KAMPALA. Rockets delivered a dazzling performance against Weatherhead to claim a comfortable 5-2 victory as the second round of the National Hockey League (NHL) commenced on Saturday at Lugogo Astroturf Grounds, according to The Daily Monitor.
Weatherhead looked a completely different side from one that beat a disorganized Rockets 9-3 when the league kicked off on May 30. Rockets failed to make a full team until midway through the second half then and their attempt to rally a comeback at 9-0 was as laughable as it was futile.
Ironically, on Saturday it was Weatherhead that started the game with less men against a Rockets team so determined to turn around their fortunes after collecting only one point the first round.
Weatherhead tried to hold on as their disadvantage in numbers called for them to defend more rather than play a balanced game but confusion set in with more players coming in to fill the void in the second half. First half ended 1-1.
The game plan fell apart and as the minutes drifted away, they seemed to do so with their (Weatherhead players) concentration as they conceded four after the restart.
Umpires in the line of fire
Meanwhile, prior to that game, Wananchi Ladies earned their third albeit controversial victory in a space of seven days against Kampala Hockey Club (KHC) Swans, the first two are 2-1 wins in the pool stages and finals of the Wananchi Open last weekend.
KHC captain Bridget Bamulinde contested that Wananchi’s Peace Ayango had hit the back of the net from outside the D, umpire Herman Luwagga agreed but his counterpart Abdul Aziz and match judge Saddam Ariti ruled it was a goal.
KHC now await to hear from UHA to whom they petitioned over the decision as the umpire’s report indicated Wananchi won courtesy of an own goal yet they (own goals) are non-existent in modern hockey.
Men: Rockets 5-2 Weatherhead
Women: KHC 0-1 Wananchi.