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The Sunshine Girls, the Caribbean’s top-rated side, has been without a head coach since Minneth Reynolds resigned last December.
Daley-Morris said the JNA had received three applications for the post and would begin interviews next week. And though no specific date had been targeted for the appointment for the new head coach, the administrator said the coaching structure in place would ensure the team’s preparations were not hindered.
“The team will begin their training in early March, so if we do not have a head coach, it is not going to stop the team from training, because we have an assistant coach, who is still there, and a technical director, and we have other personnel that work around the team,” Daley-Morris said.
Reynolds assumed her post in early 2014 following a stint by former national player Oberon Pitterson, and oversaw Jamaica’s fourth place finish at the World Cup in Sydney the following year.
Her last series in charge coincided with Jamaica’s 2-1 victory over England in a three-Test away series last December.
Daley-Morris said the JNA committee would begin pouring over applications this week before starting interviews. (CMC)
Powell returned from a self-imposed two-year break to plunder 513 runs in the recently concluded Regional Super50, and force his way into the 15-man squad selected for England’s three-match One-Day International tour of the Caribbean.
In particular, Browne pointed to Powell’s high level of maturity which he said had been long in coming but very welcomed at this stage.
“We had lots of opportunities for players to put up their hands and young Powell has displayed a level of maturity that was expected for a long, long time from him,” Browne said in an interview.
“This is the Powell we were expecting to see and I’m sure people right across the Caribbean that knows the young man, was expecting to see this level of maturity a few years back. But he is here now, has really put up his hand, he’s said ‘look, I’m ready for international cricket again’.
“He’s hungry and we’re very, very pleased. We hope that other players would see how Powell has set about presenting himself for selection and take a leaf or two out of his book.”
Identified as a long-term solution to the Windies opening woes, Powell had played 21 Tests and 28 One-Day Internationals when he abruptly quit international cricket in the 2014, without any real explanation. He then tried his hand at American baseball before finally returning to first class competition towards the end of last season, playing in a couple of games for Leeward Islands Hurricanes.
The 26-year-old made a powerful statement during this year’s Super50, carving out three centuries and two half-centuries, to emerge as the leading batsman.
Browne said while a decision was yet to be made where Powell would fit in at the top of the order, his ability along with that of fellow young players like Evin Lewis and Kraigg Brathwaite, would be added value for the one-day squad.
The ODI series against England runs from March 3-9. (CMC)
Casablanca first, the rest nowhere should be the outcome of a six-runner ‘aged’ Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs of Lingfield today!
One of two Andrew Balding-trained declarations this consistent, hitherto luckless, Cape Blanco filly has been a disappointment but at issue are winning brackets to enhance stud value; one solitary success and Casablanca will find herself in the breeding paddocks quicker than high speed rail!
Seven days ago 72-rated Casablanca turned in a fair effort when runner-up to Codeshare on Newcastle tapeta, as ever there was a lack of pace when required in the closing stages and so, given there is a 5lbs fillies’ allowance to advantage her cause, surely David Probert will force the pace. It’s an extremely moderate race and definitely an outstanding opportunity of making it ninth time lucky.
The Blue Bomber and Appy Days, moderate hurdlers, and stable-companion, Paris Bound, could make it interesting and will collar support in betting exchanges, but my time-handicap illustrates Casablanca is a betting proposition.
Half an hour later Sandy Shores will not be a surprise if she causes one in the 3-y-o handicap over a mile, mount of useful apprentice, Jordan Uys!
This young man, attached to Brian Meehan’s yard, rode well aboard Sandy Shores over seven furlongs of Kempton ‘poly’ earlier this month when the Sixties Icon filly stayed on strongly to be an eye-catching third.
Sandy Shores, owned by a close friend, needs further and running her over a lesser distance was all about teaching her to relax and be chased into the bridle, previously she had pulled over eight furlongs.
We’re convinced Sandy Shores will go close and Uys’ 7lbs allowance will be vital; positivity might also be key in what should be an interesting, intriguing event.
Logi, purchased out of Richard Hannon’s yard following a succession of defeats, is now with David Barron and reappears in the six-runner Maiden Stakes over five furlongs of Wolverhampton tapet tonight.
Look no further for the winner, experienced Logi has ‘tons’ in hand and Barron is as good, if not better, than anyone, on this planet!
Tin Soldier benefited from a never-say-die ride from Ruby Walsh to land the At The Races Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles.
A winner over an extended three miles on his Irish debut at Fairyhouse last month, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was third-best in the betting for this two-and-a-half-mile Grade Three at 100/30.
Walsh unsurprisingly rode a positive race racing over the shorter trip, but looked booked for minor honours at best as Tin Solider came under pressure long before the home turn.
However, to his credit, the French import responded to his rider’s urgings and after getting himself back into contention in the straight, he jumped the last well and galloped on to score by a length.
Moulin A Vent, the 15/8 favourite, filled the runner-up spot, with Champagne Classic seven lengths further back in third.
Mullins said: “He is making good progress and while he made heavy weather of it, once Ruby made up his mind for him he made nice progress.”
Tin Soldier holds multiple engagements at the Cheltenham Festival, but is unlikely to make the trip to Prestbury Park. “I’ll probably keep him at home and look for a staying novice,” Mullins added.
T&T Under-20 men’s football team is on the brink of elimination from the Concacaf Under-20 Championship, a qualifier to the Fifa Under-20 World Cup after a narrow 1-0 loss to host Costa Rica in their second Group C match at the National Stadium, San Jose, Costa Rica on Wednesday night.
With the win, T&T remained third on the four-team table with one point from two matches, five behind unbeaten El Salvador, 3-1 winners over Bermuda on Wednesday, and its next opponent while Costa Rica is second with three points. Bermuda, bottom of the table with a point as well, but with an inferior goal-difference of minus-two to T&T’s minus-one.
On Saturday in its final group match, T&T which is hoping to qualify for a third ever Fifa Under-20 World Cup Finals must beat El Salvador, which has already qualified to the next phase in the 3.30 pm encounter at the same venue and they hope for Bermuda to upset Costa Rica in the second match, but by a small margin to stay behind T&T on goal-difference.
In an evenly matched contest, Costa Rica which was stunned by El Salvador 1-0 in their opener, got the lone item off the boot of Randall Leal in the 54th minute, when he slammed a right-footed free kick from 23-yards out.
Speaking after the match, T&T skipper, Jabari Mitchell, who had a tough outing said he felt his team’s performances could be summed up as tale of two halves.
“I think in the first-half we executed our plan perfectly, but in the second-half we started off a little too slow, and Costa Rica got a few more chances than we expected.
“The pressure they created resulted in a foul by us on top of the box and unfortunately they scored from that set play”.
Despite the loss, Mitchell said he was confident his team can get the three points against El Salvador to keep alive its chances in the tournament.
“But we also have to depend on Bermuda to pull off a result for us as well,” ended Mitchell.
Needing to salvage a draw at least, T&T pushed forward and created a few more openings mainly through striker Nicholas Dillon and St Hillaire, who scored T&T’s goal in the disappointing 1-1 draw with Bermuda in their opener.
The best chance fell to Dillon in the 85th minute, but his crisp drive through the legs of two Costa Rica defenders, just missed the inside of the far post with Sequira planted on his goal-line.
Under the new format, designed to increase the number of meaningful, competitive matches, the top two teams from Groups A, B, and C will advance to the Classification Stage, where the Confederation’s four tickets to the World Cup at this level will be determined in round robin play among two groups of three teams each.
The top two teams of each of the two Classification stage groups will qualify as Concacaf representatives to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.
So far three-time defending champions and 13-time confederations winners Mexico and Honduras, champions in 1982 both with six points in Group A and El Salvador have qualified to the main draw Classification stage and they will be joined by three from Panama (six points), USA (three) and Haiti (three) in Pool B and Costa Rica (three), T&T (one) and Bermuda (one).
T&T: 1. Denzil Smith (20.Montel Joseph 12th); 2. Isaiah Garcia, 5. Taryk Sampson, 4. Shane Sandy, 8. Kierron Mason; 3. Kori Cupid, 13. Micah Lansiquot; 15. Kathon St Hillaire (19. Taofik Lucas Walker 72nd), 10. Jabari Mitchell (capt) (Yellow 80), 11. Noah Powder (Yellow 61) (14. Josh Toussaint 68th); 9. Nicholas Dillon.
Unused substitutes: 6.Simeon Bailey, 7.Morgan Bruce De Rouche, 12.Joshua Sitney, 16.Rushawn Murphy, 17.Stephon Marcano, 18.Joshua Leach.
Coach: Brian Williams.
Costa Rica: 1. Mario Sequira; 19. Yostin Salinas (2. Diego Mesen 41st), 3. Pablo Arboine, 13. Esteban Sibanja; 20. Eduardo Juarez; 4. Ian Smith, 11. Randall Leal (16. Marvin Loria 73rd), 14. Roberto Cordoba (10. Jonathan Martinez 79th), 6. Luis Hernandez (capt); 8. Jimmy Marin, 9. Andy Reyes.
Unused substitutes: 18.Alejandro Barrientos, 7.Kevin Masis, 12.Juan Arguedas, 15.Bernald Alfaro, 17.Jostin Daly,
Coach: Marcelo Herrera.
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica).
El Salvador 3 (Roberto Dominguez 21st, Fernando Castillo 65th, Josue Rivera 67th) v Bermuda 1 (Mazhye Burchall 75)
Costa Rica 1 (Randall Leal 53rd) v T&T 0
Teams P W D L F A Pts
1. El Salvador 2 2 0 0 4 1 6
2. Costa Rica 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
3. T&T 2 0 1 1 1 2 1
4. Bermuda 2 0 1 1 2 4 1
Panama vs Haiti, 4 pm
USA vs Saint Kitts and Nevis, 6.30 pm
El Salvador vs T&T, 3.30 pm
Costa Rica vs Bermuda, 6 pm
A brilliant 145-run partnership for the third wicket between Darren Samlal and Kyle Roopchand propelled South Zone to an easy seven-wicket victory over Central in the final of the Shell sponsored Inter Zone Under-15 cricket tournament on Wednesday at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.
Samlal top-scored with 75, slamming nine fours and two maximums in the process, and Roopchand was undefeated on 72, with six fours, as South Zone raced to 182 for the loss of three wickets in 32.5 overs to overhaul Central Zone’s 181 all out in 48 overs.
South Zone had won the toss and asked their opponents to take first strike which proved to be a smart decision as Central Zone, despite an excellent opening partnership of 103, failed to capitalise on the excellent foundation.
Shiva Sankar smashed seven fours off just 65 balls for his 51, while captain and opening batsman Aaron Bankay compiled a patient 39 to set their team up for a big total, but the rest of the Central Zone batting crumbled like a house of cards against a steady South Zone bowling attack once they were dismissed.
The next best partnership of the innings was a valuable 34 runs at the tail end between No 9 and 10 batsmen Amrit Dass (17) and Shasri Maharaj (12), with extras also contributing an astounding 36 (35 wides) to the final total.
“Man-of-the-Match” Jonathan Frederick grabbed four wickets for 26 runs in his ten overs with one maiden, while Avalon Changoor provided valuable support claiming three for 28, and Ryall Narine also got into the act with two for 39.
However South Zone, which finished unbeaten in the tournament, were also guilty of giving away 29 extras, including 25 wides.
Dexter Skeene, chief executive officer (CEO) of the T&T Pro League, stands confident that the competition will maintain its status as the best league in the country in 2017 and beyond, and by extension the Caribbean.
Skeene said the just concluded 2016/2017 season has made strides even in economic uncertainty, and will continue to grow with the new 2017 season reverting to the previous April to December format to accomplish sporting and financial objectives.
With Central FC claiming a historic third straight title on the final day of the season ahead of W Connection Skeene noted that the competitiveness of the league continues to improve every season.
He said, “On the final day of the league competition we saw eventual champions Central and runners-up W Connection battling to the wire for the crown. Also, near the end we had four teams battling for third, which was secured by San Juan Jabloteh.”
A former T&T international Skeene congratulated two-time Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship holders Central FC on their historic three-peat, and also praise Defence Force for claiming a knockout-double with the First Citizens Cup and Digicel Pro Bowl titles, as well as the on-field improvements by clubs such as St Ann’s Rangers and Club Sando.
“We also wish Central every success at this year’s Caribbean Club Championship, and that they continue to fly the T&T flag and serve the country and the Pro League with distinction and that they (Central) along with San Juan Jabloteh qualify for next season’s Concacaf Champions League.”
Central and San Juan Jabloteh, league champions and runners-up respectively in 2015-16, will contest the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship next month, the Caribbean’s qualifier tournament to the Concacaf Champions League.
Skeene admitted that the PL, only fifteen seasons old, is still a long way from becoming self-sufficient, but with the continued support of the T&T Government and the advent of upgrading community grounds, the League is on the path towards self-sustainability.
“We again thank the Government of T&T and the Minister of Sport Darryl Smith for their continuous support for the Pro League and subvention to the League and clubs,” stated Skeene.
“The Minister understands the value of professional football in that it provides players for the national level, to be able to qualify for a World Cup. It is a unique animal unlike any other entity.”
Last September, during the launch of the 2016-17 season, Skeene referenced the US Major League Soccer (MLS), which he said in its early years experienced financial and operational struggles despite millions of dollars pumped in by wealthy owners Lamar Hunt of Dallas Cowboys, Phillip Anschutz and Bob Kraft.
He said the MLS had lost millions of dollars, while teams played in mostly empty American football stadiums back then. But today, with soccer-specific venues, average MLS attendance exceeds that of the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Basketball Association (NBA). The MLS has also secured TV deals and is now profitable.
“The catalyst for investment, they state, came with the advent of investment in soccer-specific stadia throughout the US in soccer-mad cities,” said Skeene back then. “None of these projects were mega constructions so they were not mega risks.”
Skeene’s notion was put to test during the just concluded season.
Through the support of the Minister Smith and the implementation arm of the Ministry of Sport, the Sports Company of T&T (SporTT) along with its facilities manager Anthony Blake, the Park Street Recreation Ground, Morvant was put to the test and the response was astounding, drawing massive crowds in three games over a five-week period.
However, with the playing surface due for a much needed upgrade, remaining home games of Morvant Caledonia United had to be scheduled at the Ato Boldon, Larry Gomes and Hasely Crawford Stadia.
Skeene explained that, “Minister Smith is working with the League to upgrade grounds on a phased basis in the communities represented and that will give the clubs a revenue earning asset which will enable them to roll out proper marketing strategies to maximise their revenue line items such as sponsorship, gate receipts, merchandising and player transfers.”
He boasted that, “The Pro League, the only professional league in the Caribbean, continues to attract the best local players as well as some of the region’s rising talents such as W Connection’s Dimitri Apai (Suriname), Jamal Charles (Grenada) and Briel Thomas (Dominica), and San Juan Jabloteh’s Fabien Reid (Jamaica) among others.
On the exporting scale, he noted that the Pro League clubs also continue to attract interest in the North and Central America, Europe and Asia markets with players such as W Connection’s Jomal Williams and Shahdon Winchester (Murciélagos/Mexico), Ma Pau Stars’ Anthony Wolfe (Churchill Brothers/India) and Jerrel Britto (Honduras Progreso/Honduras), San Juan Jabloteh’s Willis Plaza (East Bengal/India), Central FC’s Nicholas Dillon (K Patro Maasmechelen / Belgium) and San Juan Jabloteh’s Keston Julien (AS Trenín/Slovakia) all making moves abroad during the last season.
However, he reminded all that the Pro League was a limited liability company, which each club is a part of, and just like any other industry if one club fails it doesn’t mean that the league fails. In the past clubs such as Starworld Strikers and Tobago United left, but that doesn’t mean the League has failed.”
The first three chess players to qualify for this year’s national championship finals have already set the highest standard for this central contest.
They are the three FMs, Adrian Winter Atwell, Kevin Cupid and Frank Yee who topped the list of 30 entrants with respective scores of 6.5, 5.5 and 5. .
Although he is yet to win the national title, Winter Atwell’s victory in this first of four preliminary events must make him one of the favourites.
Among his achievements so far is the unique double, winning in 2015 both the DeVerteuil Memorial and the Knights Open, the two contests which ritually attracts most of the country’s leading players.
Twenty five year old Kevin Cupid is again seeking the national title having won it in 2016.
He played unbeaten in the finals of 2013 but finished second to Ryan Harper as a result of his many drawn games.
Cupid scored a major upset at the Olympiad in Azerbaijan when he defeated Serbian GM Nikola Sedlak rated at 2537, scoring the only first round win for TT. The Under-18 cham
pion in 2009, Cupid gained second place in the Under 16 division of the Sagicor Open in Barbados in 2006.
Veteran Frank Yee is back in the fray after winning the national championship several years ago.
Some 30 years after his student days at Holy Cross College, the computer specialist has set a chess career marked by determination and high achievement.
Yee won the Knights two open tournaments a number of times, played at five Olympiads and contested sub zonals in Venezuela and Equador.
Once a prolific campaigner, Yee has reduced his participation in open tournaments, now playing mostly in the nationals.
The first three qualifying contenders, of course, represent the best of the sport, each quite capable of winning the title.
The quality of the contest may also be seen in the scores of the following players, Dev Soondarsingh 5, Anderson Gordon 5, Marcus Cobham 4.5, David Jones 4.5, Alan-Safar Ramoutar 4.5, FM Mario Merritt 4, CM Frank Sears 4, Mark Richards 4.
The second national qualifier takes place in the East on March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18.
Shooter Kayshanna Duncan was named among the final 13 to represent T&T at the upcoming Caribbean Netball Association’s Jean Pierre Under-16 Tournament, which will be held at the National Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva, from March 31-April 7.
Duncan of Tranquillity Secondary School is the lone player returning from last year’s team, which placed seventh in the then the eight-team competition. This year, teams from seven countries will be participating including Anguilla, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines in the 17th edition of the youth competition.
T&T has never won the U-16 title. The last time T&T finished among the top three was in 2012 when it placed third behind Barbados and St Lucia, respectively. The highest position it has ever reach was second in 2001, 2000 and in the inaugural year (1998).
Aishah Abdul-Hakeem of St Francois Girls’ College and Reheanna Ali (Guaico Secondary School) are two standout players that emerged from last season’s Secondary Schools Netball League.
Abdul-Hakeem was the leading individual shooter in the U-14 division and helped her St Francois squad cop the team shooting prize while Ali was among the best in the U-16 category, finishing runner-up in the end of season shooting competitions in Interzone action.
Former national netball senior captain Carlette Nurse has been given the responsibility of coaching the young sqaud, replacing another former senior skipper Janelle Barker, who served for the past two years.
Nurse will have the services of Velma Hazelwood as assistant coach, manager Coreen David and Peter Springer (trainer) seeking to win in the development competition, named after the renowned international netballer, the late Jean Pierre of T&T. Unfortunately, the venue in Mucurapo named after the ex-netball star is not available and not up to the standard to host the tournament.
The junior squad trains three days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays and will also use practice matches against local teams, to peak when competitions starts next month.
Aishah Abdul-Hakeem (St Francois Girls’ College), Reheanna Ali (Guaico Secondary School), Kaliyah Cooper (Belmont Secondary School), Nakaliah Daniel (Toco Composite Secondary), Kayshanna Duncan (Tranquillity Secondary), Malika Evans (Pleasantville Secondary), Kelelicia George (Bishops High School - Tobago), Jayda Hector (Open Bible High School), Esther James (Bishops High School - Tobago), Niriah Lewis (La Fillette Secondary), Akeila O’Neil (El Dorado East Secondary), Phoebe Warner (Scarborough Secondary)
Reserves: Dinykah Goodridge(Bishop Centenary College), Chinaka Lindsay (Arima Central Secondary), Kalaiah Stewart (Bishops High School).
Carlette Nurse (coach), Velma Hazelwood (assistant coach), Coreen David (manager), Peter Springer (trainer).
In line with an aggressive mandate to develop the sport tourism niche, the Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) held a meeting with John Tolkamp, President of Cycling Canada and Robert Farrier, President of the T&T Cycling Federation (TTCF), to discuss plans to position the National Cycling Centre as a major hub for hemispheric cyclists to visit and train ahead of major international competitions.
Farrier in a release yesterday said, “Trinidad and Tobago is well positioned geographically as the destination of choice for the Pan-American Cycling Federation (COPACI) region which consists of forty-seven countries. This is an excellent opportunity for our country to benefit from increased sport tourist arrivals.”
Following a tour of the cycling facility, Tolkamp described the cycling centre as an important catalyst to boost the tourism sector in T&T.
Tolkamp oversees the sport in his country and has been instrumental in having Canada better placed in cycling at the international level. He is also a member of the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) Track Commission and a former member of the UCI’s Ethics Commission.
“This was my first visit to Trinidad and indeed it was a productive one. I was able to meet with key persons in the tourism, sport and cycling fraternity for strategic planning and best practices sharing sessions that will help to push Trinidad and Tobago as one of the most important satellite cycling centres in COPACI” Tolkamp said.
According to the UCI cycling official “After the meetings, there’s nothing quite like enjoying the beauty of the islands and some pre-Carnival fun. I enjoyed the sweet sounds of the national instrument at the Panorama semi-finals; experienced a true ‘trini lime’ on Ariapita Avenue and even had my first roti! This was my first visit but it certainly will not be the last.”
Meanwhile, Arveon Mills, Acting Chief Executive Officer at the TDC said “Trinidad and Tobago sees sport tourism as an important emerging sector with the capacity for entrepreneurial development, foreign exchange earnings, employment creation and youth empowerment.”
With a fixed seating capacity for just over 2,500 persons and parking available for 300 vehicles, the state-of-the-art indoor air-conditioned velodrome at Balmain Couva, is the first of its kind in the Caribbean and includes a wooden high performance cycle track as well as an inner circle concrete warm up cycle track.
According to Mills, “The TDC strongly supports the view that the ultramodern national cycling centre provides some of the best prospects and opportunities to lure international and regional visitors to our country. Our GoTrinBago destination app-the ultimate guide to discovering Trinidad and Tobago will help to strengthen the facility’s incredible potential as a foreign exchange earner for both islands.”
In 2016, T&T’s five-member Junior Pan American Track Cycling Championships team created sporting history by becoming the first national team to compete along the sleek 250-metre circuit. The country also achieved gold medal in the Match Sprint event through Nicholas Paul, to complete an overall impressive display against top class international competition.
This year the cycling federation will again host three major international cycling events, including The Easter International Grand Prix, the Pan American Elite Championships and the Caribbean Mountain Bike Championships, which are expected to attract competitors from North America, South & Central America, Europe and the Caribbean.
Maracas United Football Club (MUFC) Youth Academy hosted the Cooper’s Coerver Coaching Academy, at the Leotaud ground in Maracas, St Joseph, on February 11.
The academies engaged in fierce (but friendly) competition from the U6 to the U14 age groups. It was a great day of football, a great day of coaching and mentoring young players and most of all, it was a great day of fun.
Founder and chairman of MUFC Corey Selvon, said that his Youth Football Academy offers high-level football training and play to boys and girls ages four to 18 years.
Selvon iterated that at MUFC the focus is to develop young players to their highest potential in a positive environment that is both instructive and fun. Selvon concluded that MUFC provides every player the greatest opportunity to develop their football skills, discipline, sportsmanship and teamwork.
Head coach and founder of Cooper’s Coerver Coaching Academy Damian Cooper expressed gratitude to the management and staff of MUFC for being gracious hosts.
Cooper added that it is always a pleasure to compete against academies/ coaches who understand and share similar philosophies in terms of youth development in football.
Selvon, a recent graduate of the University of West Indies FIFA/CIES Graduate Diploma in Sports Management, thanked his family and close friends for assisting in getting his academy off the ground. Selvon also expressed gratitude to Ian R Briggs, founder and technical director of IRB Futbol Academy in Baltimore MD and Sean Rush and Douglas Pryor of Pipeline SC of Maryland.
T&T utility player Joevin Jones had a hand in Seattle Sounders goal as the reigning US Major League Soccer champions was held to a 1-1 draw by Charleston Battery in their first match of the Carolina Challenge Cup pre-season tournament in Charleston, South Carolina, USA on Saturday.
After a first-half own goal that put Seattle up heading into the break, the Rave Green gave up a goal in the final moments of stoppage time, scored by Charleston Battery’s Kotaro Higashi.
The left footed Jones, who can also play as a winger or midfielder helped create the Sounders’ lone tally in the 32nd minute when he crossed a ball in from the left side of the box that was deflected in for an own goal by defender Taylor Mueller to dismay of his team-mates which included T&T pair, Neveal Hackshaw and Ataulla Guerra.
Alvaro Fernandez had a great chance for the Sounders when his shot hit the far post in the 66th minute and caromed along the goal line, and Henry Wingo had a goal disallowed when his original pass to Will Bruin in a give-and-go found Bruin a step offside.
There was much better news for out-of-favour national left-back Mekeil Williams as he featured in the first 61 minutes of Colorado Rapids 3-1 defeat of New England Revolution before he was replaced by Marc Burch in their second showing at the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson.
Two goals from Caleb Calvert and two assists from guest player Tony Cascio helped the Rapids beat the defending champions on another windy afternoon, at the Kino Sports Complex with Williams.
Both Rapids and New England will meet in the MLS season opener in two weeks at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on March 4.
Five T&T players in pre-season action
The quintet of T&T internationals Shannon Gomez, Kenwyne Jones, Cordell Cato, Neveal Hackshaw and Ataulla Guerra were all involved in pre-season action in the USA as well on the weekend.
The 20-year-old Gomez came on as a second-half substitute for ten-man New York City FC in a 3-1 loss to fellow US MLS Club Houston Dynamo in their opening Desert Diamond Cup encounter on a windy night in Tucson, Arizona.
In an eventful opening 45 minutes of soccer which saw both Patrick Vieira and David Villa controversially sent-off, NYCFC fell behind inside 60 seconds to a Romell Quioto goal before Villa replied with a strike from the tightest of angles 15 minutes later.
However, Villa, the 2016 MLS MVP was sent off before half-time for striking AJ DeLaGarza in the face, an ejection issued after a video replay review.
The Dynamo then pulled ahead in the second half via Alex in the 50th minute while Memo Rodriguez added the third item in the 88th minute.
Jones sub in 64th-minute
Axed T&T captain Kenwyne Jones had a run of 64 minutes before being replaced by Julian Gressel in Atlanta United’s 2-1 loss to Columbus Crew SC in a hard fought first match in the Carolina Challenge Cup at MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday.
Atlanta United head coach Tata Martino, formerly of Barcelona and Argentina lined up his side with nearly the same personnel as the previous match vs Chattanooga with Alec Kann, Greg Garza, Leandro González Pirez, Michael Parkhurst, Tyrone Mears, Chris McCann, Jeff Larentowicz, Miguel Almirón, Hector Villalba, and Kenwyne Jones.
The one adjustment in the starting 11 was Josef Martinez stepping in for Yamil Asad, who did not dress today due to a minor calf contusion.
While Columbus seized the 2-1 victory, Atlanta United can be proud of a solid performance in their first encounter with MLS competition in just their second match as a team.
Meanwhile, T&T’s international, speedy winger, Cordell Cato came on at the start of the second-half in San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 defeat of Reno 1868 FC.
The Harriram Gobin trained ‘hot pot’ Teneinte Coronel played mas with the opposition in the feature event at Santa Rosa Park, Arima yesterday, cruising home by 6 1/4 lengths. The Shivam Maharaj owned thoroughbred began the Carnival celebrations for the stable in style and based on his performance Teniente Coronel was adjudged ‘King of The Band’ at the Arima Race Club (ARC) Carnival Lime.
Punters sent the 2016 Gold Cup third off at the prohibitive odds of 1-9 in the feature of the eight-race card – for the trip of 1750 Metres, Handicap 3 for Three-year-old horses Rated 70 and Over .
When the starter sent the six-horse field on their way Eye See You was thew first to show from Big Five O with Ronald Ali contented to take the tow in third from the pacesetters. These were followed by Buffalo Soldier, Free Passage and One For The Road contented to observe from the back.
Going down the back-stretch Big Five O took over from Eye See You with Ronald Ali allowing Teniente Coronel to take closer order as Buffalo Soldier moved forward under Kerron Khelawan. Going to the far turn Ali let out one inch of rein and Teneinte bounded into a two-length lead and began going further and further away from rivals. At the corner, it was just a question of how far as Teniente Coronel powered clear by six with Buffalo Soldier toiling in his wake as Free Passage made progress from the back to run into third spot.
At the line Teniente Coronel scored impressively by 6 1/4 lengths in the time of 1:50.00.
Former champion trainer Glenn Mendez brought the unbeaten four-year-old chestnut filly Tis A Pleasure back to the track with an impressive victory. Tis A Pleasure was impressive in his romp which was close to nine lengths withWilmer Galviz being able to ease the filly down way before the line. She recorded the time of 1:13.12.
Jake O’Brien, son of champion trainer John O’Brien registered the first win of his career as a trainer when Valorous scored by half a length in the seventh event under the legendary Patrick Husband for no other owner but Merlin Samlalsingh. He has a big task of walking in his ‘Father’s footsteps.’
The Jetsam Champion Two-Year-Old fily Leading Lady made her seasonal appearance in the final event over 1750 metres. She ran a brave race and never gave way until 300 metres from the line. She will come on from this run. Five year-old Hurricane Harry won the event from Peace N Glory.
The days leading rider was champion jockey Ronald Ali who rode two winners in Hurricane Harry and Teniente Coronel.
Training honours for the day fell to Glenn Mendez who saddled two winners. Racing takes a rest until March 4th.
Red Alert, one of eight ‘decs’ for the Maiden Stakes over six furlongs Chelmsford today, is napped (again!) and there is a good reason we think this will be seventh time lucky, Franny Norton!
A fortnight ago Red Alert recorded his worst time-figure, with a better opportunity, over the minimum trip on this course, under Liam Keniry.
Easy to criticise in this game, which is all about winning and losing, but race-times tell their own story and visually Liam looked to have lacked drive and positivity; my clock subsequently confirmed that impression.
Punters were awestruck when a late effort by heavily-backed Red Alert failed by a head, presumably trainer Joseph Tuite will instruct Norton to hit the gate and sort out the whest from the chaff.
Three newcomers will be of interest in betting exchange markets but the only conceivable danger in my book is Alfono Manana, second the last twice and progressive.
BHA ratings have the latter a pound or two superior, we differ by about 7lbs!
Realistically Red Alert represents the first leg of an each-way double ‘special’ played into James Tate-trained Forest Angel in the Maiden Stakes over and extended mile on Wolverhampton tapeta.
Forest Angel raced both times as a two-year-old, at Newmarket!
Former trainer, Richard Hannon, knows what is required to win those ‘maidens’ at HQ and so must have had decent regard for Forest Angel, eh?
Coincidentally Hannon runs once-raced Willwams, a remote 25/1 shot when eighth of ten, beaten nine lengths by Opinionate at Lingfield last month; you can bet this Duke Of Marmalade gelding isn’t useless and is ‘on the premises!’ Isn’t all-weather racing fascinating?
Just Cameron heading to Naas
Just Cameron is set to make his second appearance in Ireland at Naas on Sunday.
Micky Hammond’s stable star ran a fantastic race to finish a clear second to Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair Novice Chase at the 2015 Punchestown Festival and has been campaigned at a high level during the subsequent two years.
The 10-year-old was well beaten on his seasonal reappearance in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in November, but has performed well at a lower level since, finishing third in the Castleford Chase at Wetherby over Christmas before returning to the West Yorkshire circuit to snap a long losing run last month. He will now head across the Irish Sea to contest a Grade Three chase over two miles.
Hammond said: “He ran well in the Castleford and stepped up on that to win a nice prize back at Wetherby.
“He’s been mixing it with some of the best for the last couple of years and finishing fifth or sixth, so it was nice to see him get his head in front again. He came out of Wetherby in good form. The plan is to run in Ireland at the weekend and we’re expecting a big run.”
Just Cameron finished sixth in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham last March and Hammond is keen to see how his charge performs this weekend before deciding whether to have another crack at the two-mile chasing crown.
“Let’s get this weekend out of the way before we think about Cheltenham,” said the Leyburn-based trainer.
Luckless Burke suffers injury again
Jonathan Burke’s injury woes are set to continue after it was confirmed he looks like missing the rest of the season.
Burke, formerly the retained rider for Alan and Ann Potts, has endured a miserable run with injuries in 2016 and had not long returned from a fractured fibula.
He suffered an injury to his shoulder at Navan on Sunday and has now been told it requires surgery.
His agent Gary Cribbin said: “Jonathan went for an MRI with shoulder specialist Hannan Mullett in Santry on Tuesday and it has been confirmed he has torn tendons in his right shoulder.”
ST JOHN’S—The West Indies Cricket Board has advised that Nkrumah Bonner and Jason Holder were fined, and Kraigg Brathwaite was reprimanded for separate breaches of the Code of Conduct during the Regional Super50 Tournament.
Bonner and Holder were fined 25 per cent of their match after admitting to the offences, but Brathwaite was given a reprimand following a hearing with the match referee.
Holder, the Barbados Pride captain, was reported for a Level 1 breach of the Code by the match officiating team of on-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Peter Nero, along with TV umpire Carl Tuckett and reserve umpire Patrick Gustard, during the Grand Final which his side won by 59 runs over Jamaica Scorpions last Saturday, at the Coolidge Cricket Ground here.
The lanky fast bowling all-rounder threw his hands in the air in a show of dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal use, which contravenes paragraph 1.2 of the Code, following an unsuccessful lbw appeal in the 44th over of the Scorpions’ chase.
Bonner was also reported for breaching the same part of the Code, after he was reported by the match officiating crew of on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Carl Tuckett, along with reserve umpire Bernard Joseph during a Group A match between Leeward Islands Hurricanes and West Indies Under-19s on February 6, at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
When Bonner was adjudged caught behind in the fourth over of the innings, he delayed leaving the wicket while looking at the umpire. On walking past the umpire, the Hurricanes batsman queried the method of his dismissal and, when told, responded: “ You can’t see”.
Brathwaite too, was reprimanded for a show of dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal use, after he was reported by on-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Danesh Ramdhanie, along with reserve umpire Ryan Willoughby during a Group B match between Barbados Pride and Combined Campuses & Colleges on February 11, at Kensington Oval.
The Pride opener showed dissent by an obvious delay in leaving the wicket, following his dismissal, caught behind, in the 29th over of the innings, and was given an official reprimand by Match Referee Mervyn Jones after a hearing.
WICB CODE OF CONDUCT RANGE OF PENALTIES
Level of Offence
(Players and Team Officials)
Official reprimand and/or fine of up to the equivalent of 50 per cent of player or team official’s match fee
Fine of the equivalent of between 50 per cent of player or team official’s match fee up to their full match fee and/or a ban of 1 match and/or 2 one-day matches
Ban of between 2 and 4 matches and/or between 4 and 8 one-day matches
Ban of between 5 matches and/or 10 one-day matches and a life ban.
T&T’S Olympic boxer Nigel Paul was a winner on the night of boxing at the Brian Lara Castle, as T&T defeated Jamaica 4-1 in a duel on Tuesday night.
The card, promoted by cricket champion Brian Lara, in conjunction with the T&T Boxing Association, saw Paul defeating Jamaica’s Ricardo Brown by unanimous decision after three rounds of a bruising contested that was witnessed by a number of dignitaries including Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Minister of Sports Darryl Smith, Michael Phillips- chairman of the Sports Company, Lara’s and his friends, former T&T footballers Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, and former World Champion boxer Leslie “Tiger’ Stewart, among others.
Paul thought he had his work cut out for him as Brown entered the ring as the silver medallist from last year’s Caribbean Championships. The Jamaican appeared determined to unleash his big knock-out punch all night but it proved anything but harmful to the TT fighter in the super heavyweight division.
Paul too, made a meal of the contest as he failed to capitalise on opportunities to send his opponent to the canvas in the third round. First when a combination of punches jolted the Jamaican against the ropes and with Brown literally pleading to be knocked-out, the bulky T&T fighter let him off the hook.
Brown also survived moments before the end as Paul caught him drifting from some earlier blows, but with the situation ripe for the knock-out, Paul again allowed his opponent to catch himself, sending the fight to the judges for a decision, perhaps confident that he won on the judges scorecards.
In the end however, Paul got the edge in this his first fight since his Rio Olympic Games debut and now its back to the gym as he prepares for his next outing.
T&T’s Michael Alexander and Nyrell Hosein provided the performances of the night. Alexander outclassed Damion Williams in the welterweight division by unanimous decision and Hosein delivering a similar performance on the undercard against Kevin Randeo to prevail on a split decision in an all-local juniors contest.
Hosein’s display of hitting and moving in the three-round contest assured him the win over a bigger and seemingly stronger Ramdeo, much to the delight of the fans. And later, it was Alexander’s turn to show-off his skills and clever footwork. He pounded Williams from the opening round, providing expectations of a knock-out which never came. Williams struggled to cope with the agility of Alexander and when he connected with his vicious punches, they proved to be ineffective as they lacked any power.
Instead, Alexander, who missed out on a chance to qualify for the Olympic Games last year, freely landed punches to his opponents head and body to earn the expected victory.
There was also victory on the night for T&T’s Aaron Prince over Jamaica’s Jonathan Hanson by unanimous decision in the Middleweight category and Brandon Dennis who triumphed over Ian Derby in the Heavyweight division by split decision. Mike Inniss was the only casualty for T&T on the night, going down to a brutal Marvin Shea by unanimous decision in the Light welterweight.
Bishop Anstey’s High School (BAHS) B team’s Arissa Romany romped through the defence of Providence Girls Catholic School to guide her team to a 7-0 victory in the School Girls Rugby League of T&T (SGRLTT).
This was at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, last Wednesday.
This top of the table clash, was decided by Romany’s try (five points) and successful conversion for the extra two points.
Bishop’s B team so far looks like the pacesetters and with that success chalked up their third consecutive win, turning back Providence to maintain their perfect record this season.
It moved them two points clear in the standings with 12 points from three matches and with a match in hand but Providence is still in the race with 10 points. So too are the girls of St James Secondary and Bishop’s A team, both on nine points.
St James had a bye in this round which allowed Bishop’s A to gain some ground by way of a 10-5 win over Bishop Centenary College who are now fifth on the table.
The third and final fixture on the day was an in-school derby where Holy Name Convent A shut out Holy Name B by a 10-0 final score line.
Today action returns to the Savannah with a triple-header, starting at 4 pm.
1 Bishop B 3 3 0 0 21 7 14 12
2 Providence 4 2 2 0 47 12 35 10
3 St James Sec 3 2 1 0 30 10 20 9
4 Bishop A 3 2 1 0 15 5 10 9
5 Centenary 4 1 3 0 37 27 10 7
6 Holy Name A 4 1 3 0 10 25 -15 7
7 Holy Name B 4 0 4 0 5 82 -77 4
Bishop B 7 (A Romany 1 try & 1
conversion) vs Providence 0
Bishop A 10 (I Francis 2 tries) vs
Bishop Centenary 5 (A Cooper 1 try)
Holy Name A 10 (A Noel 2 tries) vs Holy Name B 0
St James Secondary School v Bishop’s Centenary College
Providence v Holy Name Convent B
Bishop Anstey HighSchool A v Bishop Anstey High School B
Holy Name Convent A - Bye
David Mc Dougall scored a beaver-trick and Kevon Woodley, a hat-trick as T&T spanked Antigua & Barbuda 8-1 in its opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility on Monday night in Nassau, Bahamas.
It was the start for T&T in the Group C clash as Woodley opened the scoring as early as the second minute of the first 12-minute period, but underdogs Antigua & Barbuda drew level five minutes later.
That was the last bit of joy for Antigua & Barbuda as Chad Appoo restored T&T’s lead in the ninth minute while Mc Dougall got his first in the 10th minute, a gem of a volley for a 3-1 lead at the end of the first third.
The second period was all one way traffic with Mc Dougall making it 4-1 in the 13th minute before he extended the cushion to 5-1 a minute later with a exquisite right footed volley from near the right byine followed by a second on the night from Woodley to lead 7-1.
In the final third, T&T controlled the flow of the match and added two late items via, Mc Dougall, his fourth in the 34th and Woodley, to complete his hat-trick a minute from the final whistle to give coach, USA-born Benny Astorga his first win.
With the win, T&T moved into a joint lead with USA, which swept past US Virgin Islands by a similar 8-1 margin in Monday’s earlier match-up.
This evening, T&T swill head into action in their second match against the US Virgin Islands from 2.45pm while United States will be up against Antigua & Barbuda from 4pm in pool action.
Astorga is confident of victory again today as he believes his team has been in the best possible shape for the qualifiers.
Earlier this week Marc Jankovic scored four goals as Canada earned a 6-4 win over Group B rival Barbados in the opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship on Monday.
With the score level at 4-4, Maxime Leconte put Canada ahead for good early in the third period and Jankovic completed the scoreline with seven minutes left in the match.
Goals: 0-1: Marc Jankovic, min. 11 (1); 1-1: Jamar Grazette, min. 8 (1); 2-1: Jamal Chandler, min. 7 (1); 2-2: Marc Jankovic, min. 0 (1); 2-3: Danilo Pessoa, min. 9 (2); 2-4: Marc Jankovic, min. 7 (2); 3-4: Andre Pinder, min. 3 (2); 4-4: Tito Grazette, min. 11 (3); 4-5: Maxime Leconte, min. 9 (3); 4-6: Marc Jankovic, min. 7 (3)
Meanwhile, three-time champion United States recovered from a slow start to defeat US Virgin Islands, 8-1, in their Group C opener .
USVI’s Esaias Charles scored the only goal of the first period, but the U.S. responded with eight unanswered goals, including three from captain Nicolas Perera, all from the penalty spot. Team-mate Alessandro Canale weighed in with a brace.
Goals: 0-1: Esaias Charles, min. 5 (1); 1-1: Nicolas Perera, min. 9 (2); 2-1: Andrew Feld, min. 7 (2); 3-1: Alessandro Canale, min. 5 (2); 4-1: Nicolas Perera, min. 3 (2); 5-1: Jason Santos, min. 9 (3); 6-1: Matthew Van Zytveld, min. 6 (3); 7-1: Nicolas Perera, min. 1 (3); 8-1: Alessandro Canale, min. 1 (3).
Firstly, let me wish everyone a great day of Horseracing on this Carnival Wednesday racing programme.
The Arima Race Club has finally appointed a new Chief Executive Officer in the shape of retired Captain Anthony Wight. Captain Wight has been involved in horse racing for decades and no doubt is well aware of the many challenges that currently confront the industry. If he was not aware, it was made pellucidly clear at Last Wednesday’s Jetsam Awards when both the Arima Race Club (ARC) President Linford Carrabon and the Minister of Trade Paula Gopee Scoon identified the numerous issues facing the sport, prime of which is the reduced funding available from almost all sources.
This is going to place an even greater emphasis on management and imagination and we eagerly look forward to the new ideas to be placed on the table.
One avenue already being pursued by the Club is a reduction in the stakes money paid to owners, even as they reduce the number of race days. While the reduction in purses is likely inevitable due to the reduced income, the wisdom behind reducing prize money for the major races and classics will continue to be called into question.
For the sport to survive, it needs both punters and horses, which means that it also needs owners. Historically, the ARC has sacrificed quality for quantity and this appears to continue to be the case when you look at the draft racing programmes.
The longstanding argument is that we have more horses in the lower rating bands than the higher bands, but this begs the question of the chicken and the egg – which came first? Once we continue to pay pittance and have fewer races for the higher quality animals, owners will be discouraged from investing in new stock and so we will have fewer and fewer genuinely quality horses.
One avenue that needs to be pursued is the engagement of social media to extend the reach of the sport. We need to move to the situation in which the sport is readily available to all interested parties on whatever channel they prefer to use. We must start with expanding the television networks on which the racing channel is available. This is not social media, but it should be an easy first step. It should be available – and free to each of the major providers – Flow, Blink, Digicel and Massy.
Next, we must make it available online and streaming. Technology is thev ARC future and it needs to direct any available funding to expanding this channel which will extend its reach outside of the borders of the race track and T&T. We would not be unique in this regard.
Another avenue that needs to be pursued is getting the betting public more involved in the decision making. This should start by making it easy for the betting public to submit their suggestions to the Club for improvements and its an avenue to look at new and fresh ideas.
The Club’s ability to implement the public’s suggestions will go a long way towards encouraging greater participation and presence. The reality is that the public has not lost its appetite for betting, there are so many options available at the moment that local horse racing has to keep up and must not be seen as failing to become attractive, but must be seen as competing for its fair share of the purchasing public audience.
Trinbagonians are betting on everything from the Superbowl to the Premier League to how long it will take before President Trump is impeached. Racing needs to restore its share of that market. Reaching out to the public to understand what they want and then giving it to them must be seen as very important to the future of the ARC.
Racing will survive but it needs all stakeholders to not just be engaged but to feel that their engagement will make a difference. This really depends on how inclusive the management of the ARC becomes. We all look forward to the future with optimism and wish Captain Wight and his team all the blessings and support to achieve that.
Horseracing is critical in the lives of many and we should not forget that.
I heard a businessman once said, “If you are not prepare to lead or follow, then get out of the consumers way.”
Since its inception, the National Petroleum Marketing Company Limited’s (NP) support of the Adopt-A-Player programme has helped tremendously to propel talented yet “at risk” athletes from within the Laventille community to receive greater sport-related opportunities and in life.
Started on September 1, 2014 the programme benefits amateur footballers who currently demonstrate excellence in the sport and who have the potential to further develop their skills and competency in the game.
Last September, NP entered into a new sponsorship agreement with Caledonia AIA with Anthony Charles being this year’s recipient. In addition to focusing on athletic development and special coaching sessions, NP’s financial support ensures that Anthony Charles will also be exposed to personal development training through sessions designed to teach leadership, life skills, interpersonal dynamics and sportsmanship, including being a team-player.
As a sponsor of the Adopt-A-Player programme, NP is furnished with quarterly updates from Caledonia AIA on the athlete’s progress such as goals for the year; leagues and games played, including results and experience acquired, changes in ranking and athletic successes and awards or recognition. NP’s sponsored player Anthony Charles is a worthy recipient as he began playing football at the age of nine with Morvant Elements.
Coming from a family of two brothers and twin sisters, Anthony was inspired by his father to play football at a tender age. As he grew, so did his love for the game and frequent matches with his team mate Abdullah Phillips gave him inspiration and the drive he needed to hone his craft. Anthony was motivated to improve his professionalism and dedication both on the field and off and when it comes to having a mentor, his favourite coach, Jabari Charles helped him acquire the focus and determination needed to pursue his dreams without ever looking back.
A disciplined and humble young man, Anthony shows a lot of dedication and commitment to his sport, as much as he does to his community. His future aspiration is to win the T&T Pro League title along with his team, as well as to represent the country on the men’s senior national team.
In a release NP shared that it is proud to sponsor Charles and fully supports the work of Caledonia AIA, as the company continues to focus on the positive development of our nation’s youth.
The residence of Morne Diablo, South Trinidad, came out in their numbers to celebrate the handing over of a refurbished recreation ground in the community on Wednesday last week.
The venue is one from among 50 facilities comprising communities and school grounds under the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation, and which now has new pavilion, basketball court, jogging track and football fields. The works were undertaken by the Sports Company of T&T (SporTT).
Speaking at the event, Corporation Chairman Dr Allen Sammy praised the Ministry of Sport & Youth Affairs and SporTT for their initiative to upgrade community level grounds across the country and highlighted the strain on his Corporation with the number of grounds they are mandated to maintain.
In response, Minister Smith addressed the need for the community to assist the Corporation in maintaining and preserving the facilities. He also implored the young athletes in the audience to pursue academic qualifications alongside their sporting achievements.
SporTT Chairman Michael Phillips, during his remarks, reminded the community of the facility’s multipurpose function and echoed the sentiments expressed by other speakers that the community should take ownership of the facility to ensure its sustainability.
The ceremony was followed by an exhibition match between Secondary Schools Football League Champions Shiva Boys Hindu School Guava Whip Sports Club and Minister Smith donated footballs to the teams before the kick-off.
The event featured entertainment from local steel orchestra, Morne Diable Funkadelics.