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Wynne keeps Dames in Big-Four hunt
National forward netted a pair of second-half goals as Notre Dame blanked Courts Malvern 2-0 to end with seven points from their three matches in the T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship Division “Big-Four” competition at he National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, yesterday.
Wynne got her goals in the 47th and 52nd minutes for the Dames, who needed Shandy Carib Magnolias (two points) to deny newly crowned league champions, Paragon (five points) a win in regulation-time in their clash last night to secure the title.
Should Paragon win in the 70-minute contest then it will finish with eight points, one clear of the Dames, while a shoot-out victory will earn it two points to end level with the Dames on seven each and the title to be decided by goal-difference.
On Saturday night, four different players were on target for Paragon in its 4-1 come-from-behind whipping of Malvern to add to its penalty-stroke shoot-out win over Notre Dame when the tournament flicked off on Wednesday night.
The Malvernites, who were coming off a penalty-stroke shoot-out loss to Magnolias on Thursday took the lead in the fourth minute through former national forward Oire Trotman.
However, that lead only lasted two minutes as Zene Henry drew Paragon level before national and club captain Alanna Lewis and international team-mate, Kristin Thompson scored in the 26th and 32nd minute respectively for a 3-1 advantage at the half.
Six minutes into the second-half, Pauline Joseph put the icing on the cake for Paragon with her team’s fourth goal.
The Dames meanwhile, edged Magnolias 2-1 with Patrina Brathwaite scoring a 59th minute.
Earlier on, Tamia Roach had fired the Dames into a fourth minute lead but two minutes before the break, Elise Olton got Magnolias the equalizer, only for Brathwaite to grab all three points for the Dames late on.
In the Men’s Championship Division Big-Four race all four teams were still in the hunt after Saturday’s matches.
Firstly, Defence Force squandered an early 2-0 lead against Queen’s Park before a 3-3 regulation-time draw and 2-4 loss via penalty-strokes shoot-out while Notre Dame edged defending champions Petrotrin, 2-1 led by a brace from national forward Shaquielle Daniel.
Notre Dame 2 (Blair Wynne 47th, 52nd) vs Courts Malvern 0
Notre Dame 2 (Tamia Roach 4th, Patrina Brathwaite 59th) vs SC Magnolias 1 (Elise Olton 33rd)
Paragon 4 (Zene Henry 6th, Alanna Lewis 26th, Kristin Thompson 32nd, Pauline Joseph 41st) vs Courts Malvern 1 (Oire Trotman 4th)
Defence Force 3 (Nicholas Wren 8th, Kirth Davis 10th, Anthony Morales 45th) vs QPCC 3 (Stephan Mouttet 15th, 18th, Kadeem Fortune 22nd) - QPCC won 4-2 via penalty shoot-out
Notre Dame 2 (Shaquielle Daniel 58th, 60th) vs Petrotrin 1 (Wayne Legerton 54th)