31 October, 2016, 12:00 am
MARIST scooped the top prizes on offer at the 28th Medica PacificW&G Mates Hockey tournament held in Lautoka yesterday.
The club won both the men’s and women’s final defeating Ventures 3-2 and 1-0 respectively to stamp their dominance in the competition.
Marist defeated Rebels 1-0 in the men’s semi-final while Ventures downed Sugar Sticks 2-0 in the second semi-final to set up an all Suva affair in the final.
In the women’s event Ventures thumped Blue Star 5-0 in the semi- final while Marist secured a narrow 1-0 win over a gutsy Rebel team.
Last year’s champion Rockerfellers of Lautoka was bundled out in the pool games and failed to secure their spot in the elimination stages.
Tournament co-ordinator Martin Coffin said the tournament was a success and congratulated the Suva teams for their achievements.
He said the competition level had improved compared with last year and a lot of talent was displayed during the two days of competition.
Coffin said the Suva teams dominated the show while the western teams struggled in some games.
He said the drawback for the western teams was the lack of proper training facilities.
“The western teams are still training on grass surfaces while their Suva counterparts have been exposed to regularly training on proper hockey field,’ said Coffin.
“But overall we are happy with the standard of games being displayed especially with the abundance of new talent showcased during the tournament.”
He thanked the sponsors and all individuals that had contributed to make this tournament a success.