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The Canadian senior women’s and men’s national teams are currently in Santiago, Chile set to begin their campaigns to qualify for the 2022 World Cups held in Spain and the Netherlands. The Pan American Cup, Jan. 19-30 is the continental qualifier where the Top 3 teams for the women and Top 2 teams for the men will advance to the World Cup. All games will be streamed live at a cost at www.cdomas.cl or www.canalcdo.cl
The Canadian Women’s National Team last qualified for the Hockey World Cup in 1994, when the event was played in Dublin, Ireland. In their last Pan American Cup performance, in 2017, Team Canada finished 4th. They will need to up that finish by at least one spot to secure a World Cup bid. With a top three finish, Canada will succeed in its qualification goal, and after winning a silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, this team expects to be back in the title match competing for that gold.
The team is fresh off a successful November training tour that saw them defeat Pan Am rival USA in a five-game series, outscoring their neighbours to the south 9-2 in the process. The tour was great for developing team chemistry and Wong said it was key in building confidence heading into the major games.
The women’s team will feature Vancouver Island’s Kathleen Leahy, Maddie Secco, Anna Mollenhauer and Sara Goodman. Victoria’s Lexi De Armond was named to the reserve squad.
The personnel-makeup of the team will look a little different than years past, notably missing Kate Wright, Dani Hennig, Holly Stewart and goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams. Former captain and long-time leader of the team, Wright, announced her retirement late last year. More on the women’s tournament: https://fieldhockey.ca/event/2022-pan-american-cup-women/
With two bids on the line for the 2023 Hockey World Cup, the Red Caribou must make the finals to secure their spot.
Since the adoption of the Pan American Cup in 2000, Canada’s Men’s Team has yet to finish worse than second. But historical records don’t guarantee anything, and the team is taking nothing for granted, with perennial favourite Argentina in attendance and USA, Mexico, and Chile lurking. Every team will be going all out for the coveted World Cup bids.
Canada is coming off a second-place finish at the 2019 Lima Pan American Games and 12th place at the 2020 Olympic Games.
The bulk of the Canadian squad has been training in the domestic environment, in Vancouver, working with coaching staff in preparation for the Pan American Cup.
The men’s team features Victoria’s James Kirkpatrick and Harbir Sidhu, as well as former UVic Vikes players Keegan Pereira , Brenden Bissett and Matthew Sarmento. Notably, the team will be without long time leaders Scott Tupper and Mark Pearson, both announcing their retirements late last year. Despite losing some critical leadership pieces, the team remains largely unchanged, returning 14 players from their extended Olympic roster. More on the men’s tournament: https://fieldhockey.ca/event/2022-pan-american-cup-men/
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The Vancouver Island Men’s Field Hockey Association (VIFHA) is looking to hire a new League Administrator to start immediately.
Please find attached a Roles & Responsibilities document outlining the duties of the VIFHA League Administrator. We are looking to hire a new administrator to take over for the 2021-22 season. Much of the legwork for the league schedule has been completed. Training and transition support will be provided.
A committee led by the VIFHA President Nic Loewen and the league executive will conduct the hiring process.
An honorarium of $1,000 will be provided for the year. This may be pro-rated depending on the successful candidate’s start date.
Please circulate to hockey friends and families you think may be interested in taking on this key role for the men’s league.
Photo Credit: Chris Wilson / Island Wave Photography
The document VIFHA_Administrator_R_R_2019-20.pdf was attached to this post.
Victoria forward Johnny Jacoby (Rebels Field Hockey Club) is currently in Santiago, Chile representing Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships as the Canadian men try to qualify for the 2022 Junior World Cup. Canada opened the tournament today, Aug. 21, with a 3-1 win over Mexico. Jacoby pocketed two goals in the win.
PAY-PER-VIEW LIVE STREAM: https://www.passline.com/panam-junior-hockey/
ROSTERS, SCHEDULES, RESULTS: http://www.fieldhockey.ca/event/junior-pan-american-championships-men/
Two loaded Canadian rosters descend on the Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile for the Junior Pan American Games taking place August 21-28. The women’s team is looking for their first World Cup berth since 2013, while the Men’s side will try to make their third consecutive trip to the big stage.
The Men’s tournament features two pools with the top two finishers from each pool advancing to semifinals. Canada opens their tournament against Mexico, followed by facing the hosts, Chile and finishing the round-robin with a tilt against Brazil. If they are successful in advancing, they will likely play against tournament favourite, Argentina, or USA in the semis.
Only the top two finishers of the tournament will advance to the Junior World Cup, scheduled for December in Guwahati, India. Canada is looking to sweep their pool, givig themselves the best possible chance to the finals. Should they qualify, Canada will look to avenge back-to-back 16th place finishes at the JWC.
As with the women’s tournament, anyone born in 1999 or later will be eligible to compete in the Junior Pan American Cup but only those born in 2000 or later are eligible to compete in the Junior World Cup. Canada’s roster is stacked with junior vets that have long been teammates in the Nextgen development system.
The coaching staff of head coach, Indy Sehmbi with assistants, Geoff Matthews and Richard Hildreth is ready for the challenge. Sehmbi is returning from his successful 2016 qualification and is looking to repeat. For both teams, it’s all about putting it together at the right time.
Field Hockey Victoria is looking for a new Turf Coordinator for start in September 2021. FHV would like to thank Tanya McKinney for fulfilling this role so dutifully since 2014.
Field Hockey Victoria (FHV) is the umbrella organization for the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association (VJFHA), the Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association (VILFHA), the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association (VIFHA) and the Umpires Association. One of the main responsibilities of this organization is to oversee the relationship and procedures for booking the artificial water-based field (Field 1) at the University of Victoria.
The FHV Turf Coordinator shall:
• Schedule bookings of all turf times for the field hockey community in Victoria, except UVic teams.
• Provide field use permit(s) to each group if needed.
• Provide a listing of booked times and available times on request to any group.
• Provide UVic Athletics and Recreation with all cancellations, revisions and requests as per agreement with UVic.
• Invoice user groups at least quarterly – in conjunction with the FHV Treasurer.
• Report to the Board as directed.
The successful candidate can demonstrate:
• An ability to schedule sports groups with competing needs using a priority matrix, required.
• Possess strong computer skills and up-to-date software, including email, Excel and Adobe Reader, required.
• Good communication and organizational skills, essential.
• Knowledge of the Victoria field hockey community, preferred.
• Be available each week throughout the year to manage the bookings and communication, required – local availability is not required as the duties can be conducted using email.
Appointment & Annual Review
• Appointment will be for one year commencing September 1, 2021
• Continuation of appointment with be subject to annual performance and suitability review by the FHV Board
• Preference will be given to candidates who do not currently sit on one of the Field Hockey Victoria members boards.
• Renumeration: $250 per month based on approximately 12 hours of work per month
Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position via e-mail to Mark Baggott, President Field Hockey Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 22, 2021 at 11:59pm. All questions may also be directed to Mark at the above email address.
The document FHV-TurfCoordinator-Posting-2021.pdf was attached to this post.