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Tampa Bay grasshopper tournaments
Reports and Results
Fall Tournament November 9th and 10th 2013
On a beautiful Florida fall weekend Tampa Bay Grasshoppers hosted their Veterans weekend fall tournament as they celebrated their tenth anniversary. Visiting Tampa from Miami were Miami Surf ladies and men's team, Florida International Men's team , and the young and well coached Aventuras ladies team. Both Tampa Bay ladies and Tampa Bay men got off to good starts by winning their opening games. But that was the signal for the younger teams to exploit the older teams as both Aventuras and Surf men displayed a very high level of hockey and fitness that helped propel Surf to an unbeaten six game streak. The young Aventuras defeated the older Surf Ladies team in all three rounds but suffered twice to the older Tampa Bay Ladies who in turn lost all three of their round games to Surf ladies. Aventura Ladies ended as the Ladies Champions winning four of their six games. Surf men were the victorious Men's Champion, On the whole a very clean and enjoyable tournament. The results are below for your pleasure.
Miami Surf Tournament March 17th & 18th 2012
We have completed another weekend of competitive hockey in Miami. This past weekend the club traveled to Miami to participate in the Miami Cup hosted by the Miami Surf Field Hockey Club. It is always good to get the club together for those out of town trips, we are truly one big family. Day one of the tournament consisted of three games. Game #1 ended in a close loss to the Surf A team with a score of 3-2. Game # 2 ended as as 1-1 draw against Atlanta. Game # 3 completed our Saturday with a win against Miami Surf B team 4 - 2.
The Saturday night social was held at the Lucky Clover Irish Pub where we did what we do best. I must say the entire club had a great time and we partied as a family. Some of us got "lucky" at the Lucky Clover and other, well not so lucky. I hope those lucky ones enjoyed the "International Delight".
Sunday began with a 2 -0 lost to Boston/Ft. Lauderdale Strikers who combined a team due to the lack of players for each team. That loss placed us in the 3rd & 4th place position respectively which meant we had to play that team again. There was not a "playoff" in the tournament. We completed the day with another loss to Boston/Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 2 - 0.
All in all, it was a good trip and fun competitive hockey for the club. Our lack of playing/practicing together showed on day two of the tournament with a lot of simple mistakes which we can all improve on. The club would like to thank Erica and Joe who traveled from the UK to play with us. We would also like to thank Devon for going to get the club water on both Saturday and Sunday while we were all busy playing on the field. Finally would also like to thank the two UT ladies Bryana and Emily for traveling and playing with the club.up
Veterans weekend fall 2011 tournament report
This year's tournament went well. There were three men's team and six ladies teams entered. Unfortunately neither MiaCuba men, Miami International ladies, Florida State, University of Miami and University of Tampa did not enter. The men's division was a runaway for Miami Surf as they were the best men's team present therefore taking the gold medals and trophy. They defeated both Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and host Tampa Bay Grasshoppers. Tampa Bay men won over Strikers therefore securing the silver medals. In the ladies division Tampa Bay ladies who won one and tied three games in their first round, qualified for the semifinals by finishing third ranked. They proceeded to win over the young and upcoming Aventura young ladies. They had to wait on the outcome of the other semifinals between early favourites Miami Surf Ladies and the hungry USF ladies. This game ended in a tie and went into sudden death penalty strokes. Surprise outcome of the game saw the hungry USF lades win over Miami Surf. This set up an all Tampa final between Tampa Bay Grasshoppers (TBG) and the University Of South Florida (USF), A very close game throughout, The young USF team kept the more experienced TBG ladies busy. Just before half time TBG converted from a short corner and held on to that lead for the rest of the game. It was satisfying for TBG ladies as they made amends for their poor showing in Atlanta. They are now proud holders of the gold medals and the first place trophy. TBG lead the visiting teams to their annual Saturday night get together with their best party to date. Entertaining music throughout the evening. A job well done. Congratulations to both teams.up
Atlanta tournament 2011 report
Atlanta 2011 saw the largest contingent of hockey players representing Tampa Bay Grasshoppers, as we had thirty two players entered for this tournament. Last year our ladies team lost the semifinal game by a two to one margin to the eventual winners Miami International. This year we were excited at the possibility of returning to the semifinal. Unfortunately we did not make it out of the division as we failed to get amongst the winners. Indeed a huge disappointment. We didn't play up to the level we played at last year. Personally I felt the team was not committed as they were the previous year. The ladies were never out in full numbers in preparation for the tournament. Other distractions presented itself as certain members wanted to concentrate on special set plays rather than the overall game. Hopefully they learnt their lesson. However they enjoyed themselves tremendously on Saturday evening at the banquet. The Grasshoppers are known for their great display of "How to enjoy oneself at a party". The dance floor was never empty. The men's team lost their first game to the host team as we failed to score from numerous short corners while Atlanta scored on their two opportunities. Their second game against Miami Surf saw us play the best hockey of the tournament for the first twenty minutes. Once again we failed to convert on our penalty corners and ended up losing this game also. Their next two games they won comfortably but it was too little to late as we lost on goal average from making it into the semi final. Hopefully we know now what we have to work on prior to tournaments. A good time had by everyone. Better results next time. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.up
End of Season Tournament Saturday 11th December 2010
Thank you all for an enjoyable end of season tournament. Congratulations to Warren and his Tampa Bay East team that took home the winning medals, also congratulations to Tampa Bay South runners up led by Mike. Great fun had by all in attendance.up
Veterans Weekend Hockey Tournament 2010
Tampa Bay Grasshoppers hosted its Seventh Annual Fall Tournament this past weekend. On a rather cold Saturday morning by Florida standards, the first game was played in fifty degree Fahrenheit. New comers USF was up against Miami International, Atlanta Cup Ladies Champions of last month. Miami had some difficulty beating the younger and faster USF students but prevailed by a one nothing margin. Then USF were up against Tampa Bay Ladies team. The experience Tampa Bay Ladies won comfortably by a two to nothing margin. Finally the clash between the Argentineans of Miami and Tampa Bay Ladies. A close game through out but the Miami ladies were better goal scorers and won by a two to nothing margin. Then the Mixed division began with Mia Cuba first team (MIC#1) beating Miami Surf second team (MSO) by a five to two margin. The rolls changed in the next game as Miami Surf first team (MSW) easily defeated Mia Cuba second team (MIC#2) by a seven to one margin. Then came the young and improving Ft Lauderhill Strikers up against Tampa Bay first team (TBGE). A very fast and aggressive game which resulted in a one to nothing win for the Strikers. Tampa Bay lost its captain Ravi as he got hit on the knee during a short corner attempt by Strikers. The next game saw Tampa Bay second team (TBGW) up against Mia Cuba first team. Mia Cuba continued on their victorious way by easily winning by a six to two margin. Then followed the Miami Surf first team (MSW) challenging Tampa Bay first team (TBGE). Another good game by both teams ending in a three to two victory for Miami Surf. (MSW). The final game for Saturday saw Mia Cuba second team (MIC#2) opposing Tampa Bay second team (TBGW). Tampa Bay woke up and out played Mia Cuba to a five to three margin. With three unbeaten teams in the Mixed division and one unbeaten Ladies team everyone headed to the Best Western Hotel where Tampa Bay was hosting their first Tournament social gathering for the visiting teams. Indeed a pleasure to see the presence of the visiting teams in the room with such glowing smiles of having an enjoyable time. Many thanks to the committee of Laura Roxanne and Phillip for making it happen...
Atlanta tournament 2010
Once more many thanks to all our members who journeyed to Atlanta for a good tournament.
July 3rd tournament 2010
July 3rd tournament was an enjoyable one. To see how this United Nations hockey team came together through the love for the
game of field hockey was just wonderful and enjoyable. Sorry that more of our members were not available to join us to make
it even more successful and enjoyable an event. Many thanks to all who attended and contributed to this event. A special
thanks to those who volunteered to umpire and to Adeel for his tremendous marking of the field.
Veterans Weekend Hockey Tournament November 7th & 8th
Veterans Weekend Tournament 2009 was not the exciting, enjoyable, competitive tournament we have grown accustomed to. Other
than the host Tampa Bay Grasshoppers (TBG) the other clubs in attendance all showed up short of players. Present were Gray
Dogs, Florida State University (FSU), Central Florida Field Hockey Association (CFFHA), for the mixed division, and
University of South Florida (USF) for the all ladies division. Unfortunately Surf could not make it, and UM dropped out at the
last minute, and Miami FHC could not make it. So Saturdays schedule ran 90% without a glitch. The glitch appeared in the form
of CFFHA not completing their three game commitments, as half their players had to leave due to prior commitments. That
really knocked the wind out of the organizing committee. However a friendly game was played in its place. On Sunday it
became a hockey festival rather than a tournament. The net result being all who played enjoyed themselves to the fullest, as
there were lots to eat and drink.
Atlanta tournament October 3rd & 4th 2009
Another tournament under the belt. Many thanks to the fourteen members who journeyed to Miami to represent us. Results of the three games played showed we lost to Miami Surf#2 defeated MiaCuba soundly 9 - 3 and lost to Miami Field Hockey Club 6 - 3. Officially we finished third in the tournament.up
FFHA League Opener March 7th and 8th 2009
Atlanta Cup on the Columbus Day weekend October 11th and 12th 2008
The Florida Field Hockey Association (FFHA) took a massive step in the right direction this past weekend as they fielded no fewer
than three teams in the 2008 Atlanta Cup. Florida United (MEN’S DIVISION) and Tampa Bay Grasshoppers (WOMEN’S DIVISION) joined
the well traveled Miami Flamingos at the annual event, with the Sunshine State-based teams making up 20% of the weekend’s
competion (a great showing by all accounts).
Miami Surf Five-a-side tournament on Memorial Weekend May 24th and 25th 2008
Thanks to all who attended the tournament in Miami. To summarize the weekend, we defeated the mighty Grey Dogs(2-1) to advance to the semifinal game against Miami Surf Team B/2 who we eventually lost a heart breaker to in overtime. Thanks to Laura, Chris, Theniel ( female MVP), Gregory, Amanda, Jasmine, Christine for a wonderful weekend. We played very competitive Hockey and can honestly say we saw the results of those tedious drills Jeff makes us do every Saturday. Day one consisted of a loss to the Grey Dogs and a tie of Miami Surf Team B/ 2 before the rainout of the rest of the games. Day 2 of the tournament was great, which consisted of a opening loss to Cincinatti (6 to 5) who won the tournament, a win against Miami Surf Team A, a win against University of Miami, a win against the Grey Dogs(eilimination game 2-1) and the eventual overtime heartbreaker loss to Miami Surf Team B/2 in the semifinals. Miami Surf Team B played in the finals against Cincinatti who won the tournament. Overall it was a great weekend.up
Gray Dogs Spring Tournament Saturday 19th April 2008 Eleven a-side in Ft. Lauderdale
Read more at http://graydogsfhc.blogspot.com/up
2008 Spring Tournament Results
The results of 2008 Spring tournament saw Miami Surf win both the Saturday Six-a-side tournament and the Sunday Eleven-a-side Tournaments. Credit the Surf for playing consistently at a high level and demonstrating a high level of discipline both on and off the field. Both Saturday and Sunday tournaments were conducted under a Round Robin format. Congratulations to Degsy on creating such a club and to all the members who represented them in Degsy’s absence. A special congratulations goes out to Nico for leading the Miami Surf in this tournament.up
2008 Winter Results
2008 Winter Results. On Dr. Martin Luther King’s weekend, Tampa Bay held its Six-a-side Tournament at Phillip Jones Park. Victorious was The Central Florida Field Hockey Association of Orlando lead by Samuel Jason Roberts. A great effort from CFFHA as they rose to the occasion defeating Tampa Bay ???? in a close final. Congratulations to Sammy and his Orlando members.up
End of year 2007 6-a-side results
2007 End of Season came to an exciting end as TB-North defeated TB-South 3 – 2 in a close Final. The Six-a-side competition which was implemented to keep the momentum of the newly acquired membership moving forward with a competitive spirit and team camaraderie concluded on a high note. The teams as they were selected were:
In the first semi-final between TB-North and TB-East turned out to be a one sided affair as TB-East being depleted by the serious injury to their “energizer bunny” team leader Ravi Kullar (fracture of the knuckle in three places on his left hand), was no match for the more experience and TB-North. TB-North was led by the relentless Amy Dalrymple and her experienced Trini counter part Nigel Lobo who had TB-East on the defensive from the beginning of the game. With the inclusion of Jonathon Bull and stand-in Jeff Grosvenor TB-East could not keep TB-North out of their circle. Net result was a five to nothing defeat for TB-East. In the second semi-final, TB-South came up against TB-West. The Diane Shane and Roland Satchel led TB-South held on to defeat a TB-West team led by Charles Joseph and Shashi Ketu by a 2 – 1 margin. TB-West was without their female stars Stacey Palazzio and Teneille Williams while TB-South was short of their solid sweeper Chris Magrini. In a keenly competitive game the Southerners out lasted the Westerners. This set up a third and fourth place game between TB-East and TB-West. Although TB-East got some much needed help from Thalia Chance-Chin and the late arrival of Tomas Mensah. The solid experience of TB-West was too much for TB-East to handle thus falling 5 – 1 to the official third place finisher TB-West. The stage was now set for the finals between TB-North and TB-South. Umpires for the game were Jonathon Bull and Jeff Grosvenor. From the first whistle TB-South were on the attack as Diane Shane and Tara Whittaker continuously attacked the Northerners and were eventually rewarded when Tara Whittaker put the ball pass kicking back Nigel Logo to go one up. TB-North began fighting back and leveled the score within six minutes. The game became extremely competitive as the teams became more aggressive in attempting to secure victory. TB-South took the lead once more from a penalty corner execution to go up 2 – 1. TB-North energizer Amy Dalrymple then turned it up another notch and pushed the TB-South on the defensive from where they forced a few penalty corners thus equalizing with a flick off the stick of Nigel Lobo. From here on any team scoring first would be the winner as both teams pressed on for the winning goal. TB-North was the eventual winner by a 3 – 2 margin. A good show by all.
At the end of the finals there was an after game get together where everyone in attendance were treated to some tasty Trini dish of Pelau put together by Chef Nigel Lobo. Anyone interested in the recipe can email Nigel at nlobo[at]worldnet.att.net. Irish Soda bread supplied by our one and only Irish member Susan Mulvey. Food and drinks were present and everyone had an enjoyable afternoon. The food and drinks was followed by the Awards Ceremony. Although Invited Guess Mr. Robert Carpenter was unable to attend, master of ceremonies proceeded with the program. Winners of the Six-a-side League went to TB-North, with TB-South as the runner up. Surprise awards went out to the youths of Tampa Bay Grasshoppers. In attendance to receive their award for outstanding performance for the year 2007 were the Grasshoppers bright hopefuls Lindsey Nerbonne and Thalia Chance-Chin. These are two very promising young ladies that are expected to reach great heights in this sport. Absent was our Durham sisters who have a lot of skill that the coaches would like to bring out but need their commitment. Also absent was the up and promising goal keeper Joshua Torres. This is a talented goal keeper and wonderful young gentleman. These five youngsters bring a lot of hope to the Grasshoppers who are hoping to expand on these acquisitions. In recognition for the number of year’s service and dedication to the sport of Field Hockey in the Tampa and Clearwater areas the following were awarded:
Kathleen Fitzgerald with her relentless pursuit of finding players by posting flyers in and around Clearwater being our liaison between us and the City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation. When ever she speaks to anyone with a foreign accent the phenomenal questions pops out “do you play field hockey” this resulted in Michael and John and Nadine Bull membership to the club.
Susan Mulvey who would go through her company’s list of Newspapers and Magazines that they did business with and sent them articles about our club to put adds in their sports section.
Antje Kuschay-Dwehus using her company notice boards to attract other foreign players plus her huge contribution of creating, maintaining and funding our website.
Then our mother of two, when she first came out she was just a newly wed. After a second honeymoon in West Palm Beach as a member of Tampa Bay Grasshoppers at the USFHA Hockey Festival 2004 she scored some tremendous goals both on and off the field. That began the new chapter in her life of motherhood our one and only Tammi Dial.
And our two New Tampa natives who will show up every Saturday like clock work one killing you with his stick work and energy and the other one talking you to death Ravi Kullar and Charlie Joseph. They have all contributed whole heartedly from day one.
Finally on behalf of all of the TB Grasshoppers if this gentleman was not true to his word we would not have been here to celebrate this day. As he kept his promise to always supply us with a field for hockey and as we see he has not failed Mr. Bob Carpenter.
A special thank you also went out to all the volunteer umpires we had over the past three Saturdays.up
Veterans Weekend Tournament Results
On the weekend of November 10th and 11th 2007 in Clearwater Florida, Tampa Bay Grasshoppers hosted their third annual Veterans Weekend field hockey tournament. Defending champions Gray Dogs were taken to sudden death penalty flicks to out flick their Miami counter parts Miami Surf 3 – 1.
At the end of the round robin host team TB-West was comfortably in first place having finished unbeaten, drawing with Miami Surf 1 – 1, defeating TB-East 6 – 0, and defeating Gray Dogs 1 – 0... In second place was Miami Surf having tied games against Gray Dogs and TB-West and narrowly beating TB-East 1 – 0. TB-East finished third having won over Gray Dogs by default and losing to their stronger TB-West and Miami Surf. Gray dogs having arrived late for their opening encounter against TB-East lost by default, then tied with Miami Surf 0 – 0 before losing to TB-West 1 – 0. In the semi-finals Miami Surf came out stronger and more determined than TB-East who was now short of five of their players who all had earlier appointments. The net results was that Miami Surf won easily 4 – 0. In the other semi final TB-West allowed the umpiring to take them out of their game. Even though they had the greater opportunities they failed to score from the field of play, from penalty corners not even from their penalty stroke. With under a minute to go Gray Dogs “burly striker Robo(Romaine Lindo)” picked up a true pass from their mid field and placed it through TB-West goalkeeper Susan Mulvey’s pads to send Gray Dogs through to the finals. It was a very aggressive game as is most games with Gray Dogs. Congratulations to Charles Sang, Michael Serrette and the Gray Dogs. Some of the bright spots of the tournament were:
The venture of Derek “Degsy” Aspinal into starting his own business RAGE Sporting Apparel specifically for the sport of field hockey. Good luck Degsy and Joy. Tampa Bays ability to organize and run a tournament. Though disappointment struck when Aventura and Florida Seminoles withdrew from the tournament and the last minute cancellation of Central Florida Field Hockey Association. Some outstanding performances by Gray Dogs Leshawn Greaves, Miami Surfs Nicolas Siciliano and TB-West little twelve year old Lindsey Nerbonne were all positive notes to include in the history of the Grasshoppers. Also a special THANKS to all those who umpired under some unwarranted abuse by the players. Umpires you must remember that the game is not a game unless there are umpires. Without the umpires it is only a scrimmage. A SPECIAL THANKS also goes out to all the Grasshoppers for their effort in supplying food and drinks for all in attendance and their marvelous way of cleaning up after the event. Injured players Jackie Lazaro and Teneille Williams your help at the Technical table on Saturday was immeasurable. You were certainly missed on Sunday.
On the whole a good job well done.
TB Veterans Weekend Tournament Standings At the end of play Sunday 11th November 2007:
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