The Ref Wore Sandals – Hockey in Belize

Belize welcomed two Canadian Hockey teams who traveled from Toronto on Wednesday, November 28th to take part in the 2nd annual Coconut Cup Tournament hosted by the San Pedro Buccaneers hockey team. Two days of settling in (with a drink or two) saw the commencement of the tournament late Friday afternoon. The games were opened by children from the Island Academy School singing the Canadian National Anthem immediately followed by children from New Horizons School singing the Belize National Anthem in different languages including Garifuna. Both renditions were superb and brought a lump to ones throat.

There were 4 teams in the Tournament, two from Withrow Park Hockey Club in Toronto and two from San Pedro Town consisting of roughly a 50/50 mix of Local Belizean and expats now residing on Ambergris Caye. The Canadians clearly were a force to be contended with having been in several tournaments including four International events within the past 12 months (all of which they won!) As we went into battle, the visitors did not disappoint, winning both of their first two games convincingly. We had to re-think our strategy, perhaps load them up with copious amounts of alcohol before the games the following day!!

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