Essex town is the home of the most successful outdoor sports clubs and teams such as the Essex 73’s Junior Club, the Essex Ravens Football Club, Essex energizers, and Harlow Town Cricket Club among many others.
The Essex 73s Junior Hockey Club
The 73s hockey club led the Great Lakes Junior Hockey tournament in the mid-1970s and early 1980s, by winning six out of the eight League Championships from the 1974-75 season to the 1982-83 season.
The club has obtained a record of 19 Great Lakes Hockey League awards along with an Ontario record six regional titles.
Essex 73’s has two minor hockey teams:
- Essex Minor Hockey Association
- Harrow-Colchester South Minor Hockey team based in Harrow
In 2015/16, Essex once again faced the Amherstburg Admirals in the final league and won; this particular win secured the 20th league title for the team.
The Essex County Ravens Football Club
The Essex County Ravens Football Club began in the year 1997 and based its activities in the Windsor -Essex County Area. The Essex Ravens Football Club participates in the Ontario Varsity Football League and has their tournaments at Raider Field, and they have secured several provincial championships.
The club presently has four football squads that compete from May to August:
- In the summer of 2000, the club added a Junior Varsity [15-16 years] team to complement the already popular varsity team.
- In 2006, the club expanded by adding a Bantam Team [13-14 years].
- In the summer of 2013, they added their 4th team, Peewee (11 + 12 years) that went to the tournament in their inaugural period.
- In 2014, they added a team for players 9 and 10 years old.
The Essex Energizers are a professional jump-rope team based in the Town of Essex. The Essex Energizers participate and compete at the provincial, national, and international levels in the sport of jump- rope. Participants of the club won a bronze medal in the 2004 World Championships.
The Essex Energizers are always among Canada’s top teams and in addition to playing, they have also performed in different recreational venues such as NFL and NBA halftime shows, Disney World, and Parliament Hill.
Harlow Town Cricket Club
Harlow Town Cricket Club was founded in 1960 and was known as the Stort Cricket Club and based their activities at Ash Tree Field. The club competes in Shepherd Neame Essex League, has a junior section that plays in the West Essex Cricket Board League and has a girls’ squad which plays against other girls’ teams in the county.
Whether you’re into categorized sports or want to kick around a soccer ball, the Town of Essex has a broad range of outdoor sports facilities to choose from:
- Essex Centre Sports facilities: Essex Sports Park, Essex Soccer Fields, Essex Public School Diamond, and Essex Skateboard Park
- Harrow Sports facilities: Harrow Soccer complex, Harrow Skateboard Park, and Harrow Tennis Courts
- McGregor sports facilities: Co-An Park, which has six baseball diamonds, two tennis courts, and three soccer fields.