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Bellevue Hosts the British Army Women’s Hockey team

Known as the ultimate wedding and events venue in Barbados as well as an idyllic holiday destination, perfect for couples and families, Bellevue Plantation House has pushed the boundaries of destination travel once again.

Bellevue Plantation can now cater to all types of sporting groups or teams from anywhere in the world.

Barbados offers stiff competition in all sporting disciplines and Bellevue House offers the perfect venue for visiting Polo, Tennis, Netball, Football, Cricket, Swimming, Cycling or Hockey Teams.

Bellevue also offers the grounds, facilities, privacy and relaxation perfect for training, competing or simply relaxing as a team after a challenging tournament. In fact later this year the long awaited polo field adjacent to the property will be complete allowing Bellevue House to host international polo matches or a private polo training camp.

Without a doubt however Bellevue’s stand-out sporting feature of 2016 has to be the visiting British hockey stars that blessed our shores last week.

The owners, staff and management of Bellevue House were delighted and honored to have hosted the British Army Women’s Hockey team who certainly put their unique stamp on Barbados during their two-week stay.

Not only did they make friends and inspire everyone they met during their trip but they also won the Barbados International Hockey Tournament in impressive style which took place between the 21st and 27th of August.

Hot on the coat tails of the 2016 Olympics held in Brazil where the team’s country men and women placed second in the medals table behind world champions USA, The British Army Women’s Hockey Team were crowned the new Barbados Hockey Champions and took home an impressive trophy which they will have to defend when invited back to Barbados next time.

The majority of the tournament took place at the aptly named Husain Bolt Sports Stadium located at the University of the West Indies and with an enthusiastic crowd and cheering fans the British fought off the tough Barbadian competition determined to send the tourists home without a win.

The ladies resolve, determination and obvious fitness helped win the day and the hearts of the spectators to boot!

The hotly anticipated final was held at the world famous Kensington Oval Cricket Ground – home to the Caribbean’s most famous cricketers including Gary Sobers, Desmond Haynes and Brian Lara.

During the final the ABC team managed to score the only goal against the British Army Team, however the competition was simply too tough for the host team and the visitors won in impressive style to be crowned the new Barbados Champions.

Whilst the British team members represent different hockey clubs from across the UK they are all members of the British Army and it is clear that their camaraderie and obvious team spirit helped with the day.

The ladies are used to playing against their fellow servicewomen in the Royal Air Force or Royal Navy however they club together every three years to compete internationally.

The week of matches in Barbados was certainly an eye-opener for the visitors who are used to playing in far colder and less humid conditions, however their skill and competitive spirit helped keep them on their toes when in defense or attack.

With a genuine and passionate attitude for playing, working and competing with energy and positivity the girls didn’t just travel to Barbados to enjoy the hockey.

With the same spirit as when on the hockey pitch the ladies took Barbados by storm and explored and enjoyed the island’s many sights, sounds and activities including a rum tour and even a visit to the animal flower cave at the north point of the island.

But their fun didn’t stop there when at Bellevue House there was no end of laughter and banter amongst the team members including a celebration party in the grounds, however the social highlight of their visit had to be the outstanding catamaran cruise and with the help of the rum punch they enjoyed the local calypso music whilst learning some local dance moves.

To top off their trip a visit to the popular Harbour Lights nightclub could not be missed where everyone danced and enjoyed the open-air atmosphere, local music and fun had by all.

A thoroughly deserved win as tournament champions and our hockey friends go home hopefully with some fun memories and a promise to return, giving our Barbados teams a chance to score again.

The owners, staff and management of Bellevue Plantation House say farewell for now and until next time and thank you to all our new friends from the UK who showed us how to laugh, enjoy life and win with style.

TEAM PLAYERS: 

Paula Nicholas, Tracey Prowes, Lucy Butler, Nic George, Emma Lee-Smith, Cheryl Valentine, Caitlin Lower, Gemma Darrington, Antonia Hazelrigg, Sharon Stones, Amanda Potgieter, Katy White, Liana Smith, Lucy Reading, Jade Outhwaite, Amy Derbyshire, Suzie Hockley

 

Goal scorers:

 

Emma Lee-Smith – 4

Sharon Stones – 5

Antonia Hazlerigg – 3

Lucy Butler – 3

Cheryl Valentine – 2

Nicola George – 3

Amanda ‘Beanie’ – 2

 

RESULTS:

 

Sunday the 21st August

The British Army Hockey Women’s Hockey Team 5

Barbados Defense Force 0

 

Monday 22nd August

The British Army Hockey Women’s Hockey Team 3

University of the West Indies “Blackbirds” 0

 

Tuesday 23rd August

The British Army Hockey Women’s Hockey Team 3

TNT Police 0

 

Wednesday 24th August

The British Army Hockey Women’s Hockey Team 4

0dd du badd 0

 

Friday 25th August

Semi Finals held at the world famous Kensington Oval Cricket Ground

The British Army Hockey Women’s Hockey Team 5

Maple HC – 1

 

Saturday 26th August

Barbados Hockey Tournament Final

The British Army Hockey Women’s Hockey Team 2

ABC 0