Three school hockey teams from the UK visited Trinidad to participate in matches against local youth teams at the National Hockey Centre, Eastern Regional Sports Complex, Tacarigua recently.
The schools were Latymer Upper School, King Edward’s High School and Forest School (boys and girls), coached by UK based Trinidad and Tobago international Dillet Gilkes.
The results of these matches were mixed, with local teams, comprised mainly of players engaged in the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board’s Youth Development Programme offering good competition for the visitors.
Some of the local standouts from the various matches contested were Daniella Cabralis, Kristen D’Abreau, Chelsea Dey and Kherdine Gonsalves on the girls’ side whilst Kristen Emmanuel, Lyndell Byer, Che Modeste and Kelon Skerritt stood out in the boys’ matches.
The TTHB’s Youth Development Committee thanked the UK hockey teams for visiting the country in preparation for their domestic season as it offered opportunities for technical and cultural exchanges. It also boosted Trinidad and Tobago as a viable sports tourism option.
According to a TTHB release, faced with limited financial resources the visit also offered the Hockey Board an opportunity to expose the participants in its Youth Development Programme to foreign competition as the national Under-21 teams prepare for the next Junior Pan American Hockey Championships in 2016.
Latymer School (UK) 0 Girls Schools Major League A 7
Latymer School (UK) 0 Girls Schools Major League B 1
King Edward’s High School (UK) 3 TT Combined (Girls) 1
Forest School (UK) 0 Paragon (Girls) 1
Forest School (UK) 2 TT EAST (Boys) 6
King Edward’s High School (UK) 10 Raiders (Girls) 0
Forest School (UK) 1 Harvard Checkers (Girls) 0
Forest School (UK) 1 TT EAST (Boys) 1
King Edward’s High School (UK) 2 TT Combined (Girls) 1
Forest School (UK) 4 Courts Malvern (Girls) 3
Forest School (UK) 1 TT EAST (Boys) 2
Forest School (UK) 0 Ventures (Girls) 1
Forest School (UK) 4 Paragon (Boys) 1