Goals galore in hockey tourney

There were overwhelming victories for All Stars and Combermere School Old Scholars’ women and men as action in the Barbados Hockey Federation Indoor Hockey Classic continued at the Wildey Gymnasium yesterday.

In women’s action the Combermere School Old Scholars thrashed the Barbados Union of Teachers 6-0 with two goals from Vanessa Chewitt and Camille Pounder, Shrimattee Ault, Katrina Downes and Cher King off a penalty corner, also finding the back of the goal bars. They were equally ruthless against the Avengers in a 6-1 drubbing. Following an opening penalty, Chewitt with a brace and the talented Keisha Boyce with a hat-trick, knocked the sails out of the Avengers ladies.

Cher King was among the scorers for CSOS. (FP)
Cher King was among the scorers for CSOS. (FP)

Combermere’s ‘oldsters’ found marginally tougher opposition than their female counterparts, defeating the Barbados Union of Teachers 4-1 and drawing 2-2 with UWI Blackbirds. Against the BUT the CSOS got their goals from Kyle Brathwaite in the fifth minute, Chetwyn Henry in the 12th minute via a penalty corner, Raheem Griffith in the 17th and another penalty corner by Kamar Bovell in the 18th minute. Simeon Morris scored for the BUT in the 13th minute.

Paul Gill was in irresistible form for All Stars with a hat-trick of goals in the 15th, 18th and 20th minutes as they thumped the BUT 8-3. Also scoring for the winners were Dario Jordan in the 3rd and 16th minutes, Neil Franklin with a penalty stroke in the 10th minute, Damien Downes in the 15th minute and Jemar Small a 17th minute penalty corner. Stephen Morris scored a 2nd minute penalty corner for BUT and was again on target in the 10th minute during open play. Simeon Morris scored the BUT’s third goal.

It was not a total day of futility for the BUT, though, as they managed to eke out a 1-0 victory over the UWI Blackbirds with Zhane Richards getting the winning goal for his team.

In other matches played Massy United Insurance Empire beat Barbados Defence Force 3-2 with the winning goals coming from Akeil Craig-Browne, Laurando Davis and Akeil Trotman-Grant with Troy Waterman and Curwen Brewster getting the goals for the BDF. Combermere School Old Scholars’ women defeated UWI Blackbirds with Chewitt (10th) and Ault (18th) scoring. All Stars men beat UWI Blackbirds 2-1 with goals coming from Jordan and Gill for the winners and Shomari Inniss scoring for UWI Blackbirds. Empire defeated Avengers 4-2 with goals from Laurando Davis, Che Warner (two) and Jerome Harewood. Akeem Rudder responded with goals in the 3rd and 14th minutes. UWI Blackbirds and Combermere School Old Scholars’ men drew 2-2 with goals from Anton Cox and Justin Catlin for the Blackbirds and Kamar Bovell and Kyle Brathwaite netting for CSOS.

In one of the most exciting match-ups for the day in men’s pool 1, YMCA edged BDF 5-4 in an intense battle. Mario Moore was in sublime touch for the winners netting in the 4th, 6th and 15th minutes while Royale Trotman scored in the 5th and 17th minute. Brewster, who had a generally excellent day, also had a hat-trick of goals scoring in the 12th minute through a penalty strike, the 17th minute and the 18th minute via a penalty corner. Tremaine Bryan had opened the scoring in the 10th minute.

 In men’s pool 1, Empire lead the standings with nine points, followed by YMCA (6), Avengers (3), and BDF (0). In pool 2, All Stars are top of the heap on nine points, followed by CSOS (4), UWI Blackbirds (4) and BUT (0). In the women’s pool, CSOS lead the standings with nine points while UWI Blackbirds, BUT and Avengers are all on three points. All the teams have each played three matches in their respective pools.

 Chewitt and Boyce of CSOS are the leading scorers with five and three goals respectively while Rudder, Brewster, Jordan and Gill have each scored four goals with Catlin, Moore and Morris netting three.

Action continues this Friday from 6.20 p.m.

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