Barbados rout Guatemala
The Barbados Senior Men’s Hockey team bounced back in fine form against Guatemala with a 11-0 drubbing yesterday in the 2016 FIH Hockey World League Round 1 Tournament, being played in Salamanca, Mexico.
This came after Barbados’ opening 3-1 loss against USA on Tuesday.
Barbados needed a strong win against Guatemala, to boost their chances for a spot in the final on Sunday, after hosts Mexico defeated the Guatemalans 7-0 on Tuesday.
The Bajan lads wasted no time scoring their first goal as early as five minutes in, through the brilliance of Akeem Rudder. His attacking midfield peer, Mario Moore, scored shortly after the restart to get his name on the score sheet – also in the 5th minute. Moore would score twice more in the 12th and the 44th minutes to finish on a hat- trick, equaling Rudder, who netted twice more in the 28th and the 34th, completing his hat-trick as well.
The star of the show though was forward Che Warner who earned his beaver trick by scoring in the 18th, 23rd, 35th and 44th minutes of the rout, showing the Guatemalans no mercy.
Shonkeel Wharton would also get his name on the score sheet, easing one past Guatemalan besieged custodian Pablo Lopez in the 59th minute, bringing Barbados’ tally to 11.
The next 11 minutes of regulation time would play out with no goals scored on either side, but Barbados had done enough to secure a strong position heading into their next round-robin match against hosts Mexico – a must win game for a finals berth against standings leaders USA, who bested both Mexico and Barbados in their matches 2-0 and 3-1 respectively.
The winner of the tournament progresses automatically to the Round 2 tournament, currently scheduled to be played in Trinidad and Tobago in early 2017.
The FIH Hockey World League is a 4-Tournament world-event series and a qualifier for the FIH Hockey World Cup, where nations attempt to book one of the 8 available places for the Finals Tournament in December 2017.