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Hockey women qualify in World League

By Mark Pouchet mark.pouchet@trinidadexpress.com

Trinidad and Tobago's senior women's hockey team qualified for the next round of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) World League when they shut out Barbados 7-0 at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua, yesterday, to finish third in the standings.

T&T join Canada and Uruguay in round 2 of the World League, to be held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in February, 2013.

Canada topped the group with a perfect record and 15 points from their five matches, while the Uruguayans earned 12 points for second spot with a 4-1 record. The T&T women got nine points from their five games with a 3-2 record, good enough for third.

The local squad's latest victory was their most emphatic as they outclassed the Bajans.

Although they started slowly, the T&T women's team warmed to the task and promptly got on the scoreboard when Belgium-based Blair Wynne produced some magic with a flick over an on-rushing Barbadian defender's stick, before she slapped home on the half volley from the top of the "D" in the fourth minute.

T&T's ability to push the attack despite wayward passes cracked the Bajan resolve.

In the 22nd minute, from a penalty corner, Wynne flicked through her legs to captain Alana Lewis, who made it 2-0.

The local squad's continuing forward pressure would pay no further dividends in the first half. But T&T ushered in five goals in the second period of play.

Forward Dana Lee De Gannes slapped home from close range after 44 minutes. Kryzia Layne managed to eke out a goal following some scrambled play in the Bajan's penalty area. Captain Lewis scored from a penalty stroke in the 61st minute to secure her double. Defender Arielle Williams' miscued shot from a Sekayi Liburd set from a penalty corner caught everyone sleeping, especially substitute Barbados goalkeeper Ingrid Gaskin. And Kristin Thompson's close-range strike rounded off the goal-scoring in the 69th minute, the 7-0 result sending T&T through to the land of Samba.

FIH Scorecard WOMEN Canada 1 (Katherine Gillis 6th), Uruguay 0 Guyana 1 (Gabrielle Xavier 29th), Venezuela 1 (Genesis Sanz 25th) at the end of regulation time Venezuela won 2-1 in a penalty shoot out T&T 7 (Blair Wynne 4th, Alanna Lewis 22nd, 61st, Dana Lee De Gannes 44th, Krizia Layne 54th, Arielle Williams 63rd, Kristin Thompson 69th), Barbados 0

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