Hartwell Soccer Spring Warm-Up Tournament a Fun Time for All

The annual Glastonbury Hartwell Spring Warm-Up Tournament was held this past weekend at various schools and fields in Glastonbury and surrounding towns (Addison Park, Smith Middle School, Glastonbury High, Buckingham Park, Gideon Welles School, Hebron Avenue School, Riverfront Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Nayaug School, Irish American Home, Oakwood Park, GEH Elementary Magnet School).The tournament featured 207 boys and girls teams from all across the state competing against one another in U9 through U14 divisions.

The tournament was again a huge success, with large crowds of the player’s family and friends attending each game.

The tournament went really well, we could not have asked for better weather,” Tournament Director Cathy Chisolm said. “The most rewarding moments were the kids laughing and giggling while going past the tent or running up and if they can see their standings. This is all about the kids and making sure they have a fun time, win or lose.”

The players and their parents had nothing but good things to say about the tournament experience.

“I like the adrenaline of playing and the competition,” said Eli Mrivkba, who plays for the Avon Spartans U10 team. “It’s fun to show our skills off.”

“This tournament is a great opportunity for the players to face competition they wouldn’t otherwise and be together with other kids,” said Eli’s father Dennis. “My son loves it.”

“My favorite part of the tournament is when I scored!” said Abby Caren, who plays for the Hartwell U9 White team. “It’s nice to face someone new.”

Andrew Macca, who is from Hebron and plays for the Northeast United U11 Blue team, said that it was fun to play the tournament’s variety of competition and bond with his teammates.

“This tournament does an outstanding job of giving them exposure to different teams and talent,” his mom Kerry said.

We’ve received so much great feedback on the organization of the tournament,” Chisolm said. “I have to give all the credit to the volunteers that worked tirelessly over the last 6 months to pull this off. One of the most consistent comments we heard from players and parents was how beautifully maintained our fields are, which is the direct result of the work of our town employees lead by Ray Purtell.”    

Glastonbury Hartwell U14 Blue players Olivia Sadeak and Claire Scalise ended their tournament careers in exciting fashion on Sunday, defeating the SCOG U13 Travel Comp team 1-0 with a late goal. The pair discussed their favorite aspects of this year’s tournament and memories of playing in it the past five years.

“My favorite part of it each year has been playing exciting games and getting the chance to face even competition. I will definitely miss doing it,” Sadeak said.

“It’s great to get to see other teams from different areas of the state. It prepares us for the rest of the season,” Scalise said. “It’s always been really fun to play in.”

Claire’s father Joe is in his first season as an assistant coach, and has always enjoyed the tournament experience.

“It’s a special tournament because it allows players to face teams from everywhere in a less competitive environment,” he said. “There has always been tremendous support for it from the entire community, and I will miss seeing Claire participate tremendously.”

To see the results from the tournament, visit  https://events.gotsport.com/events/default.aspx?EventID=42825 .

 

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