News and Announcements


Registration is now open for the 2024 annual U18 Malcolm Fernandes Memorial Indoor Tournament!

Entries will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
When: January 26-28, 2023
Where: Cowichan Community Centre, Duncan, BC
Format: 6 aside

Maximum of 12 players per team.

Early Bird Registration Fee: $350 per team if paid by December 28, 2023.
Registration Fee: $400 per team after December 28, 2023.
Deadline to register: January 15, 2024 (noon)

Link to register:


The Junior National Teams are largely self-funded and dependent on funding sources from sponsors and donors, with athletes and their families having to make a major financial commitment to take part in training and competitions to be at their best in representing Canada on the world stage.

The following tournaments are coming up in December:

2023 Women’s FIH Hockey Junior World Cup
Santiago, Chile
December 6th, 2023 to December 17th, 2023

2023 Men’s FIH Hockey Junior World Cup
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
December 5th, 2023 to December 16th, 2023

Please show your support by contributing to our island athletes:

Julia Boraston (UVic Vikes, former Lynx Club and Mount Doug Graduate)

Libby Hogg (UVic Vikes, former Lynx Club and Oak Bay High Graduate)

Isabella Green (Calgary Dinos, former Cowichan Club and Cowichan Secondary Graduate)

To read more about the teams, the 2023 Junior World Cup, and the fundraiser initiative, as well as to donate to the overall teams, please access the Junior Women’s Team Donation page here:


Field Hockey BC is currently accepting registrations for a Provincial Umpire Course that will happen in November, spots are limited! All scheduled courses are operated & instructed by appointed course conductors. Provincial Courses are open only to FHBC Registered Participants.

Provincial Courses consist of two sessions of 3 hours, including theory and exam. Participants are required to attend both sessions to be eligible to write the exam.

Must have taken the Community online course prior. Must be at least 14 years of age. Maximum 12 participant

Date: Thursday November 2 & Thursday November 9, 2023
Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Victoria, B.C
Instructor: Chris Wilson
Cost: FHBC $60 + FHC fee $10 + RAMP fee of $1.93 = $71.93

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2023

To register, go to and click on the “Camps & Clinics” tab.

For more information please go to our Umpire Education page, or contact


Maddie Hunter of Oak Bay High School is the 2023 winner of the Stephanie Johnston (Doney) Memorial Scholarship. Maddie has been playing field hockey since the age of four and has been an exceptional athlete, student and sports contributor at such a young age. As a student-athlete Maddie juggled a busy academic schedule along with her high school, high performance (provincial and junior national) commitments. She maintained a 95% grade-point average in both grade 10 and 11, was an Honour Roll student in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was a member of her school’s athletic leadership group. Maddie has over come a number of hurdles in her athletics career, most notably an ACL tear, but she was able to return in grade 11 to help Oak Bay win the AAA Provincial Championships.

In 2022 Maddie represented Canada on the U18 Next GEN development squad that played in international series in both Philadelphia and France. Maddie has also been a big contributor to the local community serving as a referee and umpire for soccer and field hockey, respectively, as well as a committed and energetic Victoria Junior league coach. Maddie is not only a stand out player, volunteer and student but she is also a kind, humble and valuable teammate and person. Maddie is now in first year competing and training with the UVic Vikes women’s field hockey team.

About Stephanie Doney Johnston
Stephanie was a graduate of Esquimalt High School where she excelled at Track and Field and Field Hockey. She went on to complete her teaching degree at the University of Victoria where she was a valuable member of the Vikette’s Field Hockey team. During Stephanie’s teaching career she was the coach of several school teams taking them to the provincial championship level.

Stephanie was an active member in the Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association right up until she was diagnosed with leukemia.

As an athlete she excelled in all sports, and could turn her hand to anything. She was competitive, hardworking and inspirational and demonstrated good sportsmanship at all times. As a person, she was loving, genuine, generous and beautiful inside and out. As a mother of three small children, she was devoted; as a friend, unforgettable. She died in March 1991 at the age of 39, but her amazing qualities as a person and athlete live on in the memories of her family, friends and students and are valued by the recipients of the Stephanie Johnston (Doney) Memorial Scholarship.

Each year the Stephanie Johnston (Doney) Memorial Scholarship is awarded at the Bridgman Cup Tournament.

See a list of past winners here:


It is with great sadness that the field hockey community mourns the loss of a pioneer of our sport, Pat Hall. Pat passed away peacefully with her family on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. VILFHA will share more details about a Celebration of Life when available. This weekend teams are encouraged to share in a moment of silence to reflect on Pat Hall and how much she built for the future of field hockey.

While Pat has won many accolades over the past seven decades, in recent years she has been a recurring name crossing the stage. In 2020, Pat was inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame for her decades of contributions to both field hockey and softball. Pat was then honoured at the Greater Victoria Sports Awards return to the local stage in 2022, as the organizing committee presented an award in her name, the Pat Hall Volunteer Award. Just this past Fall of 2023, Field Hockey Canada then announced Pat as a member of their 2023 FHC Hall of Fame as a builder.

Pat’s list of contributions is endless. In addition to her many years as player, coach and umpire, Pat served on the executive of the VILFHA for over 40 years. She has been Victoria or BC representative with Field Hockey BC, Field Hockey Canada, the Vancouver Island Umpires Association and the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association.

She was honoured four times with VILFHA’s most prestigious award, the Christine Trophy, for combining sportsmanship, service and playing ability. She was also honoured by Field Hockey BC with their Barbara Schrodt Award for those who have made a difference, the Gold Pin Volunteer Award and Sport BC President’s Award. In 1983, Pat was named Victoria Sports Person of the Year. In 1993, she was awarded with VILFHA Life Membership and, in 2013, the VILFHA introduced the Pat Hall Officials Development Award.

If you would like to contribute to the Pat Hall Officials Development Award visit:

VILFHA is grateful for Pat’s contributions to the sport and the stage she set for field hockey players for years to come. Our thoughts go out to Pat’s family – Denise, Donna and Marty and Pat’s beautiful grand children, all of who she loved and helped raise with unconditional love.

Pat’s Celebration of Life details:

Date: Monday, November 13, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Mary Winspear Center, 2243 Beacon Avenue (Sidney)
Plenty of parking available
Refreshments available after service