Ghana: Koforidua Hockey Club Wins Ayebea Hammond Mem. Tourney

The Koforidua Hockey Club was last Saturday crowned champions of the maiden Gladys Ayebea Hammond Memorial Hockey Tournament.

In an all-play-all format, Koforidua Hockey Club amassed seven points to beat Multi Sticks, who had five points.

Citizens International placed third with three points while Suhum Hockey Club placed fourth without a point.

At the school level, the girls of Suhum Presbyterian Senior High School beat Suhum Islamic Girls Senior High School with a point to nil (1-0) to emerge as winners.

Both Koforidua Hockey Club and Presbyterian Senior High School received a trophy and certificate of participation while the other clubs received certificates of participation.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Times Sports, the organizer, Mr Richard Hammond, said the tournament had been instituted as a key feature of the annual Odwira festival at Suhum.

According to him, the tournament was instituted in honor of her late mother, Madam Gladys Ayebea Hammond, who was the daughter of the first paramount Chief of the Suhum Traditional Area.

He explained that Madam Hammond, though an illiterate, was a sports enthusiast who believed that children could be helped to realize their potential through sports.

Mr. Hammond said the aim was to whip up the interest of the youth, especially girls, in the game of hockey, stressing that “Even though hockey is an international game, Ghana is yet to register its presence there.”

He said it was important that the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) paid particular attention to the least financed sports.

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