Thu | Nov 23, 2017

Jamaica men wanted to prove selves in hockey final

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Jamaica men's hockey team captain Kishawn White (second right) is challenged by Panama's players during their CAC Games preliminary round qualifying match at the JN Hockey Field on November 5.

Jamaica men's hockey team captain, Kishawn White, said he and his charges were eager to prove themselves to the Jamaican public and added that they were confident of victory against Guyana in Sunday's CAC Games qualifiers final, which ended prematurely due to poor lighting at the JN Hockey Field in Mona, St Andrew.

The teams were deadlocked at 0-0 with 19 minutes gone when lightning struck and rendered some lights useless. Then, any attempt to restart the match proved futile as Jamaica goalkeeper and vice captain Kardiff Davidson complained that he had a problem seeing the ball and White lodged the complaint with the match officials, who called off the contest and awarded the game to the number one team from the preliminary round, Jamaica.

"We were very confident because we knew the goal we wanted to achieve. We wanted to finish undefeated and we knew Guyana would give us a challenge, so we were very pumped up for that match," White said.

"We beat them 3-2 in the preliminary round, so in the final they were going to come hard. But minutes into the second quarter they called the game, because the lighting was very poor and the goalkeeper could not see the ball. So as captain, I had to put it to the referee. When your last man cannot see the ball that is a problem. But it so sad the match ended that way," he said..

White also highlighted the struggles both teams went through in preparation to host the qualifiers and pleads to the corporate community to assist with preparation for next year's CAC Games.

"The lights are not working. We would like help to fix the lights. Both teams (male and female) are still struggling. They don't have proper equipment to train, and we are still waiting to see what we can get. Even for this qualifiers, we had a lot of struggles, but we didn't focus on the negatives. We kept on the positive side because we knew the goal we wanted to achieve, and we are proud to be champions. But we still need help in all departments," he said.

White added: "We really wanted to show Jamaica what we can do. We want to put hockey up front. We had our mind set to show people in Jamaica what hockey can do and what hockey in Jamaica is."