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56 years of T&T sports on the world stage

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:23

The sporting contribution of our athletes locally, regionally and internationally have helped defined T&T 56 years of political Independence and 42 years (August 1st 1976) of Republicanism. Coming out of the throes of colonialism and cast with the responsibility of managing the challenges of economic, political and socio-cultural development, the country’s sportsmen and women have constantly offered a beacon of hope and great expectations where our leaders have sometimes been bereft of ideas and bland.

The relatively young twin-island of 1.3 million has produced athletes who have been able to stand tall consistently at age group and senior levels on the regional, hemisphere and global stage. Some of the stellar international performances (not limited) include:

n Hasley Crawford and Keshorn Walcott—Olympic Gold medallists

n Akeem Stewart—World record holder Para Athletics (Shot Putt)

n T&T was crowned joint World Netball Champions with Australia and New Zealand in 1979

n National Men Senior team finalist at FIFA Germany World Cup 2006

n National U20 team finalist at U20 FIFA World Cup, Portugal, 1990

n Claude Noel first world champion, Mexican Rodolfo Gonzalez to win the WBA World Lightweight title,1981

n Leslie Stewart won the WBA World Light Heavyweight title in 1987 defeating Marvin ‘pops’ Johnson

n Ria Ramnarine T&T first female world champion, defeated Ana Fernandez to win the WIBA Mini Flyweight World title, 2005

n Giselle Salandy multiple World champion- WBA, WBC and WIBA middleweight titles

n Brian Lara world record holder for the highest first-class score (501 not out) and highest test score (400 not out).

n T&T Men’s Indoor hockey team- World Cup finalist, Germany, 2018

n T&T Women’s Volleyball team finalist at FIVB World Championship, Japan 2018

To provide support the state over the years have ramped-up the delivery of sporting facilities throughout the country as well as developing two-sport policies- 2002 and 2017-2027. The implementation of the national sports reward policy scheduled for September 12 is a landmark accomplishment to acknowledge sporting accomplishments in an organised manner. Time and evidence will be the judge of how well the other aspects of the 2017-2027 sports policy is achieved.

Additionally, the development of a sports tourism policy is urgently required to provide a basis upon which sporting facilities especially the aquatic centre, cycling velodrome and racquet centre can be converted into generating its own revenue.

Off the field, issues of good governance interwoven into a power struggle are casting a huge shadow of uncertainty about a strategic development path for two of the major sporting disciplines in the country- cricket and football. If these fires are not appropriately extinguished it can regrettably spread to other sporting disciplines.

So there is a lot to celebrate in the country’s short sporting history (Independence/Republicanism), however, there is a lot more to be done at the governance level- state and national governing bodies- to ensure that the sportsmen and women of today and tomorrow will have the right environment to improve on the stellar performances of their predecessors.

“I don’t feel it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” Michel Foucault

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Boatswain goal in vain as Police outshoot Army

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:21

T&T’s international striker Jamille “Balo” Boatswain marked his return to the Defence Force Football team with a late goal off the bench on Saturday, but it came in a losing effort as the Tetron Boys were edged 3-2 by rivals Police FC in one of two rescheduled Pro League clashes at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Kareem “Scooby” Freitas scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season in all competitions to cushion the Lawmen after veteran Defence Force forward Devorn Jorsling had cancelled Shakuile Williams’ second-minute opener with a free kick early in the second half.

Jorsling, though, failed to level the game at the death after Boatswain, 24, who first joined Tetron Boys in January 2017 from Point Fortin Civic before moving to Costa Rica’s LD Alajuelense, put the Marvin Gordon coached-Defence Force within striking distance of a point.

Earlier, Keion Goodridge, Joshua Alexander and debuting 20-year-old Grenada international forward Saydrel Lewis all scored their first Morvant Caledonia United goals to lift the ‘Eastern Stallions’ to their first Pro League win of the season with a 3-0 win over Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers.

The Jerry Moe-coached Morvant Caledonia (on 5 points), with a game in hand against bottom-placed North East Stars, however, continue to occupy eighth spot, one down from Rangers (6 points) while Police (9 points) are sixth, one point less than, in descending order, Defence Force, Central FC and Club Sando. Last season’s runners-up W Connection (16 points) and San Juan Jabloteh (13 points) lead the pack ahead of the break.

Goodridge, 27, a multiple-time league winner with former club Central FC, headed his latest employers Morvant Caledonia in front 1-0 after 18 minutes when he steered a Renaldo Francois corner past Rangers goalie Jabari St. Hillaire.

Hillaire’s second half continued the way the first ended and was forced into action seconds into the restart by Daniel.

Alexander then put his name on the scoresheet for the first time in his professional career with a goal he’d never forget after smashing the ball past the towering frame of Hillaire from distance six minutes into the second half to make it 2-0.

Lewis, six minutes after replacing Andrew Murray who failed to convert a one-on-one chance with Hillaire and two days after arriving in T&T, smashed in Morvant Caledonia’s third item to make it 3-0 after he was picked out by overlooked T&T international Aikim Andrews in the 64th minute.

Lewis, formerly of Paradise FC in his native Grenada, missed a second two minutes later when he turned an Andrews cross directly at Hillaire who gathered comfortably.

In the second contest, Shakuile Williams made the best of a rare start for the Richard Hood coached-Police, and it took the diminutive forward one minute and 34 seconds to fire the Lawmen in front, 1-0 with his first top-flight goal.

Williams controlled sharply in the box before quickly jabbing the ball past Defence Force goalkeeper Sheldon Clarke. Williams found the back of the net again on 36th-minute but that time his celebrations ended prematurely with the flag already raised for offside.

Hardworking Christian Thomas, who had won the ball from right-back Jemel Sebro to provide the opening assist, tested Clarke from above the area on the half-hour mark, but the Defence Force ‘keeper was equal to the task as he did again two minutes from the break after Thomas’s nutmeg on defender Aklie Edwards to create a look on goal.

However, Jorsling levelled the Tetron Boys 1-1 three minutes into the second half when Police goalkeeper Adrian Foncette spilled the striker’s free-kick into his own net – after Brent Sam was brought down at the edge of the box.

But Freitas, who has now scored in three consecutive outings for Police, headed the Lawmen back in front 2-1 after 53d minutes of play after towering in the Defence Force six-yard area to put a Christon Thomas cross past Clarke.

Freitas later completed his third double of the season in all competitions with his sixth league goal by way of the penalty spot when he wrong sided Clarke to cushion the Lawmen 3-1 in the 71st minute after referee Gordon Maloney pointed to the spot for a handball in Defence Force in the area.

Defence Force came within striking distance of a draw after substitutes Reon Moore and Boatswain, whose latest stint was in South America with CD Honduras Progreso, combined three minutes from time for the latter to score at close range, beating Foncette.

However, with Police leading narrowly 3-2, Jorsling struck overbar at the goalmouth on another Moore feed into the area in the 90th minute as the Lawmen held on for a third straight win.

Pro League action is scheduled to return from Sep. 14 with Morvant Caledonia and Defence Force against Jabloteh and Sando, respectively, in a doubleheader at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.


n Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 0 vs Morvant Caledonia United 3 (Keion Goodridge 18’, Joshua Alexander 51’, Saydrel Lewis 64’), at Ato Boldon Stadium;
n Defence Force FC 2 (Devorn Jorsling 48’, Jamille Boatswain 87’) vs Police FC 3 (Shakuile Williams 2’, Kareem Freitas 53’, 71’ pen.), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

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Calypso Girls retain AFNA crown unbeaten

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:16

T&T Calypso Girls retained their Americas Federation of Netball Association title with a comfortable 65-51 victory over host Barbados when the eight-team tournament ended at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, Bridgetown, Barbados last night.

Going into the match, both teams were already assured of qualification to next year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, but it was an opportunity for visitors to turn the tables on the host which inflicted a 3-0 series whipping here in T&T last year.

However, the Wesley “Pepe” Gomes-coached T&T women were eager for the win to keep hold of their crown after missing out on participation at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year in Australia.

Both teams started off shaky with the professional shooting duo of Australia-based Samantha Wallace and England-based Kalifa Mc Collin, coming up heavy pressure from the aggressive Barbadian defence/
However, the T&T pair was up to the task and at the end of the first quarter, both teams were level at 15-15.

The second quarter saw a more composed T&T team step up their game both on the attacking end and defensive circle to open a 30-26 advantage at the half-time interval.

Barbados was forced into a change in defence at the start of the third period and the Calypso Girls with Ornella Jack now in goal defence for Shaquanda Greene took full advantage with Wallace sinking all 11 of her attempts and Mc Collin, seven from nine to extend the lead to 48-37 at the end of the third quarter.

The final period was a much closer affair but with Jack and Kemba Duncan in defence along with the experience captain Rhonda John-Davis orchestra things from the centre, the outcome was never in doubt as T&T closed out the match, 17-14 in the final period to end with a perfect record of 7-0 while Barbados was second with a 6-1 mark, and Grenada, third with a 5-2 mark.

In other matches yesterday, Canada defeated St Maarten 65-27 while St Vincent and The Grenadines outclassed Argentina, 88-24.

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Prison Service outclass Erin FC 4-0

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:07

Brandon Calliste and Nathan Julien scored two goals each to lead Prison Service past Erin FC 4-0 in a rescheduled T&T Super League at Youth Training Centre Ground, Arouca on Thursday.

Calliste opened and ended the scoring in the 15th and 61st minutes while Julien netted in the 25th and 33rd minute for the winners, now fourth on the table with 23 points from 13 matches, seven adrift of leaders Queen’s Park Cricket Club.

FC Santa Rosa is second with 28 points followed by Cunupia FC with 26.

The teams will now change focus to the Super League Cup with QPCC, and FC Santa Rosa both on bye.


TEAMS.............................P....W......D.....L.. GF..GA...PTS
1. QPCC................................. 13.......9........3......1.....30.... 14...... 30
2. FC Santa Rosa................. 13.......9........1......3.....36.... 11...... 28
3. Cunupia FC...................... 13.......7........5......1.....28.... 11...... 26
4. Guaya Utd....................... 12.......7........4......1.....24.... 10...... 25
5. Prisons Service............... 13.......6........5......2.....18.... 13...... 23
6. Matura ReUnited........... 13.......6........3......4.....26.... 28...... 21
7. Police FC.......................... 13.......5........5......3.....18.... 16...... 20
8. RSSR FC............................ 13.......3........6......4.....16.... 18...... 15
9. UTT.................................... 12.......4........2......6.....17.... 21...... 11
10. Club Sando Cultural... 13.......2........3......8.......9.... 21.........9
11. Bethel Utd..................... 12.......1........5......6.....14.... 26.........8
12. Erin FC............................ 13.......1........4......8.....13.... 27.........7
13. P.V.D.M Utd.................... 12.......1........4......7.....11.... 24.........7
14. San F’do Giants............ 13.......0........6......7.......9.... 29.........6
NB: UTT deducted three points for not fielding a youth
team in any competition.

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Paul delivers kilo bronze

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:06

Nicholas Paul secured his second medal, a bronze after he placed third in the 1Kilometre Time Trial event behind a time a 59.450 seconds Pan American Elite Track Cycling and Caribbean Championship in Aguascalientes, Toluca, Mexico, yesterday.

Paul, 19, qualified as the second fastest after a new national record time of 59.443 seconds. With that effort, Paul became the first T&T cyclist to dip below the one minute or 60-seconds barrier. On Saturday night, the T&T champ was beaten in the sprint final 2-1 despite crashing hard while in the third ride-off with the rides even at 1-1, against Canadian Hugo Barrette, who eventually denied Paul the gold.

Paul defeated Jair Tjon en Fa of Suriname in the semi-finals in three rides. He also copped top honours in the Caribbean Championships while teammate Keron Bramble grabbed bronze.

On Thursday, the team of Njisane Phillip, Paul, Kwesi Browne and Keron Bramble sped away with the gold in the Team Sprint event and with it set a new Pan American record 42. 681 seconds while holding off Colombia (43.095) for second and Brazil (43.860) for the bronze.

Akil Campbell dug deep in the Omnium Points Race to lap the bunch twice on his way to finishing 10th overall and first in the Caribbean Championships.

Meanwhile, Jabari Whiteman, 17, shattered the previous record of 1:03.389 to clock a time of 1:01.053 in his Junior Kilometres ride. He’s now ranked as T&T’s third fastest kilo rider in the sport local history.

Compatriot Quincy Alexander finished 12th overall with a time of 1:02.114 and did not advance any further in the event.

Alexi Costa secured bronze in the Women’s Scratch race in the Caribbean Track Championships.

T&T ends the Championships with a gold, silver and bronze in the Elite class and in the Caribbean championship the team captured five gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

In addition to the medals, the cyclist’s riders established three new Pan American records in the Team Sprint, Standing 250m and Flying 200m ride. Also, five new national records were set in the Team Sprint,

Flying 200m, standing 250m, 1km Time Trial and Junior 1km Time Trial races. Paul became the second fastest man alive in the Flying 200m with his 9.387-second clocking while Njisane Phillip’s 17.049 Standing 250 among he top five fastest times ever recorded times.

T&T’s athletes gained massive Olympic Qualification and UCI points with their exceptional performances.

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Cordner, Taylor lead Soca Princesses to victory

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:03

Norway-based Kenny ‘YaYa’ Cordner netted a second-half double after an opening goal from Kayla Taylor saw T&T Women ended their Caribbean Football Union Final Round Qualifiers to the Concacaf Final Round on a high after a 3-0 victory over Bermuda in Kingston, Jamaica, yesterday.

Following Friday’s shock 4-1 loss to Jamaica after leading 1-0 deep into the second-half at Independence Park (National Stadium), the ‘Women Warriors’ were eager to end on a positive note and got off to a great start when Taylor scored for the fourth straight match, and her tournament-high seventh goal in the 12th minute.

However, the Soca Princesses without injured captain Tasha St Louis in the line-up struggled to add to their tally and only had the one goal to show at the half.

Twelve minutes after the restart, Cordner doubled the lead and three minutes from full-time she added another to end with three goals in as many matches after missing T&T’s opener, a 3-2 win over Cuba, in which Taylor netted a hat-trick.

The win lifted the Anton Corneal-coached team to nine points from four matches, level with Jamaica which came up against third-placed Cuba (six points) in last night’s second encounter.

Despite being dethroned as CFU champions, and suffering its heaviest defeat to a regional rival, T&T is assured of qualification to the eight-team Concacaf Final Round along with Jamaica and Cuba where they will join the trio of the USA, Canada and Mexico, the top three ranked teams in Concacaf who were automatic qualifiers to the final round of eight-teams as well as Central American duo, Costa Rica and Panama.

USA will welcome the region’s top women’s national teams for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, which will crown a regional champion and qualify three teams directly for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, plus the fourth-place finisher to an Inter-Continental Playoff.

The Concacaf Women’s Championship is scheduled to be played October 4-17, 2018 in Texas.



1. Jamaica 3 3 0 0 17 1 9
2. T&T 4 3 0 1 12 6 9
3. Cuba 3 2 0 1 11 3 6
4. Bermuda 4 1 0 3 5 9 3
5. Antigua & Barbuda 4 0 0 4 0 26 0

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The critical role of a coach

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 03:54

Coaching a team or individual athletes of any kind is one of the most demanding and rewarding jobs someone will ever attempt. Along the way, the individual will experience a wide range of emotions from exasperation to exhilaration and everything in between.

Beyond the highs and lows from game to game and season to season, you will have the opportunity to play an influential role in the development of your players, both athletically and in their “off the field” lives as well. Many of the lessons you teach your players will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

The level of coaches ranges from the those who hold the high-end positions, such as the national team’s head coach for a particular sport, football, cricket and so on.

You have individual athlete coaches, then you get down the club levels, amateur, grassroots and we can go on.

You also have the assistant coaches who also play a crucial supporting role. Today we’ll take a look at the influence of coaches particularly outside of the elite level.

The coach is arguably a very important person influencing the general sports experience for youths. The coach’s organisation, facilitation and behaviour in practice sessions and competition has been shown to influence athletes’ motivation to participate.

Coaches may positively affect individuals’ abilities, beliefs and enjoyment, and induce a desire for challenging and mastery experiences. It has even been suggested that the coach may enhance youths’ personal development and life skills. On the other hand, coaches have the potential to induce anxiety and burnout in athletes and ultimately drop out from the sport.

Here in T&T, there has been a belief that once you’re in sporting gear and you’re either put there by an influential person, hand-picked or just coming into an environment with some sort of sporting background, that this qualifies one to be a coach.

This has gone on for years and while some may have genuinely brought something of worth to the cause, it simply is not the way.

The T&T Football Association (TTFA) embarked on a campaign a few years back to certify coaches nationwide through its coach education programme.

The intention has been to get coaches at every level from senior to grassroots and youth to be educated and entered into a database. Similar campaigns have been carried out by the cricket board and T&T

Olympic Committee (TTOC) as well as other sporting organisations. This approach is critical towards overall development.

Good coaches take many different forms. It is said that a perfect coaching model is hard to come by. Just like many great players come equipped with different sets of abilities and attributes, many great coaches have used very different styles and approaches to find equal measures of success.

The coaches’ influence has been attributed, in part, to the motivational climate they create through the transfer of attitudes and values, as well as their recognition and evaluations, and is linked to the athletes’ learning and performance. Therefore, coaches play a critical role in either hindering or strengthening an athlete’s involvement in and motivation for sports.

Parents and individual athletes need to be educated also on coaching so that they themselves can have a better understanding as to who they are putting their trust in.

It is important that they understand what makes a good coach and a proper system, particularly against an existing background. Just as parents and students are keen on knowing the history and background on the set-up and personnel at secondary schools or colleges, the same applies to when one is looking to join a club or coaching school.

Coaches at any level can also engage in different courses, both face-to-face or online, to improve their capacity and certification without being dependent on their employees or organisations.

The opportunities are much greater than say ten years ago. Seek out information – don’t wait for the “secret to success” to fall into your lap. Develop a network and support structure where possible. Focus on the long-term even when trying to achieve in the short term.

Be willing to share and treat athletes like customers. Push egos aside also. That is another thing that plagues us here. It will serve you better by contributing to the development of other coaches. You may learn from teaching and students are often the best teachers of all.

And remember, look to help each athlete achieve their best, no matter what that level is. Not all athletes want to be a world champion. That, in the long run, will be your contribution towards building a better society.

Shaun Fuentes is a former FIFA Media Officer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He is also currently a CONCACAF Competitions Media Officer and has travelled extensively because of sport and media over the past eighteen years. He is also a certified media trainer for athletes.

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Women Warriors aim for positive finish

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 03:53

T&T Women Warriors will be hoping to end their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Final Round Qualifiers to the CONCACAF Final Round on a high when they Bermuda from 4 pm in Kingston, Jamaica today.

On Friday night at Independence Park (National Stadium), the “Women Warriors” suffered their heaviest defeat at the hands of a CFU nation, 4-1 to the “Reggae Girls” to remain on six points after three matches, level with Cuba, and three behind the unbeaten host.

The Bermudans, who hammered Antigua and Barbuda 5-0 in Friday’s opener, have three points and can only qualify among the top with a huge win over the Anton Corneal-coached “Women Warriors”.
Jamaica and Cuba will meet in the tournament’s final match from 7 pm.

Elsewhere, Costa Rica whipped Panama 3-1 to win the Central American qualifiers, with both teams already through to the CONCACAF Final Round where they will join the trio of USA, Canada and Mexico, the top three ranked teams in CONCACAF who were automatic qualifiers to the final round of eight teams.

USA will welcome the region’s top women’s national teams for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will crown a regional champion and qualify three teams directly for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, plus the fourth-place finisher to an Inter-Continental Playoff.

The CONCACAF Women’s Championship is scheduled to be played October 4-17, 2018 in Texas.


Teams P W D L F A Pts
Jamaica 3 3 0 0 17 1 9
T&T 3 2 0 1 9 6 6
Cuba 3 2 0 1 11 3 6
Bermuda 3 1 0 2 5 6 3
Antigua 4 0 0 4 0 26 0

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Khellewan retains Under-13 title

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 03:51

T&T’s Priyanka Khellewan retained her Girls Singles Under-13 Division title when the Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Mini and Pre Cadet (U-11 - U-13) Championship ended in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Friday.

In the final, Khellewan outplayed Puerto Rico’s Alanis Reyes 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 to add to her Team bronze and doubles silver with Imani Edwards-Taylor.

When the round-robin phase started on Wednesday, Khellewan topped her Group Three series beating Olivia Peterkin of Jamaica, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 followed by a win by default against Dominican Republic’s Mia Jimenez.

She then brushed aside Guyana’s Thuraia Thomas in her last-16 encounter in straight sets, before beating another Guyanese Nkechi Mc Crae 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 in the quarterfinals and Daymar Castro of Puerto Rico 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 in the semifinals.

Sheneika Collette, the other T&T player to reach the Girls U-13 main draw, was ousted in the round-of-16 by Guyana’s Gianna Lewis, 11-9, 1-11, 7-11, 8-11.

Collette qualified to the knockout phase as a second place finisher in her Group Two qualifiers courtesy a win over Arismel Duran of the host country 13-11, 11-5, 11-5 and a loss to Jamaican Kelsey Davidson, 7-11, 6-11, 6-11.

Edwards-Taylor was unlucky in Group Seven after she ended in a three-way tie with Gianna Lewis of Jamaica and Puerto Rico’s Idalis Torres, with 2-1 records, only to end third by virtue of point co-efficient ratio.

Edwards-Taylor won against Lewis 11-13, 12-10, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 and hometown player, Valerin Hernandez, 13-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 but fell to Torres, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 3-11, 8-11.

T&T’s other girls’ entrant Rebekah Sterling failed to qualify from Group Four after she was outplayed by Dominican Republic’s Cinthia Pena 8-11, 8-11, 9-11 and Guyana’s Nkechi Mc Crae, 4-11, 1-11, 5-11.

In the U-13 Boys Singles, T&T’s Jalen Kerr got bronze after a semifinal loss to Puerto Rican, Jose Nieves 11-13, 10-12, 13-15, 7-11. This after Kerr brushed aside Curacao’s Ayush Panka 11-1, 11-2, 11-2; Guyana’s Krystian Sahadeo 12-10, 14-12, 11-6 and Dominican Republic’s Anderson Acevedo 11-4, 11-4, 14-12, to top Group Three.

He then beat Puerto Rico’s John Marrero 11-5, 11-7, 13-11 and Oswaldy Reyes of Dominican Republic, 11-5, 11-6, 2-11, 7-11, 11-8 in his first two knockout encounters.

Jamalli Mauge got as far as the quarterfinals before he went under to Nieves 4-11, 6-11, 5-11.

In the round-robin stage, Mauge qualified second best in Group One after he went under to Dominican Republic’s Eduardo Darley 2-11, 6-11, 4-11 by beat St Lucian Nate John, 11-2, 11-3, 7-11, 11-3. He then rallied past Kaysan Ninvalle of Guyana 11-7, 11-6, 13-15, 11-4 in the round-of-16 before his last-eight loss.

Nicholas O’Young was the other T&T player to reach the U-13 Boys knockout phase but he was ousted by Christopher Rodriguez of Dominican Republic, 11-5 10-12, 3-11, 8-11.

This after O’Young outclassed Curacao’s Yazir Anthony 11-6, 11-2, 11-4; St Lucian Sanell Bernard 5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6, and Jamaica’s Andre Richardson 12-10, 11-5, 11-5, in Group Seven.

However, in Group Eight, Samuel Humphreys went winless, losing to Dominican Republic’s Marcos Tavares, 7-11, 5-11, 3-11; St Lucian Jelanie Dusauzay, 9-11, 8-11, 4-11; and Puerto Rican, Yomar Carrillo, 6-11, 7-11, 7-11.

Fraser beaten in U-11 Girls quarters

Chloe Fraser had the best showing in the U-11 Singles for T&T as she reached the last eight of the girls’ competition before being defeated.

Fraser was impressive in her Group Four qualifiers, beating Puerto Rico’s Danelys Cruz 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 and Dominican Republic Ceceli Polanco 7-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-4.

She then whipped host player Mileisy Brioso 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 in the last-16 but was then stopped by another hometown player, Arianna Estrella 8-11, 11-5, 7-11, 9-11.

In Group Eight, Ashlea Mohammed, who won a double bronze with Fraser, was just edged out for a spot in the knockout main draw by points co-efficient after she ended with a 1-1 record the same as opponents, Valentina Davila of Puerto Rico and Larimar Hernandez of Dominican Republic.

Valentina defeated Mohammed 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 but then went under to Hernandez 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 13-15 while Mohammed overcame Hernandez, 11-4, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7.

In Group Three round-robin play, T&T’s Llyanna Boodhan was beaten in both her matches, 4-11, 6-11, 5-11 by Puerto Rico’s Liara Rivera and 4-11, 5-11, 6-11 versus Dominican Republic’s Milesisy Brioso.

Shreya Maraj was also blanked in Group Five, losing to Jasmine Bilinghi of Guyana 7-11, 5-11, 9-11 and Dominican Republic’s Carolina Sosa 5-11, 7-11, 2-11.

The U-11 boys trio of Sekel Mc Intosh, Bruce Dillon and Gabriel John all fell at the last-16 hurdle.

Dillon was beaten by Jamaican Azizi Johnson 6-11, 4-11, 3-11; Mc Intosh went under to Puerto Rican, 10-12, 2-11, 8-11; and John fell to Dominican Republic’s Ramon Vila 7-11, 3-11, 5-11.

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Bravo takes TKR back to the top

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 03:49

Skipper Dwayne Bravo dug the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) out of a hole and into a total of 199/4 to which the St Kitts Patriots replied with 153/8 in their latest Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 (T20) clash at Warner Park in St Kitts, last night.

With the 46-run win, TKR storms right back to the top of the standings with ten points from seven matches. Guyana Amazon Warriors also have ten points but TKR has the better net run rate.

The fans here drinking their “goat water” yesterday morning were speaking confidently of a Patriots win, especially after they barked loudly in the TKR backyard earlier in the tournament to defeat them.

An hour and 15 minutes into the match, they were on top and celebrating in grand style as the home team had stifled the visitors through disciplined bowling and a slow tack.

Enter Bravo in the 16th over and the match changed decisively. Coming to the crease with the score at 133/4 with four overs to go, the elder Bravo created a CPL record by becoming the first batsman to hit five sixes in an over.

The hapless bowler was Alzari Joseph who at that time had bowled brilliantly with 2/13 off three overs. He would end with the unflattering figures of 2/43 off four, as Bravo slammed him for five successive sixes in the 19th over.

Bravo ended with a brutal 37 not out off 11 balls in a remarkable hitting display. The innings of the most consistent TKR player Colin Munro of 76 not out, took backstage.

The appetite for the Bravo main course came from his brother Darren who smacked two successive sixes in 18 before his brother came in.

Munro was the glue that held the innings together as he came in after the now usual loss of Sunil Narine.

He lost the off-colour Chris Lynn soon after before fellow New Zealander Brendan McCullum joined him to stage the recovery.

The two added 78 runs for the third wicket to bring the TKR back into the contest.

However, the going was not at the usual rapid rate and it required a special effort from the “champion” to give them their unassailable total. Munroe’s 76 not out came off 50 balls and included three fours and five sixes.

McCullum contributed 35 off 33 balls with two fours and two sixes.

When Patriots went in to bat, TKR started the attack up front with mystery spinner Narine, given his history with the world boss.

Narine kept him quiet but it was the young raw pace of Anderson Phillip who delivered the big blow. He had Gayle edging to Ramdin for nine.

Trinidadian Evin Lewis finally found form, hitting 52 off 37 balls but Phillip accounted for him as well as Brandon King later on to dismantle the batting.

Fawad Ahmed was also excellent on the night taking 2/28, while Muhammad Ali Khan snared his 11th wicket of the campaign to ensure the win.


TKR vs Patriots
TKR inns
S Narine c Joseph b Brathwaite 6
C Lynn b Joseph 18
C Munro Not out 76
B McCullum b Joseph 35
D Bravo c Mahmudullah b Cottrell 18
D Bravo not out 37
Extras: 9
Total for 4 wkts: 199
Fall of wkts:10, 34,112, 133,
Bowling: S Cottrell 4-0-30-1, C Brathwaite 4-0-40-1, A Joseph 4-0-43-2, B Cutting 4-0-35-0, Anton Devcich 2-0-20-0. Mahmudullah 2-0-20-0.
Patriots inns
C Gayle c Ramdin b Phillip 9
E Lewis lbw Phillip 52
HE van Dussen b Fawad 1
D Thomas c Ramdin b Ali Khan 23
A Devich c Bravo b Fawad 7
B Cutting run out 9
C Brathwaite c Phillip b Bravo 21
B King c Narine b Phillip 7
Mahmadullah not out 2
A Joseph not out 4
Extras: 12
Total for 8 wkts: 153
Fall of wkts: 22, 51, 88, 97, 115, 121, 138, 150.
Bowling: Ali Khan 4-0-32-1, S Narine 4-0-22-0, A Phillip 4-0-40-3, F Ahmed 4-0-28-2, D Bravo 4-0-26-1.
Result: TKR won by 46 runs.
Player of the match: Colin Munro.

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Paul cops silver in Pan Am Match Sprint

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 03:47

T&T’s Nicholas Paul won silver in the Men’s Match Sprint Sprint crown when the Pan American Elite Track Cycling and Caribbean Championship continued in Aguascalientes, Toluca, Mexico, yesterday.

This after crashing in his third ride when the match up against Canada’s Hugo Barrette for the crown was tied 1-1. Paul got back up and raced the decider but lost out to the Canadian, 2-1, in four rides after being allowed to race after the crash.

The 19-year-old local cyclist, winner of the Match Sprint Team gold on Wednesday with Njisane Phillip, Kwesi Browne and Keron Browne to repeat their feat from the recently held Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia, got the better of Suriname’s Jair Tjon in three rides earlier in the day.

Paul, the reigning CAC Games Match Sprint champion as well started off slowly in the best-of-three semifinals, with Tjon winning the first ride in 10.016 seconds.

However, the T&T cyclist then turned on the burners for the next two rides, to win in 9.861 and 9.607 seconds, respectively.

Barrette who was second fastest in the Flying 200 in 9.457 also won his semifinal in three rides against Kevin Quintero, after losing the first ride off.

Quintero took the first ride in 9.923 seconds, but Barrette rebounded to win the next two, in 9.853 and 9.753.

Two years ago on Independence Day, Paul gave a gift to the nation and the cycling fraternity when he was crowned the Junior Pan Am Sprint champion which was hosted in T&T at the newly constructed National Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva.

This Independence Day, Friday, Paul continued his growth and rise towards being a world-class champion by creating history at the Elite Pan Am Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico in the flying 200m ride.

He clocked a time of 9.378 and broke the Elite Pan Am record. His time recorded is also the second fastest in the world, 0.031 seconds short of the world record.

Paul then defeated Joe Christiansen of the USA in the last-16 in 10.411 and Colombian Santiago Ramirez (9.556 and 9.986) in the quarterfinals.

Browne also clocked a sub-ten time in the Flying 200 along with Bramble clocking 9.730 and 9.858 respectively which took them into the last-16. However, Browne was defeated by Brazilian Kacio Freitas in 10.191 while Bramble beat Colombian Hersony Canelon in 10.110 before he was ousted in the quarterfinals and was edged out by Tjon in two straight rides, 10.237 and 9.994.

Jabari Whiteman placed 13th in the 4 km Individual Pursuit clocking a time of 4:31.961 but received silver in the Caribbean Championships.

Alexi Costa placed eighth in the four-part Women’s Omnium but second in the Caribbean Championship.

T&T’s Akil Campbell was half-way through the Men’s Omnium with a sixth-place finish while Whiteman was one of three men who did not complete the 30km Points Race.

Today, Browne and Paul will compete in the Men’s Keirin while Paul, the CAC champion and Quincy Alexander will also face the starter in the Men’s 1 Kilometre Time Trial.

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Sun, 09/02/2018 - 03:42

Goal-attack Kalifa McCollin was superb yesterday in helping the T&T netball team coolly cement a spot in the Netball World Cup next year in Liverpool, England after a huge 80-26 victory over St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in Barbados.

Defence has played a huge role in the “Calypso Girls” victories thus far in the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Qualifiers and against SVG at the Sir Garfield Stadium Gymnasium, was no different.

McCollin shot with 100 per cent accuracy, netting all of her 32 attempts in another one-sided win for the local netballers. Her goal-shooter Samantha Wallace was her superb shooting self also, producing 25 goals from 27 attempts as the centre-court unit of captain Rhonda John-Davis, the wing-attack, who was later replaced by Shantel Seemungal, and centre Candice Guerero, did well in feeding their shooters with their crisp passing.

Their efforts were well rewarded as the professional shooters had T&T ahead 27-6 in the first quarter, staying dominant into the second period, to hold a 45-14 lead at the halfway mark, showing their superiority to the SVG team.

On defence, it was the high-flying duo of goal-keeper Shaquanda Greene and goal-defence Kemba Duncan keeping the SVG’s goal-shooter Mary Ann Frederick and goal-attack Shellissa Davis uncomfortable in the opposition’s offensive circle while Onella Jack-Hill did everything that coach Wesley “Pepe” Gomes desired of his wing-defence, intercepting wayward passes from the SVG players.

On the resumption of the second half, coach Gomes replaced Wallace with Joelisa Cooper, who showcased her experience in shooting. The former captain boosted T&T with 18 goals of 20 tries, 11 of which came in the third quarter as she and McCollin combined for 23 to have the 10-ranked team in the World ahead 68-19 entering the final session.

Daystar Swift was also introduced to the match for Greene, continuing the excellent defensive work for the national team, who was joint World champions in 1979.

Another change came in the shooting circle to start the fourth quarter and it was Tahirah Hollingsworth (5/7) taking over the goal-attack position for McCollin, who had completed her role splendidly.

Duncan returned to action on defence, partnering with Greene to limit SVG veteran shooter Skiddy Crick (6/6), who replaced Davis (2/5) as the goal-attack and Frederick, the leading scorer for the losing side with 18 of 22.

T&T stuck with what has worked for them throughout the eight-nation tournament, enforcing its zone defence and went on to win the match by 54 goals to seal its sixth straight win, booking a spot in the World Cup along with Barbados, who defeated Grenada, 58-43 in the following match.

Today, the “Calypso Girls”, the defending champion, will meet the unbeaten Barbados “Gems” for the AFNA title in the final match of the regional competition from 7 pm.

In other results yesterday, Canada defeated Argentina, 66-22 and the USA beat St Maarten 51-36.

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TKR hopes the rain stays away

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 02:07

Rain has been pelting down in the tiny island of St Kitts over the past few days and even washed out the St Kitts Patriots versus St Lucia Stars match on Thursday night at Warner Park.

This is a worry for both Patriots and the Trinibago Knight Riders (TKR) as they meet in another Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) clash at the boutique venue this evening at 6 pm.

The rain has also affected TKR’s preparation going into the match and they will be hoping to remain fresh, as they have not been in action since Sunday.

Manager Colin Borde puts the long wait in between matches into context saying: “The long break between games in this part of the tournament can work both ways. We have tried to use the time to regroup, re-energise and refocus. The back end of the tournament will be filled with very close games coming up. For the next week thus far it was important to find the right balance of rest and recovery. mixed with hard work.” Borde added that the team has been treated wonderfully well since coming to St Kitts and they have kept their preparations quiet.

He said, “Since arriving here we have kept our preparations quiet and we are building up to more rigours work as we go into the clash on the weekend. We are happy with the work done by this unit thus far and we have a really committed bunch of guys in this TKR family.”

Meanwhile, TKR more than likely will not tamper with their line-up for this match. Sunil Narine has the backing of the Trinbago Knight Riders management and players, so says Borde.

Speaking to Guardian Media Sports, the most successful manager in the CPL, Borde, gave Narine the thumbs up. Narine has opened in the six matches so far and has failed to get past 20 runs. This has caused concern among TKR fans who have been sharing their views on social media and call-in radio programmes.

However, Borde said,”Sunil has a role to play and understands his role. The captain and coaches alongside the team know that he will come good.”

TKR, who has won four of their six matches and the last three on the road, is likely to play the same team that defeated the Barbados Tridents in their last match in Barbados on Sunday night.

The bowling unit was sound in restricting the home team to 128/8 off their 20 overs and after an initial stutter that saw the Knight Riders slipped to 60/4, Brendan McCullum slapped 66 to take them home.

The Patriots defeated the TKR in their first match in Trinidad and the visitors will be looking for revenge in this encounter. Patriots were due to battle lowly St Lucia Stars last night and going into that match they have played six matches with three wins and three losses.


Trinbago Knight Riders squad
Amir Jangoo, Anderson Phillips, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin,Dwayne Bravo, Hamza Tariq, Javon Searles, Shannon Gabriel, Kevon Cooper, Khary Pierre, Nikita Miller, Muhammad Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Sunil Narine, Terrence Hinds.
St Kitts Patriots squad
Anton Devcich, Chris Gayle(c), Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Mahmudullah, Tom Cooper, Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Fabian Allen, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Alzarri Joseph, Ibrahim Khaleel, Javelle Glen, Hayden Walsh.

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Soca Princesses’ defence falls apart

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 02:03

Jamaica’s Khadija Shaw scored a late double to help sink T&T 4-1 in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Final Round Qualifiers to the CONCACAF Final Round of World Cup qualifiers in Jamaica, yesterday.

In the top of the table clash at Independence Park (National Stadium) in Kingston, T&T striker Kayla Taylor scored the opening goal in the tenth minute. This was just after the substitution of midfielder Tasha St Louis in the seventh minute. She was replaced by defender Liana Hinds.

The score remained the same at half-time, 1-0, in favour of the “Women Warriors” as they hoped to maintain their unbeaten senior record.

On the resumption, Jamaica coach Hue Menzies made an early substitution, replacing Deneisha Blackwood with Jody Brown in the 46th minute.

Coach Anton Corneal also changed his second-half line-up eight minutes later, opting for Rhea Belgrave, in for defender Jenelle Cunningham.

Menzies made another change in the 64th minute bringing in Giselle Washington for midfielder Christina Chang which paid dividends for the “Reggae Girls” within minutes. Washington levelled the score, 1-1, in the 70th minute.

The Jamaicans continued attacking and were rewarded with their second goal in the 79th minute from Shaw, who returned ten minutes later to put her team up 3-1.

Jamaica never looked back and it was Brown, another substitute, who put the icing on the cake for the host team with a goal in the 92nd minute, to stay unbeaten with nine points from three matches.

Meanwhile, T&T suffered its first loss and dropped to the third spot with six points behind Cuba, which has a better goal difference, with both teams having one match outstanding.

The tournament concludes tomorrow with T&T meeting fourth-placed Bermuda, which is on three points from three matches, at 4 pm and Jamaica takes on Cuba from 7 pm, at the end of which the top three teams will qualify to the final phase of CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualification.

Earlier, Bermuda whipped winless Antigua and Barbuda, 5-0 to get its first win of the tournament. Deshae Darrell netted a pair of goals for the winner in the 76th minute and penalty in the 81st minute while her teammates, midfielder Akelyla Furbet (13th), forward Nia Christopher (43rd) and defender Teyah Lindo (87th) scored a goal each.


Teams P W D L F A Pts
Jamaica 3 3 0 0 17 1 9
Cuba 3 2 0 1 11 3 6
T&T 3 2 0 1 9 6 6
Bermuda 3 1 0 2 0 6 3
Antigua & Barbuda 4 0 0 4 0 26 0

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Clarke, Rodriguez score two goals each

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 02:01

Kelon Clarke and Tequan Rodriguez banged in two goals each to lead Pitchment FC past #9 United 7-2 in their Southern Football Association Executive Cup quarterfinal on Sunday last at La Brea Recreation Ground.

The trio of Omri Baird, Akim Meade and Ronaldo La Borde were also on target for Pitchment FC to set up a semifinal showdown with Fire Service, while got #9 United FC replies.

Fire Service also booked its final four spots in comfortable fashion via a 5-2 whipping of Diamond United at Gasparillo led by a double from Lyndon Luke.

Joshua Garcia, Kevon Cumberbatch and Steven Ashby also netted one each for Fire Service while

Kwesi Cooper and Ian Saunders were on target for Diamond United in the loss

The other semifinal will feature Siparia Strikers and Princes Town Falcons.

This after Strikers won by default from Marabella Family Crisis Centre, and Falcons defeated Moruga FC 4-1 on penalty kicks after both teams battled to a 2-2 draw at Cedar Hill.

Meanwhile, second round matches in Group A and Group B of the SFA League will commence this weekend.


Siparia Strikers 3 vs Marabella Family Crisis Centre 0 - by default
• Princes Town Falcons 2 (Kiddel Lewis, Andy London) vs Moruga FC 2 - Falcons won 4-1 on penalty-kicks
• Pitchment FC 7 (Kelon Clarke 2, Tequan Rodriguez 2, Omri Baird, Akim Meade, Ronaldo La Borde) vs #9 United FC 2 (Mickhel Charles, Jovon John)
• Fire Service FC 5 (Lyndon Luke 2, Joshua Garcia, Kevon Cumberbatch, Steven Ashby) vs Diamond United 2 (Kwesi Cooper, Ian Saunders)


• Princes Town S.A vs Marabella Family CC, Cedar Hill, 4 pm
• Lions Heart vs Moruga FC, Gasparillo, 6 pm
• Pitchment FC vs Siparia Angels, La Brea, 6 pm
• Penal All Stars vs #9 United FC, Latchos Road, Penal, 4 pm
• Diamond United vs Siparia Strikers, Diamond Recreation Ground, 6 pm


Group A
Teams P W D L GF GA Pts
1. Moruga FC 4 3 1 0 17 2 10
2. Princes Town Falcons 3 2 1 0 6 2 7
3. Fire Service 3 1 0 2 8 9 3
4. Lions Heart 4 1 0 3 3 12 3
5. Marabella Family 4 1 0 3 7 18 3
Group B
1. Penal All Stars 5 3 1 1 10 11 10
2. #9 United 4 2 2 0 18 7 8
3. Pitchment FC 3 2 0 1 15 8 6
4. Siparia Angels 5 2 0 3 8 16 6
5. Siparia Strikers 4 1 1 2 7 7 4
6. Diamond United 3 0 0 3 0 9 0

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T&T Senior Men to face Thailand on October 14

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 01:58

The T&T Football Association has secured another International Friendly match for the Men’s National Senior Team that falls within an upcoming FIFA window. This time, the Senior Team will travel to Bangkok to face Thailand’s National Senior Team on October 14th, 2018.

This fixture follows the September 6th International Friendly contest against the United Arab Emirates in Girona, Spain.

TTFA President David John-Williams spoke on the latest booking, saying it was another worthwhile encounter for this country.

“It is very important that the TTFA maintains playing in the FIFA International Windows for it National Senior Team. Despite the trying times, we have been able to negotiate friendly internationals. The upcoming

Thailand game in October gives us the opportunity to play in the far east and we all know that the Asian-Thailand-Chinese market is a growing market so it’s a tremendous opportunity to stamp our name outside there and have some sort of recognition in playing these teams,” John-Williams told TTFA Media.

“Coach Dennis Lawrence I know is excited about that upcoming friendly. It’s a long journey but I think it’s worth the while,” he added.

Head Coach Dennis Lawrence said the fixture falls in line with his preparations for the Senior Team ahead of next year’s CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup campaign.

“I’m delighted with the Thailand fixture as I think it gives us another opportunity to test ourselves against a different type of opposition. I think it will be good for the boys and for the team. It also is on track with what we are trying to do in terms of our planning and preparation in terms of how we want to go about getting ready as best as possible for future events. We have now planned our fixture for October and we are already working on the November one,” Lawrence said.

“I’m looking forward to the fixture but I think before we get to the Thailand one, the most important thing is to travel to Spain, get there safely and go in and put in a performance, a performance that will hopefully give us a winning result against the UAE because we need to now step up our preparation and I’m looking forward to both fixtures,” Lawrence stated.

Both countries have met once before with Thailand winning 3-2 in a play in a friendly way in Bangkok in 2003.

Thailand is coming off a 2-0 loss to China in June and will face Hong Kong in a friendly three days before meeting this country. They are preparing for Asian Football Federation (AFF) Cup matches in November.

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Commanding Fashion catches Independence Cup

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 01:57

Champion owner Shivam Maharaj made it two from two when his 4/1 shot Commanding Fashion upstaged his vaunted stable-mate and favourite Stockyard in the feature Grade One - Independence Cup over 1,800 metres on the good turf track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima yesterday. Before the start of the day’s main event, Stockyard, the 3-5 favourite ridden by Wilmwer Galviz had to be re-shod causing a twenty-minute delay to the start of the feature.

Commanding Fashion was given a peach of a ride by Yosenyer Serrano to take the first prize cheque of $90,000 after he recorded 3/4 - length win with Stockyard 3 1/4 lengths adrift in third.

Commanding Fashion was always in the leading trio which was headed by second favourite Howesweetitis and Magical Victory. However, champion trainer O’Brien must have been confident that the Great Friends Stables could prevail as he was travelling best with 600 metres to race.

However, when the horses swung for home Howsweetitis still held sway against the rail from Commanding Fashion as Magical Victory hoisted the white flag Stockyard moving into third spot and Buffalo Soldier anxious for the race to end.

The holiday crowd voiced their approval as Howsweetitis and Commanding Fashion settled to fight it out in the last 300 metres and fought they did. This time Serrano aboard Commanding Fashion like his mount would not accept defeat and dug in, battling all the way to line to deprived Howsweetitis of his unbeaten record on the turf course and the Independence Cup.

Stockyard rallied to get third with Buffalo Soldier finishing fourth. The time was a good 1:53.44.

An elated Walter Debysing stated that this was his first Independence Cup winner.

He said, “Commanding Fashion was training well and he has settled down quite well in the past months. Today he showed that he has class and ran a great race. Stockyard was unlucky as he lost a shoe in the event. It was not his day.

Owner Maharaj stated that he was confident that this horse could win. He has settled down and he is the full brother to Pavel which is a top Graded Thoroughbred in the United States and a favourite for one of the Breeders Cup events this year. He should not even be in Trinidad and Tobago and we have him here.’

In the co-feature Oak Stakes, Streaking Far the 2-5 favourite did just that. She streak clear at the top of the straight when Ricky Jadoo gave her the office and strolled home an impressive 4 length winner of the top event.

River Secret which was covering her every move as she tracked the pace set by Dancin Peputy and Princess Sophia. Once Jadoo said to go on Streaking Far, the only question was how far.

The Glenn Mendez trained. Laurence Bermont owned filly must be respected in the Derby. River Secret was second and she was 13 1/4 length ahead of the third horse Princess Sophia with Dancin Deputy in fourth.

Training honour for the day went to Walter Debysingh who saddled three winners on the nine-race programme.

Riding Honours for the day were shared between Wilmer Galviz and Yosenyer Serrano whom both rode two winners each.

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Calypso Girls a win away from World Cup qualifying

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 01:54

T&T is one win away from booking a spot in next year’s Netball World Cup.

Yesterday, the “Calypso Girls” celebrated this country’s 56th Independence Day with another convincing win at the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Qualifiers, this time over Argentina, 112-12, at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium in Barbados.

The senior national netball team claimed its fifth straight victory in the eight-nation competition and a win today over St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) will ensure a spot in Liverpool, England, while success against the host country Barbados tomorrow, will see T&T repeat as the AFNA champion.

The top two placed teams will advance to the World Cup and as it stands it is T&T and Barbados currently occupying those positions.

The local unit never strayed from its strategy, which is to score as many goals as they can while preventing as many goals as possible down on the defensive end. Opening defenders, Shaquanda Greene, the goal-keeper, and goal-defence Kemba Duncan stuck to that plan keeping Argentina shooters at bay, early on.

The defensive pair only allowed three goals in the first quarter as goal-shooter Samantha Wallace was again flawless with 19 off of many tries and goal-attack Kalifa McCollin connected the other 11 goals from 12 tries while effectively feeding her shooter, to have T&T far ahead, 30-3 at the end of the first 15 minutes.

Wing-defence Onella Jack-Hill was her useful self-intercepting balls and with a solid centre-court enforced by captain Rhonda John-Davis at wing-attack and centre Candice Guerero, who effectively got the ball briskly down the court to their shooters.

In the second quarter, coach Wesley “Pepe” Gomes opted to rest Wallace, replacing her with former captain Joelisa Cooper, who continued where she left off with a 100 per cent shooting accuracy, hitting each of her 23 attempts in that stanza, while Greene and Duncan again only allowed three goals in the period, to have T&T ahead, 63-6 at the halfway mark.

On the resumption, Gomes, who is being assisted by Grace Parkinson-Griffith, made more changes in the shooting circle, partnering Cooper (35/36) with youngster Tahirah Hollingsworth (20/24) as the goal-attack, in for McCollin (21/22). So too in the centre-court, bringing in quicker legs in the Seemungal sisters Shernece (centre) and Shantel (wing-attack).

Down the other end, Daystar Swift took over the goal-keeper position while Greene was shifted to goal-defence and coincidentally, they too only allowed three goals as T&T forged further ahead 83-9, going into the fourth quarter.

Wallace returned in that final period and didn’t miss a beat despite sitting out two quarters. She functioned well with Hollingsworth, who remained as the goal-attack, as T&T boosted its tally of goals. Wallace ended with a leading 36 of 39.

Utility player Guerero came in as the goal-defence and again the defensive unit was able to hold the Argentinians to three goals once again in the quarter, to see T&T to the 100-goal-victory.


Pos Team P W L GF GA GD Pts
1 T&T 5 5 0 406 110 296 10
2 Barbados 4 4 0 350 81 269 8
3 Grenada 5 4 1 340 230 110 8
4 SVG 4 2 2 227 187 40 4
5 USA 5 1 4 218 292 -74 2
6 Canada 4 1 3 148 252 -104 2
7 St Maarten 4 1 3 83 315 -232 2
8 Argentina 5 0 5 79 384 -305 0

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Calypso Girls 95, St Maarten 8

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:10

T&T completely outplayed St Maarten, 95-8, to get its fourth consecutive win at the Americas Federation of Netball Associations qualifiers at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium in Wildey, Barbados, yesterday.

In the lopsided affair, the “Calypso Girls” led from start to finish with goal-shooter Samantha Wallace and goal-attack Kalifa McCollin combining to score 35 goals before St Maarten connected one goal.

The national players under the instructions of coach Wesley “Pepe” Gomes installed a press defence from the first pass which St Maarten had no answer for.

By the time T&T had reached 42 goals, St Maarten made only hit its second goal.

Wallace went on to score 38 goals from 39 attempts while McCollin netted 16 from as many tries to have T&T ahead 26-0 in the first quarter then 54-2 at the half.

On the resumption, they were replaced by Joelisa Cooper and Tahirah Hollingsworth, respectively, who continued where the professional duo had left off with Cooper producing 30 in 31 and Hollingsworth, 11 of 14.

Down on the other end, the defenders were just as productive with the opening pair in the circle Shaquanda Greene and Kemba Duncan causing problems for goal-shooter Janice Landifort (0/1) and goal-attack Emily Bloomfield (1/4).=

St Maarten made some changes in the shooting circle using Menelva Maduro (2/3) and later Kathetina Gumbs (2/4) and although they were better, were still outmatched by their opponents.

Daystar Swift entered T&T’s defensive circle and she performed effectively as well along with the reliable Onella Jack-Hill, who picked off much of St Maarten’s passes.

T&T never let up and held a 77-3 lead in the third quarter before dominating the fourth period and seized the huge 87-goal victory. The local netballers take on Argentina today before meeting Barbados tomorrow in a virtual final.

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Juteram, Barnes add doubles gold

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:04

Vance Juteram and T’Shelle Barnes added to T&T’s gold medal tally when the Under-11 to Under-17 Carebaco (Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation Championship) concluded in Paramaribo, Suriname, yesterday.

Overall, the T&T contingent bagged 13 medals, inclusive of four gold medals, five silver and four bronze.

Juteram who was scheduled to compete in three Under-17 category finals on the Ring Sports Centre, finally ended his run of silver medals when he combined with Guyana’s Priyanna Ramdhani to beat Suriname’s Jair Naipal and Erisa Bleau 21-15, 21-7 in the Mixed Doubles final.

Earlier on the night, Juteram and countryman Uzair Omardeen were beaten in the Boys Under-17 Doubles final by Naipal and Danny Chen 20-22, 21-14, 17-21.

And in the Boys Under-17 Singles final, Chen also got the better of Juteram, 18-21, 21-13, 21-9.

The standout performer for T&T at the Championship was an Under-11 starlet, T’Shelle Barnes who won her third gold medal of the week when she teamed up with Suriname’s Megan Chen to beat hometown duo, Gillian Jones and Le Yan Sharon Li 21-16, 21-13 in the Girls Under-11 Doubles Finals:

On Tuesday, Barnes combined with fellow national junior player Andrew Babwah for the top spot in the Under-11 Mixed Doubles round-robin series.

This after Babwah and Barnes outclassed Suriname’s Terrence Huang and Jones 21-10, 21-19 to end with a perfect 3-0 record.

This after the T&T duo defeated Surinamese pairs’ Jeric Van Der Leuv and Le Yan Sharon Li, 18-21, 21-14, 21-10 and, Shaquille Somedjo and Chen, 21-9, 21-13, in their first two matches on Monday.

On Monday, Barnes won T&T’s first gold medal, in the Girls Under-11 Singles round-robin series with a 21-5, 21-1 beating of Guyana’s Mishka Beharry to end with a perfect 4-0 record in the five-team round-robin series.

On Sunday last, Barnes began the tournament with comfortable wins against Suriname duo, Morgan Chen, 21-3, 21-5; and Le Yan Sharon Li 21-5, 21-7; and on Monday she crushed Gillian Jones, also of Suriname, 21-5, 21-2.

The top-ranked Babwah had to settle for silver in the Boys Under-11 Singles decider, when he went under to Suriname’s Jeric Van Der Leuv, 12-21, 15-21.

The older of the Babwah brothers, James also got silver after he and partner Aditya Mahara were outlasted by host pair, Angelo Chen and Dickson Liao 21-15, 11-21,15-21 in the Under-13 Boys Doubles final.

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