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Island Wildcats looking for funding!

Posted by Ali Baggott at Aug 21, 2012 7:55PM PDT ( 6 Comments )

In the fall of 2012, Vancouver Island will have a new team representing them. VILFHA is proud to announce the formation of a brand new Premier women’s field hockey team that will compete in the Vancouver Premier League, arugably one of the highest divisions of play in the country outside of the national team and university programs.

Kirby’s Source for Sports presents the “Island Wildcats” who will be traveling to and from the mainland to compete in a set amount of tournaments and regular season games this year as they build their staff structure and overall operation strategies.

The team will largely consist of former university and national team members, as well as developing high performance players from the B.C. Under-18 and Under 15 programs. Some of the members on the team will include UVic’s Katie Rushton, Natalie Wise and Ali Lee, as well as Alberta’s Bunny Hughes and UBC’s Kira Graham. Team B.C. Under-18 National gold medalists Claire Seeliger, of Duncan, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Kristina Walters-Shumka and Shinai Sorenson, of Victoria, will also be competing on the squad.

The team’s first home opener is on September 15th at 12:30 p.m. at UVic’s artificial turf field.

The Wildcats are on the hunt for YOUR support! The team will make their official announcement in a full page advertorial of the Times Colonist the week of their home opener and are looking to sell business card advertisements as part of their fundraising.

The cost is $175.00 for you or your business.

If you are interested, please make a cheque payable to “Island Premier Field Hockey”. You can mail the cheque along with your business card to :

Island Premier Field Hockey
c/o Ali Lee
4056 Valerie Place
Victoria BC V8X 2K9

You can also submit your business card electronically to

If you need more information don’t hesitate to e-mail!

Ali Lee:

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VILFHA Fall General Meeting - Sept 10

Posted by Denise McGeachy at Aug 8, 2012 2:01PM PDT

Attention all Members:

The 2012 Fall General Meeting will be held September 10th @ 7 pm @ Hyacinth Park.

All teams must be represented. The Schedule and Budget (including team fees) will be presented for discussion and decision.

Please note, the position of Secretary is vacant and needs to be filled.


  1. The minutes of the most recent General Meeting of the Association
  2. The financial statements
  3. Auditor’s report
  4. Presentation of the budget for the following year
  5. Ratification of the membership fees / ratification of the format of the season’s schedule
  6. Proposed amendments, if any, to the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules and Regulations
  7. Election of the Executive
  8. Other business

If you wish to propose a change to either the Rules and Regulations, notice must be received within 15 days of the meeting date and for the constitution, 30 days. Notices of motion may be sent to Denise McGeachy

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Cowichan Flickers Recruiting!

Posted by Ali Baggott at Jul 24, 2012 10:45PM PDT ( 3 Comments )

The first division will be back up to four teams this year with the return of the Cowichan Flickers.

If you would like to join the Cowichan Flickers first division ladies team, please visit

You will find a registration form and more information there.

First division:

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Island Premier Field Hockey Team

Posted by Ali Baggott at Jul 24, 2012 8:20PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

There will be Island Premier Women’s Field Hockey Trials and practices at the below dates and times. The newly created Island Premier team will be happening in addition to the VILFHA league (div 1 to 3). If you are interested in attending the trials, the fee is $25.00.

You can pay the $25 to attend the trials as extra, high-level training sessions in preparation for the fall season as well.

Please register online with Margot Kirkpatrick at

For questions or more information about the Island Premier field hockey team please contact Ali Lee at

Friday, July 27: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, August 10: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

TEAM PRACTICES: (included in above price)
Friday, August 17: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, August 24: 6:30 -7:30 pm

To register for team trials or to be considered for premier team please e-mail:
Margot Kirkpatrick, Premier team manager

See attached document for full details.

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Great loss in Field Hockey - Rosemary Penn

Posted by Ali Baggott at Jul 8, 2012 5:15PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

VICTORIA, B.C. – On Wednesday, July 4, the island and BC field hockey community lost a great contributor and face for the sport. Rosemary Maud Penn passed away on July 4, 2012 and will forever be remembered for her commitment and contributions to the sport of field hockey.

Below is the full obituary, courtesy of Victoria’s Times Colonist:

PENN, Rosemary Maud (Weaver-Bridgman) August 30, 1926 to July 4, 2012 Rosemary’s rich life ended full circle on Salt Spring Island. She was born in the village of Moddershall, England in August 30th, 1926. Her mother, Euphemia Drummond and father, Montague (“Monty”) Weaver-Bridgman, both from early BC families, returned to Victoria and Salt Spring when Rosemary was two. After completing her schooling at Norfolk House and Queen Margaret’s, she worked as a ward aid nursing returning war veterans, before attending Victoria College. She was the first woman in her family to pursue a degree, winning a place at Newnham College, Cambridge from 1948 to 1951, studying English Literature in the first cohort of women to be awarded degrees. At Cambridge she met Michael Penn, and they were married at Saint Luke’s Church, Victoria in 1951. After Michael completed his medical training, they settled on Christmas Hill. Their home on the hill became a social hub for their five children, friends, relatives, students and colleagues for the next 30 years. Rosemary never stopped teaching all through the raising of her children-supported by Kay Greenaway who became part of the family. She taught English and English Literature at many different institutions during her 43-year career as a teacher-including Westerham, St. Margaret’s, Queen Margaret’s, Norfolk House School (where latterly she was vice-principal for nine years), Open Learning Institute, University of Victoria and Pearson College. In between, she fulfilled two life long dreams, starting a bookstore (Acorn Books) and becoming a principal. In 1984, she set up an international school in Manila, Philippines. It was her turn for a new adventure-after years of encouragement and support of the adventures of her children-Rosemary was never one to dampen plans. Her contribution to her schools and students never finished at 3 pm. She was well loved and had an infectious passion for literature and language. As well as juggling the care of her large extended family, she also took on numerous extra-curricular activities. Her belief in the importance of debate led her to head up the Canadian Debating Federation and Debate and Speech Society of BC. She served on the Board of Directors of many schools and was the first president of the BC Women’s Field Hockey Association. Rosemary and Michael enjoyed a great camaraderie, sharing adventures in the mountains, travelling and entertaining their wide circle of friends. Upon retirement, they moved to Ardmore , where they enjoyed their growing circle of grandchildren and local community work through Holy Trinity Church, in Sidney-a community who provided her with support when Michael died of a short illness in 1997. She will be greatly missed by her two sisters Gillian Young (Keith) and Heather Robertson, brother Hamish Bridgman (Sheila), cousin Nancy Braithwaite, her five children Caroline (Jeremy), Andrew (Hazell and Melanie), Nigel (Jane), Briony (Donald) and Malcolm (Virginia), fifteen grandchildren Robin, Duncan, Jonnie, Hannah, Anna, Max, Emily, Callum, Brighde, Christie, Brody, Ronan, Charlotte, Michael and Mackenzie and many nieces, nephews and their children. The family wish to thank the staff of Lady Minto Hospital for their loving care over the last four years. A small service was held for family at Holy Trinity Church and an event will be organized later in the summer to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Debate and Speech Association of BC or Canadian Debating Federation to support Rosemary’s vision of strengthening the skills of debate in future leaders.