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T&T men and women hammer Venezuelans

By Mark Pouchet

Trinidad and Tobago women's dominated Venezuela outplaying the Latin Americans to score a 5-1 victory at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua yesterday in the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) World League tournament.

Meanwhile in men's play last evening, T&T thumped their Venezuelan counterparts 8-2.

It was a vast turnaround against an admittedly lesser skilled and physical Venezuelan team than the Uruguayans, who got the better of the local squad 2-0 Tuesday.

But the T&T team still had to win the game.

And they did so with some flair.

As in their second game against Uruguay, Blair Wynne was the inspirational player for the T&T team from whom most of the attacking influence came. But the Venezuelans found it difficult to check her runs and forays from midfield to the final quarter.

In a rapid-fire opening, T&T's pressure paid off with a Wynne shot from a penalty corner. Wynne sized the shot up and blasted home from the top of the 'D' after ten minutes, past Venezuelan goalkeeper Eva Montes.

The Venezuelans were still unsettled by the constant T&T forward play when they managed to scramble a close range shot one minute later.

The flurry of T&T attacks continued with a slew of penalty corner efforts that failed to change the scoreline.

But virtually on the blow of the half-time buzzer, Wynne took advantage of a square pass to top of the 'D ' where she scooped up the ball and moved to the right past two Venezuelan defenders before she fired to the back of the net for a 2-0 half-time lead.

T&T replicated their first half dominance and two attacks down the left flank led to Dana Lee De Gannes firing home from close range after a surging Wynne run and a link-up with T&T's Yesenia Luces; and then captain Alana Lewis scooping past a Venezuelan defender after an infringement outside the D to slap home low for a 4-0 scoreline after 40 minutes.

T&T's Arielle Du Quesnay would further cement her country's superiority in the 56th minute before Venezuela's Jessika Barrios scored a consolation goal six minutes from the end of regulation.

T&T take on the league-leading Canadian team today from 5 p.m.

Yesterday's FIH scores

Women

Canada 11 (Sara Mc Manus 2-2nd, 50th, Brienne Stairs 8th, Marian Dickinson 2-13th, 26th, Stephanie Gardiner 14th, Casshia Kerrington 2-19th, 31st, Jocelyn Mitchell 38th, Poonam Sandhu 55th, Katherine Gillis 62nd) Barbados 0

Uruguay 5 (Ana Binnes  7th, Ana Lateulade 11th, Anastasia Solari 34th, Lucia Lapiedra 46th, Sofia Forni 53rd) Guyana 1 (Gabriella Xavier 62nd)

T&T  5 (Blair Wynne 2-10th, 35th , Dana Lee De Gannes 37th, Alana Lewis 40th, Arielle Du Quesnay 56th) Venezuela 1 (Jessika Barrios 64th)

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