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Hockey going back to the community with 5-a-side tourney

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THE SPORT OF HOCKEY is moving back into the community thanks to a new tournament that will see matches being played at hard courts and car parks around the island.

The Wonder Barbados Hockey 5s Tournament will be played from October 17 to November 15 with ten teams divided into two pools.

The locations for the tournament are the Belfield Hard Court, Bush Hall Hard Court, Massy Stores carpark in Warrens and Dover, with the final tentatively scheduled for the Barbados Community College.

Tournament organiser Adrian Nichols said the idea of the tournament was to get more people exposed to hockey.

“It also adds a different dynamic to our regular hockey calendar. And for hard court hockey, it is definitely fast paced and exciting and usually has a lot of goals. In most sports, people like goals, a part from dribbles they like goals and in this tournament you are going to see a lot of both,” said Nichols.

There was a player draft for the tournament yesterday at Purity Bakeries in Collymore Rock with the ten teams choosing from a pool of 77 players. Each team can have a maximum of 13 players, but on each match day the names of ten players must be submitted to the organisers. 

There will be five players a side on the court.

The tournament will first be played in a round-robin format and then the top two teams in each pool will advance to the semi-finals. The first placed team will receive cash, a trophy and individual medals while the second placed team will receive a trophy and individual medals. (PG)

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