Sticks & licks
The 27th edition of the prestigious Banks Hockey Festival continued today with matches throughout the day at Kensington Oval and the Empire Cricket Ground.
The biggest winners for the day were the men of Axien who drubbed Woodbrook of Trinidad and Tobago 8-0 at Kensington Oval.
Playing in mid-morning, Axien out of Germany created problems for Woodbrook from the start to the finish of their encounter. While Woodbrook frequently matched the Germans for stick play, they were not particularly penetrative and their finishing, as the score suggested, left a lot to be desired.
Philip Schmitz, Florian Pretz and Ingmar Gantenberg each scored a brace of goals, while Holger Groening and Bastian Gerke scored one apiece.
In an early morning encounter, the women of Deacons made sure there would be no celebratory crowing from the Roosters when they easily defeated them 4-1.
Corlette Kellman played outstandingly and netted two of her team’s goals while Melanie Williams and Eryn Apanovitch scored one each. Rochelle Mitchell got the consolation strike for the Roosters.
Later in the afternoon, Roosters would finish on the right side of the win/loss column when they defeated All Stars 3-0, thanks to tidy finishes from Kimberley Rock, Cher King and Kenya Alleyne.
At the start of the day a Mixed Pool B team with players from the Barbados Union of Teachers got the better of Avengers 2-0 and this was followed by the women of the University of the West Indies (UWI) beating up on the Banks SC team, 4-0.
All Stars men defeated UWI 2-1 in a tight encounter where good defensive play by both teams was a feature of the match-up.
Some 16 men’s teams, 17 women’s, 10 mixed and three veterans’ teams are taking part in what has been one of the island’s biggest hockey extravaganzas now approaching three decades.
The tournament continues tomorrow at Kensington Oval, Empire and Weymouth with matches from 9 a.m. in the morning and evening games being played at 5 p.m. (ML)