officials Development Award. This award is designed to promote the development of Vancouver Island umpires and technical officials. An award of up to $500 will be allocated each year to successful applicants. In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must be a member in good standing with Field Hockey BC and an active official within National, Provincial or Club based programming.
On May 8, 2021 the Board of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHoF) announced the names of the athletes and builders who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020. She was finally honoured in person in October 2021.
In addition to four athletes – Bobby Ross (Rugby), Bob McLaren (Athletics), Joanne Mick (Softball) and Donnie Orr (Boxing) – our very own Pat Hall will be inducted as a Builder for Multi-Sports, along with the Vancouver Island Soccer League.
“For over 50 years, Pat has been involved with Field Hockey locally, provincially and nationally at all levels of the game from junior to senior. From 1961 to 1988, she was an active player with the Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association (VILFA). She began coaching in 1970 and umpiring in 1973, co-founding the South Island Field Hockey Umpires Association in 1988.
Although retiring as an umpire in 2000, Pat continues to coach teams in various divisions. Pat served on the executive of the VILFHA for over 40 years and has held many positions on the Boards of the BC and Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Associations.
She has received numerous awards over the years including Victoria Sports Person of the Year, Sport BC President’s Award, VILFHA Life Membership and, in 2013, the VILFA introduced the Pat Hall Officials Development Award.
Her contributions to Softball are almost as numerous. She became involved with the Stuffy McGinnis Softball League in 1960 and served as President from 1975-1993. From 1987 to 1999, Pat was Softball BC Senior District Coordinator and in 1996, led the restructuring of junior softball into three levels.”
Read the full article by the GVSHoF: https://www.gvshof.ca/news/330-2020-hall-of-fame-inductees-announced-2.html
Please e-transfer your registration funds to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Primary Registrant’s name in the notes section.
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