News and Announcements
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com with the Primary Registrant’s name in the notes section.
Please RSVP with this form and payment by September 10, 2022.
Details will be sent to confirmed attendees.
For questions, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
New FHBC Registration LIVE
Field Hockey BC has officially launched their new Membership Registration System Partnership with Field Hockey Canada for 2022-23. This is important for all members:
- Every field hockey player, coach and official is required to register as an individual member ahead of active participation in any given season. The calendar season is September 1st to August 31st inclusive.
- Each member is required to pay a membership fee to BOTH Field Hockey BC (FHBC) and Field Hockey Canada (FHC) unless otherwise stated
- The online membership registration system will provide the opportunity for the payment of both FHBC and FHC fees within a single transaction. These fees will not need to be considered as part of your annual club fee structure.
- All individual memberships will involve an online registration process, the system for which is accessible from the FHBC website.
- Members only need to formally register as a member in ONE category.
- Some members may be players, coaches and/or officials and under these circumstances, members are required to register in the category with the HIGHEST fee (see the table here for reference).
- The option to register will be open throughout the year with the membership year again running September 1 – August 31. – Memberships purchased at any point in the season will always and only be valid until August 31 of that same season.
To access the online Membership Registration System, an existing or new member is directed to the FHBC Website and specifically to the 2022-23 Membership Page at the following link: https://fieldhockeybc.com/registration-system-step-by-step-guide-how-to-register-for-a-2022-23-membership/
The 2022-23 Membership Page provides detail as to the Step-by-Step Guide on “How To” Register for a 2022-23 Membership, as well as other membership related details. This page will be updated as necessary in the lead into the official opening of the registration system on August 16, 2022. A notice confirming that 2022-23 membership registration is open will be circulated and posted on the FHBC website homepage on August 16, 2022.
FHBC again appreciates that any change to a Membership Registration process has the ability to impact the time taken by the BC Membership to navigate such change. FHBC remains extremely appreciative of the BC memberships patience as we move through this collective change together. Please do keep the membership registration questions coming. These can be directed to the following e-mail address at email@example.com. The Society staff remain committed to providing as much clarity as possible in the lead into and throughout the 2022-23 season.
Cheer on Canada at the Women's World Cup
Starting this Friday, June 1, Canada’s women’s national team, better known as “The WolfPack” will compete the FIH Women’s World Cup. This is Canada’s first appearance since 1994 and the team features five Vancouver island players including Victoria’s Anna Mollenhauer, Lexi De Armond, Maddie Secco, Kathleen Leahy and Duncan’s Sara Goodman.
Field Hockey Canada event page: https://fieldhockey.ca/womens-world-cup-2022/
FIH World Cup page: https://www.fih.hockey/events/world-cup/women/fih-hockey-womens-world-cup-spain-and-netherlands-2022-1388
Whether you’re a hockey fanatic or just a supporter of sport, this is a rare opportunity to watch the best in the world compete. Here’s how you can follow along and show your support:
Follow Team Canada
July 1 – Canada vs Spain (12:30 pm Pacific) – Pool C play
July 3 – Canada vs Korea (9:00 am Pacific) – Pool C play
July 7 – Canada vs Argentina (8:00 am Pacific) – Pool C play
Watch Live or on replay for Free
Visit http://watch.hockey to watch in your browser or download the Watch.Hockey app to watch replays, highlights, interviews and full games live and on replay.
Join the Watch Party and conversation on Discord during games
Join here: https://discord.com/invite/bv5uMmvXbB
(Download Discord instructions: https://fieldhockey.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/HOW-TO-JOIN-FIELD-HOCKEY-CANADA.pdf)
Send in your virtual Fan Mail to team Canada
Write a message here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=upk9ihuWq0yLiGztOMoj_VqYZogguPZJmLacNwBddXdUNDJGUTJUR1dWR0pGT0xYMVpEVzJMQlg0Ri4u
Good luck to our island athletes and all of Team Canada!