Diamond Mineral Water Hockey Festival…

The Hikers team pose with their Trophy

6IX Men’s, Pizza Hut ladies and Hikers
Vet’s win respective groups

THE 6ix Men’s team from Canada emerged men’s division winners by reversing their pool round loss against Bounty GCC with a 5-1 victory, while the Pizza Hut GCC Women dominated the women’s division with a final record of 10 unanswered goals against the Old Fort Shooting Stars, and the Hikers made its four Carib veteran’s titles by cruising to a comfortable 5-1 win over Carib HC.
Although the final score ended solidly in favour of the Canadian side, The 6ix, the high temp of the match and the skill of both sides drew rapt attention and loud applause from the crowd throughout the battle. The teams appeared evenly matched in the opening minutes of the game which saw fine goalkeeping from both goalkeepers, MVP’s Pradeep Koonar for The 6ix and GCC’s Gregory Garroway.
As the crowd waited in anticipation for someone to break the deadlock, that task fell to Canada’s Jonathan Roberts in the 12th minute as he turned a half-chance into a goal with perfect control and accuracy.
The diminutive Satnam Dosanjh would play the game of his life as he followed Roberts with a field goal on either side of half-time with clinical finish. GCC’s Kevin Spencer, who had been having a solid tournament for the local side, produced one of his trademark drag flick goals with a diving finish to keep his team within striking distance in the 24th minute.
Bickram Kandola however restored the three-goal margin for The 6ix by catching the GCC defense napping with his quick free hit and shot to take the score to 4-1.
As GCC poured all players forward in an effort to turn the match, young Jugraj Kalkat found himself free in the scoring circle, and with only the goalkeeper to beat, made it a 5-1 victory for the Canadians.
The Pizza Hut GCC ladies put in a supreme performance in the women’s final to deliver a 10-0 beating of the Old Fort Shooting Stars.
The experienced side boasting several national players controlled the game and dominated possession from start to end earning them their fifth trophy in the competition’s 11 years.
Ashley DeGroot led the charge with a hat trick, Sonia Jardine and Kerensa Fernandes scored doubles while Aliyah Gordon, Rebecca Xavier and Shebiki Baptiste each scored one for the victors.
The Veterans’ final saw the Hikers cruise to their 4th title in a row. Jerazeno ‘Skillaxe’ Bell scored three of the Hikers’s five goals while Devin Munroe and Robert Fernandes scored the other two.
Kevin Adams was the lone goal scorer for Carib.
A number of individual incentive prizes were presented at the closing ceremony of the event inclusive were:
the Most Promising Female (MaryAnn Murray), Most Promising Male (Omar Hopkinson), Men’s Most Valuable Player (Jeewan Bath), Women MVP (Sonia Jardine) and Veterans (Kern Ramsammy).
Also the Best Goalkeeper awards were handed out to Pradeep Koonar, Sarafina Phillips and Sheldon Corlette in the Men’s, Women’s and Veteran’s categories