The top hockey clubs continue their consistency in dominating the podium and this year’s GT&T National Indoor result will be no different. The GCC completed a successful final pool round night of competition where they managed to qualify for a spot in each of the 5 competitions of the tournament. The Hikers also dominant in recent years showed their class once again by securing four final spots out of the five, while Old Fort vets managed to stay alive in the veteran’s competition securing that final spot.
With the Hikers first division men securing maximum point in the first round of competition, their supporters were stunned when Old Fort managed to secure an upset victory by 4-3 margin in the opening first division clash of the night.
Despite not making it onto the score sheet, national striker Aderemi Simon was once again the key player in Old Fort’s success by creating difficulties for the Hikers both in defence and offense. Old Fort led from the beginning with goals from Dwayne Allen and young, promising, Richard Heyliger in the opening minutes.
Randy Hope, Shane Samuels and Robert France would each manage to score for the Hikers in the second half of play but coach/player Chris Low kept Old Fort from slipping behind with a goal of his own before Allen would score his second and the game-winner eight minutes from the end.
The Hikers would return later in the evening for the final pool match against GCC with Old Fort’s hopes hanging in the balance as they needed to see a resounding Hikers victory for them to edge GCC for a place in the men’s final. Orlando Semple’s brilliant deflection goal in just the fourth minute would sink Old Fort’s hearts and set the tone for the match as a visibly tired Hikers side never found the rhythm that had made them so successful in the first round.
While Semple would stamp his authority of the game as its lone scorer with two more goals for GCC to complete his hat-trick, goalkeeper Michael Xavier was equally effective for the Bourda side by pulling of several fine saves to keep his clean sheet.
The Hikers ladies, with their backs against the ropes having lost to the GCC Spartans in the first round, needed to come away with a second round win to secure a spot in the final. After an even run in the opening minutes, it took newcomer Sade DeVeaux to break the deadlock in the fourteenth minute with national striker Avonda James adding a second five minutes later to give the Hikers a 2-0 lead at the half. The teams would earn a goal each in the second half with Hikers Cora Towler and GCC’s Marzana Fiedtkou being the players on target. The resulting 3-1 victory for the Hikers earned them the coveted spot in the final.
GCC needed a victory over Police in the final match of the men’s second division competition to ensure a place in the final and the Bourda boys were all business. Steven Xavier and Shaka Gill each slammed home 4 of the GCC’s 11 unanswered goals in the match with Trevon Smith, Marcus Fiedtkou and Andrew Xavier adding one each.
The finals were played last evening.
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