News and Announcements


It is with the heaviest hearts that the VILFHA community mourn the sudden passing of Jennifer Joanna Budding (nee van Dyk). Jen was a lot to many not least of which included being an amazing mom, wife, daughter, teacher, coach, friend and person.

Jen was born and raised in Victoria and went on to play five years at the University of Victoria as a Vike, where she was a CIAU National Champion in each of 1991, 1992 and 1994. She is well known as a long-time teacher in the Cowichan School District and certainly very well known for helping coach the Cowichan Secondary School field hockey team to numerous provincial championships over many, many years.

Jen was among a prestigious list of dedicated volunteers that fulfilled the role as President of the the VILFHA ladies league. She was a talented player, a dedicated coach, a volunteer at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Qualifier in Victoria, a dedicated Vikes alumni and so, so much more.

She touched so many people and she will most certainly be missed. Her memory will live on every time we step on the field to play or take time to grow this sport as a coach.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jen’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (

A Celebration of Life is planned for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Shawnigan Lake School, 1975 Renfrew Road. Celebration will take place in the chapel, with reception to follow in the Marian Hall. Condolences may be ordered online at

Click below to read the full obituary:

It’s that time of year, when the turf is getting frosty! For this upcoming November 30 weekend, just a friendly reminder to check turf conditions before your games. For UVic, you can easily check the field condition at the link below. They expect to update the condition at 9 am on Saturday morning.

We expect the turf in Duncan to be open for games being played on November 30. However, if it is not, a VILFHA representative will email the team Captains directly Saturday morning.

Have a great and safe weekend!

The VILFHA Annual Christmas Meeting details are below:
When: Thursday, December 5 at 7 pm
Where: Lower Clubhouse, Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, 1767 Island Highway

Please see map of Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre at (Lower Clubhouse is “p” on the map)
•As per Regulations 4.1 c) Fines shall be imposed on any team: iv. For not having a Team Rep at Council meetings and/or General Meetings $25.00

The meeting agenda is below:

1) Adoption of Agenda
2) Report from the Executive
3) Second half of schedule
4) Discussion /feedback regarding game length
5) New Business
-underage players
-turf condition/plan
6) Announcements
7) Adjournment

Training Sessions: November 16, 17 and 24
If you are over 40 and were wondering about the Canadian Masters Women’s teams, come out to a training session! They are looking for athletes from the over 40, over 45, over 50, over 55, and the over 60 age categories. See below for more details on the upcoming sessions:
•November 16, 5:30 to 8 pm, Eric Hamber, Vancouver – $30
•November 17, 7:45 to 10 am, Livingston, Vancouver – $30
•November 24, 9 to 11 am, Uvic, Victoria – $15

Please contact to register!


2020 Masters World Cup Expressions of Interest
Field Hockey Canada is pleased to announce that Canada will submitting both men’s and women’s teams to the masters and Grandmasters World Cups, slated for 2020. At this point, both programs are seeking expressions of interest from prospective players from Coast to Coast. Please sign up via the registration form to express your interest in being a part of the Canadian Masters programs. Here is the form:

If you are interested in o40s World Cup in Nottingham in August 2020 or the o45s, o50s, o55s, or o60s World Cups in Cape Town in September 2020, see attached letter.