Hikers men and GCC Pizza Hut females rocketed to respective titles in the Guyana Hockey Board/Lucozade Indoor Hockey League on Saturday evening at the National Gymnasium.
Undefeated in the tournament, Hikers stomped their way to a 6-1 victory over GCC Vintage team in their 13th consecutive win while GCC Pizza Hut carved their way to a 2-nil victory over GCC Spartans.
In the men’s match, Rayon Branford scored an early penalty to register the first goal in the second minute of play but Patrick Edghill made full use of a rare blunder by Hikers to level the score line entering the second half.
The battle with both teams continued to ensue but Vintage were unable to break the defence of Hikers, as Branford scored a double to help seal the coveted title.
Captain of the Victorious Hikers, Robert France, thanked his team for their impressive run and attributed their success to hard work and dedication.
He went on to say that the league was a great step forward for the sport citing that the game was not playing enough.
In the female title match, Tiffany Solomon led from the front scoring in the fourth minute of play while Kerensa Fernandes scored the second and final goal in the 23rd minute.
Captain of the Pizza Hut ladies, Solomon noted that it was a great initiative taken by the GCC Spartans and an excellent run to reach so far in the league as they were the youngest team in the competition.
Gabriella Xavier copped the most goals prize in the league for the females while Robert France was awarded the MVP for the males.
Seven male teams and four female teams started the league which began in July and the GHB was happy with the level of hockey that was played over the period. The first ever indoor league gave players much needed time on the court. The next tournament is expected to be played in October.