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Jamaican teams make it two wins straight in CAC Games hockey qualifiers

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

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Jamaica's women's hockey team completed a quick double when they easily brushed aside Panama 3-0 in the 2017 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games qualifying hockey tournament at the Jamaica National (JN) Mona Hockey Field in Kingston yesterday.

Kamille Griffiths got a brace for Jamaica in the 11th and 12th minutes, while Ebony McLean got the other goal in the 38th minute.

In other results, Guyana, who had whipped Panama 6-0 on Sunday, were held 0-0 by Puerto Rico, and Bermuda defeated Guatemala 4-0.

The Jamaicans, who had defeated Guatemala 6-0 in their opening encounter on Sunday, now lead with maximum six points ahead of Guyana (four points), Bermuda (three points), Puerto Rico (one point) and Guatemala (zero).

The teams are vying for one of two spots in the field hockey competition at the 23rd CAC Games, which will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, next year.

It was a bright start by the Jamaicans as they took control of the game by dominating position of the ball. From the consistent pressure, Griffiths found the back of the net in the 11th minute through a penalty corner taken by Krystal Holgate. Griffiths grabbed her second a minute later from a field play to put Jamaica 2-0 up at the end of the first quarter.

Although the Jamaicans dominated and produced attacking plays which should have increased their lead, they squandered many goalscoring opportunities and were goal-less in the second quarter.

The Jamaicans then wrapped up the game in the third quarter when McLean slammed one past Castro Daryeli in the Panamanian goal in the 38th minute from a penalty corner, again taken by Holgate.

While Jamaica's coach Christine Bartley was happy for the win, she admitted that the level of play from her team was below average.

“The performance was below our expectations or the level which we should be playing, but we have won, as getting the three points was the most important thing. We now have to correct our mistakes and improve on our showing for the next game,” Bartley told the Jamaica Observer.

Panama's Team Manager Ademir Montenegro said it was still a learning process for his team.

“This is a very young team as we only have five senior players in the squad, but the performance was an improvement from our last game. Our players did well to restrict Jamaica to only three goals,” he said.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Jamaica's men's team also chalked up their second win from as many games when they defeated Puerto Rico 3-0. Brandon Clarke opened the scoring for the hosts in the 24th minute, while Oshane Haseley (29th minute) and Kemar Mitchell (53rd minute) got the other goals for the Jamaicans.

In the other men's game, Agustine Depaz scored a hat-trick as Guatemala swamped Panama 6-0. Depaz, who became the second player to have scored a hat-trick following Jamaica's Nicholas Beach, who got his also against Panama, scored in the sixth, 37th and 46th minutes. The other scorers for Guatemala were Adrian Medina (13th), Jorge Ramirez (32nd) and Leonidas Leiva (38th). It was Guatemala's first game for the tournament, while the Panamanians were losing their second-consecutive game.

Jamaica lead with six points ahead of Guatemala (three points), Guyana (three points) and Panama (zero).

Action continues tomorrow with Jamaica taking on Guyana at 12:30 pm in the women's category after Panama tackle Bermuda at 8:30 am, and Guatemala oppose Puerto Rico at 10:30 am.

In the men's section, Jamaica will be out of action, but Guyana face Guatemala at 4:30 pm before Puerto Rico and Panama square off at 4:30 pm.

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