The 28th Annual Barbados International Hockey Festival begins on Sunday and runs until August 31.
The festival’s opening will be held at the Cricket Legends Pavilion on Fontabelle, St. Michael commencing at 7 p.m. Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley is expected to open the tournament officially.
Once again this year the festival will be played completely on natural grass surfaces. The festival’s pool matches (Monday to Wednesday) will be played at the Spartan Cricket Club Grounds at Queens Park, Bridgetown, St. Michael and the Police Sports Club Grounds, Weymouth, St. Michael. The semi-finals and finals will be held at Kensington Oval. United Insurance Empire Club, Bank Hall, St. Michael will be held as a reserve ground. Matches commence each day at 9:30 a.m. and will run until 5:30 p.m.
This year will see competition in men’s, women’s, mixed and veterans categories. There are over 12 local teams, three regional teams and the Durham Jesters from the United Kingdom which will be competing in the men’s division.
Hockey aside, many social events are planned over the week-long competition including a beach fun day, a cruise and various other social events.