News and Announcements

Please read the below information about the upcoming VILFHA Fall General Meeting.

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: University of Victoria (Clearihue Building, Room D143)

Directions: The Clearihue Building is located inside Ring Road across from the Student Union Building (SUB). It is shaped like a box and the “D Wing” faces Ring Road and Room 143 is on the first floor. You can park in the McKinnon Parking Lot closer to the bookstore and walk over or you can park in the parking lot inside Ring Road across from the SUB. Either way pay parking is in effect but the Reserved Parking of the lot outside the building is not reserved after 6:30 p.m.

If you have issues finding or accessing the buildling, please call Ali Lee: 250-418-5633 upon arrival on campus.

As per the VILFHA Constitution in section 3.5 the Fall General Meeting shall include:
a. the minutes of the most recent General Meeting of the Association
b. the financial statements
c. auditor’s report
d. presentation of the budget for the following year
e. ratification of the membership fees / ratification of the format of the season’s schedule
f. proposed amendments, if any, to the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules and Regulations
g. election of the Executive

Note that the biggest focus will be ratification of the season’s schedule. Drafts will be circulated in the coming weeks. Please be prompt in your response and feedback in order to ensure the most efficient process possible.

A reminder that as per the VILFHA Rules and Regulations under Section 4. DISCIPLINE, Fines shall be imposed on any team for not having a Team Rep at Council Meetings and/or General Meetings ($25.00). Please ensure you have a minimum of one representative at the meeting other than a member of the Executive Council.

For any further questions, comments or concerns please contact Denise McGeachy, VILFHA President, at


A five-session field hockey camp will be held for youth aged 9-13 for $25. See below for more information:

Cowichan Field Hockey Camp
Ages 9-13
Where: Cowichan Sportsplex (Duncan)
Price $25 (for all 5 sessions)
July, 20,21,23,24 7-8:30pm
July 25: 9-10:30am
Coached by: Denesha Doman, Queens University
Cheques or cash: Payable to Denesha Doman

Contact info for enrolling

Online membership registration for the 2015/16 season is now open!

Current 2014/15 memberships will be valid until August 31, 2015. Anyone planning to play in September or later will need to register for a 2015/16 membership.

To register for the 2015/16 season, click here:

Please join us on Sunday, July 5th between 2 and 4pm at 4543 Torquay Drive to celebrate the life of Shirley Holloway (1938-2015)

Dr. Shirley Anne Holloway lived her life and pursued her goals according to the T.S. Eliot maxim: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” Born in Nottingham, England, she left to see the rest of the world as a graduate pharmacist and chemical technologist. She continued to study as she came to Canada, moved to the USA and then back to England. Upon returning to Canada she completed her PhD in cell biology at York University. She worked as a college science instructor before becoming Dean of Technology, Science and Trades at George Brown College in Toronto (the first woman to hold such a position in North America). She moved to Victoria to become the Dean of Trades and Technology at Camosun College, and then to Edmonton as Vice-President Academic and Student Services at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. While pursuing a rewarding career for herself, she raised three very active sons, lovingly guiding them into adulthood. She was also an excellent athlete, participating in a variety of competitive sports throughout her life. Her involvement in field hockey took her to places such as Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands and Argentina where she would have as much fun off the field as on. Nearing age 70, she decided she would like to try playing goalie in ice hockey, which she continued doing up until a few days before she passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015, at the age of 77. The daughter of Ronald and Phyllis Pugsley is survived by her brother, Tony Pugsley, sister, Joy Salsbury, sons, Andy, Phil (Tess) and Russ (Teresa), and grandchildren, Themis, Caitlin and Brooke. She leaves us far too soon. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in her honour to Operation Trackshoes at


The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Field Hockey Canada have announced the sixteen women who have been selected to represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26 in Toronto, Ontario.

Oak Bay High graduate and former Lynx 1 midfielder Maddie Secco is the lone islander to represent Canada at the upcoming home games. With 60 caps to her name the current Stanford University student-athlete will join her team mates in their last shot at Olympic qualification. Secco will also join former Vikes players Thea Culley, Danielle Hennig and Kaitlyn Williams.

Culley is the highest capped active player (136), while Hennig will celebrate her 100th cap during the games as she is currently at 97. Former Canada West goalkeeper of the year Williams boasts 60 international caps and will back the team in net.

The Pan American Games field hockey competition, which will be held at the new Pan Am Fields at the University of Toronto, serves as an official 2016 Olympic Games qualifying tournament, with both the men’s and women’s winner earning a spot at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next summer.

“We’ve played a number of the top teams in the world of the last two years, now it’s the last opportunity we have to qualify for the 2016 Olympics,” says Women’s National Team Head Coach Ian Rutledge. “The team we’ve picked represents the best sixteen players in the country at this time for us achieve that goal.”

The Canadian roster is led by captain Kate Gillis, who is from Kingston, Ontario, and vice-captains Thea Culley (Rossland, BC) and Danielle Hennig (Kelowna, BC). Culley is the Canadian women’s active cap leader with 136 senior matches to her name.

“To play for Canada on home soil is something I have been looking forward to ever since Toronto was named as host for the 2015 Pan American Games,” says Gillis, who is from Kingston, Ontario, and is one of three Eastern Canadian athletes named to the team. “Wearing the maple leaf on your chest and representing your country is an indescribable feeling of pride.”

“To be able to share that with our family and friends of a home crowd dawning the red and white, with an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics, will be an unforgettable experience.”

The Women’s National, currently twentieth in the field hockey world ranking, enters the tournament as the third ranked team, behind Argentina (World No.3) and the United States (World No.5). The Canadian women begin competition on July 13th against the Dominican Republic. .

The Canadian women last medaled in 1999 in Winnipeg, the last time a Pan American Games was held in Canada.

Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will offer a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.



Name Position Hometown Senior Caps*

Abigail Raye Defender Kelowna, BC 133
Alex Thicke Midfielder Vancouver, BC 16
Amanda Woodcroft Midfielder Waterloo, ON 29
Brienne Stairs Forward Kitchener, ON 78
Danielle Hennig* Defender Kelowna, BC 97
Hannah Haughn Forward North Vancouver, BC 92
Holly Stewart Forward North Vancouver, BC 29
Kaitlyn Williams Goalkeeper White Rock, BC 64
Karli Johansen Defender North Vancouver, BC 46
Kate Gillis** Midfielder Kingston, ON 133
Maddie Secco Midfielder Victoria, BC 60
Natalie Sourisseau Midfielder Kelowna, BC 76
Sara McManus Defender Tsawwassen, BC 86
Shanlee Johnston Defender Vancouver, BC 29
Stephanie Norlander Forward North Vancouver, BC 26
Thea Culley* Forward Rossland, BC 136

Head Coach – Ian Rutledge (Orange, WSA, Australia)
Assistant Coach – Stephanie Andrews (Perth, WA, Australia)
Team Manager – Carrie Trumpy (Victoria, BC)
Video Analyst – Stefanie Sloboda (Winnipeg, MB)
Physiotherapist – Elliot Usher (Vancouver, BC)
Athletic Therapist – Michelle Meckling (Kelowna, BC)
Team Doctor – Dr. Navin Prasad (Vancouver, BC)