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All Stars in final


All Stars in final

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SO CLOSE yet still so far.

ABC almost pulled off a comeback for the ages, but will have to settle for watching today’s men’s final instead, as All Stars held on for a thrilling sudden-death penalty strokes victory in yesterday’s Barbados International Hockey Festival semis at Kensington Oval.

The last-second shoot-out win, played in the shadows of dusk, kept the hopes alive of another title for the defending champs, who advanced to a showdown against a clinical Du Badd side that thrashed Empire 6-1.

And All Stars seemed to be cruising to a similar margin of victory, scoring just minutes after the break to take what appeared a substantial 3-1 cushion.