The PEPSI Hikers men, GCC Tigers ladies and Hickers vets all remain unbeaten going into the final day of the Diamond Mineral Water International Indoor Hockey Festival as action continued yesterday at the National gymnasium.
Old Fort seemed on the cusp of a major upset in the men’s division of the competition when they found themselves up by 2 goals in the opening three minutes of play when they squared off against pre-tournament favourites and National champions, the PEPSI Hikers. The Stephon King and Jason DoSantos opening goals for Old Fort however seemed to awaken the Hikers as the latter upped a gear and began to control the tempo of play. Within two minutes, Travon Younge sprinted the full length of the court to be in position for a pass just beyond goalkeeper Tony Cole to open the Hikers account. Jamarj Assanah slammed home a double with singles from Devin Munroe and Andrew Stewart to give Hikers a commanding 5-2 lead by the half.
The pace settled somewhat in the second half but Old Fort could find no solution to penetrate the well organised Hikers defence. The Hikers Michael Harding would be the lone scorer of the second half with a goal in the 35th minute to see his team through to the 6 – 2 victory and a place in the semi-finals. With the Hikers defeating GCC by 7 – 2 later in the evening, they enter the semi-final round unbeaten and face the under-19s who finished fourth in the pool round. GCC will face Old Fort in the other men’s semi-final.
The GCC Tigers hardly broke a sweat as they annihilated the Old Fort Shooting Stars by 10 – 0 in the opening ladies fixture of the evening. The victory has propelled the Tigers into the final as overwhelming favourites as they have won each pool tie by convincing margins. Spice upstaged a fighting Hikers ladies team by 3-0. Young striker Aliyah Gordon once again proved a menace for the Hikers defence and scored two goals with the third being scored by veteran Tricia Fiedtkou. Although the Hikers got a few good attempts at the Spice net, fine goalkeeping from Natalie Hing in the Spice goal kept them scoreless.
The lone veteran’s fixture of the day saw Old Old Fort secure a place in the final against the Hickers by defeating Carib Hockey Club of Trinidad 4-3.
Hikers defeated Old Fort by 6 – 2
Goals: Hikers – Jamarj Assanah 2, Travon Younge, Devin Munroe, Andrew Stewart, Michael Harding. Old Fort – Stephon King, Jason DoSantos.
Under-19 defeated Renegades by 5 – 1
Goals: Under-19 – Mark Sargeant 2, Kareem McKenzie, Aroydy Branford, Daniel Hooper. Renegades – Dwight McCalman.
GCC defeated Saints by 8 – 0
Goals: GCC – Kevin Spencer 2, Raphael DeGroot 2, Leonard George 2, Andrew Xavier, Steven Xavier.
Hikers defeated Renegades by 8 – 0
Goals: Hikers – Jamarj Assanah 3, Devin Munroe 2, Shane Samuels, Randy Hope, Travon Younge.
Old Fort defeated Saints by 7 – 5
Goals: Old Fort – S. Sprosta 3, Aderemi Simon 2, Jason DoSantos, Mark Fraser, Stephon King. Saints – Robert Fernandes, Yonnick Peters, Taise Seepaul, Kwesi Lewis, Joel Hunte
GCC defeated under-19 by 4 – 3
Goals: GCC – Stephen Xavier 3, Orland Semple. Under-19 – Aroydy Branford 2, Mark Sargeant.
Old Fort defeated Renegades by 4 – 1
Goals: Old Fort – Jason Dosantos 2, Shaquille Thomas, Ascofu Simon. Renegades – Dylan Francis.
Under-19 defeated Saints by 5 – 2
Goals: Under-19 – Aroydy Branford 3, Leon Bacchus 2. Saints – Kevin Edwards, Joel Hunte.
Hikers defeated GCC by 7 – 2
Goals: Hikers – Robert France 2, Jamarj Assanah 2, Devin Munroe, Andrew Stewart, Shane Samuels. GCC – Kevin Spencer 2.
GCC Tigers defeated Old Fort Shooting Stars by 10 – 0
Goals: GCC – Ashley DeGroot 5, Sonia Jardine 3, Trisha Woodroffe, Kerensa Fernandes.
Spice defeated Hikers by 3 – 0
Goals: Spice – Aliyah Gordon 2, Tricia Fiedtkou.
Old Old Fort defeated Carib by 5 – 3
Goals: Old Old Fort – John Abrams 2, Dexter Wyles, Anthony Marcano, Dwayne Allen. Carib – K. Ramsammy, Andre Durant, Nigel Simon.
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