There were some tight fixtures and a few blowouts on the weekend, as Round 5 the Barbados Hockey Federation’s outdoor classifiers continued at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex at Wildey.
On Saturday, Combermere were on the receiving end of an 8-0 pasting from Monster All Stars. Starting short of a full team and with no player in goalkeeping gear, the school team did well to keep the score down to 1 – 0 at the end of the first quarter.
All Stars’ break-time team talk seemed to jolt them into action, as they stepped up to make the half-time score 6 – 0, with goals from national forward Barry Clarke, Trinidadian Dominque Young, juniors Akobe Aymes and Raghnall Deane and also veteran national keeper (playing as a forward) Andre Boyce.
With the school’s goalkeeper playing in the second half, All Stars would only net two more via Clarke, who completed his hat-trick in his season debut.
Scorers were Mario Moore (7th minute), Dominique Young (17th), Barry Clarke (20th), Akobe Aymes (21st), Raghnall Deane (22nd), Andre Boyce (30th), Barry Clarke (31), and
Barry Clarke 37′ (FG)
In women’s action, Williams Industries Avengers and Combermere School Old Scholars (CSOS) played to a 2-2 draw.
CSOS’ Keisha Boyce made her competition debut in this match and scored a brilliant goal in the 20th minute. Avengers levelled with a penalty stroke in the 27th taken by Tammy Small.
The umpires controversially disallowed a CSOS goal late in the third quarter that would have probably sealed the match for the old scholars.
CSOS’ midfield anchor Katrina Downes had to retire hurt in the last quarter, after colliding with Avengers’ defender Shakeira Sandiford. It was a loss for CSOS and a positive game changer for Avengers.
With seconds remaining, CSOS’ Cher King made a critical mistake and turned over the ball to Tammy Small, who found national forward Cherise Mapp leading in the “D”. Mapp scored with a lovely light “no-look” touch past CSOS custodian Anaya Germain-Alleyne, levelling the scores.
Following on from their female counterparts, Empire’s men also defeated Avengers 1 – 0. Empire went ahead in the 15th after a well-placed shot from mid-fielder Che Warner.
Play continued relatively balanced for the duration of the match, with chances being created on both ends. Avengers lost focus as the match went on and seemed to let their frustrations take over.
The UWI Blackbirds ladies were in good form when they handed the previously unbeaten Maple team a 2-1 defeat.
Scoring the goals for the Blackbirds was former CSOS and current national defender D’Jamila Edwards, who made the change to the Blackbirds to assist with academic pursuits.
Despite the loss, Maple still lead the Women’s Division after four rounds
Edwards netted in the 8th and the 30th minutes while Christine Agard-Boyce responded for Maple in the 36th minute.
On Sunday, Combermere’s women found themselves on the receiving end, this time going down 2-0 to the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT).
The opening game of the day saw two evenly matched sides. BUT made the most of their “two-man” advantage and were able to get on the score-sheet twice, once in the second quarter and again in the final quarter. Lana Strickland (21st) and Shanice DeFreitas (58th) were the goal-scorers.
The Blackbirds men were in blazing form as well, dismantling Deacons 5-0.
Deacons started a goal down after being penalized for not having the required amount to start after the expiration of the first grace period.
The match played quite evenly and looked like the penalty goal would be the only entry on the sheet, until in the last minute of the third quarter, when Davier Atherley found the net beating Deacon’s custodian Ayoub Suttle.
The proverbial floodgates were opened, as the Blackbirds went on to net three more – two from the competition’s leading goal scorer Armani Prescod and one from the always exciting Akeem Rudder minutes before regulation time.
In other games played, Maple’s men beat BUT 8-0 and YMPC won 7-2 over the BDF.