The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) and Without Limits Ultimate are proud to announce that the 2016 Commonwealth Cup will be this weekend, February 27-28 in Axton, Va. The early-season tournament will bring 29 women's college Ultimate teams to south central Virginia to bid for the title.
"We are thrilled to kick off our 2016 Tournament Schedule with a great partner in Michelle Ng and Without Limits Ultimate," SRSC Director of Operations Billy Russo said. "This will be the sixth year hosting Ultimate with Michelle and we look forward to continuing a great relationship and hosting these athletes."
The event will bring 29 college teams from 11 states and D.C. Teams will be visiting the Martinsville-Henry County community from: D.C., Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
"The field site's location means that it is within driving distance for a number of teams coming from all over the East Coast and Midwest," Michelle Ng, the event organizer, said. "Teams have indicated that they really appreciate the quality of the fields at the Complex, and I know that the athletes feel welcome in Martinsville every time they visit."
Ng and Without Limits, which hosts six major tournaments around the country each season, has hosted over a dozen events at the Smith River Sports Complex since 2011. Of the major tournament sites, ranging from places such as Orlando, St. Louis, Atlanta and Austin, Martinsville is the only location that hosts multiple tournaments each season.
"The staff is a pleasure to work with, and the site itself is one of the best I have ever hosted at," Ng said. "The grass fields drain extremely well, and the turf means that games are able to be played even in inclement weather."
Rain or shine the games will be able to go on this Saturday and Sunday with pool play beginning on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The final round of games on Saturday is slated to begin around 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, winners from each pool will compete in bracket-style competition that begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with the championship game at 3 p.m.
Admission is free to all games and the public is encouraged to come join the excitement of ultimate while rooting on their college team.
For more information or a full schedule of games, please call 276-638-5200, ext. 2, or email hstutz@SmithRiverSportsComplex.com. Also be sure to follow the Smith River Sports Complex on Facebook and Twitter @SmithRiverSport for the latest news around SRSC.
List of Competing Teams
1. University of Virginia 2. University of Pittsburgh 3. James Madison University 4. University of North Carolina-Wilmington 5. MIT 6. University of Florida 7. Penn State University 8. University of Maryland 9. Princeton University 10. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 11. University of Michigan 12. Cornell University 13. Wake Forest University 14. Elon University
15. Virginia Commonwealth University 16. University of Rochester 17. University of North Carolina-Asheville 18. Liberty University 19. University of Delaware 20. George Mason University 21. University of Virginia B 22. College of William & Mary 23. Lehigh University 24. Georgetown University 25. Oberlin College 26. Oberlin College B 27. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill B* 28. University of Pennsylvania 29. University of Pennsylvania B
The Smith River Sports Complex's mission is to fulfill the community need for diverse sports opportunities, enhance the visibility and image of the Martinsville-Henry County area and, through sports tourism, bring additional revenues to support local businesses and boost economic growth in the region