The Cayman Hockey Club welcomed members of the St. Andrew and Munro hockey clubs from Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday for a busy day of field hockey.
Camana Bay International School field provided the venue, though unfortunately, owing to the inclement weather, the Cayman youngsters training demonstration had to be canceled.
Resplendent in new uniforms, the Cayman ladies team took on the Jamaican ladies and got off to a great start with their first attack resulting in Sarah Pinches scoring. Both teams settled down and although Cayman created a couple more scoring chances, halftime saw the score still 1-0 to Cayman.
The second half started in almost an identical fashion to the opening half. A good interchange of passes between Julia Meyerhoff and Gigi Gamba resulted in Elaine Whitfield scoring. Unfortunately, that was Whitfield’s last contribution as she was soon forced off the field with a cut forehead, requiring a hospital visit.
There was little further goal action, and the Cayman ladies comfortably held on for a 2-0 victory.
An all-men’s game followed, again with the Cayman team boasting new uniforms.
With the Jamaicans only traveling with five male players, their side was augmented by players from Cayman.
Despite a lot of possession, Cayman were unable to break down a rugged defense and it took Mark Williams with a good turn to finally give Cayman the lead. A couple of minutes later, Simon Barwick went a more direct route, and after a fortuitous rebound took the opportunity of making it 2–0.
The second half saw Jamaica a lot more active and veteran Terrence Choudhry was twice on hand to tuck goals away and enable a draw, which was probably a fair result.
Two mixed games followed: Cayman Stingrays against the Jamaican Crocodiles, and the Cayman Turtles then took on the Cayman Stingrays.
The first game saw Cayman pressing long periods of domination, and for a while it looked as if a draw was the likely result. However, just before halftime, Gigi Gamba steered in a cross to give Cayman the lead. Moments later, she turned provider and Jenny Remedios scored to give Cayman a halftime lead of 2-0.
The second half was again an evenly contested affair until Victor Tomlinson set up Rose Campbell to crash home the Crocodiles’ first goal with just minutes to go. Cayman then had to defend well to record a 2-1 victory.
The second mixed game saw the Cayman Turtles race to an early 2-0 lead, thanks to two goals by Trudi-Ann Knight, and although the Cayman Stingrays settled down and played some neat hockey, they never recovered, and did well to leave the field at halftime 2-0 down.
The second half was a more even affair and it was left to Rob Whelan to reserve chip a third goal in the final minute of the game to give the Turtles a 3-0 victory.
Alex Horner Trophy
The final game was being played for the Alex Horner trophy, in memory of Ms. Horner who passed away in 2010.
Defending champions Jamaica were subjected to long periods of defensive play in the first half, yet Cayman were unable to create any clear chances.
The second half was slightly more open but neither side were able to convert the chances they created. Mark Williams believed he had scored with virtually the last shot of the game, but the umpires ruled otherwise, and so the score remained at 0-0.
Owing to time constraints, no extra time was played. Instead, penalty flicks were taken, five per team.
After that nerve-wracking performance, the score was 4 each, so the next stage was penalty flicks with sudden death, which went 2-2 until Jamaica’s third flick was saved by Dylan Hewit. Up stepped Mark Williams to confidently convert and so give Cayman a 3-2 victory and the trophy.