Fiedtkou’s hat-trick enables Spartans to secure a 7-6 win over Pitbulls
SPARTANS captain Marzana Fiedtkou continued her fine form in the Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Hockey Tournament netting another hat-trick for her team in their 7-6 victory in the junior division over the Pitbulls on Wednesday evening at the National Gymnasium.With the Spartans giving up a five-goal handicap at the start to the Pitbulls, Fiedtkou’s goal-laden performance along with a double from Aliyah Gordon and an Alysa Xavier penalty corner goal, the match was sealed and they maintained their status as one of the favourites for the gold.
Junior division pool leaders, Revelation and Old Fort Shooting Stars, battled to an exciting draw 15-15.
Beginning with a seven-goal deficit, it was a race against the clock for Revelation as they wasted no time in getting onto the scoreboard in just the second minute through Tekiesha Delian. Revelation made up the deficit just before the half.
After seven unanswered goals in the first half, the game seemed all but sewn up for Revelation but the Shooting Stars seemed to have been revitalised by their half-time team huddle.
The Stars defended relentlessly in the second half to keep Revelation scoreless and surprised their senior counterparts in hanging on for the draw at full time.
The Under-19 mix managed their second victory of the competition, this time over the Hikers ladies with an 8-5 result.
With the Under-19 enjoying a four-goal handicap at the outset, the Hikers’ two goals from Charlyn Elliot and Nicole Eastman were not enough while Robert Brumell scored for the second time in as many matches for the Under-19s.
In the senior division, the Pepsi Hikers continued to steamroll all opposition as they came from behind to give Blue Steel their first loss of the competition.
With favourites Hikers beginning at 0 and Blue Steel (+7), the Hikers would have evened the score by halftime had it not been for a penalty stroke conversion for the Blue Steel by veteran Philip Fernandes.
The Hikers showed their class and superior fitness as they continued their high tempo throughout the second half emerging with the 12-8 victory and their undefeated record intact.
Kingston Hockey, featuring several players who had taken a hiatus from the game continued to impress those in attendance with their level of play.
Beginning with a +10 handicap to the Gladiators +8, Kingston managed to maintain their margin matching the Gladiators goal for goal as the match progressed.
Onassis Fraser was once again the standout for Kingston with a double strike to match that of Gladiators’ Mark Fraser.
With Kingston scoring three unanswered goals in the opening half, the Gladiators would have had to dig into their reserves to produce a stronger second half, to return to within striking distance, but Kingston managed to hold them off with a 14-12 victory.
The final senior division match saw a depleted Old Fort Viking succumb to an exuberant Saints by 12-9. Despite a hat-trick from Viking John Abrams, his side could not match the young legs of the Saints army who marched to their first victory in the competition.
The senior pool at the end of the evening finds the Pepsi Hikers sitting on top with seven points followed by Kingston Hockey and Blue Steel on six points.
GCC have four points and Saints follows on three.
The junior division finds the surprising duo of Old Fort Shooting Stars and Revelation sharing the top spot with seven points each.
The Spartans and Under-19 follow on six points each.
The tournament continues tomorrow and Sunday with the final scheduled to begin at 18:00hrs on Sunday.