Lucozade league integral to 2016 hockey success

first_imgTHE Guyana Hockey Board believes that the inaugural LUCOZADE indoor league was integral to the development of the sport in 2016 and that it played a major role in expanding its base of players.“The Lucozade league was very vital to us,” head of the GHB, Philip Fernandes, told theSaints striker Kevin Edwards and Pitbulls’ Trevon Spencer battle for possession at this year’s LUCOZADE indoor hockey, likening the league to the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) STAG elite league.He contended that in the league format, there were many positive spinoff effects, stating, “Usually our indoor hockey is played over a weekend, maybe a few days running into the weekend so it’s compact. Teams play consecutive nights and are unable to change much tactically between the first game and the last.”He noted that the vibrancy exhibited during the tournament allowed for interesting play at both league and weekend tournaments which overall allowed for a greater level of competitiveness.“The Lucozade league is different because teams were able to compete and then they would have significant gaps between matches,” Fernandes said.“So they (teams) were able to meet; to train a few evenings and to review video to improve the quality of the play and then come back and compete with maybe different and new tactics.”Fernandes hopes this development can continue locally, especially with the body looking to put two teams in training for the PAN AM championships later this year at a venue to be decided.last_img

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