Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hockey women qualify in World League

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


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