News and Announcements
A message from Victoria’s James Kirkpatrick and his team mates:
Hello Field Hockey fans and Red Caribou Supporters!
Now that Labour Day and a brief hockey rest is behind us your Men’s National Field Hockey Team (the Red Caribou) is back on the field and training hard for the 2018 Odisha Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. It’s hard to believe it’s been over 14 months since we qualified for the World Cup with a memorable 3-2 win over India in London, England. After a training period here at home in September, we’re back on the road in October, traveling to New Zealand to play a series of matches against the Black Sticks before returning home for a few weeks of final training and preparation. Finally, on November 17th we’re heading east. We’ll be stopping off in Japan for a few days for a final training camp and test matches against the recently crowned Asian champions and 2020 Olympic hosts, before moving on to India. All that leads us to the opening match of the tournament on November 28th against Olympic Silver Medalists, Belgium.
We hope you’re as excited for the next few months as we are. We’re writing today in hopes that you’ll help us along on our journey. As was done in 2010 and 1998, we’re putting together a special edition Red Caribou World Cup t-shirt. It’s not uncommon to see an old version around the hockey pitch today, and we hope you’ll proudly wear your 2018 version during the tournament and for years to come.
This year’s shirt will feature our Red Caribou logo on the front along with ‘World Cup 2018’ and ‘Bhubaneswar, India’. The back of the shirt will say ‘Red Caribou’ and ‘Proud Supporter’ along with a long list of our supporters, which we hope will include you!
We are asking all Field Hockey fans in Canada as well as companies, clubs, schools, book clubs… anyone who loves the game to add their name to the back of the shirt as a way of showing who is supporting us in India. Whether you’re wearing your t-shirt in the stadium in Bhubaneswar or back home watching on tv… we’ll know you have our back.
Feel free to put your name, a message of support, your website, company name, whatever you want! Our only ask is that you limit your line to 15 characters.
For $100, you can have your name/message on the back, along with a shirt for you to keep.
For $500, you can have you or your company’s name/logo displayed on the back of the shirt, as well as a souvenir shirt for you to keep.
We ask that everyone who is interested let us know by Oct 15 so we can start with printing and delivery.
Many thanks and all the best for your hockey season. Go Canada!
Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team
- Method of Payment**
Cheque, made out to ‘Red Caribou’
e-transfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend, Oct. 5-7, will be action-packed for field hockey!
The Annual Bridgman Cup high school girls tournament will be on all day from Friday to Sunday. Local teams Oak Bay, GNS, Mount Douglas, Cowichan Secondary and SMUS will all be participating in the 16-team tournament. Friday games run from 10am-6pm, Saturday games are 8am-5pm and Sunday games start at 8am and end with the final at 2:00 pm.
A full Bridgman Cup schedule is attached to this notice.
In addition, the Vikes women’s field hockey team are hosting the Legends Cup match up against the UBC Thunderbirds. The Vikes and T-Birds will clash on both Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 11:00 a.m. The Vikes and T-Birds are participating in a school rivalry series across several sports and at the end of the year a new trophy, the Legends Cup, will be presented to the winning school The series will run annually. For more information and a full schedule visit govikesgo.com/legendscup
Tickets for the Vikes games are available online at govikesgo.com/tickers or in person at the CARSA Membership Services Counter.
VENDORS IN VICTORIA
With the Bridgman Cup happening there will be lots of vendors on site on Friday, Saturday and some of Sunday. Be sure to come to UVic to shop this once-a-year opportunity to buy from vendors:
- Field Hockey Shack
- Hockey King Sports (AK Pro)
Please find attached a job posting for the Umpire Coordinator position. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 31, 7:00 pm.
There will be additional duties to this position this season as it will integrate the men’s premier game appointments. The pay reflects these extra duties.
Thank you to Julie Williams who previously held this position and to Chris Wilson, who retires from organizing the Premier men’s umpires, which will now fall to the umpire coordinator.
For questions, please contact Denise McGeachy (email@example.com)
BILLETS NEEDED IN VICTORIA
The Women’s Junior National Team camp is now running in two groups:
Group #1 — Saturday, August 18th – Tuesday, August 21st (some athletes from out of province arriving on Friday, August 17th)
Group #2 — Tuesday, August 21st – Friday, August 24th (some athletes from out of town leaving on Saturday, August 25th)
Some billets are still needed for these athletes if you are able to help on either or both of the date ranges above, please respond to Diane Gillis by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday, August 12th.
Families will be asked to help transport players to/from the field and will receive a $60 stipend for food for the players.
2018 Summer Drop-In Hockey information:
The below dates are club-run drop-in sessions of pick-up hockey. Both session are co-ed and players should be registered with Field Hockey BC for insurance purposes. Depending on numbers, players will be split by an appropriate experience level. Beginners are welcome.
SAILORS FHC SUMMER DROP IN
Dates: Tuesdays (July 3 – Aug 28)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 per player (must pay before playing)
Age: 14 and up
Contact: Ronnie Lee ( 250-727-6033 or email@example.com)
REBELS FHC SUMMER DROP IN
Dates: Thursdays (July 5-August 30)
Time : 7-8:30 pm
Cost: $5/session or $30 for the whole summer (9 sessions total)
For general questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Credit: Jim Knight