May 31, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Branford, Woodroffe impress as Brydens Super Classic continues
Aroydy Branford of the Cadets was on a goal-scoring spree on Wednesday evening as the Brydens Super Classic Indoor Hockey continued, at the National Gymnasium. With a helmet trick (four goals) to his name, Branford spearheaded his team to a 5-2 victory over defending champions Hikers in an entertaining feature match of the Kellogg’s Men’s First Division Competition.
With the Hikers going ahead in the 8th minute of the match through Captain Robert France, the pace of the young Cadets overwhelmed their senior counterparts and Branford managed to complete two successful finishes by the half to see his team to a 3-1 lead.
The Hikers heard more from Branford in the second half as he hammered home his third in the first minute after the resumption and another 5 minutes later.
The Hikers long known to be a team which fights to the end managed to pull one goal back through Rayon Branford, but the Cadets defence proved too strong to allow any further breaches. The victory catapults the Cadets to the top of the table making them favourites to take the gold.
The Tetley Tea Ladies Competition saw Spice wrest control of the competition with their second victory, this time winning 3-1 over the Hikers Divas.
Although the teams seemed to take some time to settle into good play in the opening minutes, there was a strong even battle in the first half which expired without either team able to make a breakthrough.
The Spice girls, however, looking the better side, managed to break the deadlock when they earned a penalty stroke three minutes into the second half. Trisha Woodroffe converted the stroke and Samantha Fernandes completed a well-executed attack, netting a second for Spice in the very next minute to give them a 2-0 lead.
The Divas got a shot of enthusiasm as they managed to convert on a penalty corner through Marisha Rodrigues in the 25th minute, but Woodroffe sealed the deal for Spice with her second for the night in the dying minutes to secure the victory.
The Mr. Topper’s Men’s Second Division Competition saw two more big wins for Western Union Hikers and Ol Skool. The Hikers made it a dismal evening for the All Greys by dishing out a 13-1 battering which is the widest margin of victory thus far in the tournament.
Jamarj Assanah led the onslaught with 5 goals, while Michael Harding added a treble, Cove Bowman a double and Aroydy Branford, Colonel Heywood and Shaquille Adams one each. Azad DeAbreu scored the lone goal for All Greys.
Old Skool maintained their perfect run thus far also with a 6-0 defeat of lowly Saints. Alan Fernandes was top scorer for Ol Skool with 4 goals, while Damon Woodroffe and Marcus Fiedtkou added one each.
The GCC and Old Fort men’s second division match proved to be the most competitive of the evening as, despite GCC taking the early lead through a Mark Sargeant field goal in the 6th minute, Old Fort reeled off three goals in succession to take a 3-1 lead. Onmassis Fraser scored the first of his two goals for Old Fort midway through the first half and added a second field goal shortly into the second half. Terrence Shaw added the third for Old Fort giving them the 3-1 lead and confidence to anticipate a victory. Mark Sargeant, however, kept GCC in the game with two more goals of his own to compelte a hat-trick, leaving the match tied at full time on 3-3.
Matches continue this evening from 17:30hrs with All Greys versus Saints, Old Fort versus Hikers and GCC versus Ol Skool in the Mr. Toppers men’s second division.
The lone Tetley Tea ladies competitionmatch features Revelation versus GCC Tigers, while Old Fort plays GCC in the Kellogg’s men’s first division competition.
The tournament runs until Sunday evening with all matches being played, at the National Gymnasium.
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