Petrotrin repeat as 'Ventures' champs
Petrotrin repeated as champions in the men's Open division of the tenth annual Ventures Invitational International Hockey Tournament following an 8-2 triumph over QPCC in a controversial, shortened final at Woodbrook Youth Facility, O'Connor Street, on Sunday night.
Petrotrin avenged an earlier 7-6 loss to QPCC in the round-robin stage.
Former Parkite, Evan Farrell fired national indoor and outdoor champions Petrotrin ahead after eight minutes, while Wayne Legerton doubled the lead three minutes later before Robert France registered QPCC's first salvo in the 14th minute for a 2-1 deficit.
The "Oilmen," who defeated Defence Force 8-2 in the semi-finals, restored their two-goal advantage when Farrell netted his second of the match.
In the second half, Petrotrin resumed their scoring, with Legerton firing in his second before teammates Farrell and Solomon Eccles added one each for a 6-1 advantage.
Jordan Reynos responded for Queen's Park with his team's second goal in the 27th minute, but Legerton then banged in quick responses in the 32nd and 34th minutes for a tournament-leading 14th and 15th goals, to push his team to the brink of the US$1,000 crown with an 8-2 cushion.
With four minutes left on the clock however, former national teammates Petrotrin's Brian Garcia and QPCC's Raphael Govia collided and players from both teams left the bench and entered the court, bringing a premature end to the final.
The tournament committee consulted with officials and awarded the match to Petrotrin.
Garcia was later voted as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
The women's final was incident free though, as Ventures I fired past last year's winners Paragon 6-4 to take home the US$1,000 top prize.
Cristina Abreu scored in the sixth and eighth minutes for a 2-0 lead before Zene Henry got Paragon on the board in the 12th minute.
US-based Arielle Cowie added a third item for Ventures in the 14th minute but Henry then added two more items in the 18th and 20th minutes to complete a first half hattrick and hand her team a slim 4-3 lead at the half.
Three minutes into the second-half, Jade Piper got Ventures level at 4-4 before Abreu hammered home two late items in the 37th and 39th to secure a hard fought 6-4 triumph.
Earlier in the semi-finals, Ventures I edged Notre Dame 4-3, led by goals from Luces and Abreu while Kristin Thompson got a hattrick in Paragon's 6-0 thumping of Ventures II.
Defence Force also repeated as champions in the Veterans Division with a comfortable 5-1 beating of Corona Fatima, with Donny Gobinsingh and former national women's captain Nicole Aming both scoring twice.
Most Valuable Player
Men Open: Brian Garcia (Petrotrin)
Women Open: Jade Piper (Ventures)
Veterans: Nicole Aming (Defence Force)
Men Open: Wayne Legerton (Petrotrin) - 13
Women Open: Kristin Thompson (Paragon) - 15
Veterans: Dean Nieves (Corona Fatima) - 9
Men Open: Ron Alexander (Petrotrin)
Women Open: Sarayah-u Plaza
Veterans: Hayden Francois (Defence Force)
Men's Open final
Petrotrin 8 (Wayne Legerton 11th, 21st, 32nd, 34th, Evan Farrell 8th, 18th, 22nd, Solomon Eccles 24th) vs QPCC 2 (Robert France 14th, Jordan Reynos 27th)
Women's Open final
Ventures I 6 (Cristina Abreu 6th, 37th, 39th, Yesenia Luces 8th, Arielle Cowie 14th, Jade Piper 27th) vs Paragon 4 (Zene Henry 9th, 18th, 20th, Avion 12th)
Defence Force 5 (Nicole Aming 7th, 29th, Donny Gobinsingh 20th, 23rd, Nicholas Wren 9th) vs Fatima 1 (Allan Young 6th)