Combermere’s hockey teams added to their school’s rich history of success as they impressively captured both the senior boys and girls’ titles this afternoon in the finals of the Schools Hockey League.
Playing today at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus’ AstroTurf, Combermere’s girls edged Harrison College 2-1 in an exciting contest, while their boys were much more dominant, whipping Christ Church Foundation School [CCFS] 4-1.
It was the school’s fifth hockey title of the year, having won three Schools’ League titles to go along with two from the Indoor hockey competition.
Christopher Goodluck of Combermere was named Most Outstanding Player in the senior boys and even though he did not score in the finals, his teammates Kyle Merritt with two goals and Stephen Morris and Tyreek Rayside who each scored once, delivering big performances.
In the boys’ final, CCFS actually opened the scoring through striker Peter Alleyne. Alleyne, who was named the top player in the Under-15 division, received a good pass from the half line and after weaving his way through Combermere’s defense, nailed his shot pass goalkeeper Clint Small ten minutes into the game to give his side a 1-0 lead.
Combermere was unable to equalize before that half ended, but responded early in the fourth minute of the second half through Merritt who found an opening in the defense.
One minute later, a breakdown in CCFS’s defense presented Morris with an opportunity and he dutifully smashed his shot pass goalkeeper Zarique Harewood to make it 2-1.
Morris was on the attack once again from the right and after delivering a lovely pass to Merritt, he made it 3-1 with a fantastic hook shot.
Rayside then added his name to the score sheet, chipping his shot past a bemused Harewood to seal the deal for Combermere.
Combermere’s coach Cher King said the key reasons behind their success was the solid foundation and fundamentals they introduced during physical education sessions at the school.
“We encourage them to come play. Combermere has a long tradition in hockey and we would like to keep it like that, so we like to encourage players to come out [and] try it and if they like it, we develop and enter them into these sort of competitions for exposure.
“Overall I think both the boys and girls have a lot to do and we are willing to work on them. We take our program very seriously, especially with the history that we have, so we are just willing to put in the hard work and get results,” King said.
King said the game plan for the final was to play as a team.
“It does not matter who scores the goals. It is always the team’s goal, so overall I am pleased with the work that we put in especially during [the] summer vacation,” she said.
In the girls’ final Combermere took the lead through Most Valuable Player Alyssa Lorde in the ninth minute, but Harrison College –– who were in their third consecutive final –– responded a minute later when midfielder Aaliyah Griffith’s pass found Adrianna Forde who took care off business and equalized in the tenth minute.
It was a tense contest which could have gone either way, but in the end Jada Prescod, who recently returned home with the successful Barbados women’s hockey team that won gold in Rio, showed her class when she scored off a penalty corner and sealed the game for Combermere.
The boys from Waterford also won the Under-15 boys title ahead of runners-up Harrison College, while in the School League’s Under-13 division, Grantley Adams Memorial reigned supreme over Harrison College.
Meanwhile in the indoor competition CCFS took the boys title and Harrison College the Under-13 boys. The most outstanding players each received hockey sticks compliments past president of the Barbados Hockey Association, George Bennett, managing director of CRS Building and Maintenance Sydney Blenman and Trophy World.