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Women aiming for 3rd in Rio

By Mark Pouchet

Women's national hockey team manager Jameel Beharry says his side can realistically come third, echoing the predictions of his counterpart for the Men's hockey team Kirth Davis.

The national women's team flies out to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil today for the second round of the FIH World Hockey League.

After they dominated the first round hosted here at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua last October, Beharry says better teams will ensure a stiffer competition for his charges. Only the top two teams will advance to the next round of the league.

"Scotland, USA, Chile are all ranked above us and will be tough to beat although we feel that with a little luck we can get the better of Chile," said Beharry. He added that Uruguay and hosts Brazil are the other teams in the six-team competition.

"Even Brazil at home will be a tough proposition although we think we have the measure of Uruguay. All in all though, we'll be taking it one game at a time," he said.

Beharry added that although they lost five regulars, including Patricia Wirght-Alexis and Dana Lee De Gannes, from the first round due to scholastic and work commitments, the women's team has been strengthened by the return of experienced players like journey woman Oire Trotman and the retention of the inspirational Blair Wynne, "So we have a balanced team that will put up a good fight and be able to compete creditably with the others," Beharry said.

Captain Alana Lewis, who skippered the team back in October retains her position and will be looking to lead the women's side to some solid performances in Brazil.

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