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This weekend was the annual India Club Festival at tamanawis which saw many falcons playing for both the respective club sides and also representing BC in the tournament. Playing for the bronze in the u21 age group against Ontario was the BC u18 team. Local representatives Brendan Guraliuk and Rowan Childs were a big part of the previous day’s win against the Canadian Red Devils, said Falcon Alumni and coach of the Bc team, John Sacre. Unfortunately after the huge effort the exerted against team Cabada the boys ran out of gas against Ontario and lost the game 3-1. The highlight of the day was the presentation of the FHC Graeme Carswell Fair Play Award given to the player who showed the same sportsmanship and fair play Graeme was known for. The presentation was made by Guy Manwaring representing Field Hockey Canada to falcons own Rowan Childs. A very deserving choice and one Graeme would have truly supported given that Graeme coached Rowan for several of his last few seasons with the club! Congratulations Rowan from all of us in the club!

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After the recent tragic accident took the life of Graeme Carswell the Falcons Field Hockey Club along with the Carswell family, planned to create a legacy award that would honour his passing and continue in perpetuity. The “Follow your Dreams” award was created to give out annually to a boy or girl who best emulated graeme’s character and field hockey aspirations. The club announced that donations for the upcoming award would be accepted to build a legacy fund so that the Carswells could award it to one worthy player each season. This year the award went to falcons own Krista Jensen. A amazing athlete who has played multiple times for the BC team, coached kids within the club for over 5 years and mentored many young goalies to be inspired to play at a higher level. She received a cheque for 500$ from the Carswells and Falcons To put towards her future in field hockey in hopes she will realize her dreams. We look forward to seeing great things from Krista in the near future and other players who share the same characteristic as Graeme Carswell. To date the club has raised over 3000$ for the award and are still taking donations on the club website at www.falcons.ca.

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Jokers Summer Social
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Well folks, it’s that time of year again – Tidal Hockey time.
After an awesome inaugural event in 2015, the VRC Jokers Vancouver Tidal Hockey Festival is back, and we’d love for you to be a part of it!

In addition to the Tidal Hockey game, we have two evening socials happening down at the VRC deck, so hopefully everyone can make at least one part of this all-weekend affair – what a great way to kick off the summer.

Drinks on the Deck
What:
Drinks and burn-your-own burgers on the deck of the VRC

When:
Saturday, June 25, from 4pm
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Sunday, June 26, from 5pm

Tidal Hockey
What:
Tidal hockey (field hockey played on the beach with a large, soft ball = a whole lot of fun).

Who:
Open to all, the more the merrier. Fun for all skill levels.

When:
Sunday, June 26, 2pm to 4pm.

Where:
Spanish Banks Beach. Get to the East Concession, then start heading towards the water and look for a big orange flag.

What to bring:
Hockey stick, shin pads, mouth guard, white and dark shirt.

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Falcon Chix wins gold in the U15 girls Club Championships at UVic this weekend. With an amazing 5-0 record, the Falcon Chix defeated Vancouver Hawks 2-0, Victoria 2-0, Richmond 2-0, Burnaby 2-0 and Chilliwack 4-0. Outstanding effort by all. Many thanks to coach Ayla for her amazing bonding session, coach Emma for the amazing PC tips and strategies, the parents for not only cheering on our Chix but keeping all Chix well fed and hydrated and of course the athletes for leaving it all on the field. Great way to wrap up our season.

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FHC Media Release

June 14, 2016
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Schedule set for Canada’s pre-Olympic series with United States in Vancouver in July

For Immediate Release

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
The full schedule and game results can be found here. All games are free to attend and open to the public.

The sixteen men who will represent Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games will be selected and announced publicly in the days prior to the Canada-U.S. series.

The competition will be the first internationally sanctioned matches Canada’s men will play in Vancouver since 2013 when it hosted Chile and Trinidad and Tobago for a three-nations tournament.

It will also be the first and only time the hockey community will have a chance to see Canada’s Olympic field hockey team in action prior to the Games in Brazil.

The Summer Games Send-off Series is part of an Olympic-themed week which also includes the 2016 Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Olympic Sendoff Gala, which will be held at St. George’s Senior School on July 8th.
The Olympic-themed event will feature the induction of Janet Ellis, Nick Sandhu, and the 1964 Men’s Olympic Field Hockey Team, and will commemorate the 2016 Olympic Team before it heads to Brazil.

Tickets for the gala are on sale now and available here.

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About Field Hockey Canada

From grass roots to high performance, Field Hockey Canada is working to develop and strengthen field hockey across the country, and to position our National Teams for podium contention in 2016 and beyond.

Field Hockey Canada Media Contact:

Shaheed Devji
Manager, Creative and Communications
Field Hockey Canada
E-mail: sdevji@fieldhockey.ca
Mobile: 778-847-7424