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Pandas ready to open CIS season

Pandas Field Hockey ready to open season against defending CIS champs

September 17, 2009

From Evan Daum, The Gateway

As the field hockey season approaches, only days from getting underway, the reigning CIS silver-medalists are preparing for a season of change both on and off the field.

With last season’s head coach Carla Duncan on maternity leave, the team’s assistant coach A.J. Facendi has stepped into the role of head coach on an interim basis for the 2009 season. Facendi, who is no stranger to the program, has been a part of Pandas field hockey for the past eight seasons — five as a player and the past three as an assistant coach…

Vikes begin defence of field hockey crown

Vikes begin defence of field hockey crown

September 17, 2009

From Ron Rauch, Victoria Times Colonist

For the last five seasons, Ali Lee was the glue that kept the University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team together.

Whenever the team was in trouble, they would look to Lee to bail them out.

Coach Lynne Beecroft and the Vikes will not have that security blanket this year when they open the Canada West season this weekend in Edmonton against the Alberta Pandas…

International hockey returns to Victoria

International High Performance Field Hockey Returns to Victoria

September 17, 2009

From Ian Batey

Victoria will once again play host to high caliber international field hockey when the Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team undertakes a series of important test matches against the national men’s field hockey team from India.  The matches will be held at the Vikes Field Hockey Turf at the University of Victoria on Friday, October 09 (7:00 pm start) and Sunday, October 11 (3:30 pm start)…

FHBC names Pan Am Youth Training Squads

FHBC announces Pan Am Youth Training Squads

September 16, 2009

Field Hockey BC has released the names of the players who have been selected to the training squads for the 2010 Men’s and Women’s Youth Pan American Cups to be held respectively in Mexico and Uruguay.

The Province was rewarded the right to organize the teams who will represent Canada at the events by winning the 2009 U16 National Championships.  The Pan Am events serve as the continental qualifiers for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games…

Game for The Cure Raises $30,000

Game for The Cure Raises in Excess of $30,000

September 15, 2009

The Game for The Cure exceeded all expectations by raising in excess of $30,000 in support of the BC Cancer Foundation. The Game featured Team Canada versus the UBC Tournament All stars.  The Game, played in spectacular weather at UBC’s Wright field, featured an emotional head shaving of two players, Samantha Smith and Tyla Flexman at the conclusion of the game.

“We felt if we would go ahead and do this, it would raise the stakes and add fire to the fundraising efforts” said an emotional Flexman immediately following her haircut in front of an estimated two hundred family and firends…

FHC announces sites of 2010 Nationals

FHC announces sites of 2010 National Championships

September 14, 2009

Vikes Field – Victoria, British Columbia

Field Hockey Canada today announced the hosts of the 2010 Field Hockey National Championships.  Victoria, British Columbia, Mississauga, Ontario, and Winnipeg, Manitoba were each selected to host the country’s best field hockey talent next year in both indoor and outdoor hockey.

Victoria, British Columbia will be home to the flagship senior men’s and women’s outdoor field hockey tournaments over the Canada Day long weekend…

Canada to host India for Test Super Series

Canada to host India for Seven Test Super Series

September 11, 2009

Field Hockey Canada (FHC) announced the hosting of the Seven Test Super Series against the Men’s National Team of India, to be played between October 9 and 24 in Victoria and Surrey, British Columbia.

Photo: Yan Huckendubler

The Indian team has a special place in the field hockey world, with an unmatched number of Olympic and World Cup medals. Matches involving the Indian team are always eagerly awaited by the fans around the world, and the next World Cup organized in Delhi in March 2010 will be a spectacular competition played in front of large crowds…

FIH: Ali Lee gets the ball rolling in Canada

FIH: Ali Lee gets the ball rolling in Canada

September 10, 2009

From the WorldHockey Youth website

In late August I was given the opportunity to meet a current FIH Youth Panel member, Nina Niedermeyer. As a member of the panel, Nina was here in Victoria during the WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier back in May 2008. There she gave a presentation outlining her projects back in Germany including the organization of a youth indoor field hockey tournament. What Nina accomplished, with the support of FIH, was truly inspirational and heart warming…

Gryphons look forward to artificial turf

Field hockey Gryphons look forward to artificial turf

September 10, 2009

From Rob Massey of the Guelph Mercury

One more year and the Guelph Gryphons women’s field hockey team will actually get to play a real home game.

“Next fall, we should be having home games and that’ll be the first time in 12 years,” Gryphon head coach Michelle Turley said.

The U of G is to have artificial turf installed on its multi-purpose field in time for the 2010 season.

“It’s difficult playing on all the various surfaces,” Turley said…