– Two T&T trips earmarked as part of preparations
The Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) has short-listed its top female players to commence training for the upcoming Central American & Caribbean Games scheduled for July 22 – 31 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
According to a release from the Board training will commence from Monday at 17:30 hrs at the GCC ground under the guidance of national coach Philip Fernandes and his assistant Rawl Davson.
The final squad will be selected before the end of March from the players called.
Guyana has never been represented by a women’s team at the CAC Games so this will mark a historic first.
After a resuscitation of the women’s game in 2001, Guyana has entered only two women’s international competitions resulting in their second place finish in a tri-nation tournament against Venezuela and Brazil in 2005 and a 4th place finish in the Caribbean Cup of 2007.
Guyana’s last appearance in the CAC Games took place in Puerto Rico as well when their men’s side secured 5th place out of 8 teams in 1993.
Both coaches will be very familiar with the conditions and what can be expected from the competition as Assistant Coach Davson was the right back on the 1993 squad, while Fernandes took time out from his studies abroad to join the technical team on the bench.
According to Coach Davson “The ladies will have their work cut out for them. There are no weak sides in the CAC Games and all of the countries except for Guyana have their own artificial pitch”.
In the preparation schedule between February and July, the squad is required to travel twice to Trinidad & Tobago on weekend trips to familiarise themselves with hockey on an artificial pitch. This increases the cost of preparation and attendance at the games significantly, but the coaching staff considers it critical if the ladies are to perform well at the Games.
The schedule includes training sessions three days during the week with an additional weekend day for practice matches.
Those included in the squad are:
Alysa Xavier, Tonza Sarrabo, Natalie Hing, Tracey Atkinson, Jonelle Webster, Trisha Woodroffe, Sonia Gordon, Tiffany Solomon, Vanessa Pires, Wendy Boodhoo, Vashema Bourne, Tricia Fiedtkou, Marzena Fiedtkou, Thalia Fiedtkou, Makini Harry, Marisha Rodrigues, Sonia Jardine, Shondell Durant, Maria Munroe, Chantelle Fernandes, Cora Towler, Amanda Garnett, Brennette Gordon, Ulrica Sutherland, Carol Caine, Gabriella Xavier, Dominique DeGroot, Kerensa Fernandes and Avonda James.
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