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VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s field hockey team will have a new face in charge next year as head coach Kevin Laidman is stepping down after three seasons at the helm.

“Kevin has been a valued contributor to Vikes Athletics as a coach, a player and an ambassador,” said Clint Hamilton, Director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation. “His leadership has been instrumental in the building of a solid core that includes athletes representing the Vikes at the national level and we appreciate all Kevin has done for our program.”

A former player with the Vikes from 2006-10, Laidman took over from Michael Lee in August, 2013 after serving as Lee’s assistant coach in 2012-13. As a player, he competed at multiple national championships with Team BC and played at the elite level with the Victoria Selects. The 30-year-old earned his first international cap with the men’s senior national team in 2011.

“It has been a pleasure and honour to have both played and coached with the Vikes for the past 10 years,” said Laidman. “Coaching the Vikes has been a very rewarding experience as I had the opportunity to develop the next generation of elite field hockey players.”

Under Laidman’s leadership, a number of promising young athletes were recruited to play for the Vikes, including junior national team standouts Amardeep Sidhu, Josh Brown and Harbir Sidhu. Harbir, who will compete for Canada at the Junior Pan Am Games in May alongside Amardeep, committed to the Vikes after winning silver with Canada at the 2015 Youth Olympics in Beijing.

Laidman and the Vikes put up a number of impressive performances during his time as head coach, most notably a 3-2 victory over UBC in January. The Vikes, who hadn’t beaten the Thunderbirds in 10 years of premiership hockey, got a late goal from rookie forward Christopher Lee—the first of his university career—to complete the upset.

“I have worked to grow our squad over the past three seasons and the trend is continuing,” said Laidman. “Our team is getting more competitive and the future is looking bright. I am sad to leave the program at this time, but I am excited for the future of the team.”

The search for the next head coach of the Vikes Men’s Field Hockey program will begin immediately. Interested candidates should contact James Keogh, Manager of Athletics, at, or 250-721-8411. A full job description can be found below.

Photo Credit: (Armando Tura)
Story by David Conlin, Vikes Communications


VICTORIA, B.C. – At the annual Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey general meeting, on Apr. 4, the major award winners, division winners, playoff winners and all-star teams were announced. Second division midfielder and member of the Blue Jays team, Jaime Sharpe, was named the most outstanding player of the season as well as the Division 2 MVP. From the Flickers team, Wildcats and Junior National team member Sara Goodman was named the top junior player. Executive member and long-time Rebels Patriots player Heather Wheatley was named the Christine Trophy winner for all-around sportsmanship, ability and service to the league, while Cowichan’s Samantha Ross was named the most improved umpire.

The Hibbert Trophy – Most Outstanding Player
Awarded to the most outstanding player in the association. Players in any division are eligible for this award. The Hibbert family, of Victoria, donated this trophy. Nita Hibbert played in the association and was the league’s social director.

2015-16 Winner: Jaime Sharpe, Rebels Blue Jays

The Foley Shield – Most Improved Umpire
Awarded to the most improved umpire in the association.

2015-16 Winner: Samantha Ross, Cowichan

The Christine Trophy – Ability, Sportsmanship and Service
Awarded to a member of the association who best combines sportsmanship, ability and service to VILFHA. Joy Speight donated the trophy, which was named for after her daughter.

2015-16 Winner: Heather Wheatley, Rebels Patriots

The Trelawney Shield – Most Outstanding Under 18 Player
Presented to a young player (18 and under) who best combines ability, leadership and sportsmanship. Ruth Trelawney, who was a member of VILFHA and the Canadian national team that competed in Jamaica in 1968, donated this shield.

2015-16 Winner: Sara Goodman, Cowichan Flickers

These awards are given out annually to the most sportsmanship team in each division (1, 2 and 3). Each team votes for a team in their division they felt was the most sportsmanlike.

2015-16 Division 1 Winner: Patriots
2015-16 Division 2 Winner: Blue Jays
2015-16 Division 3 Winner: Devils

These awards are given out annually to the player that is voted most outstanding within the division they are registered in. This player will impact the league through leadership, ability or service to their team.

2015-16 Division 1 MVP: Sandy Zinkowski, Rebels Patritos
2015-16 Division 2 MVP: Jaime Sharpe, Rebels Blue Jays
2015-16 Division 3 MVP: Teresa Gregus, Cowichan Kestrels

Division 1: Flickers
Division 2: Sailors
Division 3: Stellers

Division 1: Lynx 1
Division 2: Lynx 2
Division 3: Stellers

These awards are given out annually to the players that are voted most outstanding within the division they are registered in.

Division 1
Sara Goodman, Flickers
Emma Dame, Flickers
Robin Fleming, Flickers
Perri Espeseth, Flickers
Andy Rusthon, Lynx 1
Anna Mollenhauer, Lynx 1
Brittany Smith, Lynx 1
Emily Fisher, Mariners
Chelsea Rabey, Mariners
Heather Wheatley, Patriots
Sandy Zinkowski, Patriots

Division 2
Teresa Wong, Blue Jays
Jaime Sharpe, Blue Jays
Sandy Grimwood, Blue Jays
Jill Roberts, Cardinals
Alyssa Davidson, Cardinals
Stefanie Sajko, Lynx 2
Claire Church, Lynx 2
Natalie Boraston, Lynx 2
Sara Brant, Sailors
Jenna Lucas, Sailors
Kelsey Havens, Sailors

Division 3
Cathy Boraston, Demons
Tess Tremblay, Demons
Zena McCreary, Devils
Teresa Gregus, Kestrels
Hayley Picard, Kestrels
Reilly Sinclair, Lynx 3
Heather Crisp, Pirates
Lisa Grambart, Pirates
Tracey Varian, Pirates
Kyla Bulincx, Ravens
Nicole Little, Ravens
Dana Dickinson, Ravens
Jill Dayton, Stellers
Birkley Anderson, Stellers
Jocelyn Buss, Stellers

A reminder for this weekend’s playoffs, Mar. 19-20, that games will go straight to shoot-outs. Please be reminded of the Shoot-out Regulations on the below, attached document.

Note: If the two teams are tied at the end of regular time, the game will go straight to shoot-outs. There are no overtime periods.


The VILFHA Spring AGM will be a night to honour our 2015-16 major award winners and all-stars but it is also the time to re-elect the members who will sit on the VILFHA Executive.

WHEN: April 4, 2016
TIME: 7:00 pm
WHERE: Victoria Canoe Club

Currently the Executive has representation from the following clubs: Sailors, Rebels, Oak Bay, and Aeries. ALL positions are open but some existing executive members are willing to stand as per below:

President: Vacant
Vice-President: Sandy Grimwood, Rebels (willing to stand)
Operations: Vacant
Treasurer: Heather Wheatley, Rebels (willing to stand)
Secretary: Caitlin Hansen, Ravens (willing to stand)
Communications: Ali Lee, Sailors (willing to stand)
Membership: Theresa Kennedy, Oak Bay (willing to stand)

Attached to this posting is an outline of major duties. All current executive members are willing to help in training throughout the Fall season or as needed.



Please take note of the below upcoming TWO events that is open to ALL VILFHA Members:

When: Monday, April 4th @7:00 pm
Where: Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club (355 Gorge Road West, Victoria, BC)
Who: All VILFHA members (ALL teams must have at least one team representative)

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Monday, April 4, 2016

Please come and show your appreciation of our league award winners and support for our league.
Election of executive for the 2016-2017 season will also take place.
Drinks, appetizers and sweets will be provided.

A reminder all award nominee forms (available on Team pages) should be completed by: March 7, 2016

When: Sunday, April 10th, 2016 1:00 -3:00 pm
Where: Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse (2487 Mount Saint Michael Road, Saanichton, BC)
Who: All VILFHA members, Umpires, Coaches and Friends
Tickets: $25.00 per person includes tasting of 3 different ciders, Artesian Lunch Plate and tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance (minimum of 30 people required by March 28th, 2016).
Final Deadline for ticket sales: Monday, April 4th, 2016 at the AGM/Awards Night

Tickets can be purchased through:
Kate Knappett – Oak Bay Field Hockey Club (
Ronnie Lee – Sailors Field Hockey Club (
Heather Wheatley – Rebels Field Hockey Club (

Cheques payable to: VILFHA (memo: Sea Cider Tour and Tasting)

If you wish to purchase tickets by mail contact:
Kate Knappett (e-mail:
325-984 McKenzie Avenue, Victoria, B.C. V8X 4E7

Please note: If purchasing tickets by mail, tickets will be reserved at the door on April 10th. Will e-mail you a confirmation. Cheques only please. Do not send cash.