Being one of the top 200 players in the nation in your age group is impressive. Even more so if many of the others are two years older than you.
“There were a lot of 13 and 14-year-olds,” said Anna Finn, who won’t turn 13 until August.
Finn, who just completed 7th grade at Windsor Central Middle School, played in the U14 National Field Hockey Championship at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster PA, home to the USA Field Hockey Team. She and Whitney Point’s Brenna Bough were the only two players from Section IV to make the tournament.
“It was good to see how I stood up against the best of the best,” said Finn. “I definitely feel like I stood with them. I showed them what I’ve got.”
This tournament wasn’t Finn’s first experience competing against older players. She started on Windsor’s varsity team last season as a 7th
“I was excited and a little nervous, but I did well. I stuck with them,” said Finn.
Finn can still qualify for the U14 championship each of the next two years. If she does, her goal is to be one of the 36 players to make the tournament’s all-star team. As she gets older, she can also try out for the U16 and U19 championship. Ultimately, she wants to play field hockey at a Division-I college.
“I love the competitiveness of the sport. I love how you can go out and beat the other player,” said Finn.