Welshmen beat Barbados in hockey play-off
02 July 2002
Wales took seventh place in the final competition with a 6-0 win over Barbados thanks to a hat-trick from Simon Organ.
Organ scored in the 6th and 29th minutes to give Wales a comfortable half-time cushion.
Scorer Organ said: “We knew we had to finish the tournament properly, having started so well only to have a shocker against England.”
“Barbados are very good athletes. They are a physical team and I think towards the end they had a nothing-to-lose attitude, and they didn’t mind how many of us they hit,” he added.
Wales added another couple soon after half-time, with Howard Hoskin slotting home after good work by James Westerman. Thirty seconds later, Westerman himself broke through to score the goal of the game with an emphatic finish.
Mark Murray crashed a penalty corner against the base of the right post in the 65th minute, but otherwise Barbados struggled to push forward, and they threatened less against Wales than they had done against world number two Australia.
Paul Edwards of Wales completed the scoring in the 70th minute, while Westerman and Organ both also managed to pick up yellow cards in addition to their goals.
The Barbados team were warmly applauded at the end as they went over to the crowd to thank them for their support, sharing in a series of “high-fives” with spectators.
After the game young fans rushed round to the players’ entrance to give them an enthusiastic farewell to Manchester, with the dreadlocked Kwame Emmanuel seemingly the star attraction.
After the Welsh win defender Ogden said: “This was a game we just couldn’t afford to lose. At least we finished on a high note to make up for the disappointment we all felt when we lost to England.”
“We really felt we could trouble England only to play badly. We haven’t fulfilled our hopes at the Games but winning our last game helps a bit,” he added.
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