The Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL) is preparing to crown its 2015 Champions in all four Regions: Pennsylvania (R-5), New Jersey (R-6), Chesapeake (R-7) and Midwest (R-9/10), bringing another successful year to a close.
On June 6, the curtains will come down on another successful JPOL and we set our eyes on the various Championships that will be held: Lehigh University (R-5), Princeton University (R-6 U16), Monmouth University (R-6 U19) and Garrison Forest High School (R-7). The JPOL Championship for the Midwest Region (R-9/10) will be held on June 13 & 14 at New Trier High School.
Heading into the Championship:
Region 5 (PA): In the U-16 division, we have a hotly contested battle at the top of the ranks. Last weekend, East Coast FH took solo control of the top, but Xcalibur FHC and Alley Cats have the Championship within reach by one game and Horizon FHC is two games out of reach. This division is playing a double round robin and the winner will be declared at the conclusion based on points. All teams have two games remaining, so any combination of win-loss-tie can cause a spoiler at the top of the board.
In the U19 Division, teams will compete in a knock-out for the Championship. Xcalibur FHC takes the top seed with an 8-1-1 record and will play the 4th seed Philly HC in the first Semi-final. The second Semi-final will be between the 2nd seed Alley Cats and 3rd seed FSC. All clubs have been improving throughout the course of the season so will we see a repeat Champion in Xcalibur FHC or crown a new Champion for 2015?
Region 6 (NJ): At the end of Pool play, three points separate the top three teams in both divisions. New Heights and Princeton FHC top the U16 and U19 Divisions at the end of pool play and head into the Championships as the odds on favorites. But rest assured that Total Dutch, Jersey Intensity FH and last year U19 Champion FC United will be up for any and all challenges. Will New Heights and FC United be able to defend their 2014 Titles? The excitement is building and the truth will be told in a few days!
Region 7 (Chesapeake): Let the battles begin! Rivalries are a norm in this region as they battled each other throughout the spring for the rights to be crowned the JPOL Champions. This region has been the most intense region and the battle will continue in both divisions to see who will take home the crown.
With a double Round Robin format, the battle is between Freedom HKY and Gottaloveit that are tied for first in the U16 Division with twenty seven points each. They go head to head on June 6 and the winner could very well take home Gold.
In the U19 Division and after Pool play, we see Freedom HKY and The Gaels taking the top seeds for the Championship. The other two clubs vying for the Championship are Spark and Gottaloveit who intends to defend its Crown at all cost. Who will be standing on top the podium at the sound of the final whistle?
Region 9/10 (Midwest): Distance is no obstacle for the clubs in this region who had to travel for hours on assigned weekends to compete against clubs that are many miles away. Their commitment is very admirable and in the inaugural JPOL for this Midwest Region, we look forward to crowing the two Division Champions.
The U-16 Division plays a Double Round Robin format with the top four teams at the end of pool play on Saturday, June 13 playing for the Championship. On top the Leader Board we find Pinnacle FH who leads Windy City FH by 3 points and have already clinched a spot in the Semi-Finals. Their opponents are still to be determined.
Windy City FH leads the way in the U-19 Division, but only by a slim one point margin. FH Life and Aim FH both have fifteen points followed by Milwaukee FHC with thirteen. One of these four clubs will be crowned the JPOL Champions for this region and it’s anyone guess. The team with the most points on Sunday, June 14 will host the Championship Trophy.
“The Junior Outdoor Premier League (JOPL) is one of the top junior leagues in the country and promotes a high level of competition throughout the spring,” said Shawn Hindy, Chair, USA Field Hockey Board of Directors. “Each weekend of games you can find some of the best junior hockey players, umpires, and coaches working together and improving their field hockey. It is also great to watch as a college coach, fan, and lover of the great sport of field hockey. Hope to see you there! ”
This JPH league is played annually during the months of April and May with the Championships held on the first or second weekend of June.
JPOL is a USA Field Hockey Sanctioned Event. Participation in this JPOL provided athletes and coaches with a high level of competition on a regular basis and hopefully prepared them and their club for success at RCC, NCC, Hockey Festival, as well as any and all domestic and international competitions.
Should your club be interested in participating in the 2016 JPOL or needs additional information about this year’s event, please Contact Us.
We now invite you to join us and hope to see you at one of the Championship! Please visit our web site for directions and the Championship Schedule for each region.
Good Luck to all participants and clubs!