Nataional youth team duo, Teague Marcano of Fatima College and Dana-Lee De Gannes of Providence Girls' High School both scored braces to lead their respective schools to victories when the T&T Hockey Board Secondary Schools Outdoor League flicked off under blistering hot sun at St James Barracks, Western Main Road, St James, on Wednesday.
In the opening match of the day, De Gannes, who also plays for Notre Dame, and schoolmate Shaniah De Freitas of Shandy Carib Magnolias got the goals for Providence in a 3-0 blanking of rivals, St Joseph Convent, Port-of-Spain.
Malvern's rising star, Marcano and Jordan Weekes' with a lone strike combined to lead Fatima past St Mary's College, 3-1 in another clash of long-time rivals. For the "Saints" Craig Cockburn of Queen's Park got their lone item.
Today, matches continue at the same venue from 3.15 pm with Holy Name Convent and South East Port-of-Spain squaring off in a girl's contest followed by QRC and South East Port-of-Spain boys one hour later.
In an effort to encourage participation at the youth level and increase the numbers involved in the sport, the TTHB and its Development Committee have made a concerted effort to get traditional hockey playing schools as well as schools involved in its Development Programme involved.
The league comprises six boys teams and five girls teams in all, with matches being played every Wednesday and Friday until February 28.
For the schools which have recently become involved in the TTHB's Development Programme the TTHB will host its Secondary Schools Minor-League Tournament on March 21 from 8 am to 5 pm at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, for schools in the North, West and East Zones and at Debe High School, Debe for schools in the South and Central Zones.
The sponsors of this league are the Sport Company of T&T and Blue Waters.
T&THB Secondary Schools League results
Fatima College 3 (Teague Marcano 2, Jordan Weekes) vs St Mary's College 1 (Craig Cockburn)
Providence Girls 3 (Dana-Lee De Gannes 2, Shanian De Freitas) vs St Joseph Convent (PoS) 0
Holy Name vs SEPoS, 3.15pm
QRC vs SEPoS, 4.15pm; CIC vs Debe High, 5.15pm
Wednesday January 29
Holy Name vs Woodbrook, 3.15pm
QRC vs Woodbrook, 4.15pm
Friday January 31
SEPoS vs Providence, 3.15pm
SEPoS vs Fatima, 4.15pm