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October 27, 2019
Tokyo Olympic Games
Congratulations Team Canada on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games in a dramatic sudden death shoot out over Ireland.

   
September 30, 2019
Olympic Qualifiers - Men's Home Game Tickets Now Available
With just under one month to go before our national teams take on Ireland for a place in next year’s Olympic Games, ticket sales are available for the Men's home games in West Vancouver on 26-27th October.

Purchase your tickets by October 12th to get early bird pricing.

Ticket sales for the men’s home games are now live. Tickets can be purchased here:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fih-olympic-qualifier-canada- vs-ireland-tickets-74056120851?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

   
September 15, 2019
Jokers player lost stick at ERIC HAMBER
Green Voodoo hockey stick on Saturday, Sept 14 at Eric Hamber.

Stick was left on the ground after a game which ended around 6:00pm.

Please contact VMFHL league administrator if found (vmfhl@hotmail.com)

   
September 11, 2019
Game Time Structure
All Divisions- The matches will be played with 4 x 17 minute quarters (running time), there will be 2 minutes break between quarters and 5 minute halftime (after 2 quarters). The side will be switched after 2 quarters (halftime).
   
August 14, 2019
Important - Player Registration
1) Each club to submit a team registration list including 11 (minimum) “designated” players, rec division teams are not required to do so. The 11 players submitted must play a minimum of 60%, failure to do so will result in points subtracted from the standings. An up-to-date tracking file will be kept and monitored

2) Ensure all players are paid FHBC members for the 2019-2020 membership year, players who participate without valid membership will cause forfeitures.

3) Get list ready to send to league admin, the deadline is 2 days before the first match.

4) The league admin will assign the VMFHL id numbers for your players.

5) All players MUST have a valid FHBC player ID card for the club they will be participating with, any new players and transfers must get new cards.

6) Go to "DOWNLOADS" for the 2019-2020 ROSTER Forms and the 2019-2020 GAME SHEETS that teams are required to use.

Any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact VMFHL league administrator Gary Sangha (vmfhl@hotmail.com) and or 778-668-4121.

   
July 13, 2019
Looking for Coaches
Coaches wanted!

Burnaby Lake Field Hockey Club seeks coaching staff to join the club for the upcoming 2019-2020 season beginning this September. BLFHC is part of the Vancouver Women’s Field Hockey Association (VWFHA) and requires experienced coaches or assistant coaches to support and lead the athletes of our Women’s program.

Teams practice once a week every Thursday, 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex and play games on the weekend (usually Saturdays) in and around the Lower Mainland. The club prides itself on promoting an inclusive, competitive and fun atmosphere with a focus on team play, skills and respect for the game and each other.

All coaches are paid an honorarium as recognition for their time and contributions.

Please reply directly to blfhcinfo@gmail.com if you are interested in joining our club.

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.

Sincerely,

Brooke Melton, BLFHC Women's Club Captain

   
July 13, 2019
Clubs now Recruiting for New Members
This is the time of the year when our clubs look for new members to add to their rosters. You can go to the club websites links for contact info. One of our clubs (VRC Jokers) asked me to remind everyone that this is the recruiting drive time of the year. There are lots of summer tournaments and non-League events going on May-June-July-August, so a new member signing up now can still get lots of hockey action before the League season in September.
   
July 12, 2019
Summer Events
Our National Team played the Final of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 10. After topping their pool with wins over USA, Mexico, and Peru they went on to down Chile 2-1 in the semis. They met their longtime rivals Argentina in the Gold Medal Game, but, despite scoring first, Canada fell 5-2 to Argentina. So it's on to the Olympic Qualifiers in October-November 2019...

Canada's National Women upset the USA in one of the women's semi-finals, but were downed by Argentina in the August 9th Final for the women. Silver Medals for both of Canada's teams.

The International Golden Oldies Festival of Hockey is at Rutledge and Ambleside Fields on September 15-22, 2019. Teams from Canada, Ireland, USA, Australia, Germany, Fiji, Hong Kong, England, Argentina, New Zealand, Chile.

   
June 30, 2019
Masters Team in VMFHL - new proposal
Proposed Masters Team in VMFHL 2019-20 season

“Men’s Masters Players Wanted for VMFHL Development Team” for Vancouver Area Men’s Field Hockey Players born 1960-1975

What: In order to prepare for the next Masters World Cup in 2020, Field Hockey Canada is exploring the option of entering a Masters Development team into the Vancouver Men’s League for the 2019/2020 season. This team will be for players born 1960-1975, and it is proposed that it will be entered in Competitive Division. John Sacre has tentatively agreed to coach the team.

The intention is that interested players could play for their club team as well as the Masters Development team if they chose to do so. Other details to be determined.

When: League Play from Sept 2019 - March 2020

Why: In 2018, Canada sent a men’s over 50 Master’s team to the World Cup in Barcelona. Over a nine-month period, there was an extensive and reasonably thorough schedule of training events in preparation for the World Cup tournament. The post-tournament consensus was that prospective players would further benefit from playing more regularly together. Countries such as New Zealand and Holland have Masters teams playing in their local leagues to help build their Masters programs.

How: If you are interested in playing for the Masters Development Team during the 2019/2020 season as the first step on the road to the Masters World Cup in 2020, please signup here:

https://mailchi.mp/7368365f7940/canmensmastersdevelopment

*you can also use the link to sign up for Master’s teams’ tryout info.

Q: Who can I contact for more information?

A: Adam Hyde - adamhyde57@gmail.com

Q: What age groups will FHC enter in the Masters World Cup?

A: Likely one or more of O45, O50, O55, 60+(Grand Masters). It depends on numbers and quality of players. This is an ultra-competitive tournament against some of the best players ever to play hockey for their countries.

Q: How did Canada do at the last Masters World Cup ? (Over 50 teams)

A: Canada had four losses and two wins against Zimbabwe and Argentina. Canada scored in every game and fielded a competitive team. There were also two Canadian Women’s teams in Barcelona at the tournament.

Q: Where is the next Masters World Cup?

A: The 2020 Masters World Cup location has not yet been announced. The Grand Masters World Cup (60+) will be in Japan right after the 2020 Olympics and will be at the Olympic venues.

Q: How many players will be on the development team?

A: Approx 20, depends on interest and commitment levels.

Q: If I don’t play can I try out for Masters teams later?

A: Yes, tryouts for the Canadian Master’s World Cup team(s) will be in early 2020.

Q: When does the development team officially form?

A: There will likely be practice / tryouts in late August. We are also exploring the option of entering a tournament as a team in July

Adam Hyde: adamhyde57@gmail.com

   
June 27, 2019
Annual Pre-Season League Meeting July 24
The Annual Meeting of the Club Reps to organize the 2019-2020 VMFHL Season will be held at Burnaby Lake West meeting room #2 on July 24 at 7:00 pm.

All clubs must be represented by their Club Rep. Clubs must be in good standing (i.e. not be in arrears on any amounts outstanding from 2019) to be eligible to participate.

Club Reps should come with their cheques for $500 per team non-refundable deposits for inclusion in the new season.

   
April 7, 2019
Playoffs Finals Results
The knockout Cup Finals were Saturday April 6 at Eric Hamber turf. Congratulations to the winners of the three divisional finals.

PREMIER at 12:15 - India 5 vs WCK 4 after shootout

COMPETITIVE-1 at 2:00 pm - Lions-B 4 vs West Van-B 0

COMPETITIVE-2 at 4:00 pm - WCK-B 5 vs Dashmesh 1

• Thanks to the Vancouver Hawks Club for ball chasers, coffee table, BBQ, vendors tents and refreshments; and for making the field available on a very busy opening day of the GVJFHL (Junior League) season.

   
March 8, 2019
What Happens if Weather Causes Field Closures
If a field is unable to be used, the games scheduled on it for that weekend will be moved to later makeup times. Our "makeup" dates are the March 16-17 and 23-24 weekends pre-playoffs for makeups for higher division teams. This has been pushed ahead one weekend to be able to fit in all ppd games without any games being lost to the February bad weather. Playoffs March 30-31 (various venues) and Cup Finals at EH April 6.

If a game is postponed we always try to get out an e-mail to captains and umpires 2 to 3 hours before the game (or earlier if at all possible.) And the notice of cancellation will appear on the website at the same time if it's possible to get that up within the 2 to 3 hour window pre-game.

Sometimes a game is not cancelled in advance because conditions look "encouraging" and it looks like the game could go ahead, but everyone gets to the field and realizes that the game has to be cancelled. If that happens please phone the League Administrator with the decision so it can be posted.

In cases like this the umpires' decisions are final.

   
February 1, 2019
FHC Men’s Masters (Age 60+) National Team Program Seeks A Volunteer Coach
Field Hockey Canada is seeking a volunteer coach to support and lead the Men’s Masters 60+ program. The position will begin in the spring of 2019 and continue through to the Grand Masters World Cup in October 2020 in Tokyo. The position is located in Vancouver, BC where most training takes place. The FHC Masters program is athlete self-funded.

Coach Responsibilities include:

- Team building, team selection, team preparation through scheduled training camps and events

- Fitness training and assessment.

- Applying strategies and instructing athletes

- Coaching at events including the 2020 Tokyo World Cup. Although this position is a volunteer role, the coach’s travel to Tokyo and accommodation will be covered by the team. Please submit your application with resume to Don Paterson (FHC Masters Committee) at donald.paterson@ubc.ca. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2018. Please feel free to contact Don with any questions or for more information.

Recruiting Players in the 60+ Age Range for the FHC Men’s Masters National Team

The Men’s Masters 60+ program of Field Hockey Canada is seeking players/athletes. The goal is national team participation in the Grand Masters World Cup in October 2020 in Tokyo. Players whose birthdates are 1961 and earlier are encouraged to send in their names; we are permitted some underage players. If you are already on the FHC database from past events there is no need to apply. For new players: names, birthdates, e-addresses and telephone numbers should be sent to Don Paterson at: donald.paterson@ubc.ca

Training is centred in Vancouver but arrangements for players from other provinces are made. The Masters 60+ team of 2018 had 3 Ontario and 3 Alberta athletes. The FHC program is athlete self-funded. It is anticipated that the Tokyo World Cup tour will be in the range of $3,000 - $4,000 plus transport. There will be a three-day training camp in Vancouver before the team leaves for Japan. There is the occasional requirement to travel to Vancouver for major training events. Details to be posted later.

   
January 28, 2019
Stick Found Jan 19 at Hamber
Saturday January 19 at Eric Hamber after the JC vs WE game - found a stick left behind.

Other teams at that field earlier that day were HB, HE, PA, SR. Could have been one of those players?

Contact league administrator with a description of the stick if you are the person who lost it.

   
October 12, 2018
Lost Grays Hockey Stick
lost field hockey stick

green Grays GX 11000

last seen at Rutledge Field

Reply To: gursewaksangha97@gmail.com

   
September 30, 2018
No Games on Thanksgiving long weekend
Next VMFHL games are on October 13-14 weekend.

We don't play on the October holiday long weekend.

   
September 24, 2018
FIELD HOCKEY CANADA Fundraiser after Super-Saturday Games
The FHC Fundraiser at Hugo Ray Clubhouse follows our VMFHL PREMIER SUPER-SATURDAY Games at Rutledge Field (Premier Games from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm September 29)

With the FIH Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India only a few months away, the Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team -- more formally known as the Red Caribou -- is looking to help connect with the hockey community and raise some funds to help support them along the way. Thus, they cordially invite you to the 1st Annual Red Caribou Classic at the historic Hugo Ray Clubhouse in West Vancouver on Saturday September 29th, 2018.

This informal gathering is open to club mates, friends, and family of all ages and to complement the cash bar they will have some their most accomplished Caribou chefs cooking up a mean dinner spread - so bring your appetites!

Please head to https://www.picatic.com/event15373748238147 link to get your tickets, which include entry, dinner, and a drink, with all proceeds going to support the Red Caribou. There will also be optional shuttle transportation to and from Hugo Ray Clubhouse included in the cost of your ticket to help guests coming from further afield -- they’ll be updating the ticket page and this Facebook event with specific shuttle details as soon as they can.

Bus Schedule - To Hugo Ray Clubhouse:

5:15 pm from Rutledge 6:00 pm from Waterfront Station 6:45 pm from Rutledge

From Hugo Ray Clubhouse to Waterfront Station (with optional drop-off at Rutledge or Park Royal by request):

10:15 pm 11:00 pm 11:45 pm

   
September 18, 2018
Physical Literacy Movement Preparation - COACH WORKSHOP
September 22, 2018 | 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Eric Hamber Secondary School – Running Track Field

Please download the pdf from Downloads and see all of the information regarding this workshop being organized by Vancouver Hawks and FHBC with Sport for Life.

   
September 12, 2018
Lost black hockey king stick
Lost at Tamanawis-1 on Feb 9 - a black hockey king stick.

rodan.gopaulsingh@gmail.com to return to owner.

   
September 3, 2018
Game Sheets and Roster Forms
Go to DOWNLOADS for the 2018-2019 ROSTER Forms and the 2018-2019 GAME SHEETS that teams are required to use.

ROSTERS are due 3 days before your first game.

GAME SHEETS must be completed and submitted to the umpires before the start of each match.

   
August 8, 2018
Meralomas Seeking Coaches
Message from Meraloma Club re a call for coaches.

Meraloma Women's Field Hockey club, based out of Vancouver, is looking for coaches for the upcoming fall season. We have coaching vacancies to fill for the following teams in the Vancouver Women's Field Hockey League: Championship and Div 2. We offer our coaches compensation. Please email meralomahockey@gmail.com if you are interested in coaching one of these teams. We look forward to hearing from you!

   
May 7, 2018
VRC JOKERS SEEKING NEW COACH
The Joker’s Avengers Men's Field Hockey Team is seeking a new Head Coach for the 2018/19 season. The team is based out of Eric Hamber in Vancouver, with the clubhouse at Stanley Park Rowing club. This is a paid position and also covers club dues and membership to the Vancouver Rowing Club. Email your resume to kingjoel83@gmail.com Visit the Website for more information. vrcjokershockey.com
   
March 20, 2018
CUP FINALS SUNDAY MARCH 25 at TAMANAWIS
The Cup Finals completed on Sunday March 25....

In COMPETITIVE-1 Saturday March 17, despite a see- saw battle throughout, India-B scored the game's only goal to progress over West Vancouver-B. And Hawks-B bested Lions-C 2-1 in another close one.

Sunday's first PREMIER semi-final went to a shootout when Burnaby and West Vancouver drew 1-1 after regulation time, with West Vancouver winning the shootout. In the second PREMIER semi-final, perennial rivals UBRA and UBC met up, with UBRA coming out on top in a 5-0 scoreline.

The COMPETITIVE-2 semi-finals on March 18 had West Vancouver-C and Burnaby-C in another nail- biter, with West Vancouver-C taking it 2-1. The other semi-final was between West Coast Kings-B and Surinder Lions-D, and WCKB squeezed out the 1-0 win.

At the CUP FINALS ON MARCH 25 AT TAMANAWIS:

In COMP-2 it was West Coast Kings-B 3-2 versus West Vancouver-C - another nail-biter.

COMP-1 saw India-B withstand a strong Hawks-B first half to apply some serious pressure of their own in second half and end up winning 4-2.

In the PREMIER Final United Brothers-A scored first but by the second half the game was 1-1 and stayed that way in a see-saw battle until later in the half when West Vancouver-A got the go-ahead goal, then another with the clock running down and it ended 3-1 for West Van.

   
March 1, 2018
FIELD CONDITIONS March 1 UPDATED
All VMFHL Fields were declared as re-opened and "user discretion" as of Feb 28 or March 1.

Some turf fields are still closed, but none of them are fields the VMFHL regularly uses.

   
January 20, 2018
RUTLEDGE CLOSED JANUARY 20 AFTERNOON GAMES - FLOODING
RUTLEDGE FIELD CLOSED TO AFTERNOON GAMES SATURDAY JANUARY 20. THE FIELD HAS BEEN FLOODING ALL DAY SATURDAY AND IS WORSENING IN EARLY AFTERNOON, WITH A FORECAST FOR HEAVY RAIN TO CONTINUE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
   
November 5, 2017
Frozen Fields on November 4
November 4-5 Games

All Saturday games on TAM-2, TAM-1, EH, and RUT were postponed due to frosty and frozen fields. Too dangerous. Sunday games are still "on" for some fields since the forecast is for warmer temperatures and clear skies.

EXCEPTION: Sunday all TAM-2 games are cancelled for Nov 5 - still partial snow on field, cold and not melting. Frozen. Closed by the City of Surrey for the weekend.

ALSO, Sunday 9:00 EH and Sunday 10:30 TAM-1 cancelled - fields were frozen and needed time to thaw as the day warms up.

ALSO, the Sunday UVIC game was cancelled.

Any further change to schedules will go as e-mails or phone calls to captains and umpires.

   
October 1, 2017
Lost Jacket at Tamanawis
Lost - black men's lululemon zippered jacket left at Tamanawis Sunday Sept 10 after 3:00 game. if found please email Cedric Vaz : cedlilvaz@gmail.com
   
July 23, 2017
LEAGUE CLUB REPS MEETING AUGUST 2
The Annual Meeting of the VMFHL is on Wednesday, August 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Burnaby Lake West Complex fieldhouse in Meeting Room #2.

All clubs must be represented, and their vote is held by their President or a designated alternate if the President is unavailable. (one vote per club. No proxy votes.)

To attend and participate in this pre-season meeting the club must be "a member club in good standing" with no outstanding unpaid fees or any other encumbrances. Suspended players can not attend.

The Annual Meeting decides the playing dates, other schedule matters, the alignment of teams in divisions, any changes to Rules or policies, etc. for the 2017-18 season.

   
June 12, 2017
CALL FOR UMPIRES - INDIA CLUB TOURNAMENT
Event: India Club Tournament

Dates: June 23 to June 26 (Friday to Monday)

Venue: Tamanawis Field Hockey Park

Contact: info@indiaclub.ca

Call for umpires from Paul Chohan...

   
March 20, 2017
Playoff Cup Finals
COMPETITIVE ONE Cup Final at RUTLEDGE FIELD Saturday March 25 had an exciting finish. West Van scored first, then Lions equaled and scored a second in the second half.

West Van were awarded a penalty stroke 2 minutes from full time but the shot went just wide of the post. A furious final couple of minutes ensued and West Van had more chances to even the score, but the final whistle went as West Van were entering the circle to take one last attempt. (West Van-B 1 vs Surinder Lions-B 2)

The COMPETITIVE TWO Cup Final at RUTLEDGE Saturday March 25 provided an even more nail-biting finish. Lions-C scored first. Despite Lakers having umpteen good chances in the first half there was no further scoring.

Lakers equaled in the second half and both teams went all out for the winning goal. It was a very intense last 5 minutes. In the resulting shootout competition it was tied after the first round of the shoot-out. At the end of overtime sudden-death shootouts with only one shooter still to go, Lakers scored and Lions missed. (Burnaby Lakers-C 2 vs Surinder Lions-C 1)

The PREMIER playoffs were on the April 15 and 16 weekend. Semi-finals on Saturday (WVan-A 7 vs Hawks-A 4, and WCKA 4 vs UBRA 4 - UBRA won the shootout.)

The playoffs PREMIER Cup Final on Sunday saw West Van down United Brothers 4-0 to take the double - winning both the League Challenge Cup, and the Playoffs Cup.

   
March 5, 2017
SUNDAY MARCH 5 ALL GAMES CANCELLED - SNOW
Snow began in all areas at around 2:00 am Sunday March 5. It is continuing to accumulate. All March 5 games are cancelled for today, and are postponed if those games are critical to playoffs placements for the teams involved.
   
February 19, 2017
LOST STICK at TAMANAWIS Sun Feb 19
Lost - a black and orange Princess. Left it in team bench area at TAM-1 at 3:00 pm. Let us know if seen or found. Thanks.
   
February 19, 2017
Found Stick - call to claim it
Stick Found at Wright Field at 1:30 pm Saturday Feb 18 on one of the west benches.
   
February 18, 2017
Saturday Feb 18 - Two Cancelled Games
Saturday Feb 18 - two games have been cancelled.

HC defaulted to AB (pay fine and pay turf costs)

IB vs PA postponed to a midweek fixture - no COMP-1 level league umpires available or able to take this game on Feb 18.

   
February 16, 2017
FEBRUARY 17 - All Fields Are Open Again
All Fields have now re-opened after the snowfall of the last 2 weeks
   
February 8, 2017
February 11 Masters Hockey cancelled - snow
Given that Hamber is blanketed in a thick mantle of snow, and another snow storm is forecast for Wednesday evening, and cognisant of the fact that Hamber is notoriously slow to thaw - plus there is always a couple of days delay before VPB re-opens the facility - it is with regret we advise that the painful decision has been made by our Masters Steering Committee to cancel this Saturday’s 2017 Masters Hockey Event.

Whilst we’ll be advising players via our club/team contacts of the cancellation so that they can make alternative plans for the BC Family Day weekend, if you could circulate the news as widely as possible that would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for everyone's assistance and support for this project.... Best regards.... John McB.

   
January 9, 2017
Jan 14-15 - Ice conditions on fields
All games December 10-11 were postponed to the Jan 14-15 or Feb 11-12 makeup weekends. There was snow Dec 9, snow already on the grounds from earlier, and a forecast for more to come, some of which was expected to be freezing rain.

The later snowfalls arrived, and the fields, frozen since mid-December have still not thawed or cleared.

As of Monday Jan 9 most Jan 14-15 games looked to be "unlikely" to go ahead.

And, as of Friday at 4:15 pm, all games were confirmed postponed and subject to re-scheduling.

   
November 26, 2016
NOV 26-27 - five games cancelled
Rutledge flooding problems - no games Saturday or Sunday Nov 26 at RUTLEDGE.

Sunday Nov 27 - the FALCONS vs ABBOTSFORD game at 3:00 pm TAMANAWIS is cancelled (defaulted to Falcons)

PANTHERS vs HAWKS-C Sunday Nov 27 at TAM-1 is cancelled.

   
November 19, 2016
STICK FOUND at Tamanawis early morning Nov 19
A stick was turned in to Surrey Sharks by a lacrosse group who were on Tamanawis field first thing Saturday morning. (Nov 19) Maybe left Friday night? The lights were on at the field Friday night, but we don't know who was there.
   
November 13, 2016
NOV 13 Postponement of 2 Games
SUNDAY NOV 13 - IA vs HA and UBRA vs WA both postponed to Sunday Dec 11 (Makeups date)
   
November 6, 2016
FOUND SHIN GUARDS, knapsack, stick NOV. 5 and 6 at UBC, EH
found Sat Nov 5 at Wright Field

Size L - blue Gryphon shin guards in mesh bag with anatomic pro label.

Contact Cedric @ cell 604-710-2856 to claim.

Found - grey/orange knapsack and hockey stick found Sun Nov 6 at Hamber. Call or text Cedric at 604-710-2856 to identify and claim.

   
October 14, 2016
OCT 15-16 STORMS COULD AFFECT SCHEDULE
RUTLEDGE Field closed October 16 (flooded)

All other fields are in good shape and conditions are good for games as of 11:45 am Sunday.

Oct 15-16 Weekend continues to be rainy in some areas, but only showery in others. This could impact teams trying to get to away games.

Fields could flood. Wright Field drainage is poor and it often floods in downpours. Rutledge Field is at sea level and cannot drain in wet weather. Tamanawis sometimes puddles up in the heavy rains.

Fields with a lot of trees near them are especially prone to clogged drainage systems and ponds sometimes form on them.

If we know in advance we can post games as "cancelled" but often teams and umpires need to go to the field and make a game-time decision re player safety in stormy conditions. Do not play if it is unsafe even if you traveled hours to get to your game.

REC DIV cancelled games are deleted from the schedule. PREM, COMP-1 and COMP-2 games are postponed to the next makeup weekend (December)

   
July 25, 2016
Coaches needed for Meralomas Women's teams
Coaches needed for Meralomas Women's teams:

Meraloma Women's Field Hockey Club, based out of Vancouver, is looking for coaches for the upcoming fall season. We have coaching vacancies to fill for each of the following teams in the Vancouver Women's Field Hockey League:

Div 1, Div 2 and Div 4.

We offer our coaches compensation based on experience.

Please email meralomahockey@gmail.com if you are interested in coaching one of these teams. We will give you information about our trial dates at that time.

   
July 20, 2016
2016-2017 League Executive
The 2016-17 VMFHL Executive was confirmed at the July 19 AGM....

President: Colbin Wong

Vice-president: Bill Sandhu

Treasurer: Jasbir Tatla

Director: Guy Manwaring

Director: Michael Volker

Director: Pirindar Sahota

Director: Rolf Sickmuller

Non-voting members of the Executive are:

Discipline Chairman: Donald Paterson

League Administrator: John Nolan

   
July 4, 2016
VMFHL AGM July 19
The VMFHL Annual General Meeting of Club Reps is on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 pm at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex (West) meeting room 2.

One vote per club. However, any member in good standing may attend with his Club Representative.

$100 automatic fine for any club not in attendance, and that club will not take part in the decision- making to review the past season and set things in motion for scheduling for the coming 2016-2017 league season.

Agenda can be downloaded (see Downloads)

   
June 14, 2016
NATIONAL TEAM IN 4-GAME SERIES at Tamanawis and Rutledge
Vancouver, BC - As a part of its preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games, Canada’s men’s Olympic field hockey team will host the United States in four games in the Greater Vancouver area this July.

Matches in the Summer Games Send-off Series presented by London Drugs will be played on July 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th, with matches alternating between Rutledge Field at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver and Tamanawis Park in Surrey.

The full series schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 6 – 7:00pm – Rutledge Field, West Vancouver

Thursday, July 7 – 7:00pm – Tamanawis Park, Surrey

Saturday, July 9 – 7:00pm – Rutledge Field, West Vancouver

Sunday, July 10 – 6:00pm – Tamanawis Park, Surrey

   
May 17, 2016
Donations for Fort McMurray Relief
We will be collecting donations for Surrey Food Bank and Red Cross Fort McMurray Relief Fund at our Elite Hockey Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2016

List of items needed for Fort Mac:

Non-perishable food items

-- Toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste -- Diapers, baby wipes -- New clothing (*new socks & underwear!) -- Gift certificates -- New pillows & blankets (wrapped) -- Boxes or containers to pack

Surrey Food Bank list:

-- Large cans of powdered Baby Formula -- Healthy Cereal (Hot or Cold) -- Canned Vegetables -- Canned Fruit -- Wholegrain Pasta/Rice -- Pasta Sauces -- Canned and Dry Soups -- Mac & Cheese

General Supplies Needed:

Formula -- Diapers -- Size 4-6 Cereal -- For 8 Months of age Baby Jar Food Fruit, Meals and Vegetables (both large and small jars) Baby Layette Supplies Needed (Newborn -- 12 months) Winter Outfits -- Outfits, sleepers and socks Bottles -- Preferably those that do not require liners Blankets -- Both warm and receiving blankets Baby Toiletries -- Baby shampoo, bodywash, lotions, talcum powder -- Winter Outfits & Pyjamas Girls and Boys Age 18 month to 24 months (2 years) -- Small Toddler Toys & Books Appropriate for first birthdays -- Toddler Dishes & Spoons -- New toothbrushes and toothpaste for 12-24 Months

Ranbir Kahlon

RKahlon@Gmail.com

Elite Field Hockey Club , Surrey BC

www.elitefieldhockey.ca

   
March 17, 2016
Mark Roydhouse
The British Columbia and Canadian field hockey community mourns the passing of former Canadian Junior National Team player, and local field hockey volunteer, Mark Roydhouse, who passed away suddenly last week.

Roydhouse competed with the Canadian Junior National Team in the 1970s and 1980s and has always been an advocate of Canada’s National Program. His son, Chris (also known as CJ), followed in his father’s footsteps and played for the Junior Canadian Team when it participated in the 2014 Junior World Cup.

“He was a very loving man and he was always the first person to make someone laugh if you were with him,” said Chris in a statement on his Facebook page. “I will always think of my dad and the impact he has had on my sporting career and especially field hockey.”

Mark was always quick to support Canadian field hockey. He served as a coach, umpire, manager, and volunteer. He was a positive figure and mentor to many of the athletes involved.

In addition to his involvement with the Canadian National Program, Roydhouse was a member of the Vancouver Rowing Club Jokers field hockey team and was a member of the Field Sport Federation with the Vancouver Park Board, advocating for field hockey.

“He was well known and respected throughout the field hockey community and he will be greatly missed.”

Mark’s life will be celebrated at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 18th in the Harbour Room at the Vancouver Rowing Club. Everyone is welcome.

   
March 15, 2016
Celebration of the Life of Mark Roydhouse
Long time servant of Canadian Field Hockey, Mark Roydhouse, passed away unexpectedly and prematurely on March 13, 2016.

Mark was on Provincial and National teams as a young man, played the game at an elite level with Falcons and Jokers, and served the game as a coach, manager and umpire with Burnaby, Hawks, and Vancouver Field Hockey as well as in FHBC and FHC programs. He was most recently a supporter of the UBC Men's Teams as well as the newly appointed Umpires Coordinator for VMFHL. He was truly a builder of the sport.

We have lost one of the good ones. There will be a Celebration of His Life at the Vancouver Rowing Club (Stanley Park) on Friday March 18 from 7:00 pm.

   
February 18, 2016
Sad Loss of Graeme Carswell February 14, 2016
It is with great sadness that the Canadian field hockey community mourns the loss of former Men’s National Program athlete Graeme Carswell.

The 21 year-old native of Tsawwassen, British Columbia lost his life on Sunday Feb 14 after a fishing accident at the Chilliwack River.

A former member of the Canadian Under-21 Junior National Team, Graeme played club hockey for Delta Falcons and other teams, including, most recently with West Vancouver club. He recently returned from playing club hockey in the Netherlands. Graeme was also a member of the University of Victoria Vikes field hockey team.

We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the Carswell family during this difficult time.

   
January 16, 2016
WHAT HAPPENS TO POSTPONED GAMES?
REC DIV Games that are cancelled due to weather conditions are not re-scheduled..... PREM, COMP-1 and COMP-2 Games are rescheduled to the next Makeups Weekend or are put on a weekend when both teams had a bye weekend. Sometimes we are able to use midweek turf times for makeups if an appropriate time is made available by the home team.

Click on your team's schedule to find where your makeup games have landed after the last 2 weekends wherein we have had a few postponed and a few cancelled games to juggle back into the schedule.

   
November 22, 2015
GVJFHL Meeting Monday Nov 23
Greater Vancouver Junior Field Hockey League Annual Meeting is Monday November 23 at 7:00 pm.

At Burnaby Lake Sports Complex (In meeting room #2)

All clubs entering junior teams need to attend.

   
November 15, 2015
NOVEMBER UMPIRING COURSE
Provincial Umpiring Course in Surrey

Dates: November 24 (Tuesday) & 27 (Friday), 2015

Participants are required to attend both sessions. Contact FHBC office.

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Venue: Sikh Academy Elementary School, 12895 85th Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 0K8

Cost: $60.00 for FHBC members and $80.00 for non- members. Cheques to be made payable to ‘Field Hockey BC.’ (Candidates can also pay online at the end of the online registration process.)

Course Conductor: Alan Waterman FIH Umpire Manager

This course is open to umpires interested in the first steps towards fulfilling the Community and Provincial certification requirements, umpires that need a refresher, and umpires with expired certifications. Candidates should be at least 14 years old. Last day to register is Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kathryn at the Field Hockey BC office at (604) 737-3146 or eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybc.com

   
November 7, 2015
Field Flooding for November 7 Postponed Games
From drought to flooding in two short weeks.

There was flooding on all turfs Nov 7 morning. Heavy water buildups on-field. Drains plugged and not handling the rains coming down. Another heavy rainstorm hit around noon Saturday so all Nov 7 games were postponed to Makeup Weekends.

All Sunday games Nov 8 were played and conditions were good again.

   
October 24, 2015
TAM-2 no watering - EH water off again
Watering system at Tamanawis-2 (lower turf) is broken. Don't know when repairs will get done. Hope for lots of rain on game days.

Hamber watering was back on Friday morning Oct 23, but failed Saturday morning. Hope for rains.

When it is finally fixed, the Controls will be the same as before the reconstruction. Green button for water. Lights are still controlled remotely and automatically. No higher divisions late games on EH - lighting system isn't as strong as it needs to be.

In anticipation of the fall freeze-up and colder nights the watering on these fields will be turned off for the winter in a week or two (if we get it back on before then.)

   
September 18, 2015
ERIC HAMBER Watering and Lights REPAIRS
There have been delays regarding getting the watering back on at Eric Hamber. Reconstruction not yet completed. Expected at start of October.

EH Lights have also malfunctioned several times recently. Parks Board staff doing their best but not sure about why there is this problem.

Late afternoon games are at risk of running into lighting issues. No higher divisions games in late afternoon EH time slots until further notice.

   
September 10, 2015
Watering Problems Affecting Field Use
Despite 4 days of rains at end of August, two of our League's fields had been closed to normal use. The water shortages of July and August led to municipal government-imposed bans on some water uses.

Watering restrictions in Greater Vancouver have now been scaled back to "Level 2" so some watering is now permitted.

Rutledge Field was closed until further notice unless it was raining. Eric Hamber Turf's watering system is also off and being renovated. We expect to have both of these fields back on by mid-September, but if there is uninterrupted dry weather in early September we could still face other field closures.

Tamanawis upper field watering system is not working properly and the field doesn't get fully watered. You will probably have to run the cycle twice and still might have the northeast section left dry. Budget for longer watering between games and at half-time. Go to 30-minute halves if necessary. We hope to have this problem fixed soon but it has been a problem.

You can't run TAM-2 and TAM-1 watering simultaneously (not enough pressure to run both) so stagger the watering so that only one field is being watered at a time.

   
August 18, 2015
SFU Looking for a Head Coach
The Women's Div 2 team at Simon Fraser University is looking for a Head Coach for this season. Season starts September and ends in March. Please see the SFU file in Downloads for more information regarding commitment and logistics, and contact the team admin at fhd@sfu.ca with any questions or applications.
   
June 15, 2015
LEAGUE ANNUAL MEETING JULY 21
The AGM of the VMFHL is on July 21 at Burnaby Lake Complex meeting rooms. Room #2.

7:30 to 9:00 pm - room open at 7:00 pm for Club Reps signing in to meeting.

Mandatory attendance by Club Reps. ($100 fine to any club with its Club Rep not in attendance - but more importantly, a club not in attendance is left out of the decision-making on several important matters dealt with by the Annual General Meeting.)

Agenda was sent by e-mail to all club reps and posted here in the Downloads section of this website.

   
March 31, 2015
APRIL 4 MASTERS FESTIVAL AT TAMANAWIS
The Masters Festival is meant to be a “drop-in” event where we’ll arrange activities; perhaps according to age group, or even in some random but balanced way, depending on numbers. Players should bring both a WHITE and a DARK shirt. There will be refreshments.

Exciting developments are taking place in the Masters Hockey World. More details soon as the process evolves. This is to remind you of the first major event in the plans.

As an informal wrap-up of the 2014-2015 League Season, an afternoon of friendly Masters Hockey has been arranged thanks to John McBryde, Narinder Sangha and others.

SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015 (Easter Saturday) from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at TAMANAWIS TURF

Please pass this information on to those teams within your club which have Masters players in their ranks.

   
March 29, 2015
PLAYOFFS Semis and Finals
SEMI-FINALS PLAYOFFS:

Sat March 21... 12:00 pm... PREMIER India-A (1) vs Hawks-A (0) (after shootout)

Sat March 21... 1:45 pm... COMP-2 Jokers-A (11) vs Raiders-A (0)

Sat March 21... 3:30 pm... PREMIER UBC (4) vs United Brothers-A (2)

Sat March 21... 5:15 pm... COMP-2 Hawks-C (3) vs Falcons (2)

SUN March 22... 8:45 am... COMP-1 Burnaby-B 2 vs Hawks-B 1

SUN March 22... 4:00 pm... COMP-1 UBRB 2 vs India-B 1

PLAYOFF CUP FINALS TIMES:

Sat March 28... 12:00 pm... COMP-2 Final... JA 6 vs HC 2

Sat March 28... 2:00 pm... PREMIER Final... UBC 3 (SO)vs IA 2

SUN March 29... 8:45 am... COMP-1 Final... UBRB 4 vs BB 3

PROMOTION-RELEGATION Series

Home-Away total goals series of two games between top team in COMP-2 and bottom team in COMP-1 will be on whatever turf time the home teams have booked on first weekend of April

   
February 28, 2015
MINI-ROUNDS BEGAN FEB 28
After 2 completed rounds of home and away games, the PREMIER, COMPETITIVE-1 AND COMPETITIVE-2 divisions split into top-half and bottom-half pools for Feb 28, Mar 7, and Mar 14 weekends.

Top-half are playing for the League Cup in each division.

Bottom-half are playing for a berth in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup (playoff winners) in each division.

Playoff semi-finals are March 21 weekend with the Cup Finals March 28 weekend.

The promotion-relegation game between last place in COMP-1 and first place in COMP-2 will be a home and away double-header on first weekend of April.

   
January 23, 2015
NEW FIH RULES FOR 2015
The FIH Rules for 2015 was just published and calls for several significant changes. These rule changes could be a challenge to both players and game officials at first.

The VMFHL Bylaws say that we follow FIH Rules unless specific exceptions are made by our League

Our League Executive has confirmed that we start using the 2015 FIH Rules as of Jan 20. 2015. The Jan 17-18 games will be played under 2014 Rules, and there were updates and an umpires meeting available for umpires prior to the games of Jan 24-25 weekend.

To assist in updating everyone this website has produced the rationale for the rules changes given by the FIH. - see DOWNLOADS. Also the complete FIH Rules for 2015 are in the UMPIRING & RULES section.

Please discuss these with your fellow players and coaches.

Thank you.

   
January 18, 2015
UMPIRES MEETING WEDNESDAY JAN 21
UMPIRES, PLAYERS, COACHES - There will be an information meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday January 21 to discuss the aspects of the new rules that will likely cause everyone the most difficulties... The meeting is tentatively booked for Burnaby Lake West Complex meeting rooms, but needs to be confirmed once the contract is signed Monday... There will be an update then.
   
November 13, 2014
BLOCKING ERIC HAMBER EMERGENCY ACCESS
Eric HAMBER Turf: -- Home Teams should have a copy of the PERMIT with them – emailed to all teams. -- Problems? Call Vancouver Parks Board Ranger at 604-861-0450. -- Key to the emergency gate at Hamber is the one numbered 2222. -- Don't have a key? Contact Victoria Bryan at englishvic@me.com. -- At no time may a vehicle be parked or stopped in the emergency vehicle access to Hamber Field (includes the grass verge). Remember that emergency vehicles include first responder fire trucks - they need all the space. Umpires should regard the playing conditions as unsafe if a car blocks the entrance and should not start the game. Or, if the game is underway and a car moves into the prohibited space they should immediately stop the game. In both situations, call the team captains into conference and explain why the game is not started or has been stopped. Umpires need do no more. It is not their responsibility to search for the owner and get the car moved. But the game MUST be STOPPED until the vehicle is moved.
   
November 7, 2014
LAST CHANCE Signup - REGIONAL UMPIRE Course
Last Chance to sign up for this year's REGIONAL UMPIRE Course.... It will be on November 13 and Nov 17 (attend both evenings) at the FHBC Office on Broadway in Vancouver.... Contact FHBC to register.
   
October 10, 2014
LAST CHANCE Umpire Briefing Available
Everyone had a choice of four dates and three locations to choose from (something that was requested by Club Reps). Just to remind you, the dates are... Tuesday Sept 9th, 7pm at the Vancouver Rowing Club... Wednesday Sept 10th, 7pm at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West... Thursday Sept 11th, 7:15pm at Hall B, North Delta Rec Centre (11415 84th Avenue).... Monday Nov 3rd, at 7pm at Burnaby Lake (LAST CHANCE).... Also, there seems to have been some confusion about how the pay scale reductions will work for umpires that don’t attend a mandatory briefing, so, to clarify this for you..... To ensure all umpires are on the same page, it is crucial that they ALL attend one of the briefings (where rule interpretations etc are discussed by FIH umpires).... The incentive says that if an umpire fails to attend at least one of the briefings (without a very valid reason of course), their rate of pay will drop one level for the season.... There are four briefings available and no pay will be reduced until after the final briefing on November 3 (since it is the last opportunity for an umpire to qualify for full pay). So basically, as long as you go to one of the briefings you’ll be fine and will receive your full pay for the season.... So, it’s business as usual as long as you attend one briefing and sign in, therefore please keep signing up for games; this league won’t run without you!
   
September 20, 2014
SCHEDULE CHANGED FOR WRIGHT FIELD IN OCTOBER
The League was notified Sept 18 that we will not have our Wright Field times on October weekends as earlier confirmed. Games posted online for Oct 4 will be moved, probably to game times elsewhere to be used for exhibition games in the previous version of the schedule. Games scheduled for other October weekends but which were about to be posted online will now be re-scheduled yet again (expect a couple more days delay as many fixtures will now be changed for this month) so that we avoid use of WF and increase use of EH and TAM to compensate.
   
September 6, 2014
DRAFT SCHEDULES RE-MADE SEPTEMBER 6TH.
After August 8th registration deadline a draft schedule of home-away games was made. There was an initial delay in getting home game times for Surrey-based teams at Tamanawis so you never got to see this first draft, but once those were received scheduling proceeded and sched grids were made. - on August 12 a couple of teams changed their registrations to different divisions.... - two days later two of the teams that we registered dropped out.... - on August 21 a new team was added.... - times at UVIC for home games changed dates and hours from original registration.... - Most club reps did not indicate "yes" or "no" with regard to their Newcastle Shield entries for Weeks 7, 8, & 9 of the Fall half of the schedule.... - UBC agreed to host the 9 games of the playoff semi-finals and finals in March, but it seemed there might be a problem with getting appropriate times.... Apparently times will be available but not yet confirmed. - Newcastle Shield cancelled. Too few entries would have left the majority of the league with no games for 3 weeks in the middle of the schedule. - Sept - one India Rec team dropped, Hawks tentatively added, then withdrew, an additional COMP-2 team. Abbotsford added. - SCHEDULE now has 7 teams in each of upper 3 divisons and will be a double-round-robin of 12 games over 14 weekends, plus 3 more weekends wherein top half play within their section; and bottom 4 play for the 4th place in the division and the final playoff spot. Then in March, we have semifinals and finals weekends for the 3 upper divisons. - A triple round-robin is not possible - not enough weekends. A double round-robin is useless as it has us finished half-way through January. - - - END RESULT each time a change was made or a problem popped up is that a new set of schedule grids has had to be made. At this point (Sept 6) all previous grids are consigned to the shredder and a full new set has been started today and the first week of scheduling has been posted online on this website. Be patient, please - now that we have corrected information from your Club Reps, schedules can be re-constructed and posted for all of the players to access for all of the rest of the weeks of the season.
   
July 27, 2014
August 1-3 Surrey Charity Tournament
We are pleased to announce that the first annual charity tournament will be happening this year on August 1-3. This event is put together by every surrey Field Hockey club, and is a joint effort. We are raising funds through field hockey for cancer. This year we are raising funds for mens cancer specifically for Multiple myloma, lymphoma and Leukaemia. This tournament is a fun tournament and everything we raise from this event will be directly given to the cancer society. The tournament is FREE OF COST and there will be FREE FOOD for all three days along with other give-aways. The divisions are as follows: Minis (under10) Under 12 - boys/girls (half field) Under 14 - boys/ girls ( Full Field) under 16- boys/ girls (Full field) Social division- Men *** anyone who has played Prem A/ Prem B In the league will not be allowed to participate*** *** No outside Canada players** Two superstar matches and an over 50 game 1. Namdhari 11 vs. Surrey All star *** still tbc 2. Surrey All star vs Canada Development team*** still tbc ***We do however require everyone to send in the teams they will enter ASAP as there are limited spots. Dead line is July 28 Monday If you would like to participate and don't have a =team we can help out with that as well. If you would like to donate or help out in any way please let us know!! Please email us with any questions! fieldhockeytacklescancer@gmail.com Thank you so much! The Field Hockey Tackles Cancer Team.
   
July 10, 2014
AGM 23 July 2014 7.00pm at Burnaby Lake Clubhouse
Please Go To Downloads (Left Margin) For: General Finacial Accounts 2013-14: Report, Balance Sheet, Income Statement & Banking Statement Detailed Financials Statements 2013-14: Spreadsheet.