Mixed fortunes for Bajans

Team Barbados have had a mixed start to the 2017 FIH Men’s Hockey World League Round Two in Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago.

Opening their tournament against Chile, the local boys went down 2-1 in a gutsy showing for the aquamarine and gold. The lone item came from national standout Akeem Rudder from a penalty corner conversion. The Hockey Tridents looked in good stead for their grudge match with the USA after losing out on the gold medal at World League Round One late last year.

Akeem Rudder (centre) with his scoring drag-flick against Chile.

USA, however, had written their own version of the story and in the Hockey Tridents’ second outing took them to task in a 7-1 drubbing.

USA opened their account in the tenth minute through veteran midfielder Pat Harris. They added another one minute later, through Tyler Sundeen. Second-quarter action would see Bill Holt add another to the USA’s tally. Eight minutes later Aki Kaeppeler would bury a USA penalty corner making the half-time score 4-0 in the USA’s favour. Nine minutes after the restart, Nick Molscan would finish a USA build-up adding yet another to the growing tally. Pat Harris would secure his second goal of the game with a brilliantly taken shot in the 50th after play broke down from a USA penalty corner.

Che Warner would end the scoring when he managed a consolation for the local boys converting a penalty stroke seven minutes before the end of the encounter.

The Hockey Tridents now look forward to Canada in their final pool match on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. local time. With quarterfinal match-ups at stake the Barbados men will be trying to have a strong showing against the tournament favourites, while hoping for the USA to do the business against Chile. If they get favourable results tomorrow the Bajans can avoid the top seed in the neigbouring pool, as they try to keep hope alive for reaching the top tiers of the crossover.

The FIH Hockey World League Round 2 is the second stage of the FIH’s four-stage World League competition. The top two teams from this Round will join other Round Two finishers in the World League Semi-Finals, to vie for a place in the eight-team World League Finals and World Cup Qualification.

Quarter-final matches play on Thursday, March 30th, with the semi-finals and final scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Matches are being streamed live on the FIH’s YouTube Channel.

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