On Sunday, Thunderbird field hockey athletes, alumni and supporters gathered at the University of British Columbia to commemorate Remembrance Day and participate in the Men’s Annual Remembrance Day Alumni Game.
Before the match, John McBryde opened the event with a short speech and moment of silence to honour the men and women who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada. This UBC tradition started about eight years ago.
The match that followed was a friendly game of spectacular skills. Alumni and current Thunderbirds were mixed and divided into two teams, resulting in sides of fairly equal strength. While there was an unofficial umpire on the pitch, the emphasis was on having fun. The exciting match was fast paced and displayed high level skills. The final score was 9 – 8.
Following the game, many participants gathered at the local Mahony & Sons for lunch. It’s always a good time for alumni reminisce about their playing days with current UBC athletes and national team members. For the UBC field hockey community – this annual event is a great way to connect past and present players, and generate ongoing support for the program.