News and Announcements


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:

For media enquiries or event information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ali Lee at 250-686-5000 or

See document for more information:

A reminder that the REBELS SUMMER DROP IN has now begun! Full schedule is below:

(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

(Mixed Hockey, Ages 14+)
8-9:30 pm (May 9-June 20)
7-8:30 pm (June 27-Sept 5)


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.

Event Details:
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

For further questions or media enquiries, please e-mail Ali Lee, Communications Director, at


Please note the below date and time changes to the drop in sessions:

The Sailors Field Hockey Club is pleased to announce that the annual mixed summer drop in field hockey games will begin on Thursday, May 9 . All sessions will be on Thursday nights.
WHAT: Summer Drop in Field Hockey
WHO: Mixed men and women (ages 14 and up) – Must be registered members of Field Hockey BC
WHEN: Thursdays: 8-9:30 pm (May 9-June 20); 7-8:30 pm (June 27-Sept 5)
WHERE: UVic Field Hockey Field #1

BRING: Your payment, stick, mouth guard and shin pads

COST: $5 per session or $20 per month
Participation in summer drop in will require up front payment in cash or cheque only. Monthly fees will apply on the first day of each month and will include all Wednesday sessions of that month. Carry-over sessions will not be permitted for monthly play. (ie: If you pay $20 on the second Wednesday of May, you will have to restart your payment in June either by $5/session or another $20 for the month of June).

Players will not be permitted to participate in a session without upfront payment.

The club will provide pinnies and will divide the players up for 7-aside or full field depending on who shows up and the variety in skill level.

If you have questions, please contact Ronnie Lee, Sailors Field Hockey Club President, at


ATTN: All VIFHA members!

On Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd, a boys and girls team visiting from Australia, aged 15-17, will be playing a series of exhibition matches in Victoria.

It is last minute but the teams are short billets for both the girls and boys teams.

- Overnight meals and billeting for the evenings of Tues. April 2 and Wed. April 3
- Athletes will need pick up after 6:00 p.m. game from UVic on Tues, Apr. 2
- Drop off around 8:00 a.m. on both Wed. and Thurs. (Apr. 3-4) at UVic

If you are able to help out last minute please contact:

BOYS: Kathryn Turbull at
GIRLS: Pat Hall at or 250-686-0050