News and Announcements
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!
Summer is here and there are lots of ways to keep in good field hockey form over the next few months! Please see details below and note that times and fields may vary at UVic due to the water-based being resurfaced between June and August. We expect to be back on a new water-based field in September 2022.
Sailors Drop-In on Tuesdays
The Sailors field hockey club are excited to host another summer season of co-ed drop-in. All participants must be registered under Field Hockey BC and must be 14 years of age or older.
Day of the week: Tuesdays
June 21-July 26: UVic Field 2B (8:00 – 9:30 pm)
August 2-30: UVic Field 3 (7:00 – 8:30 pm)
Cost: $5 per session (cash upon arrival)
Rebels Drop-In on Thursdays
The Rebels Club will be hosting its regular summer drop-in sessions on Thursday evenings on the turf at UVic. All participants must be registered under Field Hockey BC. Participants under 14 years need a parent or guardian present.
Day of the week: Thursdays
July 7-28: UVic Field 2B (8:30 – 10:00 pm)
August 4-25: UVic Field 3 (7:00 – 8:30 pm)
Cost: $5 per session (cash upon arrival)
Cowichan T-Birds Field Hockey Camp: July 4-7, 2022
The Senior Field Hockey team along with their coaches, Caitlin Erickson, Perri Espeseth & Amanda Burns are proud to be able to provide a field hockey camp for ages 6-14 year olds.
Everyone welcome! No experience necessary.
Ages 6-14 at Cowichan Sportsplex (Duncan, BC)
July 4-7, 2022 (9am-1:00pm each day)
Registration form: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gy80fm5wtj8csyw/T-Bird_Camp_Brochure_2022.pdf?dl=0
It was about as close as a final game could be.
While the Tigers came into Sunday’s Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association competitive division championship game as the favourite to hoist the trophy, they came up against a rather shorthanded UVic Vikes team determined to bring their ‘A’ game to the turf.
With both teams playing clampdown defence through much of regulation, the low-scoring, few-chances affair wound up 1-1 after four quarters, and went straight to a shootout.
Tigers’ Josh Brown ended it all and secured the cup for his team when he scored for a second time in the thrilling sudden death showdown, beating Colby Geber for the tiebreaking fourth goal.
Brown, perhaps Tigers most dangerous player when he is in the lineup, was held largely in check by the Vikes’ backs and midfield earlier, but was sprung free late with about six minutes to play in the fourth quarter. He sprinted into the D to Geber’s right and after a brief scuffle with a defender, fed trailer Javier Virk a short goalmouth pass that was tapped in for the 1-0 goal.
But the Vikes did not give up or hang their heads despite the late stage of the game.
Having earlier been denied on one of the best scoring chances of the second half, when Tigers keeper Tom Pennells cut down the angle facing Vikes star Johnny Jacoby head on, and kicked out Jacoby’s rocket, UVic kept pressing in the dying minutes.
To no one’s surprise, Jacoby was central in the play that led to the tying goal. Making the last of several quick runs down right wing in the game, he penetrated the zone almost to the backline, drawing a crowd of defenders, then fed player-coach Derrick Norton in front. Pennells worked to intercept the pass and both he and Norton went down, but the latter managed to get a low shot away that was just out of the keeper’s reach to make it 1-1 and ultimately send the game to penalties.
Coming off a 3-1 win over Rebels 1 in Thursday’s semifinal, Vikes came in as underdogs in their chances to hand Tigers only their second loss of the season (Vikes beat Tigers back in September). That status appeared solidified when they started the game with just one spare, while the Tigers had several reserves on hand.
Play was pretty even through the first half and when the buzzer sounded to end the second quarter with the game still scoreless, it likely played more into the hands of the Vikes than Tigers, who had previously outscored opponents 88-20 this season.
So, after regulation it was still anyone’s game, with each team sending five shooters out to try and beat the opposing goalkeepers.
Tigers scored on their first three shootout attempts, with Virk, Amardeep Sidhu and Brown tallying, with Vikes’ Jacoby and Norton replying. But things got interesting when UVic’s Ryan Knight scored and Tigers John Sharp shot wide, leaving it 3-3. Neither team’s fifth shooter scored, so the rotation came back to the beginning.
Jacoby tangled back and forth with Pennells but saw his shot hit the post, setting the stage for Brown to notch the winner.
The warmup to the final saw the four VIFHA rec division teams, Hawks, Rebels 2, Mutineers and Marauders compete jamboree style by playing each other once each in slightly shorter games with two 20-minute halves.
There were plenty of smiles afterwards for a fitting end to their 2021-22 season, one that saw various challenges due to COVID-19 health protocols.
Adding to the smiles was the provision of the curry lunch provided by the Hawks team, a well-earned treat for those who played and umpired – and even a handful of lucky folks on hand for the game.
– Don Descoteau
For a collection of photos from the competitive final and other games, visit Vancouver Island Men’s Field Hockey – VIFHA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GVmensFhockey/)
UVic Vikes built a 3-0 halftime lead and held off a determined Rebels 1 squad Thursday (March 24) to win 3-1 to earn a spot in the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association competitive division championship final.
The Vikes carried much of the play in the opening two quarters, getting a pair of goals from Caelen Ostrosser and a single from Devan Crawford.
Rebels built some momentum after the break, however, with midfielder Ross Whelan putting a shot behind Vikes keeper Campbell Southy to cut the gap to two in the third quarter.
Speedy Rebel Alex Moore nearly pulled his team within one in the fourth quarter, with a brilliant individual effort that resulted in the ball trickling across the front of the goal behind Southy but staying out. The play did give Rebels a short corner, but Vikes were able to sweep the ball out of harm’s way.
The win sets up a head-to-head battle with league champion Tigers in Sunday’s final, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the UVic turf. Tigers have lost just one game all season, that being a 4-2 decision against UVic on Sept. 26, which seems another lifetime ago at this point of the season.
The final follows the four-team recreational division jamboree, which gets underway with two half-field games at 9:30 a.m. and continues with two more each at 10:30 and 11:30.
Spectators are welcome to come down and check out the action on this last day of the 2021-22 campaign.
In their last warmup before next weekend’s Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association competitive division championship game, Victoria Tigers once again showed their depth in recording a 5-1 win Sunday over Vikes on the turf at UVic.
Having lost just once all season, that being a 4-2 decision at the hands of the same UVic side way back on Sept. 26, Tigers have proven the dominant team in the division since, outscoring opponents 88-20 overall and staking their claim to the champion’s trophy.
Their final win of the regular season saw them get two goals each from Josh Brown and wiley veteran T.J. Parhar, and a single from Javier Virk.
Tigers keeper Tom Pennells kicked out all but one Vikes shot, that coming off the stick of Arthur Valdivieso.
The second-place Vikes will take on Rebels 1 in the divisional semifinal this Thursday (March 24) starting at 6:15 p.m., with the winner advancing to meet Tigers in the final on March 27 at 12:30 p.m.
Recreational division play Sunday saw a shift in the schedule, with the cancellation of the middle game of the day between Rebels 2 and Hawks.
Hawks were invited to fill out the rosters of the Mutineers and Marauders, who were scheduled to go head to head in the opener. With the Sailors clubmates managing just over one full team’s worth of players, the group took on an intact Hawks team in an exhibition game.
The four rec teams can look forward to a return to the all-team jamboree for their final day of play next weekend, followed by the always anticipated lunch put on by Hawks club and their supporters.
The public is invited out to catch some of the top men’s hockey talents in the region for the competitive final, which has not been without its upsets in previous years, but always proves entertaining.