A contingent of Guyanese hockey players, playing under the name Loco Motion emerged victorious in the Veterans category of the Brooklyn All-stars International Indoor Tournament which was held at the Champions Field-house in Rockville, Maryland recently.
Loco Motion Vets blew away all opposition and played unbeaten in the tournament, before recording a resounding 7-4 victory over the DC Dragons in the final.
The Guyanese men’s team, while failing to complete the double, picked up the silver medal after going down in the final of the Open Division to the Washington Wizards by a 10-5 margin.
Vice-captain of the national women’s team Tricia Fiedtkou, the lone female competitor from Guyana, also tasted her own share of success after playing as guest player with the gold medal winning Golden Eagles out of Brooklyn in the Ladies segment.
In an invited comment, coordinator of the local contingent, Ivor Thompson, indicated that while the tournament was smaller than initially planned with only 12 teams competing, the attendance of the Guyanese was most valuable.
This marks the first time ever that a team from Guyana has competed in hockey on US soil and many former Guyanese players travelled great distances and battled the somewhat hostile weather to witness the tournament and rekindle old friendships with the locals.
“We were able to show that Guyana’s hockey is still of a high standard, and teams are eager now for Guyana to return in the future,” Thompson said.
“This has also encouraged teams to more seriously consider making the trip down to Guyana to compete in our own international indoor competition – the Diamond Mineral Water International Indoor Hockey Festival”.
According to Thompson, the tournament was of a good standard and co-ordinator and former Guyanese national player, Jeremy Roberts has indicated plans for an even bigger event next year.
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