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Jamaica hunt third win in CAC Games hockey qualifier

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

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Jamaica's women's hockey team will be looking for their third-straight win when they tackle Guyana in the 2017 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games qualifying hockey tournament at the Jamaica National (JN) Mona Hockey Field in Kingston today, starting at 12:30 pm.

In the other games, Panama will go up against Bermuda at 8:30 am, and Guatemala take on Puerto Rico at 10:30 am.

Jamaica lead the category with maximum six points after defeating Guatemala 6-0 on Sunday and Panama 3-0 on Monday. The Guyanese are second on four points, thanks to a 6-0 whipping of Panama on Sunday and a 0-0 draw against Puerto Rico on Monday. Bermuda are third on three points followed by Puerto Rico (two points) and Guatemala without a point.

While Guyana are ranked above the Jamaicans, coach Christine Bartley said that she is confident her team can get past their opponents.

“We are happy with the two wins so far. The plan is to take it one game at a time, and win one game at a time and we did just that and we are happy for that. Guyana is ranked above us but looking at the team [Guyana] now, I think that if we turn up on the day we should get by them,” Bartley told the Jamaica Observer.

She said that the Jamaicans will be going for all three points in the encounter.

“The plan going into the game against Guyana is to get all three points. We don't want to lose any games in the preliminary round and so the plan is to get all three points, but we have to make sure we play disciplined, stay focused, and apply what we need to apply in order to be victorious.”

With the Jamaican team having scored nine goals without conceding, Bartley will be banking on the players to capitalise on their scoring opportunities.

Kamille Griffiths, Jamaica's leading goalscorer with three goals, and Ebony McLean with two goals should lead the attack, with support expected to come from Crystal Holgate, Demi Nicholson, Shareeka Elliott, and Shana-Kay Tullongue, who are all capable of scoring goals.

Meanwhile, Guyana, coached by Philip Fernandes, will be looking to stop Jamaica's smooth run and hopes that his players, led by Shebeki Baptiste, Kerensa Fernandez, Trisha Woodroffe, and Marzana Fiedtkou, can get the goals and surprise the confident Jamaicans.

Jamaica will be out of action in the men's category, with Guyana going for their third-straight win against Guatemala at 2:30 pm, while Puerto Rico and Panama, who have lost both their two matches, face each other at 4:30 pm.

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