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Harley, Anthony, Wilson double up at Couva

18 hours 21 min ago

The trio of Jahmia Harley, Zoe Anthony and Zarek Wilson each captured two gold medals on the opening night of finals when the Republic Bank-sponsored Amateur Swimming Association of T&T (ASATT) Invitational Swimming Meet hosted by Marlins Swimming Club splashed off at National Aquatic Centre, Balmain, Couva on Thursday night.

A national swimmer and member of the Tidal Wave Aquatics club, Harley touched the wall in 31.99 seconds to claim the 13-14 girls 50m backstroke ahead of St Lucia Sharks’ Mikaili Charlemagne (33.32) and Flying Fish’s DeNicha Lewis (34.42).

She returned later on to win the 200m butterfly in two minutes, 34.88 seconds, well ahead of Speedos Swim Club’s Karci Gibson (2:50.80 mins), and Atlantis’ Ayanna Nurse (3:30.32 mins).

Marlins’ Anthony won the 11-12 girls 200m butterfly in two minutes, 56.02 seconds followed by Petrotrin Barracudas’ Caitlyn Look Fong (3:01.39 mins) and Kaizen’s Zaneta Alvaranga (3:03.88 mins).

Anthony then topped her field in the 400m individual medley when she raced home in five minutes, 43.25 seconds with Look Fong a distant second in 6:10.79 minutes, and Atlantis’ Sharana Balkaran, third in 6:38.24 minutes.

Wilson of Blue Dolphins swam to gold in the 11-12 boys 50m backstroke in 30.73 seconds with Pt Fortin Aqua Darts’ Kadon Williams (31.17) and Sea Hawks’ Riquelio Joseph (31.55) second and third respectively.

His second victory came in the 200m butterfly in two minutes, 30.78 seconds ahead of Marlins’ Nikoli Blackman (2:39.04) and Blue Dolphins’ Aaron Stuart (2:41.14).

Atlantis Aquatics’ Liam Carrington came closest to setting new record on the night when he won the Eight and Under boys 50m backstroke in 37.99 seconds, just off the record of 37.93 set by Wilson in 2014.

Second in the event was Pt Fortin Aqua Darts’ Darren Belfon in 38.70 while Sharks Swim Club’s Antoine Destang took bronze in 40.07.

Other winners on Thursday night, included Dominique Nurse Allen (Marlins), Keryn Burke (Atlantis), Joy Blackett (Tidal Wave),Neishelah Caseman (Tidal Wave), Jada Chai (Atlantis), Vrisnelit Faure (Torpedoes), Jada Chatoor (Marlins) and her club-mate Anneliese Merry among the girls while Aqeel Joseph (Sea Hawks), Kael Yorke (Tidal Wave), David Mc Leod (Atlantis), Jayhan Odlum-Smith (Sea Hawks), Giovanni Rivas (Flying Fish), Delroy Tyrrell (Tidal Wave), Graham Chatoor (Marlins) and Prince Moreau of Flying Fish. Action continued at the venue last night and will resume today and tomorrow with two sessions on each day from 9am and 5pm respectively.

Bookies aren’t ‘Thick’ but ‘Trev’ can whack ‘em!

18 hours 22 min ago

ROSEAU CITY , 10/1

I’M YER MAN (NAP), 11/10 two more ‘crackers on Thursday night.

Trevithick, 22/1 when successful over course and distance last month, wont be such a price when Graham Lee continues association in a seven-runner Novice Stakes over a straight mile of Newcastle tapeta yesterday.

Superbly ridden by Lee, who ‘waited’ on the principals as they set a furious gallop, Trevithick pounced approaching the final furlong and stormed clear, improving considerably on his Nottingham debut over a similar distance a fortnight earlier.

Brian Smart is shrewd placing two-year-olds and has definitely found an excellent follow-up opportunity for this Champs Elysees filly, judged on the time-handicap, which gave another 10/1 ‘beaut’ Thursday, Roseau City, at Chelmsford.

On the same card I’m Yer Man was our third successive winning nap and so Xmas shouldn’t be expensive for followers of this column!

Form-wise Trevithick is clearly superior but there is a newcomer, Without Parole, which could be anything, trained by John Gosden!

Obviously pre-betting exchanges will be interesting and ‘Big John’ isn’t averse to winning first-up but Trevithick looks an above average prospect and justifies support.

Star Story is ‘chucked in’ the ‘aged’ six-runner Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs and expected to boost the impressive annual tally of 2017 champion apprentice, Josephine Gordon.

Wonder if we’ll ever refer to ‘Josie’ as champion jockey!

Coincidentally ‘The Enforcer’ won this race last year and you can expect Josie to be positive aboard the well-bred Star Story; success is necessary for stud purposes and this ‘last chance saloon’ really does need to be fifth time lucky. Straffan has been unlucky with the draw on both outings but still comes out ‘best-in’ for an eight-runner Novice Auction Stakes over five furlongs of Wolverhampton tapeta tonight; it’s a moderate dash. Amazingly Straffan is again berthed widest but with few rivals must be worth backing under capable Northern- based, Brian Curtis, napped.

CWI to judge T&T bid without guarantee

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:56

Cricket West Indies (CWI) will have to make their decision on whether this country will get matches at the next ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, without getting a solid word on the guarantee.

A total of eight countries have sent in bids to host matches, ranging from warm-up matches, group stage matches, semifinals and finals. The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) sent in a bid by the deadline date last Friday without a guarantee by the government and they were hoping to get them to support the bid.

A group from the TTCB met with minister of Sport Darryl Smith to explain to him the tremendous benefits to be had in investing $1M into the project.

He was supposed to take a note to cabinet yesterday but up until Friday evening, when CWI was to make a final decision, the TTCB could not call them to say whether the government was going to support the bid.

Sukesh Maniam one of the men who met the minister told Guardian Media Sports that they had heard nothing from the minister in terms of support for the bid and that CWI will have to make their determination without that comfort.

“We will now have to wait until Monday to find out what the board decides. We have not heard anything from the minister of sports.

The guarantee that CWI is looking for includes US$75,000 and waivers from certain taxes.

It is understood that Barbados also sent in a bid without guarantees.

Guyana may be out front at the moment having met all the requirements and they have bid for three packages, warm-up matches, group stage, semi-finals and finals. T&T has sent in a bid for two packages group stages and semifinals and finals.

TFA second spot race goes to final day

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:54

The battle for the runner-up spot behind newly crowned Tobago Football Association Premier Division champions, Stokely Vale will go down to the final match day of the season this weekend.

This comes after Sidey’s whipped Roxborough Lakers 4-1 to improve to 52 points from its 27-match schedule while Signal Hill won by default from Georgia United to stay within two points ahead of its final match with Lakers.

At the bottom end of the table, cellar-placed Bethel United with 11 points from 27 matches was relegated along with Georgia FC (19).

FC Goodwood as winners of the Second Division with 59 points from 26 matches and Moriah Youth which ended with 58 points, the same as Carnbee/Mt Pleasant, but with a better goal-difference both gained promotion to next year’s Premier competition.

RESULTS

TFA results
Premier Division
Leeds United 2 (Karyque Joseph 40th, Vernon Wilson 80th) vs Bethel United 0
Goal City 2 (Akim Charles 55th, Kasron Quashie 75th) vs Roxborough Lakers 1 (Dyke Reid 8th)
Sidey’s FC 4 (Brandon Benjamin 51st, 56th, Shaquille Denoon 25th, Reaneil Stewart 42nd) vs Roxborough Lakers 1 (Keston Hamilton 87th)
Signal Hill 3 vs Georgia United 0 - by default
TFA standings
Premier Division
Teams P W D L F A Pts
Stokely Vale 27 24 1 2 84 20 73
Sidey’s FC 27 15 7 5 63 34 52
Signal Hill 26 15 5 6 54 41 50
Goal City 26 12 5 9 56 43 41
Black Rock 27 10 7 10 42 36 37
Golden Lane 27 9 6 12 43 49 33
Leeds Utd 27 9 6 12 43 50 33
Roxborough 26 7 4 15 32 47 25
Georgia Utd 26 5 4 17 28 69 19
Bethel 27 3 2 22 23 79 11
Second Division
Goodwood 26 19 2 5 79 40 59
Moriah Youths 26 17 7 2 87 34 58
Carnbee/Mt Pleasant 26 19 1 6 75 36 58
Mason Hall PYC 26 17 5 4 90 45 56
Belle Garden 26 11 8 7 48 35 41
Lambeau 26 13 1 12 52 49 40
Calder Hall 26 11 5 10 58 52 38
Earlbrokes 26 11 5 10 56 61 38
Mt Grace 26 11 5 10 38 43 38
St Clair CS 26 7 6 13 48 66 27
Hills United 26 8 3 15 39 61 27
HV Milan 26 4 8 14 33 50 20
Northside 26 4 3 19 18 64 15
Youth Stars 26 0 1 25 7 92 1

Look Loy to write to FIFA for referees

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:52

Keith Look Loy, president of the T&T Super League (TTSL) is threatening to write to the world governing body for football-FIFA- if the illegal functioning of the T&T Football Referees Association (TTFRA) continues in the coming year.

Look Loy, coach of League One campaigners in the TTSL, FC Santa Rosa, said the country has been subjected to a double-role by the T&T Referees Committee, which is the recognised body in the eyes of the FIFA, and the T&TFRA, which is an interest group dedicated to promoting the interest of referees, as stated in its constitution.

Look Loy, a former FIFA Development Officer, believes the dual-function of the two has led to a crossing of the lines in football which has proven to be detrimental to the sport. He referred to the TTFRA as a social club which has been given key responsibilities in the affairs of the sport and called on the TTFA to deal with the duplication of roles taking place.

He also cited a clear conflict of interest among the administration of refereeing with Joseph Taylor, head of the TTFRA also being Chairman of the Appointment Committee of the Referees Committee to the TTFA.

He quoted from the FIFA Constitution that says “The Referees Committee shall be composed of a chairman, a deputy chairman and the members deemed necessary to discharge its duties. Its members may not be affiliated to any clubs, leagues or any other football organisation.”But Taylor dismissed claims of interlapping roles among the administrators of refereeing in the sport, saying both the referees’ committee and TTFRA have been complimenting each other.

“They work alongside each other to ensure the sport progresses. This is done in every football territory the world over and it has in fact, been encouraged by the FIFA,” Taylor explained.

Meanwhile Osmund Downer, referee aficionado also dismissed talks of overlapping roles as he sought to clear the air on the function of the TTFRA. “The appointment of referees is done by the Appointment Committee of the Referee’s Committee of the TTFA. The first aim of the TTFRA is to seek welfare or represent the interests of referees in their Leagues and Associations all over the world,” Downer said. The Referees Committee of the TTFA, on the other hand, has an overall responsibility for the management, development and progress of the quality of officiating. Downer said since referees function on a voluntary basis in T&T, they are not obligated to officiate at any match, especially one in which they are subjected to abuse.

The veteran referees believes the TTSL’s request for reimbursement is a senseless call as referees in T&T have no contract with any league or association.

Look Loy, in his capacity as president of the TTSL, said he will hold the referees firm to a promised consultation aimed at dealing with the issues affecting the sport. The veteran coach who has been at the helm of his club FC Santa Rosa for the past 25 years, said he will also continue the super league’s request to be reimbursed for matches that referees were not appointed to in the TTSL this season.

He was slapped with a one match ban and $1,000 fine along with his assistant at Santa Rosa, Jovan Rochford, for abusing referee Cecile Hinds in a hotly contested match between his team and Hydro Tech Guaya United on November 5 at the Arima Velodrome.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

Red Force struggles after bowlers fightback

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:51

The T&T Red Force bowlers grabbed five wickets for 49 runs to bring their team back into the game but the local batsmen failed to support and at the end of the second day of their 2017 PCL clash against the Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, struggling on 148/8 in response to 316.

T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin once again showed quality in leading a lone fight against the left arm orthodox spinner Jomel Warrican who by the end of the day had snared six scalps. Ramdin was unbeaten on 74 and when play resumes on the third day today, he will come out fighting needing another 19 runs to help his team avoid the ignominy of a follow on.

After the openers Jeremy Solozano and Amir Jangoo took the shine off the ball and added a solid 37 runs, spinner Jomel Warrican arrived to grab three wickets in the spare of two runs to wreck the home team. Warrican sent back Jangoo for 14, Isaiah Rajah without scoring, as well as Ewart Nicholson.

Ramdin came and took his time in taking his team forward in the company of Solozano. They pushed the score to 96 giving T&T hope once again, before that man Warrican struck again, sending Solozano back for 40. He faced 140 balls and struck four fours and a six. His dismissal caused yet another collapse and Ramdin was left at the non-strikers end shaking his head. When play was called he was unbeaten on 74 made of 177 balls with seven fours.

Earlier, Barbados resumed on the bedtime position of 267 for five and was hoping to press on close to around 400 runs but it was not to be, as the Red Force bowlers attacked them from the onset.

Daniel St. Clair started the ball rolling by sending back the solid Kevin Stoute for the addition of just 11 runs. The right hander received a beauty that swung away from him, only to take his edge and into the gloves of Jangoo for 31.

Another 11 runs were added, when St. Clair struck again care of Greaves for 30, bowling him all over the place. Leg-spinner Imran Khan then got into the act and finished off the innings for 316. Khan grabbed 4/81 and St. Clair finished with 3/73.

SCOREBOARD

Red Force vs Pride
S Mosely c Jangoo b St. Clair..............................................................................................................................22
A Alleyne lbw Charles........................................................................................................................................20
S Brooks lbw Jaipaul.........................................................................................................................................96
J Carter c Khan b Charles..................................................................................................................................72
K Stoute c Jangoo b St. Clair............................................................................................................................31
K Williams c Jangoo b Khan................................................................................................................................2
J Greaves b St. Clair............................................................................................................................................30
S Springer not out.............................................................................................................................................14
M Rampersaud c Website b Khan.....................................................................................................................1
H Walsh Jr b Khan..............................................................................................................................................14
J Warrican b Khan...............................................................................................................................................0
Extras......................................................................................................................................................................14
Total all out.......................................................................................................................................................316
Fall of wkts: 33, 47, 217, 227, 234, 278, 289, 290, 316, 316.
Bowling: D St. Clair 21-2-73-3, R Primus 16-5-51-0, B Charles 20-4-58-2, I Khan 41.2-10-81-4, R Jaipaul 15-4-46-1.
T&T Red Force
A Jangoo lbw Warrican.......................................................................................................................................14
J Solozano c Alleyne b Warrican.......................................................................................................................40
I Rajah c & b Warrican......................................................................................................................................0
E Nicholson c Carter b Warrican........................................................................................................................0
D Ramdin not out.............................................................................................................................................74
A Cooper c & b Warrican...................................................................................................................................1
I Khan b Warrican.........................................................................................................................................10
R Primus c Walsh b Williams..............................................................................................................................3
D St. Clair lbw Walsh...........................................................................................................................................1
B Charles not out...............................................................................................................................................1
Extras........................................................................................................................................................................3
Total for 8 wkts.................................................................................................................................................146
Fall of wkts: 37, 37, 39, 96, 98, 125, 134, 146.
Bowling: J Greaves 8-4-17-0, S Springer 2-0-3-0, K Williams 21-9-32-1, J Warrican 30-13-52-6, K Stoute 4-2-8-0, H Walsh 12.5-4-33-1.

Hope poised for T20 debut after replacing Samuels

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:50

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Stroke-maker Shai Hope has been named to replace injured all-rounder Marlon Samuels in the West Indies Twenty20 squad to face New Zealand, despite having not played a T20 in two years.

In fact, the 24-year-old has played just six T20s overall, the last four coming in the 2015 Caribbean Premier League when he gathered 39 runs for Barbados Tridents. Hope, an elegant right-hander, has made his name in the Test and one-day formats and is now poised for his debut in the shortest form.

The Barbadian is one of two changes to the Twenty20 squad with off-spinner Ashley Nurse drafted in for Sunil Narine who is unavailable for “personal reasons.”

Meanwhile, exciting left-hander Shimron Hetmyer has been included in the one-day squad as one of three changes to the unit for the series beginning next week. He replaces Sunil Ambris who fractured his arm during the second Test earlier this week and was forced out of the series.

Sheldon Cottrell has come in for fellow speedster Alzarri Joseph who is carrying a back injury while Chadwick Walton, already in the T20 squad, replaces Samuels for the ODIs. West Indies clash with the Black Caps in three ODIs from December 20-26 and three T20Is from December 29 to January 3, 2018.

Squads

ODI
1. Jason Holder (captain)
2. Jason Mohammed (vice captain)
3. Ronsford Beaton
4. Sheldon Cotterell
5. Chris Gayle
6. Shimron Hetmyer
7. Kyle Hope
8. Shai Hope
9. Evin Lewis
10. Nikita Miller
11. Ashley Nurse
12. Rovman Powell
13. Shannon Gabriel
14. Chadwick Walton
15. Kesrick Williams
T20
1. Carlos Brathwaite (captain)
2. Samuel Badree
3. Ronsford Beaton
4. Rayad Emrit
5. Andre Fletcher
6. Chris Gayle
7. Shai Hope
8. Jason Mohammed
9. Ashley Nurse
10. Kieron Pollard
11. Rovman Powell
12. Jerome Taylor
13. Chadwick Walton
14. Kesrick Williams

Charles, Fletcher shine but Tigers still lose

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:38

SHARJAH—West Indies Twenty20 stars Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher anchored a half-century stand but it was not enough to save Bengal Tigers from a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat to Kerala Kings on the opening day of the inaugural T10 League yesterday.

Sent in at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the 10-overs per side tournament, Tigers rattled up 86 for one off their allotted overs, with Charles stroking 33 and Fletcher an unbeaten 32.

Charles faced 27 balls and counted four fours and a six while Fletcher struck three fours and a six in 24-ball knock, in a 56-run opening stand.

Trinidadian all-rounder Rayad Emrit, preparing to join the West Indies for their T20 series in New Zealand, went wicket-less from two overs which cost 18 runs.

In reply, Kings motored to their target with two overs remaining, with Ireland’s Paul Stirling smashing an unbeaten 66 off 27 balls with 10 fours and three sixes.

West Indies opener Chadwick Walton fell to the third ball of the innings without a run on the board and England T20 captain, Eoin Morgan followed 11 in the fourth over at 37 for two.

But Stirling dominated an unbroken 53-run, third wicket stand with Kieron Pollard, who made 11 not out, to take Kerala to victory.

In the other match, former West Indies batting star, Dwayne Smith, suffered the ignominy of a first-ball ‘duck’ but Pakhtoons still rallied to beat a Maratha Arabians side, including Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Bravo, by 25 runs.

Smith was bowled by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim off the first ball of the match but Fakhar Zaman stroked 45 and Engand’s Liam Dawson, 44, to push Pakhtoons up to 121 for four.
Bravo finished wicket-less from his two overs which leaked 23 runs.

In reply, Arabians were held to 96 for seven, despite Englishman Alex Hales’s unbeaten 57 off 26 deliveries.
Simmons managed only four while Bravo also got a first-ball ‘duck

Woodland takes Bert’s Over-40 title

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:35

Woodland Sports club captured the 2017 Bert’s Sports Centre Island-wide Over 40/ 50 T20 title after an exciting win over Munroe Road Masters at Lange Park recently.

The southern boys took the crown with a narrow three-wicket win in the final over causing some anxious moments among their fans.

Munroe Road Masters took first strike and made 104 for seven of their 20 overs and this was always going to be an under-par score. Woodland in reply made heavy work of getting to their target but they did so in the end.

Woodland Sports for their efforts took away the winner’s cheque worth $7000 and 15 gold medals. The runner’s up title went to Munroe Road Master’s, who got $3000 and 15 silver medals. Joseph George of Woodland Sport’s was named man of the match.

Organiser of the tournament Lambert Lee Ayhen said he was happy with the way things went this year and is looking forward to an even better 2018. “We had a very good tournament in the different age categories this year and we are looking forward to an even bigger and better one next year. I want to say congratulations to the winners and I want to also mention that everyone who took part in this tournament is a winner.”

Ali smashes quarter mile record after record

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:33

At just 15 years old, not legally allowed to drive on the public roads as yet, Muhammad Ali took to the Wallerfield international raceway, and fifteen more years later at 30, he’s now the quickest and fastest import drag racer that has represented Trinidad and Tobago winning his first championship event held at Orlando Speed World, Florida.

Recently Ali suffered a minor bump on what would eventually be his finest moment, where he could have broken the world record for the Quickest and Fastest Nissan 4-cylinder in the world, but for a mere mechanical clutch switch that prevented him from progressing to the finals from the first round of eliminations at the Amryland International Raceway, USA . The speedster kept his chin up and gear engaged, returning to Mazworx the week after the event, with his team and himself feeling a sense of unfinished business, as though they were left yearning for betterment.

The team prepared the Nissan S15 Silvia where they checked over the motor, chassis and drivetrain with extreme attention to detail, leaving nothing to chance for that last final moment when the light drops.

Mazworx, the company that built the Nissan SR20 motor, was on point with the safety checks and gave Ali the confidence to sit back in the driver’s seat pass after pass down the quarter mile drag strip. Now back in bucket seat, last week, intent with finishing the year with a bang, Ali and his team once again flew the Red, White and Black, this time at the World Sport Compact Finals event in the USA, which was the last import drag racing event for the year.

Coupled with the engineering work done by Mazworx, was the electronic controls governed by Shane Tecklenburg of Tuned by ShaneT. Shane being the engine management tuner, his main responsibility was producing the right calculations to produce the insane (approximately) 2000+ horsepower from the little 4 cylinder. Along with just making the motor powerful, his more challenging task was applying the power effectively in such a short distance. After much testing, the team was ready for qualifying.

On Saturday 2nd December, Ali completed the qualifying round at number 2 position with the drag import running consistent 6.5 second passes, already bettering the world record 6.685 pass made at Maryland 2 weeks before. Confident as ever, the team was ready for the competition rounds the next day.

Round after round, Ali piloted the Nissan S15 Silvia across the quarter trapping speeds of over 220mph, winning each round progressing him into the finals! It was around 9pm on December 3rd 2017, history was made when Muhammad Ali got back in the driver seat once again, this time in the finals, just like every other race, his cool calm strong sense of composure left him focused on the lights counting down, being extra careful not to jump the gun, the green light lit and off he went, running the S15 Silvia at a 6.50 second pass winning the event, representing T&T.

Muhammad Ali now sits at the quickest and fastest 4-cylinder Nissan in the world, and is only 0.8mph away from the fastest 4-cylinder. So what’s in store in 2018, well, it’s one quarter mile at a time.

Atlantic’s Football Weekend lays foundation for talent

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:32

Some 50 young budding footballers could receive a start to their potential professional football career when the Atlantic Football Weekend takes place at Queen’s Royal College (QRC) from 8 am, as part of Atlantic’s development drive.

And at the same time T&T Football Association’s Technical Director Anton Corneal will conduct a Fifa Coaching License Course with the intention of sending coaches into the nation’s primary schools to lay a proper foundation for the many youthful talents.

Atlantic’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nigel Darlow said at a launch at the Hotel Marriott in Port-of-Spain yesterday, that two activities will be focused on this weekend to facilitate his company’s initiative for development, namely Life Skills and a Coaching License course. According to Darlow, “When Atlantic sponsor these programmes, it is really providing a foundation to local football, particularly at the youth level.”
The programme started back in 2010 with the invitation of Earmon Mulvey and Kevin Ward, both from the Manchester United Football Academy. The coaches are here again but will this time be joined by former United striker Brian Mc Clair.

Mc Clair, a winner of three FA Cup and four Premier Division titles in a career 471 games at the club, told the young players they will have the coaching expertise of two great coaches that will assist in their learning. He reminded all that learning is easier at school when you have good teachers.

Mc Clair got into the sport at the age of two years and has since been gainfully employed through it. He told the audience that because he loved the sport so much he has never worked a day in his life.

Darlow also had some words of encouragement for young players, saying all the great footballers internationally had strong foundations.

He singled out Booby Charlton, the ex-England legend who was snapped up by Manchester United at the age of 16 years, while Sir Alex Ferguson, the former United Manager/coach credited the club for the successes he has had.

He believes his company’s investment in the youth will assist in providing a pathway for many. From the camps the children are encouraged to learn about team-work, discipline, fair-play and integrity.

The camp ends on Sunday with a series of exhibition matches that will be followed by an award function for both players and the coaches.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

Solutions for complex problems in TTFA and TTCB

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:29

Sometimes, the business of solving problems in sport in this country seems always to be approached in a manner that lends itself to personalisation of individual personnel challenging each other, instead of sitting together and sharing some points of view relevant to whatever issue is at hand. The tendency of the stakeholders leads to numerous arguments, many of which are not even relevant.

Funnily enough, these people genuinely would like to have issues resolved, and solutions in the interest of the sport which they administer, except that the desire to enhance their own positions seems to share unusual vexatious behaviour among themselves. We are all aware that each national association has a constitution by which to follow. This is not unusual, as these problems tend to appear ambiguous in some cases and out of sync in others.

However, the trip to the courthouse is not necessarily the answer for two reasons. The first is, that the documents are easily understood and may not be as confusing as they sometimes appear.

Having had the experience of spending two years as a member of a Government appointed Commission of enquiry to restructure the Cricket constitution of 1972 under the guidance of the late Sir Evan Rees, a legal luminary of great repute, and some of the country’s outstanding sportsmen. I have been able to understand the importance of this document.

However, times have changed and persons who held positions in the cricket administration saw the need to make adjustments from time to time.

Unfortunately, these changes may have exposed a new picture of management and some felt that there is need for change.

There is nothing wrong with some dialogue on the complexities which exist. Unfortunately, the present stakeholders do not share a similar view as to what should be done, incidentally, like myself, neither can claim to be fully acquainted with the Constitution, a situation which should surely seek the expertise which can bring some stability to the great game.

The mere sound of this issue being to the court for settlement is truly not in keeping with what sport is all about, especially when numerous sports personalities are brilliant attorneys who will surely give a hand.

I assume that there is cost on both sides, together with animosity which often leads to mild forms of confrontation.

My recommendation is for the two parties to seek mutual experts for legal advice, even with the monitoring and guidance from some member of the NOC.

We have all recognised the bitterness among the stakeholders, all of whom surely have something to offer by way of management of cricket.

Please for a mediator, advice from the Minister of Sports, and interest from the clubs, if only because they are mainly the organisations which may have thrown some ambiguity into clauses in the document.

The most wonderful feeling is when serious dialogue and impartial contribution bring an end to as serious an issue as the one the TTCB is facing.

Thankfully, the date for the visit to the court is sometime away. It is appropriate to start now and demonstrate the maturity of our leading sports administrators.

Maybe a settlement will inject some more enthusiasm into our Cricketers in their battle for supremacy in the region.

Brooks slams classy 96

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:27

Barbados Pride captain Shamarh Brooks slammed a classy 96 to lead his team to 267 for five against the T&T Red Force at the end of the opening day of their round seven CWI, PCL clash at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy yesterday.

Brooks looked a touch above the rest as he lit up the place with an array of beautiful shots at the southern venue. The right hander forged an excellent partnership of 170 runs with the left handed veteran Jonathan Carter to leave his team in a very strong position going into the second day’s play today.

Brooks looked prime to make a century but fell to newcomer Rishi Jaipaul four short of the landmark. Carter fell for 71 to off-spinner Bryan Charles as T&T fought back after breaking the huge partnership.

Brooks made 96 off 148 balls with 11 fours. Carter counted 72 runs off 106 balls with seven fours and a six.

Earlier, Barbados won the toss and decided to take first strike which has become the norm at this batting Paradise. Openers Anthony Alleyne and Shayne Mosely looked good against an attack that was not menacing. After just 34 minutes Red Force employed spin in the form of Bryan Charles.

The right arm off-spinner bowled well and attacked the openers using the new ball. Pacer Daniel St Clair who has bowled well this season was the man to get the breakthrough, having Mosely caught behind for 22 off 22 balls with four fours. The left hander got a delivery that moved away from him and he feathered it to wicketkeeper Jangoo.

Brooks started to look very smooth indeed and played some pretty shots that won the acclaim of the small gathering at the venue. The experienced Jonathan Carter combined with Brooks to take the score to 88 when the lunch van pulled up. At that mark, Brooks was unbeaten on 29 and Carter 13.

SCOREBOARD

Red Force vs Pride
S Mosely c Jangoo b St Clair 22
A Alleyne lbw Charles 20
S Brooks lbw Jaipaul 96
J Carter c Khan b Charles 72
K Stoute not out 29
K Williams c Jangoo b Khan 2
J Greaves not out 16
Extras 10
Total 5 wkts 267
Fall of wkts 33, 47, 217, 227, 234.
Bowling D St Clair 13-0-48-1, R Primus 16-5-51-0, B Charles 18-4-50-2, I Khan 32-5-70-1, R Jaipaul 15-4-46-1.

No Christmas for U-20 footballers

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:26

There will be no Christmas for this country’s Under-20 Women footballers, preparing for the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers, January 18-28 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Balmain Couva.

National coach Jamaal Shabazz said he expects a formidable group when the overseas based players join the locals at a live-in camp from today, but his major concern will be to get adequate international friendly matches to fine tune. Yesterday Shabazz, who has taken over the coaching duties of the team from Italian Carolina Morace and her staff, told Guardian Media Sports he already has an idea of the strength the overseas based players will come with.

“I also know what our local players have to offer, so when I put them both together it will be nothing short of a formidable group of players,” Shabazz explained. The players are expected to be sent home only for Christmas day but will be required to return to the camp on Boxing day.

According to Shabazz, “While everyone will be enjoying the Christmas season, we will be hard at work. Christmas for these players must include a football at their side because we will be entering competition soon after.”

The Under-20s who were beaten by their senior counterparts last Friday, will contest Group A of the Championship along with Costa Rica, Canada and Haiti, while Group B comprises giants United States, Mexico, Jamaica and Nicaragua.

The Soca Princesses will begin their campaign against the Haitians on the opening day, before taking on Canada two days later. Their last match will be against Costa Rica on January 22. The top three teams to emerge from the play-offs will earn automatic qualification to the World Cup.

Shabazz said he is waiting to see if his team will get the opportunity to warm-up against adequate opposition. Only last month the team prevailed over regional rivals Jamaica 1-0 in two matches at the Ato Boldon and then at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

Yesterday the names of the squad’s 35 players were submitted to the Concacaf ahead of the tournament.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

Will T&T get any W/cup matches?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:25

Cricket West Indies (CWI) will make its decision today as to which countries will host matches at the next Women’s T20 World Cup.

Eight countries have sent in bids to host matches, ranging from warm-up matches, group stage matches, semifinals and final. Trinidad and Tobago has a bid before CWI but at the moment it is missing guarantees.

The deadline to submit bids was last Friday and the government decided against supporting the bid. The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) went ahead and sent in a bid to CWI without the guarantees that are required to host matches but included a footnote that the guarantees is just a matter of formality and they would get it. The guarantees include US$75,000 and waivers from certain taxes.

A group from the TTCB met with Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith, to explain to him the tremendous benefits in investing $1m into the project. It is understood from sources close to the situation that the minister was impressed with the presentation and gave the assurance that he will take a note to cabinet to get support for the venture. Cabinet met yesterday and the government is expected to make public their final decision.

If the government gives the thumbs up, then the TTCB will have to contact CWI to let them know that all is in order. This would make its bid among the other countries competitive. TTCB officials are confident that once they will be allocated matches because the cost of doing business in T&T is among the lowest in the Caribbean.

It is also understood that Barbados also sent in a bid without guarantees. Guyana may be out front at the moment having met all the requirements and the country has bid for three packages, including warm-up matches, group stage matches, the semifinals and final. T&T has sent in a bid for two packages which include the group stage and the semifinals and final.

Cricket heading towards financial crisis

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:24

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) is about to see red, as they are heading down a road of financial crisis, after two major sources of income has been cut.

The TTCB, who is the constituted body to run cricket in this country, is now facing a shortfall in revenue of $6.93M, as hard times has reached the doorsteps of cricket. Sources in the know told Guardian Media Sports that talks with the National Gas Company, the TTCB’s major sponsor has fallen by the wayside and they did not receive their annual sponsorship of $4.5M.

The board as an NGO also gets a subvention from the SPORTT and even this has been cut, as SPORTT’s allocation has been on the way downwards. The TTCB was expecting assistance to the tune of $2.7M from SPORTT but they only got 10 per cent of that, a total of $270,000. During the last year, the board was able to run cricket using their savings in both T&T currency and US currency.

According to the source, prizes awarded on 2017 have all been honoured: “Prudent financial management was the TTCB left them with some savings and they have been using that to brace the short fall. Cricket is now in danger because the money that the board is getting will be focused on the senior team, the T&T Red Force and there will be a decrease in training and development programmes. The source went on further to say that the board now needs to engage the government of the day in discussions and spell out the danger that the sport is now in. “If the situation continues to be the way it is and nothing improves during the early stages of the next year, then the dependency will continue on Cricket West Indies (CWI) who has been bankrolling cricket throughout the region with the lack of sponsorship for the sport.”

The professional set up for the Red Force is not likely to be disrupted though, as CWI has been funding the retainer project for the First Class cricketers taking part in the Professional Cricket League (PCL).

Sando wins Interclub Knockout title

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:32

San Fernando ‘A’ was crowned National Interclub knockout champions this past weekend as the curtains came down on ten months of competition. Playing against the Arima Tennis Masters in the final, San Fernando ‘A’ won two rubbers to one. The rubbers entail three sets of matches including doubles and singles.

Both finalists cruised in the semis. San Fernando ‘A’ completed a 2-0 sweep of Anglez Tennis Academy while Arima Tennis Masters battled to a 2-1 victory over UWI ‘A’. In the second round of matches, San Fernando ‘A’ progressed through a default as not enough players from St Augustine Club showed up.

San Fernando ‘A’ consisted of national players Akiel Duke, Jovani Lewis and Shenelle Mohammed. Kristian Valentine, Randy Bailey, Rafeek Mohammed, Shakeel Bernard, Kino Francis and Clif Meade made up the rest of the team.

Overall, eight teams ended the knockout on the final weekend. While first and second places belonged to San Fernando ‘A’ and Arima Tennis Masters respectively, Anglez Tennis Academy placed third. Bailey, who is the chairman of the National Interclub tournament, and a part of the San Fernando ‘A’ team, was both happy and relieved to get to the end of the season. Until this year, interclub tennis in T&T had been almost non-existent for many years. When the tournament was launched back in February, it was hailed as a way for local tennis players to be involved competitively in the sport week in, week out throughout the year. It did just that.

Speaking to Guardian Media Sports on the penultimate day of the competition, Bailey said, “I think it has reignited tennis. We were struggling for a while to get tennis back outside, but this tournament has certainly reignited tennis here in T&T at the club level.”

For Bailey and his team, putting on this tournament has been a logistical headache at times, sorting out fixtures and finding venues, but it was well received by local players, who are now looking for more next year. Bailey further stated, “There have been some hiccups along the way, and some learnings we will take into next year but by and large, it was a really excellent experience bringing the clubs back together.

We were able to get a lot of comradery again so I think going into next year, we will have an even better interclub.”

Asher determined to hold b-ball AGM

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:31

In the past three years, the National Basketball Federation of T&T (NBFTT) has not held an annual general meeting (AGM) and this, according to interim president of the National Basketball Federation of T&T (NBFTT) Obadiah Asher, has prevented the sport from progressing.

“Holding an AGM will be the first step towards rebuilding basketball,” said Asher yesterday. “An AGM is supposed to take place every year but we did not have any in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Although there was one in 2015 but it in actuality it was the 2014 AGM.

“Once, we take this first measure, we can start to put things into perspective for basketball to flourish once more.”

Asher was appointed the acting president at the board’s December 2016 meeting, with a mandate to fix the administration with a focus on ensuring that the AGM occurs. The board will get a chance to proceed in this direction following the upcoming AGM carded for January 27.

“Currently there are only two elected members from the last board as all others have resigned over the past years,” said Asher. “So I am advising all zones to get their house in order for proper alignment with the federation and thereby we will be able to disperse plans to build a better future for local basketballers.”

The AGM will provide the opportunity for a fair election process and its members can actively contribute to the development of the sport. Reviewing the previous years and setting targets and objectives for the year to come, have been identified as some focus for the upcoming meeting.
“The AGM is held to conduct business on behalf of the body with it being absent over the years has hindered any advancement in the sport,” said Asher, who has previously served on the NBFTT as technical director from 2006-2014 under four presidents.

The preparation of the senior women’s basketball team for the Caribbean Basketball Championships in June will be high on the list of discussion at the important meeting.

“Both the men’s and women’s teams were registered for next year’s competition but only the first eight teams, who registered first got preference in the men’s competition. Other countries had registered before us.

“If any team pulls out we still have a chance to compete,” said a hopeful Asher, who is focused on getting the administration in place to revive basketball.

‘Man’ this looks a special!

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:26

Two more well-backed ‘beauts’ yesterday, INUK, 9/5 and LITTLE BOY BLUE, 5/4.

I’m Yer Man should be too for good Demons And Wizards in a nine-runner Novice Auction Stakes over seven furlongs of Chelmsford polytrack tonight; distance is at issue for both!

It’s a long trek from Ann Duffield’s yard in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, but this shrewd trainer must have been delighted when seeing a moderate declaration stage, because it really is a two-horse race judged on BHA ratings and my time-handicap.

Obviously I’m always pleased when they concur, so to speak, after all my daily analysis is based on them for the most part with the rest intuitive; my life is spent watching every two-year-old race and it’s paying off, in spades. After finishing last of four on Newcastle tapeta last month I’m Yer Man was journeyed back to Gosforth Park eight days ago and beaten less than a length in a competitive nursery over six furlongs; that should have put an edge on this Foxwedge gelding.

Once-raced Haverland is an interesting rival; seventh (of 11!) over six furlongs at Windsor 59 days back, this Big Bad Bob gelding shaped well on his ‘first day at school’ and trained by Charlie Fellowes.

This twenty-something chap is definitely a ‘man for all seasons’ in the future; he’ll be around long after many of us have gone, in the meantime enjoy his burgeoning years and back some good-priced winners!

Reckon I’ll chance Haverland with an each-way saver given there are three debutants which will be having an outing!

A moderate eleven-runner Nursery Handicap kicks off a seven-race programme under floodlights and 78-year-old David Elsworth might just have found a winning opportunity for Roseau City.

Prerogative is nigh on a ‘cert’ for the seven-runner Maiden Stakes over thirteen furlongs; bought out of Richard Hannon’s yard to go jumping, now with Tony Carroll.

Unfortunately Prerogative, useful on the flat, fell at the first on debut a fortnight ago!

Shelter says thanks for $$ support

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:24

Organizers of The Shelter For Battered Women and Children’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament, held on November 26 at the St Andrews Golf Club are saying thanks for the generous support in helping them to assist others in need.

The tournament attracted a number of sporting dignitaries such as batting genius Brian Lara, and ex national football captain Russell Latapy, both of whom made contributions toward the shelter being a safe haven for women and children who are victims of all forms of domestic violence. In addition to providing a place of safety, the shelter also offers support to victims in their transition from victims to survivors and survivors to success story.

But with the demand for help increasing, organizers are impressing on the need to continue hosting charity events, and are calling on corporate T&T to join in the fight of this much needed service.

The Shelter’s chairman Anthony Inglefield singled out the players, team sponsors and prize sponsors for congratulations, saying the financial help comes particularly in the midst of the current economic and business climate. He has since identified counselling services as a critical need presently, noting “So the funds raised at this event will go a long way to assist in continuing to underscore the importance of these events to help victims of domestic violence.”

According to Inglefield “Without the generous support of individuals and corporations at these annual events, as well as the Government of T&T, we would not be able to continue to provide the services needed to support the women and children who need a safe haven from domestic violence.”

Twenty four teams contested the highly competitive event on the fresh greens of the Moka golf course in Maraval and at the end of it, the team of Caribbean Airlines, represented by Hal Mohammed and Jonothan Millen, took the winning prize of return tickets to any Caribbean Airlines North American destination of their choice.

The pair of Richard Camacho and Wayne Baptiste of El Pecos took home framed art work by artist Abigail Sabeeney for placing second while the duo of Selwin Hakim and John Henry, sponsored by Rash Appliances, won an expansive Christmas hamper donated by AMCO for third.

Pauline Raynor and Sandra Charles Montano placed fourth, with Caribbean Airlines (team 2), Chris Henrique and Chris Woodhams gaining fifth place.

There were also prizes for the Best Dressed Team, which Doug Ammon and Wayne Ali won.

—WALTER ALIBEY

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