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Tobago set to dethrone PoS

15 hours 39 min ago

Tobago last registered a win at the National Primary School Track and Field Championships in 2009 and on Wednesday the team is set to resume its winning ways at the Atlantic sponsored Primary School Track and Field Championship better known as the ‘Primary School Olympics’ which will be held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.

The Minister of Education Anthony Garcia is expected to open the championship which begins at 9 am, with music for the march past being provided by the T&T Police Service Band.

The team from the sister-isle will be jetting into Trinidad on Tuesday morning and will stay at the Cascadia Hotel in picturesque St Ann’s.

The 90-plus member squad is confident of dethroning the perennial champions Port-of-Spain and Environs, which will be seeking to win the championship for the eighth consecutive year.

Buoyed by superb performances at the National Secondary School Track and Field Championship, last month, Tobago is expected to lift the title.

The Tobago contingent must be confident with the likes of National Champions Janae Alexander and Kevah Scott leading the charge. They expect that J’eleshai Alexander And Ben Israel Bannister along with Maliyah Cupid and Amarley Henry can bring Championship honours back to Tobago.

In what looks like a very open and competitive 56th renewal of the longest Primary School Games in the Caribbean any of the top five Districts can win it this year. These Districts include Port of Tobago, Port of Spain and Environs, Caroni, St George East and Victoria.

Head coach of Port-of-Spain, Derek LeGendre has stated categorically that this year’s training programme was the worst in the district’s history, He said: “We never prepare like this, and it does not send the right signal for our budding athletes. Something must give as children are being kept away from the training sessions. I cannot say if it is a subtle sabotage,” he ended.

The powerful St George East team will be looking to the outstanding U13 Sprinter Jabari Branche to lad their charge. He will be ably supported by Janella Walcott, Symphony Patrick and Jaydon Goodridge.

The Caroni Education District which has placed third for the past two years will again be a threat with Kurt Cruickshank leading the coaching of the team. They possess some talented athletes headed by Jenna Thomas, Sahara Oliver, Tenique Vincent and Tyrique Vincent. The central based giant are coming to improve their position and win the 2018 championship.

Victoria which has a Simplex Athletic Club presence and is coached by the shrewd Gunness Persad must have an outstanding chance of winning the games. The zone has Under 13 speedster Sierra Joseph, along with the Chinappo duo of Kadeem and Hakeem. the team also has in its line-up, Jael Archibald and Josiah Huggins to place them high on the medal count.

North Eastern Education District which is known for its exploits in the National 3K event will be coming to better year’s performance with the assistance Hannah heath, Kevin Robinson, Jenique McLaren, the speedball Imanni Mathews and Jabari Rusell.

The action-packed 58 event programme is expected to be overflowing with all district in Trinidad being requested to bring the Standard Five Classes to view the games along with the schools which will represent the District at the March Past of Teams.

Port-of-Spain and Environs School are expected to come out and support the National event with the schools in the proximity of the Hasely Crawford Stadium expected to be out in full force.

Iron Man, Jumbie collide

15 hours 40 min ago

The strict safety requirements and training that are a must for all members of the T&T Powerboat Association (T&TBA) to undergo, were put to the test yesterday when the crews of Iron Man and Jumbie escape serious injuries following a boat collision in the first race of the fourth regatta at the Trinidad Yacht Club in Glencoe.

The collision took place during the first circuit race for boats in the 130 mph event.

The crew of Guy Costa and James Hadeed and Jumbie’s duo of Davide Brush and Justin Deckel were quickly out of their boats and attended to by members of the safety boat and were treated by the medics.

Costa got a small cut above his left eye which needed minor attention.

After that setback, the day’s programme went on with Fire Chief dominating the F class.

Meanwhile, there was no further racing for the crews of the boats in the 130 mph class leaving them to be spectators.

Ramnaths win Scotia charity golf

15 hours 44 min ago

The pair of Takoor Ramnath and Deana Ramnath took the 19th Annual Scotia Bank Women Against Breast Cancer charity golf tournament that was played at the St. Andrew’s Golf Course in Moka on Friday.

The winners were followed by Camille Chatoor and Jennifer Grainger, while the third place was secured by the pair of Benda Clarke and Hillis Richards.

Next in line was Kissoon Gannes and Rohan Ravikumar, with former Queen’s Park cricketer Chris Galt and Richard Trestrail securing the fifth spot.

There were other awards on the day with a major one going to Adrian Sampson for the ‘hole in one’. Nearest the pin on the fifth hole was Hillis Richards and on the 15th was Camille Chatoor.

A prize was also given for the best-dressed male and female teams. Topping the ladies were Nicole Lawrence and Paige Hurd, while not to be outdone amongst the male was Peter Ghany of the Scotia Foundation and Graham Khan.

A total of 40 teams, comprising two players each, took the course in a competition devised through the partnership between Scotiabank Foundation and the St Andrew’s Golf Club for the last 18 years.

For the second straight year, the Scotiabank Foundation will be donating the proceeds of the Golf Tournament to the Family Planning Association (FPA) of T&T. Last year, FPA received $100,000 towards their efforts in promoting women’s health and wellness. The FPA provides a number of services to women, including contraception, pap smears, voluntary counselling and testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and breast examinations, consistent with the Scotiabank Foundation’s mandate of supporting women and engaging women in the community. In 2016, tournament proceeds went to the T&T Cancer Society, towards their Community Cancer Screening Clinics in Mayaro, Matura and Moruga.

Cudjoe: Golf is not only for the privileged

Minister of Sports Shamfa Cudjoe is calling for more participation from the nation’s youths in the sport of golf and wants to make it clear that the stigma that the game is for the privileged must be removed.

The newly installed minister of Sport made her comments at the end of the recently concluded Prime Ministers Golf tournament that was played in Tobago. Cudjoe said, “It is important that we remove the perception that golf is a sport for the privileged members of society. Internationally, golf is a sport that not only contributes to physical and mental health, but it also pays handsome rewards to those who excel in the game. There is, therefore, need to popularise the game countrywide and encourage more of our people – especially the youth – to take up the sport.”

She added, “This means more youth clubs and initiatives to promote youth participation, it also means greater access to quality facilities.

Presently, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs is giving consideration to exploring Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) to begin to upgrade works on the Usine St Madeleine Golf Course and Club House, as well as the Sevilla Golf Course.”

She ended by saying, “After this experience, I’m now even more excited and energized to move these projects closer to fruition, everybody needs to experience the greatness of golf. It’s about building friendships, promoting corporate social responsibility and improving the lives of the less fortunate.”

Rajkumar, Singh prevail at PM’s Charity Golf

The veteran golfer Carlos ‘Sexy’ Baynes and his partner Ramlogan Roopnarinesingh gave a wonderful display at the Prime Minister’s Charity Golf tournament in Lowlands, Tobago last weekend but ended up behind the eventual champions Johansen Singh and Dave Rajkumar.

Singh and Rajkumar representing Scaffolding Manufacturers Limited took the Classic. Baynes and Ramlogan Roopnarinesingh, who was sponsored by Logan Contracting, finished in the second spot, while the pair of Michael Charles and Mushtaq Sookoor, representing Action Millwright, placed third.

Former Attorney General Anthony Smart and his compatriot Jevon Andrews, sponsored by First Citizens, ended in the fourth position, followed by the pair of Robbie Narine and Rodney Phillips, representing National Quarries.

OTHER RESULTS
(sponsors in brackets)

6. Danny Jaggernath & Robert Parris (Home Mortgage Bank); 7. Ronald Clarke & Glen Redhead (National Petroleum); 8. Steve Waldron & Darren Marcello (Junior Sammy Group of Companies); 9. Daniel Boodram & Onjay James (Caribbean Cornerstones Limited); 10. Ravi Deonarine & Harry Rambally (Jagessar Group of Companies); 11. Wayne Baptiste & Tori Baptiste (Angari Team1); 12. David Sebastian & Clint Marcelle (Murray Engineering Limited); 13. Ashram Beharry & Tommy Boodoo (Bourse Securities); 14. Andrew Jupiter & Kenneth Ferguson (Kenson Limited); 15. Newman George & Ulric McNicol (CH Associates Limited).

Ramdin’s century spurs Central into final

15 hours 51 min ago

Skipper Denesh Ramdin slammed a century for Central Zone as it romped into the final of the T&T Cricket Board (T&TCB) Senior Interzone Tournament after a massive 184-run win over North in the team’s semifinal match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy yesterday.

Batting first, Central Zone scored a massive 293 for six off its allotted 50 overs. In reply, North was no match as it was dismantled for a paltry 109. Ramdin batted brilliantly as he guided Central home. After the loss of two early wickets, Ramdin found an able partner in Mark Deyal and the pair brought Central right back into the contest with a century stand. Deyal has been in great form in this tournament before he fell for 59 off 53 balls with eight fours and a six.

Ramdin fell towards the end of 101 made off 133 balls with six fours and a six. Also making significant contributions were Derone Davis with an unbeaten 36, Nicholas Pooran 31 and Saiba Batoosingh 27. The pick of the bowlers for North was Rishaad Harris who grabbed 3 for 49, while Dexter Sween took two for 51.

When North responded it lost wickets at regular intervals and slipped to 22 for three early during its reply. Joshua Da Silva who has been the batting mainstay in this tournament was sent back by spinner Davis for one. Skipper Darren Bravo hang around for a while making 23 off 48 balls with two fours before Kastri Singh had him caught behind. Davis ended with three wickets for 18 runs, while pacer Anderson Phillip took two for 21, Singh two for 31 and leg-spinner Imran Khan two for 18 off nine overs.

Central and South East will contest final on June 3 at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Balmain, Couva.

INTERZONE SCORES

Central 293/6 (50) (Denesh Ramdin 101, Mark Deyal 59, Derone Davis 36, Nicholas Pooran 31, Saiba Batoosingh 27, Rishaad Harris 3/49, Dexter Sween 2/51) vs North 109 all out (Darren Bravo 23, Tion Webster 19, Derone Davis 3/18, Anderson Phillip 2/21, Kastri Singh 2/31, Imran Khan 2/18). Central won by 184 runs.

T&T Under-20s fall to Costa Rica

15 hours 53 min ago

T&T Under-20 men’s football team suffered a 2-0 defeat against Costa Rica in its opening match at the Guadeloupe Six-Nation Invitational Tournament at the Stade René Serge Nabajoth, Les Abymes, on Saturday night.

T&T gave a decent showing but could not prevent conceding goals on either side of the half. Costa Rica’s goals were scored by Ronaldo Araya and Yecxy Ramos Jarquim, one from a free kick that took a deflection before going in, and the other late in the match from a well-struck shot from some 25 yards out.

The game was played on a wet outfield after a heavy downpour before kick-off and it rained during parts of the match.

T&T coach Russell Latapy described the encounter as a useful exercise for his troops which are preparing for CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup qualifiers in November.

“It was a keenly contested match and a good all-round performance by our boys,” Latapy said.

“Considering also that this was our first international match as a group and knowing too that we had a few new faces with some of the more regular players being left at home because of exams, I was pleased to see the way we executed certain things on the field and the way we carried ourselves out there against a good Costa Rican team” Latapy said.

“We conceded the first goal on virtually the final kick of the half and that was due to a lack of experience and composure which will only get better with matches like these. I thought we were solid and we limited Costa Rica’s attacks in our half.

“In the second half, I would say we had the better of the exchanges for the first 15 to 20 minutes with a couple of good chances to get on the scoresheet, but we didn’t take them.

Their second goal came from a quick break up the park and from a resulting corner the player had a really good hit from about 25 yards out. Overall, I was satisfied with some aspects of our play and we will be looking to better some areas and have a go at it again in our second match,” Latapy added.

T&T was scheduled to face Martinique in its second match from 6 pm last evening.

Guadeloupe and Haiti drew 0-0 in Saturday’s second match, while Costa Rica had previously beaten Martinique 3-0 and French Guiana and Guadeloupe drew 1-1 on Friday

Calls for Attin-Johnson, Mollon to return

15 hours 56 min ago

Attempts are being made to convince midfielder Maylee Attin Johnson and Akheela Mollon to return to the T&T Women’s team currently competing for the top spot in Group C of the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

National coach Jamaal Shabazz said they have had to do this because of the lack of commitment from the country’s under-20 players which competed unsuccessfully at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship at the same venue a few months ago.

At the post-match press conference after the Soca Princesses hammered USVI 10-0, Shabazz said parents of the Under-20 players are more concerned with them receiving scholarships and focusing on their studies than representing their country at football.

This lack of commitment has led to the overuse of veteran midfielder Tasha St Louis in the team. According to Shabazz, “When I came into this set up in August last year, I never expected that Tasha would be playing such a big role. We know that she is captain and I thought she would have been used sparingly. We did not get the commitment from the Under-20s and the pool isn’t too big, so she still has a lot of minutes to play.”

The T&T women are expected to finish at the top of the group to have any chance of progressing to the Concacaf qualifiers. But Shabazz is taking no team for granted as he believes more is needed if T&T is to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in France. Saturday’s win came from a beaver-trick from influential midfielder Mariah Shade and a double from Karyn Forbes. Shabazz said he was pleased to have received maximum points but he will have to move players around due to the number of matches they have to play, and the time to play the matches in. Competition for places in the team has also lifted the intensity of his team’s play.

In their opening matches, the T&T women were dominant, and the scoreline reflected it, despite attempts by USVI to contain them early in the match.

Izler Browne, the USVI coach who was a former national player and coach, said her team’s challenge was over and they can now focus on the coming matches.

Matches 

n TODAY:
US Virgin Islands
v Grenada, 4pm
Dominica v T&T, 6.30pm

WALTER ALIBEY
 

Jaggessar leads Pres to final

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 00:40

National under-15 opener Justin Jaggessar turned in a fine all-round performance that lead Presentation College, Chaguanas to the PowerGen Secondary Schools Central Zone Under-14 title on Wednesday.

Jagessar grabbed three wickets for 14 runs to restrict Vishnu Boys to 95 for six off the allotted 24 overs. Vishnu Boys depending a lot on national Under-15 captain Rajiv Ramnath got a deadly blow early in the game, as the right-hander was bowled by Adam Furlonge without scoring. At this point, Presentation College took control and never relinquished its hold. Zachary Dookree battled for a while to top score with 20 including two fours before he was cleaned up by Jaggessar.

Alex Ramlal was the next best bat for Vishnu Boys with 12.

Jaggessar got three wickets in his four overs and was well supported by Furlonge and Brandon Deonarine both of whom took one wicket for eight runs from six impressive overs.

When Pres took to the crease Jaggessar opened the batting and took control. He started off his innings with a four and continued to dominate to the extent that his school ran away winners by seven wickets. Jaggessar counted 34 runs which included two fours before he was bowled by Ramnath. Ravinda Ramlal was the pick of the Vishnu bowlers taking two wickets for eight runs.

Presentation will now enter into the national playoffs, which is expected to take place next week. The South final will play on Wednesday when Naparima College comes up against Presentation San Fernando at Woodland Recreation ground.

POWERGEN U-14 CENTRAL FINAL

Vishnu Boys 95/6 (24) (Zachary Dookree 20, Alex Ramlal 12, Justin Jaggessar 3/14) vs Presentation College Chaguanas 97/3 (Justin Jaggessar 34, Ravinda Ramlal 2/8) - Presentation College won by 7 wickets.

Howsweetitis romps home in Feature

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 00:38

Champion trainer John O’Brien returned with a bang yesterday when he saddled Howsweetitis to win the feature Modified Benchmark Handicap over 1,500 Metres on the turf track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

O’Brien showed his class as a conditioner as he brought Howsweetitis back from the ten-month break to defy his lengthy absence.

Nela Mohammed aboard Howsweetitis rode the five-year-old brown gelding with confidence and outbattled the favourite Rock In Peace to score by a 1/2 length.

The Great Friends owned Howsweetitis was well supported at 2-1 to win but had to battle hard and long to get the better of the Glenn Mendez-trained favourite Rock In Peace which lost nothing in defeat.

Magical Victory was 1 1/2 lengths back in third place Root of Jesse finished fourth.

The winner registered the good time of 1:30.54 for the trip.

This was just fractionally off the record which is held by Magical Victory of 1:29.4.

Though the feature was competitive and interesting, it had to play second fiddle to the performance of the ‘Triple Crown’ seeking General JN from the John Leotuad barn.

Punters sent the 2018 Guineas winner off at the prohibitive odds of 1-5 and he obliged to like the champion which he is by winning unchallenged by 12 1/2 length with jockey Brian Boodramsing doing precious little.

The well-bred Jamaican chestnut colt by Forest Danger/Sea Treaty was challenged by the speedy Maha Raja for 600 metres before asserting and running away in the final 300 metres to win as he liked in the time of 1:11.97. General JN looks very difficult to oppose in the Midsummer Classic the second leg of local racing’s Triple Crown.

In the final event on the eight race-card, the Glenn Mendez trained Streaking Far showed that she will be ready to come up against General JN in the Classic. She ran a full two second faster than she did two starts ago over the 1750 metres distance.

The days leading rider was Nela Mohammed who rode a double on the card.

No trainer was able to land more than one winner.

Jabloteh, Stars clash after coaches swap sides

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 00:36

A recent switch of coaches Gilbert Bateau and Kevin Jeffrey to the Under-18 sides of North East Stars and San Juan Jabloteh respectively could bait emotions when both sides meet this afternoon from 4 pm at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, Arima for a place in the final of the inaugural Flow Youth Pro League Cup on May 27.

“For the players, it will be highly emotional,” said new Jabloteh U18 coach Kevin Jeffrey, who only three weeks ago was still an employee of North East Stars and coach of the club’s U18 team.

“A lot of the (Stars) players have been calling me saying they missed the style of play, my persona and the way I passed on my knowledge of the game to them. And now they have to come up against me, someone they enjoyed playing under.”

Last month Gilbert Bateau vacated the posts of Jabloteh first team assistant coach and head coach of the U18s to reunite with Zoran Vranes after the Yugoslav-born coach returned to Trinidad to join North East Stars as head of coaching on an initial one-year agreement, subject to a work permit.

Bateau accepted the role as assistant coach in all divisions including the Stars’ first team under Vranes who he had served under with the Trinidad and Tobago team at the 2009 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Egypt and Olympic qualifiers with the U23s in 2011.

Meanwhile, Bateau said he expects his now former charges (Jabloteh U18s) to be professional enough to put up a strong challenge on semi-final Sunday. He too said his former players were disappointed in his departure.

“My move to North East Stars is strictly in the interest of development of players,” explained Bateau. “North East Stars’ plans are exactly what I hoped Jabloteh had done. We (at Jabloteh) were creating the most amount of players to fit into the [first] team but that wasn’t happening. I have no ill feelings for Jabloteh because I am still open to communication with the club.

“The plans at North East Stars to develop the players and progress them through our teams is what I’ve always wished for at Jabloteh. The focus must be to try to develop the players at best. For instance, when they go abroad on trials they shouldn’t come back. Too many times players are coming back because they lack technique. So the arrangement put forward by North East Stars for development of the football where the players benefit most, is the reason I made the switch,” ended Bateau, father of recent North East Stars signing Sean Bateau and Kazakhstan-based T&T international Sheldon Bateau.

Jabloteh’s Under-14 and Under-16 FYPL league winners also advanced to Sunday’s semi-finals and will take on Defence Force and Point Fortin Civic respectively from 10 am and 2 pm at the same Malabar venue.

At Mannie Ramjohn Stadium (training field 1) in Marabella, Point Fortin Civic must face W Connection in the U14 age group (10 am) and Club Sando will tackle Police FC in the U16 division (2 pm) before the U18 sides of Police and Connection lock horns (4 pm).

TODAY’S MATCH-UPS

Under-14 Division
San Juan Jabloteh vs Defence Force, 10 am Larry Gomes Stadium;
Point Fortin Civic vs W Connection, 10 at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field 1.
Under-16 Division
San Juan Jabloteh vs Point Fortin Civic, 2 pm at Larry Gomes Stadium;
Club Sando vs Police FC, 2 pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field 1.
Under-18 Division
San Juan Jabloteh vs North East Stars, 4 pm at Larry Gomes Stadium;
Police FC vs W Connection, 4 pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field 1.

Do we really understand the impact of sports tourism?

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 00:33

It is high time that we start to recognise what sports tourism is and move away from talking a good talk about how much we as a country want to embark on a sports tourism drive.

But the question lies, do we fully understand what is sports tourism? While this is an important aspect, it is not just the experience of travel to engage in or view sport-related activities. Travelling to engage in activities or attracting foreign athletes and teams is what we’ve tend to focused on but there are other components that might worth the while tapping into. Tourism’s economic impact is one of the most researched but least understood areas of tourism. Sports tourism inevitably affects more than the economy; tourists by their presence impact on the host population and, at least in some regards, hosts have an effect on their visitors.

It is generally recognised that there are three types of sports tourism: Sports Event Tourism, Active Sports Tourism, and Nostalgia Sports Tourism.

Sports event tourism is self-explanatory really. It can range from CPL cricket to Rugby Sevens, Cycling on the Avenue to Caribbean Cup football. Some events often overlooked are amateur sporting events.

Active Sports Tourism entails travelling to other destinations to participate in events. And no, it’s not our athletes and officials or fans becoming a tourist of a certain destination because of the fact that we are visitors for the period. What it is or should be is we as nationals using the opportunity to market what we have to offer in T&T. So perhaps, leading team members or designated staff can be assigned the roles of marketing the T&T brand.

For instance, the cricket teams can, through press briefings on location in an overseas destination, or through courtesy visits or meetings with stakeholders, use the opportunity to attract the hosts to the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, the Queen’s Park Oval or simply let them know what an attraction it would be to engage in a sporting activity in the land of Sand, Sea and Sunshine. Football could now market its own Home of Football, or the other stadia in Marabella, Malabar or Tobago. Athletics could lure the foreigners into visiting T&T for a training camp to try and discover the secret behind the success of Keshorn Walcott.

Then there is nostalgia sports tourism which involves travelling to and also welcoming and entertaining visitors to famous sport-related attractions such as events and venues. This is where we could be a real force. This is where we need to step up our game. This is the part of sports tourism that can strengthen national heritage, identity, and community spirit as local people join together to promote their own culture.

Forgive me if I’m unaware, but there is hardly anything about the Brian Lara Academy that is mind-blowing when it comes to history. Last year I had a colleague visiting from India for three days and top of his bucket list was visiting the Brian Lara stadium. All he wanted was the chance to take photos at the venue and was willing to pay at least $200 TT to access the venue. Unfortunately, there were no events happening at the time but that’s the thing. Why couldn’t there be a museum type setting with a tour guide that allows patrons both local and foreign, to pay a small fee and get the chance to experience the venue and get the chance to purchase paraphernalia of West Indies Cricket and Lara?

Credit to Brian himself for having a temporary set-up near the Queen’s Park Oval during the 2017 CPL. Think of how excited we are to take stadium tours of Manchester United or Barcelona for those of us who get to travel. It is the same manner in which we must think of our own.

Another experience I had a couple years ago was a British partner Danny booking a flight to Tobago just only for the opportunity to visit the Dwight Yorke Stadium. Sadly for him, there was nothing other than a sign on the scoreboard signifying “Dwight Yorke”. Imagine how much a small viewing room with images of Yorke and an area for photo ops would be an attraction to someone like Danny. I regularly interact with visiting sporting officials and journalists who ask about Hasely Crawford. Who he is? What did he achieve? There is nothing other than a window image at the VIP lounge and something you would easily walk by without noticing on the lower floor of the covered stand’s entrance. It is more than placing some images on a wall and calling it a Wall of Fame.

Once we can make these improvements without expecting an overnight return in $$, then it should become mandatory that these are included on a list of attractions for visitors either at the various hotels or in-flight.

Editor’s Note: Shaun Fuentes is a media trainer, coaching athletes how to present themselves before cameras and how to handle the microphone. He has travelled for work in over 75 countries and was a FIFA Media Officer at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He also serves as a CONCACAF Events Media operations officer.

South East romps to finals in thriller

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 00:26

T&T Red Force left-handed batsman Jeremy Solozano struck a 132 runs but left the Brian Lara Academy a disappointed player as East lost to South East by two wickets under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the first of the semi-finals of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Senior Interzone 50 overs Tournament yesterday.

With the rain playing cat and mouse with the players for the entire day, the game was a stop-start one. However, this did not deter Solozano as he took East to a commanding 227 for four off 36 overs when its innings ended.

South East fought well and was always in the game and entered the last over bowled by Rayad Emrit needing three runs. The lanky pacer sent back Daniel St. Clair but with the scores level bowled a wide and the game was over with one ball to spare.

Earlier, Solozano’s innings of 127 balls comprised 12 fours and four sixes. He got support from Isaiah Rajah, who scored 36 and an unbeaten 18 from Lendl Simmons, as East closed on a score that they would have fancied defending.

However, it was not to be as South East got a half-century opening stand from Navin Bedaisee and Cephas Cooper that set the tone. Bedaisee scored 46 off 59 balls with seven fours, while Cooper made 39 off 33 with four fours and two sixes. However, the gem came from Cooper’s elder brother and skipper Akeil, who made 84 not out to steer his team to victory. Set to get 237 under the DL Method, South East reached home with Cooper’s 84 coming off 54 balls with three fours and six sixes.

Today, the second semi-finals between powerhouses Central and North will take place at the same venue starting at 10 am. Central will be looking to skipper Denesh Ramdin to lead the fight, as well as the inform Imran Khan and Mark Deyal. The left-handed Deyal has been destructive scoring 120 runs at an average of 60.00 while taking four wickets at an economy rate of just three.

North, on the other hand, will be depending on Queen’s Park pair of Darren Bravo and Joshua Da Silva. The latter has been in rich form all season and slapped 174 in the opening Interzone match against Tobago.

TTCB INTERZONE SENIOR SCORES

At Lara Academy: East 227/4 (36) (Jeremy Solozano 132, Isaiah Rajah 36) vs South East 237/8 (35.5) (Akeil Cooper 84no, Navin Bedaisee 46, Cephas Cooper 39, Vikash Rampersad 25, Terrence Hinds 4/27, Vikash Mohan 2/26) - South East won by 2 wickets.

TODAY’S MATCH

North vs Central at Lara Academy at 10 am.

SHADE DROPS FOUR ON USVI

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 00:21

A dominant performance by T&T’s senior women’s team earned them a flying start in the Caribbean Women’s qualifiers tournament at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, last night. The host registered a 10-0 drubbing of United States Virgin Islands (USVI) in the feature match of a double at the ‘Home of Football’.

Midfielder Marian Shade led the way with a beaver-trick and was the provider for a few others.

Patrice Superville got the opener in the 16th minute when Kedie Johnson’s left side centre trickled the defence and fell into the path of Superville to shoot past goalkeeper Levania Lawrence.

Skipper Tasha St Louis was a shadow of herself for most of the night. However, she produced a touch of magic in the 34th minute, splitting the USVI defence with a telling through pass to Shade to take aim and place perfectly past the goalie.

Midfielder Karyn Forbes then lifted the crowd to its feet with the goal of the game. The powerful player pulled away from her marker on the left side and curled her right-footer into the far post in the 36th.

Later St Louis, who had been guilty of a few easily missed chances in the past, finally beat Lawrence three minutes later. And before the USVI defence could regroup, Shade got her second item when she fired past a stranded Lawrence a few seconds after.

The home team then completed a 6-0 halftime advantage when Jenelle Cunningham saw Lawrence napping and beat her with a long-range effort in the 44th.

After the break the hardworking Kedie Johnson received her reward, meeting Shade’s right side cross sweetly on the header in the 61st for a 7-0 lead, but there was still more to come.

Forbes curled the ball past Lawrence from a corner on the left in the 69th before Shade raced on to a loose ball in the area to beat the keeper with a fierce shot into the far post for her hat-trick in the 77th.

The speedy winger then closed out got her beaver-trick on the stroke of regulation time.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

Calypso Spikers fall to Canada in Challenge Cup

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 02:40

T&T’s senior women’s volleyballers suffered a 25-12, 25-16, 25-22 loss to host Canada in their Pool A opener of the five-team inaugural NORCECA Women’s Challenge Cup at the Edmonton Expo Centre Hall D, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Thursday night.

Playing their first match since qualifying for the FIVB Women’s World Championship on home soil last October, the T&T women, minus key duo, Turkey-based duo, middle-blocker Sinead Jack (Galatasaray) and Krystle Esdelle (Pursaklar Beleyidesi), and led by Sweden-based Renele Forde (Svedala), were heavy underdogs against the Canadians.

And from set one, Canada looked more organised than the seven-time Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) champions and sealed the win in one hour and 12 minutes.

The third set saw a much better fight from the T&T women led by the Philippines-based pair of Channon Thompson (Foton Tornadoes) and Darlene Ramdin (Generika-Ayala Lifesavers).

In the end, the Canadians showed their superiority and dominated in all key aspects of the match, which included a 39-27 edge on spikes, 10-7 on blocks, and 4-2 on blocks.

With this being their first match together the Francisco ‘Panchee’ Cruz-coached T&T women, were expectedly guilty of committing a number of errors, 22 to be exact as compared to Canada’s 14.

Cruz, who has been at the helm of the Calypso Spikers women’s team for more than a decade said: “The game was acceptable. We lost two players who are unable to play, and that is a problem within the organisation.”

With regards to the team’s display Cruz said, “Finally, in the last set we started to come together and for me, everything was good. We have some new players, and I don’t do any substitutions because we have eight experienced players and the rest are young.”

Cruz added, “Out of the eight, two aren’t playing and this is the problem. Some players played today (Thursday) in other positions and I suppose, because this is the first match, that in the second match they will play better.”

For the NORCECA fifth-ranked host who got a point from nine of their 12 players, Alexa Lea Gray was the top contributor with 15 points, 13 of which were kills while Marie-Alex Belanger had eight and Kyla Richey, seven. The trio of Jennifer Cross (six), Shaniah Joseph (five) and Alicia Perrin (five) also assisted to the home team’s straight sets win.

On the other side of the net, Ramdin and Thompson, the latter of whom only arrived in Canada on Tuesday, both got 11 points, laced with eight and nine kills respectively.

Canada-based Taija Thomas added four and the trio of Jalicia Ross-Kydd, Kelly-Ann Billingy and Forde chipped in with three points each.

Forde said: “We’ve all been playing abroad and we haven’t been able to practice together. I’m okay with the result in terms of how we fought and how we tried to compete. I’m sure Canada has been practicing for some time together, and they have everything they need, which is a difference between our team and them.”

In the first match of the Cup, Puerto Rico swept Nicaragua 25-15, 25-15, 25-11.

Yesterday, T&T was expected to play a must-win match versus Costa Rica, however, the latter failed to arrive for the event due to travel issues. This means, T&T ended as second-placed finishers and will contest the bronze medal match tomorrow from 6 pm against the second-placed team from Pool B, Cuba or Puerto Rico.

However, tonight from 9 pm the T&T women will meet Canada in an exhibition clash. The winners of each pool will face off in tomorrow’s final from 9 pm from which the champion team will qualify for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Challenge Cup Finals while the two group runners-up meet for bronze.

San Francique Girls cop St Patrick title

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 02:37

San Francique Presbyterian is the new Atlantic Primary Schools St Patrick winner after defeating Granville RC by a whopping 53 runs in their encounter on Thursday in Penal.

Samantha Hosein slammed 46 and Abbygale Ragoo struck 45 to lead the way for San Francique. Not to be underestimated was a lively unbeaten 39 from Ilainna Beepat.

In response, Granville RC was skittled out for 108 with Hosein again the star grabbing four wickets for 15 runs. Sheria Hajree was also on sound with figures of two wickets for 22 runs.

In the boys’ section, Lochmaben romped to the title by nine wickets over Clarke Rochard Government. Lochmaben would have started the encounter as underdogs but in the end, they would have toppled a school with a very impressive record in Atlantic Primary Schools cricket.
Clarke Rochard batting first made 96 all out with Mathew Sookoo taking three wickets for 20 runs. Lochmaben was expected to struggle to get to this total but it was quite the opposite, as they dominated the opposition. They reached their winning target at 97 for one after just 12 overs with Michael Joseph hitting an unbeaten 19.

Scores 

St Patrick Education District Final
Girls: San Francique Presbyterian vs Granville RC
San Francique Presbyterian 161/2 in 20 overs (Samantha Hosein 46, Abbygale Ragoo 45, Ilainna Beepat 39 not out) vs Granville RC 108 All Out (Amy Pura 15, Samantha Hosein 4/15, Sheria Hajree 2/22) - San Francique Presbyterian won by 53 runs.
Boys final
Clarke Rochard Government 96 all out (Matthew Sookoo 3/20) vs Lochmaben RC
97/1 in 12 overs (Michael Joseph 19 not out) - Lochmaben RC won by 9 wkts.

Honore, Stewart to miss Men’s Challenge Cup

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 02:21

National men’s senior team volleyball coach Sean Morrison will have to do without the services of key duo, Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore, and Ryan Stewart for the Norceca Men’s Challenge Cup, a continental qualifying event carded for Pinar del Rio, Cuba, June from 3-11.

This was confirmed by the T&T coach yesterday, when he announced his 12-man roster for the six-team tournament which also involves the host Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

The teams will contest a round-robin series at the end of which, the winner will qualify to the newly formed Volleyball Nations League, which replaced the FIVB Grand Prix.

The team, to be led once again by Glamorgan’s Stewart who captained the locals to a third Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) crown on home soil last year, and third in team history includes Kwesi Daniel, Akim Bushe, Marlon Phillip, Daneil Williams, libero Joshua Mohammed, Newton Grant, setter Kameron Daniel and USA-based pair, Adriel Roberts (Charleston University) and Mikheil Hoyte.

All the players named above with the exception of Grant were part of the CAZOVA 2017 Championship winning team.

According to Morrison, a former national player himself, Honore is now coming off a very hectic season with SL Benfica in which they were beaten in the Portugal A-1 Division final by Sporting CP in the best-of-five series 3-2.

Honore’s SL Benfica captured the Portugal Cup yet again and were quarterfinalists in their European club exploits as well.

The T&T coach said, ‘Due to the long season Marc Honore had in Europe we agreed for him to get some rest and rejoin the team for the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla,

Colombia (July 20 - August 3), 13th Pan American Cup in Veracruz, Mexico (August 12-20) as well as the CAZOVA Men’s Championship in Suriname (August 4 – 11).

With regards to Police Officer Stewart who was voted as the Most Valuable Player in leading T&T to the regional crown last year on home soil, Morrison said it is very difficult for him to get time off from work.

“It’s understood that with the current spike in crime, his employers have stated that no time off will be permitted until maybe the end of June.

“We also have the experienced middle-blocker Russell Pena, who could have stepped in for Honore out injured, so we have brought in two new players in Nicholas Prescott and Daynte Stewart, who should be no strangers to the group

The team currently trains four days a week at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo, Thursdays and Fridays (8.30 pm – 11 pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (7.30 pm – 11 pm).

T&T SQUAD

Nicholas Prescott, Daynte Stewart, Kwesi Daniel, Adriel Roberts (Charleston University), Mikheil Hoyte, Akim Bushe, Marlon Phillip, Daneil Williams, Ryan Stewart (captain), Joshua Mohammed (libero), Newton Grant, Kameron Donald (setter).

Rock In Peace at Santa Rosa

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 02:07

Former champion trainer Glenn Mendez sends out the Irish bred Rock in Peace for the feature Modified Benchmark Handicap over 1,500 metres on the turf track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

Rock In Peace has been knocking at the door and with his allotment of 57 kilos can walk into the winner’s enclosure today. Rock In Peace has improved with racing and today looks the day for success.

The John O’Brien-trained Howsweetitis which has been a revelation on the turf will race with 53 kilos for Nela Mohammed. Howsweetitis has been galloping well and could go close.

The Harold Chadee-trained Buffalo Soldier will take along topweight of 58.5 kilos under Kerron Khelawan.

Buffalo Soldier will go close if anywhere close to his best.

But, the highly regarded Michael Carew Junior-trained Magical Victory has beaten the best horse in training Bigman in Town and must be respected based on that effort.

With his form, he is expected to go close for Franklin Gonzalez.

Terrance Thomas sends out Eye See You and this one could go close while the Harold Chadee trained filly Set Sail must be respected with apprentice Ri Hernandez. She is a filly with class and if primed must go close.

Post time is 1.05 pm.

East to challenge Southeast today

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 02:02

East will come up against Southeast in the first semifinals of the Senior Interzone today at 10 am at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba.

Southeast booked their place in the semifinals with a 20-run win over South on Wednesday night at the same facility. They will be hoping to get past an East outfit which includes the likes of Lendl Simmons and Rayad Emrit. Emrit, in particular, has been in great form and claimed 6/27 leading up to this game.

Tomorrow at the same venue, Central Zone will clash with North.

Central topped Group “A” with three wins in as many matches for a total of nine points. They will start as favourites to get past North Zone, who finished runners-up in Group “B” with six points from two wins.

The series has generated a lot of interest given the fact that the top local players like Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Emrit and Simmons have been involved.

Added to them a number of T&T Red Force players have made themselves available, all seeking retainer contracts.

This series, which was organised by the board due to the financial constraints facing clubs may well be a blessing in disguise according to the chairman of the organising committee Patrick Rampersad.

He said: “What this series has done is to revive interest in Interzone cricket. The competition has been very competitive, the players have shown great commitment and the rivalry has been keen.

“There has already been some preliminary discussions into deepening this Interzone rivalry by hosting a T20 Interzone tournament next year. Although the 50 overs tournament was removed from the club’s control, the idea is not to take the T20 away from the clubs but play two tournaments.

Rampersad added, “We are very happy with what we have seen and team’s and management must be congratulated for making this a success. We are hoping to see good crowds on the weekend at Lara Academy as we look to bring back that interest in domestic cricket.”

Garner hails cricket as ‘force for good’ ahead of fund-raising T20

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 01:57

BRIDGETOWN—West Indies legend Joel Garner has added his voice to those supporting the massive goodwill effort to rebuild stadia affected by the passage of deadly Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September.

West Indies clash with an ICC World XI on May 31 at Lord’s in a fund-raising Twenty20 International and Garner noted that cricket was again showing it was a unifying force for good.

“Our players have always been willing to be involved in any kind of charitable working going back to my playing days and even before,” said the former Windies team manager.

“It is great to see the youngsters have again joined that rich tradition and are happy to participate an give back to the community and those in need.”

The great former fast bowler was Windies team manager last year during the one-day tour of England when several Caribbean islands were devastated by the tropical cyclones.

He joined the outreach then by volunteering to collect funds and this year will be involved as part of the delegation to Lord’s for the high profile match.

“Last year, we had a good day at the Oval where we interacted with the spectators in an effort to raise funds,” he explained.

“This year will be no different. I think over 6,000 tickets have been sold so far and the match is still two weeks away. Based on these sales, it seems we will have a great crowd at Lords for the upcoming game.”

He continued: “Cricket is again showing it can be a ‘force for good’ and it can help to bring people together. We have a situation here where cricket has stepped forward to help those in need. We have to say a huge thanks to the players who will participate.

“All around the world sports helps to bring a smile to people’s faces and sportsmen are hailed as heroes, so it’s always great to see when those players give back in a meaningful way.”

The Windies will be led by T20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite and includes two-time world champions Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Samuel Badree.

The match will also mark a return to international cricket for Andre Russell following his recent year-long ban.

England white-ball captain Eion Morgan will skipper the World XI which will feature exciting Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, Pakistan batting star Shoaib Malik, Bangladesh stroke-maker Tamim Iqbal as well as Sandeep Lamichhane, the sensational 17-year-old wrist spinner from Nepal.

The match will be played under lights starting at 6 pm (1 pm Eastern Caribbean time). (CMC)

T&T WOMEN BEGIN WORLD CUP QUEST

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 01:26

T&T’s women footballers will begin their quest for Fifa World Cup qualification today when they clash with the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) in the feature match of a double-header from 6.30 pm at the Home of Football, Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

The Group C match will follow an earlier encounter at 4 pm in which St Kitts/Nevis will take on Dominica.

The T&T women will be attempting to replicate their performance at the 2015 qualifiers that saw them finish fourth in the Concacaf Championship, before being edged out 1-0 by Ecuador in the Inter-Continental play-off, to narrowly miss out on a spot at the Fifa World Cup in Germany.

Yesterday Mariah Shade, one of the most experienced players in the team, stressed the importance of starting on a winning note. “We are very much excited about this World Cup campaign. We have been training really hard and we are focused on the task at hand. We are committed to the goal which is to qualify for the World Cup,” Shade said.

“The mindset for us is to dominate. We know at this level we usually put in a lot of goals. We don’t just want to win but we want to dominate the matches as well. It is just to put in the work and hopefully, with the blessing of God, we can achieve this.

“We need to go in there with a mindset in spite of the score, we need to finish off the games strongly.”

USVI coach Izler Browne, who is a former national player and coach, said her team will not be intimidated by the hosts. “I had to go in and put things in place for consistency in the Women’s game in the USVI,” Browne said, following her appointment as coach.

“At the senior team level, we are at a transitional stage. It’s a relatively young team with a couple older players. We are trying to ensure the younger players all get a taste of international football in this tournament.

“We understand the magnitude of the team we are playing against. We want to be able to give a credible performance. We understand that for us we may not play the game in the way we want or the result may not be what we want but it is important for us to ensure that this is something we can build on,” Browne said.

Another T&T coach Rajesh Latchoo, who is at the helm of the Dominica team said he is anticipating a decent showing from his troop.

ASJA S’Fdo crowned Victoria champions

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 00:08

ASJA San Fernando Primary School was crowned 2018 champions in the Victoria District of the Atlantic National Primary Schools cricket tournament on Tuesday.

Skipper Riyaad Mohammed displayed a fine all-round performance which led his school to a comfortable victory over Picton Presbyterian. Batting first, San Fernando ASJA made 164 for the loss of eight wickets with Mohammed leading the way with a stylish 68. He then returned with the ball to grab five wickets for 14 runs, as Picton Presbyterian folded for just 58 runs losing by a whopping 106 runs.

Mohammed, who played for South in the Maq North South Under-15 Classic last week, showed that he was a cut above the rest, as he dominated from the word go. Immediately after taking strike he sent balls to the boundary with regularity as he took charge and his team-mates followed. Mohammed then grabbed the ball to dismantle the top order of Picton, and after that, victory was a mere formality, as he sent back five men for just 14 runs.

The left-handed batsman and right-arm medium pacer has already caught the eyes of the South Zone selectors and earlier this year he was chosen for the South Zone U-15 team in the Shell tournament. He is currently in training with the South Zone U-13 team as well, as they are preparing for the Shell Interzone.

ATLANTIC CRICKET SCORES
Victoria Boys finals
San Fernando ASJA 164 for 8 (Riyaad Mohammed 68) vs Picton Presbyterian 58 all out (Riyaad Mohammed 5/14). ASJA won the game by 106 runs with the man of the match being Riyaad Mohammed.

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