BAC hold their own at ACCC

HARARE - The Africa Hockey Cup of Club Championship proved a bridge too far to cross for Zimbabwean representatives Bulawayo Athletics Club (BAC) who came unstuck against Telkom Orange on Sunday.

BAC went down 7-0 at Khumalo Stadium in Bulawayo to Telkom Orange in the final of the ACCC to hand the Kenyan hockey club their seventh ACCC title.

Orange prevailed courtesy of Hellen Chemtai and Caroline Guchu’s brace on either side of half time.

The win saw them win the ACCC title for a third successive time.

However, BAC’s women team will take heart from their overall performance that saw them claw their way into the final in a tournament dominated by a number of illustrious opponents.

Earlier on, BAC had edged Strathmore 2-1 courtesy of Melissa Sibanda, who scored the winning goal.

Prior to coming unstuck against a plucky BAC side, Strathmore had been on song, topping Pool B with three wins from three games, having scored 20 goals and conceded just two.

But this was brought to halt by a disciplined BAC, who themselves have had a pretty good outing.

BAC emerged from Pool B as the second best placed side following two wins, one drawn match and one loss.

Their forwards were a menace, scoring 21 goals and while their defence was breached six times.

BAC women went on to thrash Shams of Egypt 8-0 to book a semi-final show down with Strathmore.

Meanwhile, BAC’s Michelle Williams finished the tournament as the third highest goal scorer with a total of seven goals.

Nigeria’s Justina Onyedum of Heartlands Club was the top goal scorer with a massive 29 goals.

BAC’s vice-captain Nicola Watson’s six goals earned her a slot at number six on the goal scorers rankings.

In the men’s section, Hippo Valley, who closed the tournament on number, four walked away with the Fair Play Award.

Hippo Valley’s Matthew Williams, young brother of Zimbabwe cricketer Sean, was the country’s highest goal scorer in the men’s section with 12, two goals shy of highest placed Samir Mohammed of Egypt.

Eradicators finished sixth.

Comments (1)

Great tournament and great coverage!Some excellent hockey played throughout.

Loveness Chirwa - 2 December 2014

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