Mixed team pulled to its limits

The Cayman Hockey Club stretched their playing resources when they played two matches against visiting teams from New York at the Camana Bay field.

First up on Saturday were the New York City Ladies Hockey Club, who had previously given Cayman a hard game with Cayman narrow victors 2-1.

This time, the holiday mode had caught up with the “Chicks with Sticks” and, despite lots of possession, they were unable to create any real goal scoring chances in the first half.

Cayman though managed two goals when Gisela Gamba was nicely set up by Pavel Vondra and the just before the break Meghan Brookhart was perfectly placed at the far post to sweep a cross home.

The second half saw a refreshed New York City team quickly get back into the game when Kristine “Kiki” Johnson pulled a goal back with a well taken strike.

Cayman recovered well after that early set back and, after some good pressure, Ian Rotsey was able to convert a sharp pass from Ryan Williams to restore the two-goal advantage for a 3-1 victory.

In the second match, Drew University were more coordinated and faster than in their match against Cayman earlier in the week.

Most of the first half saw much midfield activity with minimal scoring chances being created.

When goals did come, the Drew’s Brooke Gagliano squeezed the ball into the net at the near post, whilst a scrappy Cayman equaliser came as a result of a deflected own goal.

The second half saw Drew snatch an early goal through Bea Cannavale and, despite Cayman’s best efforts, they were unable to equalise.

Cayman’s Jack Barwick kept the Drew defence busy but was unable to find the net. A skilful player, he at times tried to be a little intricate instead of just shooting.

Conversely, tricky winger Jenny Maroulis is a selfless player who could have used her skills more to trouble the Drew defence.

Joe Mizzoni is an American relatively new to field hockey and he thoroughly enjoyed his first international game. A chef by trade, he has all the ingredients play at a high level. Cayman Hockey Club thanked Andrew Edgington for umpiring all the matches, Barry Craine for managing the Cayman players and Mark Williams for hosting the teams on his boat “The Alluroa”.

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