Let's recap some of this year's highlights for field hockey in BC!
Last August, British Columbia hosted the 2022 National Championships at Tamanawis Park in Surrey. Teams from Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island travelled to face Team BC at the U16 and U18 torunaments.
Congratulations to all the participating teams of the 2022 Club Championships & Fesitval Program and a big thank you to all the staff, officials, volunteers, coaches, parents and everyone that helped support and deliver these tournaments to our field hockey community.
🥇 Vancouver Hawks
🥉 West Vancouver
🥇 Kelowna lakers
🥈 Burnaby Bears
🥉 Tri-City Chaos
🥇 India Club
🥈 Surinder Lions
🥉 Gobind Sarvar
🥈 Vancouver Hawks
🥉 India Club
🥇 Delta Falcons
🥈 Vancouver Hawks U15
🥉 Tri-City Wild
🥈 Vancouver Hawks
🥉 West Vancouver
🥈 Tri-City Spitfires
🥉 Vancouver Hawks
🥇 West Vancouver Wild Panda Cats
🥈 West Vancouver Crazy Crocodiles
🥉 West Vancouver Orange Orcas
🥇 Vancouver Hawks
🥈 India Club
2022 Vancouver International Tournament (VIT)
It was great to see the VIT return this year, and we all had lots of fun! Thank you to all the teams that participated, and the officials and vendors who made this year a success.
Divisional Winners - Women's Masters Division
1st Furious Tango
2nd Masters of Disaster
3rd Burnaby Lakers
Divisional Winners - Mixed Social Division
1st Wizards of Booze
2nd Spoon Squad
Divisional Winners - Women’s Social Division
2nd Tri-City Eagles
3rd Rollie Pollie Ollies
Spirit of Judy Broom Award
2022 U Sports Women's Field Hockey
Congratulations to the UVic Vikes team on their fourth-straight and 15th overall McCrae Cup as U SPORTS Canada National Champions! This marked the final game for Vikes graduating athletes and BC players Anna Mollenhauer, Erin Dawson, Judy Cristante, Stefanie Sajko, Cara Butler and Georgia Booker. This was also the last season for head coach Lynne Beecroft.
The Vikes took the game 2-1 in Game 2 of the best-of-three national championship series hosted at UVic against OUA Champions, the York Lions. The Lions boasted a number of BC players on their team including Jade Lew, Natalie Brown, Jewel Lew, Polly Campbell, Natalie Winter, Prava Sand, Alyssa Brooks, Caitlin Miller, Jocelyn Boyd and Hazara Sandhu.
Game 1 Player of the Games: Prava Sandhu (York), Anna Mollenhauer (UVic)
Game 2 Player of the Games: Frankie St. Louis (York), Judy Cristante (UVic)
Tournament MVP: Anna Mollenhauer (UVic)
FairPlay Award: Frankie St. Louis (York)
2022 BCSS Girls Field Hockey Provincial Championships
Congratulations to Handsworth Secondary for winning the 2022 BC School Sports AAA! The final against Oak Bay ended in 0-0 draw, and the title was decided on shootouts, similarly to the 2021 final between the two teams. However, this year, Handsworth came out on top and celebrated the championship!
2 Oak Bay
4 Heritage Woods
7 Eric Hamber
8 South Delta
11 GW Graham
St. Michaels University School hosted the AA BC School Sports provincials this year and won!
🥇 St. Michaels University School
🥈 Little Flower Academy
Congrats to all BC Senior Leagues' winners!
Vancouver Women's Field Hockey Association
The West Vancouver 5, winners of the women’s league Division 4 playoffs. Photo taken from WVFHC social media.
Premier: West Vancouver Premier A / Runner-up: Polar Bears Premier
Division 1: The Terrors / Runner-up: Burnaby Lakers 1
Division 2: Surrey Sharks 1 / Runner-up: Point Grey Bluebirds
Division 3: Chilliwack Pink Panthers / Runner-up: India 1
Division 4: West Vancouver 5 / Runner-up: Delta Saker Falcons
Division 5: India 2 / Runner-up: Vancouver Hawks 4
Division 6: North Vancouver Mariners / Runner-up: Vancouver Hawks 6
Vancouver Men's Field Hockey League
Premier: Vancouver Hawks A/ Runner-up: Lakers-GS-A
Division 1: India B / Runner-up: Vancouver Hawks B
Division 2: United Brothers B / Runner-up: India-C
Division 3 Rec 1: Lakers-GS-C / Runner-up: West Vancouver C
Division 3 Rec 2: United Brothers C / Runner-up: India D
Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association
Division 1: Lynx 1 / Runner-up: Patriots
Division 2: Sailors / Runner-up: Cardinals
Division 3: Pirates / Runner-up: Demons
Vancouver Island Men' Field Hockey Association
Competitive: Tigers / Runner-up: Patriots
Recreational: Rebels 2 / Runner-up: Hawks
India Club Tournament
Congrats to our Team BC girls who won gold at the India Club Tournament.
🥇U16 BC Blue in U17 Div
🥇U18 BC White in U21 Div
Our U16 BC White team won bronzein the U17 Div!
And our U18 BC Boys won bronze in the U23 Division.
Judy Broom inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame
by Jason Beck, Curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame
For over forty years, Vancouver’s Judy Broom was the wind beneath the wings of BC field hockey, working tirelessly in the background helping to lift the sport to new heights as a player, volunteer, administrator, and supporter.
Growing up in Croydon, a town south of London, England, in school Judy discovered field hockey, typing, and shorthand—three things at which she would become exceptional.
After she and husband Eric were married in 1964, they immigrated to Canada. Their honeymoon fittingly amounted to staging a series of field hockey coaching clinics together as they drove across the country to BC.
Early on, Judy played for the North Vancouver Field Hockey Club, volunteered with the BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation, and supported Eric’s work with the National Coaching Certification Program for the Coaching Association of Canada. It’s estimated Judy typed over 10,000 coaches forms over the years.
In 1979, Judy became the first full-time paid executive director of the BCWFHF working alongside Jenny John. The strength of Field Hockey BC today, especially on the women’s side, can be directly traced back to the groundwork laid by Judy from 1979-2005. During that time she helped organize countless tournaments at all levels of play including the 1979 International Women’s Field Hockey Championship (IFWHA) held at UBC and the Vancouver International Tournament, which she helped found in 1995-96, a trophy for which is still awarded today known as “The Spirit of Judy Broom Award.”
Later in her career, Judy helped merge the separate men’s and women’s BC and Canadian governing bodies into one joint organization at both the provincial and national level, today Field Hockey BC and Field Hockey Canada respectively.
Congrats to BC umpires Lelia Sacre (also an FHBC Board member) and Tyler Klenk for their appointments at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Both had great performances and closed out with Lelia as video umpire on the women’s gold medal game and Tyler umpiring the men's bronze medal game.
It was also great to see FIH Elite Panel member and BC umpire Lelia Sacre supporting some amazing work to promote female officials development in Ghana. Read here.
This year, Tyler Klenk went to Mendoza, Argentina, to officiate in the men’s and women’s FIH Pro League. Way to go Tyler!
Officials from BC share their experiences at the 2022 Masters World Cup
The FIH Masters World Cup returned in 2022 after a four-year hiatus. A strong Canadian contingent travelled to Cape Town, South Africa and this was more than just a team of players. Field Hockey Canada was represented by technical officials Tony Stewart, of Alberta, and Sanjya D’Silva, of Ontario, and B.C.’s Michelle McNaughton, also appointed assistant technical director of the tournament. Victoria’s Denise McGeachy was also present as an appointed umpire. B.C.’s John Sacre, Kent McKinnon and Nicky Graham were also present as coaching and staff for the Canadian men’s side.
“We were all very busy on a daily basis – especially Michelle who, as Assistant TD, was often at the pitch all day long”, recalls McGeachy, who umpired at the World Cup and was even selected to umpire the Over 60s Women’s Final. McGeachy and McNaughton are dedicated members of the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors – as President and Coaching Director.
KidSport provides financial assistance for children 18 and younger from families facing financial obstacles to participate in organized sport #SoALLKidsCanPlay. Visit kidsport.ca and find your local Chapter for details on eligibility and how to help this project.
In 2021, the KidSport BC program distributed $1.3 million in funding to help 4,164 children participate in 45 different sports in 132 communities across the province, including field hockey participants. Help support KidSport and, if you are in need of assistance, reach out to your local Chapter!
Field Hockey BC Society & Field Hockey BC Foundation
The Field Hockey BC Society is the Provincial Sports Organization (PSO) dedicated to supporting and developing field hockey in BC. Your donation will support FHBC's commitment to delivering its five main service pillars - Athlete Development, Coach Development, Officials Development, Event Hosting and Volunteer Recognition. Donate to the Society here.
The Field Hockey BC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Registered Society 'Field Hockey BC' and is managed by the FHBC Board of Directors. The Field Hockey BC Foundation is a leading example of the Society's commitment to the sustainable development of the sport across the province. Tax Receipts are available for donations to the Foundation, and donors have the opportunity to create their own Legacy Fund or donate to an existing program.Donate to the Foundation here.
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