This past weekend we brought the curtains down on the 3rd Annual Junior Premier Indoor League and by all indications it appears to have been a huge success to those who participated and to those in attendance.
After six league dates of competitive indoor hockey on a consistent and regular basis, we can truly say that the benefits can been seen by all. The improvement of the games played by all Clubs from the first League date on December 28th to this Championship weekend is very commendable and is attributed to the commitment of the players, parents and coaches alike.
Those in attendance witnessed some very exciting and thrilling finishes on Saturday. We saw seven games decided by the new FIH Shoot-Out format, including both U-16 and U-19 Finals, as well as, both of the 3rd and 4th place games. It was a day of intense competition as we brought the 2014 JPIL to a conclusion.
Both Xcalibur FHC and High Styx FH proved to be the two most dominating Clubs as they competed in both finals, each going home with one of the Princess Challenge Trophies. Xcalibur FHC was awarded the U-16 Championship and High Styx FH the U-19 Championship.
In the U-16 Division, Xcalibur FHC was able to reclaim the Championship Trophy from High Styx FH in an exciting match that ended regulation in a 4 – 4 tie and going on to win in a shoot-out.
The U-19 Division had the reverse outcome, with High Styx FH claiming victory in the shoot-out over Xcalibur FHC after a 3 – 3 tie at regulation.
Special Recognition was given to the following individuals who were each presented with an outdoor stick provided by the Title Sponsor, Princess.
U-16 Most Valuable Player: Hannah Menge, High Styx FH
U-16 Most League Goals: Fusine Govaert, FC United
U-19 Most Valuable Player: Karlie Heistand, High Styx FH
U-19 Most League Goals: Erin Shanahan, The Gaels FHC
Although both High Styx FH and Xcalibur FHC had the opportunity to defend their titles by playing each other in both finals, neither Club was successful in doing so and they just exchange trophies in the end.
The present and continued success of this League is not be possible without the support of others who we would like to recognize.
Special thanks to USA Field Hockey for Sanctioning and supporting this event and to its staff for posting and updating the results on its web site.
To the Umpire Manager, Dean Wenrich, and Tournament Director, Taylor Smallwood, and all the dedicated Umpires and Technical Officers, we appreciate your commitment and support for this event and hope you will continue to make yourselves available when called upon in 2015.
To the parents who provided technical assistance by keeping the games running on time with accurate results reporting – we thank you all!
We also want to give recognition to the College and University coaches who took the time to be present and hope that you all were pleased with the level of competition. Those in attendances represented the following establishments:
Fairfield College, University of Delaware, University of Michigan, Princeton University, Ryder University, Old Dominion University, Bucknell University, TCNJ, Lafayette University, Hofstra University, Temple university, University at Albany, Rutgers University, Yale University, as well as, the Head Coach of the USA National Junior Indoor team, Rennie Milne
Last but not least to our Title Sponsor, Princess Hockey USA, for seeing the need and value for such an event in the development of our kids, the sport and for agreeing to be the Title Sponsor. We ask that you show your appreciation by visiting their booth at NIT or go online and support their products.
On behalf of the League Organizers, Rachael Milne and myself, Nigel Traverso, we would like to thank the Clubs, Players, Coaches, Umpires, 422 Sportsplex, Sportsplex at Feasterville and, last but not least, the Club volunteers who kept accurate scores and kept the games running on time each week. Thank you for your hard work, commitment, support and cooperation in seeing this third year through and for its success.
Congratulations to our 2014 Champions, High Styx FH (U-14), Xcalibur FHC (U-16) and High Styx FH (U-19) and to all the Clubs for your participation! Good Luck to all at NIT!
For all results and final ranking, please log on to our web site at www.JPIL.net.