Welcome to the December 2019 CornerShot Newsletter
Hi there This is our last monthly newsletter of the year, with the December holidays just around the corner. In this issue we will cover registration for Interior trials, Indoor Tournaments happening on the Island, umpire courses and celebrate some important results from BC teams and athletes!
FHBC Holiday Office Closure  
Field Hockey BC would like to wish you all Happy Holidays!

Our office will be closed from December 21, 2019, to January 1, 2020. Regular office hours will resume on January 2nd. We would like to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday season and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Register for the U18 and U15 Interior Girls Regional Trials
Registration is open for Regional Trials for the U18 and U15 Interior Girls (Kelowna, Kamloops, Oliver, Nelson, Trail, Penticton and surrounding areas). Deadline for registering is January 8, at noon.

Who is this for and what do I need to know?

  • Female U18 (2002-2004) and U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school in the Interior Region (Kelowna, Kamloops, Oliver, Nelson, Trail, Penticton and surrounding areas)
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, January 8. No exceptions!
  • Trial takes place Sunday, January 12 at Kelowna CNC (Indoor) @11:45am
  • Selections will be made by Wednesday, January 15th
  • Training begins January 19 – see current Training Schedule in our website

For more information and to start your registration process, please visit:
Registration is now open for the U16 and U18 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournaments 2020 on Vancouver Island
For girls who are interested in playing some indoor field hockey, you can now register for the Indoor Tournaments happening on Vancouver Island in January 2020.

U16 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020

  • Entry Deadline: December 20, 2019
  • Fee: $350 per team after Dec 15, 2019.
  • Early Bird Fee: $300 per team if registered by December 15, 2019
  • Where: Cowichan Community Centre, Duncan, BC
  • When: January 4-5, 2020

For more information and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/2PcvPWa

U18 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020

  • Entry Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Fee: $350 per team after Dec 15, 2019.
  • Early Bird Fee: $350 per team if registered by December 31, 2019
  • Where: Cowichan Community Centre, Duncan, BC
  • When: January 25-26, 2020

For more information and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/33NRHw8
Remember: Registration for the U16 Tournament closes on December 20!
Keep an eye on our social media and website for information on the Senior Indoor Field Hockey Tournament. Registration will open in the next coming days!
Last Call for Provincial Indoor Umpire Course on Vancouver Island
Deadline for registering is December 20th!

The Provincial Indoor Umpire Course is $25 for FHBC members. The course will be one session of 4 hours, including theory and exam. Participants must obtain a grade of 75% or higher in order to pass as a Provincial level umpire or obtain a grade of 60% or higher to pass as a Community Level Umpire. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years by the end of the calendar year to register.

For more information, access: bit.ly/2L7orKt
Job Opportunities with Field Hockey BC
FHBC currently has two job openings: Sport Development Manager and Events & Officials Coordinator.

The Sport Development Manager will be directly responsible for the delivery of both the National and Provincial Coach Education and Officials Education training and certification program, the initiation of an FHBC coach and official mentorship program, and the further development and delivery of a targeted coach and officials professional development pathway.

The position of Events & Officials Coordinator is designed to provide logistical support in line with the operational requirements of the annual Field Hockey BC event calendar and event based officiating calendar, the officials development pathway and the delivery of the Officials Professional Development and Certification Program, as well as, the oversight for facility bookings and equipment provision to Field Hockey BC programming.

If you are interested in these positions, click here.
U18 Regional Squad plays friendly against visiting Australian team
Early in December, FHBC's U18 Mainland Boys Regional Squad played a visiting team from Australia, The Wanderers. The exhibition game was an opportunity for our athletes and coaching staff to test their skills under match conditions for our Regional Program.

"This was great for providing feedback as to how are we improving at our competitive level", said John Sacré, FHBC's Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager. It was a fast-paced game under rainy conditions, with the result being 2 – 0 for the Australian boys. "I believe both teams very much enjoyed the competitive environment."

The match was well attended by many of the parents who were kind enough to organize and arrange for an inpromptu pizza delivery for both teams at the conclusion of the game – thank you, parents! Also, a special thanks to Kevin Pereira and Sumesh Putra who came out to umpire the match.
Field Hockey BC’s president, Alan Waterman, and BC athletes and builders named to FHC Hall of Fame
Alan Waterman, President of FHBC
Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate the president of our Board of Directors, Alan Waterman, for being in the 2019 Induction Class of Field Hockey Canada’s Hall of Fame. Alan, inducted in the Official category, has been an international umpire for over 17 years and umpired in several high profile events such as the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1994 World Cup and three Champions Trophies.

Along with Alan Waterman, other prominent names of Field Hockey in our province are also being inducted by FHC: Shelley Andrews from Victoria and Alan Hobkirk from Vancouver in the Athlete category. Shelley was the first Canadian female player to appear in more than 100 international matches and participated in several World Cups and in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Hobkirk was in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and was part of the team that won the Gold Medal in the 1983 Pan-Am.

In the Builder category, Jenny John from Kamloops, Dorothy Asuma from the Sunshine Coast and Jack Taunton from Vancouver are also being inducted. All of them have been fundamental parts of the sport in British Columbia and – each in their own area and very special way – have helped to develop field hockey all across the province.

To read the full story, please access Field Hockey Canada’s website here.
2019 AA and AAA Field Hockey championships
In November, Handsworth Secondary School won the 2019 BCSSS AAA Field Hockey Championship, defeating Kelowna in the final by 5-0. Field Hockey BC's 2019 Female Player of the Year (Under 18), Grace Delmotte, was Handsworth captain.

In the 2019 BC AA Field Hockey Championship, Collingwood School came out as the winners, besting Shawnigan Lake School in the final by 2-0. Congrats to all the teams that participated in the tournaments and especially to the Provincial champions!
Oak Bay wins the Bridgman Cup again 46 years later
Oak Bay High School has won the 2019 edition of the Bridgman Cup Tournament, defeating Handsworth 3-2 in the final - it is the first time Oak Bay wins the tournament since 1973. The Bridgman Cup is considered the oldest field hockey tournament in North America and is played yearly on Vancouver Island. Want to read more about it? Click here.
Uvic wins second straight U SPORTS national title

he Victoria Vikes defended their national championship by knocking off the Guelph Gryphons 3-1 in Game 2 of the best-of-three U SPORTS national championship on Saturday evening at the UVic Field Hockey Turf.

The win gave the Vikes their second straight national title, the first back-to-back banners since 1994 and 1995. It was also the 13th championship in program history and first on home turf since 2008

Anna Mollenhauer got the Vikes on the board in the sixth minute when she unleashed a tomahawk in front of the net to beat Amanda Hodgert on the near side.

The two-time All-Canadian wasn’t done there, as two minutes later off a penalty corner, Mollenhauer used another tomahawk to power one past Hodgert. For her efforts, Mollenhauer was named the U SPORTS national championship MVP.

“The crowd was amazing tonight. We heard them throughout the entire game,” said Mollenhauer. “Last year at York, it was exciting to play in nationals, but it was nothing like playing here on home turf. It was really cool to have alumni come cheer us on.” To read the full story, access the U Sports website here.
Former FHBC provincial player, Tayler Guy played her first season with University of Calgary and was named U SPORTS Rookie of the Year. Additionally, she was also Canada West's Rookie and Goalkeeper of the year.
Congrats, Tayler!
Merritt Secondary backs field hockey startup
by the Editor of the Merritt Herald

When Erin Peters’ teenage daughter expressed an interest in field hockey, a sport she had heard about from her mother and watched cousins play in other communities, Peters decided that it was time to test the sport’s appeal in Merritt.

“It’s one of the most popular sports in the world,” says Peters. “They play it in Vancouver, in the (Fraser) Valley, on Vancouver Island. It’s just not popular in the Okanagan. So, my daughter said, ‘Do you think we can try to start it here?’ And I said, ‘we can try!’ Let’s see what happens!”

Peters found enough interested parties in the community to put together a spring session with the help of the City of Merritt and Field Hockey BC, the latter of which loaned Merritt’s fledgling team all the equipment it needed.

Having up-to-date gear made all the difference, says Peters, and she doubts that Merritt’s first experience would have succeeded without Field Hockey BC’s generosity.

After that initial success, Peters took her field hockey project to Merritt Secondary School (MSS) in hopes of keeping the interest, and the opportunity, alive for all the girls who had enjoyed her spring session. As it turned out, she found an eager host for the team in school principal Leroy Slanzi.

To read the full story, click here.
In Memoriam: Jennifer Budding (nee van Dyk)
Field Hockey BC mourns the sudden passing of Jennifer Budding (nee van Dyk). A stalwart in the Cowichan and Vancouver Island field hockey communities, Jen also played for and coached BC provincial teams. She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.

A Celebration of Life is planned for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Shawnigan Lake School, 1975 Renfrew Road. Celebration will take place in the chapel, with reception to follow in the Marian Hall.

Interested in any of the courses offered by Field Hockey BC?
Field Hockey BC is happy to announce that our registration process has been streamlined for those who want to take any of the courses offered by us.

If you are keen on becoming a coach, umpire or technical official, all you have to do is fill out our Waitlist Form, check the boxes for the courses you are interested in, and we will reach out to you once these courses are being offered.

Access our Coaches and Officials pages for more information regarding education and opportunities.
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