News and Announcements
Island athletes headed to Junior World Cup
After winning the Pan American Championships, Field Hockey Canada announces the Junior World Cup roster bound for South Africa. Five island players have been named to the list including Victoria’ Nora Struchtrup (Sailors FHC/UVic Vikes), Stefanie Sajko (Lynx/UVic Vikes), Libby Hogg (Lynx/UVic Vikes), Tayler Guy (Lynx/Calgary Dinos) and Duncan’s Jenna Goodman (Cowichan FHC/UBC Thunderbirds). A
The Junior World Cup will take place in Potchefstroom, South Africa from December 5-16, 2021. Struchtrup and Sajko were a part of the Canadian side that won gold at the qualifying tournament earlier in the year, while islanders Anna Mollenhauer and Sara Goodman who helped Canada qualify are now too old for the Junior World Cup itself.
The trip and training are all completely self funded. You can show your support for the island athletes directly by donating online here:
*Game schedule listed in local time
DECEMBER 5 – 1300 CANADA vs URUGUAY
DECEMBER 6 – 1700 CANADA vs ENGLAND
DECEMBER 8 – 1730 CANADA vs BELGIUM
More info: https://fieldhockey.ca/womens-junior-world-cup-roster-and-schedule-announcement/
Important: Provincial Health Order Changes
VILFHA has discussed with Field Hockey BC and have been advised that the Public Health Order pertaining to Youth Sport applies to VILFHA because of the youth in the program.
This requires all participants in supervisory roles to be double vaccinated. This includes all coaches, managers, umpires and ALL PLAYERS 19 yrs and over. VILFHA has included all players over 19 yrs because there are teams within our league who do not have coaches or managers (or have player/managers) and adults on the team often take on a de facto supervisory role when playing with or against younger players.
While vaccine is not mandatory for players under 19 yrs VILFHA Executive strongly encourages all players to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
We will be calling all team contacts to discuss as well.
All participants 19 yrs and over must show proof of full vaccination at the field entrance.
All umpires, coaches, supervisors, managers must also show proof of full vaccination at the field entrance (this applies to individuals <19 yrs as well)
Online Provincial Umpiring Course - Oct 26 and Nov 2, 17.30 - 20.30
Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you to understand our sport better, connect with players around the province, and set you up to earn some weekend coin.
A six-hour online version of the Provincial Umpiring Course is being offered:
- The course will 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.
- The cost is $60 for FHBC members, $85 for non-members.
Spots are limited!
Date: Tuesday October 26 & Tuesday November 2
Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm PST
All the details are available through http://ow.ly/GFRw50Gnigm
Islanders help Canada claim historic gold at Junior Pan Ams
Four Vancouver Island athletes helped the Canadian women qualify for the 2021 Junior World Cup and claim a historic gold medal at the Junior Pan American Championships held this month in Santiago, Chile. Duncan’s Sara Goodman (Cowichan FHC/UBC Thunderbirds) captained the team that included Victoria’s Stefanie Sajko (Lynx/UVic Vikes), Anna Mollenhauer (Lynx/UVic Vikes) and Nora Struchtrup (Sailors/UVic Vikes). Victoria’s Nancy Mollenhauer was also present as the team’s manager.
The women’s gold medal was the first ever women’s gold medal at any Pan American championship and the first time a men’s or women’s team has won the junior championship.
After playing to a 0-0 draw in pool play, Canada took down Uruguay 1-0 in the finals, capping off an incredible undefeated run at the 2021 Pan American Games. By defeating Chile in the semifinals, Canada had already secured their berth in the 2021 Junior World Cup. They came into the finals riding high off the semifinal win and carried the momentum into the gold medal match. After three quarters of scoreless play, Canada’s penalty corner unit earned a PC in the 53rd minute. Anna Mollenhauer, one of Canada’s stalwart defenders and corner takers, mashed in a PC rocket, to give Canada the lead.
The men’s side fell short of Junior World Cup qualification and finished fourth overall and the team included Victoria’s Johnny Jacoby, who scored two games in Canada’s opening game.
More details: http://www.fieldhockey.ca/2021/08/18/junior-national-teams-play-for-world-cup-berth-in-chile/
VILFHA Fall General Meeting
We hope you will join us for our September 7 Fall VILFHA meeting (7 pm). It is being held in person and simultaneously through the wonders of technology by ZOOM:
- In person – Juan de Fuca Lower Clubhouse (limited space)
- Zoom Link to follow. Please RSVP to email@example.com to advise if you will be attending in person or via zoom.
Please invite your team members and other interested parties to participate. A reminder a minimum attendance of one representative per team is required.
Schedule will follow soon. If you haven’t already, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for players – we do have a number of people who have approached the league looking to play.
All Executive positions are up for grabs. We are beyond bare-bones (5 individuals out of 9 positions). Please talk it up within your teams – we really need representation and are happy to host ZOOM meetings if it is simpler. Please let us know if you have ANY questions about these positions. We would love to fill them and share the workload.
Please remember that teams must name 2 Umpires or Umpires-in-Training – and there is excellent on line training and support available.
Thank you – and look forward to seeing you at the meeting – and finally on the field!
Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association (VILFHA)
2021-2022 Fall Meeting
September 7, 2021
1. Call to Order
2. Adoption of Agenda
3. Adoption of 2020 Fall Meeting Minutes
4. Executive Reports
- Review of previous year
- Plan for upcoming year
- Goals for following year
- Director of Membership
5. Financial Statements
6. Proposed amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules and Regulations