Jamaicans suffer heavy defeats in Hockey 5s

Observer Writer

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Jamaica's men's and women's teams lost their opening matches yesterday at the Youth Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Drawn in Pool B, Jamaica's young men lost 2-4 to Brazil, while second seeds Uruguay drubbed the young ladies 10-0, their match being played in a round-robin format.

Vincius Vaz and Gabriel Martins put Brazil 2-0 up at halftime, after scoring in the fifth and ninth minutes, respectively. Vaz added his second in the 12th minute before the Jamaicans responded twice.

Deandre Smalling got on the scoresheet in the 16th minute and Gifford Harding added the other a minute later.

Mattheus Oliveira hit back immediately to wrap up the game for the young Brazilians, seeded five, with the Jamaican guys seeded at seven.

Earlier, Lucia Piesta, Victoria Jover, Pier Oliveros and Emilia Arias each scored a brace in Uruguay's 10-0 rout of the Jamaican girls, seeded at five. It was a great lesson in how Hockey 5s should be played.

In a late result, top seeds Argentina demolished the Jamaican girls 15-0. Celina Di Santo was merciless, scoring five times.

In other matches, on the men's side, Argentina crushed Guatemala 14-0, Mexico clipped Paraguay 2-1, and Canada dominated the Dominican Republic 6-1.

For the ladies, in other results, Argentina whipped Guatemala 12-0, Mexico punished Paraguay 5-0, Uruguay dealt with Paraguay 7-0, and Mexico beat Guatemala 3-0.

The top two teams from each pool, and the top four women's teams advance to the semi-finals.

Jamaica's men's team was scheduled to play the Dominican Republic late yesterday and will take on Canada today. The women will try to save face playing Paraguay and Mexico today.

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