The country’s maximum achieved outgoing seniors, and the subsequent wave of excessive school talent will converge at Thomas College in Waterville on Saturday for the 11th annual Maine Field Hockey Festival.

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A record-breaking forty groups are set to participate inside the Maine Field Hockey Association-sponsored event, which includes neighborhood programs Thornton Academy, Biddeford, and Massabesic.

The McNally Senior All-Star Game at midday serves as the day’s optimum health and spotlights the 2018 all-nation gamers across Maine in a north vs. South showcase. Catherine Henaire of Thornton Academy and Biddeford’s Hailey Allen and Paige Laverriere will represent their schools at the South Team.

“The day is genuinely interesting for me as a member of the community. It is a party of field hockey,” said Thornton train Lori Smith, the public members of the family director for the Maine Field Hockey Association. “It’s a laugh day that celebrates the game, and I suppose the youngsters get stuck up in that enthusiasm, too.”

Matches begin at 8 a.M. And end at four: 3 p.M., with six video games of seven-on-seven taking location concurrently each half of-hour.
Biddeford train Caitlin Albert earned the honor of training the South Team at some stage in the all-famous person game after the Tigers won the 2018 Class A State Championship over Skowhegan. This year marks the fifth time Biddeford will participate in the competition, that’s, like several summertime sports, voluntary.

“The women are taking advantage of those possibilities,” Albert stated. “Field hockey is fundamental to them and our school. We won a country championship, so hopefully, we’re seeking to maintain that momentum going.”

The Tigers lost four starters from last season’s title-triumphing institution, and Albert hasn’t seen lots of the incoming freshman outdoor of a handful of new practices and summer time league matches. The Maine Field Hockey Festival allows Albert to paintings on her team’s chemistry and gets a jump-begin mentally and physically on the upcoming season.

Smith’s Golden Trojans like to apply the competition to consciousness on their passing recreation, a vital cog in the yearly improvement of her squads. Playing towards terrific warring parties, along with Skowhegan, Winslow, and Belfast, that they wouldn’t generally see on their time table is every other benefit, stated Smith.

It’s a variety of field hockey crammed into in the future, and the festival offers a unique revel into enthusiasts for an admission price of $five for adults, $3 for senior citizens and college students and $15 for families. Longstreth Sporting Goods, a Pennsylvania-primarily based employer, may be on-site promoting equipment and apparel. Proceeds will go camping Sunshine.

“(The festival) lets you see what you have got as a crew,” Smith stated. “And “I assume that the (McNally Senior All-Star Game) offers the young players something to try for.”

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