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Get into the ‘Spirit!’

9 hours 13 sec ago

Spiritofedinburgh looks a solid part of our each-way treble today in the eight-runner Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of Lingfield polytrack; this Surrey venue stages a seven-race programme in tandem with a ‘sixer’ on Southwell fibresand which should be ideal for consistent, hitherto luckless veteran Roy’s Legacy.

Three flat meetings, the opening of our 2017 turf season on Saturday and so many will welcome the alternative code having laboured through form on ‘heavy’ ground at various National Hunt venues. It’s been a tough winter, for them!

We alerted readers to the folly of betting jumpers seriously inaccurate race-times and desperate surfaces were two good reasons not to raise stakes and, hopefully, you remain ‘in front’ due to specialising with our daily patent.

I’ll never tire of reminding you of pitfalls, that’s my job, to look after your pennies and let the pounds take care of themselves. Spiritofedinburgh certainly ticks enough boxes and if there isn’t a non-runner is guaranteed one of three places under Fran Berry, booked again by trainer, Brendan Powell.

‘Spirit’ has plenty of experience, ran five times as a two-year-old and Fran was aboard twice, once in a handicap, which is significant.

Obvious danger is likely-favourite, Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Hajjam but William Knight’s twice-raced charge is blinkered for the first time, why?

Roy’s Legacy, one of six ‘decs’ for an ‘aged’ handicap over five furlongs, ran a cracker five days ago, extraordinary effort in fact given this wonderful eight-year-old was drawn wide, nearly in the car park.

As is customary Roy’s Legacy hit the gate, made the running but the effort of ‘doing it at both ends’ proved too much when cruelly collared in the last six strides.

Handicap experience might just prove an advantage for Waves in the six-runner Maiden Stakes over six furlongs; close second ‘best-in’ and strongly fancied. The portents are strong.

Hope you all took a hefty ‘Chunk’ out of the first winner at Plumpton, Monday; now that was a proper bet at odds-against but runner-up, Ruwasi, must be noted ‘next time!’

 

 

Frankel son and Derby entrant Count Octave off the mark

Count Octave, a well-related son of Frankel who holds an engagement in the Investec Derby, got off the mark in the style of a promising performer at Wolverhampton.

Third on his sole outing as a two-year-old at Goodwood in October, the Andrew Balding-trained colt —a half-brother to Treasure Beach, who was beaten a head by Pour Moi in the 2011 running of the Epsom Classic—was sent off the 30-100 favourite in the Betway Maiden Stakes over a mile and a half.

Utopian Dream kept him honest down the straight with the pair well clear, but David Probert only really needed hands and heels as his mount ran out a cosy three-length scorer.

David Redvers, racing manager for owners Qatar Racing, said: “You never really know what you have got with these middle-distance types until they are on the track, but that looked a very nice performance.

“Obviously we will be guided by Andrew and where he wants to go. We think he’s a very nice horse, but whether he is a Derby horse, only time will tell.

“He certainly has the right pedigree and that was an impressive seasonal debut and we are on track.”

 

Lingfield, 12.20 Spiritofedinburgh (e.w)

Southwell, 11.30 Waves (e.w); 1.00 Roy’s Legacy (e.w).

ARC needs a change

9 hours 12 min ago

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Arima Race Club (ARC) is scheduled to be held on May 28th, 2017. Assuming that a quorum is achieved on that date and/or that all requisite documents are available and submitted to the members within the prescribed period, the AGM should be one of the more critical ones ever held by the Club.

The President, 2nd Vice President and three Management Committee members will be coming up for election. The reality is, that for all of the very good intentions of the incumbents, there is a strong school of thought that they are not getting the support of certain factions in the sport which claim they lack the skill set required to carry the industry forward in this very trying time.

What skills are required? The most important skill required of any incoming President is leverage. The elected President must have the ability to leverage his considerable networking base or his current professional relationship to attract new sponsors to the sport.

This is not a job for a Marketing Committee. This is a job for the President of the Arima Race Club. It is not enough to be a businessman. The Club needs a successful businessman. It is not enough to be a successful businessman. The Club needs a successful businessman with clout. The Club needs someone who can get an audience with the top, most profitable businesses in this twin island country so as to present to them what the sport of horse racing can do for their businesses, their investment in the sport.

This is a bare minimum it is believed by many, failing that which may be difficult to realistically achieve, his vice presidents should have that in their scope as a team.

The next important skill required is communication. One of the challenges confronting the sport is that it has been unable to articulate to a non die hard race fan, the value of attending races on an average race day. The sport has been unable to extend its reach beyond a gradual shrinking pool of old race goers. The answer here lies in social media and reaching a younger audience where they live – on their cellphones. The elected President has to usher in a new era for the sport in this country. The Club does not have the resources to engage the best professionals in the business so those in charge of the Club have to bring some of the knowledge with them. A number of our leading businesses have developed successful online presences but few as successful as what Sacha Cosmetics has been able to do. We have people with the knowledge in the sport. Time to use them and forget political brinkmanship or the boys club.

The next important skill required of the elected President is negotiation. There are a number of varied stakeholders that the President of the ARC has to play a greater role with, in negotiating a new or better deal for the sport. The President has to lead the charge when it comes to negotiating with the Government of T&T, the Betting Levy Board, the T&T Racehorse Authority, the Racehorse Owners Association, the providers of the pari-mutuel systems, and every other stakeholder. At present, the role of the President seems very much inward looking, that must change if the sport is to find its niche in the coming years. The elected President has to take control of the future of the sport since the Arima Race Club is the appointed guardians of the sport in this country.

Issues affecting the country’s ability to import horses from locations such as Venezuela; the Gaming Bill; work permits for riders from overseas; tax concessions for the importing of horses are just examples of what the President should be getting involved with.

It is time for team work or a total change if the team cannot work together. Someone willing to take the sport on their back and carry it forward. Is there such a person out there if the current Team cannot work together with the various parties in horse racing .

Rotary Club celebrates 25 years with PoS Games

9 hours 20 min ago

Seven thousand students from 84 primary schools in Port-of- Spain and Environs are expected to come out and support eight zones for the prestigious Port-of-Spain Rotary Games on Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

School Supervisor II- Simonetta Williams made the announcement at the Press Conference to Launch the Port of Spain Rotary Games at the Goodwill Industries Centre in Mucurapo, yesterday afternoon.

She thanked the Rotary Club for its involvement in giving the student of the District the opportunity to be the best that they can be for 28 years.

A feat that produced the likes of Michelle Lee Ahye, Jehue Gordon, Cleavon Dilon and Marc Burns.

Williams said that Nestle had been very good corporate citizens as it assisted the Youth of Port-of-Spain in becoming holistically developed.

She added, ‘This year, the Zones of the Port of Spain and Environs Education District will attempt to put on another fantastic display, as we attempt to achieve excellence. Credit must be given to those Principals, Teachers, Coaches and to you The Rotary Club of Port of Spain for your continued support of our young scholar/athletes.’

She continued, “Our District is seeking to win the National Games for an unprecedented seventh time, a feat achieved by only one District. We of Port of Spain and Environs must be justly proud to know that for the past 29 years, our District has won the championship twenty-seven times. Should Mr. Nancoo’s prediction be true, then we will be winning the Championship yet again. I know he is one of the best in the business and I am smart enough to know, not to challenge his wisdom.”

Rotarian, Jeremy Matouk - The Sargeant at Arms, was his usual eloquent self and kept the Press Conference ticking over.

One of the sponsors, The Massy Foundation, whose representative Adele Rose brought the house down with her speech which touched each and everyone at the conference. She said, “First of all please rest assured that The Massy Foundation remain committed to funding projects, programmes and individuals that address our social malaises. The financing of educational initiatives, social interventions and poverty-reduction tactics remain our largest budgeted item. At the end of the day, The Foundation does, however, consider sport a unique tool in development at the individual, community and national level.

She ended, “I would like to bring to your attention the word of a young Australian who participated in the Commonwealth Youth Forum. ‘The remarkable aspect of Sport is not in it’s ability to improve fitness and burn calories but its power to draw people of any ethnicity, religion, political affiliation and financial standing into a world where the rules are universally scripted in a mutual bond of identity and belonging.”

Kelvin Nancoo, chairman of the Port-of-Spain and Environs Sports Council said ‘This is a special Games. It is the 29th Anniversary of the Games.

Nancoo said the Games’ Organisers would be working to ensure that this year’s edition will be the best.

When we speak of exemplary we speak of our sponsor The Rotary Club of Port of Spain which has stood with us over the years, as we developed the young minds of Trinidad and Tobago. To sponsor for a year is good, to sponsor for five years is excellent but to continue sponsoring a Games for 29 years is something worth savouring. Thanks again Rotary Club and to all those sponsors who have come on board.

Nancoo credited the Games for showcasing national talent, including 400 metres hurdles world champion Jehue Gordon, Simon Pierre, Fana Ashby, Alena Brooks, Honory Mc Donald and Michelle-Lee Ahye, who last year became the only woman from this country to run in the 100metres and two hundred metres final at an Olympics.

Nancoo noted some athletes but was clear in his acclaim for Michael Jack. He said, ‘The battle between Jorvan Westfield and Michael Jack who are in the same club will be fantastic but I think that Jack is the best Under 14 athlete in the country. But, that is only my thought.’

In ending he warned, ‘The West B Zones has been the perennial champion at these games but this year based on what has been going on, there will be change in the championship winners.

NAAA president, Ephraim Serrette said children having the opportunity to play and enjoy life was a big part of human development, and he commended the sponsors for contributing significantly to the development of many nationals over the years. He said the misnomer by some Trinbigonian that sport, culture and education cannot co-exist is a farse. He boldly stated, ‘I am a product of that holistic education process. Universities don’t really want the straight ‘A’ students but the ones who bring something new to the table.’

“The Rotary Club, by sponsoring this event for the last 25 years, would have created an environment and situation in which they would have produced more champions in life than in sport,” said Serrette.

TTCB bids for 2 India matches

10 hours 39 min ago

The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) has put in a bid for two matches in the upcoming India versus West Indies clash according to president of the board Azim Bassarath.

India is due to tour the West Indies for five ODIs and two T20s in July and Bassarath said that they are looking to have the Indians return to Trinidad since the Test match last season was abandoned due to a soggy outfield at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Speaking to Guardian Media Sports, Bassarath said, “Nothing has been finalised just yet but we have expressed an interest in hosting one ODI and one T20 match here against the Indians. The WICB has this notice of interest from us and they will soon decide on where the matches will be played. We would love to host the Indians here after the fans were not able to see them in action last year during the Test match.”

The WICB met on the weekend for their annual general meeting in Barbados and president Dave Cameron was returned unopposed. So to was his deputy Emanuel Nanton. Cameron and new CEO of the WICB, Johnny Graves would both travel to India next week for the official opening for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) and they would use the opportunity to speak to officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to finalise the proposed dates for the tour.

Meanwhile, the WICB would continue putting committees together this week for the next term and they will be announced in due course. The incident free meeting on the meeting went very smoothly and everyone seemed happy with the progress of the board to date and is anxious to serve the next period.

Representing TTCB at the meeting were Bassarath, fellow WICB director Arjoon Ramlal, TTCB treasurer Sukesh Maniam and TTCB executive member Dr. Allen Sammy who delivered an address on behalf of the local board. Bassarath said he was looking forward for the next phase, “We have set goals to be achieved by this board and we continue to work towards reaching that. We are happy that we have been able to reach an acceptable point in terms of what we intended to do and we are all looking forward towards better days in West Indies cricket. We think we have put together a good framework under the leadership of Dave (Cameron) to hit our set marks and things are looking positive at the moment for West Indies cricket.”

Soca Warriors fade

12 hours 26 min ago

A single goal from defender Diego Reyes in the 57th minute earned Mexico all three points on the road against a fighting T&T Soca Warriors in their FIFA/Concacaf World Cup qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, last night.

But T&T may feel cheated by a dubious offside call by Jamaican referee Valdin Legister that prevented them from going ahead in the first half of the match, and perhaps a possible win or at least a share of the points.

After absorbing relentless Mexican pressure, midfielder Khaleem Hyland, the architect of a neat T&T build-up, found Joevin Jones unmarked in the area and he made no mistake, beating goalkeeper Afredo Talavera with a powerful left-footed drive that nestled into the roof of the Mexico net. But Legister spoiled the party by blowing offside.

Instead, it was Mexico who were later celebrating early in the second half when Reyes raced inside the T&T area to meet a left-side corner sweetly on the head and steer the ball past Jan-Michael Williams into the top left corner.

The Mexicans expectedly settled early and felt they should have scored when Caros Salcedo lifted a pin-point pass to captain Hector Herrera inside the area in the eighth minute and with only the keeper to beat, Herrera hit a weak header to the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Williams.

When the hosts found their confidence, a neat build-up from the right-side by Hyland found Jones on the left, but the speedy player cut inside and hit a weak shot that failed to trouble the Mexico custodian in the 15th minute. As play continued the teams traded opportunities, but both defences proved equal to the task as the teams closed the first session of play without a goal to show for their efforts.

At the resumption, Mexico continued their dominance with the ball and really should have scored when Javier Hernandez was fed a through ball inside the box. But he lost his footing as a sliding Williams put in a strong challenge.

Hernandez was guilty of many missed chances from similar plays in the time that followed.

Coach Dennis Lawrence later brought on Jermille Boatswain and Andre Boucaud as replacements for skipper Kenwye Jones and Hyland in an attempt to salvage a point from the contest, but a steady Mexican defence prevented all attacks at goal.

Only Jones (Joevin) was given a last-ditch chance from a free kick at the top the box, but his attempt deflected off the wall before being cleared to safety.

Going into the back-to-back matches against Panama and the Mexicans, coach Lawrence had aimed at four points, but he got three from Friday’s 1-0 victory against Panama at the same venue.

T&T STARTING TEAM

 

21.Jan-Michael Williams (GK); 2.Aubrey David, 25.Curtis Gonzales, 5.Daneil Cyrus, 17.Mekeil Williams, 19. Kevan George, 8.Khaleem Hyland, 7.Cordell Cato, 10.Kevin Molino, 3.Joevin Jones, 9.Kenwyne Jones (captain).

Calypso Stickmen whip Switzerland

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 23:09

England-based Kwandwane Browne scored a quick fire penalty-corner double as T&T “Calypso Stickmen” punished Switzerland 6-2 for their first win in Pool B of the eight-team International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Hockey World League Round Two Qualifiers at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Sunday night.

Coming off a 3-1 loss to Russia in their opener on Saturday night, the Darren Cowie-capatined T&T squad was eager to get a positive result.

However, it was the Swiss, beaten 3-0 by Japan who started brightly and took the lead in the fifth minute through Jan Hodle, after the “Calypso Stickmen” failed top clear a goal-mouth scramble.

With a minute, T&T’s Stefan Mouttet had the ball in the Switzerland goal, however his effort was blown off for dangerous play, but two minutes later, Mouttet made amends, with a reverse-stick effort.

With four minutes left in the second 15-minuets quarter, Marcus James, who opened the scoring in the loss to Russia, put T&T ahead with he met a right sided pass from Browne.

A minutes later, Browne got his first from a well worked penalty-corner set play and a within seconds he got another and T&T’s fourth from an identical worked penalty-corner.

Seven minutes into the third quarter, England-based Tariq Marcano made it 5-1 as T&T continued to make full use of its penalty-corner set plays.

Going into the final quarter, T&T coach Glen “Fido” Francis replaced goalkeeper Andrey Rocke, with Junior Pan American Games standout Kwasi Emmanuel, and the latter proved he was up to the task with number of close goalmouth blocks as Switzerland tried to force their way back into the contest.

Emmanuel was eventually beaten from close range by Patrick Muller with ten minutes left before the contest then took a turn for the worse with both teams being reduced to nine men through yellow cards for James and Kristien Emmanuel of T&T as well as the visiting pair of Hodle and Yves Morard.

There was still time for one more goal from T&T with Shaquille Daniel, finish off a counter-attacking move by rounding the goalkeeper and lifting the ball high into the net to spark off wild celebrations.

Tonight, T&T will face its toughest test to date when it comes up against Pool B leaders, Japan from 8 pm.

Earlier on Sunday, Japan striker Kenta Tanaka continued his impressive start to the competition with two goals in a 3-1 win over Russia to help his team to a second successive victory.

Tanaka,who scored all three goals in Saturday’s 3-0 triumph over Switzerland–was almost unplayable at times, scoring two high quality field goals in the 14th and 15th minute before Kentaro Fukuda made it 3-0 in the second quarter.

Alexander Skiperskiy netted a consolation goal six minutes from time, but Japan were worthy winners of the contest.

First in action today will be Switzerland and Russia from 1.15 pm followed by Chile up Chile and USA at 3.30 and Canada and Barbados at 5.45 pm.

At the end of the round-robin stage, the finishing positions of the team will determine the line-up for the quarterfinals which begin on Thursday.

On conclusion of the tournament, the top two teams will qualify to the Hockey World League Semifinals (Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers) which will be held in June and July this year where those coveted berths at the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 in India are up for grabs.

So far Dhaka (Malaysia, China) and Belfast (Ireland, France) have seen four teams qualify for the Hockey World League Semifinals, being joined in the World Cup qualifier phase by the two highest ranked of the third placed finishers from those three events. Egypt finished in third in Dhaka and in Belfast, Scotland was third.

Current standings

Pool A

Teams P W D L F A Pts

Canada 2 2 0 0 9 3 6

USA 2 1 0 1 9 5 3

Chile 2 1 0 1 3 6 3

Barbados 2 0 0 2 2 9 0

Pool B

Teams P W D L F A Pts

Japan 2 2 0 0 6 1 6

T&T 2 1 0 1 7 5 3

Russia 2 1 0 1 4 4 3

Switzerland 2 0 0 2 2 9 0

Results: Sunday night:

USA 7 (Pat Harris 10th, 50th, Tyler Sundee 11th, William Holt 20th, Aki Kaeppeler 28th, Nick Molcsan 39th, Amardeep Khokhar 57th) vs Barbados 1 (Che Warner 53rd pen)

Canada 5 (Mark Pearson 40th, 44th, Gordon Johnston 41st, Keegan Pereira 47th, Scott Tupper 50th) vs Chile (Fernando Renz 32nd)

Group B

Japan 3 (Kenta Tanaka 14th, 15th, Kentaro Fukuda 22nd) vs Russia 1 (Alexander Skoperskiy 54th)

 

T&T 6 (Kwandwane Browne 27th, 28th, Stefan Mouttet 8th, Marcus James 26th, Tariq Marcano 37th,, Shaquille Daniel 59th) vs Switzerland 2 (Jan Hodle 5th, Patrick Muller 50th)

Remaining fixtures Today

B - Switzerland vs Russia, 1.15pm

A - USA vs Chile, 3.30pm

A - Canada vs Barbados, 5.45pm

B - Japan vs T&T, 8pm

 

Thursday Quarterfinals:

1st Pool A vs 4th Pool B, 1.15pm

2nd Pool B vs 3rd Pool A, 3.30pm

2nd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B, 5.45pm

1st Pool B vs 4th Pool A, 8pm

 

Saturday

Fifth - Eighth semifinals (1.15pm - 3.30pm)

Main Draw semifinals (5.45pm -8pm)

 

Sunday

Seventh place playoff, 1.15pm

Fifth place playoff, 3.30pm

Third place playoff, 5.45pm

Final, 8pm

Parris gets golden track double

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 23:06

Jeminise Parris’ Collegiate athletic career continues to thrive in the United States of America, as the T&T hurdler struck gold twice at the Puma Outdoor Invitational/Distance in the Dark meet at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, on the weekend.

Parris, a Central Arizona College freshman, first climbed to the top of the podium in the women’s 100 metres after clocking 12.08 seconds and then dominated the 400m hurdles, crossing in 1:03.39. The local runner and her teammates later raced the clock to finish in 46.66 in the 4x100m relay event.

Another Central Arizona student, Portious Warren, also had success at the event, grabbing gold in the women’s shot put with a 16.25m throw. Warren competed in two other events, placing fifth in the hammer throw with a best effort of 42.82m and in the discus throw, the 20-year-old Sophomore produced a 33.80m effort to place 10th.

On Saturday, T&T had a number of athletes participating at the Bobby Lane Invitational at the Maverick Stadium in Arlington, Texas, including Chelsea Anika Charles of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Wiley College trio Moriba Morain, Quinn-Lee Ralph and Kendell Perouza.

Charles broke her school’s outdoor record in the 200m, clocking 23.80 with a minus wind to place third overall. In the 100m, she ran 11.72 in a minus wind also to place seventh overall and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock senior helped anchor her team in the 4x400 to take third place overall with a split time of 53.50.

Morain, a junior, faced the starter in the men’s 200m and bagged a bronze in 20.94. He also lined up in the 100m dash along with Ralph, a senior at Wiley, but neither could finish among the medals. Morain was fifth in a time of 10.59 and Ralph’s 10.68 placed him 11th.

Perouza, senior student/athlete as well, raced in the men’s 400m hurdles and he was 12th overall in 1:00.33 after finishing fifth in heat two.

Staying in the state of Texas, in El Paso at the UTEP Springtime, Mauricia Prieto struck gold in the 200m in 23.84 and linked with her South Plains teammates to cross fifth in the 4x100m in 48.40.

In Columbia, South Carolina, at Weems Baskin Invitational, Monroe College sprinter Zakiya Denoon, who was named the Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA and NJCAA earlier this month, dominated the field in the women’s 100m, winning in a time of 11.48.

Denoon, a sophomore from Belle Garden in Tobago, also bagged a bronze in the 200m in 23.45. Crossing first in that event was American Candace Hill, the women’s 100m IAAF World U20 champion, in 22.72. Coppin State University’s Khemani Roberts also took part in the event and her time of 25.15, placed her 37th among the 83 competitors.

Roberts had a full schedule this weekend competing at two meets. On Friday, the sophomore placed eighth in the long jump with a best leap of 5.46m and 14th in the javelin throw (21.26) at the Weems meet.

The following day, she raced with Coppin State’s 4x400m relay team at the 16th annual Goucher College Track and Field Classic in Baltimore, Maryland and the unit placed third in 4:15.76.

Coppin State senior Haysean Cowie-Clarke was seventh in the men’s 100m in 10.53, 29th in the 200m (21.85) and his 4x100 relay team was fourth in 40.19. His schoolmate Mark London, a junior, placed ninth in the opening heat in 4:08.44 to finish with the 20th fastest time.

Another Monroe College athlete Dawnel Collymore also competed in two events, placing 28th (4:59.69) in the 1,500m and then copped a silver as part of Monroe College 4x800m relay team (9:13.82).

Lawrence to players: ‘Be brave and believe’

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 23:03

WALTER ALIBEY

 

Senior men’s national football coach Dennis Lawrence is calling on his players to be brave, focused and believe that they can beat Mexico when the teams meet this evening in a World Cup Qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 7pm.

His call at the pre-game press conference at the VIP Lounge of the Hasely Crawford Stadium yesterday comes days after the T&T footballers got their first three points from a dogged 1-0 triumph over Panama at the same venue on Friday last, a result that didn’t change its position on the CONCACAF standing, but has given it hope following its opening two defeats in the hex stage.

Lawrence, who has been in this position before as a player, said he believes the biggest challenge for his players will be keeping their focus. He pointed out that T&T cannot afford to let Mexico take total control of the game since they are extremely good at doing that.

“The key for us is to be brave and do exactly what we want to do. What we cannot afford to do is let Mexico take total control of the game, so it will be a good test for our group. The idea is to be brave tomorrow and try and go toe-to-toe with Mexico and ensure that we stay involve in the game,” Lawrence explained.

The Mexicans pulled off an important 2-0 win over Costa Rica in their last match and will be hoping to maintain their good string of results against T&T. The Soca Warriors have had impressive performances against their opponents, the last being an impressive 4-4 draw at the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2015.

Lawrence said he has been combating a culture where T&T teams tend to rest on their laurels after winning games, noting that he has had to impress on the boys that while it was only natural to want to celebrate the Panama victory, it could only have been for five minutes, as they immediately had to change their focus, as they would be coming up against an extremely talented football nation in Mexico, which they need to be prepared for as best as possible.

In last Friday’s encounter, Lawrence believes the T&T team could have kept the ball a bit more, especially in the second half and hopes his team can improve in that area against the Mexicans tonight.

Since Friday’s contest, Lawrence has been focusing on players’ recovery, saying it is difficult to play two matches in four days, and yesterday he was a happy man as his team was declared injury free. Sheldon Bateau and defender Randanfah Abu Bakr, who both missed Friday’s encounter for varying reasons, were reportedly back to full fitness and were available for selection.

Lawrence dismissed talks the Mexican team can be weakened by the loss of a few key players, saying Mexico has got talent coming out of every avenue. “I think with these players being out, I would like to hope that it can be a positive to us, but I am expecting the replacement to be just as good.”

Lawrence is also hopeful that the players will draw confidence from the previous meetings between the two teams in the past, but made it clear “The main thing is that we need to be brave. We need to be brave and believe that we can go up against this Mexican team which will be extremely difficult, but we need to believe that we can compete and we can do well.”

‘Octave’ to strike the right note

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 22:59

Coronation Cup next for Roger Varian’s Postponed

Armagnac is clear best-in for a seven-runner Maiden Stakes over an extended mile of Wolverhampton tapeta today, trained by Michael Bell!

There’s an old saying, “never say anything bad about anyone, better to say nothing!”

Ding Dong doesn’t do it for me, over decades he’s been able to produce goods, occasionally, but never consistently and punters following him would undoubtedly be losers.

Bell might be a nice chap and all that but mine is to find winners and, begrudgingly, it’s necessary to select Armagnac, mount of Jamie Spencer!

Armagnac achieved his best mark over course and distance, he’s sufficiently experienced, apparently strongly-fancied despite an absence of 136 days, in fact he ticks every box, bar one!

Count Octave is also nigh on a cert for the concluding five-runner Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs, trained by Andrew Balding, a completely “different kettle of fish!”

Balding, who took over from father Ian, is indeed Mr Consistent when it comes down to fitness and placing; this column has traded successfully tipping his mounts which are always ridden by capable jockeys.

David Probert is currently stable number one and booked for Count Octave.

Probe could be a worth a punt, at big odds, for the 2017 English jockeys’ championship which begins at Doncaster next Saturday and continues through to October 23.

David is solid, can do relatively light-weights and absolutely dedicated on the back of considerable experience riding quality thoroughbreds. He’ll ride a lot of horses this year trained by Charles Hills who houses more than a hundred and fifty inmates.

We approach proceedings at Dunstall Park in a strange mood despite having two good bets.

There are also a jumping fixtures scheduled for Southwell and heavy Hexham where Well Above Par has an outstanding opportunity in the Novices’ Hurdle over two miles.

Postponed is likely to make his next appearance in the Coronation Cup at Epsom after having to make do with minor honours when defending his crown in Saturday’s Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

Roger Varian’s charge enjoyed a spectacular campaign in 2016, winning the Dubai City of Gold, the Sheema Classic, the Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International before finishing fifth in the Arc.

Although narrowly beaten in the Dubai City of Gold this time around, hopes were high he could get back on the winning trail on World Cup night, but he could only finish third behind the John Gosden-trained Jack Hobbs and Aidan O’Brien’s filly Seventh Heaven.

While disappointed, Varian is not despondent and is confident his stable star will enjoy another productive season.

“I suppose after the level he got to last year, you always have high expectations. We’re disappointed to get beaten, but the more we reflect on it, the more we think he hasn’t run a bad race at all,” said the Kremlin House-based trainer.

“Without wanting to make excuses, I don’t think the ground would have suited him, there was also a headwind and a slow pace. He just can’t quicken on that slower ground like he does on quicker ground, but I think you’ve got to congratulate the winner, who won very well on the night. He’s come out of the race fine. I haven’t seen him myself but he’s due to fly back today, so we’ll see how he is when he gets home.”

Hexham, 11.00 Well Above Par

Wolverhampton, 11.50 Armagnac; 1.50 Count Octave.

Aguilleira leads T&T title defence

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 22:56

An experienced T&T bunch, led by captain Merissa Aguilleira, will head out to St Vincent and the Grenadines to defend its titles at the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Senior Women’s Tournament carded from April 16-May 1.

The senior women’s team under the stewardship of Gerald Garcia, emerged champions in both the regional 50-Over and Twenty20 (T20) tournaments last year and with the same supporting cast of manager Marjorie Thomas and trainer Wayne Samuel, is expected to do the same.

The T&T Women’s Cricket Association (TTWCA) announced the unit yesterday and joining Aquilleira are fellow West Indies women teammates spinner Anisa Mohammed and allrounders Stacy Ann King and Britney Cooper, who were all members of the regional team that won the ICC Women’s T20 Cup, last year in India.

Mohammed, who will serve as her vice captain, had starred for T&T in a hard-fought battle against Jamaica to win the Regional Women T20 final.

She returned figures of 2/15 and scored 21 runs in the low scoring affair to lead her team to a two-wicket victory with two balls to spare in a thriller.

Aguilleira was also recognised for her performance in the competition as she and Jamaica’s Tameka Sanford were the wicketkeepers with the most dismissals (5).

Returning to boost the national senior team are Karishma Ramharack, who was selected as a reserve on the WI T20 champion squad, youngster Reneice Boyce, bowlers Felicia Walters and Kamara Ragoobar, allrounders Leeann Kirby, Kirbyina Alexander and Shenelle Lord and batsman Rachael Vincent. Twenty-year-old Boyce was skipper of the local Under-19 team that won the T20 Championsips held in T&T, last year. In that tournament, she won the award for most wicket keeping dismissals while her teammate Ragoobar got the prize for most wickets. Boyce was also one of three players, who were part of last year’s WICB Emerging Player Camp. The others were Walters and Kirby.

The newcomers are batsman Caneisha Isaac and bowler Shanice Pascall, who both are part of the Hibiscus Ladies outfit, that is currently competing in the TTWCA 50-over League.

Merissa Aguilleira (captain), Anisa Mohammed (vice captain), Felicia Walters, Britney Cooper, Shenelle Lord, Stacy Ann King, Reniece Boyce, Kirbyina Alexander, Leeann Kirby, Karishma Ramharack, Rachael Vincent, Caneisha Isaac, Shanice Pascall, Kamara Ragoobar •

Crown Trace repeats as Under-20 champs

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 22:50

Marcellus Pacific netted the lone goal as Crown Trace FC edged Gasparillo Youth FC 1-0 to take the top spot of the Under-20 Division of the 17th annual Carapichaima Youth Football Super League at the St Mary’s Recreation, Freeport on Wednesday

Pacific got the match winner in the 61st minutes from the penalty-spot after he was fouled.

Gasparillo Youth had a similar chance to equalise in the 81st min but the ball was kicked way over the goal post.

Jourvel Guadelope, Central defender of Crown Trace FC was name the Most Valuable Player of the Under-20 age group.

In the Under-17 Division SKHY FC retained its title in the with a 5-4 penalty-kicks win over Todds Road United after a 0-0 draw.

SKHY FC edged Cap Off youths FC 1-0 with goal from Shaquem Bleasdell in the 11th in their semifinal while Todds Road also had a 1-0 triumph against Roystonia FC via a 16th minute Jonathan Richards strike.

Last year, SKHY FC beat Cap Off Youths FC 1-0 with a goal by Tshad Selvon in the 35th minute in the Under-17 decider while in the Under-16 finals, SKHY FC prevailed over Roystonia Youths FC 2-0.

 

Other results

 

Under-15 Division

Semifinals

Central Soccer World 3 vs Tunapuna Titans 0 – By default

Crown Trace FC 2 (own goal 1st, Ivan Dos Santos 17th) vs Cap Off Youths FC (0)

 

Finals

Crown Trace FC 1 (own goal 40th) vs Central soccer world (0)

MVP: Isaac Lynch (Crown Trace FC)

 

Under-17 Division

Semifinals

Todds Road 1 (Jonathan Richards 16th) vs Roystonia FC 0

Skhy FC 1 (Shaquem Bleasdell 11th) vs Cap Off Youtjhs FC 0

 

Finals

Skhy FC 0 vs Todds Roads United 0 - Skhy FC won 5-4 on penalty-kicks

MVP: Shaquem Bleasdell (SKHY FC)

 

Under 20 Matches

Semifinals:

Gasparillo Youths 1 (Darren Moore 4th) vs Trincity Nationals 1 (Tyrese Spicer 17th) - Gasparillo won 2 -1 on penalty-kicks

 

Crown Trace 1 (Kendell Hitlal 23rd) vs Skhy FC 1 (Aaron Skeene 12th) - Crown Trace won 3-2 on penalty-kicks

 

Under-11 Division

Gasparillo Youths 3 (Mark Young, John Ross, Jaysie Penda) vs New settlement Sports 0

Tabaquite 2 (Eldon St Louis 2) vs New Settlement Sports 0

Gasparillo Youths 3 (Jaysie Penda 2, Josiah Bain) vs Princess Town Sports 0

Gasparillo Youths 1 (Jaysie Penda) vs Tabaquite 0

New Settlement Sports 0 vs Princess Town 0

Tabaquite 2 (Jessie Charles 2) vs Princess Town Sports 0

 

Under-13 Division

Princes Town S.A (Raymond Commissiong, Omari Brereton) vs Tabaquite 1 (Jayden Baptiste)

 

St Madeline Strikers 3 (Joel Maitland-Wilson, Jabarie Forbes, Jah-Malee Barclay) vs Gasparillo Youths 1 (Jaysie Penda)

 

Tabaquite 1 (Shakeem Revenales) vs Gasparillo Youths 0

 

St Madeline Strikers 1 (Ashton Ifill) vs Princess Town 0

 

St Madeline strikers 3 (Joel Maitland-Wilson 2, Josiah Cooper) vs Tabaquite 0

 

Princess Town Sports 3 (Jaylon Brereton 2, Omari Brereton) vs Gasparillo Youths 0

Stickwomen leave for Canada

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 22:46

An 18-member senior women’s hockey team led by captain Patricia Wright-Alexis will depart for West Vancouver, Canada today to contest the FIH Women’s World League Round Two qualifiers from April 1-9.

In Canada, T&T will come up against Pan American rivals, Canada, Chile and Mexico in Pool B, while Belarus, India and Uruguay will contest Pool A, after the withdrawal of France.

The team is a much changed one from the Round One qualifiers in Mexico, last October/November where T&T had wins over Guatemala 13-0 and 14-0, but fell to eventual winners Mexico 3-0 and 4-1.

Among the members of that squad which was also coached by former national standout, Brian Garcia and not making the cut this time are former captain, Teresa Lezama, Amanda George, Abigail Williams, Mindy Charles, Gabrielle Thompson and Kherdine Gonsalves.

In their place, Garcia recalled Brittney Hingh, Kwylan Jagassar, Amanda Tang Nian, Kimberly Young, Kristin Abreu, Katherine Benjamin and Samantha Olton.

The trio of Abreu (Northeastern University), England Premier Division player Benjamin and New Zealand-based Young are all based overseas and will link up with the team in Canada.

At the end of the tournament in Canada, the top two teams from this tournament will advance to the semifinal stage of the FIH World League.

Notable absentees from the women’s squad Blair Wynne, Australia-based Alanna Lewis, Avion Ashton and Krtistin Thompson through various reasons.

This is the third time the T&T women have qualified for the second round of qualifiers after doing so on home soil in 2012 as third placed finishers behind Canada and Uruguay and again in 2014.

In 2012, the “Calypso Stickwomen” hammered Barbados (7-0), Guyana (5-0) and Venezuela (5-1) for a 3-2 record following losses to Canada (0-4) and runner-up Uruguay, 0-2.

However, in round two, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013, T&T finished fifth in the six-team competition with a 1-4 record after a lone win against the host, 3-1.

T&T was beaten by tournament winners USA (7-0), runner-up Chile (6-0), third placed Scotland (7-0) and Uruguay, 6-1.

At its second outing in the tournament in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2014, T&T had wins over Puerto Rico (5-1), Dominican Republic (3-1), Jamaica (2-0) and Barbados (2-0) to top round one.

But Round Two which was held in Montevideo, Uruguay proved again to be an uphill task for the T&T women went under to Azerbaijan (5-1) and France (3-0), but defeated Kenya (5-0) in pool play before losing to Italy (3-0), beating Dominican Republic (3-2) and losing to France again, 6-1 in the fifth place playoff.

T&T women’s squad

Kristin Abreu, Katherine Benjamin, Petal Derry (goalkeeper), Chelsea Dey, Kayla Marie Escayg (goalkeeper), Brittney Hingh, Zene Henry, Kwylan Jagassar, Felicia King, Sekayi Liburd, Yesenia Luces, Fiona O’Brien, Saarah Olton, Samantha Olton, Anya Sealy, Amanda Tang Nian, Patricia Wright-Alexis (captain), Kimberly Young

 

Technical Staff

Brian Garcia (head coach), Solomon Eccles (assistant coach), Garth Baptiste (manager), Kemoy Clarke (assistant manager), Derek Ashby (trainer), Karielle De Bique (physiotherapist), Nicholas Baldeosingh (video analyst)

 

FIH World League Round Two women’s fixtures

 

April 1

India vs Uruguay, 12 noon

Chile vs T&T, 2.15pm

Canada vs Mexico, 4.30pm

 

April 2

Belarus vs India, 12 noon

Mexico vs T&T, 2.15pm

Chile vs Canada, 4.30pm

 

April 4

Mexico vs Chile, 12 noon

Uruguay vs Belarus, 2.15pm

Canada vs T&T, 4.30pm

 

April 6: Quarterfinals,

2.15 pm & 4.30pm

 

April 8: Fifth/Seventh

place playoff, noon

Semifinals, 2.15pm & 4.30pm

 

April 9: Fifth/Sixth place playoff, noon • Third place playoff, 2.15pm • Final, 4.30pm

Women footballers get contracts

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 22:45

The T&T Football Association (TTFA) yesterday announced a new contract agreement with members of the national senior women’s team.

Eight players will be accommodated under a four-tier contract system which has seen the players offered one year contracts.

A release from the TTFA stated that the football association believes the new agreement reflects the importance the local governing body has placed in women’s football and the national women’s team, noting the arrangement is a result of constructive negotiations with all parties.

Under the retainers, players will receive regular monthly income, aimed at improving conditions, while creating a talent pool for the national team to challenge for successes at international tournaments and World Cup qualifications. The eight players from the current senior team chosen are captain Tasha St Louis, Mariah Shade, Dernelle Mascall, Patrice Superville, Natasha St Louis, Annalis Cummings, Anastasia Prescott and Ayana Russell.

Overseas-based players were not offered retainer contracts but will receive allowances when they are invited to training camps and will also benefit from match fees for international matches. Meanwhile, student athletes based in North America or elsewhere do not qualify for the retainer contracts.

The team will be selected by head coach Italian Carolina Morace who will rank the players based on their performance at national team competition and camps.

“This agreement is a significant step towards the development of a professional career path for our best women footballers. Women players at national level devote a huge amount of time and energy to their football and this move recognises their commitment and contribution to the women’s game,” TTFA president David John-Williams said yesterday.

“We are still working towards the day when this country’s women footballers will be able to earn a full-time, professional living from the sport,” he added.

T&T senior team player Shade describe the new development as a significant one for the women’s game. “I believe that this is something very positive for us because I’ve been playing with the national team since I was 13 ,and we have been working so hard and not really reaping any rewards and this is something we can be confident about in that we have security.”

According to Shade “a lot of us don’t have jobs. We have degrees but we dedicate most of our life to football, so now we can feel confident that we can take care of business on the field and then outside we also have something to work with. It is something good for the programme and the future of women’s football.”

Arin King, one of the overseas-based players was also delighted with the new step. “We made history with these retainer contracts. It’s just stability. A lot of people do not know that women have it very hard. In the men’s game they are getting pro contracts and having a foundation with a salary. But sometimes we come to practice on a hungry belly. For the women it’s just great to have that stability and taking the programme to a next level with this,” King said.

The women’s senior team drew 0-0 with Venezuela on Sunday and will face their opponents again tomorrow from 7pm at the same venue.

Why Ahye, Walcott were absent—Part II

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:30

On Wednesday, the first part of this two part series was published, Here’s Part II.

On Friday 17th March, The First Citizens Sports Foundations, announced five winners in various categories.

Sportsman of the Year—Keshorn Walcott;

Sportswoman of the Year—Michelle Lee-Ahye,

Jeffrey Stollmeyer award (Large category) —Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation;

(Small category)—Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association (Small category);

Lystra Lewis Trophy, which was given to the Women’s National Cricket team.

On the surface, in my opinion, there can be little doubt on two of those awards, and many will say, that Walcott and Lee Ahye were overwhelming favourites to win in the overall men’s and women’s categories respectively.

The only sad note, would have been the non-appearance of both winners on the night, and whilst it was apparent that Lee-Ahye’s absence was well-known as she is overseas in training and her proud mother receive the award on her behalf, there was both no Keshorn Walcott, or no family member there to collect his award. The fact, that reports are widespread that Walcott was in the country on the night, and was seen by some in the Capital city, is not good, if indeed it’s true.

What could make someone not want to be present to be honoured with the President of the Republic, his peers and family and friends with the most prestigious sport award from his/her country. A country from whom he received acknowledgement and various rewards in the past. This has to be addressed going forward, and does not reflect highly on Walcott, unless there is a reason.

As for the other three awards, starting with the Lystra Lewis Award, I would suggest, that this award should only be given to a team that has inspired the country, and brought something different to the table, and not just given out to some group or organization, because it must be awarded. In a year such as 2016, I would have struggled to give anyone the award, as to be honest, not many persons seem to be aware why the Women’s National Cricket team was honoured with the award.

The other award, the Jeffrey Stollmeyer Award in the two categories, large and small, in my mind this is flawed by the process that has been adopted, whereby, each Sporting organisation, has to fill out a form and submit their information, and only those which do this will succeed. This category must be examined to ensure that the awards is given because of results and nothing else.

Overall, yet again, it was certainly the stand-out event in sports production by the JCD and Associates team, as the time flew past quickly. However, going forward, might I suggest, that just as the T&T Olympic Committee fix the date of their awards to December 29th in any year, that a similar procedure is adopted by the First Citizens Sports Foundation, so as to set a fixed date and time. This would ensure that no one can say again or in the future, that they did not know the date in advance, and that there schedule was booked up for one reason or another. Fixing the date would also allow First Citizens to set the right example in terms of capturing the mood and need for discipline in this country.

Far too often we have to sway and move with people’s time.

Jones stands out for Mayaro

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:27

Healthy competition brought out outstanding performances from the young athletes of Mayaro who took part in the 2017 bpTT Mayaro Primary Schools Zonal Athletic Games held at the Mayaro Secondary School Grounds on March 17th.

Javon Jones, a 12-year-old student of Mafeking Government Primary School, captured the energy of the participants, “I competed in shot put, javelin, discus and 100 meter sprint and I was able to win in shot put and discus. I really want to represent Mayaro to the best of my ability and maybe one day I could even represent Trinidad and Tobago and become an athlete ambassador for bpTT. No matter what happens, I had a great time today and I know that my parents will be proud of me.”

Sponsored by energy company BP Trinidad and Tobago for the past 18 years, the games present a golden opportunity for young athletes from across the community to compete with the hope of representing Mayaro at the district and national primary school levels. The games are held annually under the auspices of the Ministry of Education.

Ronda Francis, Corporate Responsibility Manager, bpTT, commented on the company’s long-standing support of the games said, “We have always supported sporting development in the Mayaro region as demonstrated by our football, cricket, netball and basketball competitions. BPTT is committed to developing every aspect of human capacity and the zonal sports is high priority because it is a nurturing ground for the enormous potential that exists in these young people. As demonstrated by their passion and performances, these athletes are our future stars, who will bring pride and glory to our nation.”

The games included field and track events and all of the local primary schools came out to compete: Guayaguayare RC Primary School, Mafeking Government Primary School, Mayaro Government Primary School, Ortoire RC Primary School and St Thomas (Mayaro) RC Primary School.

Andy Paul, Mayaro Zonal Coordinator, explained that sports are a critical part of the development of students. “These zonal games are an extension of the curriculum, and are essential to the nurturing of all-round, healthy and constructive citizens. It is a platform for the kids to discover and develop their talents at an early stage and each one of these kids performs with the hope of becoming the next Cleopatra Borel. They have principals, teachers, parents and sponsors bpTT supporting their achievement of those dreams,” Paul noted.

‘Kick out the crime’

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:21

Members of the T&T Senior Men’s Team led by captain Kenwyne Jones issued a peace call with a collaboration of messages coming out of the Team’s residential camp at the Marriot Hotel in Port of Spain on Saturday following the 1-0 victory over Panama in Friday’s 2018 World Cup Qualifier.

The idea came about on the eve of the encounter following numerous reports of criminal activities, murders and violence against women and citizens generally which are circulating in the local press over the past few weeks.

But the focus was to achieve the victory against the Panama and with that accomplished, the players were then ready to send their national messages.

“Right now the crime situation is a not a pleasing one,” said Jan Michael Wiliams in a video that features messages from Jones, Kevin Molino, Khaleem Hyland, Curtis Gonzales, Mekeil Williams and Daneil Cyrus.

The following messages were voiced by the players.

“We stand against Crime! Stop the Violence Now, Respect our Women. Protect our women, love them and protect them!

“Let’s come together and Protect T&T. Let us all make this place safer”

“I have a mother, I have a Wife and also daughter. You also have a wife, a mother and a sister. Let’s come together to stand against violence against our women.”

“Do you part to make T&T better.”

“Let us come together to make T&T a better and safer place,” were the final words spoken by Williams in the one minute and twenty three second video clip which ended with a shot of the crowd applauding T&T’s victory at the final whistle and Hyland kneeling in prayer on the field following the referee’s final whistle on Friday night.

Soca Warriors earned all 3 points

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:19

After two matches in this competition, and three months of ultimate failure to cope with the needed quality of football to be played in the hexagonal, T&T has had the opportunity to see some level of improvement and a victory in game number three against Panama.

The expression of joy is obvious and was expected so long as the lads put their heads down and respond positively to their new Coach.

Even the statistics which emanated from the match, divulged that the percentage of ball possession of both teams saw the home country having two per cent more in the first half while Panama was three per cent more in the second half.

That statistic does not always make logical sense.

The Soca Warriors appeared to be directed to start the game from Keeper Jan Williams by using the wing defenders, just to ensure that they can begin a methodical possession and work their way towards the opportunity of using either Joevin Jones or Cordell Cato.

The ploy was impressive in the early stages and the tempo of the early minutes saw the effectiveness of the two speedsters.

It also caused Panama to follow suit with starting their possession game with their defense as well.

The principle was overdone and the possession game meant little for either one.

Thanks to Kareem Hyland and Carlos Edwards for opening up passing options which included the use of Joevin on the left.

It was impressive and left the crowd with a feeling of methodical attacking from the flanks.

A few good chances came by because of this, and some penetrative opportunities through either side where Cato was also very assertive in his duties to discomfort the left wing back Quintero.

Two chances came by, the first with an attempted wall pass between Cato and Kevin Molino.

The Minnesota striker, who was enjoying the full use of the field with his mobility, failed to finish a half chance from within the penalty area.

Edwards was working well with a triangle that comprised Joevin and Kenwyne Jones.

The chemistry was attractive and effective.

The Panama defense may have been in panic mode for a while, seeing that their wing defenders Edgar Barcemas on the right and Quintero of the left were uncertain as to stop T&T flankers.

Then it came to fruition, when Hyland broke the slow methodical forward approach by our defense line and rushed forward, passing Olavve and Godoy before releasing an exquisite through pass into the pass of a diagonal run from Joevin and almost like clockwork, Molino started to plan for the third man running space just in time to stride into the path of Joevin’s pass.

The rest of his act was typical of his main area of strength.

He rushed towards a vacancy which was left by Armando Cooper, deceptively body shifted the main defender Torres and got enough space to hit his right footer clinically into the net. WOW.

The joys of the crowd brought an atmosphere which triggered off the teams as a whole, where skipper Kenywne was out jumping the Panamanian defenders and flicking diagonally backward to either Cato or Joevin.

It was attractive and gave a glimpse to the fans that there was more success for the Warriors.

A free kick just outside of the penalty area on a foul again Jones, brought an opportunity which may have excited both Hyland and the left footed J Jones.

Against the north easterly wind, my choice would have been hyland. But, who can deny Joevin a chance of sending his team further forward.

He did not, but sent the ball skyrocketing way overbar.

I have a concern that we used ten defenders in the penalty area defending our goal.

That’s a misjudgment, if only because, in the event of gaining possession by our players, there would have been no release players, causing the Panamanians to collect the ball and continue to place pressure in our half of the field.

Secondly, defending players, even seven of them with strong aerial capability should be trusted to win the battle of the crossed balls against a Panama which consist of two five footers and a reluctant keeper to leave the line.

As it is on two situations saw five Warriors awaiting crossed balls against one pint size Henriguez, in the first instant, and substitute Tejada in the other.

Unbelievably, on both occasion saw the opposition got their heads before all else.

However, As we say, “God is a Trini” and he saved the day.

The team was much more organised that we had seen in the recent past and gave the impression that better performances could be on the horizon.

Pakistan flogs Windies in T20 opener

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:18

The West Indies scored less runs than the number of murders committed in T&T for the year so far, in a T20 match, such was their deplorable performance with the bat against Pakistan in the opening match of the Brighto Cup T20 clash at Kensington Oval, Barbados yesterday.

Skipper Carlos Brathwaite led the way with an unbeaten 34, as all the West Indies could come up with was 111 for eight of their allotted 20 overs, after being put in to bat by visitors. Pakistan then rustled up its win at 115 for four with 17 balls to spare.

Losing their last T20 series against Pakistan 0-3 in the UAE, the West Indies continued on the losing side much to the disappointment of the local fans who showed up at the region’s mecca to support them.

The bowlers were left to defend just 111 runs and with the talent in the Pakistani line-up this was always going to be difficult task and it reflected in the end.

Despite the world class spin duo of Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine in its ranks, the West Indies just could not pull off the miracle that was required.

Test skipper Jason Holder ripped out two batsmen but this was woefully short of what was required. With three wickets down for 49 runs Pakistan looked a bit wobbly, but that was just a look.

Given their uncertain mindset at times, the West Indies would have thought that they could get a sighter but the calm assurance of Shoaib Malik provided the fans back in Pakistan with a late night gift for their loyalty.

The right hander who plies his CPL trade here in Barbados, scored an unbeaten 38 of 29 balls with three sixes and a four to bring home the win. Apart from him Babar Azam made 29 from 30 balls with three fours and Kamral Akmal 22 of 17.

Earlier, the direct hit that threw down Evin Lewis’ stumps was a signal that the day was not going to belong to the home team. Lewis, Chadwick Walton and Holder were the only batsmen apart from Brathwaite to get into double figures. The West Indies problems centred around poor shot selection, two poor umpiring decisions and a debutant leg-spinner that seemed to be bowling hand grenades.

After the loss of Lewis, Shadab Khan a man good enough to be picked up by the Trinbago Knight Riders for the CPL 2017, took over. He sent back Lendl Simmons, Walton and Narine to finish with 3/7 of four overs.

His dismissal of Walton was questionable though, as the ball seemed headed past leg stump but not in the opinion of umpire Joel Wilson.

Imad Wasim sent back Marlon Samuels but television replays suggested the ball was far away from the leg-stump.

This time it was Barbadian umpire Gregory Brathwaite that erred. Brathwaite finished with 34 unbeaten of 27 balls with two sixes and two fours. The bandwagon now heads to Trinidad for the next three matches, the first of which will be played off on Thursday.

WI vs Pakistan

 

West Indies Innings

E Lewis run out 10

C Walton lbw Khan 18

M Samuels lbw Wasim 7

L Simmons b Khan 1

K Pollard c Wasim b Riaz 14

S Narine c Wasim b Khan 1

R Powell lbw Ali 1

C Brathwaite not out 34

J Holder c Hafeez b Tanvir 14

Extras: 3lb, 3w, 1nb 7

Total for 8 wkts (20ovs) 111

Fall of wkts: 13, 35, 37, 38, 42, 49, 74, 111.

Bowling: I Wasim 3-0-12-1, M Hafeez 1-0-8-0, S Tanvir 4-0-21-1, H Ali 4-0-25-1, S Khan 4-0-7-3, W Riaz 4-0-35-1.

 

Pakistan Innings

K Akmal c Lewis b Badree 22

A Shehzad c Walton b Holder 13

B Azam c Powell b Holder 29

M Hafeez c & b Brathwaite 5

S Malik not out 38

S Ahmed not out 4

Extras: 3w, 1nb 4

Total for 4 wkts (17.1) 115

Fall of wkts: 25, 40, 49, 85.

Bowling: S Badree 4-0-24-1, J Holder 3.1-0-27-2, S Narine 4-0-22-0, C Brathwaite 3-0-18-1, K Williams 2-0-14-0, K Pollard 1-0-10-0. Result: Pakistan won by 6 wkts.

Man of the match: Shadab Khan.

Carter helps Southern California bag bronze

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:04

Top T&T swimmer Dylan Carter swam the third leg as the University of Southern California (USC) closed out the 2017 NCAA Division One Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship with a bronze medal in the men’s 400 yards freestyle relay on Saturday night.

Competing in the eight-team final at the event co-hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and Indiana Sports Corporation, inside the IU Natatorium the USC quartet of Santo Condorelli, Ralf Tribuntsov, Carter and Reed Malone combined for a time of two minutes, 47.33 seconds behind overall champions for a third straight year, Texas, which won in a new NCAA record mark of 2:45.39, and Florida (2:46.21).

Also in the final were California (2:48.49), Stanford (2:48.80), Arizona State University ((2:49.00), North Carolina State (2:49.09) and Indiana (2:49.53).

In the heats, USC was also third, going under the pool record of 2:48.33 with a time of 2:48.17, behind Texas (2:47.78) and Florida (2:47.90).

On Friday night, he got his first individual medal, when he was joint second in the 200 yard freestyle gold medal splash, in one minute, 31.16 seconds, the same as Indiana’s Blake Pieroni and both , behind reigning NCCA and US Open record holder, Townley Haas whose’s 1:30.65 clocking was a new pool record.

The 21-year-old Carter missed out on another medal after he placed fourth in the men’s100 yard freestyle in 41.76s in the event won by Florida’s Caeleb Dressel, (40 seconds), a new NCCA record, bettering his own record from 2016, 40.46.

Missouri’s Michael Chadwick took silver in 40.95 and Olympic champion, Ryan Held of North Carolina State, bronze in 41.21.

A six-time All-American, Carter also posted the fourth fastest time of 41.73 seconds, a new personal best to trail Dressel (41.00), Held 41.34) and Chadwick (41.58) in the morning heats.

On Thursday, the T&T swimmer was seventh in the men’s 50 yard freestyle final in 19.08 seconds, only ahead of Michigan’s Paul Powers (19.17). The winner of the event was Dressell in 18.23 seconds ahead Held (18.60) and Texas’ Joseph Schooling (18.79).

This after Carter who competed at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was also seventh in a personal best of 19.04 followed by Powers (19.06).

Also on Thursday night, Carter, second in the 50m butterfly and third in the 50m freestyle at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games helped USC to a fourth placed in the men’s 400 medley relay finals in three minutes, 02.20 seconds.

Webster takes Parkites to victory

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 09:57

All rounder Tion Webster took Queen’s Park to a 10-wicket victory over Clarke Road United in its fourth round clash at St Mary’s cricket ground yesterday.

Clarke Road made 152 all out batting first and QPCC replied with 318. Young West Indies player Kirstan Kallicharan made 77 to finish as top scorer, while Webster made a 63. Batting a second time, Clarke Road got a century from the veteran Gregory Mahabir to record 250 all out. The pick of the bowlers for Queen’s Park was Webster who grabbed 5/46.

Set a victory target of 85 QPCC sped to victory at 88 without loss with Webster scoring an unbeaten 53 of 27 balls with five fours and five sixes. Skipper Justin Guillen cracked an unbeaten 30.

Also recording a victory was PowerGen, which smashed Tableland by a massive 309 runs in St. Julien. PowerGen batting first made 209 and then hustled out Tableland for 149. Ewart Akil Nicholson then scored a brilliant 115 and Akiel Cooper 100 not out to lead PowerGen to 399 for six declared in their second innings. Chasing 460 runs for victory, Tableland then crashed to 155 all out.

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