Hundreds of hockey fans stood still in the bleachers, pausing for a minute to remember the active duty military who gave the ultimate sacrifice representing the United States. Today, Cal Cup 43 officially came to a close with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner followed by the Men’s Super Division final. Over 275 games were played on thirteen fields over this Memorial Day weekend, with boys, girls, men and women competing together in the state’s largest gathering of field hockey.
Teams, players, coaches and umpires flew in from all over the world to participate this weekend, including a strong showing of Canadian teams and players, three young and agile teams from Taiwan, and four fierce teams from Mexico. The country’s 50th state was also represented, with a team from Honolulu competing in their first Cal Cup tournament, successfully bringing the true aloha spirit to the mainland.
Men’s National Team players were on hand to sign autographs on shirts, bags, sticks and even iPhone cases while chatting with young players and inspiring the next generation of Olympic athletes. Founder and President Tom Harris competed in his 43rd consecutive Cal Cup in the Mixed Social division, the only athlete to accomplish this amazing feat.
Large crowds gathered around the turf field to watch the intense competitive play in both the Men’s and Women’s Super Division, with the championship games being the pinnacle of the tournament. In the Women’s Super Division, Sonora Mexico defeated Caliwood to bring home the title, while in the Men’s Division SJ Khalsa defeated the Bulldogs to claim the championship cup. Complete results can be found on the Cal Cup website at www.calcup.com.
USA Field Hockey would like to congratulate the entire California Cup Organizing Committee on their hard work and dedication that resulted in yet another successful tournament. As vendors break down their booths, cars are loaded, and players show off their shiny medals and glistening bruises, next year’s tournament is already in the works and USA Field Hockey is sure to be there to experience the fun and witness Tom Harris compete for his 44th consecutive year.
Click through the album above for snapshots of the action from this weekend.