News and Announcements
Come Try the Game Free!
VICTORIA, B.C. – In anticipation of the start of the youth Spring League programs beginning in early April, the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association is hosting it’s second in as many weeks Come Try the Game Free! day.
Victoria Junior Field Hockey’s annual Come Try the Game Free session is happening at the University of Victoria this Sunday, March 8, from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Sunday parking is FREE but we advise all participants to arrive a few minutes early to find their correct age group and get equipped with the right sized stick.
Bring your kids, friends, neighbours, or family aged 4-18 to try the sport you love! We provide sticks, balls, coaching, and fun!
If you aren’t able to volunteer your time as a coach and you want to help spread the game this is the best way possible! Forward this on to your friends and family and help grow the game!
SIGN UP ONLINE FOR FREE: http://www.teampages.com/forms/1073-Sign-Up-for-Come-Try-the-Game-Free
WHEN: Sunday, March 8
WHERE: University of Victoria, Rubber-based Fields
WHEN: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
WHAT: FREE session to introduce field hockey to girls and boys
WHO: Girls and boys aged 5-18
Young islanders to compete for Canada
Field Hockey Canada’s Women’s National Program has named twenty-two athletes to the Women’s National Junior Development Team set to take part in a four-game series versus the American Under-21 team at Spooky Nook in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from February 9-17, 2015.
The athletes were selected from the recently named Women’s National Team Junior Development Squad.
Several of the players are former or current VILFHA members including:
Lexi De Armond (Lynx 1, Island Wildcats)
Jenna Dhillon (Lynx 1, UVic Vikes)
Lindsay Cole (Lynx 1, UVic Vikes)
Sara Goodman (Flickers, Island Wildcats)
Asst. Coach – Krista Thompson (Lynx 1, UVic Vikes)
The Under 21 team will be playing matches on Feb. 12, 13, 15 and 16 in the unique, world-class and domed artificial water-based turf in Spooky Nook. This program is aimed at preparing the women for 2016 Junior World Cup qualification, which will be held late 2015/early 2016.
Throughout 2015, the juniors will continue to train with the direction from the National Program individually, at various training camps, and in competitions such as this one with the United States.
Full Team roster: http://www.fieldhockey.ca/en/news-1446-women-s-junior-team-named-for-u21-series
Full Preview: http://www.fieldhockey.ca/en/news-1479-junior-women-continue-busy-month-for-women
Milena Gaiga to be inducted into UVic Sports Hall of Fame
VICTORIA, B.C. – This year will mark the 13th class of the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, founded in 2002 to honour those individuals who have contributed significantly to sport or recreation at the university as athletes, coaches, a team or as builders. Vikes Athletics and Recreation are pleased to announce that three individual athletes will be inducted on Apr. 1 at the annual Celebration of Champions Event and they are Phil Ohl, of men’s basketball, Milena Gaiga, of women’s field hockey, and Christin Petelski, of women’s swimming.
Women’s field hockey player Gaiga competed for the Vikettes in two stints, first in 1985-87 during her bachelors and then again from 1989-93 when she completed her masters. In her five years Gaiga helped the Vikettes claim two gold, one silver and two bronze medals at CIAU national championships. In addition, Gaiga was a three-time conference all-star and two-time CIAU second team All-Canadian.
In 1993, Gaiga was named UVic’s President’s Cup winner, awarded to an outstanding senior athlete who best combines scholastic achievement and athletic ability. Gaiga, also a two-time national championship all-star, continued her talents to the world stage where she competed for Canada from 1989 to 1993. Gaiga helped Canada finish seventh at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, which is Canada’s women’s field hockey team’s last-ever appearance at an Olympic games.
Gaiga was also a big part of the success of the 2008 Women’s Field Hockey Olympic Qualifier hosting committee, organizing the volunteer group, and she was an icon in the success of the rebuilding of the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association, serving as President for many years.
The University of Victoria Alumni Association and Vikes Athletics and Recreation are pleased to celebrate the induction of Phil Ohl, Milena Gaiga and Christin Petelski – three incredibly talented Vikes athletes who still today are involved with the Vikes. Ohl is currently an assistant coach of the Vikes men’s basketball program and the program’s alumni chapter chair. Gaiga was a long-time alumni chapter chair for women’s field hockey, while Petelski is currently the Vikes women’s swimming chapter chair.
All three will be formally inducted along side the annual Vikes athletics award winners at the Celebration of Champions event, Apr. 1, at the Victoria Conference Centre. Tickets will be available for $85 per person (plus GST). For more information please visit www.govikesgo.com/COC or contact Janine Prince by phone at (250) 472-4772 or by e mail: jlprince@Uvic.ca
Members of the community looking to submit nominations to the UVic Sports Hall of Fame may e-mail vicvikes@Uvic.ca for an application form or visit http://govikesgo.com/HOF for details. Due to the overwhelming number of submissions, nominations for the UVic Sport Hall of Fame will be considered for five years.
Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Jan Crook, Field Hockey
Dr. Dave Docherty, Rugby
Dr. Bruce Howe, Rugby
Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Silverado Socrates, Cross-country/Track
Nicci Wright, Soccer
Dr. Derek Ellis, Cross-country/Track, Builder
Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Michael Edgson, Swimming
Lynne Beecroft, Field Hockey
1981-82 Women’s Basketball team
Hall of Fame Class of 2011
Greg Streppel, Swimming
Eric Hinrichsen, Basketball
1970-71 Men’s Rugby Team
Hall of Fame Class of 2010
Laurelee Kopeck, Field Hockey
Tracie McAra (Sibbald), Basketball
Hall of Fame Class of 2009
Kelly Dukeshire, Basketball
Carey Nelson, Cross Country
1983 Men’s Rowing, Varsity Eight
Hall of Fame Class of 2007
Gary Dukelow, Rugby
Robyn Meagher, Cross Country/Track
Deb Whitten, Field Hockey
Hall of Fame Class of 2006
Kirsten Barnes, Rowing
Gerald Kazanowski, Basketball
Luanne Krawetz (Hebb), Basketball
Howard Petch, Builder
1975 Men’s Soccer, Team
Hall of Fame Class of 2005
Rochelle Low, Field Hockey
Robbie Parris, Basketball
Eli Pasquale, Basketball
Pam Rai, Swimming
Mark Wyatt, Rugby
Hall of Fame Class of 2004
Jon Kelly, Swimming
Al Morrow, Rowing
Debbie Scott, Cross Country/Track
1984-85 Women’s Field Hockey, Team
Hall of Fame Class of 2003
Howard Gerwing, Rugby
Nancy Mollenhauer (Charlton), Field Hockey
Derek Porter, Rowing
1979-80 Men’s Basketball, Team
Hall of Fame Class of 2002
Lorne Loomer, Rowing
Wally Milligan, Soccer
Gareth Rees, Rugby
Ken Shields, Basketball
Kathy Shields, Basketball
Umpires' Association AGM
The South Island Field Hockey Umpires’ Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting.
When: February 12th, 7-9 pm
Where: Pacific Sport Offices, Commonwealth Pool.
This announcement is being made with former and/or future umpires in mind. Umpiring effects players so the more that get involved, the better!
The proposed agenda is as follows:
1. Call to order
2. Review of previous minutes (if any)
3. Report of the Executive
4. Election of Executive (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer)
5. New Business
- a. Discussion: Purpose, goals of UA, creation of bylaws
- b. Overview of Junior League umpire model
- c. Introduction of FHC Assessment model (new)
- d. Planning educational opportunities / courses
Anyone who is interested in the future of umpiring on Vancouver Island is encouraged to attend the meeting.
Hockey hits the hardwood
VICTORIA, B.C. – As the winter months continue to drop the temperature the University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team will be hosting the annual UVic Indoor Tournament at the Ian Stewart Complex from Jan. 9-11.
The eight-team indoor tournament is the only one of it’s kind in Victoria as the adapted, indoor version of the game is significantly less popular in Western Canada. With thinner sticks, five players per team, side boards to keep the ball in play and no hitting, this version of hockey is high scoring, fast paced and more than just entertaining. A strong focus on technical speed and skill puts good teams ahead of others and while the indoor sport is a growing game in North America, the Vikes have always integrated it into their training.
The Vikes will be entering two teams into the tournament, denoted Vikes Blue and Vikes White, while their local rivals the Island Wildcats will also have two teams, black and white. Mainland teams traveling to compete include recent CIS champions, the UBC Thunderbirds, as well Vancouver premier league members, the Jokers. A local select team, the Islanders, will round out the competition as well as a Shawnigan team, comprised of several of the recent AAA provincial champions.
The indoor game is often a more entertaining version for spectators as there are more goals, it is faster and it is held inside. Admission is free, though spectator room is limited.
A combination of up-and-coming youth as well as several ex-internationals and elite players will compete this weekend for the annual title.
More info: http://goo.gl/5iKNCI
Friday, January 9th, 2015
TIME POOL GAME TEAM TEAM
7:00 pm A 1 Wildcats Black vs UVic Blue
8:00 pm B 2 Uvic White vs Wildcats White
Saturday, January 10th, 2015
9:00 am A 3 Wildcats Black vs Islanders
10:00 am B 4 UVic White vs Shawnigan
11:00 am A 5 Islanders vs Jokers
12:00 pm B 6 Shawnigan vs UBC
1:00 pm A 7 Jokers vs UVic Blue
2:00 pm B 8 UBC vs Wildcats White
3:00 pm A 9 Islanders vs UVic Blue
4:00 pm B 10 Shawnigan vs Wildcats White
5:00 pm A 11 Wildcats Black vs Jokers
6:00 pm B 12 UVic White vs UBC
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
8:00 am Semifinal 1 13 1st Pool A vs 2nd Pool B
9:00 am Semifinal 2 14 1st Pool B vs 2nd Pool A
10:00 am 7th/8th 15 4th Pool A vs 4th Pool B
11:00 am 5th/6th 16 3rd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B
12:00 pm 3rd/4th 17 Loser Game 13 vs Loser Game 14
1:00 pm FINAL 18 Winner Game 13 vs Winner Game 14
1:45 pm Awards Presentations