Big wins for Pepsi Hikers, GCC Roulettes and YMCA Old Fort


More wins came the way of the GBTI GCC ladies and the Pepsi Hikers as the ExxonMobil National Indoor Hockey Championships continued on Wednesday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

The Pepsi Hikers and Bounty GCC squared off on Wednesday evening in what is traditionally a key Men’s First Division match-up.

After seven minutes of conservative play by both sides, Aroydy Branford dribbled up the left wing, faked out GCC goalkeeper Medroy Scotland, and sent the ball into an empty goal for the Hikers opener.

Aroydy Branford scores the opener for Pepsi Hikers against Bounty GCC

GCC responded three minutes later with a Kevin Spencer penalty corner flick to level the scores at 1-1. Hikers Captain Robert France would push his team ahead one minute later, however, and the score would remain 2-1 for the Hikers at half-time.

The second half was all Hikers as the GCC defence began to unravel.

The Hikers would pour in four more unanswered goals in the second half as Branford amassed a hat-trick and France a double with the sixth Hikers goal coming via a penalty corner from Jamarj Assanah. The 6-1 victory leaves the Hikers as the only unbeaten team left in the Men’s First Division.

GCC Ignite’s Sarah Klautky being challenged by Spartans Vanessa Pires

The GCC Roulettes seem to be cruising to the semi-final as they dished out another beating, this time of the Misfits 5-1.

Belgian guest player Leo Berlie led the scorers for GCC with a field goal and a penalty corner goal, while veteran Tricia Fiedtkou, Abosaide Cadogan and Shebiki Baptiste each added one.

Kenisha Wills was the lone scorer for Misfits.

The GCC Ignite and the GCC Spartans ladies provided the most entertaining match of the evening, which saw Ignite pull ahead by 4-1 by half-time, mainly through the skilful play and leadership of captain Aliyah Gordon.

GCC Spartans captain Gabriella Xavier in control of possession

The Spartans however, made a few tactical adjustments and swayed the momentum of the game in their favour in the second half. Captain Gabriella Xavier almost drew her team level with a hat-trick of goals with the final whistle coming just two soon leaving Ignite to celebrate the 5-4 victory.

In the Men’s Second Division competition, YMCA Old Fort obliterated the young GCC War Dogs 8-1. The Saints Scorpions drew 2-2 with Hikers Cadets, while their counterparts the Saints Sensations defeated the GCC Pitbulls 2-0.

Games continue all week in the evenings from 17:00h and conclude on the weekend, beginning at 15:00h on those days.

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