T. Tommy hockey gala fiesta in Kumas: Hockey clubs battle for honours

Author: George Ernest Asare
Ernest Opoku of GRA (right) will be one of the key players to watch in the T. Tommy tourney

With the completion of the first round of the Sapholda Hockey League in Accra, the battle grounds will now be shifted  to Kumasi  where the hockey fraternity in Accra will  join their counterparts in the various regions to battle for honours in the annual T. Tommy tournament which would  be held at the Regional hockey pitch at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium  on June 30, and Republic Day, July 1 2018

The T. Tommy tournament - a hockey gala competition held at the first week of July  each year, is in honour of the late Thomson Abankroh, affectionately called T. Tommy, who was one of the key pillars of the development of hockey in Kumasi.

The tournament started in 1989  after his death with a few hockey clubs as a way of immortalising  the name of Mr. Abankroh .

It has however  becoming a national affair where the hockey fraternity across the country converge in Kumasi to compete for honours

Last year, GRA men won the male division with Police Ladies emerging winners in the ladies side. For the Masters, Multi Sticks hockey club from Accra won the title, with TI Ahmadiyya Girls winning the youth ladies version.

With more teams from the various regions now taking part, there will be much fireworks from the participating teams who want to write their names in gold as champions of the tournament this year.

Notably among hockey clubs that will participate in the two-day hockey gala fiesta in the male division  are defending champions of the Sapholda Hockey League in Accra, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) league leaders, Exchequers, Porcupine Sticks, Indece Boys, Unique Sticks and Bibiani hockey club .

For the Ladies side, GRA Ladies from Accra will join Kumasi Ladies Club, T I Ahmadiyya Girls, Kumasi Girls, Yaa Asantewaa Girls and St. Louis Girls  to battle for honours.

Briefing Daily Graphic about the tournament, the Vice President of the Ghana Hockey Association, Mr. James Amo-Gottfried said other hockey clubs from the Eastern, Brong Ahafo and Central regions had confirmed their participation of the tournament .

He said  the annual T. Tommy gala  tournament in Kumasi had not only been a battle ground for existing hockey clubs to determine the best among them, but had also been a place to hunt for talents and nurture them to become future stars.

He assured that the tournament would be sustained to motivate the youth to nurture and develop their potentials more meaningfully.