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T&T stickmen chase Pan American bronze meets USA in playoff
T&T’s country’s senior men’s hockey team will be going after their best ever finish at a Pan American Cup, when they tackle rivals USA for the bronze medal from 4.30 pm in Brampton, Toronto, Canada, today. In two previous appearances of the tournament which is now in its fourth edition, T&T had finishes of fourth in 2004 in London, Canada, and fifth four years ago in Santiago, Chile, while the Americans were runner-up to Canada in Chile after a seventh placed finish in Canada 2004 and fifth in Cuba, 2000. Today, though, both teams will enter the bronze medal contest on the back of contrasting semifinal defeats with T&T going under to regional powerhouse Argentina 8-0 while USA fell 1-0 to host Canada.
Despite the heavy loss to the world tenth ranked South Americans, the Darren Cowie-led “Calypso Stickmen” will be brimming with confidence for the clash with USA, which it defeated 4-3 on penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in the FIH World League Round Two encounter back on March 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Back then the Glen “Fido” Francis-coached T&T team was without the experienced England-based 35-year-old Kwandwane Browne, who has played 291 matches for the national team , 27-year-old Kiel Murry (58 caps) and 29-year-old Wayne Legerton who has made 87 appearances for T&T. When both teams last met at the Pan American Cup in 2009, USA came from 3-1 down to earn a 4-3 triumph.
The local squad ranked 30th in the world and seeded seventh for the competition will also be eager to end a two match losing streak, after starting off with impressive 5-2 and 5-1 victories over Brazil and Chile respectively, which was followed by the 3-1 loss to Canada in its Pool B decider, and the whipping by the Argentines. USA, on the other hand was blasted by Argentina 8-0 as well but rebounded to beat Uruguay 12-0 and Mexico 3-2 for second spot in Pool B ahead of its narrow semifinal loss to North American neighbours, Canada. In today’s final, Canada will put its title on the line against 2004 winner Argentina with the champions qualifying for next year’s Men’s World Cup in The Hague, Holland, while the top six teams qualify for the 2017 Men’s Pan American Cup.
Teams placed seventh and eight will play in the 2015 Men’s Pan American Challenge. Argentina has already qualified for the World Cup after their superb performance at the recent FIH World League semifinal in Johor, Malaysia, where they finished second to Germany, but ahead of England and Korea. If, however, they win in Brampton, the runner-up would not benefit from an automatic World Cup berth. In today’s two early matches, Brazil and Uruguay clash for seventh spot from 9 am, while Chile tangles with Mexico for fifth.
Pan Am Hockey Cup Results
Fifth to eight semifinals:
Mexico 3 (Francisco Aguilar 46th, 64th, 67th) vs Brazil 2 (Matheus Borges 20th, 28th)
Chile 14 (Vincente Martin 19th, 37th, 50th, Martin Rodriguez 6th, 33rd, 46th, Alexis Berczely 28th, 61st, Thomas Krussig 65th, 70th, Jaime Zarhi 20th, Nicolas Renz 42nd, Raimundo Valenzuela 50th, Sven Richter 56th) vs Uruguay 0
Argentina 8 (Gonzalo Peillat 29th, 34th, 63rd, Lucas Rey 39th, Lucas Vila 45th, Guillermo Schickendantz 52nd, Juan Aguilleiro 52nd, Leandro Tolini 55th) vs T&T 0
Canada 1 (Sukhi Panesar 10th) vs USA 0
Today’s playoff matches:
Seventh: Brazil vs Uruguay, 9 am
Fifth: Mexico vs Chile, 11.30 am
Third: T&T vs USA, 4.30 pm
Final: Argentina vs Canada, 7 pm
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