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Come watch elite level field hockey!

Posted by Ali Baggott at Oct 5, 2012 11:57PM PDT ( 2 Comments )
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VICTORIA – The island has produced a number of national team and elite level field hockey players. That all starts right here, in Victoria, with several of those teams competing at home on a regular basis. For boys, girls, men, women – the action is at the University of Victoria field hockey pitch! For the women, the UVic Vikes women compete in the Canada West conference of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport and host both UBC and Calgary this year. The Vikes women along with the newly formed Kirby’s Island Wildcats will also play host to top competition from the Vancouver women’s premier league. Teams will travel from the mainland to compete against the Vikes and Wildcats, two new members to the premier division. For the men, the Victoria Selects and UVic Vikes are two long-time members of the men’s vancouver premier league who compete regularly both in Vancouver and Victoria!

If you are looking to watch some of the best hockey talent that the island has to offer right now, be sure to come out over the next two weeks. Here are the upcoming games for the premier teams:

UPCOMING PREMIER HOME GAMES
*all games at UVic Artificial Field Hockey Turf (McKenzie Ave. at Gabriola Rd.)

Saturday, Oct. 6
11:00 am – UVic Vikes WOMEN vs. Calgary Dinos (Canada West)

Sunday, Oct. 7
11:00 am – Uvic Vikes WOMEN vs. Calgary Dinos (Canada West)

Saturday, Oct. 13
12:00 pm – UVic Vikes WOMEN vs. West Vancouver (Premier)
2:00 pm – UVic Vikes MEN vs. Victoria Selects (Premier)

Saturday, Oct. 20
12:30 pm – Kirby’s Island Wildcats WOMEN vs. Vancouver Hawks (Premier)
2:00 pm – UVic Vikes MEN vs. Vancouver Hawks (Premier)

MORE INFO:

UVic Vikes www.govikesgo.com
Island Wildcats: www.facebook.com/islandwildcats
Victoria Selects: www.fieldhockey.org
Premier Women’s League: www.vwfha.org

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Umpires Briefings

Posted by Ali Baggott at Sep 11, 2012 12:12PM PDT ( 5 Comments )

The Umpire’s Association committee have been busy this summer!

We are hosting a series of two forums in the next two weeks. Both will happen at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) 4371 Interurban Rd, Saanich

Monday September 17th Umpire Forum – 6:30 to 8:00 pm – this will address umpire responsibilities and new rules from an umpire’s perspective.

Thursday September 20th Players Forum – 6:30 to 8:00 pm this will address captain’s responsibilities and new rules from a player’s perspective.

You can choose to go to either session but we would prefer to see the umpires on Monday. We will be delivering the new umpire jackets that we ordered this past spring at the umpire forum.

In order to help us make decisions about Island umpires and what they hope to achieve with their umpiring, we have created a survey. We hope that you will take the time to fill this out. Here is the link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VQBK3ZD

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Mixed 7-Aside Begins!

Posted by Ali Baggott at Sep 10, 2012 6:39PM PDT ( 7 Comments )

For those who have played in the Thursday Mixed Seven-Aside League in the past, things are improving this year. Andrew MacKinnon, Cara Jay, and I will be building on past seasons to improve the organization.
+ There will be paid umpires for each match! Not only does this mean we will not have to self-regulate, it also gives an opportunity for players to also umpire and earn back some of their player fees.
+ There will be goalies each and every week! We will endeavour to fill all four goals every week so that we can have some real hockey.
+ There will be mixed-sevens-specific rules! These will include gender equality regulations and short corner rules.
+ There will be online registration! This will ensure everyone has paid, registered, and insured. Please see the registration steps below.
Registration steps:
1) Go to http://www.victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca/
2) Select ONLINE REGISTRATION on the left
3) Select Register Member
4) Select “Mixed 7-A-Side” division ($100.00)
5) Proceed with FHBC validation steps
5a) If you have a valid, paid-in-full FHBC ID, you can proceed to step 6
5b) If you are not yet registered with FHBC for 2012/13, follow the link to the FHBC site and register there. Once registered, re-validate your ID on our website and proceed to step 6
6) Complete payment through Victoria website.
We realize that the fees are slightly higher than in previous years. The increase is a result of decreasing numbers and the necessity to have paid umpires to reinvigorate the league. Let’s get out there and recruit new players. With more players, we will have better hockey with lower fees!
Exhibition games will run on Thursday, 20th at 8pm. Please register online now. All players must be registered by Monday, September 24th to be eligible to pay. League matches begin on September 27th. No exceptions will be made.
See you on the pitch!

More info contact:

Mark Baggott (baggott_mark@yahoo.ca)
Andrew Mackinnon (laponch@gmail.com

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VILFHA Fall General Meeting

Posted by Ali Baggott at Aug 23, 2012 10:00PM PDT ( 3 Comments )

Attention all VILFHA members:

The Fall General Meeting will take place on September 10th at 7:00 pm at 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 still needs to be filled.

Agenda to date:

- minutes from most recent general meeting
- financial statements
- auditor’s report
- budget for the following year
- ratification of membership fees/format of season’s schedule
- proposed amendments, if any, to the constitution, bylaws and rules and regulations
- election of executive
- other business

If you want to propose a change to the Rules and Regs, notice must be received within 15 days of the meeting day and for constitution, 30 days.

Notice of motion may be sent to Denise McGeachy (denise-mcgeachy@shaw.ca)

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Island Wildcats looking for funding!

Posted by Ali Baggott at Aug 21, 2012 7:55PM PDT ( 5 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 alilee05@gmail.com

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

Ali Lee: alilee05@gmail.com