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Notre Dame, Paradise claim league titles
Notre Dame Under-19 Girls and Paradise Trinity Men captured the last two titles at stake in the T&T Hockey Board League competition on the weekend in contrasting fashion.
At the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, the Dames battled to a 1-1 draw with title rivals Shandy Carib Magnolias to take the girls’ crown.
Notre Dame started the match at the top of the table with maximum 15 points from its previous five matches, three more than Magnolias which was deducted three points and had its 6-0 win from the previous week overturned to a 0-3 loss for using an over-age player, and needed only a draw to take top honours.
After a goalless first 35 minutes, the Dames looked set to do just that, when Grace Peru scored in the 42nd minute for a 1-0 lead. But with 14 minutes left in the match, Brianna Govia provided some hope for Magnolias when she tied up the score at 1-1.
However, the Dames managed to hold onto the one point and in the end claimed the title with 16 points and a 5-1 record, three more than Magnolias, who had only themselves to blame for the mishap a week earlier.
Over at the Dwight Yorke Stadium training field, Bacolet, Tobago, Paradise was awarded a default win over Courts Malvern to end with a perfect record of 27 points from nine matches, three more than
In the U-19 Boys Division, Malvern turned the tables on Paradise and strolled to a 5-1 victory led by a double from Isaiah Romeo to make certain of their crown with maximum 24 points from its eight outings.
Meanwhile, the Men and Women Championship Division “Big-Four” was expected to flick off last night with league champion Notre Dame (men) and Paragon (women) opening up against Defence Force and Notre Dame, respectively.
Tonight the competition will continue with Magnolias facing Courts Malvern women from 7 pm followed two hours later by Queen’s Park CC and Petrotrin men.
Tomorrow is a rest day while matches will continue on Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm and 1 pm, respectively.
On Saturday, Notre Dame meet Magnolias from 2 pm and Malvern faces Paragon at 6 pm in the women’s matches. In the men, Defence Force tackles Queen’s Park (4 pm) and Petrotrin comes up against Notre Dame (8 pm).
And on Sunday, Notre Dame lock horns with Malvern women from 1 pm and Paragon meets Magnolias at 5 pm while in the men, Petrotrin plays Defence Force (3 pm), and Notre Dame entertains Queen’s Park from 7 pm.
Among the sponsors are the Ministry of Sport, Sports Company of T&T (SPORTT), Blue Waters, First Citizens, Subway and Vemco Limited (Gatorade).