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Defending veterans’ champions, Y’s Guys produced another convincing win this morning in the ongoing Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.-sponsored Barbados International Hockey Festival.

The tournament now in its 32nd year continued today at the Barbados Football Association’s AstroTurf, Wildey, St Michael.

Y’s Guys, seeking to lift the title for a second consecutive year, looked good on day three of competition against A Bad Connection (ABC) whose backline was oftentimes exposed, giving Y’s Guys attackers enough room to swing for their 4-1 victory.

The men from Pinfold Street in the City took a 1-0 lead through Ovando Bowen rather early in the exchanges and defended well to ensure ABC did not equalize at the conclusion of the 20-minute opening half.

The second and decisive half commenced shortly after and ABC attacked forcefully in the midfield in an effort to break Y’s Guys rhythm. But even though Khevyn Williams found the back of the nets, Y’s Guys scored three additional goals thanks to Bowen with his second of the match, along with Rohan Thomas and Roger Bailey. That surely was the nail in the coffin as Y’s Guys with a few noticeable former national players such as Ralph Watson dominated and secured a comfortable victory.

Shakira Gill of Barbados Defence Force (second left) took a wonderful shot but was denied by Du Badd defenders in the mixed game. (Picture by Morissa Lindsay)

In another veterans’ contest, Maple and All Stars displayed a strong showing today on the turf with the game appearing as though it was heading for a penalty shoot-out when Maple’s Dale Walkes turned up as the hero, a minute before the game concluded compliments a shot taken in the 39th minute for the 1-0 win

Two-time defending women’s champions ABC were dethroned last year by British Army Ladies. However, the latter have not returned this year to defend their title, therefore giving ABC every possible opportunity to lift the Tony Cozier Trophy once again this year.

ABC convincingly trounced Raptors 5-0 in the women’s pool with goals from the hockey sticks of Trish Ann Greaves with two and one each from Tammisha Greaves, Keisha Boyce and Cher King.

Du Badd also put five goals past the Raptors men when those two teams met at the Barbados Hockey Federation turf this morning, just next door to the football playing surface. Kamar Bovell and Jamar Lashley walloped two goals each for Du Badd along with one from Kofi Hinds.

It was a good day for the Du Badd crew as they also registered a 3-1 win in the mixed game against Barbados Defence Force (BDF). Aaron Forde nailed two goals and Jamar Lashley one while Rohan Pollard had the lone goal for BDF.

In action yesterday, ABC defeated Barbados Defence Force 3-0 with Laurando Davis scoring a hat-trick. In the match-up of veterans. New York Islanders defeated Diekeulen 3-1 while All Stars won 1-0 over Bluez Ole Sticks. Retired police officer and a stalwart on the field for that organization for many years, Melbourne Taylor, scored for the winners.

The Barbados Defence Force registered a good 1-0 win over the strong Rockets team with a first-half goal coming compliments of Curwen Brewster.

In women’s action, ABC beat Stevenson University 3-0 with goals from Cher King, Patrina Brathwaite and Tammisha Small. The American institution was not without cause for smiles on the day, however, as they walloped the UWI team 6-0.

There were a few stalemates on the day with Look Fuh Points and Du Badd drawing 1-1 while Y’s Guys and Maple also played out a 1-1 draw.

In a frenetic mixed encounter between ABC and UWI, the latter eventually emerged winners by virtue of penalty kicks, 4-3.

On Monday’s opening day of action, ABC started their title defence with convincing wins, 3-0 and 2-0, over All Stars and Bluez Ole Sticks respectively.

In the mixed competition, Rockets also started their title defence well against Raptors smashing the competition 7-0. In their other outing they went under to ABC in the penalty shootout after all was tied at full time.

In the women’s play, ABC, last year’s runners-up, played aggressively against UWI to emerge with a convincing 2-0 result. Look Fuh Points went under in the first game of their title defence to UWI 2-1 and in their second game of the day they found winning form, dispatching ABC 3-1 in a high-paced encounter.

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