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Banks International Hockey Festival 2006

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HALLOWED TURF: Laurando Davis (left) and Shawn Cumberbatch (right) of Barbados Select making life difficult for Martyn Elffers of the Festival Foreigners during the Banks Hockey Festival opener at Kensington Oval on Sunday. (Picture by Craig Cozier.)

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Date August 29, 2007 Compliments of the Nation News

THE BANKS INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY FESTIVAl, which last Saturday completed its 22nd edition, showed signs of recapturing former glories with the week producing satisfyingly high-quality standards of play on the field and a diverse social calendar off of it.

The Dominion men's team have made a habit of festival success, but their fourth title in five years was probably their most satisfying.

It was earned with flawless progress through the pool stages and capped with a thrilling 3-2 win over a quality Grasshappers side from the Netherlands in the men's final.

The crowd, which grew to 1 000, enjoyed Finals Day on Saturday and they livened up the Astroturf at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex with several Mexican waves.

The veterans' title was the first title to be decided. All Stars, traditionally one of the biggest contingents every festival week, sealed success after a penalty shoot-out against regular visitors New York Islanders, a team with a distinctly Caribbean background.

The mixed crown went to Remnants for the ninth time in the past decade despite a spirited showing from Dominion in the final.

A Badd Connection (ABC) sealed the women's championship for the second straight year with an absorbing 3-2 win against Old Gold Roosters in the final. (CC)

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Hockey has stolen the spotlight in August 2007, and Dominion, the major showpiece, the men's title at the annual Banks Hockey Festival.

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Dominion's fourth title in five years was probably their most satisfying. It was earned with flawless progress through the pool stages and capped with a thrilling 3-2 win over the quality Grasshappers side from the Netherlands in the men's final at the AstroTurf of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.

Seen here, Paul Reid (centre) of Dominion winding up despite the closing threat of Grasshappers' Jeroen Koops (left), and Willem van Eeghen.

Stephanie Baggett (centre), the 15-year-old Old Gold Roosters' striker, nipping in ahead of Paignton's Sarah Lang and goalkeeper April Barter to score the second of her two goals in Roosters' 4-0 victory at Kensington Oval. (Picture by Craig Cozier.)
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Banks Hockey Festival opener at Kensington Oval

HALLOWED TURF: Laurando Davis (left) and Shawn Cumberbatch (right) of Barbados Select making life difficult for Martyn Elffers of the Festival Foreigners during the Banks Hockey Festival opener at Kensington Oval on August 20th 2007.

(Picture by Craig Cozier.)

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Social events are critical to the proper conduct of hockey at festival. Accordingly please be guided by the social activities planned during the festival. Be warned that games start at 9:00 am in the morning. The after effects of the case of Banks that you drank the night before will not deemed an acceptable excuse for being late. Also trying to keep pace with the ‘’Roosters” could be detrimental to your health.

 Barbados Banks Hockey Festival 2003

Barbados Banks Hockey Festival 2003 Some 70 plus International teams spill into our beautiful island to witness a week long celebration of this very popular sport. Sandwiched between some dynamic play is a carnival atmosphere including a bumper social schedule including excellent camaraderie and social interaction which at times is as demanding as the hockey itself!

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Teams visit from the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and of course other neighbouring Caribbean islands. It is this international flavour that is an integral part of this unique culture...

Barbados Banks Hockey Festival 2003
Barbados Banks Hockey Festival 2003


Games start at 10 am and although centred around Wildey some games are played on the grass at Kensington Oval test ground, the Police Sports Ground at Weymouth and Banks Brewery Sports Club.

There are four categories:

  • Men

  • Women

  • Mixed

  • Men's Veterans
  • Games in the first three categories are played in pools with the winners going through to the Friday semi finals.

    Barbados Banks Hockey Festival 2003


 

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Barbados Banks Hockey Festival The Banks International Hockey Festival is well organised on and off the field and is traditionally held around the last week of August.

International teams are advised to book early and bring an umpire and a medic. especially one with experience of treating hangovers!

Barbadian Hockey is in a health state it has greatly improved since the Wildey Astroturf was laid some four years ago.

Youth hockey is on the increase and we can look forward to a long and health Hockey life in Barbados.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Barbados Junior Girls winners of the Barbados Banks Hockey Festival 2003!
 

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