Hockey hits the hard wood hosting annual indoor tournament

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

 

 

VICTORIA, B.C. – As the winter months continue to drop the temperature the University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team are wasting no time to tune up their skills and as such have move indoors to stay on track. The Vikes women will be hosting the annual UVic Indoor Tournament at the Ian Stewart Complex from Jan. 9-11.

The eight-team indoor tournament is the only one of it’s kind in Victoria as the adapted, indoor version of the game is significantly less popular in Western Canada. With thinner sticks, five players per team, side boards to keep the ball in play and no hitting, this version of hockey is high scoring, fast paced and more than just entertaining. 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.

The Vikes will be entering two teams into the tournament, denoted Vikes Blue and Vikes White, while their local rivals the Island Wildcats will also have two teams, black and white. Mainland teams traveling to compete include recent CIS champions, the UBC Thunderbirds, as well Vancouver premier league members, the Jokers. A local select team, the Islanders, will round out the competition as well as a Shawnigan team, comprised of several of the recent AAA provincial champions.

The Vikes will be forced to compete without defenders Kathleen Leahy and Rosie Beale, both training in Vancouver for their upcoming New Zealand tour with Team Canada. UVic will however boast two outstanding goalkeepers in Sheriden Goodmanson and Larissa Piva, as well as defenders Andrea JonesAlanna Macdonald and Kristina and Annie Walters-ShumkaAmanda Kurianowicz will likely contend as a tournament top goal scorer and rookies Lindsay ColeJenna Dhillon and Stefanie Langkammer will all add an exciting flavour to this year’s mix.

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 elite players will compete this weekend for the annual title.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, January 9th, 2015
TIME POOL GAME TEAM   TEAM
7:00 pm A 1 Wildcats Black vs UVic Blue
8:00 pm B 2 Uvic White vs Wildcats White
Saturday, January 10th, 2015
9:00 am A 3 Wildcats Black vs Islanders
10:00 am B 4 UVic White vs Shawnigan
11:00 am A 5 Islanders vs Jokers
12:00 pm B 6 Shawnigan vs UBC
1:00 pm A 7 Jokers vs UVic Blue
2:00 pm B 8 UBC vs Wildcats White
3:00 pm A 9 Islanders vs UVic Blue
4:00 pm B 10 Shawnigan vs Wildcats White
5:00 pm A 11 Wildcats Black vs Jokers
6:00 pm B 12 UVic White vs UBC
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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
1:45 pm Awards Presentations

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