Griffiths: Hockey girls on a mission
Kamille Griffiths, Jamaica's double goalscorer in their 3-0 win over Panama in the CAC female hockey qualifiers at the JN hockey field in Mona on Monday, says the team is aware of its indisciplined performance against the Panamanians and they intend to correct those mistakes when they face Guyana this afternoon at 12:30.
Griffiths scored for the hosts after 11 minutes before making it 2-0 a minute later from open play. Ebony McClean sealed the win with another goal on 38 minutes. But despite having their opponents on the back foot for majority of the match the Jamaicans failed to add to their tally because of some selfish play.
"I can agree there was some amount of indiscipline, but on the rest day, we will be working on some of the things we messed up with because we have a mission, a goal and an objective and that is to qualify for the CAC Games in 2018," Griffiths said.
"We need to restore hockey in this country to where it was or even better, so we are working towards the greater goals which is to qualify and win the tournament," she added.
The right or central link player, who has three goals to her name in the tournament, says she is happy with her performances and goals thus far, as prior to the tournament she was badly off form.
"I am very happy because coming into the tournament I wasn't on my best game. But I have been evolving because of my coach and peers' encouragement, and it feels really good to be converting," she said
"I am currently on three goals. and I had some more scoring opportunities. So I will be working on that for the other games. But on a scale of one to 10, I give myself a seven, as there are things I can work on, so there is room for improvement," she added.
The first game of the day will see Panama against Bermuda at 8:30 a.m, while in the other match Guatemala go up against Puerto Rico at 10:30 a.m.
In the men's section, Guyana play Guatemala at 2:30 p.m. and Puerto Rico oppose Panama at 4:30 p.m. Jamaica men's team returns to action tomorrow.