Hockey champions to be decided Saturday

The final of the 2016 International Barbados Hockey Festival is set and University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds are on their way to defending the Mixed title after edging Du Badd Crew 6-5 on penalties.

UWI and A Badd Connection (ABC) were the most impressive of the teams Friday at Kensington Oval. ABC progressed into the women’s and veterans’ finals respectively, while UWI will seek their second title tomorrow when they take on Look for Points in the men’s final.

University of the West Indies Blackbirds celebrate after defeating Du Badd Crew 6-5 on penalties to reach the mixed final. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
University of the West Indies Blackbirds celebrate after defeating Du Badd Crew 6-5 on penalties to reach the mixed final. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

The first set of semifinal showdowns saw Rockets emerging with a superb 7-0 win over ABC in Mixed action, compliments one goal each from Dario Lewis in the 19th and 47th minutes, Shakira Sandiford 22nd, Mario Moore 37th, Jamila Edwards 39th, Tiffany Belle 40th, Rohan Thomas 45th.

Rockets’ goal scorer Dario Lewis (second left) did well to control the ball away from Laurando Davis of A Badd Connection in their mixed semifinal match.
Rockets’ goal scorer Dario Lewis (second left) did well to control the ball away from Laurando Davis of A Badd Connection in their mixed semifinal match.

UWI battled Du Badd in Mixed action and it went down to the very end after Du Badd came from behind to tie the scores 3-3 and forced the match into a penalty shoot out and after one round of sudden death the lads from Cave Hill began to celebrate thanks to goalkeeper Kemar Holder-Edghill who came up with a big save that ultimately sealed the win.

Brian Corbin (right) scored a simple goal for YY’s Guys against All Stars.
Brian Corbin (right) scored a simple goal for YY’s Guys against All Stars.

That was then followed by the two respective veterans semifinal games between the victorious ABC against Maple on court one and YY’s Guys team against All Stars on Oval two. In the end it was ABC with a quality line up that included Mark Owen and Jaco Crouse that earned them a 3-2 success. The other match-up was not so close as YY’s Guys took a comfortable 4-1 triumph over All Stars.

Christine Harper (left) and team-mate Vanessa Johnson (third left) teaming up on Lucy Butler of British Army who are through to the women’s final.
Christine Harper (left) and team-mate Vanessa Johnson (third left) teaming up on Lucy Butler of British Army who are through to the women’s final.

Around 3 p.m. the women took to the field and UWI came up against ABC who came out on top 2-0 thanks to goals from Cher King and Tammy Small. Meanwhile the British Army ladies trounced Maple 5-1 in the other women’s semifinal.

The finals are set for Saturday at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.

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