Exchequers crowned GAHA champions

GAHA chairman Mr Adolf Adjei presenting the trophy to the skipper of Exchequers Emmanuel Ankomah

GAHA chairman Mr Adolf Adjei presenting the trophy to the skipper of Exchequers Emmanuel Ankomah

Exchequers of Bank of Ghana (BoG) was at the weekend crowned champions of the 2018 Sapholda sponsored Greater Accra Hockey Association (GAHA) league at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium after thrashing Ark Men 5-0 in the final game of the season.

 

The bankers won the championship with a game to spare.

 

With 24 points, Exchequers finished the league unbeaten but drew in three games and won seven.

 

In the process, they scored 34 goals and conceded just three.

 

Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) men’s team followed in second position with 23 points and Police in third with 21 points.

 

Ghana Prisons Service team, Reformers ended the campaign with eight points with Ark men and Legonite following in that order with four points apiece.

 

In the female category, defending league champions, the “Royal Ladies” of GRA retained the title for the second year running, beating their arch-rival Police Ladies of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) to second spot with 18 points.

 

They also ended the season unbeaten and did not drop a point.

 

Second placed Police Ladies finished on 12 points after losing two games to the eventual winners, GRA.

 

Reformers of Prisons came third with four points while Extinguishers of the Ghana Fire Service placed fourth while Real Ambassadors Ladies and Ark Ladies followed in that order.

 

In the seniors’ category, defending champions Sapholda bagged 21 points to retain the title, leaving closest rivals Citizens International in second place on 15 points with Golden Sticks, Multistix and NDK Financiers following in that order with 12, nine and zero points.

 

Real Ambassadors earned 24 points to lift the title in the youth category with Tema Manhean in second with 16 points, Young Financers in third with six points with Kasoa Heroes and Ark Boys finishing with five and four points respectively.

 

Special guest of honour at the crowning ceremony, Mr Andrew Barnes, the Australia High Commissioner to Ghana commended Sapholda Ventures for supporting GAHA to organise a very successful league season.

 

He expressed satisfaction at the level of play in this year’s league and implored the teams to raise the bar further next year.

 

Vice Chairman of the GAHA, Mr Derrick Tamakloe announced that there would be a knockout championship to push-off from October 6 and would be between the first three teams in each category.

 

Mr Tamakloe further stated that in the event where BoG fails to win, the winner will play them in a special champion of champions encounter to round off the season.

 By Raymond Ackumey

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