CornerShot - Official Newsletter
July 2017

2017 National Championship Festival - Thank you!
The 2017 National Championship Festival was held at Tamanawis Fields from July 18th to 25th. All eight days were full of exciting hockey from some of Canada's best U15, U18 and U23 athletes. Congratulations to all the Athletes, Coaches and Managers on a great tournament. We would also like to extend a big thank you to all the Officials, Volunteers and Staff that made this event such a success! We look forward to seeing everyone in Ontario next year. 

Team BC medals at National Championship Festival
Team BC had a strong showing at the 2017 National Championship Festival. In total, 15 BC teams competed in the event across all 6 divisions and 12 Medals were won. Read on for a recap of Team BC's results in each division:

U15 Boys National Championship:
The BC Rams won Gold with a 3-2 win over Ontario Central in the Final. The BC Lions finished 5th, after beating Alberta 1-0 in their last game. Four BC athletes were named to the U15 Boys Tournament XI: Avjot Buttar, Harsh Gill, Ryan Knight & Campbell Southey.

U15 Girls National Championship:
The BC Rams also won Gold, and had a very impressive Provincial season overall. They didn't lose a single match through the India Club Tournament or the National Championship! The BC Stags captured the Bronze Medal after a very close 1-0 win over the BC White Lions. The White Lions had an excellent tournament, with several upset wins along the way, and ultimately finished 4th. The BC Royal Lions finished 6th, after going to the third tie-break with Alberta. Five BC athletes were named to the U15 Girls Tournament XI: Calder Bryson, Libby Hogg, Caitlin Miller, Savina Purewal & Kristjana Walker.

U18 Boys National Championship:
The BC Rams won the Silver Medal, after losing 3-2 to Ontario in the Final. The BC Lions won the Bronze Medal, beating Quebec 4-1 in their last game. Both teams played great hockey over the course of their tournament. Four BC athletes were named to the U18 Boys Tournament XI: Christophe De Haas, Jason Dhaliwal, Arjun Hothi & Brendan Guraliuk.

U18 Girls National Championship:
The U18 Girls division was highly competitive. The BC Rams won the Silver Medal after losing to a very strong Ontario West team in the Final. The BC Stags won the Bronze Medal after beating Ontario Central 1-0. The BC Lions, who only narrowly missed out on advancing to the Medal round (lost on goal difference), tied Alberta for 5th Place. Six BC Athletes were named to the Tournament XI: Georgia Booker, Dakota Chan, Sara Goodman, Lonica McKinney, Anna Mollenhauer & Hanaa Punja.

U23 Men's National Championship:
The U23 Men's Division was a modified 'Super 8s' tournament with 4 teams. The Grizzlies (BC) won Gold, the Moose (mainly Ontario) won Silver, Marmots (BC) won Bronze, and Bison (mainly Alberta) finished 4th. Seven BC athletes were named to the Tournament VIII: Amrit Sidhu, Sunny Aujla, Balraj Panesar, Gavin Bains, Zaiq Rana, Brandon Pereira & Angus Grauer.

U23 Women's National Championship:
The BC Rams won Silver in their division, losing to Ontario in the Final, while the BC Lions beat Alberta to win the Bronze Medal. Six BC Athletes were named to the Tournament XI: Rosie Beale, Lindsay Cole, Lexi De Armond, Simrin Dhillon, Megan Ma & Rachel Spouge.

For full National Championship results, visit fhc.altiusrt.com.

U15 Girls BC Rams - Gold Medallists

2017-18 Membership Registration Reminder
Reminder that registration for the 2017-18 Membership season is now open. Please note that all Field Hockey BC memberships are valid from September 1st to August 31st of any given year. Your 2016-17 membership will still be valid for the next month, but don't forget to renew before September 1st!

To register as a FHBC member, please visit our website

For any membership-related questions, please contact Katie Jameson at info@fieldhockeybc.com.

Introducing the Carmen Kirkness Alumni Award
From the desk of Lynne Beecroft, University of Victoria Vikes Head Field Hockey Coach:

It is with heart-felt sadness, that I share with you that one of the most special field hockey players to ever play for the UVic Vikettes (as they were called in the 1980's) Women's Field Hockey Team, Carmen Kirkness, passed away on April 10th, 2017, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.  Besides playing field hockey at UVic, Carmen also played on many successful BC Provincial indoor and outdoor teams, was a member of the 1989 Junior World Cup team, and represented Canada at the Senior National level. 
Carmen was an awesome field hockey player but, even more importantly, she was an amazing human being!  She was incredibly kind!  She was so kind that Kolette (Bourne) Cristante called her Carmen Kindness, rather than Carmen Kirkness!  She was also humble, hard-working, loyal, and courageous.  I am sure there are many more superlatives that could be used to describe Carmen. 
In her honor, the UVic Women's Field Hockey program has established the Carmen Kirkness Alumni Award.  This annual Award will be given to a 1st year UVic field hockey player, who best exemplifies the qualities that were inherent in Carmen.  To-date, we have raised $15,000.  If we raise $25,000 before the end of September, this money will be matched!  Once we get the matching money, we would be able to offer an annual Award of $2,000!
For those who would like to make a donation to the Carmen Kirkness Alumni Award, please go to the following website: www.govikesgo.com/wfhaward
Thank you very much!
Canada Men & Women at 2017 Pan American Cup
The Canadian Men's & Women's National teams are in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the 2017 Pan American Cup being held from August 4th to 13th. This competition pits the best teams from the Pan American region against each other with the goal of winning the Gold Medal and earning a berth to the 2018 World Cup.

The Men's National team have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup through their success at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals last month, but bragging rights and experience are still on the line. Canada will face Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil and Mexico in pool play, and could crossover against perennial rivals Argentina, Chile, the United States or Venezuela. Canada will be looking to reclaim the Pan Am Cup Gold Medal for the first time since 2009. Argentina, the reigning Olympic Gold Medallists, won the last Pan Am Cup in 2013. Fifteen BC athletes will represent Canada at the 2017 Pan American Cup, including Harbir Sidhu and Iqwinder Gill who will earn their first Senior National Caps at this event. See the full Canadian Men's roster now.

View the  Men's tournament schedule for the 2017 Pan American Cup. 

The Women's National team have been training hard for the Pan Am Cup, as this is their last chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Canada will play against Brazil, Mexico and the United States in their pool matches, and could crossover against Argentina, Chile or Uruguay. Canada will have tough competition against the United States, who are coming off a 1st place finish at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, and Argentina, a field hockey powerhouse nation and 4th place finishers at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. Both teams have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup, but that won't slow them down. Ten BC athletes will represent Canada at the 2017 Pan American Cup.  See the  Canadian Women's roster .

View the Women's tournament schedule for the 2017 Pan American Cup.
Register for Canada's Indoor Pan Am Cup Camps
The Canadian Men's & Women's Senior Indoor teams are holding selection camps in Ontario next month. The teams are gearing up for the 2017 Indoor Pan American Cup in Guyana in October and are opening the camp up to potential new players. Registration is open for anyone interested in vying for a spot on the squad.

The Men's Indoor Camp is being held in Toronto on August 12th & 13th. The Women's Indoor Camp is being held in Scarborough from August 18th to 20th.

Visit Field Hockey Canada's website for more information and the registration link.
You may contact us at info@fieldhockeybc.com
In This Issue
2017 National Championships
Team BC at Nationals
2017-18 Membership
Carmen Kirkness Award
2017 Pan Am Cup
Canadian Indoor Camps
In Short
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