Bounty GCC and Pizza Hut Ladies dominated the season opening event which was organised
by the Guyana Hockey Board on Sunday, at the National Stadium, Providence.
The one-day tournament which was a collaboration between Bounty/Antonio’s Grill saw Bounty GCC beat Pepsi Hikers 3-2 in a penalty shootout after regulation time ended 3-3.
Aroydy Branford and Jamarj Assanah for the Hikers and Kevin Spencer and Kareem McKenzie for GCC all scored their penalties, before Hikers Andrew Stewart’s effort landed just wide of the post after a fine save by goalkeeper Medroy Scotland.
Fittingly, Most Valuable Player (MVP) Dwayne Scott had the final say in the match and succeeded by the narrowest of margins as his initial shot hit the left upright post, before he pounced on the rebound to put in into the net for the win.
Earlier, the eventual victors, Bounty GCC took a different path to the summit as they lost a close duel to the defending champs, Hikers by 3-2 in the early rounds.
With the Hikers playing unbeaten right up to the final, they entered as heavy favourites in their rematch against GCC who had brushed aside Old Fort by 5-0 in their semi-final.
The two sides produced some wonderfully entertaining hockey in an unforgettable men’s final
with Scott, particularly outstanding in defence for the Bourda side in thwarting several Hikers raids on goal even when he found himself outnumbered.
The Pizza Hut GCC ladies took advantage of the stage by defeating all challengers and completing their dominant showing with a 5–0 victory over the Woodpecker Hikers in the final.
Pizza Hut GCC stormed through the women’s competition scoring 33 goals in five matches and only conceding one.
Tournament Most Valuable Player, Aliyah Gordon of Pizza Hut amassed a leading 11 goals for her team which was almost double the next highest goal-scorer in the competition.
After a spirited first half in the women’s final that saw the Woodpecker Hikers contain GCC to just one goal, the Pizza Hut ladies rattled in 4 more unanswered goals in the second half for the easy victory.
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