Deacons through to hockey finals

The final rounds of the Barbados Hockey Federation’s Seven-A-Side Club Tournament got underway at the Wildey, St Michael astroturf on Saturday.

The first men’s semi-final saw All Stars up against BNB Deacons. Both sides looked even as they exchanged goals throughout the see-saw match, up until the score line read 6 – 6 in the second half. Deacons would then pull ahead 7 – 6 when Paul Harding made his way into the All Stars circle and slipped one past the goal line.

Deacons would then be awarded a penalty corner in the last minute, which national corner-taker Neil Franklyn put home to seal it 8 – 6 for Deacons and see them through to the final.

In the women’s semi-finals, BNB Deacons defeated a valiant Combermere School 8 – 5 and CGI Maple defeated Combermere School Old Scholars (CSOS) 4 – 3 after penalties.

After full time in the CSOS-Maple match, the score was level 1 – 1 and moved into penalties. Scoring in regulation time for Maple was Cristine Harper and scoring for CSOS was Maria Sealy.

The penalty stroke competition also ended a draw and progressed to a sudden death round where Maple’s Leslie Austin would not miss, securing Maple’s advance.In other matches, Banks’ women defeated All Stars’ women 6 – 2 in the 5th to 8th cross-over and Barbados Defence Force (BDF) men defeated the boys from Combermere School 14 – 1 in the men’s 5th to 8th cross-over.

Both BDF (men) and Banks (women) will move on to face Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) in the men’s and women’s 5th/6th match. CIBCFCIB National Sports Council will play against Combermere School for the men’s 7th/8th and against All Stars for the women’s 7th/8th.

BNB Deacons will meet YMCA in the men’s final and CGI Maple will meet BNB Deacons in the

women’s final. Competing for third place in the men’s competition will be CSOS versus All Stars, while in the women’s category will be Combermere School versus CSOS.In the Outdoor Club League at Empire Club perennial local women’s hockey powerhouses United Insurance Empire and Combermere School Old Scholars went head-to-head yesterday in the last match of the round-robin stage vying for a chance to contest University of the West Indies HC for the 2012 women’s Outdoor Club League Championship.

From the touch-off both teams pressed hard in early exchanges to gain the upper hand, but none looked to be able to break the other. Tensions were undoubtedly high as Empire veteran Sandra Jones and CSOS forward Katrina Greaves, were each issued 15 minute suspensions for unsportsmanlike conduct in the 4th minute.

The first half ended 0 – 0 with no indication of which team would pull ahead.After the restart, Empire looked more eager to score and gained an early shot at goal, which CSOS national defender Maria Sealy stopped brilliantly on the line to prevent the Empire lead and keep CSOS in the match. The two sides would continue the physical midfield skirmishes and exchanges, until Empire’s Sandra Jones received a pass into the circle and slammed it into the CSOS goal, breaking the deadlock and putting Empire Club in the lead 1 – 0 just 5 minutes from time.

Two minutes later, CSOS would give up a critical penalty corner and former junior national Jill-Marie Squires would seal the Empire win, when she too struck home and was awarded the goal. The match would finish at Empire 2 CSOS 0.In the other women’s match of the day, BNB Deacons defeated Banks 3 – 1.

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