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Trinidad & Tobago Defense Force pipped one past Guyana Supernova in the semifinal to claim their berth in the final on Sunday.

After an impressive run in the tournament, Guyana’s indoor developmental hockey team, Supernova, lost their semifinal game to the Trinidad & Tobago Defense Force. On Sunday morning at the Ventures Indoor FACILITY, Supernova took first strike in the first half when Shomere Garnett put Supernova into the lead in the 7th minute before Marcus James from TTDF tied the game in the 14th minute.

The depth of the Guyanese bench began to show in the second half as the TTDF struggled to keep up with the pace of the game, Warren Williams scored in the 21st minute to give his the narrow lead before a diving goal by Shomere Garnett was disallowed. In the final two minutes TTDF pulled their goalkeeper and added an extra outfield player. This tactic worked to perfection when Shane Leggerton scored in the final minute and Nicholas Wren converted a penalty corner with no time left on the clock to give the defense men the 3-2 win.

In the third place match against Paragon, it was Garnett again putting his side up early before T&T National captain Akim Toussaint responded one minute later by converting a penalty corner. Toussaint then defensemen two more penalty corners to take his side into halftime 3-1. The Guyanese started the second half strong with Meshach Sargeant scoring a penalty stroke, but the tournament’s top goal scorer Toussaint responded immediately with his 23rd strike of the tournament. Left back Kareem McKenzie kept Guyanese hopes alive with a phenomenal overlapping run to finish with reverse flick from the narrowest of angles, but Kelon Skerrit put the game to bed in the 28th minute with Paragon’s 5th strike.

National Coach Robert Fernandes “Although it was disappointing to lose in the fashion that we did in the semi-final, it’s important to keep things in perspective, eleven of these players are 19 or underplaying against Trinidad’s best senior club sides. The TTDF team Left-back with current and former national players and for these boys to be that competitive against such a strong team is way beyond our pre-tour expectations.

The Guyana Jaguars clawed their way to a third Round Victory over an impressive Barbados Pride Side on the final day at Kensington Oval On Monday in the PCL REGIONAL FOUR DAY TOURNMENT.

Jaguars who ended day one on 319 for 5, with Chanderpaul Hemraj producing a stellar performance of 144; but he wasn’t the only batsman that made the Jaguars king of the jungle in the third round. Anthony Bramble also played a fine knock with his 130 runs, and Raymon Reifer also contributed with TOURNAMENT75 runs as the Jaguars amassed 548 runs in their first innings.

The Barbados Pride in their in their first innings lacked the batting skills, despite having in their team 10 players who have played for the West Indies. They fell short in their first innings due to bowling attack that left them stunned by the spin of Veersammy Permaul who grabbed 4 scalps, Raymon Reifer and Clinton Pestano both took 2, leaving the Pride on 360 all out.

Jaguars then enforced the follow-on and once again the Prides didn’t impress with the bat in their second innings, as Shane Dowrich 65 and Roston Chase 68 the only two batsman to give the Pride something to grin about. Spin was once again too much for them as Veersammy Permaul repeated his bowling figures of 4 wickets and Raymon Reifer picked up 3 scalps as they crumbled all out for 232 with just a lead 44.

Jaguars had few mishaps in the field before crossing the line when Barbados pride picked up 4 wickets Guyana Jaguars will take on the Windward Islands on the 10th of January at Providence National Stadium in the fourth round


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