CHICALAYO –– Barbados’ women have advanced to the final of the Pan American Hockey Challenge in Chicalayo, Peru.
Today they drew 2 -2 with hosts Peru and will now play Brazil in Sunday’s gold medal match. Their spot in Sunday’s final also means that Barbados have qualified for the elite 8-nation 2017 Women’s Pan American Cup in Lancaster, USA. The Pan American Cup is the FIH’s Hockey World Cup qualifier for the Pan American region.
Barbados finished top of the pool standings today with eight points from four games, following two wins and two draws. Brazil and Peru finished with identical records but finished second and third respectively because of an inferior goal difference to the Bajan women.
In their match-up against Peru today Barbados needed only to draw to make the finals and they took the game to the hosts and kept on fighting from the first minute to the final whistle.
Barbados opened the scoring in just the fourth minute with a penalty corner conversion from the experienced Trician-Ann Greaves, giving Barbados the lead in the first quarter.
The home side would not give up so easily though, and with one minute left before the first break, 25-year-old Ximena Ardiles finished for Peru levelling the scores at 1 – 1.
The second quarter saw no movement in the score line as both teams kept their nets free of the ball. But a determined Peru earned a penalty stroke in the 37th minute, which was taken and scored by Marianella Alvarez giving Peru an important 2 – 1 lead deep into the third quarter. It was very short-lived however, as the Barbados women quickly bounced back and scored the equalizer seconds after the restart off the stick of young Ayanna Wilson, making it 2 – 2.
Barbados continued to press Peru for the remainder of the match and defended their goal to see out the last minutes of the final quarter and earn an important point.
Yesterday in their game against Brazil Barbados were not at their best but still managed to emerge with a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Brazil drew first blood when Alexia Carvalho found the back of the goal in the 18th minute. The South Americans would maintain that one-goal advantage going into the half-time interval.
Barbados, while benefiting from most of the possession for the majority of the game, remained scoreless into the third period.
Then an excellent solo effort from Keisha Boyce in the 56th minute led to Barbados finally breaking back into the game. The skillful power forward has managed to score in every outing in Chiclayo so far, and she came to the fore once again to ensure that Brazil shared the points.
The Bajan women were buoyed by outstanding performances from Tammisha Small, Wilson and Shani Best and they kept them in the hunt until the fourth period of the match where most of the game was played in Brazil’s defending quarter.
Barbados team: Camille Pounder (captain), Dr. Kristina Hinds-Harrison (GK), Takirsha Cambridge, Vanessa Chewitt, Tammisha Small, Tricia-Ann Greaves, Patrina Brathwaite, Katrina Downes, D’Jamila Edwards, Shani Best, Cher King, Keisha Boyce, Ayanna Wilson, Jada Prescod, Aleina Stanford, Nakisha Downes, Amaris Chase, Sheena Nicholls (GK)