Warm-up games for CAC hockey teams likely
Jamaica's national hockey teams could see action before next year's CAC Games in July. That's the possibility outlined by Jamaica Hockey Federation president Fabian Stewart earlier this week. Funds permitting, Jamaica could participate in a four-team tournament in Barbados and in a regional competition in Cuba.
Asked on Tuesday about the Federation's plans for practise matches to prepare the national teams for the Games, Stewart said: "We've been, I would say on a preliminary basis, invited to a proposed four-nation in Barbados."
He went on to outline a venture by the Pan-American Hockey Federation (PAHF), saying "PAHF is trying to do something of a regional nature in Cuba and that should be sometime in February, March."
The latter event is being considered to inaugurate two new artificial turf pitches in Cuba.
"So those are two things that are on the board relative to practise but all of this comes down to financing and our ability to really put the necessary financing in place," he noted.
Jamaica qualified for the Games at a qualifying tournament held at the Mona Hockey Stadium earlier this month. The men's team won by edging Guyana, while the women placed second to the Guyanese with both nations securing spots in the event which starts in Baranquilla, Columbia on July 19, 2018.
There is an international assignment on the horizon for Jamaica's best under 18 players as well.
"We're now looking to prepare a team to go to the Youth Olympic qualifiers in Monterrey, Mexico," Stewart added. That event is set for next March, with the successful nations advancing to the Youth Olympic Games in October. Those Games will be hosted in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires.