Very quiet 2020 for hockey
Kaieteur News – Guyana Hockey Board’s (GHB) national women’s program is expected to resume soon with training as the girls, managed by head coach Philip Fernandes, prepare for a busy 2021 season that includes Central American games and the Caribbean (CAC) which will be held in Bermuda in July and the Pan American Indoor Championship which will end in the United States in June.
Despite busy days ahead, hockey had a very quiet 2020 season due to the pandemic but the Golden Arrowhead was well represented in the sport before locks were announced worldwide.
The flag was flown high in North America on the 50th Anniversary of the Republic of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana after the Guyana Masters over 40s hockey team held a perfect record to win the ‘Masters of our destiny’ indoor field hockey festival held in Toronto , Ontario, Canada.
While playing at the University of Toronto, Guyana defeated the United States of America (USA), Red Canada, White Canada and the English Lions in three exciting days of hockey that began on February 21 and ended on Republic Day, the 23rd.
After playing unbeaten throughout the tournament, the Guyanese had no trouble getting past Canada Red in the final, while the USA overtook the English Lions in the third-place playoff. The Masters of our destiny over 40s tournament was held in Toronto for the first time last year.
The tournament rules stipulated that all players must be over 40 except one.
The head of the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB), Philip Fernandes, in an invited comment, shared that while he was unable to participate, he was happy that the side represented Guyana well and it is even more special that in the tournament at a moment’s notice. occasion such as the 50th Anniversary of the Republic.
The local and international hockey season was eventually canceled but the GHB remained optimistic as they closely monitored the covid-19 deadly infection rate. The most notable locally canceled competitions included the outdoor development leagues, the GTT National Championships and the largely subscribed International Diamond Mineral Water (DMW) Hockey Festival.
A courtesy call
Later in the year, GHB executives met incumbent Sports Minister Charles Ramson Jr. to discuss a range of topics related to the development of the game in Guyana.
The meeting was part of a strategic effort by the Minister to have a dialogue with the associations to foster the growth and development of the various disciplines.
The Head of the GHB, Philip Fernandes, was accompanied by Vice President Robert Fernandes and Secretary Tricia Fiedtkou and discussed possible areas of cooperation with the Minister for Sport.
A presentation was made by members of the Hockey Board, outlining their intention to use the plot of land at Durban Park, Georgetown, which they had acquired under the previous government.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the government and the Hockey Board has been signed, and the executives hope they can get a lease now, which will allow them to use the space in the long term to develop the sport.