It’s not every day that I wake up cursing.
Three different players were on target as Defence Force stopped Notre Dame from extending its lead at the top of the T&T Hockey Board Men's Championship Division with a 3-1 spanking at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Monday night.
Shane Legerton put the Army/Coast-Guard combination ahead as early as the third minute before Kirth Davis (21st) and Marcus James (22nd) added goals in quick succession for a 3-0 advantage.
Four minutes before the break Shaquille Daniel got a goal back for the Dames to give his team hope of a second-half revival.
However, Defence Force held firm defensively without adding to its own tally to secure a third win from four matches for nine points and fourth on the table ahead of Courts Malvern on goal-difference.
With the loss, the Dames still stayed top with 22 points from 10 matches, a mere point ahead of Queen's Park CC which has two matches in hand.
On Sunday, national men’s player Jordan Vieira scored a pair of goals as Fatima added to the woes of four-time defending champions, Petrotrin with a 2-1 upset.
Vieira opened the scoring as early as the second minute which his team carried into the half-time interval before Evan Farrell replied for Petrotrin in the 42nd, only for Vieira to snatch all three points for his team in the 59th.
It was only the second win from 10 matches for Fatima now with seven points, the same as Paradise, while Petrotrin suffered a fifth loss and remained third on 13 from ten matches.
Veteran former national captain Stacey Siu Butt scored goals in each half as Shandy Carib Magnolias climbed to the top of the Women's Championship Division with a 7-3 mauling of long-time rival, Ventures on Tuesday night.
Siu Butt opened the scoring in the 16th and added another in the 73rd while Chin got a double in the 38th and 70th for Magnolias who led 2-0 at the half-time interval.
Brianna Govia (35th), Jessica Lee (53rd) and Shanniah De Freitas (67th) chipped in with one each for Magnolias now with 17 points from eight matches, one point ahead of Paragon, with each team having two and three matches remaining respectively.
For Ventures, Emerald Piper (44th) and Yesenia Luces (50th) had briefly pulled their team to within one goal at 2-3, while Karissa Wyke added a late third consolation item.
SC Magnolias 7 (Stacey Siu Butt 16th, 63rd, Kristi-Ann Chin 38th, 70th, Brianna Govia 35th, Jessica Lee 53rd, Shaniah De Freitas 67th) vs Ventures 3 (Emerald Piper 44th, Yesenia Luces 50th, Karissa Wyke 68th)
Defence Force 3 (Shane Legerton 3rd, Kirth Davis 21st, Marcus James 22nd) vs Notre Dame 1 (Shaquille Daniel 31st)
Fatima 2 (Jordan Vieira 2nd, 59th) vs Petrotrin 1 (Evan Farrell 42nd)
Harvard Checkers 1 (Sekayi Liburd 29th) vs Notre Dame 1 (Jeanine Drakes 40th)
SC Magnolias 5 (Brianna Govia 14th, 34th, 44th, Alicia Waithe 22nd, Jessica Lee 60th) vs Courts Malvern 2 (Krizia Layne 46th, Daniella Martin 55th)
Women’s Championship: Harvard Checkers vs Courts Malvern, 8 pm
Mixed Veterans: Courts Malvern vs QPCC, 7 pm
Men’s Championship: Defence Force vs Notre Dame, 8.30 pm
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