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The Cowichan Thunderbirds repeated as AAA B.C. Provincial Champions yesterday, Nov. 11, after beating Kelowna 1-0 in the finals in Surrey. Following last year’s win in Shawnigan Lake, the Thunderbirds have successfully defended their provincial title thanks to the leadership of coaches Perri Espeseth, Caitlin Evans and Jen Budding.

It was an all-island battle for fifth place as Mount Doug, doubled their entry ranking to finish in 5th after a dramatic shoot out against fellow islanders, the Francis Kelsey Breakers.

The fourth island team at the 16-team tournament was Oak Bay who lost in a shoot out to finish 10th place. Oak Bay qualified for the tournament after a wild card win over West Vancouver late last week.

Congratulations to all four teams for their performances this season and to all the dedicated island coaches for their time, energy and passion.


Vancouver Island celebrates four high school girls field hockey teams qualifying for the upcoming AAA BC Provincial Championships hosted this week, Nov. 9-11, at Tamanawis Fields in Surrey, B.C. Cowichan High, Oak Bay, Frances Kelsey and Mount Doug are all heading to the championships.

The 2015 reigning AAA champions, Cowichan High, return as favourites for the tournament and know the road to a repeat victory will include facing mainland strengths such as Carson Graham and Handsworth. Cowichan will play Kelowna, Charles Best and Eric Hamber in Pool B of the 16-team tournament. The team is led by coaches and former Cowichan players Perri Espeseth and Caitlin Evans, while the team features junior national team members Sara Goodman in midfield and Robin Fleming in goal as well as stand outs Emma Dame and Jillian Wallace.

Also qualifying for the championship is Mount Douglas Secondary who will face South Delta, McMath and Churchill in Pool D. Mount Doug is led by two former Mount Doug grads, coaches Andrea Rushton and Derrick Norton. The Rams are led by a cohort of regional and provincial athletes including Stefanie Sajko, Claire Church, Natalie Boraston, Janet Dawson and Brecken Sales.

Frances Kelsey qualified for the AAA championship after coming second in the Island Championship and they will match up against powerhouse Handsworth, fellow islanders Oak Bay and Penticton, all in Pool A. The Frances Kelsey Breakers are led by head coach Alison Andersen and have strengths in central defender Hannah Craig as well as the offensive power of veteran Kyla Toljander.

Oak Bay qualified for the AAA Championship through a wildcard win over West Vancouver last week and the young team earned their spot thanks to the talents of regional players Reilly Sinclair, Judy Cristante, Cara Butler, Carmen Andiel, Sophia Berk, Nora Strutchup and Lexi Knight. Oak Bay have two former UVic Vikes coaching them in Kolette Cristante and Kira Starr.

Pool A: Handsworth, Frances Kelsey, Oak Bay, Penticton
Pool B: Cowichan, Kelowna, Charles Best, Eric Hamber
Pool C: Carson Graham, Gleneagle, Kitsilano, Sullivan Heights
Pool D: South Delta, McMath, Mt. Douglas, Churchill

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All umpires are invited and encouraged to attend the South Island Field Hockey Umpire’s Association Annual General Meeting next Monday, November 14. We will be adopting of our long-awaited constitution and bylaw as well as other business such as education and development.

The meeting will be held at the Pacific Sport office, which is in the lower part of the Saanich Commonwealth Pool.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Burns or Denise McGeachy

Look forward to seeing you there.

Denise McGeachy

See attached agenda.

The document South Island Umpiring Association was attached to this post.


It was a repeat of 2015 as the University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team were dealt their second-straight national final loss in shootouts today, Nov. 6. The UBC Thunderbirds tied the game up at one with nine minutes left on the clock to hoist their unprecedented sixth-straight McCrae Cup as CIS (USports) national champions.

Despite the loss the Vikes had many takeaways from the season including a pretty grand individual finale for fifth-year defender Annie Walters-Shumka. The Claremont grad and Lynx club member capped her senior year off winning the Canada West and USports Gail Wilson Award for Community Service.

A four-time CIS Academic All-Canadian and a Canada West All-Star in two of her five years with the team, Annie has been an important member of the Vikes team both on and off the field. The Vikes co-captain spends much of her free time volunteering as a medical intern, clinic volunteer, ambulatory care unit volunteer, Active Start program leader with Special Olympics, math and science tutor and field hockey coach.

Walters-Shumka volunteered in Nepal this past summer as an under-graduate medical intern. While in Nepal, she also volunteered in a Diabetes Clinic helping to educate people about the disease.

Last year, she was named a CIS Championship All-Star after helping lead the Vikes to CIS silver on home turf. Despite her multiple commitments on and off the field, she manages an 8.5 GPA (on a 9-point scale) in the faculty of Science.

“Annie is an amazing young woman,” said head coach Lynne Beecroft. “To be honest, it astonishes me that she can do so well at university, do all of this volunteer work and still make such a huge impact on the varsity women’s field hockey team.”

At the 2016 national championship Annie was named a tournament all-star alongside her sister and third-year defender, Kristina Walters-Shumka.

Kristina was also named a Canada West All-Star along side fifth year players Amanda Kurianowicz, Lizzie Yates, Kathleen Leahy and Rosie Beale, the latter three who are all from Vancouver Island. Kurianowicz, Yates and Leahy were also named 2016 USports All-Canadians.

The Vikes finished their 2016 national campaign with a 3-2 win over Guelph, a 1-1 tie against UBC and a 0-0 tie against Toronto in pool play. In the championship game the Vikes led 1-0 on a goal from Kurianowicz. UBC’s Gabby Jayme tied it up in the 61st minute deflecting in a penalty corner shot and ultimately sending the game to shoot outs.

UBC netminder Gabriella Switzer came up big for the T-Birds, stopping all four Vikes she faced, while 2016 U Sports co-player of the year Rachel Donohoe and fourth-year midfielder Sarah Keglowitsch both scored to secure the T-Birds victory. Annie Walters-Shumka was named player of the game for Victoria.

With the closing of the tournament UBC’s Haughn was named Championship MVP for the second-straight year, while Vikes Lindsay Cole and Annie and Kristina Walters-Shumka were named to the Tournament All-Star list.

Island players Sarah Keglowitsch and Sara Lowes are members of the UBC team that won. UBC adds to their national record, claiming their 18th U Sports title in program history, and becomes the only team to have won six consecutive national banners dating back to 1975. The T-Birds improve to 18-6 in 24 national final appearances, while also bettering their head-to-head record over the Vikes to 12-11-7 in U Sports championship history.

“I’m really proud of the transformation that this team has made since the beginning of the season,” said Vikes head coach Lynne Beecroft. “I think everyone stepped up after we lost Kathleen Leahy a couple of weeks ago. It’s going to be sad for me to lose the five players that I lose this year because they are such quality hockey players but more importantly they are such quality people. The winning or losing is what it is but I’m going to really miss those young ladies.”

Though Annie Walters-Shumka is one of the five that Beecroft will lose, her sister, Kristina, still has two more seasons to help the Vikes re-claim the national title, last won in 2008.

Championship MVP: Hannah Haughn (North Vancouver, B.C.), UBC
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Guelph Gryphons

2016 Championship All-Stars:
Lindsay Cole (Victoria, B.C.), Victoria
Ciara Condon (London, Ont.), Guelph
Rachel Donohoe (North Vancouver, B.C.), UBC
Hannah Haughn (North Vancouver, B.C.), UBC
Olivia Lane (Guelph, Ont.), Guelph
Alison Lee (Mississauga, Ont.), Toronto
Elizabeth O’Hara (Oakville, Ont.), Toronto
Rebecca Plouffe (Oakville, Ont.), Guelph
Annie Walters-Shumka (Victoria, B.C.), Victoria
Kristina Walters-Shumka (Victoria, B.C.), Victoria
Emma Wingrave (Oakville, Ont.), Toronto

Files from University of Toronto Communications (USports Communications)


Registration is now open! Here is the link to the FHBC website with information -

Direct link to reg:

Provincial Courses are 60$ for FHBC members and 80$ for non-members. Courses are two sessions of 3 hours, including theory and exam. Participants are required to attend both sessions to be eligible to write the exam. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years by the end of the calendar year to register.

VICTORIA – November 2016
Dates: November 21 & 24, 2016 (last day to register: Wednesday November 9, 2016)
Time: Two sessions from 6:30pm – 9:30pm on each of Monday November 21 and Thursday November 24, 2016
Venue: Room 329A, PISE Building (4371 Interurban Road, Victoria)
Course Conductor: Denise McGeachy
Registration link can be found here!

REMINDER Regional Courses:
Regional Courses are 80$ for FHBC members. Courses are open to umpires who have a CURRENT Provincial Umpire rating, and are interested in the first steps towards fulfilling the Regional certification requirements. Regional Courses are two sessions of 3 hours, and participants are required to attend both sessions to be eligible to write the exam. Contact the Field Hockey BC office at (604) 737-3046, or email with any questions.
VICTORIA – November 2016

Dates: Saturday November 5, 2016 (last day to register: Friday October 28)
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm, and 3pm-6pm, Saturday
Venue: Room 155, McKinnon Building, University of Victoria (This course is not offered or sponsored by the University of Victoria, and the University is not responsible for the content)
Instructor: Alan Waterman