Assanah and Harding stand out
Hikers Hockey Club’s junior team experienced mixed fortunes last weekend in Trinidad, competing in that country’s junior Easter tournament. Shaquelle Assanah and lone female Macaela Harding were the outstanding players during the tour.
On day one Hikers played two matches in the Tri Nations tournament against the Trinidad and Barbados national under-19 teams, they went down 0-4 and 1-6 respectively. With Trinidadian guest player Mark Ayen being the lone goal scorer for Hikers.
On day two Hikers under-16 team missed out on a place in the semi-finals when Fatima scored a buzzer beater penalty corner to win that game 2-1, with Shaquelle Assanah scoring for the Guyanese side. They had earlier defeated Tobago combined with the lone goal of the game coming from Clarence Edwards, after loosing to SHAPE 0-2 earlier in the day. Hikers then returned in the evening to stun eventual winners Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 in the Tri Nations tournament.
Hikers under-21 team took the momentum from that big win into the third day and played creditably to finish tied with Malvern for third in the group stage. Hikers star player Shaquelle Assanah continued his fine showing with a double to down Bajans Fuh Real 2-0. It was Assanah again taking his team to a 1-0 win over SEPOS, before Aroydy Branford and Michael Harding joined the party to exact revenge against Fatima with a 2-1 win. Hikers two defeats in the group stage were at the hands of Notre Dame and Malvern, both by 1-0 margins. An exhausted Hikers team then fell to their heaviest defeat of the tournament when they went down to the Bajans 0-6 on the final day of the Tri Nations tournament, after trailing 0-1 at half time.
The stand out of the tournament however was Hikers lone female competitor Macaela Harding who played exceptionally well, helping Bishop’s East High School to third place in the under-16 event by scoring two goals against Holy Name Combined and St. Augustine Girls High School.
It was in the under-21 tournament however that Harding showed her true value to Notre Dame when she scored four of the team’s five goals in the group stage. Harding scored both goals in her adopted team’s 2-0 defeat of Magnolias B, she also scored the winner against M. H. Checkers and chipped in another in Notre Dame’s 2-1 defeat of South East High School. Notre Dame ended up placing third in the under-21 tournament, with Harding coping the prize for highest goal scorer in the girl’s competition.
Hikers will now turn their focus to preparing their juniors for the upcoming local season where they are the defending 1st and 2nd division champions.
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