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I just returned from the Masters World Cup in Canberra, Australia where I had the pleasure of donning the Canadian jersey again after a 20 year hiatus. I never would have believed that hockey could be as fun and as competitive as it was back in the days when I played for Canada in my 20’s, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact I was more than surprised I was outright impressed verging on awe struck! Folks, life begins at 40 because thats when Masters hockey starts. The beautiful thing about playing in the Masters World Cup is it breaks down into age groups that make sense starting with over 40’s, over 45’s, over 50’s and over 55’s. When you reach 60 then your into the Grand Masters and that in itself is feat considering how hard it is to play competitively at 50. The level of player at this tournament was incredible, Players commit a year to training for this tournament and in many countries have try outs to ensure the best team goes. Now, in some cases, like Australia, where the cost can be prohibitive you may not get the best team showing up but remember many of these counties have Masters Leagues so numbers are not an issue like they are in Canada.
While our schedule consisted of 3 games in a row in as many days followed by a day off another game day, a day off and two more back to back games, we were able to get a day off to go to a beach and see kangaroos. At the end of the trip we had two more days in Sydney where we were able to see the local sights including the Sydney Opera House. The rest of the time this old body, and many others like me, took advantage of the cheap physio offered by the generous AIS Sport Medicine Team.
How did we do as the Canadian team? Well despite it being our first time sending both a mens and women’s team we had a lot of fun. No we didn’t win any of our games but the goal was to compete and get aquatinted with this new and exciting world of Masters Hockey. We could have finished higher and certainly had or chances to beat the USA and Malaysia but as one of the american players pointed out, we are where they were 4 years ago. They came in poorly prepared and with a less than experienced team and had a similar outcome. This tournament they showed up with four teams including two women’s teams and finished above sixth in all ages so that’s inspiring me to continue training.
I think Canada has for too long supported the junior and senior program and many of our finest players finish at a very early age to become coaches giving up the joy of playing field hockey as an over 40 adult.There are plenty of recreational teams and opportunities to play socially but the ability to play in a very highly competitive environment had never been an option before. I hope that parents and ex players take a page from the Aussies and England’s lead and start a resurgence of over 40 players who are interested in getting fit, learning to play hockey at a higher level than they play in rec league and want to commit to making Masters hockey a success in the future.
For those who are interested the next Masters World Cup for Men and Women 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+ it looks like it will likely be in Madrid Spain in 2018. And just so you know the World Masters is different from the Masters World Cup. World Masters is a multi sport competition like the Olympics where Masters World Cup is field hockey specific. This summer Vancouver also hosts the Pan American Masters which is for multi sport and offers field hockey to players or teams who want to enter and must be 35+.
If you interested in what the Masters Men’s or Women’s has to offer and you are over 40+ (of 35+ for Pan Am Masters) then feel free to contact me Guy Manwaring (email@example.com or Ian Baggott (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Field Hockey Canada.
Some information for coaches, umpires and players:
Coaches clinic: Friday April 1st 6:30-8:30 pm at Winskill. First hour will have more of a U10 focus and the second hour more of a U11- U18 focus.
Umpire Refresher clinic: Wednesday March 30th 6:30-7:30 pm at SDRC. All U11-U18 coaches encouraged to attend,
Field Hockey Vendors Coming to Tsawwassen:
Field Hockey Shack: Saturday April 2nd 11 am – 3 pm at Winskill. min 20% off all purchases, Field hockey equipment from U6-U18 and of course our senior players, Frugal Fred backpacks regular $80 on sale for $20, great deals to be had.
AKpro: Tuesday April 5th 5-8 pm at Winskill: Field hockey equipment from U6-18
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Another great season for the Falcon Men in Comp 1 finishing second behind India C in the League championships. The final was a 2-1 finish with Falcons having 80% of the attack and possession. After going down short in the first half Falcons tied it up quickly in the second half on a short corner. Falcons pushed the play and had all the chances but for one luck touch on a cross that dribbled in against the play.
The team played well all season and had some honourable mentions. New comers Chase Marshall, Gavin Swan and Andrew Ursu and Andrew Haselhan stepped up and proved they are ready to play in the Mens team.
2nd Season veterans Kieran Ma, Rowan Childs and Brendan Guiraliuk provided the real growth to the team and has some personal bests this season. The highlight was Brendan’s 13 goal season. Congratulations Brendan, some great goals.
The returning Brendan Waterman, Kevin Miller and Andrew Parker brought mature youth and stability for our aging team and proved they are the further of this team.
Well done to all the vets who played well and are the anchor to this team week in and week out. Next season we hope to bring in a new cast of juniors and possibly get the recreational team back up and running. Volunteers welcome!
Thans for a great run this season, let’s do what we intended and get promoted next season. Hope to see you all next fall!
Dear Fellow Masters Hockeyers,
Just a reminder of the informal wrap-up of the 2015-2016 League Season with a friendly Masters Hockey Match being arranged as follows:
SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2016 (Easter Saturday) from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at TAMANAWIS
This is not a formal match between two club teams; just a “friendly” with balanced teams selected on the day from players in attendance, with the format of the game (whether 11-a-side or cross-pitch mimi-hockey) dependent on numbers present.
Please pass this notice on to those teams within your club which have Masters players in their ranks.
Al McBeth and Guy Manwaring, I know you’ll be gone by Easter Saturday; however, could you please forward this message on to Masters members of your club for their information. All the very best to you both, and all the Canadian Over-50 team, at the 2016 IMHA World Cup tournament in Canberra.
The notice as circulated towards the end of February is appended below FYI.
This event is a follow-up to the successful 2015 Easter Saturday event which attracted 25 local masters hockey players and led directly to the entry, a year later, of a Canadian Team in the Over-50 Division of the 2016 International Masters Hockey Association World Cup Tournament in Canberra which starts at the end of next month.
We wish the members of the Canadian Over-50 Team best of luck in Australia. Whilst these players will be unable to participate in this year’s Easter event, here is an opportunity for all local masters hockey players who are available on Easter Saturday afternoon to play enjoyable hockey. The event has multiple objectives:
A happy conclusion to the 2015-2016 League season;
To gather together players who wish to pursue the concept of Masters Hockey at whatever level they may choose to participate in the spectrum from local to international;
To enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded players who wish to continue their hockey activities amongst the cohort of their contemporaries.