News and Announcements
Seven islanders off to U18 Canada vs USA series
Victoria players Julia Berk, Julia Boraston, Shyana Ringma, Maddie Hunter, Maeve Connorton and Anais Chace have been selected to represent Canada’s Under 18 squad. The team is heading to Conshohocken, Pennysylvania for a four-game test series, May 11-14, against the United States RISE Women’s Under 18 national team. Victoria coach Krista Thompson is among the staff roster headed down with the team.
The series will take place at The Proving Grounds with games at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 11, 12, 13 and 14.
All six players are no stranger to top-level hockey and will all represent Team BC this summer as members of the top “BC Blue” squad at the Under 18 National Championships this summer in Surrey. The team is also coached by Thompson.
Berk, Hunter and Chace have all been part of the Oak Bay High School field hockey team that won the 2021 AAA Field Hockey Championships, the first title in BC since 1993. The team also won the Island AAA senior girls championship. Boraston and Ringma have been the stand outs for the Mount Doug side, while Connorton has headed the Lambrick Park team. All six have suited up for the Lynx 1 team in the VILFHA league and four have played for the Island Wildcats.
Coach Thompson, also long-time assistant coach of the Vikes women’s field hockey program who won the last three U SPORTS National Championships, has been leading the island’s sessions for the NextGEN program. Thompson will join the Field Hockey Canada coaching and management team of Chris Tyrell, Mike van Iderstine, Ozias D’Souza and Jenn Wishart.
The trip will be self-funded and each of the girls are looking to fundraise to help them pay their way for this international experience.
Click the links below to support their individual campaigns:
Julia Berk: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/julia-berk-usa-tour-fund/?fbclid=IwAR24Hn6mxGofDDLA4nAOHQ9Fsz6XVwx-3doDofrsEYacxXaZximsmmVNtqk
Julia Boraston: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/julia-borastons-nextgen-athlete-fund/
Shyana Ringma: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/shyana-ringmas-nextgen-fund/
Maeve Connorton: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/maeve-connortons-nextgen-fund/
Maddie Hunter: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/maddie-hunters-next-gen-fund/
Anais Chace: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/anais-fh-trip-to-philadelphia/
Note: An Under 16 women’s series vs USA is expected to be hosted in Surrey and West Vancouver from May 18-21, as well.
Island athletes prepare for Team BC
Following a vigorous trial process this month, Field Hockey BC have named the Under 18 girls provincial teams and the island amassed nine players on the top team, four on the second team and there will also be an Island-only provincial team. All three teams will compete at the U18 Senior National Championship in Surrey July 29-August 3.
Congratulations to the below athletes:
Krista Thompson (coach)
Ali Baggott (Coach)
Andy Rushton (Coach)
The upcoming Under 16 provincial team trials will take place May 20-23 at Tamanawis Park, Surrey.
Congratulations to all the island athletes and good luck in your upcoming summer training!
And that's a wrap!
Thank you to everyone who made this ‘getting back to normal’ season possible:
- To the umpires for keeping us safe and reminding us about all the rules we forgot
- To the coaches for their patience as they helped us get the kinks out of our individual and team plan after a year off
- To the parents and partners for driving us to the field and putting up with our weekend warrior injuries
- To the players for everything they did to keep their teammates and opponents safe, healthy, and playing
Our Spring AGM is on Thursday, April 7th at Juan de Fuca Rec’s Lower Clubhouse at 7 pm. We have lots to discuss in anticipation of next season – we hope to see you there!
Anticipate our Fall AGM in early September 2022, with the season to start not long after that.
Have a great and safe summer!
Junior World Cup Do-Over
Fingers crossed the rescheduled Junior World Cup moves ahead as planned April 1 – 12 in Potchefstroom, South Africa!
We’re looking forward to cheering on Island players Birkley Anderson (Duncan), Tayler Guy (Victoria), Stefanie Sajko (Victoria), and Jenna Goodman (Duncan). Full roster here.
Go Canada Go!
It has been an exciting couple of weeks in the field hockey world, with the Canadian Men’s and Women’s teams competing in the 2022 Pan American Cup tournament in Chile.
The Women’s team secured a berth in the 2022 World Cup, thanks to their bronze medal win.
The Men’s team played a solid tournament, with a third place finish.
Looking for videos? The Field Hockey Canada Twitter feed has great clips, and some strategic searching will find matches on YouTube.