Champ wins two games

DEFENDING champions Ventures are on track to successfully defend their titles in the 20th Geotech Drilling Marist Eastgate Memorial Tournament.

In the men’s grade, the Hector Smith Jr-skippered side defeated Stingers Xtreme 4-0 and Seals 4-1 in its opening pool matches on Friday night at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala Bay.

The team was to play Mates and Rebels in its remaining pool matches last night.

Stingers maintain its lead in Pool B after beating Marist Blue 5-0 on Friday night followed by wins over Falcons 3-0 and Geotech Drilling Marist White 1-0 yesterday.

In the women’s grade, Ventures from Pool A and Stingers Fusion from Pool B are unbeaten.

Tournament director Godfrey Campbell said the competition was “fierce” and expected to get tougher in the finals today.

The final rounds of pool matches will be played this morning before the semi-finals which is scheduled to start at 11am.

Meanwhile, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was the chief guest at the official opening of the tournament yesterday.

Results

Ventures 4 Stingers Xtreme 0 (M), Stingers Fusion 4 Stingers Spaxx 0 (W), Marist White 2 Marist Blue 0 (M), Ventures 3 MoBees 0 (W), Ventures 4 Seals 1 (M), Stingers 5 Marist Blue 0 (M), Stingers Fusion 1 Marist 0 (W), Marist White 2 Naidrodro 0 (M), Seals 5 Mates 0 (M), Marist 4 Stingers Spaxx 0 (W), Stingers Fusion 1 Marist 0 (W), Marist White 2 Naidrodro 0 (M), Seals 5 Mates 0 (M), Marist 4 Stingers Spaxx 0 (W), Stingers 1 Marist White 0 (M), Stingers Xtreme 0 Rebels 1 (M), Stingers Fusion 2 Tokelau 0 (W), Marist Blue 0 Naidrodro 1 (M), Stingers Xtreme 2 Mates 0 (M), MoBees 3 Rebels 0 (W), Stingers 3 Falcons 0 (M), Seals 0 Rebels 0 (M), Marist 3 Tokelau 1 (W), Naidrodro 0 Falcons 1 (M).