The GCC hockey club got off to a roaring start on opening night of the Banks Night Hockey Tournament being held over the next two weeks, at the Thirst Park ground.
The GCC ladies started the evening with a 1-0 victory over lady rivals Hikers.
Young Aliyah Gordon, making her debut for the blue and white, was instrumental in getting past the final two defenders, before laying her pass across the face of the goal for Captain Sonia Jardine to hammer home midway through the second half.
The Hikers Generals faced off next against their junior counterparts the Hikers Cadets. While the Cadets gave up the size and experience advantages, their speed and determination balanced the odds in the dying moments of the match.
The Generals rocked the backboards in the 15th minute through a powerful Timothy Jonas shot, but their dominance of the match would fade as the game progressed allowing the nippy Travon Younge to slip one in, tying the match at 1-1 at the final buzzer.
GCC ‘B’ received a walkover from Old Fort ‘B’ in the final second division schedule of the evening leaving only the feature match-up between the first division defending champs Hikers ‘A’ and GCC ‘A’.
GCC ‘A’ took the fight to the Hikers from the opening whistle seemingly determined to reverse the outcome of last year’s clash.
Their effort, however, was met with solid defending by Robert Fernandes and Jerazeno Bell. It took almost the entire first half, before GCC gained the lead from a blistering Philip Fernandes penalty corner strike.
The second half of the match saw the Bourda boys surge further ahead through a deflection by Shaka Gill in the 30th minute to earn a comfortable 2-goal lead.
The arrival of Hikers Captain Devin Munroe coupled with a more attacking Bell in the second half began to shift the game as the Hikers were able to win several penalty corners, putting the GCC defence under pressure. Bell finally broke the spell in the 35th minute with a well-placed shot to beat the advancing goalkeeper Michael Xavier.
Gill added a second to his tally for GCC in similar fashion as he was first onto a cross from the right to slot his shot home in the 36th minute and restored the comfortable 2-goal cushion for his side.
Hikers did not go down without a fight, however, and Robert France registered a final goal for Hikers with a penalty corner strike on the final buzzer, allowing GCC to hold out for the 3-2 win.
Matches continued last evening from 18:00hrs with GCC ladies playing Old Fort ‘B’, Hikers ladies versus Cadets and GCC ‘B’ versus Hikers Generals in the second division competition, while the feature was between the Hikers ‘A’ and Old Fort ‘A’.
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