News and Announcements



The Umpires Association has committed to improving the standard of Umpiring in Victoria and the Island and hopes to offer a few educational opportunities over the 2015-2016 season. The first of which will be on Wednesday October 28th.

Instead of doing the tradition briefing, we’re going to try something a little different. The focus of the session will be Game Management and instead of conducting a lecture with videos and a Q & A, we’re going to have you work together in small groups to discuss and problem solve various scenarios related to game management.

Each breakout group will work on game management issues related to:

1. Dissent
2. Off-ball or “out of your area of control” management
3. Physical play

The session will be facilitated by Gillian Horgan, Chris Wilson, Alison Sweeten and Denise McGeachy. The facilitators role will be there to offer suggestions but the goal is for the groups to work through each scenario as a group and find a successful solution and present that solution to the larger group.

In order to make this session truly useful to all umpires, we would like YOU to send us suggestions of situations you have faced under the categories above – things that happened to you that maybe didn’t go very well and you wished you could have done it better, or was confusing, or maybe just weird. We intend to use as many of your scenarios as possible so please email them to Denise!

Seminar details:
October 28, 7-9 pm
UVic, McKinnon Gym room 150
Please RSVP attendance to Kevin Burns:
Send scenarios to Denise McGeachy:
All umpires are strongly encouraged to attend
Players interested in attending can also contact Denise or Kevin to attend.


After 4 seasons as the Vice President, Erica Kjekstad is stepping down from the board. Erica has been with the VJFHA executive since 2011. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for hard work and for dedicating countless hours on and off the field. Erica’s work on marketing and communications has lifted our association to a new level.

After many years as the association’s Treasurer, Bill Moffat is stepping down from the board. We would like to thank Bill for his many years of valuable advice and responsible financial book-keeping. Bill has given many hours to our association and ensured that all legal and financial items are carefully considered when conducting business.

Needless to say, there are two very key vacancies on the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association (VJFHA) Board of Directors for this upcoming season. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the field hockey community. For parents, you will have a direct hand in shaping the association to benefit all children in our sport. For younger adults, this is a great way to acquire some professional development in a volunteer organization. Both Bill and Erica will be available for consultation as we get up to the new volunteer up to speed. We look forward to having YOU on the board!

The AGM will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:30pm at UVic in the MacKinnon Building, Room 155. The order of business will be as follows:

1. Call to order
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of 2014 AGM Minutes
4. Financial Report
5. President’s Report
6. Girls Representative Report
7. Boys Representative Report
8. Auditor’s Report
9. Elections
a. President
b. Vice President
c. Secretary
d. Treasurer
e. Boys Representative
f. Girls Representative
g. Directors at Large
10. Appointment of Auditor, if required
11. Other business, if required
12. Adjournment

For questions or more information, please contact Mark Baggott, President VJFHA, at


Due to the recent opening of the new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), we would like to notify all members that access and amenities for the UVic Field 1 (Artificial Water-based Turf) has been changed. Please take note of the below points for your games and practices at the University of Victoria.

Access is now at the NORTH corner of the pitch (closest to CARSA) which is also the former entrance prior to the CARSA construction

_There are now indoor, public bathrooms that are accessible from outside. These bathrooms are located on the north end of the Field 2A and you can enter the doors into CARSA from the outside of the building. There is a men’s and women’s bathroom with a few stalls in each. These bathrooms should be open for all field rentals. There is also bathrooms in the lobby through the main entrance of CARSA, however, teams are encouraged to use the public bathrooms accessible near Field 2.

There are the 3 places you can park to access Field 1 and 2:
1. Parking Lot 2 (the McKinnon Building lot) accessible from Gabriola Road (via McKenzie Ave. or Ring Road)
2. The NEW CARSA Parkade (5 levels) accessible from Vikes Way off McKenzie Ave.
3. The CARSA open Gravel parking lot accessible from Vikes Way off McKenzie Ave just before you enter the parkade (on the right)

Pay parking is in effect on Monday through Saturday 24 hours a day. There is no charge for parking on Sunday or statutory holidays except at the Ian Stewart Complex and University Centre parkade where pay parking is in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Below are the parking rates for the above mentioned parking options:
$1.50 per hour or portion
$8.00 daily maximum until 11:59 pm
$2.50 evening maximum from 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm
$2.50 maximum for Saturday
$32.00 weekly permit valid 7 days from date and time of purchase

If you have further questions about CARSA please visit and for more parking information visit


Interested in tuning up your hockey in 7-aside format? Looking for that extra recreational game per week at an affordable cost? UVic Intramurals has replaced the long-time 7-aside league that used to run on Thursday nights. This league is open to community members and UVic students/staff and is co-ed. You can register as an individual and be placed on a team or you can register a team and pick your friends to play with!

WHEN: Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Sept 21 – Nov 30)
WHAT: Co-Ed Games
WHO: Open to Adult community (17 and up) and UVic Students/Staff (min. 2 players of opposite gender on field per team at a time)
BRING: Your own stick, mouthguard, shin guard and appropriate foot wear (no studded cleats)
WHERE: UVic Field 1 (water-based field hockey pitch)

Individual Pricing (member / non-member): $40 / $50
Team Pricing (member* / non-member): $200 / $250

Mandatory Captain’s Meeting Sept. 17 at 8:30 p.m. in the CARSA Performance Gym. All those registered as individuals should also come to this meeting.


*Note registering a team under “member” – all players on the team must be UVic Recreation Members (

UMPIRES: The league is also recruiting field hockey umpires for hire. If you are interested in umpiring this league please let Juggy Buttar know and forward your certification level as well (


The Canadian Men’s Field Hockey Team has announced the roster of players that will compete for 2016 Olympic qualification at the World League Semi-Finals in Buenos Aires, Argentina from June 3rd-14th, 2015.

Included in that list is Victoria native James Kirkpatrick. The former University of Victoria Vikes men’s field hockey player will be joined by other Vikes and former Vikes Brenden Bissett and Matthew Sarmento.

Of the eighteen athletes named to the touring roster, seventeen were a part of the Men’s National Team that finished third at World League Round 2 in San Diego, California in March.

The World League Semi-Final is an Olympic qualifying event from which the top three finishers of ten teams earn spots at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

With its win against Russia and the third place finish at World League 2, Canada ensured itself two opportunities to qualify for the 2016 Olympics; the first being a top three finish at the Semi-Finals, the second by winning the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto this summer.

In Buenos Aires in June, Canada is grouped with Austria, Germany, Spain, and host Argentina in Pool B. Pool A consists of Egypt, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

Canada’s first match at the World League Semi-Finals is on June 3 against Spain at 6:00pm local time. Canada’s full schedule and results are available at the Field Hockey Canada website.

The World League team will be training in Toronto from May 27th-29th at the new Pan Am Fields before heading to Argentina.

Also representing Canada in Argentina is Judge Tony Stewart.

Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team – World League Semi-Finals Roster

Name Position Hometown Caps
Adam Froese Defender Abbotsford, BC 106
Antoni Kindler Goalkeeper Vancouver, BC 51
Ben Martin Midfielder Vancouver, BC 70
Brenden Bissett Forward New Westminster, BC 22
David Carter Goalkeeper Vancouver, BC 104
David Jameson Midfielder Vancouver, BC 218
Devohn Noronha-Teixeira Forward Mississauga, ON 41
Gabriel Ho-Garcia Forward Burnaby, BC 49
Gordon Johnston Defender Vancouver, BC 60
Iain Smythe Forward Vancouver, BC 97
James Kirkpatrick Forward Victoria, BC 21
Mark Pearson Midfielder Tsawwassen, BC 169
Matthew Guest Forward Calgary, AB 89
Matthew Sarmento Forward Vancouver, BC 31
Paul Wharton Midfielder Vancouver, BC 40
Scott Tupper (Captain) Defender Vancouver, BC 202
Sukhi Panesar Midfielder Surrey, BC 38
Taylor Curran Midfielder North Vancouver, BC 84

Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team – World League Semi-Finals Staff

Head Coach – Anthony Farry

Assistant Coach – Paul Bundy

Team Manager – Celia Plottel

Physiotherapist – Joshua Ferguson

Performance Analyst – Paul Mounter

Performance Analyst – Moabi Malebye

Nutritionist – Sandra Millward

World League Semi-Finals Canadian Officials

Judge – Tony Stewart