Hockey festival honours Tony Cozier
It was all about remembering the late great Tony Cozier at the 31st Barbados International Hockey Festival.
Cozier, known for his domestic, regional and international cricket commentary for more than four decades, was a co-founder of the hockey festival and wore many hats while being president and former chairman of the Barbados Hockey Federation (BHF).
In addition to that he was also a former national goalkeeper and for that his name will be inscribed on the Tony Cozier Cup which the eventual winner of the women’s category will receive.
That was among the revelations made by BHF president Mark St Hill during Sunday’s opening ceremony for the festival at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex. Cozier’s immediate family including widow Jillian and daughter Natalie were present for the occasion. St Hill took over the presidency from David Rouse who is now the BHF chairman.
St Hill told spectators that Cozier’s invaluable contribution to hockey extended both on and off the field. The new president pointed out that before Cozier passed away in May he was providing counsel on the selection for the inaugural 21 inductees to the BHF’s Hall of Fame.
Apart from Cozier, Hall of Famer Winsmore Humphrey was also recognized for his contribution to the sport as a past devoted player and president. His name will be placed on the men’s trophy as the Winsmore Humphrey Cup.
During his remarks, Rouse said they were happy to welcome back a number of teams like Riverside Hockey Club, British Army ladies and Fareham Club from England. A police team from Trinidad and Tobago is also taking part in the competition.
Rouse said a lot more had to be done to attract other countries from around the region like Guyana and Jamaica to participate in the prestigious tournament as previously occurred. Rouse added that conducting a survey was the right step to finding out the reasons behind the lack of greater participation.
After the opening ceremony there were two games played in memory of the late Cozier. A Barbados women’s team took on the visiting British Army and that was followed by the men’s game between a select Barbados eleven and the Festival eleven.
Games will be played throughout this week starting today and continuing to August 27 where the finals will be played at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.