News and Announcements
Island youth to represent Canada
Field Hockey Canada has announced a U18 and U16 Canadian junior national squad to travel and play internationally this year. The Under-1u team will travel to France in April for a training tour and test series from April 12-23. Meanwhile, an Under-16 squad is set to compete in the prestigious International Den Bosch tournament in the Netherlands from May 27-29. In addition, a Junior National team roster was announced to compete in the upcoming 2023 Junior Pan American Championships held in Barbados this April
The island will be well represented as Victoria’s Monet Thurbide (Oak Bay High School – Lynx Club) and Neeve Unger (Glenlyon Norfolk School – Lynx Club) have been named to the U16 travelling roster. Victoria’s Kendyll Adams (St. Michael’s University School – Lynx Club) has been named a reserve.
See U16 announcement: https://fieldhockey.ca/field-hockey-canada-announces-u16-national-team/
The U18 roster will feature St. Michael’s University School’s Amanda Adams, Rebecca Stone and Wynn Brown, as well as Oak Bay High’s Maddie Hunter and Anais Chace. All five play for the Lynx Club in Victoria.
See U18 announcement: https://fieldhockey.ca/field-hockey-canada-announces-u18-national-team/
Heading to represent Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships in Barbados in April are Victoria players and UVic Vikes Julia Boraston (Lynx), Libby Hogg (Lynx) and Nora Struchtrup (Sailors). The trio are becoming a staple on the international scene having returned from a tour in Mexico in January 2023.
See Junior National team announcement: https://fieldhockey.ca/field-hockey-canada-announces-junior-womens-national-team/
All teams will be fundraising to cover their levies. You can make a donation to the respective NextGEN or Junior program pages or search the individual athlete pages to show your support: https://fieldhockey.ca/adopt-an-athlete/
Monet Thurbide – U16
Neeve Unger- U16
Kendyll Adams – U16 reserve
Amanda Adams – U18
Rebecca stone – U18
Wynn Brown – U18
Maddie Hunter – U18
Anais Chace – U18
Julia Boraston – U21
Libby Hogg – U21
Nora Struchtrup – U21
Nominate for VILFHA Awards
After a two-year hiatus of the annual VILFHA Awards, due to the pandemic, the awards will be returning. As a reminder, the entire league is asked for nominations (players, coaches and officials – not fans or parents) to submit their nominees but a selection committee chooses the final recipients.
Here are the steps to nominate:
1) Review the award criteria carefully
2) Review who is actually registered on what team as that is the only division they can win division-specific awards
3) Nominate online here:
Please submit nominations by midnight on Sunday, March 5.
The year-end wrap up will be held on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Center (still TBC). Awards will be given out on that night.
UVic Indoor Tournament returns
The University of Victoria hosted Indoor Tournament returns for 2023. The two-day tournament will be a 6-team round-robin on Jan. 21-22 at the McKinnon Gymnasium at UVic.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the game of indoor (5v5 on hardwood floor with boards along the sidelines to stay in play) this is a great time to come and watch.
9:00 am – UVic vs Wildcats Red
10:00 am – Wildcats White vs KIL
11:00 am – UBC vs West Van
12:00 pm – UVic vs Wildcats White
1:00 pm – Wildcats Red vs UBC
2:00 pm – KIL vs West Van
3:00 pm – UVic vs UBC
4:00 pm – Wildcats White vs West Van
5:00 pm – Wildcats Red vs KIL
8:00 am – KIL vs UBC
9:00 am – Wildcats white vs Wildcats red
10:00 am – UVic vs KIL
11:00 am – Wildcats Red vs West Van
12:00 pm – UBC vs Wildcats White
1:00 pm – UVic vs West Van
Come try the Game Free
The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association (VJFHA) are hosting their annual open session for all new youth players to come try the game for free!
How you can help:
(1) Let your friends, family, neighbours or other community members know!
(2) Volunteer at the session as a coach
Who: Youth players aged 5-18 (no experience necessary)
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: UVic Field 3 (rubber-based)
Please check in at 12:50 p.m. to get sized for a stick and be put in your correct age groups.
If your child is between the age of 5-18, and would like to try a new sport for FREE we look forward to seeing you. Please feel free to bring a friend but we encourage registration per participant to help with planning. Current players are welcome, too, but this session is geared at growing the game.
Please bring shin pads and mouth guards if you have them. No cleats. Sticks, balls, coaching and fun will be provided.
Online registration is required at: http://victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca/forms/24747-COME-TRY-IT-FREE-DAY-SUNDAY-FEBRUARY-5-2023
Registration for the event closes on February 1, 2023.
If you are interested and available to coach at the session (practice plan provided), please sign up at: https://forms.gle/MNiQXMjkoBkzSahd6
The 2023 VJFHA Season runs April 11 to June 25, 2023. Registration for the league opens on Monday, February 13 at 7:00 am.
For detailed schedules per age groups visit: http://vjfha.victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca/clubs/393/pages/6257
For questions please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Training for U16/18 Players
For players aged 13-18 there is a 6-week block of the FHBC Technical Programming coming up. This is especially great for the high school players looking to get some more training and specific technical practice to supplement any game play. While all levels are welcome, it is expected that players have some hockey experience and are not brand new to the sport.
U18 Male & Female Island Athletes
Thursday January 19 – February 23 (6 sessions), 6:00 – 8:00pm @ UVic
U16 and U14 Male & Female Island Athletes
Friday January 20 – February 24 (6 sessions), 6:00 – 8:00pm @ UVic
Register here: http://fhbcprograms.rampregistrations.com/
Register by January 13th.