YMCA for Guyana hockey festival
YMCA, one of the leading hockey club sides in the land, are seeking regional glory in Guyana at monthend at the ninth edition of the Diamond Mineral Water Indoor Hockey Festival.
Former Barbados hockey forward Ralph Watson told WEEKEND?SPORT the local side was keen to do well on their fourth visit to the annual tournament.
“Last year, we were third and I am confident if all goes well, the team can do even better,” he said.
YMCA?are among 19 teams from North America and the Caribbean taking part in the November 29 to December 1 tournament.
Watson is manager/coach of the nine-man team that includes vice-captain Rohan Thomas, who was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). The team is being led by Timothy Parris.
Watson, an integral part of YMCA and Barbados teams of the 1980s and 90s, said it was important for local teams to take part on the regional front.
“Teams from Trinidad &?Tobago and Guyana embrace our Banks Hockey Festival and it is only fair that we support the regional hockey fraternity.
“It is a good tournament and the exposure is always useful for our players. I am sure we can hold our own again. Hikers of Guyana won the tournament last year and we were good enough to defeat them,” he said.
The matches will be held at the National Gymnasium in Georgetown.
A number of star-studded players including Canadians Jonathan Roberts, Scott Sandison and Jewan Bath as well as former Guyanese national player Jerazeno Bell will feature in the tournament.
The winning teams in the men’s and women’s categories will collect US$1 000 and runners-up US$500 in addition to trophies and medals. (MK/CMC)