ROXBURY, NJ - Under the hot Succasunna sun, players pushed themselves to their limits Sunday as the the U18 Fistball Championships closed out a 4-day run at Horseshoe Lake with Germany taking home the gold in the women’s division, and Brazil winning it in the men’s division.
Despite rain earlier on, players continued to play their game to the very end with great shows of sportsmanship while doing so noted Adam Werner, director of the United States Fistball Association’s Northeast Region.
The tournament had teams from countries around the world including Austria, Chile and the USA; each with teams in both men’s and women’s brackets.
Fistball gained a foothold in Roxbury three years ago when the township hosted the Pan-American Fistball games which Werner said said was the start of a “good relationship.”
The relationship blossomed into Roxbury hosting of the championships this year, and people flew in from all over, raised their country’s flag, and cheered as teams fought it out.
Looking past the sport’s international fame, locals still found themselves drawn to the event. Roxbury resident Candy Murphy was persuaded by her grandchildren to watch the games, got the hang of the rules after three games and then enjoyed watching the finals.
During the awards ceremony, the president of the International Fistball Association, Karw Weiß, congratulated coaches, referees, players and the representatives of Roxbury township for their hard work surrounding and during the games.
The next highly competitive fistball matches take place in Pennsylvania during late July for the second round of Eastern Fistball Association's tournaments while the IFA Women's Championships take place soon after in Austria.