Beach: Confidence boosted by hat-trick vs Panama
Nicholas Beach, Jamaica's hat-trick hero from their opening CAC men's hockey qualifiers against Panama at the JN Hockey Field in Mona, yesterday said the 6-0 drubbing of Panama in their opening game was a great confidence booster.
However, they do not intend to take any team lightly in their quest to win the tournament.
"We get a lot of confidence (going into the other games). The first one (game) is the most important and we came over this hurdle very well, and we go into the other games feeling strong, feeling confident.
"We are not taking anybody lightly. We will do what we have been doing in training, and hopefully, that will carry us to the end," he said
"We have a goal to qualify for the CAC Games. We crossed the first hurdle and we have a good a chance as anybody else (to win), we just have to execute what we have been practising, and we are confident we will get there," he added.
Beach netted his first after 23 minutes, after Kemar Mitchell (11th) and Duvaughn Henlon (22nd) gave the home team a 2-0 lead. Minutes after the interval, he added his second and Jamaica's fourth, before sealing his hat-trick in the 45th minute. Charles Burton sealed the win for Jamaicans in the 58 minute.
TEAM IS STRONG
"It's always great playing at home in front of your family and friends," Beach continued. "This is the first game of the CAC qualifiers and this is very important for us as we wanted to come out strong. So we were happy to get some goals in the first quarter and the second quarter and as the game progressed we felt good. The team is strong and we are looking forward to the rest of the games and hope to come out on top in the tournament," he said.
The three goals Beach scored on Sunday lifted his own self belief, but he thinks they have to do better on their short corners if they intend to do top the tournament
"I'm always confident ... but when you get a goal and teammates support you to get other goals it's a good feeling. I couldn't have done it without my teammates and I am happy I got the opportunities and made some good finishes.