Sparked by a six-goal tally from national forward Kristin Thompson, Paragon opened its defence of the 10th annual Ventures Hockey Club’s Invitational International Indoor Hockey Tournament women’s title with an 18-2 thrashing of US visitors Fear None I, at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, yesterday.
Thompson was aided by Rolanda Cuffy-Bernard, who scored an impressive four goals, followed by Danielle Thompson and Avion Ashton, each scoring a brace, while Keima Gardiner, Alanna Lewis, Arielle Williams and Nikita Cudjoe scoring one each.
Fear None could only muster a soft response from Ashley Jones and Chelsea Davis, who were on target with just one goal.
In the men’s division, defending champion Petrotrin and Queen’s Park were in action after press time, last night.
The day opened with a clash of the host as Ventures’ first team faced the second-level outfit and escaped with a narrow 2-1 win.
Outstanding national player Yesenia Luces, captain of Ventures’ first team, scored within two minutes of play, but that failed to issue the exciting finales which the following matches produced.
Luces’ goal was followed 12 minutes later by a reply from Ventures II through Anya Sealy who netted the equaliser.
The deadlocked score was soon broken by a quick response by none other than Luces again, whose goal in the 19th minute was enough to salvage the win for the first-team outfit.
The third match was one to be remembered. The second-team outfit of travelling club Fear None fared much better, but in the end lost out by virtue of a second-to-last minute item from Blair Wynne, who scored her fourth goal of the match to steal the match 7-6 for Notre Dame in an exciting, evenly contested encounter.
Wynne’s national teammate and clubmate Arielle Du Quesnay scored a brace, while Tamia Roach scored the other goal for Notre Dame.
In the Men’s Veterans division, Notre Dame edged St Martin in what too was a thrilling match-up. With four minutes remaining in the match, Notre Dame went from trailing 4-2 to win the match 5-4.
Notre Dame’s Selwyn King scored his first goal of the match in the 27th minute. This was followed less than a minute later by Scott Dopson’s equaliser, his third goal of the match.
The ‘Dames’ finally tumbled St Martin with King’s second and most important goal of the encounter. Colin Thompson, coach of Paragon Women played as a guest and scored a double.
The first Veterans match between national champions Queen’s Park and Defence Force failed to begin, with the latter taking a default win.
Ventures I v Fear None II, 12 pm
Ventures II v Fear None I, 2.30 pm
Fear None II v Ventures II, 4.40 pm
Fear None I v Notre Dame, 7 pm
Men’s Pool A
Notre Dame v Malvern, 1.40 pm
Petrotrin v Notre Dame, 6.20 pm
Men’s Pool B
Fatima v Paragon, 3.50 pm
Defence Force v Fatima, 8.30 pm
Defence Force v Fatima, 3.10 pm
Queen’s Park v St Martin, 5.30 pm
Ventures I 2 (Yesenia Luces 2) v Ventures II 1 (Anya Sealy)
Paragon 18 (Kristin Thompson 6, Rolanda Cuffy-Bernard 4, Danielle Thompson 2, Avion Ashton 2, Keima Gardiner, Alanna Lewis, Arielle Williams, Nikita Cudjoe) v Fear None I 2 (Ashley Jones, Chelsea Davis)
Notre Dame 7 (Blair Wynne 4, Arielle Du Quesnay 2) v Fear None II 6 (L Schott 4, M Springmeyer, L Mc Cormick)
Men’s Pool B
Defence Force 6 (Shane Leggerton 3, Marcus James 2, Mickell Pierre) v Paragon 2 (T Baptiste, Syl Sinnette)
Notre Dame 5 (Scott Dopson 3, Selwyn King 2) v St Martin 4 (Gordon Snow, Colin Thompson 2, Paul Dijkoltz)