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Festival finals

Corey Goddard of uwi (left) battling against Finn Petersen of Axien for ball posession.

The University of the West Indies and Do Bad Crew will clash in the mixed pool final, A Badd Connection and Deacons will go head to head in the women’s finals and in the men’s, Axien and All-Stars will do battle in tomorrow’s finals after winning their respective semi-final games today in the Banks Hockey Festival at Kensington Oval.

The semi-finals mixed games played today saw Do Bad Crew take on Roosters and the UWI come up against Rockets.

It was an intense contest between UWI and Rockets that still ended in stalemate and caused the game to go into a penalty shootout. UWI emerged victorious in the penalty shootout winning 4-1.

Shane Lewis was the first to score for UWI, then Rohan Thomas came up to the line and scored for Rockets. But that was about it for Thomas’ team as the other members of his team failed to score. However UWI held their composure and scored their goals through Jackie Pinder, Kris Holder and Shani Best.

Do Bad Crew won easily over Roosters 6-0. Their first goal came in the 29th minute through Jamar Lashley. Team-mate Dario Jordan added to the score in the 38th minute and two minutes later Aaron Forde also scored.

Showing deft stick work, the Do Bad Crew continued to run rings around their opponents and in the 46th minute, Chetwyn Henry scored. He would repeat that strike four minutes later. Khodi Gibson completed Do Bad Crew’s romp in the 63rd  minute, scoring off a penalty corner to give his side an emphatic victory.

In the women’s action A Badd Connection demolished Roosters women 4-2. Roosters’ women got the ball rolling, scoring the opening goal in the fourth minute of play thanks to a penalty corner which Maria Sealy converted. Six minutes later Sealy scored once again, giving Roosters the 2-0 lead. Then, strangely, Roosters’ offence deserted them.

A Badd Connection’s Keisha Jordan scored in the 12th minute from a penalty corner to initiate the comeback. In the 27th  minute Patrina Brathwaite scored and a minute later Cherne Moore scored. Jordan came back in the 61st minute of play and scored which sealed the deal for ABC to enter the finals.

Deacons were impressive against UWI winning 5-0. In the fourth minute of play Benita Maynard scored for Deacons, and this was followed in the 17th minute by a strike from Eryn Apanowitch. Mellanie Williams then added to the score in the 23rd minute.

Angela Thompson got in on the action and scored in the 62nd minute and Williams ended the game on a high scoring in the 64 minute which was enough to give her team victory.

The men’s single was a keenly contested game with most of the offensive prowess coming from German visitors Axien who thrashed UWI 5-0.Bastian Gerke scored in the 12th minute, Maximilian Schalte also scored in the 24th and Ingmar Gantenberg made it three in the 37th minute. Florian Pretz, who has been having a good tournament, joined in the party and scored in the 42nd minute. Philip Schmit completed the rout with the fifth goal.

All Stars were too much for Do Bad Crew to handle, winning 3-1. Neil Franklyn opened the goal-scoring in the 28th minute and added to his tally with another goal in the 57th minute.

DBC managed to score in the 60th minute thanks to Daren Nicholls and his effort was followed by Ramon Leacock’s goal in the 68th  minute to give All Stars a well deserved win.

Action starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Kensington Oval. (ML)

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