Out-of-favour national forward Wayne Legerton scored a hat-trick as Petrotrin repeated as champions in the men’s Open Division of the tenth annual Ventures Invitational International Hockey Tournament following an 8-2 triumph in an ill-tempered final at Woodbrook Youth Facility, O’Connor Street, on Sunday night.
Going into the match, the Parkites were eager to prove their last gasp 7-6 win over the Oilmen in the round-robin stage was no fluke.
However, former Parkite, Evan Farrell fired the national Indoor and Outdoor champions, Petrotrin ahead after eight minutes while Legerton doubled the lead three minutes later before Robert France got Queen’s Park on the board in the 14th minute for a 2-1 deficit.
The Oilmen, brimming with confidence following their 8-2 spanking of previously unbeaten Defence Force in the semifinals, restored their two-goal cushion prior to the half when Farrell netted his second of the match.
Within a minute of the restart Petrotrin resumed their onslaught, with Legerton firing in his second before team-mates Farrell (22nd) and Solomon Eccles (24th) added one each for a 6-1 advantage.
With the minutes ticking away, Jordan Reynos provided some hope for Queen’s Park with his team’s second goal in the 27th minute, but Legerton then banged in a quick brace in the 32nd and 34th minute for a tournament leading 14th and 15th goals, to push his team to the brink of the US$1,000 crown with an 8-2 cushion.
But with four minutes left on the clock, a collision between former national team-mates, Petrotrin’s Brian Garcia and Queen’s Park’s Raphael Govia resulted in a fracas and clearing of both team benches, which brought a premature end to the final.
After consultation, the tournament committee awarded the match to Petrotrin while Garcia was also voted as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The women’s final was less of a spectacle as former national captain, Cristina Abreu fired in a hat-trick to lead host Ventures I past last year’s winner, Paragon 6-4 to take home the US$1,000 top prize.
Abreu and national forward scored in the sixth and eighth minute for a 2-0 lead before Zene Henry got Paragon on the board followed a leveler by national defender Avion Ashton in the 12th minute.
US-based Arielle Cowie added a third item for Ventures in the 14th minute but Henry then added two more items in the 18th and 20th minute to complete a first-half hat-trick and hand her team a slim 4-3 lead at the half.
Three minutes into the second-half, Jade Piper got Ventures level at 4-4 before Abreu hammered home two late items in the 37th and 39th to secure a hard fought 6-4 triumph.
Earlier in the semifinals, Ventures I edged Notre Dame 4-3 led by braces from Luces and Abreu while Kristin Thompson got a hat-trick in Paragon’s 6-0 blowout of Ventures II.
Defence Force also repeated as champions in the Veterans Division with a comfortable 5-1 beating of Corona Fatima with Donny Gobinsingh and former national women’s captain Nicole Aming both scoring twice.
Most Valuable Player
Men Open: Brian Garcia (Petrotrin)
Women Open: Jade Piper (Ventures)
Veterans: Nicole Aming (Defence Force)
Men Open: Wayne Legerton (Petrotrin) - 13
Women Open: Kristin Thompson (Paragon) - 15
Veterans: Dean Nieves (Corona Fatima) - 9
Men Open: Ron Alexander (Petrotrin)
Women Open: Sarayah-u Plaza (Ventures I)
Veterans: Hayden Francois (Defence Force)
Petrotrin 8 (Wayne Legerton 11th, 21st, 32nd, 34th, Evan Farrell 8th, 18th, 22nd, Solomon Eccles 24th) vs QPCC 2 (Robert France 14th, Jordan Reynos 27th)
Ventures I 6 (Cristina Abreu 6th, 37th, 39th, Yesenia Luces 8th, Arielle Cowie 14th, Jade Piper 27th) vs Paragon 4 (Zene Henry 9th, 18th, 20th, Avion 12th)
Defence Force 5 (Nicole Aming 7th, 29th, Donny Gobinsingh 20th, 23rd, Nicholas Wren 9th) vs Fatima 1 (Allan Young 6th)