The Guyana male and female hockey teams continued their unbeaten runs through the CAC qualifier being held in Kingston Jamaica with just one game each remaining in their pool round. The top two finishers in their pool will contest the final on Sunday and will secure the final two available spots in the 2018 CAC games scheduled for Columbia in July.
The ladies took the field first in the Thursday afternoon sun against so far unbeaten Bermuda. Both teams needed a win in order to stay in firm contention for a final spot in the competition. Bermuda, despite being considered underdogs due to world ranking and previous head-to-head record, decided to apply a high press on the Guyanese which created several dangerous turnovers and gave them the upper hand in the opening minutes.
Guyana’s deep defence of Ulrica Sutherland and Captain Trisha Woodroffe however kept their defence air tight and along with a few saves by Briawna Gordon in goal, kept the game scoreless. As the game wore on, the Guyanese superior fitness saw the tide of the match begin to turn and by midway into the second half, Guyana seemed destined to score first.
Gabriella Xavier who had been having a solid game for Guyana, making several forays into the Bermuda danger area converted a well-executed penalty corner in the 38th minute while Marzana Fiedtkou took the score to 2-0 in similar fashion 3 minutes later. The goal of the match however came in the 46th minute when veteran striker Kerensa Fernandes intercepted a pass from the Bermuda defence and sent a bullet of a reverse shot high into the Bermuda net to give Guyana the 3-0 lead and win.
The Guyanese men faced Panama in their day’s match up and the men seemed determined to upstage the performance of the ladies. Despite a fairly even opening five minutes, the Guyanese men put on a masterclass of hockey against the newcomers to hockey, Panama. A penalty stroke conversion by Aroydy Branford in the 9th minute marked the beginning of the end for Panama as Branford would score 3 more in the match, Jamarj Assanah 2 and Robert France 2. The goal of the match was the final one however, which took the Guyana tally to nine, when a shot was rebounded by the outstanding goalkeeper Aldahir Ornano and Jael Gaskin sent a blistering shot back into the net before Ornano could blink.
In the women’s competition, Jamaica gave Puerto Rico their first loss by 2 goals to nil while Guatemala managed to secure their first win of the competition by 1-0 over Panama. Guyana now sits in second place in the pool behind first place Jamaica with one match remaining for each team. Bermuda follows in third then Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Panama.
The Guyanese men sit on top of their pool with Jamaica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Panama making up the rest of places in that order.Add to Favorites