St Hugh’s, Wolmer’s Hockey champions
ST Hugh's High edged St Andrew High 1-0 and Wolmer's Boys defeated Mona High 2-0 to be crowned the 2014 ISSA/Jamaica Hockey Federation High School Under-19 girls' and boys' champions, respectively, at the Mona Hockey Field on Wednesday.
St Hugh's' only goal came from the stick of Shanique Williams on a penalty after the match had ended 0-0 at full time.
St Andrew, who were the defending champions, started the game on fire, but were unable to capitalise on goal-scoring opportunities.
The first chance came in the 20th minute when Vanessa Sinclair was left unmarked, but hit the ball straight at St Hugh's goal-keeper, Shaday Gelly.
Cristiana Edwards got the second opportunity four minutes later when she received a through pass but could not gather the ball as it went over the goal-line.
But St Hugh's hit back through captain Antonette Baxter, whose long-range hit grazed the crossbar, and capped the first half.
The defending champions came out in the second period with fire in their eyes as they pressed for victory creating numerous chances.
Among those opportunities Edwards got an empty goal to shoot at, but watched her shot fly wide in the 34th minute. Shanique Williams hit back for St Hugh's but her shot rattled the upright. St Andrew kept up their pressing game in search of goal, but the St Hugh's girls held on for a 0-0 score at the end to send the game into penalties.
After misses from Kareem Hudson, Bijee Jackson, Simone Gardner, Ombette Gordon and captain Brithany Smith for St Andrew, St Hugh's followed with misses of their own from Khelli Cousins, Baxter, Amanda Miller and Rikki-Marie Wisdom.
It was then left to Shanique Williams to hit the ball straight between the legs of Shiloh Waite which sent the players and fans of St Hugh's in wild celebration.
Victorious coach Carla Hewitt commended her team for the victory.
"We expected to win, we were confident coming into the final. The team really played well," she said.
Her opposite number, Michelle Holt, was pleased with the way her team played even though they came up short.
"This is a young team, they played really well. Unfortunately, we didn't win, but congrats to St Hugh's (as) they played for it," she noted.
Meanwhile, goals from the sticks of Justin Frith in the 11th minute and Luke Frazer in the 35th minute gave Wolmer's Boys the title.
"I am very thrilled with the victory, we worked hard for this. We were beaten last year by JC in the final and this time we weren't going to let that happen again. The guys really came out and played well," winning coach Rahsaan Smith said.
Mona's George Meglashen said over-confidence cost his team the game.
"I guess the guys were a bit over-confident and that might have cost us the game. I am not all that disappointed as the guys played well," he said.