This past weekend, after you opened your Christmas gifts and enjoyed the holidays with friends and family, clubs traveled to Feasterville, PA on Saturday, December 28 for the start of the U16 & U19 and to Broomall, PA on Sunday, December 29 for the start of the U14 JPIL.
The battle to see which clubs will be crowned the 2014 JPIL Champion got off to a great start with lots of excitement, high level of competition and good officiating, giving all a preview of what’s to come.
On Sunday, we welcomed the addition of the U14 division and judging from the look of things on the first day of competition, we were very much surprised with the high level of play by the participating clubs.
After the end of the first of five dates, Total Dutch is on top in Pool A and Spark in Pool B. This could just be short lived because from all the whispers we heard from some of the other clubs, they were not at full strength due to kids being away for the holiday. So is this an excuse, or will Total Dutch and Spark continue their successful run and be ranked # 1 in their respective pools?
Only time will tell as we anxiously awaits the resumption of play on January 12 to see which of the top four clubs in each Pool will move into the Championship Pool. Might we suggest keeping an eye on Philly HC 1 and High Styx FH in Pool A, as well as, Horizon FHC and CNY in Pool B who may vie for one of the top ranked spots headed into the Championship round.
In the U16 and U19 divisions, we see the 2013 winners leading the way. Both High Styx FH and Xcalibur FHC started the event off with perfect records of three wins and no losses in both divisions.
A total of one hundred and thirteen (113) goals were scored in the U16 division and leading the way is Marissa Poliks, SPark, with nine.
In the U19 division, Gabrielle Major, Xcalibur FHC scored a total of fourteen out of the one hundred and nine (109) goals scored on Saturday.
Spark FHC and East Coast FH are two other clubs in the U19 division that are playing some very good indoor hockey and adapting to the new hockey 5’s format. We will consider them as two early favorites in this year’s competition.
Twenty-four teams representing fourteen clubs will be battling it out for five more dates to see who will reign supreme come February 22nd and be crowned the 2014 Princess Junior Premier Indoor League U-16 and U-19 Champions. The U14 Champion will be crowned on February 17 just in time for a successful NIT.
With this new indoor hockey 5’s format, every club, player and coach are still adjusting to see how best to play both on offence and defense. The jury is still out on this new format and lot of complaints can be heard across the ocean in Europe and in the USA. Will the FIH continue with this new format in 2015? That is the big question being asked all around the world.
Next JPIL dates are, January 11 at the Sportsplex in Pottstown, PA (U16 & U19) and January 12 at the Marple Sports Arena, Broomall, PA (U14).
We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you all in a few days!
Happy and Successful New Year!