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Repeat of finals as Ventures hockey closes

Monday, January 6, 2014
Stephanie Whiteman, left, of Notre Dame tackles Paragon's Alana Lewis for the ball during their Women's Open Division match in the 11th Ventures Invitational Indoor Hockey Tournament at Woodbrook Youth Facility, Hamilton-Holder Street, Woodbrook on Friday night. Paragon won 11-3. Photo: Anthony Harris

Having topped its group, Queen’s Park Cricket Club, a penalty shootout winner over Knott DF in the last-four stage, was a strong challenger for the men’s title, when it came up against Petrotrin in a repeat of last year’s final in the Ventures 11th annual indoor hockey tournament, which closed at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, last evening.


The men’s final flicked off after press time, as did the women’s final, which too was a repeat of last year’s title match.


In the men’s final, QPCC, which triumphed 2-1 in a shootout over Knott, following a 7-7 stalemate, was up against Petrotrin, the third-placed group finisher, which trumped Notre Dame 9-5.


Leading the way for QPCC was Jordan Reynos, who opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the 16th minute. Shawn Lee Quay came in big with a pair, while Dominic Young smashed a hat-trick.


Knott, the unlucky losing semifinalist, saw Jordan Vieira on target with a hat-trick, while Tariq Marcano scored a double.


The other men’s semifinal saw the defending champion Petrotrin ease through to the title match courtesy of a hat-trick of field goals from Dwayne Quan Chan and another hat-trick from Wayne Legerton, who scored two penalty corners and a field goal.


Among the women, Notre Dame suffered its second semifinal exit on the day, this time at the hands of the defending champion Ventures. Ventures II took to the field and edged Notre Dame 5-4, with a hat-trick from Yasenia Luces and one goal each from Cristina and Kristin Abreu.


National standout Blair Wynne scored two goals for Notre Dame in an attempt to crawl her team back into the match, while Tamia Roach and Dana De Gannes got one each.


The other finalists, Paragon, which won the women’s group, had by far the easiest route to the final, smashing The Edge 7-3. Danielle Thompson and Keima Gardiner both stuck in a pair for the winning team.


Apart from the men and women’s finals, the Veterans’ final was also played last evening after press time. The Vets final was carded between QPCC and Defence Force. There was a delay for all three finals, which according to organisers was due to issues with glare on the field.


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