Kingston Jamaica; First time female champions St. Andrew Hockey Club and second time defending male winners Circus Circle Hockey Club put out an impressive effort to win the 2013 UWI/Pelican Hockey Invitational held on Saturday, February 16 at the Mona Astro Turf.
Tournament Director, Richard Wisdom congratulates both teams on their tremendous victory and he is optimistic about the future of this tournament. “I am glad to see a growing interest from our local team, this year we had increased numbers of participants and we hope to have at least 2 international teams participating with us next year,” says Wisdom.
St. Andrew Hockey Club beat the defending champions Tropics Hockey Club 1-0, to claim the title as the new Female Champions. Captain, Camille Griffith says she is elated at her team’s efforts despite their challenges at the start, “We lost some of our best players to other clubs, but once we realized that we had players good enough to pull through, we became more confident going forward in the tournament”.
Defending champions Circus Circle Hockey Club showcased their skill and tactical maneuvers by winning the Male Championship Title 2-1, against Monroe College Old Boys Hockey Team. Monroe College took the lead 1-0 of the finals, till the last 5 minutes when Gerald Richards of Circus Circle strengthened despite his injuries to score two goals to win the tournament. “We take these tournaments very seriously. It was a very competitive event all throughout, however we were focused on winning, a few simple misses in some games that could have cost our team the victory but we with-stood whatever came at us.” says Aubyn Ferguson, Coach of Circus Circle Hockey Club.
Gerald Richards was awarded for Male; MVP and Lead Goal Scorer of the Tournament. Other awardees include:
1st Place female winning team- St. Andrew Hockey Club
2nd place male winning Team – Tropics Hockey Club
1st Place Male winning Team- Circus Circle Hockey Club
2nd Place male winning team – Munroe College Old Boys Hockey Team
Leading goal scorer- Antoinette Baxter of Tropics Hockey Club
Leading goal scorer- Gerald Richards of Circus Circle Hockey Club
Top goal keeper Female - Gillean Falloway of St. Andrew Hockey Club
Top goal keeper Male - Orville McTaggart of Circus Circle Hockey Club
UWI Hockey Invitational Leadership Award- Oshane Haseley of Monroe College Old Boys Team