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.