News and Announcements

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PHILADELPHIA – Head Coach Denise Zelenak has announced two new members for the 2014 season. Cailean Meredith and Kathryn Boyce have signed letters of intent and will join the Dragons in their fall campaign.

Zelenak had this to say of the incoming freshmen, “It was very important for us to get a small number of high quality hockey players for 2014, and Cailean and Kathryn are that, and much more. Both recruits are well-rounded individuals who are driven and committed to being successful both on the field and in the classroom. They are exactly what we are looking for as we continue to compete at the highest level of Division I, and it is clear to me that they will not only naturally fit into our team dynamic, but also bring their own refreshing styles. We are so very excited to officially welcome them to the Dragon family!”

Cailean Meredith, a Canadian native, is a member of Canada’s Junior National Target 2017 squad and played for Canada’s U17 National Team against the USA in 2012. She played at Canadian Nationals for British Columbia’s provincial teams in 2011 and 2012, and also for Alberta in 2013. She received gold during her 2011 run. During Meredith’s three years with the South Delta Secondary senior team, the team won every league game, earned two gold medals at Fraser Valley championships, and placed second at Provincials in her senior year. She plays women’s league with the Surrey Sharks Premier team, plays junior club hockey with India Club where she has won repeat U16 and U18 Club Championships, and trains with Rob Short Academy. Meredith has coached junior field hockey players for Delta Falcons since she was 10, and is a high performance regional coach for Field Hockey BC. She is an honor roll student and has won three Athletic Achievement awards for field hockey and for her play on her school’s rugby, soccer and curling teams. She plans to major in environmental science.
Kathryn Boyce, a two-year letterwinner and senior captain, was the starting goalkeeper for Voorhees High School. Along with high school, she has been a member of the X-Caliber Field Hockey Club since 2006 and competed on the national level. Boyce was selected in 2012 for Futures Elite, and named to the U14 and U16 National Futures Championships. During her U14 run in 2010, her team picked up the gold medal. She also played for the Junior Olympics in 2012, and has competed in the National Indoor Tournament since 2006, taking home gold in 2013. She plans to major in business.

After winning the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championships, the 2013 season saw a 13-7 overall and 4-2 conference record for the Dragons. Throughout the season, the team outscored their opponents 40-30, held a six game winning streak mid-season, and had strong home field presence with seven out of ten wins. The new freshmen will report to campus in August.

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Falcons are looking for some keen volunteers (age 15 years and up) to help with coaching duties at all levels. For those who’ve not coached before, it can be a very rewarding and fun activity!!! Our girls teams include:

1) U10 Practice one a week with games on Sunday afternoon at Winskill Coordinator Anh Wicks anh.wicks@aig.com
2) U11-18 Practice usually twice a week with games on Saturdays for U11,12,14 and 16 and Games on Sunday for U13,15 17/18 Home games are at Holly or Winskill and away games across the Lower Mainland. Coordinator Sandy Kwok-Swan skwok-swan@sd38.bc.ca

Please contact the respective coordinators if you are interested at coaching at either level.

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Read about homegrown Lelia Sacre’s trip as an FIH International Umpire this year. Lelia hopes it inspires another junior falcon to take up the whistle and join the ranks of Alan Waterman and Lelia Sacre.

Hi Guys

Here is my write up with a few pics.

A few weeks before I was to depart for the Women’s Pan Am Cup in Argentina, I received an email that was sent to all Canadian Officials, that there was an opportunity to umpire in the Hockey 9s Super Series in Perth, Australia. I was excited to hear of the opportunity and jumped on it after working out some details. So, week after travelling 30hrs back from on Argentina, I was back on a plane to start another 20hr+ trek to the Southern Hemisphere.

We had a few days before the test series against Malaysia and were able to take in some of the sights in beautiful Perth. Finally got to put my feet in the Indian Ocean (only two more oceans to go!). The series started well as I umpired with Grade 1 umpire Nor Piza Hassan from Malaysia. For those that don’t know what a Grade 1 is, it is a certain level at the international level. The hierarchy is: FIH, Promising Umpires, Grade 1, World Development Panel and the cream of the crop World Panel.

As the other umpires started to arrive I didn’t know what to expect. All the umpires were either Grade 1 or higher, some had done the 2012 Olympics, others have been around for 20 years and here I was some young buck from Canada that had only received my FIH certification one week prior. Needless to say I was extremely intimidated, but very excited at what I would learn.

It was a fantastic group of not only umpires, but technical officials as well. The first game I was appointed to was Australia vs. Malaysia with Mercedes Sanchez from Argentina. There is nothing more scary then umpiring the home team on day one with rules that were extremely varied. Bigger goals?! Different corner and long hit set up?! 20 minute halves?! Not only that, but we were hooked up to the tv cameras via microphone. I wondered what I had gotten myself into!

Thankfully, by the second game my confidence grew as I started to understand the rule variations a bit more. I was able to umpire with Olympic umpire Kelly Hudson from New Zealand in the Argentina vs. Malaysia. It was one of those games where you could see everything and have a good connection with your partner on the other side.

The third day, I was reserve for all the women’s matches. This involved me standing up in the nose bleed section right next to the broadcast crew in which I was to tell them if it was a penalty corner or penalty shot.

Now, at international tournaments you don’t receive what games you are doing (if any) until the day or night before. Well the night before the last day came and when low and behold there my was my name down for the final between Argentina and Australia with Kelly Hudson again. What was really cool was before each game we ran out of a tunnel with smoke, lights and music as our faces were projected on the jumbo screens around the field. The match started and Australia was the far more dominant team. An interesting moment arose in the second half when I had to yellow card 8 time FIH Player of the Year to Argentinian Captain, Luciana Aymar.

At the end of the game and tournament it not only left me with several new friendships, but the desire for more opportunities like that. To be a stadium with the fans and pressure. It not only solidified my decision to become an umpire, but increased my drive to excel to the highest level.

Submitted by Lelia Sacre
FIH International Umpire
Falcons Umpire Coordinator

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Falcon Men, with the help of returning Mark Pearson, Andrew Kanerva and Nick Roggeveen, compete in the 2014 Indoor tournament with surprising results. After winning first two in a row! and nearly beating tournament winners Vancouver Hawks, falcons draw with India in quarter finals and then lose by one to India in semis only to finish third overall. Outstanding players for Falcons were Mark Pearson, Graeme Carswell and Jack Mathews in net. It was hopefully a sign of things to come from this group. We’ll done falcons!

Watch highlights. http://youtu.be/HCHKe4jXwKA

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Click the link to register your son or daughter now! Registration is still open but wait lists may apply so hurry up!

*Registration page: http://www.falcons.ca/forms/6080-Registration-Junior-Season-Spring-2014-clone- *

Be sure to spread the word with your soccer and hockey friends and share our registration posts on facebook. Thanks everyone.