Vikes hockey turn indoor for annual UVic-hosted tournament

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by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

January 13, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The winter months may cause the water-based field hockey pitch to freeze over and suspend practices but that doesn’t stop the University of Victoria’s women’s field hockey team that moves indoor for a short part of their off-season. Following an exciting 2013 Canada West campaign that saw the Vikes earn an impressive CIS silver medal on home turf, the Vikes turned indoors to perfect their skills on the hard wood floors.

Unlike the outdoor game, the fast-paced five-on-five indoor game is played on a gym floor with wooden boards lining the sidelines. The sticks used are significantly thinner as the ball is not allowed to be raised off the floor, with the exception of a shot on goal, and players are not allowed to hit the ball with a back swing. A strong focus on technical speed and skill puts good teams ahead of others and while the indoor sport is a growing game in North America, the Vikes have always integrated it into their training.

This weekend the Vikes will host the annual UVic Indoor Tournament, Jan. 18-19, at the Ian Stewart Complex. The eight-team tournament will feature the Vikes, two island Wildcats premier teams, the UBC Thunderbirds, West Vancouver, the Valley Vixens, an island representative team and Shawnigan Lake. 

The indoor game is often a more entertaining version for spectators as there are more goals, it is faster and it is held inside. Admission is free, though spectator room is limited.

A combination of up-and-coming youth as well as several ex-internationals and Vikes alumni players will compete this weekend for the annual title. 

For media enquiries, please contact Ali Lee, Vikes Communications Officer at vicvikes@uvic.ca or 250-686-5000. 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

TIME

POOL

GAME

TEAM

TEAM

9:00 am

A

1

Wildcats White

vs

Shawnigan

10:00 am

B

2

UVic

vs

Wildcats Black

11:00 am

A

3

Islanders

vs

UBC

12:00 pm

B

4

West Van

vs

Valley Vixens

1:00 pm

A

5

Wildcats White

vs

Islanders

2:00 pm

B

6

UVic

vs

Valley Vixens

3:00 pm

A

7

Shawnigan

vs

UBC

4:00 pm

B

8

West Van

vs

Wildcats Black

5:00 pm

A

9

Shawnigan

vs

Islanders

6:00 pm

B

10

UVic

vs

West Van

7:00 pm

A

11

UBC

vs

Wildcats White

8:00 pm

B

12

Valley Vixens

vs

Wildcats Black

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

8:00 am

Semifinal 1

13

1st Pool A

vs

2nd Pool B

9:00 am

Semifinal 2

14

1st Pool B

vs

2nd Pool A

10:00 am

7th/8th

15

4th Pool A

vs

4th Pool B

11:00 am

5th/6th

16

3rd Pool A

vs

3rd Pool B

12:00 pm

3rd/4th

17

Loser Game 13

vs

Loser Game 14

1:00 pm

FINAL

18

Winner Game 13

vs

Winner Game 14

1:50 pm

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