[www.inewsguyana.com] – The fourth annual Hikers Hockey Club Junior Indoor Tournament is scheduled to take place at the National Gymnasium Mandela Avenue from tomorrow at 17:30 hrs.
Over 100 junior hockey players are expected to compete in the TeleSky under-13, iNetCommunications Under 16 and Woodpecker Products 21 categories, as well as the Global Technology Inter Schools category.
The event is being planned and executed by the juniors of the Hikers and Saints Hockey Clubs as parts of their junior development programs while the tournament’s secondary purpose is to raise funds for the two clubs annual junior team tour to Trinidad in November.
Last year’s under-13 champions, Marian Academy dominated their opponents with unprecedented efficiency by scoring 19 goals and conceding none on their way to the title.
Their dominance will be seriously challenged this time around since a number of their players have aged out of the category and teams such as GCC, Hikers, Saints have improved considerably.
GCC’s under-16 teams are favorites to retain their titles, although their girls will be pressed by the ever improving Old Fort and Hikers girls. Their boys will find it even tougher going against the likes of the Omar Hopkinson led Old Fort Vikings and the Saints Silencers.
In the Under 21 girl’s category, defending champions GCC have been weakened by the absence of a number of their top players and are expected to receive a stern test from the full strength Hikers and Old Fort sides.
On the boys side perennial power house Hikers has also seen their margin of victory reduced with each passing year and will have to be on top of their game against the much improved GCC and contenders Saints and Old Fort.
In addition to championship trophies and medals for the top three places, the MVPs of TeleSky, iNet Communications and Woodpecker Products age category will receive gift certificates for varying amounts redeemable at Woodpecker Products.
The overall champion school as well as the MVPs of the Global Technology inter-schools category will benefit from computer classes at the institution of considerable value.