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Seven-A-Side heats up

Aaron Forde was all over the Barbados Defence Force.

The young hockey tyros from Combermere School will join their old scholars in the women’s semi-finals of the Barbados Hockey Federation’s Seven-A-Side Club Tournament.

Competing in Zone 2 of the competition at the Wildey, St. Michael Astroturf on Saturday, the Waterford girls advanced after defeating CIBC FCIB National Sports Council 3-0. Combermere, which only statistically required a draw, seemed to have started the match looking for such a level result.

Starting with a full line-up of seven, that included four junior nationals, Combermere looked not to be able to score on a NSC team of just four players. While creating numerous open and penalty corner chances, the NSC defence held firm to the task of restricting goals and the half-time score stood at 0-0.

It wasn’t until 10 minutes before time that Combermere cracked the NSC defence, when Richanne Gaskin managed to ease one past the NSC goal-line. The proverbial flood gates were apparently opened.

Three minutes later, Combermere would score again through D’Jamila Edwards. Then three minutes after the second goal, Edwards would score her second of the match, making it 3-0 to Combermere where it would stay until full time.

Combermere School will go on to face Zone 1 winners, BNB Deacons Women, as they cemented their spot at the top of Zone 1 after defeating All Stars Women 7-3.

Stars started the match somewhat flat, unlike Deacons who clearly wanted the match early.

In the first minute, BNB Deacons opened the scoring when Adrienne Forde slotted one in the corner after a brilliant circle penetration. Forde would then score again one minute later.

Other scorers for BNB Deacons were the tournament’s leading goal scorer Corlette Kellman (one), Hazel Nelson (one), Pamela Forde (one) and Shauntelle Browne (two). Scoring for All Stars was Tiffany Alleyne (two) and Marissa King.

CGI Maple Women also cemented their place in the semis after winning Zone 2. They defeated Banks 1-0 in their match-up. Playing their last match of the pool, Banks, boosted by some young talent, challenged CGI Maple throughout the match. In the 15th minute, Besa Rowe would finish to put Maple Women up 1-0. Here the score would remain until the final whistle.

CGI Maple will come up against Combermere School Old Scholars (CSOS) who finished second behind BNB Deacons in Zone 1.

In the men’s matches, All Stars got the better of the CIBC FCIB National Sports Council lads in a high-scoring game defeating them 11-8.

Stars midfielder Damien “Woody” Downes scored an impressive “double-beaver and 2 bits”, as he had an outstanding 10 goal haul in the match. Tournament heavy-hitters YMCA demolished the Combermere School lads 16-0. YMCA and All Stars will advance as first and second from the Men’s Sevens Zone 1 respectively.

In Zone 2, Combermere School Old Scholars men defeated Barbados Defence Force (BDF) 11-2. Scoring his “beaver and a bit” was CSOS captain, national forward Aaron Forde. BNB Deacons defeated Barbados Union of Teachers 9 – 0.

After a brief rain delay, BUT chose not to continue. Men’s Zone 2 is not yet decided and will need the last round for a result.

Hockey continues with the Seven-A-Side Club Tournament on July 28 at 4:30 p.m. at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. There will be no hockey the following day.

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