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Heat on for semis stage

An even tussle for the ball.

It is now down to crunch time for teams competing in the Banks Hockey Festival, with tomorrow being the semi-final phase of the prestigious annual tournament.

The men’s, women’s and mix pool semi-final games will be contested tomorrow at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

The mix pool games will be between Rockets and University of the West Indies and Do Bad Crew against Roosters.

In the men’s, All Stars will play against Do Bad Crew and German side Axien take on the UWI. In women’s action Deacons come up against UWI and A Bad Connection will contend with the Roosters’ ladies.

In action today, made possible by the excellent drainage system at Kensington Oval, Roosters defeated the University of the West Indies 3-1 in an exciting match-up.

The game commenced around 10.30 a.m. under cloudy sky and 33 minutes into the encounter Roosters scored compliments of the hard-working Cher King.

Six minutes later, UWI equalised off a penalty goal which was neatly placed in the back of the nets by Akela Picknell.

However, Roosters showed they were the better team on the day, coming back to score in the 43rd minute through King once again. And to seal the deal they scored off a penalty corner as Carolyn Trotman netted to give Roosters bragging rights.

In other action, A Bad Connection played against Banks in the mix pool game and dominated the encounter, thrashing their opponents 6-1.

Banks’ worries started rather early as in the seventh minute Maria Sealy scored off a penalty corner. That proved to be the start of the goal rush as Sealy was back in business again in the 16th minute with her second strike.

Just before the end of the first half Mark Bowen added to the score off a penalty corner.

When play resumed in the second half, Banks were immediately under siege as Khevyn Williams scored two minutes into the half.

With A Bad Connection displaying excellent stick work and showing better organisation on offence, it came as no surprise when Donny Gobisingh scored in the 42nd minute to complete the one-sided romp.

Banks did manage to end their goal drought in the 49th minute of play but it was all too little too late. (ML)

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