Defending champions Pepsi Hikers remained on course to defend their Diamond Mineral Water Indoor Hockey title after downing hapless the Mixed Nuts unit 16 – 0 to cruise to their third consecutive win last evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall when the third evening of the 2017 festival ended last night.
The defending champions came out shooting from the first whistle and converted seven opportunities to end the first half 7 – 0 as Aroydy Bradford completed a first-half hat-trick while Shane Samuels, Quin Clark and Andrew Vieira also etched their names on the scorecard.
The second-half was even more daunting for Nuts as Bradford netted six additional goals to his tally to end with an astonishing nine goals while Devin Munroe sneaked in a second-half hat-trick to leave the youngsters licking their wounds.
Hikers, however, are mindful of the destructive mode arch rivals Queen’s Park are displaying after the 15-nil pounding the Trinidad based side handed to local boys, Saints.
Queen’s Park’s Akim Toussaint was once again the bedrock of his side’s offence, netting on six occasions in 1st, 11th, 23rd, 30th, 32nd, 39th for the visitors.
Toussaint was strongly supported by Darren Cowie and Mahinder Malli, both of whom converted hat-tricks in demolishing Saints.
The two sides were set to meet last evening with the result not confirmed as of press time.
Other winners on the night saw the QPCC veterans side defeating Malvern 7 – 2 in the Veterans’ Division while Bounty GCC whipped Mixed Nuts 6 – 0 on the back of double strikes from Mark Sargeant and Orlando Semple.
Malvern Veterans drew 4-4 with Old Fort in the other veterans’ match of the evening up to press time.