From the quickness of an insert to the timing of a substitution, field hockey is a game of increments measured by minutes and millimeters.
But no such clock or ruler can begin to calculate the pure love of the game and ambition the athletes at the 2013 National Club Championship displayed in Virginia Beach, Va. during the past week. The Harrow Sports sponsored event drew nearly 680 competitors from across the nation to contend for the title of greatest club in the United States. Golden sticks, medals and memories were awarded to the WC Eagles (Spring City, Pa.) Under-19 Champions in the final round of tournament matches. The Eagles defeated the Nook (Lancaster, Pa.) 5-1 to earn the title of 2013 National Club Champions. In tremendous fashion and in continuation of this pattern, the Eagles swept the rest of the 2013 National Club Championship age divisions.
The Under-19 Bronze Championship round was held between where Jersey Intensity (Monmouth Beach, NJ) and Saints Field Hockey Club (Virginia Beach, Va.). The teams gave the crowd a thrilling match of relentless play to watch. The game ended in a 5-4 score with the third-place finish going to Jersey Intensity.
Although the tournament is still in its infancy, the 2013 National Club Championship proved yet again to be another premier event,” said Karen Collins USA Field Hockey Event Logistics Director. “The weather wasn’t always in our favor throughout the nine days but the athletes certainly rose to the occasion by not taking any mental breaks or permitting any lulls in their play. When you bring the best of the best together to compete for the highest award a U.S. club can receive, you expect nothing short of outstanding play.”
For the Under-16 division the WC Eagles beat PA Mavericks FH Club (Middleton, Pa.) 6-0 giving the Eagles another championship victory at this year’s tournament. Also in a display of powerful performance, WC Eagles overcame Northeast Elite 9-0 to win the 2013 U-14 National Club Championship. Each U-14, U-16 and U-19 division winner at the event receives a gold stick from premier tournament sponsor, Harrow Sports as 2013 National Champions.
Sixteen of the best clubs from across the U.S. competed in four pools of four, over three days of play at USA Field Hockey’s National Training Center. The 2014 tournament will be played at the new Home of Hockey, in Lancaster, Pa.
On behalf of our core team at USA Field Hockey we would like to extend a warm thank you to our colleagues and friends at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex for their time, passion and commitment for assisting us in creating tournaments such as the NCC to facilitate young athletes’ dreams and in turn develop future Olympians,” said Collins.