2017 CIIS HOCKEY: ADISADEL COLLEGE RETAIN, WESLEY GIRLS’ TAKE OVER
BY: Dennis A. Ababio Jnr
The second edition of Ghana’s biggest Inter-School Hockey tournament have come to a successful end with Adisadel College and Wesley Girls High School emerging victors.
The 16th and 17th June, 2017 event was organized under the auspices of Citizens’ International Hockey Club in honor of two legends who have made great impacts in the development of Hockey in Ghana; Dr. Emmanuel Evans Amfom and Madam Theodosia Okoh at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Pitch.
This years event was dubbed Water is Life, Save our water bodies. Stop galamsey now!
This year’s edition saw schools like Adisadel College, St. Augustines College, Prempeh College, Presec-Legon, Mfantsipim School, Achimota School, Opoku Ware School, Accra Academy competing in the boys’ division and Wesley Girls High School, Yaa Asantewaa Girls, Achimota School and Mfantsiman Girls competing in the girls division. Most of the schools arrived on Friday 16th June, 2017 and lodged in Alexander Kwapong Hall (University of Ghana, legon).
Matches in retrospect
An opening match between Accra Academy and Achimota School was played at 5pm on June 16, 2017. Accra Academy won through a penalty shootout after a goalless draw.
After full time, Citizens International faced up with Togo, annihilating them 7-0
The boys were put in two pools with Adisadel College, Achimota School, Opoku Ware School, and Accra Academy in Pool A while Presec-Legon, St. Augustine’s College, Prempeh College and Mfantsipim School where placed in Pool B.
Adisadel College beat all counterparts in Pool A to appear in the finals. Arch Rivals, St. Augustines College also dominated in Pool B leaving no stone unturned. An Adisco-Augusco final was a sub-regional high voltage clash at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium at about 8pm. The stadium was filled with alumni of the respective schools, students, hockey enthusiasts and parents.
Both teams had a crop of talents with high level of skills and technique which made the game a colorful one. Through the first half, spectators saw a balanced game with so much aggression and zeal to lift the trophy. No goal was recorded until early minutes in the second half when Benjamin Kwofie of Ark Men Hockey Club and also of Adisadel College distinguished himself with some level of uniqueness of play when he scored a screamer to put Adisco in the lead from an emphatic strike at the D-top.
Benjamin Kwofie again with a display of a high level of skill and technique took on the strong Augusco defense to assist Courage Boyfio in a classic finishing with a tomahawk. Adisco was in a comfortable lead even with some pressure from the Augusco attack. The game ended with 2 answered goals from Adisadel College.
In the girls division, maiden edition winners, Yaa Asantewaa girls won two of their games between Achimota School and Mfantsiman Girls. They were so tough throughout and had the zeal to defend their title. Wesley Girls’ High School who were also runners-up last year carefully won against Achimota School and Mfantsiman Girls to meet Yaa Asantewaa in the El Decisor.
The game ended barren and a penalty shootout was set to break the tie. Wesley Girls’ High School converted 3 to 2 against Yaa Asantewaa.
Presentation of Awards
Benjamin Kwofie and Augustina Doe of Wesley Girls were crowned Best Players of the Tournament. Godsway Addae was also commended for a splendid performance. However, one could simply tell how the great loss affected losing schools especially runners up as they were found in the stands shedding tears.
Speaking to the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the CIIS Hockey Fiesta, Rev. J.B Lomo-Mainoo, he assured all and sundry about the continuity of the event which in itself is meant to promote the game of hockey and promote the awareness of social menaces.
This years event was sponsored by Ghana Gas, Latex Foam, Ghana Chamber of Mines, MTN, Multi Choice, isports360, Hi Skul Links Tv, Prudential Bank, GCB and Goldfields Ghana.