Apr 11, 2018 Sports
The Solo under-19 Hockey leagues featuring competitions for both boys and girls under the age of 19 years got off to a good start over the weekend. Many new faces were on display in the competition and the quality of competition seemed significantly better than that one year ago.
In the boys’ competition, Saints Sonics pulled off the largest margin of victory with an astounding 17-0 score line against the newcomers North Ruimveldt (NR) Multilateral. The GCC Pitbulls seem destined to maintain the title with two wins, while the Hikers cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Saints Splinters.
In Saturday’s highly anticipated match between the GCC Pitbulls and Old Fort, outstanding junior nationals Kareem McKenzie and Meshach Sargeant for GCC would face off against ball wizard Omar Hopkinson of Old Fort. While GCC appeared the more complete side with the edge on possession, Old Fort’s quick counter-attacking raids always seemed a dangerous threat. With the first half coming to a close and no goals on the sheet, the diminutive Sargeant finally got the breakthrough for his side with a drive into the scoring circle and well-placed shot past the Old Fort Goalkeeper. Not surprisingly, McKenzie would be the other name on the GCC score sheet just after the break with a powerful shot.
While Hopkinson and the rest of the Old Fort crew created several chances, the staunch defence marshalled by Samuel Woodroffe kept them scoreless, giving GCC a 2-0 win at full time.
GCC also defeated Joseph’s Warriors the following afternoon 2-0 with goals being scored by Tariq Nelson and Seth Jeffrey.
Hikers, featuring a litany of Garnett brothers and cousins took on the Saints Splinters in what turned out to be a tougher battle than anticipated. Prolific goal scorer Baraka Garnett pulled off a hatrick of goals in the last 5 minutes of play to decide the match which was dead even up to that point. The Splinters fought bravely but ran out of steam in the end and conceded to the stronger side.
With NR Multilateral playing their first ever competition, Saints Sonics took full advantage of their home court familiarity to score maximum goals. The experienced Troy Hodge led the scorers with 6 goals, Hilmar Chester added 4, Edmond Chinian 3, Shakeem Fausette 2 and Shemar Boston and Malique Ferreira added one each.
In the girls’ competition, Bingo Spartans made light work of the GCC Hurricanes with a 12-0 victory. Speedy striker Abosaide Cadogan was the top-scorer of the match with 5 goals while Alana Cheung scored a hat-trick, Makeda Harding added 2 and singles were scored by Madison Fernandes and Sarah Klautky.
The Saints girls rounded off the weekend’s matches with a 4-1 victory over St Joseph’s. Talented athlete Charlia Webb scored the opener for Saints in the 10th minute and Cherub Autar scored the team’s second on the halftime buzzer. Although St. Joseph’s managed to pull one goal back just after the break through Jasmaine Assanah, Autar was in unstoppable form and hammered home two more to complete her hatrick and a 4-1 final score for the Saints win.
Matches continue on Saturday and Sunday at the St. Stanislaus College ground.
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