Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NJSIAA field hockey: To play or not play?

The effects of Sandy are still being felt across the Garden State as the NJSIAA scrambles to resume playing dates for its field hockey tournaments.

The NJSIAA stated on Wednesday that games are to resume on Monday, Nov. 5 or earlier if possible. Question is, with no power at a lot of high schools and no practice time, is this even feasible?

It's hard to believe that the Shore area will play anytime soon. Furthermore, playing games is the last thing on the minds of those who sustained severe devastation in that area.

Up north, we press on in the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex area despite the fact that many of us are still without power. I understand these games need to be played, but it doesn't seem that important given the events of the last several days.

Here are the sectional quarterfinal games involving HWS teams:

North 1, Group 2

5-High Point at 4-Ramsey

6-Wallkill Valley at 3-West Essex

7-Pope John at 2-Parsippany

North 1, Group 1

6-Belvidere at 3-Mountain Lakes

North 2, Group 4

5-Hunterdon Central at 4-West Windsor-South

North 2, Group 3

9-Ocean Township at 1-Warren Hills

North 2, Group 2

5-Johnson at 4-Voorhees

North 2, Group 1

5-South Hunterdon at 4-Keyport

Here is a tentative schedule for next week:

Quarterfinals: Groups 3 and 4 to be played by Wednesday, Nov. 7. Groups 2 and 1 by Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Semifinals: Groups 3 and 4 to be played by Wednesday, Nov. 7. Groups 1 and 2 by Thursday, Nov. 8.

Finals: All Groups to be played by Saturday, Nov. 10.

Group semifinals: Monday, Nov. 12 at the site of the North 2 higher seed or South Jersey higher seed if the field is playable. Otherwise, North 1 or Central Jersey will serve as the site.

Group finals: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at two neutral sites to be determined. Times will be 4 and 6 p.m.

Tournament of Champions semifinals: Friday, Nov. 16 at Robbinsville High School.

T-of-C final: Sunday, Nov. 18 at The College of New Jersey.

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