T. Tommy tourney in Kumasi :GRA teams win bragging rights

Author: George Ernest Asare
A lady from Bank of Ghana donating some items to officials of the T. Tommy tournament as part of the gala competition

The male and female hockey teams of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in Accra exhibited outstanding performances last on Sunday July 1,2018 to win the 30th edition of the T. Tommy hockey gala held at the Kumasi regional hockey pitch at the Baba Yara stadium .

While the male team defeated Kumasi-based Porcupine Sticks 2-0 in the grand finale to win their maiden trophy in 2018, their female counterparts were merciless against Kumasi Ladies, hammering them 7-1 to claim the title at stake.

After a fierce battle between Accra-based GRA Men and Porcupine Warriors in the early stages of the match, GRA Men opened the scores through Kwasi Manti. Stephen Asamoah of GRA added his name to the scoresheet in the second half to give GRA Men a well-deserved victory.

On their way to the final, GRA Men defeated Unique Sticks 3-0, while Porcupine Sticks accounted for Accra-based Exchequers with a narrow 1-0 victory.
For their part, GRA Ladies qualified to the final without playing a game because Kumasi Ladies were the only female team that participated in this years’ tournament.

Determined to prove their worth as the defending champions of the Sapholda Hockey League in Accra, GRA Ladies started the game on a fast note and succeeded in tearing their opponents apart.

A brace by potent striker, Ernestina Coffie, and a goal each by Linda Barnie Effah, Vivian Nakuor, Gertrude Inkoom, Philipa Seddoh and Monica Sewell Grant gave GRA Ladies an overwhelming victory, while Kumasi Ladies managed to score a consolation goal through Rachel Tawiah.

In the Masters division, Accra-based Multistix defeated Kumasi Seniors 3-1 to claim the title, with Kumasi Girls Senior High beating T.I Ahmadiyya on penalties to snatch the trophy at stake.

The T. Tommy tournament - a hockey gala held in 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 during his lifetime.

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, become a national affair, where the hockey fraternity across the country converge in Kumasi to compete for honours and also hunt for talents.

Last year, GRA Men won the male division, with Police Ladies emerging winners in the ladies category. Multi Sticks won the Masters title, while T.I. Ahmadiyya Girls lifted the youth ladies trophy.