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Patrina Brathwaite of Barbados celebrating a goal after she scored against Jamaica during a Hockey game competition at the XX Central American and Caribbean Games in the subhead of the games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday. Barbados defeated Jamaica 3-1. (AP Picture)

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)

Compliments of the Barbados Nation News

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

Compliments of the Barbados Nation News

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.)
Compliments of the Nation News
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.)

Compliments of the Barbados Nation News



 

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