Fall Hockey Preview
VICTORIA – The Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association will kick off early this fall with the Bunyan Tournament on Aug. 30. The Bunyan Tournament is being resurrected after many years of dormancy. The all-day 7-aside tournament will take place at UVic and will be the first opportunity for the women’s league teams to get a touch on the ball before the fall season.
The women’s league will begin their three-division season on Sept. 14 with games going right until Dec. 15 for a Christmas break. The women’s league will be comprised of four teams in both the first and second division and eight teams in the third division. New players interested in joining a women’s league team can e-mail VILFHA@gmail.com
In addition to the regular season for the women and men, several elite teams will be competing at the UVic artificial water based turf. This fall, the University of Victoria Vikes will play host to the 2013 Canadian Interuniveristy Sport (CIS) women’s field hockey national championship, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. All women’s and men’s league play will be suspended for that weekend as four of the country’s top University teams will travel to the island to battle for the McCrae Cup. The Vikes will also host Canada West rivals UBC (Sept. 28/29) and Calgary (Oct. 12/13) for their regular season home games.
In the fall, several high school teams will battle through a short season vying for seeds to the AA and AAA BC Provincial Championships. The annual Ferreira Cup will be hosted in Duncan on Sept. 28-29, while the prestigious Bridgman Cup will be hosted at UVic Oct. 12-13.
The island will also host a variety of Vancouver Premier League games as both the UVic Vikes men and women are members of the league and the Victoria Selects (men) and Kirby’s Island Wildcats (women) contribute to the elite Vancouver league.
The tightly-packed fall schedule will be followed closely by the BC Senior, BC Junior and UVic Indoor tournaments, typically all hosted on the island.
For more information, questions about playing or joining a team please e-mail VILFHA@gmail.com
All schedules, information and contacts will be posted at www.vilfha.ca