Aug 02, 2014 Sports
With competition so desperately close, four teams emerged tied on points for the lead at the end of the pool round in the junior division of the Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Competition. Surprise of the tournament, Old Fort Shooting Stars share a seven point haul with Revelation, Spartans and newcomers Under-19 Mix. The senior division sees top seed the PEPSI Hikers at the helm with 10 points, while Kingston hockey has turned in some impressive performances to secure nine points and GCC remains still in striking distance with 6 points.
Thursday evening’s matches saw a determined GCC (+3) dutifully reel in the Old Fort Gladiators (+8) reducing the five goal deficit to draw even by the half. Kevin Spencer, who has been quiet throughout the tournament, came alive to lead the first half scorers with a double followed by singles from Trevon Smith, the everlasting Damon Woodroffe and national striker Mark Sargeant. The second half was all GCC as Smith added a second, Stephen Xavier scored a penalty corner and Captain Devin Hooper closed off the opposition with a double in the final minutes to leave the score at 12-8 for GCC.
The PEPSI Hikers were in their usual unstoppable form although Saints held them to just three goals in the first half of play with the third on the buzzer. The Hikers were all business in the second half as they poured in eight more goals while Saints could only muster a double. National striker Aroydy Branford led the scorers with a 4 goal haul while teammate Jamarj Assanah continued to deliver for the Hikers, turning in a hat-trick. A Reggie Harper double and singles from George Melville and Colonel Heywood rounded out the goals for the victors. Saints managed two goals through Hilton Chester in addition to their five handicap goals, leaving the final score at 11 – 8 for the Hikers.
The Spartans faced the under-19 Mix for the first time ever with the two sharing the top spot in the junior division. The Spartans needed to make up a six-goal deficit on the under-19s to draw even at the start and began their goal tally in the fifth minute through a Dacia Woodroffe penalty corner. Aliyah Gordon was in form for the Spartans as she slammed home a hat-trick which was supported by singles from team leading scorer Marzana Fiedtkou and Alysa Xavier. Time would be the enemy of the Spartans however as they would only manage to draw even by the final buzzer leaving each team one [point each in their 7-7 draw.
The GCC Tigers zero handicap seem to be too much for them to handle as they failed once again to secure their first win of the tournament. In last night’s clash against Saints (+6), the Tigers fought bravely and managed to score 7 goals before full time but Shemar Boston and Myron Phillips spoiled their victory party with a goal each for Saints ending the match in their favour at 8-7. Tiger Ashley DeGroot remained the competition’s top scorer by adding five goals to her tally while Tiffany Solomon and Ulrica Sutherland added one each in their losing effort.
The GCC Pitbulls managed to secure a surprise victory over the Hikers ladies making use of their three goal handicap at the start. The Hikers managed to close the gap with three goals of their own but could not catch the Pitbulls who remained one step ahead finishing at 6-5.
Matches continue today and tomorrow with the finals slated to commence at 18:00hrs.
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