Out-of-favour national player Kiel Murray registered a second-half hat-trick as Paragon flicked off the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division “Big-Four” competition with a stunning 6–1 blowout of last year’s winner Defence Force. This was in the first match of a double-header at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Thursday night. Early on, it looked as though both teams would struggle to find an opener and it took 28 minutes before the first goal came through Paragon’s Barry Clarke. But within three minutes, Kern Lee got Defence Force level as both teams went in at the 35th-minute interval locked at 1–1. Twelve minutes into the second half, Murray got his first goal to put his team ahead once more, after which it never looked back.
Clarke added his second of the match in the 51st minute for a 3–1 advantage while Murray made it 4–1 in the 56th minute. Glendon Superville then added his name to the scorer’s list with a 65th minute field goal while Murray completed his hat-trick two minutes later against the hapless “Teteron Boys” But despite the win, Paragon still beat Queen’s Park on goal-difference after the latter blasted defending league champion Petrotrin 8–4, inspired by a hat-trick from England-based Evan Piers-Farrell. Piers-Farrell got his goals in the third, 26th, and 52nd minutes, while Nicholas Camacho added a brace (40th, 46th) for the Parkites who were tied at 2–2 at the interval. Stephan Mouttet (47th), Dominic Young (56th) and Raphael Govia (63rd) chipped in with the others for the Parkites while the national trio of Wayne Legerton (16th, 65th), Dwaine Quan Chan (32nd) and Solomon Eccles (51st) got Petrotrin’s goals. Yesterday, the “Little” Big-Four, comprising the four other clubs involved in the Men’s Championship Division, was due to start while both the “Big-Four” and “Little Four” will continue today before ending tomorrow (Sunday).
T&THB “Big-Four” Tournament
Paragon 6 (Kiel Murray 47th, 56th, 67th, Barry Clarke 28th, 51st, Glendon Superville 65th) vs Defence Force 1 (Kern Lee 31st)
QPCC 8 (Evan Piers-Farrell 3rd, 26th, 52nd, Nicholas Camacho 40th, 46th, Stephan Mouttet 47th, Dominic Young 56th, Raphael Govia 63rd) vs Petrotrin 4 (Wayne Legerton 16th, 65th, Dwain Quan Chan 32nd, Solomon Eccles 51st)
QPCC vs Paragon, 6 pm
Defence Force vs Petrotrin, 8 pm
QPCC vs Defence Force, 5 pm
Petrotrin vs Paragon, 7 pm.
Little Four fixtures:
Paradise vs Malvern, 2 pm
Notre Dame vs Fatima, 4 pm
Malvern vs Fatima, 1 pm
Notre Dame vs Paradise, 3 pm.