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Goalkeeper Yves Paul kept busy in ball hockey play-offs

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Action between Frontier and Applied Computer Technologies (Photograph by Mehluli Sibanda)

Goalkeeper Yves Paul, the most valuable player in last season’s play-offs, was in the unenviable position of conceding 19 of the 29 goals scored in the Bermuda Ball Hockey Association play-off first round last week.

Due to a shortage of goalkeepers, Paul was called upon to play for Hamilton Princess in their 10-0 loss to CG Insurance in the first match in a best-of-three series before going on to guard the nets for Applied Computer Technologies, who were beaten 4-1 by Frontier.

The 61-year-old Paul was also on duty for his regular team, defending champions Appleby, who lost a thrilling match 5-4 in overtime by BDA Spirits, with Alex Larouche notching the winning goal.

In the other match in the play-offs, Spine and Sports defeated Positive Image Dental 4-1.

Play-off battle: Frontier and Applied Computer Technologies (ACT) face-off (Photograph supplied)

Derek Farmer, the Frontier goalkeeper, was pleased to get the win against ACT.

“I'm very happy that we got the first win out of the way in the play-offs,’’ Farmer said.

“I was happy with the team’s effort, everybody competed and played their part.

“A lot of credit to my defencemen, they blocked a lot of shots. I was able to see through the traffic and it made my job easy, and then a lot of goalscorers in our team helped us to ice the game.

“The next game is on Wednesday, so I hope we can make it two in a row and move to the next round.

Frontier goalkeeper Derek Farmer (Photograph by Mehluli Sibanda)

“We were ranked second at the end of the regular season, which means we had a good year. Obviously we wanted to be first, but we’re hungry for the play-offs.

“We’re ready to take charge and let them know why we came out and put up a good fight.

“We've been a solid group all season. Very good defensively and we get timely goals, and just contribute as a unit.”

Appleby player James Amaral signalled his team’s intentions in the second leg against Spirits.

“It was a very close game which went to overtime and it could have gone either way,’’ said Amaral.

“We know we are still in the series and can compete with BDA Spirits. It'll be a battle but we believe we can come out on top. We have everything to play for on Friday and game will reflect that.”

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Published April 10, 2024 at 7:59 am (Updated April 09, 2024 at 3:06 pm)

Goalkeeper Yves Paul kept busy in ball hockey play-offs

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