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CSOS’ second title in a row

Craig Cozier

CSOS’ second title in a row

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NO rain nor rival could stop Jammin’ Combermere School Old Scholars (CSOS) from romping to the Women’s Premier Hockey League title for the second year in succession with an efficient 2-0 victory over BNB Deacons at the Hockey Centre, Wildey, on Sunday night.
Fittingly, the goals were scored by two of their most valuable players.
Maria Sealy, a rock in the heart of the defence throughout the season, opened the scoring just before half time, coming forward and powering home a penalty corner hit with typical gusto.
Keisha Jordan, whose pace and skill have tormented many a defender during the year, added the clincher in the 57th minute. Jordan collected just outside the 25-yard line, advanced swiftly and powered past goalkeeper Mildred Hazelwood.
CSOS’ title foundations had been laid with two important victories over nearest rival Empire, and the Waterford women sealed the trophy with a match to spare. Their only blemish during the season was a 1-1 draw with University of the West Indies.
Empire completed their programme with an 8-0 swamping of All Stars on Saturday – to finish with a goal difference of 39 – but they would reflect ruefully on earlier losses in the critical showdowns against the champs.
In Men’s Premier League action, Deacons also kept on course for a repeat championship with a 3-1 victory over CSOS.
Derwin Burrowes slotted home from a narrow angle to give Deacons the lead in the fourth minute.
Neil Franklin’s sizzling drag flick from a penalty corner doubled the lead ten minutes into the second half.
Aaron Forde’s cracking strike a few minutes later revived CSOS but Shaquille Wharton sealed the issue when he converted in the 57th minute following excellent approach work from Paul Harding.
Vita Malt All Stars, who have played two more matches, remained level on points with Deacons at the top of the table following a 4-0 blanking of lowly Empire.
Former Empire man Jamar Small netted twice while Barry Clarke and Charles Joseph were also on target.
The best match of the weekend was Maple’s come-from-behind 4-3 win over Eastern Stars on Saturday.
The St Joseph-based Stars were 3-1 up with 15 minutes remaining before the father-son pair of Ramon and Venslough Leacock and Emmerson Phillips engineered the turnaround that vaulted Maple up to third spot.
The last match on Sunday was also shaping up to be a thriller but Wanderers and Berger YMCA were locked at 3-3 with 20 minutes remaining when the skies opened up, lightning flashed, thunder rolled and the deluge forced an abandonment.
YMCA’s talisman Rohan Thomas opened the scoring in the fourth minute but goals from over-40s, Duane Burke and Peter Harris, gave Wanderers a 2-1 lead.
Rene Simmons scored just before the break and Thomas again, right after the resumption, to turn the topsy-turvy match back YMCA’s way.
But a Donovan Smith penalty corner drag flick in the driving rain restored parity just before the umpires made the sensible decision with the turf looking more like the Aquatic Centre.