Guyana hockey teams to shift gear for CAC Games

Philip Fernandes

Philip Fernandes, head coach of Guyana’s women’s field hockey team said the team has little time to spare after a successful campaign at the CAC qualifiers that concluded on Sunday in Jamaica.

Guyana’s women defeated the hosts 1-0 in the final while their men finished second to the home team after bad lighting conditions caused the final to be abandoned. Fernandes, who is also president of the Guyana Hockey Board, said they need to be better if they are to win medals at the CAC Games in Mexico next year.

“There is not a moment to spare as time is short and the teams would need to perform even better to medal at an event of that level,” he said.

He praised both male and female teams.

Fernandes said he was pleased with how the teams responded to changes implemented throughout the tournament and lifted their level of play at crucial times, especially considering that several senior players were not available for the tournament.

He also said he believed the men’s team would have pulled off a victory had the final not been abandoned.

“When Robert and I discussed the men’s pool match against Jamaica, he indicated to me that he was not going to show all his cards as the Guyanese men were already through to the final,” said Fernandes.

“The Guyanese men lost the pool match but had more than doubled the scoring opportunities of the opposition and I have no doubt they would have been much better in the final.”

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