Empire double up

Empire hockey teams.
Empire hockey teams.

The finals of the 2013 Barbados Hockey Federation Indoor Hockey Classic concluded in style on Thursday night at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.

Deacons came up against Combermere for the women’s third place and Deacons men took on All Stars for the third spot. United Insurance Empire Club and Combermere School Old Scholars battled it out in both the men’s and women’s finals.

In the first game Combermere, in their second such third place match, were comfortably swept away by the Deacons women, who took the match 3 – 0. Scoring for Deacons were veterans Corlette Kellman with two goals and Pamala Forde, one.

All Stars men took the third place play-off with a comfortable win over Deacons. Rodney Legall would register first for the Stars in the 10th minute and would be closely followed by team-mate Jeffrey Webb, who scored in the 15th and again a minute into the second half.

Ten minutes from time, junior national Marlon Daniel made the best of a mid-court turnover, burying the ball into the Deacons goal, making the final score 4 – 0 to All Stars.All Stars’ Jeffrey Webb was also named Most Outstanding Defender.

In a keenly contested women’s final, 2012 champions Combermere School Old Scholars took on United Insurance Empire Club again in defence of their title. CSOS opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a solidly taken penalty corner conversion from the stick of former national Maria Sealy.

Two minutes from half-time, Empire women responded with a brilliant goal from young Ayanna Maughan making the half-time score level at 1 – 1. With the second half underway, the match continued evenly with both sides creating good chances and providing solid defence.

It would be Empire’s Dionne Clarke who broke the stalemate 10 minutes before time making it 2 – 1. In the dying seconds, CSOS forward Keisha Boyce would create a final opportunity for her team, but could not convert making the final score 2 – 1 to Empire.

Boyce, along with Empire’s Dionne Clarke, was the leading goal scorer in the women’s division.

Combermere School Old Scholars men then attempted to capture the championship that eluded them last year, facing off against the United Insurance Empire Club. Empire missed the semis last year on goal di���!Q)

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