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Dyside fall by wayside

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DYSIDE have their first win of the 2010 Banks International Hockey Festival.A second title isn’t on the cards however.The defending men’s champions failed to progress past the tournament’s group stage, despite defeating Barbados Defence Force 2-1 for their lone win in Pool “B” action yesterday at the AstroTurf. Dario Lewis scored the eventual winner in the 16th minute to offset Brian Peters’ equaliser three minutes earlier, after Justin Catlyn had opened the scoring for the fallen champs.Combermere qualified for the semis in their place, having drawn with unbeaten Pool “B” leaders Dominion 1-1 earlier in the day.Dominion, the losing finalists last year, came from behind to keep their undefeated record intact, finally drawing level on a 20th-minute penalty corner from Shawn Harewood.Combermere also drew with Old Gold Roosters 1-1 to finish with seven points, three behind Dominion, who were waiting for the results from Pool “A” to determine the other two semi-finalists.In the women’s category, Group “A” Bajans Fuh Real and UWI reached the final four after blanking Banks SC and Big Apple 3-0 and 1-0, respectively over at the Wanderers ground.Despite an opening loss, reigning queens A Badd Connection kept themselves in semi-final contention in the other group after thrashing All Stars 5-0 at the AstroTurf.Andrea Layne had an impressive beaver trick to lead one of two Rockets shut-outs yesterday as the Pool “A” winners joined Group “C” leaders UWI and Old Gold Roosters in the mixed category’s final four.Layne hit home four goals against All Stars, while Deron Harper added another as Rockets coasted to a 5-0 victory at Wanderers, before the Group “A” champs returned to beat Fuzzy Ducks 3-0.Maple downed the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force 3-1, while Dominion blanked Banks/BDF to remain in contention for that fourth and final semi-final berth in Group “B”.The competition was wide open in the veterans category. (JM)