Boost for women’s hockey

Women’s hockey gets a boost here when the Lusitanians Invitational 9s one-day championship takes place at the newly re-surfaced Dubai Scholars sand-based artificial turf facility on November 24. The event begins at 9am and entry is free.

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Sat 24 Nov 2012, 11:46 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:04 PM

“Friends United, Mumbai will be one of the sides taking part, making it an international event in a small but significant way,” said Patrick Vaz, head of Lusitanians’ sports activities.

So far, Westminster High School, Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Scholars Pvt. School are the three local school teams that have confirmed their entries apart from Friends United.

The games will be on a round robin basis with the top two teams competing in the title clash.

The Lusitanians Invitational Hockey Tournamentis being held by the Lusitanains Sports Club in association with the Dubai Scholars Private School behind the Lulu Hypermarket in Qusais.

Gabriel Lewis, former Mumbai Division 1 player and coach at Dubai Scholars, is assisting with the organisational aspects of the 9s championship this weekend. Lusitanians Sports Club with support from Lewis are trying to keep the game alive here and hope to generate the much needed interest at the school level.

Hockey which is desperately short of events and funds here, is still followed passionately among a few nationals and expats in the country.

This is where the Lusitanians Sports Club members led by Vaz, following the retirement of the livewire and founder-member Eusebio Coelho, have shown the way with at least two to three tournaments every year. One of the oldest hockey outfits here, the club, mainly made up of lovers of the game from Mumbai, are holding the event at the only school venue here with some sort of a layout for the game.

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