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Hard court hockey scores big

Last Sunday saw the second day of games for the Purity Hard Court Hockey 5s come off as scheduled at Bagatelle, St Thomas. Here the format defintely lived up to the hype as some 30 goals were scored from the night’s four games.

Without question the highlight of Sunday night was the second game which turned out to be a goal-fest between Legends and ROGCOL Royals that ended even-steven at 6-6.

Barbados Hockey Federation secretary, Kofi Hinds of ROGCOL Royals (in bib) under the watchful eye of ex-national stalwart Maria Sealy of Legends in their 6-6 thriller Sunday. (Photos by Maynard2 Photography)

Barbados Hockey Federation secretary, Kofi Hinds of ROGCOL Royals (in bib) under the watchful eye of ex-national stalwart Maria Sealy of Legends in their 6-6 thriller Sunday. (Photos by Maynard2 Photography)

In what seemed to be a relatively easy day at the office, Legends opened and then doubled their lead through national standout Neil Franklin and national teammate Shonkeel Wharton very early in the first half.

Never really out of the fight Royals steadied the ship and replied in kind with strikes from ex-national workhorse Jamar Lashley and national defender Marlon Daniel.

Dario Jordan wasn’t having any of the Royals comeback antics and quickly added two of his own to the contest taking the teams in 4-2 to Legends at the half.

Dwayne Webb added his two cents to the affair with another for Royals soon after the restart and true to form Lashley added another two, completing his hattrick to even the score.

Legends in all sorts of problems at this point were almost dealt a death blow when national U21 captain D’Jamila Edwards found the back of the net to put Royals in the lead with 2 mins to go.

Royals managed to pull a point out of fixture after much marshalling and hard words from senior players finally resulted in Shonkeel Wharton finding his second on the night to ensure the share.

In the first game of the night SMC Communications Vigilantes went under 3-2 to Strike Force; goals by Angela Thompson and Timothy Parris for the Vigilantes and Akeem Rudder, Chere King and Mark Murray for Strike Force.

The third fixture saw HE’s Construction Services Saints share the spoils with Spirit 3-3. There were goals by Kris Holder, Akobi Aymes and James Godding for Spirit and a hattrick for Aaron Forde of Saints.

The final fixture on the night saw CM Catering Zionites go under to Simplex Trading Vikings 5-2 with goals by Laurando Davis, Keron Taylor (2), Derwin Burrowes, and Omar Drakes for Vikings and Damien Downes and Mario Moore netting for Zionites.

The next round of games are scheduled to be played on Sunday October 23 at the James Bryan Complex, Market Hill St. George. At 5:45 p.m. CM Catering Zionites v Legends; at 6:30 p.m. Saltfish v HE’s Construction Services Saints; at 7:15 p.m. Eagles v ROGCOL Royals; at 8 p.m. Strike Force v Spirit; and at 8:45 p.m. Legends v Simplex Trading Vikings.

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