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No India talks at WICB, Caricom meet

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 01:06

The contentious India dispute did not come up for discussion at the Caricom/West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) meeting in Grenada on Monday. Caricom intervened in West Indies cricket recently because of the aborted tour of India and since then they have remained interested in the governance of West Indies cricket.

Both parties decided to meet upon a call from Grenadian Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell the day before the start of the second Test match between West Indies and England in Grenada. A release was sent out by the WICB, which carried the information that the meeting was successful in terms of both bodies moving forward. It is understood that St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonzales was very vocal throughout the meeting and shared his concerns as far as the governance of the cricket is concerned.

However, the parties did not get a chance to discuss the Indian dispute. The West Indies team boycotted their last tour of India after they failed to get their views heard over a pay structure dispute. They played four of the five matches that was scheduled for the limited overs series and did not show for the Test series that was carded after. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked to be compensated to the tune of US$41.95M. 

They even approached Caricom to get involved after the WICB missed a payment deadline. A source attending the meeting said that there were too many people at the meeting to get down to talk about the India situation. “There were too many people at the meeting and after everyone had something to say, the time just went by. 

“I am of the understanding that the process of getting the India dispute resolved has started and talks are ongoing between the West Indies Cricket Board and the BCCI. “The WICB is very serious in paying back the debt to the BCCI in terms of playing cricket and the BCCI is currently considering their position to stop all bi-lateral relations with the WICB.”

WI under pressure as Root puts England on top

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 01:05

St George’s—Joe Root hit a masterful attacking century as England positioned themselves for a victory push on day three of the second Test against West Indies here at the National Stadium, Grenada. Root was in wonderful touch as he reached his hundred in just 125 balls, playing with freedom and intent on a pitch that placed him on a different plane.

England had other successes—Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott sharing the team’s first century opening stand for more than two years, Gary Ballance reeling off another redoubtable 77—but Root operated with ease on a day where others were made to work long and hard for their runs. After 112 overs, England were 46 ahead on 345 for five, with Root 102 not out. It was a sixth century for the 24-year-old, who also equalled the English Test record of six consecutive scores of 50 or more.

The day started with England’s first century opening partnership in over two years, Alastair Cook (76) and Jonathan Trott (59) putting aside concerns around their form to post 125 at the head of the innings. That set a firm foundation for an assault on the West Indies’ mark of 299, and Yorkshire duo Root and Ballance led the way in some style as the tourists reached the final drinks break in the lead on 318 for three.

The two partnerships that underpinned the English effort were very different in complexion, Cook and Trott digging in a stoic morning session that looked as if it might hold the game back. Instead it gave the batting side a firm base to work from, allowing Ballance and Root, in particular, to make hay as the day progressed.

It was a wonderful day for batting, with clear blue skies, negligible seam movement and a bowling attack that ground to a standstill in sapping heat. Root’s knock was the most damaging, his ability to hit the boundary boards and run hard doing most to advance the game in England’s favour. In scoring his sixth consecutive Test half-century he equalled a national record held by Cook, Ted Dexter, Ken Barrington and Patsy Hendren.

But this was also a day of triumph for Ballance, whose diligent accumulation at number three has seen him adapt with remarkable ease to the demands of Test cricket. As Kevin Pietersen continues to vie for attention at Surrey, it might be worth pondering how he would even fit into a middle order that is being marshalled quite brilliantly by two men around a decade younger than him.

The day began with Cook and Trott on 74 without loss but still firmly under the microscope, the captain seeking a first hundred in 34 innings and his partner attempting to justify his recall after 18 months off the circuit. The opening session saw them both pass fifty, but it was a slow grind, with 69 runs in 34 overs.

Trott did not make lunch, tempted in by Devendra Bishoo and feeding an edge to second slip. His 59 represented progress after a nervy return in Antigua last week and should stand him in good stead for further opportunities. Cook might also have fallen to the leg-spinner, with a marginal lbw review falling in his favour.

Instead he fell after the break, Shannon Gabriel taking two wickets in as many overs as 125 for nought turned into 164 for three. Both Cook and Bell dragged the ball into their stumps, the skipper done by a change of angle and his deputy by a bit of extra bounce outside off. That brought Root and Ballance together, fresh from a century stand in the second innings in Antigua.

They dovetailed perfectly once again, adding 165 at a shade under four an over to ensure the early platform did not go to waste. Ballance was more cautious, but exploded to life in bursts, hitting three fours in 10 balls to race into the 20s and flogging Jermaine Blackwood for six. Root was even better, knocking Bishoo’s confidence with his aggression and not allowing Jason Holder to settle.

He raced past 50 in 69 balls and continued to score with impunity, a disorientated Bishoo on the receiving end of two dismissive sixes. Root was just six deliveries in the 90s and flashed his 13th four to third man to bring up his century.

West Indies vs England 

WEST INDIES 1st Inns 299
ENGLAND 1st Inns (o/n 74-0)  

A Cook b Gabriel     76
I Trott c Blackwood b Bishoo     59
G Ballance b Samuels     77
I Bell b Gabriel     1
J Root not out     118
Moeen Ali run out     0
B Stokes c Blackwood b Bishoo     8
J Buttler not out     4

xtras (b9, lb2, w1, nb18)     30
TOTAL (6 wkts, 122 overs)     373
To bat: C Jordan, S Broad, J Anderson.
Fall of wickets: 1-125 (Trott), 2-159 (Cook), 3-164 (Bell), 4-329 (Ballance), 5-335 (Ali), 6-364 (Stokes)
Bowling: Roach 24-4-77-0 (nb5), Gabriel 19-3-60-2 (w1, nb6), Holder 18-6-49-0 (nb1), Bishoo 41-10-124-2 (nb2), Samuels 21-4-38-1, Blackwood 1-0-14-0.
Position: England lead by 74 runs with four wickets intact.
Toss: England.
Umpires: S Davis, B Oxenford; TV – B Bowden.


Help for disabled people at last

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:55

Well! Well! In this ridiculously backward country of ours, we are finally going to have a law that makes it illegal for fully-abled people to park in the handicapped spots! This is according to a media article, which recently reported on the Senate’s debate of the new Motor Vehicle Bill. 

Finally! Some legal help for differently-abled people against lazy, ignorant and heartless citizens who seem a dime-a-dozen these days. Just this week I followed a SUV into a business establishment, and the driver of this SUV proceeded to park in the ONLY handicapped spot that the company had in its large carpark. 

Out he jumped, followed by his young wife holding a baby. They then sauntered into the business place and walked throughout its long, large rows of stacked goods. Needless to say, the “security” who witnessed this, did nothing but sit on his chair, lounging in the cool breeze on this dry, tropical day. 

Blood boiling, I approached him and asked him to speak with the very well-abled couple about their inconsiderate deed. But apparently I was expecting too much as he allowed the couple to complete their shopping. Left to my own action, I wrote a note and stuck it on their windscreen. Upon my exit, the guard informed me that he did actually speak with them (after the fact), and that the man stated that his wife had had surgery. 

I politely educated the guard that they walked easily around the entire store, up and down the long aisles, without any problem and that the surgery, was simply an excuse. A surgery that allows one to walk community distances easily does not qualify one as “handicapped.” These people may very well end up as products of their own acedia. What goes around comes around.

This issue of handicapped parking and accessibility goes way deeper than just the development of a law. As we know all too well, enforcement of laws in Trinidad is a matter of convenience to the enforcer. There are also many levels that need to be considered in order for this law to be successfully implemented. Firstly, how will a policeman know that the car parked in the handicapped spot is that of a differently-abled or elderly person? 

There obviously needs to be a way of identifying such citizens’ cars so that they can be allowed use of the parking spot, be it through a sticker, or some other object to mark the vehicle. The next question that needs to be answered is what qualifies someone as differently-abled, and therefore able to get that identifying sticker for their vehicle? This question must be addressed, otherwise one will run into advantageous malingerers like the above. 

A process of establishing qualification and identification needs to take place in order for this law to be fair and successful. However, this process must be easy for a differently-abled individual. The locations, much unlike many offices in Town, must be accessible, with easy parking, and the process must not involve long waits or return visits, as many differently-abled or elderly people have difficulty with mobility and pain. 

The above is at the level of the law and policy-makers. But in this multi-level issue, there are many other factors to consider. Every establishment should have a certain ratio of normal parking spots to handicapped parking spots. This will avoid the above scenario as well, where the very large carpark had only one handicapped spot. 

It is also up to the management of the establishments to enforce the law. Many businesses do not have much of a police presence, and so enforcement of this new law is up to the business itself. Their security, if present, needs to get off their lounge chairs and monitor the handicapped spots. There is a new trend now, another example of laziness, where security puts large cones on the parking spots to block able-bodied people from parking there. 

As one of my patients put it, “now I have to get out the car and move the cone, as the security is often not around.” It’s six of one, half-a-dozen of the other. Security may as well not put the cone and let the differently-abled persons take their chances with the lazy population who steal their spots.

I have my reservations about the success of this new law. Don’t get me wrong, it is a wonderful step in the right direction, and it should have happened a long time ago. However, as with many laws in Trinidad, it may be written in the books, but no enforcement occurs. So yes, I am very skeptical, and I wonder if it has been thought out in its entirety, so that it can be successful. 

Carla Rauseo, DPT, CSCS, ATRIC is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Aquatic Therapy  Rehabilitation Instructor at Total Rehabilitation Centre in San Juan.

Glasgow, Joseph look for Olympic qualifiers form

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:55

T&T’s women pair Apphia Glasgow and La Teisha Joseph, competing in Cayman Islands for the first time, will do so, with their main aim of preparing for next weekend’s CAZOVA Women’s first round 2016 Rio Olympic Qualifiers to be staged at Ochio Rios Bay Beach, Jamiaca, April 30 to May 5. The two earned T&T’s lone spot to compete in Cayman by winning the the five-stage T&TVF qualifiers ahead of Ayana Dyette and Nancy Joseph while Elki Phillip and Shenelle Gordon were third.

Last season, the women’s crown went to USA’s Tealle Hunkus and Kimberly McGiven-Dicello who defeated a resilient Canadian pair of Melissa Humana and Taylor Pischke in three sets, 21-23, 21-10, 15-9. But both teams are not in the Cayman Islands this year paving the way for Cuba’s Lianma Flores and Leila Martinez and USA’s Traci Weamer and Kendra Vanzwieten.

Last year, Flores and Martinez won the gold medal in Varadero, Cuba, a silver medal in T&T and the bronze in Antigua Guatemala. They also captured the title at the CAC Games in Veracruz. Weamer and Vanzwieten last year won a silver medal in Antigua Guatemala. Vanzwieten also won silver and bronze medals with Allison Daley in Manzanillo, Mexico and North Bay, Canada, respectively.

The countries represented in the competition are Barbados, Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, T&T and USA.

Sancho hailed for fulfilling cricket promises

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:52

Minister of Sports Brent Sancho has been warmly thanked for making good on his promise to establish a cordial working relationship with the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) and for sparking a renewed sense of optimism and hope among sportsmen and women, and hardworking administrators. 

High praise came when Sancho attended a function to distribute long-awaited stipend cheques for 16 cricket clubs who campaigned in the North East Zone, staged on Wednesday at the Guaico Government Secondary School. The former star footballer made history with the Soca Warriors when T&T became the smallest nation to participate in a FIFA World Cup when it was staged in Germany in 2006. 

The dreadlocked ex-defender was praised at the function for hitting the ground running shortly after being appointed to the post in early February 2015. Also attending the function was president of the T&TCB, Azim Bassarath; Arjoon Ramlal, chairman of the North East Zone; and newly-appointed chairman of the board of the Sport Company of T&T, former national youth and senior team captain Dudnath Ramkessoon, along with cricket club representatives and other officials of the zone.

Bassarath said Sancho’s selection to head the sport ministry was a step in the right direction and the T&TCB pledges to join hands with him to ensure that he delivers to the entire sports community, including cricketers. The top cricket administrator said he was certain that Sancho will give cricket the respect it deserves and also appealed to sports officials to unite behind the minister to ensure success for all stakeholders.

“We strongly believe that Minister Sancho can take sports forward for the benefit of society on the whole. However he needs our support and the unity of all to realise his plans and objectives. We intend to go forward with him,” said Bassarath confidently. Now serving his third consecutive term of office, Bassarath said Sancho must be commended for acting quickly on the T&TCB’s proposals to provide stipends and assistance to grassroot clubs which he said will strengthen the foundation of the game in T&T.

“We know the minister is trying to put sports on the front burner and his course of action adds a new dimension in this regard, and offers fresh hope for administrators and cricketers. We are confident that he will put his best foot forward and we will be there right behind him,” Bassarath said to applause.

In his address, Sancho thanked the cricket officials and club representatives for their warm welcome and optimism expressed in his ability to make a difference on the local sports landscape. He said he agreed with many of the speakers who felt that sports needs a timely boost and promised to do all he can to help provide more opportunities for athletes, including cricketers, and satisfactory facilities for them to grow and develop.

Sancho said he has always been impressed with the wealth of natural talent that exists in the Sangre Grande district, highlighted by the success of the North East Stars football team of the T&T Pro League, with which he was formerly associated; as well as 2012 Olympic gold medallist, javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott who is from “just up the road” in Toco; and its promising basketballers, who also attended Wednesday’s function.

He complimented T&TCB president Bassarath and his colleagues for leading the T&TCB in an exemplary manner and whose governance has been marked with accountability, transparency and great success on the playing field. Sancho said he hopes to see an increase in the assistance given to the nation’s cricketers and their clubs in the not too distant future.

Could be magic at Doncaster

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:46

Commemorative to stand alone  against a serious ‘overseas’ challenge at Sandown today when Charles Hills’ charge contests the five-runner group three, £65000 Classic Trial over ten furlongs of ‘good’ ground; for one of them it could be the Epsom Derby next! Snoano and Master Apprentice need to improve considerably but Aidan O’Brien ‘tests the water’ by journeying Cape Clear Island and from France the unbeaten, Andre Fabre-trained Grey Lion has to be respected.

Fabre is reckoned a master of his trade and his record bears close inspection, worldwide; we fear Grey Lion becaused Andre isn’t given to ‘guessing’ but Commemorate has been impressive on ‘Faringdon’ gallops under the watchful eye of Hills and his legendary 78-year-old father, Barry. Commemorate won twice last season and then finished a somewhat unluckyseventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf over a mile, won by Hootenanny ridden by Frankie Dettori!

Guess who rides 103-rated Commemorative this afternoon! That’s right and we’re hoping victory will be sealed with a ‘flying dismount!’ Running in tandem will be another seven-race programme at Doncaster where Magical Daze comes out clear ‘best-in’ on the time-handicap for a thirteen-runner Maiden Stakes over six furlongs.

Twice-race Magical Daze hasn’t been out for 187 days but portents for success are excellent given the encouraging reports from Sylvester Kirk’s home gallops; we like the booking of Liam Keniry, aboard this well-bred Showcasing filly at Bath last time out. Bimbo is on a handy mark for the 3-y-o handicap over six furlongs and seems to go best for George Chaloner. For updates keep clicking on to

Cadet Boys double-up in Dominican Republic

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:43

The T&T Cadet boys team of Luc O’Young, Joshua Maxwell and Derron Douglas combined to give their team a 2-0 start in their team event at the Cadet and Junior Caribbean Regional Table-Tennis Championship, which served off in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, yesterday. In their opening clash, the T&T boys blanked Curacao 3-0 and then trounced Curacao by a similar 3-0 margin to be certain of a place among the top two in the four-team table and into the semifinals ahead of its group decider last night with Puerto Rico.

Against Curacao, O’Young spanked Ralph Vincent 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 and Maxwell humbled Nasir Ignacio 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 with Douglas winning by default as their opponents only had two players on their team. And in the encounter with St Lucia, O’Young beat Andrew Daniels 11-9, 11-1, 11-5; Maxwell outclassed Mario St Cyr, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5, and Douglas stopped Sunil Chtolie 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.

However in the Cadet Girls, the T&T team of Shreya Maharaj, Chelsea Fong and Shanekah Johnson went under to Puerto Rico, 0-3. Lineris Rivera humbled Maharaj 11-4, 11-2, 11-2; Fong went under to Poala Sanabria 8-11, 2-11, 2-11 and Nicole Malavie overcame Johnson 11-9, 11-4, 11-3.
The T&T boys also got off to a losing start in the Junior Team event, 0-3 to the Puerto Ricans.

Puerto Rico got its wins from Sebastien Echevarria, 11-8, 9-11, 14-12, 11-9 over T&T’s Arun Roopnarine; Tomar Gonzales defeated Aaron Wilson 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 and Ivan Vargas scolded Shaquille Mitchell 11-0, 11-6, 11-8. In its remaining matches, T&T will face Dominican Republic A and B teams.

Eastern Basketball League returns on May 14

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:42

The Eastern Community Basketball League (ECBL), a product of the East Zone Basketball Commission, will make its highly anticipated return to the forefront of the sport, on May 14, with the inclusion of dozens of teams in five divisions. Maloney Pacers, champion club of the last tournament held in 2012, will return along with at least 11 other teams in an expanded competition in the Men’s First Division. Thus far, 12 teams have also been confirmed for the Men’s Second Division, and another six in the Women’s Division.

Registration is ongoing and will close on May 1. The fees to register teams are $1,000 for Men’s First Division, $700 for Men’s Second Division, $500 for Women’s Division and $400 for the Under-17 Division. One other division will be included—the Under-14 Youth Development Programme, which comprises a camp together with matches. Registration for that segment is free of charge.

The Eastern Community Basketball League is one of the the most participated in and community oriented basketball leagues in the country. In fact, the league and by extension, the East Zone Commission, contains the highest number of clubs in any zone in T&T. It represents the most inclusive basketball competition in the country, after the Hoop of Life Basketball League, which is not affiliated with the local governing body for basketball, the T&T National Basketball Federation (NBFTT).

The East Zone also boasts of providing many current and former international basketballers, particularly in the women’s game. According to the organisers, over 60 scholarships have been awarded to players that participated in the ECBL. 

The league, however, continues to be hampered by the burden of outstanding debts owed to its officials and clubs by the NBFTT, since the 2012 tournament, according to ECBL chairman, Christopher Jackson-Charles, who is also head coach of the national women’s team. Such unfulfilled financial obligations have prevented the zone from hosting a league on an annual basis.

The ECBL thus requires the support of sponsors and continues to call on corporate T&T to support the development of young basketballers and to allow the already developed players to showcase their potential. Yet, despite the issues, Jackson-Charles says he and the committee are prepared to stage yet another successful tournament with the backing of the same clubs and officials, who have supported the venture for many years.

Charles added that this year’s expanded edition will incorporate the development of young aspiring players through its Under-14 Development Programme, as well as the development of young coaches. Like past years, the zone has welcomed at least two “outside” clubs, due to the lack of play in other zones, including the Tobago and North East Zones.

Clubs interested in registering can contact Jackson-Charles at 324-7572, Marc Depoosingh at 308-1855 or Kurt Pierre at 331-2464. The committee holds meetings every Wednesday ahead of the competition and encourages clubs interested in joining the league to attend.

2015 Participating teams
Men First Division: Maloney Pacers, Valencia Heat, Success Village Pythons, Royal Extra Lions, San Juan Warriors, Maloney Old School, La Horquetta Forces, Red Hill Youths, Maloney Tigers, Sangre Grande Ruff, Togetherness, Sangre Grande Young Stars. Men Second Division: Maloney Pacers YDP, O’Meara Knights, Arouca Black City, Arima High Voltage, Valencia Heat, Coast Guard, Prisons, Bon Air New Age Ballers, Arima Vintage Park Royals, Lions, Red Hill Veterans, Parks International Acers (Tobago).

Women Division: Maloney Pacers YDP, La Horquetta Colours, St Augustine Female Family, Success Village Pythons, Lions, Yorkers Basketball Club, San Fernando Quarters. Under-17 Division: Sangre Grande Young Stars, Togetherness, Maloney Pacers YDP, Valencia Heat, Lions, Story of Success, Bilah and Rick Singh Basketball Club.

Jorsling eyes recall to Soca Warriors

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:41

Having vaulted his name to the top of the all T&T Pro League scoring charts, Defence Force striker Devorn Jorsling has target surpassing his own personal season best tally of 21 and a recall to the Soca Warriors as his next targets. The 31-year-old netted his fourth hat-trick of the 2014/2015 domestic season in a 4-2 demolition of Pt Fortin Civic at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya on April 12 to carry his goals tally to 19 with two matches left to complete Defence Force’s 24-match campaign.

More importantly it put the out-of-favour T&T striker and past Malick Secondary student ahead on the all-time Pro League scoring list with 134 goals, three more than Jabloteh’s Kerry Baptiste. 

Former national standout, and another ex-Malick marksman, Arnold Dwarika is the only other player with more than a century of Pro League goals, 103 while St Lucian Earl Jean is the top foreigner on the list and fourth overall with 90 followed by Anthony Wolfe (78), Aurtis Whitley (76) and Guyana’s Randolph Jereome with 74 while Jorsling’s Defence Force team-mate Josimar Belgarve is next with 64.

Speaking to, Jorsling said, ““It is a great feeling. When you retire as a footballer these are the things you look back at and people remember you by.  To achieve that in T&T where we have had great strikers in the Pro League, when I found out about it I was happy.” Jorsling is now aiming to eclipse his personal record of 21 with two games left on the schedule.

For motivation, he is out to prove his detractors wrong because, according to him, many people feel he is past his prime. “To prove them wrong is the motivating factor this season,” Jorsling said.  “Crossing thirty people heckle me and say that I am old, because I am 31 now; old in football that is.”

Next, Jorsling wants to become a permanent fixture in the T&T national team.  He won his first cap in 2007 and has made 40 appearances for the Soca Warriors, scoring 17 goals. He also hopes to play in the Concacaf Gold Cup this summer. During his career, he has played extensively in the T&T Pro League, initially with W Connection and Caledonia AIA, but most prominently Defence Force, with whom he played for eight seasons while having a one-year stint with Orlando City in the USL Pro League.

He was part of the Defence Force squad which won T&T Pro League title in 2010/2011, won a First Citizens Cup winner's medal in 2009, won the T&T Cup in 2005, and won the T&T Pro League Golden Boot Award in 2008, tallying 21 goals.

Ministry orders boxing board audit

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:41

The Ministry of Sport has commissioned an independent financial and procedural audit into the operations of the T&T Boxing Board of Control (TTBBC). The move comes as members of the board approach the end of their tenure with the TTBBC. The results of the audit will be used to draft procedural frameworks and processes that will map the approach that future boards will prescribe in terms of operations. 

This will ensure that all tenets and guidelines of the State Enterprises Performance Monitoring Manual (SEPMM) are followed, with strict adherence to statutory compliance and performance monitoring. As part of this overall review, the Ministry is also conducting an evaluation of its own delivery of various national projects with a view to improving performance. 

In a release, the Ministry said it continues to encourage all national governing bodies, as autonomous sporting organisations, duly affiliated to their respective international federations, to keep building on the foundation already laid and, with an unified voice and spirit, seek to enhance the welfare, development and athletic prowess of T&T’s athletes. 


Baptiste in 23 T&T for World Relays

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:29

Off a near two-year hiatus, Kelly-Ann Baptiste is finally set to represent T&T once again with her inclusion into a near full-strength 23-athlete national team for the second edition of the IAAF/BTC World Relays, which runs from May 2-3, again in Nassau, Bahamas.

Baptiste is set to run in T&T colours for the first time since her ban by the IAAF for the use of banned substances, which took effect in 2013 and was lifted in January.

The 28 year-old Tobago-born national 55m (indoor), 100m and 200m record holder is expected to further strengthen an already dynamic 4x100m line-up, which also includes Kai Selvon, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Reyare Thomas and Kamaria Durant, the same quartet that captured bronze in the women’s 4x100m in 42.66 seconds at the inaugural edition of the World Relays last year.

The women’s 4x100m team, is further boosted with depth with the inclusion of Lisa Wickham. Although it is unlikely, given the tight two-day schedule, the women’s team can still form a 4x200m team from the six-athlete pool.

Unlike last year, the women runners are tentatively scheduled to compete in only one other race, the 4x400m and will not provide a 4x800m team. National women’s 400m record holder Janeil Bellille and hurdles specialist Josanne Lucas will join Ramona Modeste, Alena Brooks and Magnolia Howell to complete the women’s 4x400m team, which will aim for an improved showing from last year’s disappointing 12th place.

Meanwhile, the T&T men will feature in three events compared to the two races last year.

The pool of athletes for the 4x100m and 4x200m relays includes the same combination of Marc Burns, Keston Bledman, Rondell Sorrillo and Richard Thompson, who captured the 4x100m silver at last year’s event in 38.04 seconds, behind the Jamaican star-studded line-up of Nesta Carter, Nickel Ashmeade, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake, who clocked 37.77. The same four T&T 4x100m runners have been particularly active and in good form heading into the competition. 

The T&T 4x100m/4x200m pool also includes first time entrants, Marcus Duncan, Emmanuel Callender and Kyle Greaux. Greaux is also listed for the T&T 4x400m pool, along with Jacob St Clair.

As with the 4x100m team, the 4x400m team involves all the starting runners who broke the national record at the World Relays last year. Lalonde Gordon, Renny Quow, Machel Cedenio and Jarrin Solomon captured bronze for T&T in that race in two minutes, 58.34 seconds, behind USA (2:57.25) and Bahamas (2:57.59). As expected, T&T will be without 2014 Bowerman Award winner and indoor 400m national record holder, Deon Lendore, given his college and NCAA commitments. However, the national team will likely benefit from Lendore’s legs at the World Championships in August.

The travelling staff includes Dexter Voisin (manager), Dr Ian Hypolite, Charles Joseph (coaches) Dr Anyl Gopeesingh, Zephyrinus Nicholas and Verne Alleyne (medical staff).

At the inaugural World Relays, T&T placed fourth overall out of 43 participating nations in the medal count, and sixth in the points standings with 19 points, behind USA (60), Jamaica (41), Kenya (35), Great Britain (24) and Australia (21).

Both the men and women’s 4x100m teams, as well as the men’s 4x400m relay teams qualified for August’s IAAF World Championships after their performances at last year’s World Relays.

This year’s event will serve as a qualifying stage for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 4x100 and 4×400 metres relays with the top eight placed teams in both sealing automatic qualification.

Narine struggles continue as KKR lose

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:28

VISAKHAPATNAM—West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine continued to struggle in the new Indian Premier League campaign as Kolkata Knight Riders plunged to a 16-run defeat to Hyderbad Sunrisers yesterday.

Playing at the ACA-VDCA Stadium, Hyderabad piled up 176 for four off their 20 overs, with David Warner slamming 91 from 55 balls and Shikhar Dhawan, 54 from 46 deliveries, in an opening stand worth 130. The left-handed Warner counted nine fours and four sixes while Dhawan hit four fours and a six before being third to fall off the bowling off West Indies pacer Andre Russell, who took one for six from his lone over.

Not for the first time this season, Narine went wicket-less in four overs that cost 38 runs, and has taken just two wickets in five outings, at an average of 73 and an economy rate of seven.

Narine grabbed 21 wickets in 16 matches last season at an average of 19, as KKR won their second IPL title.

However, just months later he was twice called for a suspected illegal action while bowling in the Champions League Twenty20 and suspended for the final.

Though he was subsequently cleared by the ICC after undergoing rehabilitation, he was mandated by the Indian Cricket Board to undergo their own tests earlier this month, before he could be cleared for the IPL.

Russell, promoted to number four in the order, hammered 19 from 10 balls with two sixes and a four, before holing out to long on off Ravi Bopara in the ninth over.

In the second match, T&T’s Dwayne Bravo claimed 1-25 and Dwayne Smith scored 39 to help Chennai Super Kings ease to a 27-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, who dropped Chris Gayle for the match. Suresh Raina’s 32-ball 62 set Super Kings on course to 181 for 8, before Ashish Nehra’s four wickets for 10 runs sent Royal Challengers’s chase into the Chinnaswamy Stadium dirt. 

Not even a half-century from Virat Kohli (51) could lift his team off the bottom of the table, falling 154-8. CMC

WI rally after Samuels century...but England hits back

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:25

ST GEORGE’S—Marlon Samuels’ seventh Test hundred was overshadowed by an enterprising last wicket stand between Devendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel which propelled West Indies, but England still held the advantage after a rain-hit second day of the second Test in Grenada yesterday.

West Indies were bowled out for a respectable 299 in their first innings after resuming the day on 188 for five, with the right-handed Samuels hitting 103.

Captain Denesh Ramdin chipped in with 31, Bishoo got 30 and Jason Holder, a cameo 22, as West Indies battled three rain interruptions to add 111 for the loss of their last five wickets at the Grenada National Stadium.

Samuels and Ramdin put on 94 for the sixth wicket and when four wickets tumbled for 24 runs in the post-lunch session to leave the hosts on 247 for nine, Bishoo and Gabriel added an entertaining 52 to put the Windies on the brink of the 300-run mark.

At the close, however, England were making a strong reply at 74 without loss, with captain Alistair Cook unbeaten on 37 partnered by Jonathan Trott on 32.

On a day when only 60.4 overs were possible because of rain, West Indies rallied under murky skies, defying an England seam attack inspired by familiar conditions.

Rain delayed the start until 10:45 am and even then, allowed only 8.5 overs before returning again at 11:23 am to force an early lunch, with West Indies having reached 201 without further loss.

Only 13 deliveries were possible after the break before heavy rain sent players and officials from the field at 12:48 pm.

West Indies were 214 for five with Samuels having added one to his lunch time score of 97 and Ramdin unbeaten on 26.

When play resumed at 2 pm, Samuels wasted little time in bringing up his hundred when he steered seamer Jimmy Anderson to third man for four, in the second over after the resumption.

He required 40 balls to get the remaining six runs needed to reach the landmark.

Two balls later in the same over, Samuels lost the discipline that had characterised his innings, wafting injudiciously at a back-of-a-length delivery and edging a sharp catch to Ian Bell at second slip.

All told, he faced 228 deliveries in just under five hours at the crease and struck 14 fours.

Ramdin, who started the day on six, played freely in the time available, unfurling a couple of exquisite drives including a lovely punch through mid-on off seamer Benn Stokes.

However, he followed Samuels with ten runs added at 233 for seven, edging seamer Stuart Broad behind, after facing 80 balls and counting five fours in 142 minutes.

Holder then took centre stage with a fluent innings, facing a mere 28 balls and striking a four and two sixes.

The tall right-hander stroked Anderson down the ground for four and then pulled him over square leg for six when the bowler dropped short in his next over.

He smacked Broad over the ropes at wide long on but then flirted with the very next delivery and nicked behind to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

Kemar Roach perished for just one to leave West Indies floundering but Bishoo and Gabriel, who finished on 20 not out–his highest Test score–ensured the tail wagged.

The left-handed Bishoo carved out four fours in a knock lasting 48 balls while Gabriel faced 30 deliveries and lashed a four and a six–a thunderous blow over long off Broad.

Bishoo showed more finesse, getting off the mark with a lovely square drive for four off Anderson and then cover-driving seamer Ben Stokes for another boundary.

He again punched Stokes delightfully to the mid-on boundary a few overs later before carting Barbados-born pacer Chris Jordan over the in-field for yet another four.

The innings ended when Bishoo finally fell, missing a sweep at off-spinner Moeen Ali and being adjudged lbw. Broad finished with four for 61 while Anderson (2-47) and Jordan (2-65) claimed two wickets apiece. CMC


WEST INDIES 1st Innings

(overnight 188 for five)

K Brathwaite b Anderson 1

D Smith c wkp Buttler b Jordan 15

D Bravo c Cook b Broad 35

M Samuels c Bell b Anderson 103

S Chanderpaul c Ali b Stokes 1

J Blackwood lbw b Jordan 26

+D Ramdin c wkp Buttler b Broad 31

J Holder c wkp Buttler b Broad 22

K Roach c Root b Broad 1

D Bishoo lbw b Ali 30

S Gabriel not out 20

Extras (b5, lb6, w1, nb2) 14

TOTAL (all out; 104.4 overs) 299

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Brathwaite), 2-28 (Smith), 3-65 (Bravo), 4-74 (Chanderpaul), 5-129 (Blackwood), 6-223 (Samuels), 7-233 (Ramdin), 8-246 (Holder), 9-247 (Roach), 10-299 (Bishoo)

Bowling: Anderson 24-10-47-2, Broad 24-9-61-4, Jordan 25-4-65-2 (w1, nb2), Moeen Ali 13.4-1-47-1, Stokes 17-7-66-1, Trott 1-0-2-0.

ENGLAND 1st Innings

A Cook not out 37

I Trott not out 32

Extras (nb5) 5

TOTAL (without loss, 26 overs) 74

To bat: G Ballance, I Bell, J Root, B Stokes, +J Buttler, C Jordan, S Broad, M Ali, J Anderson.

Bowling: Roach 6-1-21-0 (nb2), Gabriel 4-1-16-0 (nb3), Holder 6-2-20-0, Bishoo 7-2-16-0, Samuels 3-2-1-0.

Position: England trail by 225 runs with all 10 wickets intact.

Toss: England.

Umpires: S Davis, B Oxenford; TV – B Bowden. CMC 

Control Unit all the rage for Sugar Mike feature

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:19

The Glenn Mendez trained colt Control Unit will be all the rage for the Saturday’s feature event - The Sugar Mike Stakes - over 1,100 metres on the turf. The SIR Stables owned colt will be ridden by Wilmer Galviz and will tote 57 kilos in the weight for age contest, which sees six horses facing the starter. 

John O’Brien’s Criminal Intent has been winning effortlessly and if he takes to the turf will give Control Unit a good run in receipt of five kilos. Champion jockey Brian Boodramsing will do the steering. 

A total of 107 horses took entry for the Arima Race Club’s Day 14 card.

They are.


Market Rally B Boodramsing 53.0; Thays J Boodramsing 53.5; Bandwagon D Khelawan 56.5; Enzo K Khelawan 54.5; Dandridge D Blackman 53.0; Cat’s Heir N Samaroo 56.5; Against The Odds N Patrick 54.0; The Tactician R Angnoo 57.0 

R2 - 4 YO & OVER WI BRED MAIDENS - 1,300M - $32,000

Stormin Angel R Hasranah 48.0; Stroke Of Love LC Seecharan 37.0; Macho Me S Rodrigo 46.0; Poppy Love B Boodramsing 45.0; Release D Beast D Blackman 50.0; Desert Gold R Ali 57.0; Champagne Affair P Badrie 52.0; Let It Ride R Hernandez 54.5; Magnolia Lane R Angnoo 50.0; Pure Happiness K Khelawan 40.0 

R3 - 3 YO & OVER WI BRED HORSES RATED 70-55 - 1,200M - $43,000

Allied R Balgobin 53.5; Goliath’s Boy B Boodramsing 57.0; Soca Rhapsody R Angnoo 56.0; Harry Could Dance J Boodramsing 56.0; Seeker Of Truth W Galviz 55.0; El Bandido De Oro B Boodramsing 57.0; Officer Ike P Badrie 54.0; A Great Moment LA Seecharan 54.5 

R4 - 3 YO & OVER WI BRED HORSES RATED 25-0 OPTIONAL CLAIMING $9,000 - $7,000 - 1,000M (TURF) - $28,000

Eyes Of The Wolf L Keizer 49.5; Cover You Donkey S Rodrigo 57.0; Something Black R Hasranah 57.0; Fire N’Faith P Badrie 56.5; Music Show R Balgobin 50.5; Born To Run K Khelawan 53.5; Mary’s Girl Chile J Stephen 57.0; Upset D Dance J Boodramsing 57.0; Lady Marisa D Khelawan 57.0; Always Ready N Patrick 55.0; On My Own B Boodramsing 55.5; Star Dreamer W Galviz 57.0; Insidious R Ali 53.5; All Is Yours R Angnoo 55.5; Dazzling Diamond N Flavenney 49.5

R5 - 3 YO & OVER WI BRED HORSES RATED 60-45 OPTIONAL CLAIMING $30,000 - $27,000 - 1,200M - $40,000

Maximus A Martin 56.5; Royal Empire R Ali 56.5; Wing Commander N Patrick 56.0; Cramers Rule J Boodramsing 57.0; Masterpiece B Boodramsing 56.5; Rewardsinheaven S Rodrigo 57.0; Quick City LC Seecharan 56.5; Blue Oracle P Badrie 56.5; Blue Mountain Rose K Khelawan 54.5 

R6 - 3 YO & OVER WI BRED HORSES RATED 40-0 OPTIONAL CLAIMING $15,000 - $13,000 - 1,100M (TURF) - $32,000

Bulletproof N Abrego 57.0; My Giselle J Arneaud 54.0; Gold Coin R Angnoo 55; Waka Waka P Badrie 54.5; Danzig’s Day K Khelawan 53; The Cheerleader R Balgobin 53; Victoryinthevalley S Rodrigo 54.5; Theradioannouncers R Jadoo 55; Red River J Boodramsing 57; Pearl Secret R Thomas 57; Who Is The Problem D Blackman 53.5; Bas Choice R Hasranah 52; Consideritdone W Galviz 56; Spectacular Return R Ali 54; Roxanne R Hernandez 50; Super Easy J Stephen 51.5 

R7 - 3 YO WI BRED MAIDENS - 1,350M - $43,000

Eatmydust S Rodrigo 52; Legal Adviser B Boodramsing 57; Precocious P Badrie 49; Barbosa N Patrick 52; Fire Goddess R Balgobin 54; Local Charm L Keizer 52; Sweetmaninsouth R Angnoo 52; Root Of Jesse J Arneaud 57; War Council J Stephen 57; Helena’s Pride R Jadoo 49; San Antonio J Boodramsing 50; Aim For The Stars K Jadoo 49.

R8: 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 100-70 - 1,400M (TURF) - $60,000

Sacred Trust K Khelawan 54.5; Wild Shuffle R Hasranah 46; Slewjero B Boodramsing 48.5; Buffalo Soldier N Patrick 55; Indian Medicine R Angnoo 48; Fly Junior J Boodramsing 49; Holy Man N Abrego 57; Wild Excitement W Galviz 56; Nominee D Khelawan 57; Secret American P Badrie 48.5 


Control Unit W Galviz 57; Sweet Sin City N Abrego 57; Danube Waltz P Badrie 52; Criminal Intent B Boodramsing 52; Absolutely Chrome K Khelawan 53; Okeechobee Boy J Arneaud 55 

R10: - 3 YO & OVER WI BRED HORSES RATED 55-40 OPTIONAL CLAIMING $24,000 - $22,000 - 1,750M - $36,400 

Potiphar’s Wife L Seecharan 57; Farad J Stephen 55; Mambo Cat R Balgobin 54; Country Boy K Khelawan 56; Frankenstein R Ali 56.5; Director Dream P Badrie 55; Afterthebooks R Hasranah 53.5; Red Cloud R Jadoo 53.5; Cloud Nine N Patrick 54.5; Freedomfighter W Galviz 53.5; Be My Lover J Boodramsing 54.5; Surya D Khelawan 54; Glorify A Martin 53.5 

Cadet Boys double-up in Dominican Republic

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:14

The T&T Cadet boys team of Luc O’Young, Joshua Maxwell and Derron Douglas combined to give their team a 2-0 start in their team event at the Cadet and Junior Caribbean Regional Table-Tennis Championship, which served off in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, yesterday.

In their opening clash, the T&T boys blanked Curacao 3-0 and then trounced St Lucia by a similar 3-0 margin to be certain of a place among the top two in the four-team table and into the semifinals ahead of its group decider last night with Puerto Rico.

Against Curacao, O’Young spanked Ralph Vincent 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 and Maxwell humbled Nasir Ignacio 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 with Douglas winning by default as their opponents only had two players on their team.

And in the encounter with St Lucia, O’Young beat Andrew Daniels 11-9, 11-1, 11-5; Maxwell outclassed Mario St Cyr, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5, and Douglas stopped Sunil Chtolie 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.

However in the Cadet Girls, the T&T team of Shreya Maharaj, Chelsea Fong and Shanekah Johnson went under to Puerto Rico, 0-3. Lineris Rivera humbled Maharj 11-4, 11-2, 11-2; Fong went under to Poala Sanabria 8-11, 2-11, 2-11 and Nicole Malavie overcame Johnson 11-9, 11-4, 11-3.

The T&T boys also got off to a losing start in the Junior Team event, 0-3 to the Puerto Ricans.

Puerto Rico got its wins from Sebastien Echevarria, 11-8, 9-11, 14-12, 11-9 over T&T’s Arun Roopnarine; Tomar Gonzales defeated Aaron Wilson 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 and Ivan Vargas scolded Shaquille Mitchell 11-0, 11-6, 11-8.

In its remaining matches, T&T will face the Dominican Republic A and B teams. The Junior Girls team of Anjana Valsalan, Gyshan Latchman and Nalini Boodoo also went under in their opener to Puerto Rico, 3-0.

Gabriela Diaz whipped Valsalan 11-3, 11-2, 11-1; Ana Poala Rivera brushed aside Latchman 11-4, 12-10, 12-10 and Bianca Serrano swept past Boodoo, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3.

Up next for the junior girls are matches against Dominican Republic I and II.

Now DR gets a libel threat

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:10

Mr Bhisham Soondarsingh is at it again. This time the gentleman is threatening to sue DR for his recent column which reported, inter alia, on the success of WFM Javanna Smith who was chosen as First Citizens Sports Foundation’s Female Chess Player of the Year. 

To gain this accolade, Javanna outscored all other contenders including Mr Soondarsingh’s daughter Aditi Soondarsingh. For whatever reason, Mr Soondarsingh became so upset over this simple factual report that he now threatens DR with a libel suit; in fact, he managed to have this threat announced openly at the annual general meeting of the T&T Chess Association on Sunday, April 19.

Before DR goes any further, it seems important to acquaint the chess community with the contents of Mr Soondarsingh’s threat which, much to DR’s amazement, was actually read out to the AGM by none other than the second vice president Trevor Flower.

The item stated: “This is in reference to an article which appeared in the Guardian newspaper on Thursday 25th February, 2015, under the headline “Let’s restore fairplay to T&TCA.” Pleased be advised that the process of legal action is being taken on the persons responsible for the contents and publication of the said article with respect to my daughter Ms Aditi Soondarsingh. 

Also, be aware that any statement made by anyone with regard to Ms Soondarsingh, on the topic of the said article, can be used in the courts. Please be guided accordingly.”

To begin with, DR is still wondering what place the announcement of such a threat has in proceedings of the Association’s annual general meeting? What was the purpose of it? How did it advance the business of the AGM? DR repeatedly asked these questions at the meeting but failed to get a satisfactory answer. Mr Soondarsingh, of course, is perfectly free to sue DR for libel with respect to anything appearing in his columns. But what was the need for him to trumpet this gambit which, as a veteran chessplayer, he must know is never a good attacking strategy.

But if Mr Soondarsingh is intent on making a fool of himself then he is also perfectly free to do so. 

Clearly the gentleman has little or no idea about what constitutes the offence of libel. 

There is absolutely nothing in DR’s column of Thursday February 25 that holds up his daughter Aditi Soondarsingh to any kind of abuse or ridicule, gratuitous or otherwise. Essentially, the column recounted the superlative performance of WFM Javanna Smith over the last year and argued that she also deserved to be chosen as the Association’s Female Player of the Year. 

In this “playoff” it appears to DR that Mr Soondarsingh suffers from a tragic misconception: that in mentioning the comparative performance of his daughter Aditi Soondarsingh, a former women’s national chess champion, DR has committed a libellous attack upon her. 

It seems sad that Mr Soondarsingh, after a lifetime in the game, is unable to appreciate that the characteristic nature of sport involves both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, and that his daughter, regardless of her past achievements and himself must be big enough to cope with both. 

In any case, it is quite evasive of Mr Soondarsingh to make such a threat, to have it officially announced at the Association’s AGM and not explain how and in what way he sees DR’s report as libelling his daughter. 

The column simply stated facts, all of which DR has checked and double checked to be true. And because these facts spoke for themselves, no further comment whatever, favourable or otherwise, on the performance of Aditi Soondarsingh seemed necessary. 

DR also reported the observations of Russel Smith, Fide of Americas official and Javanna’s father, in correcting wrong information given at the prize-giving about his daughter’s performance.

Indeed, although the Association’s faulty report was quite injurious to his daughter, Smith was quite satisfied with simply setting the record straight. No threats of libel from him.

But even if, for argument’s sake, any result of Aditi Soondarsingh’s games was incorrectly reported, that error, if pointed out, could easily have been corrected also and only a self-agitated individual would regard such a lapse as libellous.

So DR must now ask, what really is Mr Soondarsingh up to? Is his bogus libel threat, read out to the Association’s AGM, an attempt to embarrass or intimidate this columnist? Maybe, but to DR Mr Soondarsingh’s ill-considered gambit seems more the stuff of comedy than anything else. 

Perhaps the most fitting riposte is for DR to threaten to counter-sue Mr Soondarsingh for defamation of character.

It’s Magic at Southwell

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:07

‘Magic’ moments are extremely rare but we could witness one in the six-runner Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of Southwell fibresand today.

Following much vexation, and continued losses, punters loyal to Rialto Magic could finally have their day when this Jamie Osborne-trained Monsieur Bond filly attempts to make it thirteenth time lucky under William Carson, partnering this ‘serial loser’ for the eight time in her last nine outings.

Rialto Magic encounters this unique ‘deep stuff’ for the first time and finished seventh of eleven in a moderate Kempton handicap only eight days ago; is ‘JR’ guessing?

Not really because Rialto Magic has achieved consistent time-handicap marks, good enough to win this race comfortably, and she was drawn worst of all; Carson never ‘offered’ at any stage, as they say.

Why did Rialto Magic run in that handicap?

Nowadays the majority are withdrawn when burdened with a ‘coffin box’ and so we’re just wondering if we are onto a plot; there’s no way one would ever tip a horse next time out off the back of a bad run but both Carson and Osborne are, for want of a better word, shrewd.

If Rialto Magic doesn’t win this there is no hope for her, as a race-mare!

Intriguing, eh?

Running in tandem with this ‘twilight’ fixture will be Bath where ‘firm’ is forecast for the highest racecourse in the United Kingdom which doesn’t have a watering system; wish they’d never been invented for racecourses!

During a seven-race programme Crisscrossed will be well-backed to make it third time lucky in the Maiden Stakes over a mile and a half but have an each-way saver on The Twisler, much better than his form suggests, apparently!

The Hunter Chase season is now in full swing; for selections on these races, which are nigh on a license to print money, go to


12.00 Next Stop

2.05 Rialto Magic

3.25 Crisscrossed

Concacaf instructor gives T&T coaches high rating

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:59

Concacaf coaching instructor Lenny Lake says he was left highly impressed with the level of knowledge and potential displayed by the group of local coaches who participated in the recent Concacaf “D” License Coaching course hosted by the T&T Football Association (TTFA).

The objective of the course was to introduce coaches to the basics of coaching young players in a player-centred environment. Among the topics of the course were the role of the coach educator; Principles of Coaching; Principles of the Game; Age Appropriate Training; Session training; Physical Training; Small Sided Games; Goalkeeping; Health and Safety and Community Club Development. Lake, fellow instructor Andre Waugh and Concacaf Development manager Jonathan Martinez were in Trinidad last month to oversee the course at the TTFA offices at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain.

“I think I can say upfront that this set of coaches that participated in the course are very experienced and very knowledgeable about the game,” Lake said.

“I’m so happy to have these coaches involved because they have so many different ideas about coaching and football that we can take to other parts of the region and see how we can develop the game some more even at the young ages of 6-12.” 

He said the TTFA had a proper group of coaches to utilise going forward.

“With a bunch like this the TTFA has in its power the opportunity for the set of coaches to change the direction of its football development,” he said. “And there is a high interest in women’s football development which is growing, Concacaf has implemented this programme so as to have coaches being trained early to develop the skills of players on and off the field. I am very impressed with what we saw here in T&T.” 

Hislop applauds the effort of Webb

Former T&T goalkeeper and ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has stated that Concacaf has attained new heights under its president Jeffrey Webb.

It has been a period of dramatic transformation and reform for the confederation and produced a regional governing body that is virtually unrecognisable in comparison to what had gone before.

Under Webb's leadership, Concacaf has successfully implemented initiatives that provide credibility, accountability and transparency to the organisation. That focus on improvements off the field has also led to impressive performance on the field.

Webb was re-elected unopposed at the Concacaf Congress in the Bahamas last week. In his short but long three years in charge he has implemented new leadership, instituted fiscal controls, introduced committees to improve transparency, committed to more inclusive governance to empower its member organisations, built promising partnerships and promoted the values of equality, respect and integrity.

Concacaf had arguably the confederation's best ever showing at the last year's Fifa World Cup in Brazil, with USA, Mexico and Costa Rica exceeding their own expectations.

In an article on last week Hislop said: “In the last three years, Concacaf has risen to heights previously unattainable. By garnering a confederation-first approach, the traditional powerhouses have helped to raise the level of all within the region. Webb has been a dynamic presence."

Concacaf's reform efforts have contributed to a stronger commercial future. In 2014, Concacaf unveiled its first ever official partner—Scotiabank—as well as new partnerships with the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol), UEFA, the European Sports Security Association (ESSA) and the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES). Concacaf also reached an historic agreement with Conmebol to host the 2016 Centennial Cup America—the first time the event will be played outside of South America.

Inniss gets new Crystal Palace offer

English youth international defender Ryan Inniss has been offered a new extension to his contract by Crystal Palace. However, there also remains strong interest from Port Vale to sign the central defender to a long term contract with the player now on loan at the club.

Inniss is currently recovering from an ankle injury and Vale had lost all six games since he sustained the injury in a match against Coventry City on March 7. Prior to that, Vale had won four of the five games Inniss appeared in.

Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite said he would love to sign Inniss at Vale. 

“The plans for Ryan are not over. Rob and I would like him in our squad and if I am able to negotiate something with Crystal Palace then hopefully he could be in our squad next year."

The 19-year-old Inniss has played for England at the Under-17 and U-21 level and is eligible to represent T&T. The big defender has already expressed an interest in playing for T&T, possibly in an upcoming friendly in June, although he has not counted out his chances of making the England first team. T&T head coach Stephen Hart will hold further talks with the player ahead of T&T’s CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign.

Noreiga teams up with John at Football 7 Academy

Former El Dorado Secondary player Walt Noreiga is delighted to be back in Trinidad to serve as a local football coach again.

Noreiga is currently attached as a coach with the T&T Football 7 Academy alongside Stern John at the Henry Street Recreation Ground in Trincity. Noreiga is a former coach with Joe Public and also played with John at El Dorado Secondary during the 90s. 

He now holds an English FA International Coaching License, as well as a Level 3/Level 2 Coaching Certificate in coaching/UEFA B and he also completed the UEFA A preparatory course, FA Emergency Aid and FA Safe guarding children courses.

“It’s a real pleasure to be back in Trinidad and getting the opportunity to work with the T&T Football 7 Academy along with Stern,” Noreiga said.

“I’ve been in England for the past few years getting my badges and getting valuable coaching experience and now I’m back here and grateful for the opportunity to work with the young ones. I think the concept of the Football 7 academy is a good one. We’ve had some good interest shown so far and the kids are very eager to be involved. 

“What we as the coaches in this academy will be aiming to do is to get rid of some of the bad habits among our youth players and also prepare them to go on to either scholarships or pro football level and to ensure that if and when they make it onto the national level they have a decent technical level and understanding of the game. Overall we are here to serve the development of the game locally, ” Noreiga said. Persons interested in joining the academy can call 488 7001 or 485 7001.

Yorke versus De La Joya at Icons golf tournament in Dubai

Former T&T captain Dwight Yorke will come up against Oscar De La Hoya as Team USA’s lines up against The Rest of the World in the Icons Cup all-star golf tournament at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club this week.

The tournament got going yesterday as Yorke teamed up with Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, Gabriel Batistuta, Robbie Fowler, Andriy Shevchenko, Fifa presidential candidate Luis Figo, former cricketrs Kapil Dev, Shane Warne and Brian Lara.

The Icons Cup is a three-day 13-a-side Ryder Cup-style celebrity golf tournament. The Icons Cup is in aid of Faith’s Foundation, which raises funds in support of the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield, UK, and SpecialEffect, an Oxfordshire-based charity that supplies technical equipment for disabled children to enjoy their leisure and game time.

Shaun Fuentes is the director of communications for the T&T Football Association – [email protected]

Preysal Phoenix wins women’s cricket crown

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:52

Preysal Phoenix sealed the T&T Women’s Cricket Association Premiership 50-over League title for the first time with a crushing 107-run victory over Technocrats in the tenth and final round at the Munroe Road Recreation Ground, last Sunday.

Phoenix ended the campaign with a perfect record, winning all ten of its matches. Technocrats finished second with 24 points, while Moosai Sports came a distant third with 15 points.

Last Sunday, Phoenix posted 199 all out in 49.2 overs batting first. Reneice Boyce (44), West Indies Women’s captain Merissa Aguilleira (36) and Felicia Walters (32) were the top contributors to the total. Bowling for Technocrats, Afy Fletcher was the best bowler snatching 4/30. In reply Technocrats were bundled out for 92 in 32.5 overs. West Indies Women’s cricketer Stacy Ann King top scored with 27, while Stephanie Ramcharan took 3/16 for Technocrats.

Coach of Preysal Phoenix Winston Trumpet knew that the team had a great chance of winning the title. Trumpet said: “We had a team that was hard to beat.” Trumpet added that defeating top teams like Moosai and Technocrats was crucial in claiming the title. “It was important defeating Technocrats and Moosai, it was crucial in winning the title.”

Preysal Phoenix will now focus its energy on the 30-over knockout competition which begins on Sunday, but will be without Aguilleira as the wicketkeeper will be on West Indies Women’s duty. Britney Cooper will play for Preysal Phoenix in its first match against UWI at Gilbert Park on Sunday, but will then join the West Indies Women’s team.

Trumpet said despite the loss of Aguilleira and Cooper the team has a solid chance of winning the 30-over competition. “We are looking forward to the 30-over competition, we still have Felicia Walters and Shenelle Lord. Walters is one of the brightest players in the Caribbean, we have a lot of talent. We are looking to make a clean sweep this year.” Trumpet also spoke highly of Boyce, who helped clinch the title last Sunday with a top score of 44.

The coach believes that Preysal has the best women’s cricket structure in the country. Preysal is never short of options, as players on its championship division team Preysal Achievers, are constantly aiming to make the first team.



At Manzanilla Recreation: Hibiscus Ladies 118 (33.4 overs) (Anna-Marie Pereira 19, Melissa Sandy 4/20, Anisa Mohammed 3/20, Alisa Mohammed 2/25) vs Jus United 119/5 (34.4 overs) (Melissa Sandy 48, Alice Collins 2/17) Jus Utd won by five wickets

At Munroe Recreation: Preysal Phoenix 199 (49.2 overs) (Reneice Boyce 44, Merissa Aguilleira 36, Felicia Walters 32, Afy Fletcher 4/30, Gaitri Seetahal 2/30, Stacy-Ann King 2/40) vs Technocrats 92 (32.5 overs) (Stacy Ann King 27, Stephanie Ramcharan 3/16, Leandra Ramdeen 2/14, Samantha Bissoon 2/24) Preysal Phoenix won by 107 runs

At El Dorado West Secondary: Moosai Sports vs Cricket Lovers—No Result


Team M W L T NRR Pts

Preysal Phoenix 10 10 0 0 +3.408 30

Technocrats 10 8 2 0 +.812 24

Moosai Sports 10 5 4 1 +.557 15

Cricket Lovers 10 2 7 1 -0.496 6

Hibiscus Ladies 10 2 8 0 -2.097 6

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Correia...making history in T&T golf

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:48

Zico Correia, ten, won the second flight division at the Sagicor Invitational Golf tournament at St Andrews Golf Course in Moka, last weekend.

Correia played his first round of golf on Saturday against a field of 24 male adults and finished four shots behind the leader Anthony Salandy, who shot 81. 

Correia left the St Andrews Golf Club and strategised with his brother Zach, who caddied for him. “I was just four shots from the lead, I knew I needed to keep calm, focus, eat, play my game, not think of scores and do my best.” 

The following day clad in matching colours with his sibling caddy, Correia went to work.

Starting the first hole of the second round Sunday with a birdie, his competitors Anthony Salandy and Johansen Singh knew they were in for a challenge. Correia finished the front nine with an incredible two over par at 38 and the back nine with 44, sinking a 10ft putt on the 18th hole to win his flight by six shots with an awesome 82. 

It was the first time in history that such a young lad from T&T managed to be esteemed with such a result. 

“I knew I had them after the front nine, when Anthony scored 49 and Johansen 44. I enjoyed playing with them both, they are great players and it was fun. My brother kept me calm and reminded me to think about holding the trophy, which I did! He is the best caddy and I thank him a lot.”