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Sir Curtly: Don’t sledge

9 hours 42 min ago

London—Cricketers who sledge opponents are trying to compensate for their own lack of skill, according to one of the greatest fast bowlers in history. The Ashes, which starts in Cardiff on Wednesday, is again expected to be a battleground for verbal intimidation between England’s and Australia’s most aggressive characters.

But Sir Curtly Ambrose, who took 405 wickets in 98 Tests for West Indies, believes the practice is virtually pointless. Bowling with consistent pace and accuracy, the 6ft 8in Ambrose menaced the world’s best batsmen from 1988-2000, while remaining a man of few words. Indeed, Ambrose believes umpires do not punish sledging severely enough.

“If you’re good enough, you don’t need to say anything to win,” Ambrose said. “If it’s sledging, just talking all the time for results, I don’t know if you’re that good. “I’ve seen a lot of talking, too much talking. To me that’s not necessary and there is nothing much being done about it. The umpires should be the ones to step in. Come on, guys. You’re professionals and you have to get on with the game.

“There is nothing wrong with a little chatter here or there, because it is a competition — batsman vs bowler. But sledging, no. Definitely out of the question. “I had one or two altercations in my time but when you look at my whole career, I never really said anything to the batsman. I always believed I would get those 5.5 ounces of leather to do the talking for me.”

There was at least one notable flashpoint in Ambrose’s career. In a Test in Trinidad against Australia in 1995, he had to be restrained by his captain, Richie Richardson, after an altercation with Aussie batsman Steve Waugh. Yet Ambrose generally allowed his bowling to speak for him — and his wicket haul, at an average of 20.99, vindicated those tactics. Ambrose finished with two more Test wickets than England paceman Jimmy Anderson now has.

Anderson’s haul of 403 makes him his country’s most prolific bowler. While he is confident he can carry on for some years, Anderson (left) turns 33 on July 30, and England’s Test schedule for the next 12 months is unforgiving. After the Ashes, there are away series against Pakistan and South Africa, before Sri Lanka and Pakistan arrive next summer.

Bovell heads to French Open

9 hours 51 min ago

T&T’s Olympic bronze medal swimmer and four-time Sportsman of the Year award recipient George Bovell will return to action after a two-week break when he participates at the French Open Swimming Championship at the Stade aquatique Vichy Val d’Allier tomorrow and Sunday. A five-time Olympian and winner of two World Championship bronze medals, the 31-year-old Bovell III, will lead a contingent of elite-level swimmers from his Italian-based AND Swim Project under Andrea Di Nino.

They include Asian record holder Shinri Shioura, the most recent addition to the swim project, joining the crew just in May of this year. Last year, Shioura became the first Japanese man to break 22 seconds in the 50m freestyle while the other members of the team include Russians Evgeny Lagunov and Oleg Tikhobaev.

Belgian Francoi Heersbrandt, Ukrainian Andrey Govorov, and Greek swimmer, Kristian Gkolomeev, who has joined ADN for a camp on his way to Worlds in Kazan and will be competing in Vichy as part of their group. Last month, BovelI III opted to take a two-week break from competitive action after competing at the second-leg of the Aspira Swimming Cup in Turin, Italy as he continued his preparations for the Pan American Games which begins in in Toronto, Canada from July 14-18.

Back then Bovell III, a five-time Pan American Games medallist (two gold, two silver, one bronze) and also a five-time NCCA individual champion stated the other members of his team was not going to the meets at the Trofeo Rossini and Treviso Swim Cup (June 26-27), and he decided to take a much needed break as they just wanted to race enough to get better, and not get broken down before the World Championship in Kazan in August.

Prior to the Aspira Cup he had a disappointing outing at 52nd International Open Sette Colli Swimming Championship in Rome.

Emrit, Shoaib pioneer Tridents win

9 hours 55 min ago

BASSETERRE—Seamer Rayad Emrit made key strikes to spark a St Lucia Zouks collapse, as reigning champions Barbados Tridents clinched a 15-run victory in the tenth game of the Caribbean Premier League here Wednesday night. Chasing 149 for victory at Warner Park, Zouks were well poised at 80 for two in the 13th over but collapsed spectacularly to lose their next seven wickets for 55 runs, and end on 133 for nine off their 20 overs.

Opener Andre Fletcher top-scored with 52 from 38 deliveries while Ross Taylor got 20, but Emrit finished picked up three for 20 from his four overs, to cause the damage. He removed Fletcher in the 13th over to inspire the collapse and then crucially removed captain Darren Sammy who smashed a four and a six in a threatening 15, with Zouks needing quick runs.

Leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis was excellent in his four overs, taking two for 15 while left-arm spinner Robin Peterson extended his good form with two for 32. Earlier, Man-of-the-Match Shoaib Malik top-scored with 51 off 34 balls to rescue the Tridents innings after it looked like coming apart at 76 for four in the 13th over.

The right-hander struck five fours and a six and anchored two key stands, putting on 24 for the fifth wicket with Jonathan Carter (14) and another 33 for the sixth wicket with Shai Hope (10). Openers Dilshan Munaweera (26) and Dwayne Smith (22) had put on 45 for the first wicket but the stand required 46 balls and placed the innings under pressure.

Smith hit two sixes but laboured 28 balls before tucking a simple return catch to off-spinner Nathan McCullum in the eighth over and Peterson, promoted to number three, perished in the following over for just one. With Tridents languishing at 63 for two at the half-way mark, Munaweera holed out in the deep off the first ball of the 11th over and Zouks claimed the big prize when captain Kieron Pollard was run out for five in the 13th over, attempting a poorly judged quick single.

Shoaib then shepherded the innings brilliantly before holing out to Sammy at long-on off speedster Fidel Edwards, in the final over. Sammy claimed two for 28 while fast bowler Kemar Roach claimed two for 37. In reply, Zouks slumped to 24 for two as Johnson Charles (5) and Kevin Pietersen (1) fell cheaply but Fletcher and Taylor revived the innings in a 56-run, third wicket partnership.

Fletcher counted two fours and four sixes while Taylor struggled 27 balls over his 20 without a single boundary. Summoned to the attack, Emrit struck with his first delivery with Fletcher picking out Pollard at long on in the 13th over. Taylor was stumped in the next over off Mendis at 83 for four in the 14th over and off the very next ball, Kyle Mayers edged a googly to Peterson at slip.

Henry Davids was deceived by a slower ball from Pollard and holed out to Carter at mid-wicket for eight and Sammy’s brief fireworks ended in the 17th when he too was undone by a slower ball, this time by Emrit, and skied a catch to wicketkeeper Hope running around to short fine leg.

scoreboard

Barbados Tridents vs St Lucia Zouks:

TRIDENTS
D Smith c & b McCullum* 22
D Munaweera c Pietersen b Sammy *26
R Peterson c Roach b Sammy *1
Shoaib Malik c Sammy b Edwards* 51
K Pollard run out* 5
J Carter lbw b Roach *14
S Hope c sub (K Lesporis) b Roach *10
J Mendis run out *8
J Holder not out* 1
Extras (lb2, w7, nb1) *10
TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs) *148
Did not bat: R Emrit, R Rampaul.
Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Smith), 2-48 (Peterson), 3-63 (Munaweera), 4-76 (Pollard), 5-100 (Carter), 6-133 (Hope), 7-141 (Shoaib Malik), 8-148 (Mendis)
Bowling: Gabriel 4-1-18-0 (w3), Edwards 4-0-25-1 (nb1), Roach 4-0-37-2    (w1), Sammy 4-0-28-2 (w1), McCullum 4-0-38-1 (w1).

ZOUKS
+A Fletcher c Pollard b Emrit *5
J Charles b Peterson *5
K Pietersen run out *1
R Taylor st Hope b Mendis *20
H Davids c Carter b Pollard *8
K Mayers c Peterson b Mendis *0
*D Sammy c wkp Hope b Emrit* 15
N McCullum st Hope b Peterson *8
K Roach not out *9
F Edwards c & b Emrit* 9
S Gabriel not out *2
Extras (lb2, w2) *4
TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) *133
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Charles), 2-24 (Pietersen), 3-80 (Fletcher), 4-83 (Taylor), 5-83 (Mayers), 6-92 (Davids), 7-108 (Sammy), 8-113 (McCullum), 9-124 (Edwards)
Bowling: Holder 3-0-26-0, Peterson 4-0-32-2, Mendis 4-0-15-2 (w1), Rampaul 3-0-23-0, Pollard 2-0-15-1, Emrit 4-0-23-3 (w1).
Result: Tridents won by 15 runs.
Points: Tridents 2, Zouks 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Shoaib Malik.
Umpires: P Gustard, J Ward; TV – J Wilson.

Barbados Tridents vs St Lucia Zouks:

TRIDENTS
D Smith c & b McCullum* 22
D Munaweera c Pietersen b Sammy *26
R Peterson c Roach b Sammy *1
Shoaib Malik c Sammy b Edwards* 51
K Pollard run out* 5
J Carter lbw b Roach *14
S Hope c sub (K Lesporis) b Roach *10
J Mendis run out *8
J Holder not out* 1
Extras (lb2, w7, nb1) *10
TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs) *148
Did not bat: R Emrit, R Rampaul.
Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Smith), 2-48 (Peterson), 3-63 (Munaweera), 4-76 (Pollard), 5-100 (Carter), 6-133 (Hope), 7-141 (Shoaib Malik), 8-148 (Mendis)
Bowling: Gabriel 4-1-18-0 (w3), Edwards 4-0-25-1 (nb1), Roach 4-0-37-2    (w1), Sammy 4-0-28-2 (w1), McCullum 4-0-38-1 (w1).

ZOUKS
+A Fletcher c Pollard b Emrit *5
J Charles b Peterson *5
K Pietersen run out *1
R Taylor st Hope b Mendis *20
H Davids c Carter b Pollard *8
K Mayers c Peterson b Mendis *0
*D Sammy c wkp Hope b Emrit* 15
N McCullum st Hope b Peterson *8
K Roach not out *9
F Edwards c & b Emrit* 9
S Gabriel not out *2
Extras (lb2, w2) *4
TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) *133
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Charles), 2-24 (Pietersen), 3-80 (Fletcher), 4-83 (Taylor), 5-83 (Mayers), 6-92 (Davids), 7-108 (Sammy), 8-113 (McCullum), 9-124 (Edwards)
Bowling: Holder 3-0-26-0, Peterson 4-0-32-2, Mendis 4-0-15-2 (w1), Rampaul 3-0-23-0, Pollard 2-0-15-1, Emrit 4-0-23-3 (w1).
Result: Tridents won by 15 runs.
Points: Tridents 2, Zouks 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Shoaib Malik.
Umpires: P Gustard, J Ward; TV – J Wilson.

Don’t let Soapy Aitken slip

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:54

Soapy Aitken looks gilt-edged for the prestigious £25000, listed, Dragon 2-y-o Stakes over five furlongs of ‘good’ Sandown today which features a clash with Riflescope; both finished fourth in ‘major’ races at Royal Ascot last month and improved considerably. ‘Recovery time’ of more than  a fortnight makes sense and they should be ready to go again; Soapy Aitken has been ridden in all three races to date by Adam Kirby, this time the Pastoral Pursuits colt carries Ryan Moore!

We’re unable to shed light on any ‘politics’ suffice to say ‘Kirbs’ will be riding at Doncaster, which runs in tandem with a seven-race programme. On my time-handicap Soapy Aitken, beaten about two lengths by Moore-ridden Washington DC in the 27-runner ‘Windsor Castle’ over a similar distance, has enough in hand to justify a serious punt; apparently trainer Clive Cox rates him, unquestionably, his best but you can never feel entirely comfortable in opposition to Mark Johnston-trained juveniles.

Later, in the cool of evening at Haydock, it wont be a surprise if once-raced Midhmaar causes one in the Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of a forecast ‘good to firm’ surface, which has decimated a huge entry of twenty-eight to ten! Midhmaar shaped well at York seven weeks ago and was declared last month for a good opportunity only to disgrace himself in the stalls under Paul Hanagan with a mulish tantrum.

Could prove a blessing in disguise because veteran trainer Barry Hills has been able to see marked improvement this last fortnight; Midhmaar is well up to ‘hitting the frame’ and this progressive Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Iffraaj colt should be backed each-way under Dane O’Neill. Five go to post for a £8000 Novice Stakes over the minimum trip at ‘good to firm’ Beverley and with talented apprentice Robert Hornby claiming 5lbs allowance Lydia’s Place appeals and represents a good bet. 

Another jumping update should be revealed on www.dailyearner.co.uk and we’re in tremendous form, thanks to hard work and dedication.

SELECTIONS

10.50 Soapy Aitken
2.45 Lydia’s Place
4.00 Midhmaar  

Govia gives Parkites lead in Trinity

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:50

Raphael Govia scored a second-half double as Queen’s Park held off Carib 3-1 to go top of the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Trinity Division standings at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Monday night. Prior to the match flick off, the Parkites were handed some great news by the local board as they were awarded a 3-0 default victory over Police after the latter showed up for an encounter on Thursday last with only five men.

The news seem to have a positive affect on the Parkites with Ryan Daniel firing in the go-ahead item against Carib to lead 1-0 at the half-time whistle. Govia then doubled his team’s lead but Dane Francis got Carib back into the match when he found the back of the net. Carib’s joy was short-lived though as Govia slammed  home his second of the match to starve off any hopes of his opponents clawing their way back into the match.

The win lifted Queen’s Park to 19 points from their eight matches, four more than Courts Malvern, which has only one match left and six ahead of Paradise which has two to play and is the only team that can deny the Parkites the tile. However, Paradise must take full points from both encounters against lowly Shape and Carib and also improve its goal-difference of plu-seven to overhaul Queen’s Park, plus-16 tally.

On Wednesday, Shape used goals from John Hernandez (45th) and Roshane Hamilton (53rd) to beat Fatima 2-0, also in the Men’s Trinity Division. Last night, (Thursday), Shandy Carib Magnolias, fourth on the Women’s Championship Division table faced Ventures from 8pm in a must-win match.

Magnolias has 17 points from ten matches and two left to play while defending champion Paragon leads with 22 points and two matches left as well, two more than Harvard Checkers which meets Ventures in its final match on Saturday, the same as Georgetown Cricket Club, which has completed its 12-match schedule.

Today, two matches are on scheduled in the Men’s Championship Division with Paragon facing Queen’s Park from 6.30pm followed by Fatima against newly crowned champions Petrotrin. With two matches left to play, the Oilmen have an unassailable 31 points from 12 matches, nine more than both QPCC and Paragon which have one match left to play while last year’s winner, Notre Dame is next with 21 points from 11 matches. 

Tomorrow (Saturday), four matches will take place with Notre Dame against Magnolias (3.30pm); Courts Malvern versus Paragon (5pm) and Ventures facing Harvard Checkers (6.30pm) all in the Women’s Championship Division followed by Paradise and Fatima in the Men’s Championship Division at 8pm.

Standings

Men’s Championship 
Teams    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts
Petrotrin    12    10    1    1    44    16    31
QPCC    13    6    4    3    31    22    22
Paragon    13    7    1    5    33    30    22
Notre Dame    11    6    3    2    29    17    21
D/Force    12    2    6    4    24    26    12
Malvern    12    2    4    6    18    24    10
Fatima    11    2    3    6    16    30    9
Paradise    12    2    0    10    20    54    6

Women’s Championship 
Paragon    10    6    4    0    30    7    22
Harvard Checkers    11    6    4    1    12    6    20
GCC    12    6    2    4    22    20    20
SC Magnolias    10    5    2    3    24    11    17
Notre Dame    9    3    1    5    13    18    10
Malvern    8    2    2    4    15    16    8
Ventures    8    0    0    8    1    29    0
 
Trinity Men 
QPCC    8    6    1    1    24    8    19
Malvern    7    5    0    2    11    6    15
Notre Dame    8    4    1    3    24    13    13
Paradise    6    4    1    1    18    11    13
Paragon    6    3    0    3    4    10    9
Carib    6    2    0    4    7    11    6
Shape    6    3    0    3    9    9    9
Fatima    7    1    1    5    6    17    4
Police    6    0    0    6    2    19    0
Trinity Women 
Magnolias    6    6    0    0    33    2    18
Checkers    5    3    1    1    23    9    10
Paragon    5    3    1    1    11    10    10
Malvern    3    1    0    2    10    8    3
Police    5    2    0    3    7    14    6
Paradise    4    0    0    4    1    12    0
Raiders    4    0    0    4    0    30    0

Under-19 Boys 
Malvern    7    7    0    0    54    2    21
QPCC    7    6    0    1    37    6    18
Fatima    6    3    1    1    13    12    11
Paragon    8    3    2    3    16    11    11
Petrotrin    7    2    1    4    7    43    7
Shape    5    2    1    2    12    11    7
Paradise    5    1    1    3    8    14    4
Notre Dame    8    1    0    7    9    38    3

Gold, silver in the pool

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:49

The national waterpolo teams brought home two gold medals and two silver medals from Puerto Rico where they competed at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) at Albergue Olimpico de Salinas.  They returned to Trinidad yesterday.

The Under 15 boys and girls both won gold on the final day, pushing the host teams in their categories into second place. 

The Under 18 boys emerged with silver medals.  

The results were as follows:
U15 boys: T&T 15, Puerto Rico 13
U15 girls: T&T 7, Puerto Rico 3
U18 boys: T&T 8, Puerto Rico 12
U18 girls: T&T 10, Puerto Rico 11
 
15& under Girls
1. Zoe Van Reeken 
2. Haley De Leon 
3. Megan Stafford
4. Jamella Devers
5. Ayanna Roach
6. Victoria Gillette
7. Jada Julien
8. Yasmin Mohammed
9. Aalyia Aching

Under 15 boys
1. Charles Gillette
2. Luke Gillette 
3. Mathew Nimblett
4. Alex Western 
5. Jameel Atteih 
6. Jean Luc Hinds 
7. Chad Rowley 
8. Jayveer Katwaroo
9. Rhajeev Ramdeen
10. Joshua Welsh 
11. Jason Hackett

Angels brought down to earth by Fuego

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:46

Out-of-favour national defender Anastacia Prescott netted the decisive item as 94.1FM Boom Champions Fuego edged Chancellor Angels 2-1 to maintain its 100 per cent winning record in the augural Women’s Premier League and go top of the table when the action shifted to the Diego Martin Recreation (Northern) Ground, Diego Martin on Wednesday.

Watched by an appreciative crowd of more than 2,000 spectators, who were mostly standing, the Maylee Attin-Johnson-led Angels and Fuego, with Tasha St Louis at the helm, took to the field, level on three points and with a chance to overtake CNGC Rush and Petrotrin Oilers, which sit atop the table with four points each from two matches.

Angels who trounced Wave FC 3-0 back on the opening night of competition at the St James Police Barracks Training Ground led by a brace from Attin-Johnson were first to strike with speedy Jodi Ann Mc Gregor finding the back of the net.

But Fuego, who outgunned Shanghai Construction Dragons 5-3 in the league’s curtain raiser then drew level through a glancing header from Paraguayan Ermelindo Izquierda off a corner in the 26th and then five minutes later Prescott, ho had a solid all-round 90 minutes got the winner.
Both teams had a few more chances to add to their tally, but in the end their lack of killer-instinct and perhaps some rustiness from an almost two-week layoff cost them dearly.

To add to the Angels’ woes, St Kitts/Nevis international goalkeeper Tynetta Mc Koy had to be stretchered off with a head injury after colliding with team-mate and defender Jodie Redgrave.

Mc Koy was taken to the St James Medical Complex, and then transferred to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, where she was kept overnight for observation after showing signs of a slight concussion before being released yesterday. With the win, Fuego with Richard Hood, former national Under-17 women’s coach and current coach of Digicel T&T Pro League club, at the helm improved to maximum six points from two matches, two ahead of Rush and Oilers while Angels stayed fourth.

Today, the action shifts to East Trinidad, Sangre Grande to be exact for a double-header at the Ojoe Road Recreation Ground. In the opener, with the Shangahi Construction Group Dragons coming up against Oilers from 6pm followed by CNGC Rush and Wave FC, two hours later.  

The WPL is the brainchild of Senator the Honourable Brent Sancho, Minister of Sport who said, “I am extremely pleased with the warm reception given to the League and the players. It augurs well for women’s football in Trinidad and Tobago and we intend to take the WPL to even greater heights in the future. For now though, I’m happy that football fans are coming out to watch the games and enjoying them. That’s exactly what we were going for and we got it!”

Result 
Fuego 2 (Ermelindo Izquierda 26th, Anastacia Prescott 31st) vs Angels 1 (Jodi-Ann Mc Gregor 19th)

Today’s matches 
Venue: Ojoe Road Recreation Ground, Sangre Grande.
SCGroup Dragons vs Petrotrin Oilers, 6pm
CNGC Rush vs Wave FC, 8pm

Standings
Teams    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts
94.1FM Fuego    2    2    0    0    7    4    6
CNGC Rush    2    1    1    0    4    1    4
Petrotrin Oliers    2    1    1    0    4    3    4
Chancellor Angels    2    1    0    1    4    2    3
Wave FC    2    0    0    2    2    6    0
SCG Dragons    2    0    0    2    3    8    0

Warriors to tackle Mexico

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:37

Despite the struggle for finances and top quality matches, the Stephen Hart coached Soca Warriors has managed to set up a September 4, friendly international against Concacaf powerhouse Mexico. This after the Mexican national team, Soccer United Marketing (SUM), and Real Salt Lake announced on Wednesday that the Mexicans will take on T&T on Friday, September 4, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, as part of its 2015 US Tour.

The September encounter will be key to both teams as they look ahead to the start of their 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup Concacaf semifinal round qualifiers which begins in November. It will also be the first time El Tricolor will be playing in Utah, at the Rio Tinto Stadium, a world-class soccer specific venue, which is home to US Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake.

The facility has hosted a number of top international soccer event since its inauguration in 2008, including MLS Cup Playoffs, Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Concacaf Champions League,, USA men FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for the 2010 and 2014 cycles, the 2009 MLS All-Star Game and the 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup group stage games.

With the game scheduled on a FIFA fixture date, both squads are expected to bring their top stars with El Tricolor’s arsenal highlighted by word-class stars including Manchester United’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, PSV Eindhoven’s Andrés Guardado and Villarreal’s Giovani dos Santos. The Soca Warriors, meanwhile are expected to feature Chicago Fire’s Joevin Jones, Columbus Crew SC’s Kevan George and Cardiff City’s Kenwyne Jones.

Mexico and T&T, who will also meet on July 15 in their final round-robin group match at the Concacaf Gold CXup which kicks off in the USA next week, last played on July 20, 2013 during the previous edition of the Gold Cup at the quarterfinal stage, with El Tricolor taking the win 1-0. Cuba and Guatemala are the two other teams in the group.

The match at Rio Tinto Stadium will mark the 19th encounter between the nations. At this time, Mexico leads the series with 12 wins, three draws and three losses. Contacted for comment, T&T Football Association general secretary Sheldon Phillips confirmed that the match will in fact take place and has been in the planning stages for a long while.

Phillips, the son of former national goalkeeper Lincoln “Tiger” Phillips added, “We have been working with Soccer United Marketing for quite some time now with regards to setting up international matches with some of their clients and Mexico and USA, are two of their top teams. “Coach Stephen Hart was very supportive of the idea and prospect of playing matches of this quality because after the Gold Cup our next big thing for us is the World Cup qualifiers which begins in November.

“At the moment we are also working on the possibility of playing another friendly on September 8, most likely away as well and then two more in October on the given FIFA dates.” With regards to playing any warm-up matches at home before the qualifiers get going, Phillips said its left to be seen what happens.

“We first have to know which teams we are going to play before we have an idea of where they will be play, and then the financial aspect of things will also play a major role for us in determining where the matches are played as well,” ended Phillips.

Should the friendly matches do come on stream it will be a welcome changed in fortunes for coach Hart and his Soca Warriors who enter next week’s Concacaf Gold Cup having played only two international matches for the year, a 1-0 loss to Panama and 3-0 away to Jordan last month. The Soca Warriors squad also went under to Curacao 1-0 in a hastily arranged fixture last month, however, Curacao playing at home was allowed to use all close to 20 players in the match, making it null and void as an official Fifa fixture.

T&T’s 15 & Under boys, girls sweep water gold medals

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:37

T&T 15 & Under boys and girls water polo teams added to this country’s gold medal tally at the 2015 edition of the Central American and Caribbean Championship which ended on Tuesday with Water Polo and Open Water competition in Puerto Rico.

The Water Polo competition was contested from Saturday, T&T led by Most Valuable Player and Best Goalkeeper award recipient Zoe Van Reeken as the visitors defeated the host country 7-3 in the final.

On Monday, the Puerto Ricans had secured their spot in the final with a 14-7 win over Jamaica, with the latter taking the bronze medal.

In the round-robin phase, T&T also got the better of Puerto Rico 11-7 and Jamaica 14-2 to end with a 3-0 record.

The 15 & Under Boys gold medal decider was a much closer affair as T&T inspired by the tournament’s Most Goal and Most Valuable Player awardee Chad Rowley (28 goals), 15-13.

The win capped off an impressive tournament for the T&T 15 & Under boys who avenged a 12-17 loss to Puerto Rico in the round-robin while they blasted Jamaica 32-5 in their other match.

On Monday, T&T secured its place in the final by beating the Jamaicans 27-7 for the latter’s second bronze medal.

However, in the 18 & Under boys and girls finals, the Puerto Ricans were able to turn the tables on.

T&T, by capturing both titles, 12-8 over T&T boys and a narrow 11-10 triumph against the girls in the red, white and black swim caps.

Over in Barbados where the 5K Open Water took place, T&T failed to add to its medal tally while the day ended with the Duet and Team competitions in Synchronized Swimming.

In the 14-17 Girls Open Water 5k swim, T&T’s Sabrina David was fourth in 1:22:38.38 to trail Barbadian Alexis Clarke (1:14:41,77); Cost Rica’s Nicole Franco ((1:19:07.56) and Puerto Rico’s Karla Otero (1:20:46.61).

Briana Patterson (1(22:52.39), and Chisara Santana (1(27:18.43), T&T’s other entrants in the event got home, sixth and eighth respectively.

Gabriel Bynoe (1:16:37.52) and Sebastien Marchand (1:23:08.27) were seventh and tenth in the 14-17 boys age-group while Aleem Mohammed (1:18:37.27) sixth in the 18 & Over boys category. Keanu Otero did not finish.

In the end, Puerto Rico topped both the medal and points tables from the four disciplined contested.

In the medals race, Puerto Rico tallied 72 medals (30 gold, 23 silver, 19 bronze) ahead of T&T with 47 (29 gold, 16 silver, two bronze); Barbados with 56 (22 gold, 18 silver, 16 bronze) while Costa Rica which won the most medals overall 73 was fourth with 17 gold, 23 silver and 33 bronze. 

And on the points table, Puerto Rico was a clear winner with a whopping 1,300.33 points well clear of second placed Costa Rica (1044) and T&T (808.83) which ended second and third respectively.

Hinds, Samaroo, Baboolal shine in Tyro

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:34

Terrance Hinds lashed 81 as Lawbreakers stormed to the semifinals of the Big 8 Open Division with a 67-run win over La Familia De Cricket in the Partnership Constituency-Sponsored TYRO Sports Club Windball Cricket League in Santa Cruz on Sunday. 

Hinds topscored in Lawbreakers' tally of 185 for eight in 15 overs with Riaf Ali (23) and Hanoman Moonsammy (22) also making useful contributions. Darren John did all he could to stem the flow of runs, picking up three for 14 in three overs. La Familia stumbled in their reply, creeping to 117 for eight despite the best efforts of Rashaad Harris (38).

In other quarterfinal matches, Kadeem Williams and Ryan Ramesray guided Drifters to a massive 108-run win over Fire Services to book a spot in the final four. Williams smashed 36 as Drifters racked up a hefty 186 for five batting first with Suraj Sanassi (28), Wendell Samuel (22) and Ramesray (19) also among the runs. Fire Services' reply was then undermined by Ramesray (2/9), Mitch Motiram (3/8) and Shakil Stewart (1/6), who bundled them out for 78 in 12.2 overs. Larry Charlandy offered the most resistance of the Fire Services batsmen, reaching 20, while Jevon Kennedy (11) also reached double figures.

Meanwhile in the Women's Big Four semifinals, Amanda Samaroo dominated the proceedings in Ball Players' 43-run win over Victors. Samaroo belted 85 to boost Ball Players to 147 for three batting first, finding support in Kiryina Alexander (32). She then grabbed two for 12 in three overs to help reduce victors to 104 for six. Antionette Morang also played an important role, taking two for 16, while Lauren Sakawat topscored with 31.

In this weekend's final, Ball Players will come up against Cricket Lovers, who were 29-run victors over Talk Nah in the other semifinal. That win was put together by Nathalie Ninah (30), Amy Holder (22 n.o.), and Jovanka Simon (2/4).

In the Over 45 semifinals, an unbeaten half century by Dane Baboolal took Drifters to a 60-run win over United Progressors. Baboolal's 54 not out anchored Drifters' total of 160 for four while Andy Ruiz (3/14) later helped limit Progressors to 100 for eight. Drifters are set to face X-Men in this weekend's final.

SCORES

45 Over Big Four Semifinals

X-Men 137-4 (15) (Stephen Bhullawan 32, Robert Brathwaite 27, Kirk Alfredo 23 n.o., Keith Mahase 3-0-15-2) vs Anthrax 128-8 (15) (Christopher Juba 41, Anthony Jangoo 32, Ashram Singh 3-0-13-1). X-Men won by nine runs.

Drifters 160-4 (15) (Dane Baboolal 54 n.o., Gregory Webb 30, Colin Britto 21) vs United Progressors 100-8 (14.5) (Sheldon Thomas 35, Gary Wells 21, Andy Ruiz 3-0-14-3). Drifters won by 60 runs.

Big 8 Quarterfinals Open Division

Blood Brothers 58 all out (10.3) (Pernell Joseph 3-0-10-3, Duane Joseph 2-0-9-3, Sham Ramlalsingh 3-0-11-2) vs Head Gone 61-3 (6.5) (Sham Ramlalsingh 36, Imran Hosein 13, Nicolas Datherdeen 2-0-9-1). Head Gone won by seven wickets.

Drifters 186-5 (15) (Kadeem Williams 36, Suraj Sanassi 28, Wendell Samuel 22, Ryan Ramesray 19) vs Fire Services 78 all out (12.2) (Larry Charlandy 20, Jevon Kennedy 11, Ryan Ramesray 2-0-9-2, Mitch Motiram 3-0-8-3, Shakil Stewart 3-0-6-1). Drifters won by 108 runs.

Legends 80 all out (11) (Kyle Ramutar 12, Gregory Quevdo 11, Rishi Paheman 11, Jesse Bootan 3-0-12-2) vs Home Boys 81-6 (10.5) (Duran Ramnath 14, Alden Daniel 14, Kyle Ramutar 3-0-5-2, Sheldon Thomas 2-0-10-2). Home Boys won by four wickets.

Lawbreakers 185-8 (15) (Terrance Hinds 81, Riaf Ali 23, Hanoman Moonsammy 22, Darren John 3-1-14-3) vs La Familia De Cricket 117-8 (15) (Rashaad Harris 38). Lawbreakers won by 67 runs.

Women's Big Four Semifinals

Ball Players 147-3 (15) (Amanda Samaroo 85, Kiryina Alexander 32) vs Victors 104-6 (15) (Lauren Sakawat 31, Krystal Jack 16, Antionette Morang 3-0-16-2, Amanda Samaroo 3-0-12-2). Ball Players won by 43 runs.

Cricket Lovers 129-6 (15) (Nathalie Ninah 30, Amy Holder 22 n.o., Lavaughn Persad 3-0-7-2) vs Talk Nah 100-5 (15) (Marissa Norea 19, Marcieann Dhandoolal 19 n.o., Jovanka Simon 3-0-4-2). Cricket Lovers won by 29 runs.

North out plays South All Stars 100-89

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:31

Dextroy Manswell and Adrian Joseph did everything they could to upset the party, but even their combined 77-point tally could not prevent their 100-89 loss their South Zone All Stars team suffered at the hands of a North Zone Men’s First Division All Star team at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Sunday.

Despite playing for Police, which campaigns in the North Zone, centre Manswell and point-guard Joseph played for the South team during Sunday’s contest. 

Three matches were played comprising the best players from the School Basketball Association’s North Zone Under-20 league, the U-16 league, the Women’s Division and the Men’s First Division. They played against an East Zone Under-20 All Star team, San Fernando Secondary for the Under-16 All Star Match and a South Zone Men’s All Star team respectively.

In addition to the matches, dozens of players participated in a three-point shoot-out contest and a slam dunk contest.

On Sunday, the All Star weekend lit up when the best from the North Zone combined against those from the South Zone. Although the North Zone’s All Star team was led in terms of scoring by Akil Paynter and Saiki Guerra, who scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, they still managed a relatively comfortable and an evidently economical win against the South Zone team, which had Manswell and Joseph running riot over the court. Joseph was later named MVP of the match. The dunk-out competition among the men was won by Patrick Scipio, while Jamile King won the three-point shoot-out.

A day prior, the Women’s Division All Stars from the North Zone were divided into two teams. In the end, the ‘A’ team, led by senior national women’s team player, Kielle Connelly, scored a 41-23 win. Connelly scored ten points and was subsequently named the MVP, while Crystal Ann George, winner of the three-point shoot-out, supported with six points. Iyanna Hughes and Alicia Cumberbatch were the top players for the ‘B’ team, scoring nine and six points, respectively. 

Results

Saturday

North Zone Schools Under-20 All Stars 51/81 (Kurshiah King 32 pts, Josiah Best 15 pts) v East Zone Schools All Stars 21/38 (Ahkeem Boyd 14 pts, Joel Timothy 7 pts) 

Most valuable Player: Kurshiah King

Under-20 three-point shoot-out Winner: Ahkeel Boyd 

Under-20 dunk-out Winner: Chad Webb 

North Zone Women All Stars A 41 (Kielle Connelly 10 pts, Crystal Ann George 6 pts) v North Zone Women All Stars B 23 (Iyanna Hughes 9 pts, Alicia Cumberbatch 6 pts) 

MVP: Kielle Connelly

Women’s three-point shoot out

Winner: Crystal Ann George 15 pts

Sunday

San Fernando Secondary 88 (Tyrik Singh 16 pts, Kareem Pit 10 pts) v North Zone Under-16 All Stars 45 (Josiah Best 11 pts, Andrew Dookoo 9 pts) 

MVPs: Andrew Dookoo, Tyrik Singh

North Zone Men’s First Division All Stars 100 (Akil Paynter 17 pts, Sadiki Guerra 15 pts) v South Zone All Stars 89 (Dextroy Manswell 36 pts, Adrian Joseph 31 pts) 

MVP: Adrian Joseph

Senior men dunk out

Winner: Patrick Scipio

Senior men three point shoot-out

Winner: Jamile King

Bateau calls for patience

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:24

Belgium-based defender Sheldon Bateau wants supporters of the T&T team to have some patience as the Soca Warriors attempt to find their rhythm heading into the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

But the former national Under-20 captain who played the 2007 FIFA U-17 and 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cups admits that time is not on the side of the national team with 2018 World Cup qualifiers quickly approaching. And the recent results against Curacao and Jordan have not been encouraging. But Bateau said turning back the clock to last year would show T&T had a decent showing against Argentina and also went all the way to the final of the Caribbean Cup.

“I understand that the fans just want to see football and they want to see the team win. But it’s a young team. We have shown that we have potential and we have shown that we have what it takes to pull off a good showing at the Gold Cup. We’ve played good football in the past and I believe the players are hungry for success,” Bateau said.

Currently at KV Mechelen where he is hoping to regain a starting role for next season, Bateau says that some of the current T&T players will adapt to the rigors of international football and the expectation from the fans. 

“It’s a young team and it takes some time for the players to really grasp that despite whatever is going on off the field and what they fans are hoping for, they have to step up to the call and deliver. This comes with time and being together more often and preparing by playing strong opposition in tough situations,” he said.

This Gold Cup which T&T opens on July 9 against Guatemala will be his first and Bateau wants to make his mark.

“To me it feels like World Cup qualifiers or even the Youth World Cup because the Gold Cup is like the biggest tournament in our region and it’s important for us to do well. It can open a lot of doors for us and I’m excited to do well in it,” he said.

Joevin is a big asset

National defender Joevin Jones has been tipped as a “big asset” to the Chicago Fire team by head coach Frank Yallop and is now being looked at as one the players to look out for in the Soca Warriors line up for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The former W Connection player will join fellow US MLS-based players Cordell Cato of San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew midfielder Kevan George in the T&T squad this coming week as T&T prepares in Fort Lauderdale for its July 9 opener against Guatemala at Soldier Field, Chicago.

“Since Joevin arrived in Chicago, he’s been a big asset to the squad,” said Yallop. “He’s a versatile, exciting player and has shown why we sought to get him last winter. It’s an honor for any player to get called in by their national team so we’re pleased that Joevin has this opportunity to compete with T&T in the Gold Cup.”

Hyland still hopeful of playing at higher level

Though he’s made it to playing at the level of the European Champions League with Racing Genk, national midfielder Khaleem Hyland still has his sights set on playing in a higher league, perhaps the English Premiership among other top tiers in European football. 

Hyland signed a one-year deal with Belgian Premier Division club KVC Westerlo last week after being left on the sidelines by Genk for much of last season.

“It wasn’t a good season for me at Genk and I wasn’t being played for a lot of reasons not pertaining to the actual football so much. But these are things you get to understand and you move on from. The opportunity to move to Westerlo came at a good time and I’m looking forward to being with them next season,” Hyland said.

“They have big ambitions and I think I can play a major part in their challenge for success. The coach has told me what the plans are for me at the club. The most important thing is that I will be playing regularly once I’m fit and injury free. That is always the main factors for you as a professional footballer. If you’re not on the field it can be mentally very difficult for you. I had some great times at Genk and they gave me the opportunity to play in the Champions League and to gain a lot of experience. But now the time is here to move on to something else. 

“My dream is always to play at the highest level ever since I started playing. Now I am at Westerlo and I will try to take them up to a better position but no one knows what this could lead to. I will be focusing on lifting my game and trying to see where it takes me,” said Hyland who has been linked in the past to Portsmouth and was also on trial with Cardiff City last season.

Kenwyne says this could be his final Gold Cup

National captain Kenwyne Jones has hinted that the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup could be his final one for T&T.

The Cardiff City man has appeared in two previous Gold Cups in 2005 and 2013 and now at age 31, he is not afraid to pass on the mantle to some of T&T’s up and coming forwards.

“We have young guys like Kadeem Corbin and Willis Plaza. They are the future,” Jones said.

“Possibly this could be my last one. I’m going on 31 and I don’t think you’re meant to be around forever. There’s going to be some young and upcoming talent. It’s just a cycle. Hopefully these players will be the players of the future and that’s not far away.” 

The former St Anthony’s College player is also considering his options ahead of the upcoming season with offers coming from clubs outside of Europe. Who knows what a strong showing at the Gold Cup could result in for the former Sunderland man.

Shaun Fuentes is the director of communications for the TTFA – [email protected]

Calypso Stickmen, Mexico draw 3-3 in Pan Am warm-up

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:20

This country’s senior men’s hockey team continued its build-up towards the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada later this month with 3-3 draw against host Mexico in Guanajuato, Mexico on Tuesday to conclude a four-match tour.

Getting the goals for the T&T squad was Defence Force forward Mickell Pierre, inform Paragon player Kiel Murray and Courts Malvern teenager Tariq Marcano.

With the draw, T&T ended the four match series which also included Central American and Caribbean Games champions Cuba, with one and three defeats.

On Monday, T&T, beaten by Cuba 6-1 in the CAC final last November suffered a 5-2 loss against the same with Pierre and Murray the players on target in the loss for the T&T.

The other loss for the Darren Cowie-led world 29th ranked T&T, was 1-0 to Mexico, despite having a number of chances which included a Murray penalty-stroke that was saved by the Mexican custodian.

When the three-team warm-up series flicked off on Friday last, T&T and Courts Malvern goalkeeper Andrey Rocke pulled off a number of saves in the penalty shoot-out to earn his team victory after a 1-1 draw with Cuba at the end of regulation time with Murray scoring the decisive penalty.

Speaking just before the team left Mexico for their pre-Pan Am Games camp in Canada, national coach Francis said the Mexico camp was very beneficial to his team.

A former national goalkeeper, Francis said, “The camp was very productive and we were able to play high quality matches where they were able to see the speed of the game at the international level and we were adapted to it with great effect.”

He added, “It is also noteworthy that we have some very young players and they also adapted pretty well to the level. We are still in the process of working on a lot of stuff tactically and using players in different roles and positions to see how they will react to match situations at the Pan American Games and it was really great to see how they responded.”

Yesterday, the T&T squad departed Mexico for Toronto for another camp before entering the Games Village on July.

For the tri-nation series in Mexico, T&T was without Australian-based duo, Akim Toussaint and Stefan Mouttet as well as Aidan De Gannes with the reserve trio of Lyndell Byer, Teague Marcano and Jordan Vieira making the trip,

But barring any injuries to any member of the team, Byer, Marcano (Teague) and Vieira will return to T&T tomorrow with Toussaint, Mouttet and De Gannes joining the team in Canada.

For the eight-team Pan American Games, T&T will be without injured standout and most capped player, Kwandwane Browne, who will serve as an assistant to Francis will campaign in Pool A against Argentina, Cuba and USA.

Browne’s Olympic Games hopes and T&T chances of a medal finish at the Pan American Games suffered a blow early last month when he sustained a torn achilles tendon left leg injury, forcing the 18-year national team veteran with over 300-appearance to his name, out of the tournament in Canada.

However, having completed his surgery and started his recovery which will take between six and nine months, Browne, the current England Under-21 assistant coach and coach for National League Premier Division’s Canterbury, will now serve the T&T men’s team in the role as an assistant coach to Francis.

He has represented T&T at four Commonwealth Games as well as four Pan American Games and three Pan American Cup, and in 2012/13 won the award for England Hockey High Performance Coach of the Season.

His last competitive outing for T&T at the FIH World League Round Two qualifiers in San Diego, California in March.

Squad

T&T men: Stefan Mouttet, Akim Toussaint, Dillet Gilkes, Aidan De Gannes, Ishmael Campbell, Darren Cowie, Shaquille Daniel, Solomon Eccles, Kristien Emmanuel, Tariq Marcano, Che Modeste, Kiel Murray, Mickell Pierre, Jordan Reynos, Andrey Rocke, Christopher Scipio.

Technical staff: Glenn “Fido” Francis (coach), Kwandwane Browne (assistant coach), Kirth Davis (manager), Nicholas Baldeosingh (videographer)

Tobago rejoins national chess play

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:26

FM Mario Merritt and FM Joshua Johnson have qualified to play in the 2015 national chess championship finals by topping the 16-player field of the Tobago preliminary. The two FMs finished the six-round contest on 5.5 points each, playing unbeaten but drawing with each other.

Veteran Merritt is one of the country’s most experienced players, having represented T&T at the Chess Olympiad a record of six times. Johnson, 16-year-old Fatima College student, is a former national junior champion with a list of impressive performances at home and in regional tournaments. Johnson gained the FM title last year, heading a field of 31 players at the CAC Chess Festival at Palmyra, Colombia. Playing in his first Olympiad at Tromso, Norway, last August, Johnson registered the best score among T&T’s five-man team.

The two winners now join the three who qualified in the first preliminary; Adrian Winter Atwell, Frank Yee and Hayden Lee.

In the Tobago contest, three players finished on 3.5 points; Fidel James, Shannon Yearwood and Sharondel Williams.

The success of the 2015 Tobago contest makes a notable contrast to the event of previous years when it drew only a handful of players from Trinidad. The preliminary had been boycotted by Tobago’s players who protested the inclusion of contestants from Trinidad. They held fast to the view that the island’s qualifying tournament should be confined to the island’s players and, as a result, organised chess on the sister island remained at a virtual standstill for several years.

At the time, DR disagreed strongly with this boycott, arguing that the three other preliminary events in other parts of the country were open to all T&T national players.

“This year’s qualifier is a strong indication that the sport has begun to enjoy a wholesome revival in Tobago,” notes Sonia Johnson, T&T Chess Association first vice president. She pointed out that where before the Scarborough preliminary attracted only Trinidadians, this year’s event saw five Tobago players in the mix including the island’s new champion, Dr Anthony Thompson and veteran player Thuku Moheni. The others were Fidel James, Shorndel Williams and Rudy Kilian.

Other players taking part were Shannon Yearwood, WFM Javanna Smith, former national champion Arnold Ramon Fortune, David Maynard, Sean Yearwood, Keevin James and Elyse James.

According to vice president Johnson, the T&TCA owes a debt of gratitude to the Tobago House of Assembly whose ready cooperation in providing a venue played an important part in the success of the tournament. 

She commended THA officers Terell Abbott and Javon Carrington for their interest and effort in making available the spacious Anne Mitchell-Gift auditorium in the Tobago Library for the tournament.

With this welcome “reconciliation” plus the recent formation of a Tobago Chess Club plus incentives resulting from the Chess in Schools programme launched by the T&T Chess Foundation a few years ago, the sport in the sister isle may be set for a new period of growth. 

And who knows? With the added support of the accommodation industry, the celebrated mind game could well develop into another of Tobago’s tourist attractions.

Patriot Legend goes for Mentone Stakes

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:22

The Glenn Mendez trained ‘talking horse’ Patriot Legend will try to keep his unbeaten record intact when he goes to post for Saturday’s feature event, the Grade Two Mentone Stakes over 1,350 metres, on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

This event has a purse of $150,000 and will see six horses seeking to win the $90,000 first prize cheque. Mendez has a two-pronged attack in the event with the SIR owned Control Unit being in the field. 

Champion trainer John O’Brien has Danube Waltz while the in-form Shaffique Khan has two entered in Blue Oracle and Clermont County. 

Sweet Sin City in the final contender from the Harriram Gobin stable.

Patriot Legend was nothing short of impressive on his debut and if he builds on the performance, it could be a one horse race. Ron Ali will be in the saddle.

When entries were taken yesterday a total of 96 horses took entry for the Arima Race Club (ARC) Day 23 nine-race programme.

Post time for the first event is at noon.

Here are the declared runners, riders and weights.

DAY 23 ENTRIES

R1: NOON - 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 45-0 - 1,050M (TURF) - $34,000

Heroes N Legends K Khelawan 57; Emily’s Gold J Stephen 56.5; Double Roses L C Seecharan 52; Saynomore A Poon 56; D’Sportsman B Boodramsing 56.5; Potiphar’s Wife J Reyes 56.5; Traditional Girl L Keizer 57; Little John J Arneaud 57; Stormy Frontier R Angnoo 57; Consideritdone W Galviz 55.5

R2: 12.40 PM - WI BRED 4 YO & OVER MAIDENS - 1,100 (TURF) - $32,000

Wainapanapa J Arneaud 57; Half Price L A Seecharan 51; Release D Beast D Blackman 50.5; Speedile S Rodrigo 49.5; Sweet Shaka R Hasranah 47; Dig Deep L C Seecharan 42; That’s Me MrPepe A Poon 47; Macho Me R Thomas 46.5; Poppy Love R Ali 47.5.

R3: 1.20 PM - 3 YO & OVER RATED 30-0 - 1,150M - $31,000

My Giselle J Reyes 57; Best Defence K Khelawan 53; Who Is The Problem S Jadoo 57; Georgia’schoice N Abrego 57; Precious Lilly V Charles 56.5; Gold Coin S Rodrigo 57; All Is Yours D Blackman 53; Measured Response D Khelawan 54.5; Ready And Alert N Samaroo 54.5; Copa Glory R Hernandez 57; Fleet Admiral R Angnoo 57; Lady Marisa N Mohammed 54.5; Upset D Dance J Stephen 54; The Conqueror B Boodramsing 53.5.

R4: 2 PM - 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 70-55 - 1,700M - $43,000

Jacob’s Dream B Boodramsing 50.5; Criminal Intent K Khelawan 57; Cramers Rule P Badrie 50.5; Indy Anna Baby S Rodrigo 57; Prince Zeshan R Hernandez 57; Nettoyer N Patrick 56; Glorious Country R Ali 55; Royal Empire L C Seecharan 52; Wing Commander R Angnoo 51.

R5: 2.40 PM - WI BRED 3 YO MAIDENS - 1,150M - $44,000

Barbosa A Poon 55; Eyes For You D Khelawan 50; Irios Forest R Ali 57; Ragnar N Flavenney 55; Intangibility K Khelawan 46; Kentucky Woman K Razack 47.5; Theradioannouncers N Mohammed 47.5; Red Wine L A Seecharan 45; Helena’s Pride D Boodram*52; Pay Day L C Seecharan 52; Vested Power N Samaroo 53; Eatmydust R Thomas 53; Twist Of Fate L Keizer 55; Glorioussaga R Angnoo 52; Orchid Girl R Hasranah 50.5.

R6: 3.20 PM - MENTONE STAKES WI BRED 3 YO & IMPORTED 3 YO - 1,350 M - $150,000

Patriot Legend R Ali 57; Sweet Sin City N Abrego 57; Control Unit W Galviz 57; Blue Oracle D Khelawan 50; Clermont County P Badrie 57; Danube Waltz B Boodramsing 52.

R7: 4 PM - 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 40-0 - 1,350M - $33,000

Way To Go K Khelawan 57; Lady Felisha W Galviz 53; Uncle Max D Gopie 55.5; Lady Sage D Boodram 55.5; The Cheerleader N Samaroo 55; Al Kahina R Angnoo 54.5; Super Easy J Stephen 53.5; Spectacular Return S Jadoo 56; Little Otis S Rodrigo 54.5; Cordell Walker P Badrie 54.5; Ezee Breezy D Blackman 57; Gold Bead N Patrick 55; Super Sonic B Boodramsing 57; King Stand R Hernandez 53; Seal The Deal L Keizer 55.

R8: 4.40 PM - 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 70 & OVER - 1,750 M - $87,000

Gabby’s Gold W Galviz 51; Momentum B Boodramsing 49.5; Golden Dixieland S Rodrigo 44.5; Thisonesforron N Abrego 57; Eye See You S Rodrigo 44; Magic Rust Seal S Jadoo 43; Buffalo Soldier J Reyes 51; Bergeron Rodeo P Badrie 51.5; Sacred Trust R Angnoo 49.5.

R9: 5.20 PM - 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 55-40 - 1,750 M - $37,400

Glorify R Hasranah 50.5; Freedomfighter W Galviz 55.5; Allied A Poon 55.5; Risky Trial R Ali 55; Be My Lover S Rodrigo 54.5; Frankenstein LC Seecharan 52; Onetokeep N Patrick 53; Naughty N Nice R Angnoo 53.5; Royal Pioneer N Abrego 57; Osceola Parkway N Flavenney 54.5; Amritsar D Rodrigo 54; Cloud Nine N Mohammed 56; Just Honest L A Seecharan 53; Mike’s Sugar B Boodramsing 57; Farad L Keizer 53.

A real test for Time

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:19

Basma is a potential ‘special’ and if ground conditions are favourable for the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over six furlongs at Newbury tonight this Barry Hills-trained Exceed And Excel filly will take on thirteen rivals under Paul Hanagan.

Backed into short-priced favouritism for a similar race at Haydock three weeks back Basma was never ‘on the leg’ for one stride due to a firm surface but managed second place behind Blue Bayou, rallying in the closing stages.

Hills was understandably disappointed, he’s got his sights set high enough for Basma and, hopefully, forecast thunderstorms hit the Berkshire area because this will be preparation for a major juvenile event in France.

On the time-handicap Basma is no great shakes; both her races have been at the Lancashire course, where it really does get firm underfoot, far moreso than the majority realise, and I’m totally convinced this she will prove a vastly different proposition on this occasion.

Hamdan Al Maktoum has enjoyed a golden spell, he owns a plethora of above average two-year-olds and with his support Hanagan might just nip’ a third jockeys’ championship under the new format; his riding last month was outstandingly consistent.

Paul needs firm instructions, he’ll carry them out to the letter and you bet Basma will be loosed from the outset in an attempt to make all and sort out the wheat from the chaff. What beats her will win.

Basma was also entered for the Maiden Stakes over a similar distance on Lingfield polytrack but ‘politics’ were obviously involved; son, Charles, has declared once-raced A Momentofmadness, an Elnadim colt which needs to improve considerably if Sir Mark Prescott-trained Time Warp hits his latest TH mark. Time Warp improved considerably from debut when runner-up, beaten a short-head by Gerrard’s Quest on Chelmsford ‘poly’ a fortnight ago, and rates a serious betting proposition to go one better and make it third time lucky under Luke Morris.

It’s all about two-year-olds from now on, this is the column for those interested in what is a fascinating age group and, whenever possible, my nap will be concentrated on them; you know my record.

SELECTIONS

2.10 Time Warp

7.05 Basma

7.40 Clever Bob (e.w)

Hinds says communication, relations with WICB crucial

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:07

KINGSTON—West Indies Players Association boss, Wavell Hinds, believes there needs to be greater communication among the key stakeholders in West Indies cricket, and says a harmonious relationship with the West Indies Cricket Board is key to the success of the game in the region.

The former Test batsman, who serves as chief executive, said improved communication was necessary of the regional game was to be rebuilt.

WIPA was at the centre of the controversial abandoned one-day tour of India last October, when angry players called for Hinds’ resignation as they protested the Collective Bargaining Agreement he signed with the West Indies Cricket Board.

Players, then, claimed the new agreement resulted in a huge slash in their earnings, and contended that Hinds had not informed them of the change.

The agreement went to mediation and last month, WIPA and the WICB announced they had hammered out a new deal.

Hinds, who played 45 Tests and has sat on the WIPA executive for the last 13 years, said the players union had played a key role in helping to develop the game.

Also key to development, Hinds contended, was the relationship between the WICB and WIPA, which in the past had been acrimonious.

(CMC)

Yorke to feature in charity match

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:05

BASSETERRE—Batting legend Brian Lara and outstanding former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, will highlight the Caribbean Premier League charity match at Warner in St Kitts and Nevis today.

Lara, a former West Indies captain, will joined by Yorke, who won the Treble in 1999 with United, in the game which will be played between a Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis XI and the Sir Vivian Richards XI.

The game will also feature a plethora of former West Indies and International players, with Ian Bishop, Stuart Williams and Daren Ganga, along with Australian Damien Martyn and Englishman Darren Gough set to participate. Top West Indies women’s batsman, Stafanie Taylor, will also be in action.

This year, proceeds will go to the St Kitts-Nevis National Education Foundation (SKNNEF), which is a non-profit organisation that seeks to provide deserving disadvantaged students with an opportunity to receive an excellent education. The country is currently hosting ten CPL matches until July 11. (CMC)

Angels, Fuego put perfect start on the line

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:53

een the Maylee Attin-Johnson-led Angels and Fuego, with Tasha St Louis at the helm, takes place at the Diego Martin Recreational Ground, (Northern Ground), Diego Martin from 8 pm.

Currently, CNGC Rush and Petrotrin Oilers sit atop the table with four points each from two matches, one more than Angels and Fuego which have only played one match each, while Shanghai Construction Dragons and Wave FC are without a point after two straight losses respectively.

Speaking on the eve of the match, Richard Hood, coach of the Fuego team, was quick to note that his team was only informed that they would not be facing Petrotrin Oilers, but the Angels instead on Monday afternoon.

He said, “We were preparing the girls technically and tactically for a clash against Oilers, but now we have to change our plans and plan for the Angels which play differently and hopefully we will be able to make the necessary adjustments in the time we have.”

Asked if the two week gap between his team’s opening match and second game today worked in his favour, Hood said it allowed him the chance to get to know the new players and also work on improving the team allround.

“In our first match which we won against the Dragons 5–3 we played some decent football and this has continued during our training sessions, but as always there is room for improvement and the girls have been accepting to the challenge.”

With regards to his opponents, Hood, a former national Under-17 women’s coach and current coach of Digicel T&T Pro League outfit, Police FC said he expects a difficult contest based on what he saw of them when they defeated WAVE FC 3–0.

“They are a very good, aggressive and have a good offensive line and we will just have to match them in every aspect of the game.” 

Angels’ coach Anthony Creece, a former national Olympic team player, was also looking forward to seeing how his players respond to their long layoff from the opening night of competition at the St James Police Barracks Training Ground, St James, on June 18, a 3–0 win over Wave FC.

The St James-born Creece said, “It’s left to be seen how the girls come out because we were suppose to have a match last week, but there was a change in the schedule and now a change in opponent.”

He added, “But in general, I think they are just eager to get back out on the field of play which is a positive, but at the same time the downside is not having enough time to plan for your opponent.”

Having had two weeks to prepare Creece he was happy with the squad he had and said they are all working hard at getting the job done in each match.

With regards to opponents Fuego, Creece said like his team they had not played since the opening day and expect both teams to be somewhat excited to get back on the field as well as being a bit nervous during the early exchanges.

“They (Fuego) have a good squad from what we saw, but we will prepare as best as we can for what they have to offer and also try and execute our game play,” ended Creece.

Two hours earlier, T&T Under-17 women’s team and Defence Force will do battle in the Women’s League Football (Wolf) Premier Division clash.

Matches

Wolf Premier Division:

T&T Under-17 women vs Defence Force, Diego Martin Rec Ground, 6 pm

Women Premier League:

Angels vs Fuego, Diego Martin Rec Ground, 8 pm

Standings

Teams    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts

CNGC Rush    2    1    1    0    4    1    4

Petrotrin Oliers    2    1    1    0    4    3    4

Chancellor Angels    1    1    0    0    3    0    3

94.1FM Fuego    1    1    0    0    5    3    3

Wave FC    2    0    0    2    2    6    0

SCG Dragons    2    0    0    2    3    8    0

Teams

Angels: Tynetta McKoy, Beth Seaman, Peta Gay Soman, Ayanna Russell, Jaclyn Poucel, Jodie Redgrave, Sharrain, Alyssa Budhoo, Tamar Watson, Jodi Ann McGregor, Kandace Franklin, Maylee Attin-Johnson (captain), Rafaela De Vargas, Bruna Da Silva 

Coach: Anthony Creece (T&T)

Fuego: Tasha St Louis, Patrice Superville, Diamond Henderson, Anastacia Prescott, Jamila Mathlin, Denisha Thomas, Bernelle Shears, Nickisha James, Jo Marie Lewis, Shanelle Warrick (all Trinidad and Tobago), Christina Murray, Tanesia Vassell (both Jamaica), Saucedo, Leticia Bussato, Camila Demezio (all Brazil), Ermelindo Izquierda (Paraguay), Zaudita Kaza-Amalak (US Virgin Islands).

Coach: Richard Hood (T&T)​

 

Barbados overtakes T&T in netball rankings

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:47

T&T “Calypso netballers” recent run of sub-par results has resulted in a drop on the International Netball Federation rankings, down one spot to tenth and now third best in the Caribbean behind  Jamaica and Barbados for the period ending May 17.

It was noted on the world netball web site www.netball.org the latest INF World rankings takes into account a number of international test matches and competition played during the last three months, specifically the Netball Europe Open and Test matches between England and T&T.

The T&T women led by  co-captains Cooper and Guerrero, was beaten by England in their Test series, 69-36, 67-42 and 65-42.

This was followed by a 1-4 outing at the Netball Europe Ranking Competition and Open Championship at the Antrim Forum, Belfast, Northern Ireland.  

In Belfast, T&T was again beaten by England (63-42); Wales (53-46) and Scotland (45-42) before breaking that losing skid with a 52-40 win over host Northern Ireland. 

However, in their final match on Sunday, the Calypso netballers led for the first three quarters before falling to sixth ranked South Africa, 46-42.

T&T coach Wesley “Pepe” Gomes and his national team will have a perfect chance to improve on its ranking when it competes at next month’s 14th Netball World Cup in Sydney Australia from August 7-16 at the 21,000 seat Allphones Arena (formerly known as the Sydney SuperDome and Acer Arena), Sydney Olympic Park.. 

At the World Cup, the Calypso netballers, will meet the top two teams in the world, host Australia and New Zealan in Pool A round-robin play and Barbados.

This will be the second time that the World Championships are being held in Sydney, and the third time in Australia. Sydney last hosted the event in 1991, when Australia won a closely contested final against New Zealand.

Latest INF World Netball rankings
NB: Based on matches up to May 17.

Teams    Played    Weighted    Pts    Rating
1. Australia    44    32    6,377    199
2. New Zealand    46    36    6,305    175
3. England    69    52    8,421    162
4. Jamaica    35    24    3,562    148
5. Malawi    36    26    3,511    135
6. South Africa    48    34    4,590    135
7. Fiji    35    25    3,024    121
8. Wales    36    27    3,006    111
9. Barbados    34    26    2,541    98
10. T&T    40    34    3,228    95
11. Scotland    42    34    3,165    93
12. Northern Ireland    42    34    3,027    89
13. Samoa    29    22    1,880    85
14. Uganda    14    12    999    83
15. Tanzania    11    6    457    76

Other AFNA countries
20. St Lucia    17    14    648    46
21. Canada    16    13    571    44
26. USA    21    16    378    24
30. Grenada    13    10    81    8
36. Bermuda    13    8    0    0

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