Hockey fest ends today
The committee for the Barbados International Hockey Festival has already began planning for next year’s event which the organisers say will be bigger and better.
Chairman of the committee, David Rouse, told Barbados TODAY at Kensington Oval this morning that his committee would be going after sponsorship as soon as this year’s festival concluded.
“We find using Kensington Oval has been a plus for us and in our celebration of thirty years coming up next year we expect that to be a pretty big festival. We will be seeking sponsorship because this festival is in its 29 year and it is ranked one of the top five in the world,” he said.
Rouse admitted the festival has become low key and one of the reasons for that was the state of the Astro-turf at Wildey which he said was in need of repair and that had deterred some of the overseas teams.
“We normally get ten to 15 international teams on an annual basis. To date this year we have two international and two regional teams but what we have outside of that is a number of international players and regional players who come and play with our local teams so it is not lost to everybody,” the chairman said.
He added that 32 teams participated in the festival this year and they were considering whether to move the event closer to Crop Over.
“One consideration going forward is whether we should move the festival up to the end of Crop Over so that persons could come in for Crop Over, jump for the Kadooment and then start the festival on the Wednesday,” he said.
In semi-final action of the festival today, in veterans action, ABC beat the Barbados Defence Force 9-1 and Maple won 6-2 over All Stars. In women’s play, ABC defeated UWI 5-0 and Du Badd won 4-0 over Empire. In men’s action, ABC defeated All Stars 4-3 via penalties and Du Badd won 6-1 over Empire. In mixed play, ABC defeated Trinidad and Tobago Police 4-1, while Du Badd won 2-0 from UWI.
In finals action tomorrow at the Oval, ABC take on Maple in the veterans; in mixed action ABC play Du Badd; ABC take on Du Badd in women’s action; and All Stars will play Du Badd in men’s play. Hockey action starts at 12 p.m.