TOURNAMENTS CLIMBS TO THIRTY-SEVEN TEAMS
PENSACOLA, FORIDA - Five years ago the SPA PENSACOLA WOMENS' SPRING NATIONALS drew ELEVEN TEAMS. This year THIRTY-SEVEN squads competed at EXCHANGE PARK April 10-13, which was also an increase of NINE from last year that had SPA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR MIKE DE SORBO beaming with pride.
“This tournament continues to grow and is turning into a great success,” DE SORBO said, “ Much of the success can be attributed to the high marks received for the outstanding playing field conditions, great umpires, park amenities, honoring the suggestions from teams and players and of course the high performance level the women's teams have shown the past five years”
This year was no exception to the “high performance level” DE SORBO raved about as NINE DIVISON CHAMPIONS were crowned in the exciting competitive games.
KRYPTONITE started the action off besting ARKANSAS SYNERGY 20-4 and 18-5 to capture the 35/40 crown in a best-two-of-three showdown.
The PENSACOLA LADIES duplicated KRYPTONITE'S effort disposing of CHICKS WITH STICKS 23-17 and 29-13 in their two-of-three battle for the 40/45 title.
In the THREE TEAM 50 AAA bracket, LADY LOOKOUTS swept ROCKIN ROBINS 20-12 and 22-7 for the championship. The ROBINS were able to fly into the finals by beating LA SPORTS 16-14.
SIX TEAMS showed their stuff in the 50 MAJOR DIVISION with the DREAM GIRLZ hoisting the FIRST PLACE TROPHY after beating the TENNESSEE STARS in the title game.
THE DREAM GIRLZ defeated JOLICO 50's 16-10 and SERIOUS FUN 20-3 on the way to the championship game. The TENNESSEE STARS defeated JOLICO 50's 5-1 to come out of the loser's bracket for their trip to the finals.
Others in the bracket were SUNNY BEACHES and MOTOWN MAGIC.
FIVES were alive as FIVE teams battled for the title of the 55 DIVISION.
SUNNY BEACHES 55's won the DOUBLE-NICKEL title beating the MARYLAND ROADRUNNERS 12-1 in the title game.
The SUNNY BEACHES 55's reached the big game by first knocking off SHO ME 55's 17-16 and the ROADRUNNERS in an earlier game 16-14.
The MARYLAND team made it out of the loser's bracket by beating the JOLICO 55's 12-1. The FIFTH team in the bracket was FLORIDA LIGHTNING.
The 60's BRACKET saw JOLICO 60's fight back to win the “IF” game over FUN BUNCH 13-0. The FUN BUNCH had forced the “IF” game by beating JOLICO 8-6. In an earlier bracket game between the two it was JOLICO on top 8-3 after taking no prisoners against SOUTHERN STARS.30-14.
The FUN BUNCH beat SOUTHERN STARS 17-10 to earn their second shot at JOLICO.
One of the tournament's three biggest group showed up in the 65 DIVISION where six teams laced up their cleats to battle it out for the title.
The team which had the most fun was FUN BUNCH as they swept all three opponents in bracket play. JOLLICO 65's lost in the title game 12-3 while the GOLDEN GALS (15-8) and JOLICO (8-3) earlier definitely did not have any fun
The JOLICO 65's, however got their money's worth in the tournament when after losing their opening bracket play game they fought their way out of the loser's bracket on the way to the finals beating SAINTS EXPRESS 15-10 and the GOLDEN GALS 3-2.
Others in the bracket were SMOKEY MOUNTAIN STARS and GOLDEN GIRLS.
The third SIX TEAM BRACKET was the 70'S Division.
The GOLDEN GALS breezed through the competition beating OHIO TRI-STARS 23-15, SPORTACULARS 16-7 and TRI-STARS again, this time in the finals 18-4.
The BUCKEYE STATE Ladies fought their way back out of the loser's bracket by sending the THOROUGHBREDS (24-7) and SPORTACULARS (11-8) to the sidelines. Rounding out the bracket were GOLDEN GIRLS and NW MOUNTAIN MAMAS.
It was FREEDOM SPIRIT taking the four team 75 DIVISION by defeating GOLDEN GIRLS 18-0 in the title game. The GOLDEN GIRLS had fought their way to the finals forcing an “IF” game beating the SPIRIT 6-5.
Prior to that after losing their opening bracket game 4-3 to the THOROUGHBREDS, they strung together wins over TENNESSEE SENIOR STARS (10-3) and THOROUGHBREDS (11-5).
Before losing to the GOLDEN GIRLS the FREEDOM SPIRIT had defeated the THOROUGHBREDS 15-2 and TENNESSEE STARS 10-5.
“It was a great tournament,” De SORBO concluded, “I expect the 2015 event to be even better.”