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Canada’s Under-21 men left the 2016 Junior Men’s Pan American Championship with a silver medal and spot at the 2016 Junior World Cup after taking second place following a 5-0 loss to Argentina Saturday in Toronto.

Victoria’s Harbir and Amardeep Sidhu were among the Canadian roster that had a slow start to the tournament on home soil but recovered well in the cross-over rounds.

The two Pan Am finalists, Argentina and Canada, are headed to December’s Junior World Cup in India as the Pan American representatives. Chile took the Pan Am bronze after a 4-1 defeat of the United States.

The Canadian men finished the 2016 Pan American Championship with three wins and three losses.

“It’s been great. It’s really made me realize the competition that’s our there,” says 16 year-old Canadian midfielder James Wallace, who had the honour of wearing the captain’s armband in the final of his first major international tournament for Canada. “It just motivates me more when I get back in Vancouver to train harder, get on the pitch more, run more, do all those things so next time we see them we’ll be ready.”

Argentina controlled for a majority of Saturday’s gold medal match, beginning with an up-tempo pace and carrying the majority of the possession in the first few minutes. The start resulted in a first penalty corner in the 5th minute of play but a good stick tackle by Ganga Singh stopped the attempt.

In the 7th minute, however, Maico Casella, the tournament’s top goal scorer, converted on a penalty stroke after a mad scramble in front of Canadian goalkeeper Iqwinder Gill.

After Argentina went up 2-1, the Canadians seemed to settle into the match and began to hold the ball themselves and work their way into the Argentine end.

The Canadians picked up their first corner of the game after a well designed play into Argentina circle resulted in the ball hitting an Argentinian foot.

Brandon Pereira’s dragflick was stopped by left-hand of goalkeeper Emiliano Bosso to keep the game at 1-0.

Argentina added another goal in the 24th minute off the stick of Nicolas Keenan, who tapped the ball in at the side of the net after it came loose behind Gill.

“I thought we had a good game but we had a few lapses and that’s where they scored,” adds Wallace. “With a team as good as Argentina, just like the ones we’ll face in India you can’t let this happen, because they’ll bury them.”

Canada had a chance to come within one in the final minute of the first half when they picked up two corners but couldn’t convert on either attempt.

The next goal of the match would be the decider as it would bring Canada within one or put the Argentines up by three with less than one half to play.

Unfortunately for the Canadians, in the 45th minute Argentina converted on a corner with Canada shorthanded because of a yellow card given minutes earlier.

Despite Canada’s best efforts, Argentina would add two more before time was out to go on to the 5-0 win.

Source: Field Hockey Canada
Photo: Yan Huckendubler (PAHF)

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s field hockey team will have a new face in charge next year as head coach Kevin Laidman is stepping down after three seasons at the helm.

“Kevin has been a valued contributor to Vikes Athletics as a coach, a player and an ambassador,” said Clint Hamilton, Director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation. “His leadership has been instrumental in the building of a solid core that includes athletes representing the Vikes at the national level and we appreciate all Kevin has done for our program.”

A former player with the Vikes from 2006-10, Laidman took over from Michael Lee in August, 2013 after serving as Lee’s assistant coach in 2012-13. As a player, he competed at multiple national championships with Team BC and played at the elite level with the Victoria Selects. The 30-year-old earned his first international cap with the men’s senior national team in 2011.

“It has been a pleasure and honour to have both played and coached with the Vikes for the past 10 years,” said Laidman. “Coaching the Vikes has been a very rewarding experience as I had the opportunity to develop the next generation of elite field hockey players.”

Under Laidman’s leadership, a number of promising young athletes were recruited to play for the Vikes, including junior national team standouts Amardeep Sidhu, Josh Brown and Harbir Sidhu. Harbir, who will compete for Canada at the Junior Pan Am Games in May alongside Amardeep, committed to the Vikes after winning silver with Canada at the 2015 Youth Olympics in Beijing.

Laidman and the Vikes put up a number of impressive performances during his time as head coach, most notably a 3-2 victory over UBC in January. The Vikes, who hadn’t beaten the Thunderbirds in 10 years of premiership hockey, got a late goal from rookie forward Christopher Lee—the first of his university career—to complete the upset.

“I have worked to grow our squad over the past three seasons and the trend is continuing,” said Laidman. “Our team is getting more competitive and the future is looking bright. I am sad to leave the program at this time, but I am excited for the future of the team.”

The search for the next head coach of the Vikes Men’s Field Hockey program will begin immediately. Interested candidates should contact James Keogh, Manager of Athletics, at jkeogh@uvic.ca, or 250-721-8411. A full job description can be found below.

Photo Credit: APShutter.com (Armando Tura)
Story by David Conlin, Vikes Communications
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Men’s League Jamboree Schedule
Sunday, March 20, 2016
All Games at UVIC – Field 1

Come for the Curry and cheer the teams on!

9:30 am to 10:00 am – Tigers vs Rebels
10:00 am to 10:30 am – Mutineers/Marauders vs Oak Bay
10:30 am to 11:00 am – Hawks vs Tigers
11:00 am to 11:30 am – Rebels vs Oak Bay
11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Mutineers/Marauders vs Hawksn
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm – Break
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm – Oak Bay vs Tigers
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Rebels vs Mutineers/Marauders
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm – Oak Bay vs Hawks
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Tigers vs Mutineers/Marauders
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Rebels vs Hawks

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A Community Umpire Training Session will be taking place on March 8 and 10th in Duncan, B.C. Led by Alison Sweeten, this is a great opportunity for people to not only familiarize themselves with the current rules but also received the basic understanding of umpiring field hockey. Whether you are an aspiring umpire or just a player wanting to better understand the rules and game – this is a great session to attend!

DATE: March 8 & 10, 2016
TIME: 6-8:30 pm
COST: $60 (FHBC Members), $80 (Non-FHBC Members)

ONLINE REGISTRATION: https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/courses.php

If you would like to attend the course in Duncan and need a ride from Victoria, please contact Alison Sweeten at asweeten@shaw.ca

Note: This is the ONLY Community-Level course being offered on Vancouver Island this Spring.

MORE INFO: http://fieldhockeybc.com/Umpires/UmpireEducation/UmpireCoursesOffered/tabid/577/Default.aspx

JR League Coaching!

Posted by Ali Baggott at Feb 11, 2016 2:17PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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It is time to pass on your valuable time and experience to the next generation!

As committed members of the Men’s League, it is always great to enjoy PLAYING but we can learn a lot about ourselves as coaches AND we need to continue to give back and develop the league to keep our sport growing! Be a part of that movement and it starts RIGHT NOW!

I will be managing the coach recruitment for the upcoming 2016 Junior League Season for the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association and Krista Thompson, Technical Director, will be ensuring you are armed with everything that you need to do your job – whether you have a lot of experience or no experience!

This year’s league starts April 2 (boys) and April 3 (girls) and runs to June 20. Don’t worry you are allowed to have other commitments and go on holidays. We will shuffle coaches around to meet YOUR flexibility and schedule! We still want your commitment so IF you are event the slightest bit interested please go to the below link to sign up now!

SIGN UP ONLINE HERE:
https://www.teampages.com/forms/10945-2016-Junior-League-Coach-Sign-Up

Here are the commitments and age groups:

KINDIES (Boys & Girls Age 4-5) : Sundays 9-10 am

GIRLS
Under 8: Sundays 9-10 am
Under 10: Sundays 10:15-11:45 am, Optional Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm
Under 13: Sundays 12:00-1:00 pm & Thursdays 6:15-7:15pm
Under 15: Sundays 1:15-2:15 pm & Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm
Under 18: Tuesdays 7:30-9 pm

BOYS
Under 8: Saturdays 9-10 am
Under 10: Saturdays 9-10:30 am, Optional Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm
Under 13: Saturdays 10:45-11:45 am & Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 pm
Under 15: Saturdays 10:45-11:45 am & Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 pm
Under 18: Tuesdays 7:30-9 pm

There will be a Coaches Meeting on March 30 and 31st at UVIC (Room TBC), from 7:00-8:30pm. You must attend one of these sessions.

Note: A Master Coach will typically be at all of your sessions to help you out and guide you and help YOU learn! ALSO EVERY session comes with a practice plan that every team will follow each week! SO, all we need from you is your time and commitment and if you aren’t entirely sure yet – just sign up online and we can be in touch closer to April!

Please pass this on to anyone else you think might be a fitting and/or interested coach in our spring league. Everyone is welcome to help!

If you have any questions throughout this process or throughout the season please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Ali Lee
alilee05@gmail.com
250-418-5633

More info: victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca