2021 JPOL CHALLENGES AND CHAMPIONS!

Posted by: Rachael Bloemker

June 30, 2021

The 8th Annual Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL) came to a close on Sunday, June 13th. After more than a year of two cancelled seasons due to Covid-19, we were finally able to bring the athletes back to the field and compete for the first time since February 2020.

In closing out the 2021 season, we reflect on the challenges faced in organizing running this event in the Covid-19 environment.

Securing venues was our greatest challenge with most universities and high schools not permitting outside groups. Each venue we were able to secure also had separate COVID-19 policies. Fortunately, we were able to access sufficient venues to host this year’s JPOL and put in place our own COVID-19 policy to keep everyone safe and to abide by all facility’s protocols. Thanks to all participant’s patience and understanding, we were able to overcome all challenges and have another successful JPOL season.

Special appreciation goes to Region 7 clubs who had to travel to a venue in Region 8 in order to have the season at all.

At this time, let us celebrate all victors and show our appreciation to all participants, supporters, volunteers, and sponsors who tirelessly give their time and experience to make JPOL possible.

Much appreciation to the club directors, coaches and their membership who join us each spring to bring the league to life. Many thanks to the Umpire Managers (UMs), Technical Directors (TDs) and their staff of dedicated Technical Officers (TO) and Umpires. You all give so much of you time and talent to be part of this event and its continued successes.

Special thanks and appreciation to the parent judges from each club who stepped up each week to give a helping hand at the Technical Table ensuring that the results and statistics are accurate. Thank you for your service!

To our dedicated JPH Directors, Lurah Hess – Technical Director, Kim Scott – AltiusRT Director, and Rachael Bloemker – Acting Director of Umpiring, who contribute countless hours of work behind the scenes to help make JPOL the event it has become to date.

To the college coaches, we hope to see you return to our stands in 2022 once your COVID policies permit. We believe that this is a perfect arena for recruiting and you will be able to find a JPOL competition happening within a short drive.

Much appreciation to the private institutions for granting us access and use of its facilities year after year. We hope to continue developing great relationships with you all and look forward to getting access to returning next year.

Special recognition to Savage Field Hockey – Official Ball Supplier, and Harrow Sports USA – Official Awards Sponsor. Thank you for your continued support and believing in this event!

To USA FH and Staff who worked closely with JPH throughout the season, we appreciate the continued support shown in working together for the good of the sport and your membership. We thank you and look forward to building and strengthening our relationship as a Sanctioned event that benefits the membership and at the same time grows the game by creating opportunities to players, umpires, and technical staff.

And finally – Congratulations the 2021 JPOL Champions and Special Award recipients for an outstanding performance. From the first matches in April to the various Championships, the improvements in the quality of hockey are commendable and reflects your commitment to your club and the sport of hockey.

U14 CHAMPIONS

R3/4/5/6/7 – CENTRAL PENN FH
R8 – RICHMOND PANTHERS FHC

Harrow’s Most Valuable Player
R3/4/5/6/7 – KAYDEN WILLIAMS, CENTRAL PENN FH
R8 – AVERY JOHNSON, RICHMOND PANTHERS FHC

Harrow’s Top Goal Scorer
R3/4/5/6/7 – SHAE WOZNIAK, MAYHEM FHC
R8 – ALEXANDRA CURTIS, RICHMOND PANTHERS FHC

U16 CHAMPIONS

R5 – XCALIBUR FHC
R6 – JERSEY INTENSITY FH
R7 – SPARK
R8 – CHARLOTTE AMBUSH FHC

Harrow’s Most Valuable Players
R5 – MAYA WILLIAMS, CENTRAL PENN FH
R6 – ANNE KOPEL, JERSEY INTENSITY FH
R7 – GABRIEL LACROIX, SPARK
R8 – CALLIE ROGERS, RICHMOND PANTHERS FHC

Harrow’s Top Goal Scorers
R5 – ELLIE MYERS, XCALIBUR FHC
R6 – OLIVIA FRATICELLI, JERSEY INTENSITY FH
R7 – ELIZABETH ROSSETTI, FREEDOM
R8 – GABBY ANDERSON, FOCUS FHC

U19 CHAMPIONS

R5 – CENTRAL PENN FH
R6 – SOUTH JERSEY EDGE
R7 – WASHINGTON WOLVES
R8 – CAROLINA ALL STARS FH
U19 CHALLENGE – SOUDERTON STRIKERS

Harrow’s Most Valuable Players
R5 – KERISA HILL, CENTRAL PENN FH
R6 – CHLOE CUZZUPE, SOUTH JERSEY EDGE
R7 – STEPHENIE BROWN, ALPHA HOCKEY
R8 – ELLE FREEMAN, CAROLINA ALL STARS
U19 CHALLENGE – MADISON NOH, SOUDERTON STRIKERS

Harrow’s Top Goal Scorers
R5 – ALISON BUFFINGTON, CENTRAL PENN FHC
R6 – ISABELLA BIANCO, UPRISE FHC
R7 – EVE YACURA, MUSTANG FHC / LEAH MORRISON, WASHINGTON WOLVES
R8 – CALLIE ROGERS, RICHMOND PANTHERS FHC
U19 CHALLENGE – NINA SCOTT, MAYHEM FHC

In recognition of her dedication and all she does for Field Hockey in Region 8 and the Virginia Beach area, a Sportsmanship awarded was donated and presented in honor of Terri Sawyer.

The 2021 recipient of the Terri Sawyer, Sportsmanship Award was Richmond Panthers FHC.

If you or anyone you know has any pictures you would like to see featured on our website or social media pages, be sure to tag us with @JrPremierHockey #JPOL #JPH or by emailing us at juniorpremierhockey@gmail.com.

We are also looking for any hockey enthusiasts who would like to contribute their talents as a volunteer. Check out our Tech & Umpires section for the many areas where you can give back to the game. Training provided!

For all results, final rankings and other information, please visit our website, JuniorPremierHockey.com.

On behalf of Junior Premier Hockey and its Directors, Rachael Bloemker and Nigel Traverso, we say many thanks to all for your hard work, dedication, commitment, support and cooperation in making this Junior Premier Hockey event a continued success. We wish you all much success the rest of the year and look forward to your continued support and participation in 2022.

Congratulations to the 2021 JPOL Champions!