Two reasons to celebrate

United Insurance Empire Women’s hockey champions.
United Insurance Empire Women’s hockey champions.

United Insurance Empire’s Women last night hammered Avengers 7-0 to capture this year’s Barbados Hockey Federation’s Hockey 7s National League Final at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Astroturf.

It was one-way traffic throughout with Empire opening their account in the second minute through Charlia Warner. Before Avengers could really regroup Ayanna Wilson had made it 2-0 in the third minute and the floodgates were opened. Shanice Clarke added a third goal and then Warner went on a rampage.

The skillful markswoman completed her beaver-trick in fewer than 20 minutes with strikes in the 15th, 20th and 30th minutes as the Avengers’ defence was rendered totally impotent. And for good measure, Dionne Clarke added the seventh goal in the 40th minute.

The men’s final was a much more exciting and closer affair with Empire completing their hockey domination with a hard-fought 6-5 win over Deacons.

Deacon’s Derwin Burrowes opened the scoring in the very first minute but Che Warner responded four minutes later. Empire then took the lead through Laurando Davis in the ninth minute.

The Deacons team then played some exciting hockey in search of an equaliser and were rewarded by a double-strike from the speedy Neil Franklin in the 15th and 26th minutes to give his side a 3-2 lead. But once again, it was Warner who proved to be Empire’s saviour with a crucial 36th minute goal to tie the scores at 3-3 as regular time expired.

In the ensuing shoot-out Deacons’ Shonkeel Wharton and Jabari Walcott both netted as did Warner and Paul Gill for Empire to leave the game still at stalemate. However the sudden death shoot-out would finally separate the two teams when Warner’s goal completed an excellent night’s work for Empire to give the club cause for double celebrations.

Warner emerged the tournament’s most successful marksman with 38 goals while Deacons’ Corlette Kellman was the leading markswoman with 23 goals.

On Tuesday night in the third-place play-off matches Combermere School Old Scholars (women) beat CGI Maple 3-0, while CSOS’ men defeated All Stars 3-2. (WG)

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