Guyana stuns Brazil to finish a record fifth at Junior Pan-Am Hockey
The National Under-21 male team broke a 35-year-old record when they defeated Brazil to finish fifth at the Junior Pan American Championships in Barbados.
Guyana won 3-2 in the penalty shootout after the contest was 2-2 with Shaquan Favourite and Warren Williams being the men with the goals for Guyana.
The win meant the young lads achieved their highest-ever placing at the championships, bettering the sixth place, achieved in 1988 when Trinidad and Tobago hosted the event.
More so, the team’s management expressed they are elated with the performance, given that yet again, Guyana defeats top opponents despite not having an artificial surface to conduct training.
It was highlighted that in the three group matches, Guyana only conceded eight goals – three against the USA and five against Canada – while they defeated the host 1-0.
“In the past, we would suffer some massive defeats, sometimes, 15-1 and such score lines. It was very pleasing to see how we managed truly hold our own against the best”, the management staff expressed.
Meanwhile, the girls at their first outing had returns of 0-12 (vs Canada), 3-0 (vs Barbados), and 0-8 (vs Chile) while in their fifth-place play-off on Tuesday, they went down 0-14 to Uruguay.
The championships served as a qualifier for the 2023 Junior World Cup being held in Santiago, Chile, in December.