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Calypso Netballers crush Canada 79-26

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:09

T&T Calypso Netballers made it two wins from as many matches when they crushed Canada 79-26 at the 2018 Americas Federation of Netball Association at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, Wildey, Barbados, yesterday.

Coming off a dominant 86-29 victory over the USA in their opener on Saturday, the ‘Calypso Netballers’ again started brightly with professional duo Samantha Wallace and Kalifa Mc Collin combining for a 22-6 first quarter lead.

The 24-year-old Wallace who plies her trade with New South Wales Swift in Australia and Mc Collin of benecos Mavericks in England continued to pile on the goals in the second quarter as T&T extended their advantage to 44-12 with another 22 goals quarter to their opponents six.

With the victory all but secured T&T coach Wesley ‘Pepe’ Gomes made a few changes to his line-up at the half-time interval including the introduction of former captain Joelisa Cooper and Tahira Hollingsworth as goal attack and goal shoot for Wallace who sank 32 from 35 and Mc Collin 12 from14.

Despite the changes, the ‘Calypso Netballers’ continued to outplay their opponents and at the end of the third quarter held a comfortable 63-18 cushion.

The final period saw a little more fight from the Canadians who had their best shooting quarter of eight goals, while T&T had its lowest output of 16 to win by 53 and move to four points, the same as Grenada whom they face today from 8 pm.

Canada which suffered a 28-70 loss to host Barbados in their first match on Saturday, entered the match against T&T on a high, after a narrow 45-43 win against the USA on Sunday night.

Barbados leads the seven-team round-robin competition with maximum six points after hammering St Maarten 110-12 in Sunday’s late match.

Last night, USA faced Grenada and St Vincent and The Grenadines tackled St Maarten.

At the end the round-robin series on Sunday, the top two teams will qualify to next year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England.

Results

ON SUNDAY
Grenada 106 vs Argentina 11
Canada 45 vs USA 43
Barbados 110 vs St Maarten 12
YESTERDAY
T&T 79 vs Canada 26
n UPCOMING FIXTURES
TODAY
Argentina vs USA, 4 pm
St Vincent and The Grenadines
vs Barbados, 6 pm
Grenada vs T&T, 8 pm
ON THURSDAY
St Vincent and The
Grenadines vs USA, 4 pm
T&T vs St Maarten, 6 pm
Grenada vs Canada, 8 pm

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‘Trinis’ takeover Bridgetown

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:07

Bridgetown was turned into a sea of red on Sunday night, as fans from T&T overtook the town, after their team the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) completed a four-wicket victory over the home team—the Barbados Tridents in their latest Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) encounter at Kensington Oval.

Over 1000 Trinis thronged the mecca of regional cricket to see TKR restrict the home team to 128/8 off their 20 overs.

They were then brought to their feet on many occasions by New Zealander Brendan McCullum who cracked 68 to lead the visitors home after a wobble at 60/4.

With the win, the TKR now leads the standings with eight points from six matches heading into their seventh round encounter against the St. Kitts/ Nevis Patriots on the weekend in St Kitts.

Celebrations by the T&T fans went early into Monday morning as they transferred their party into St Lawrence Gap where they sang and ran up and down the gap.

They were singing Dwayne Bravo’s tune ‘Champion’ and the Barbadians in the gap were very sporting indeed going up to the visitors and congratulating them on the victory.

They were saying that no way TKR would not repeat as champions of the CPL and that they ruled things in Barbados.

Meanwhile, after the victory skipper, Bravo said: “It is a great feeling, always a great feeling to win a cricket game. Two points are always good. Happy with the entire performance, to restrict a very good batting line up after they elect to bat.

“Good to have a good leftarm orthodox spinner in Khary Pierre, a good off-spinner in Sunil Narine and a good leg spinner in Fawad Ahmed. We base our team on allrounders and spinners.”

The Man of the match, McCullum said: “Batting wasn’t very comfortable on this wicket and a few demons from last year when I broke my arm here. It was a hard wicket to get singles, had to stay strong and hit down the ground.

“Their bowling line-up with their big tall fast bowlers was tough to adjust to on this pitch.

But with low totals, it’s all about partnerships. On a wicket like this I wanted to start of batting on the leg so that I had room outside off for the cut, and later on, I started jumping into the off side.”

Tridents skipper Jason Holder felt his batting left the bowlers with very little to defend.

He said: “We were 30-40 runs short. This pitch is a little difficult to start on, every pitch becomes easier when you spend time on it and we didn’t. It was a tough call dropping Martin Guptill because in four games we haven’t capitalised in the Powerplay, so we wanted to give someone else a chance.

“Time to go back to the drawing board. I think all stats will show you don’t win if you lose three wickets in the Powerplay.

We’ve got to stay calm. We still have five games.

“We can’t look too far ahead.

We have to focus on our three home games. No need to panic, there’s still a lot of cricket left.”

Scoreboard

TKR VS TRIDENTS TRIDENTS INNINGS
D Smith b Pierre.......................... 2
S Hope b Ahmed.......................42
S Springer run out...................... 0
S Smith st Ramdin b Pierre....... 0
N Pooran b Bravo......................34
J Holder c & b Bravo.................30
T Webster st Ramdin b Ahmed.1
R Reifer c Bravo b Ali Khan.....10
A Nurse not out........................... 3
W Riaz not out............................. 2
Extras........................................... 4
Total for 8 wkts...................128
Fall of wkts: 3, 3, 3, 73,
90, 92, 114, 114, 122.
Bowling: Ali Khan 4-0-22-1,
K Pierre 4-0-29-2, S Narine 4-0-
27-0, J Searles 1-0-14-0, D Bravo
3-0-23-2, F Ahmed 4-0-13-2.

TKR INNINGS
S Narine c Riaz b Irfan..............13
C Lynn c Holder b Irfan.............. 8
C Munroe b Nurse.....................14
B McCullum c & b Smith..........66
D Bravo c Smith b Reifer........... 2
D Ramdin c Reaz b Springer...20
DJ Bravo not out......................... 4
J Searles not out.......................... 0
Extras........................................... 3
Total for 6 wkts...................130
Fall of wkts: 18, 30, 37, 60, 126,
126. Bowling: M Irfan 4-0-24-2,
W Reaz 3-0-35-0, A Nurse 2-0-
17-1, J Holder 4-0-13-0, R Reifer
2-0-20-1, S Springer 1-0-17-1,
S Smith 0.3-0-4-1. Result: TKR
won by 4 wkts. Man of the
match: Brendan McCullum.

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Hinds among T&T match officials active in CONCACAF

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 00:31

Match officials from T&T including referees, assistant referees and assessors have been consistently involved in various competitions and events staged in the CONCACAF region in recent weeks. Cecile Hinds, Crystal Sobers, Joseph Bernard, Nicolai Nyron and Kareem McMayo were all on international assignments recently.

Back in July, Women’s referee Hinds was appointed to the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship at IMG Academy Florida, USA, and officiated at one of the semifinals and also served as the fourth official at the third place qualifying match.

Men’s Assistant referee Bertrand was also appointed to serve at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. His performances earned him an appointment for the Final between Colombia and Venezuela. Women’s Referee Sobers was also appointed to the CAC Games and went as far as the semifinals where she carried the whistle for Mexico’s 3-1 win over Venezuela.

 was also the Assistant Referee at the recent CONCACAF League of Sixteen matches between Panama’s Arabe Unido and Portmore United in Kingston.

T&T officials, referee Nicolai Nyron and Assistant Kareem McMayo received appointments for the Caribbean Football Union Under-14 boys Challenge Series leg in Jamaica.

Meanwhile, three veteran officials of the game Michael Ragoonath, Neil Brizan and Jaggernath Goolcharan have been invited to participate in the CONCACAF Assessors Seminar from September 21-23 in Costa Rica. The focus of this seminar will be on the following activities: Assessing: All participants will be required to complete an assessment prior to arrival and Theoretical sessions in the classroom. Forty-seven assessors from throughout the Confederation will partake under the guidance of instructors Peter Pendergast, John Nielsen and Esse Baharmast.

Also, assistant referee Ainsley Rochard has been invited by the US Soccer Association to officiate at the September 7th International Friendly between Guatemala and Ecuador at Toyota Park Bridgeville, USA.

Commenting on the work being done by referees such as herself, Hinds noted, “I think it’s a sign of progress being made by officials from Trinidad and Tobago who are receiving appointments and being offered the opportunity to officiate at the various levels in CONCACAF.

Getting the chance to serve at the highest level is tremendous and will only serve to improve the standard of officiating in Trinidad and Tobago. With regards to my selection at the CONCACAF U-17 Women as an elite referee, it was an overwhelming and awesome experience,” she told TTFA Media.

She added, “Before I left Trinidad I had to prepare by attending practical and theory sessions at the Ato Boldon Stadium. The Championship itself was very time-consuming. We had one-hour training sessions every morning except for game days. We also had pre-match and debriefings on game days.”

The T&T Football Association Referees Department which is headed by Wayne Caesar continues to monitor and offer support towards the progress of local Referees in collaboration with the T&T Football Referees Association of which Joseph Taylor is the preside

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40 children attend Smith’s vacation camp

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 00:31

GROS ISLET—Jamaica Tallawahs ended a three-game losing slide when they disposed of St Lucia Stars by 21 runs on Saturday night, pushing the embattled hosts further into strife and closer to elimination from the Caribbean Premier League.

Rovman Powell’s Man-of-the-Match 64 fired Tallawahs up to 204 for five off their 20 overs at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground and the target proved beyond the Stars’ capabilities, despite 46 from captain Kieron Pollard and strong support knocks from Trinidadian Lendl Simmons (45) and Australian David Warner (42).

While Tallawahs leapt to the top of the standings on eight points, Stars remained bottom on four points, with just two matches remaining in what has been another wretched campaign comprising just two wins in eight fixtures.

Rovman Powell top-scored with a Man-of-the-Match 64.

Reeling from three straight defeats in Fort Lauderdale last week, Tallawahs rebounded in style, with Powell spearheading the batting enterprise that saw Johnson Charles getting 34, Kennar Lewis, 33, and David Miller an unbeaten 32.

Charles put on 34 off 22 deliveries with Glenn Phillips who made 17 before holing out to long on with seamer Kesrick Williams (3-34) in the fourth over.

And the visitors lost their second in the seventh over when Charles picked out long off with 18-year-old Afghan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad after notching five fours and a six off 26 balls, as his side slipped to 56 for two.

Promoted to number four, Powell made the move count, hammering two fours and five sixes off 37 balls as he added exactly 100 with Lewis, whose 34-ball knock including a four and two sixes.

When Lewis edged Williams behind in the 17th over, it triggered a slump where three wickets—including those of Powell and captain Andre Russell (5)—fell for eight runs in the space of seven balls.

However, South African Miller turned on the style, stroking two fours and three sixes in a 13-ball cameo, as Tallawahs gathered 40 from the last 16 balls of the innings.

Stars were reeling at eight for two in the second over before a series of partnerships threatened to bring them back into the contest.

Warner added 44 for the second wicket with Andre Fletcher (21) before putting on another 45 for the third with Pollard.

The left-handed Warner struck five fours and a six off 26 balls before top-edging a catch into the deep off leg-spinner Adam Zampa and Pollard then carried the fight to the Tallawahs, adding 59 for the fifth wicket with Simmons before having his stumps rattled in the 17th over by Russell.
Pollard faced 27 balls and crunched four fours and two sixes but his dismissal saw the innings lose intensity as Simmons was left without valuable support, as he clobbered four fours and three sixes in a 26-ball

effort.

Scores

TALLAWAHS 204 for five (Rovman Powell 64, Johnson Charles 34, Kennar Lewis 33, David Miller 32 not out; Kesrick Williams 3-34)
STARS 183 for eight off 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 46, Lendl Simmons 45, David Warner 42; Andre Russell 2-15, Oshane Thomas 2-27)

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Mendez Village crowns All Stars champion team

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 00:27

All stars cricket team captured the 2018 Mendez Sports Club Windball Cricket league title after recording a 51-run victory over Family II in the final play at Mendez Village Recreation Ground on Saturday night in Siparia.

Batting first All-Stars led by all-rounder Jason Jairam, who scored 39 runs posted 109 in their allotted 10 overs. In reply, Family II could only muster 58. Jairam also took two wickets to secure the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

The organisers congratulated All-Stars, Family II, Mendez club, Wet fowl, Family Alliance, Mahadeo, Branch Road and Mendez Reloaded for playing the game in high spirits and with sportsmanship during the duration of the competition which was designed to provide entertainment to the community.

While many from the community contributed, the organisers said a special thank you to Rona Jodonanan for her contribution which made the competition possible.

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Affirmative ready to run derby upset

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 00:26

Maharaj will send out his derby hopeful Affirmative hoping that he will live up to his name on Independence Day (August 31) when he goes to post for the final event on the Arima Rec Club (ARC) nine-race holiday card on Friday.

Affirmative has raced only five times in his career winning twice, placing second to Princess Sophia twice and once finishing third behind General JN in the Midsummer Classic.

Last time out he made every yard of the running to win the Breeders Classic over course and distance and he will be very difficult to beat come Friday. Last time out he had the Streaking Far 1 1/4 lengths behind and this filly will no doubt boost the form when she goes to post hours before in the Oaks Stakes over course and distance.

Wilmer Galviz will have the leg-up on the Walter Debysingh trained three-year-old chestnut colt by Charismatic Cat /Rosalinda. This will be Affirmative last run before the prestigious Derby when he will meet the likes of ,General JN and Cape Canaveral who has won all his starts impressively and by wide margins.

Cape Canaveral is trained by Glenn Mendez who is the only trainer to has ever won the ‘Triple Crown” on two occasions at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

With 53 kilos he does not look over-burdened and must win this race impressively to give his connection the feel that they have a chance in the Trinidad Derby.

However, Affirmative has shown a progressive profile and he should improve past his rivals which include fellow three-yearold and stablemate Master of War. The Harold Chadee trained grey Rough ‘N’ Tumble has won well in his last two starts and must be expected to go close again for Ubardo Casique.

I expect the Glenn Mendez trained Lombard Street to run another game race and he will be expected to go close in this event. But all being well, I would expect Affirmative to give his classic aspiration another boost with an emphatic triumph in this event.

This will set up a great clash with the formidable General JN and the unbeaten Cape Canaveral in the Derby.

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Trinidad to co-host regional Super50

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 00:24

Fans in T&T are in for a cricket treat after the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament, as this country will co-host the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Super 50 series in October.

The Group A in the preliminary round will be played here, while Barbados will host Group B, as well as the semifinals and the final. The tournament bowls-off on October 8 with two matches per day, leading to the final on October 28. There will be a total of 20 matches in Trinidad and 23 in Barbados. Five teams will be based in T&T and another five in Barbados.

Apart from hosts T&T, the other teams in Group A are Windward Volcanoes, Guyana Jaguars, T&T Red Force, Windies B and Canada. In group B the battle will be amongst Barbados, USA, Leewards, Jamaica and the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC).

In each country, there will be two matches per day and after the prelims, the two top teams from T&T will fly across to Barbados to come up against the two top teams from that country. T&T, the most successful team in the history of the tournament failed to make it into the semifinals last time around and will be looking to do much better this time around.

The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) will soon look to invite players to train for the tournament which should come after the CPL closes on September 16. They will then settle on a final squad and enter into a camp ahead of the tournament.

This year, T&T also played host to the regional Under-17 tournament which was won by Barbados by 0.1 points, while the regional Under-15 tournament was played in Jamaica and won also by Barbados. The Regional Under-19 tournament is currently on the way in St Vincent and T&T have already taken the three-day title, with the one day title to be settled this weekend.

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Hinds among T&T match officials active in CONCACAF

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 00:24

Match officials from T&T including referees, assistant referees and assessors have been consistently involved in various competitions and events staged in the CONCACAF region in recent weeks. Cecile Hinds, Crystal Sobers, Joseph Bernard, Nicolai Nyron and Kareem McMayo were all on international assignments recently.

Back in July, Women’s referee Hinds was appointed to the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship at IMG Academy Florida, USA, and officiated at one of the semifinals and also served as the fourth official at the third place qualifying match.

Men’s Assistant referee Bertrand was also appointed to serve at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. His performances earned him an appointment for the Final between Colombia and Venezuela. Women’s Referee Sobers was also appointed to the CAC Games and went as far as the semifinals where she carried the whistle for Mexico’s 3-1 win over Venezuela.

 was also the Assistant Referee at the recent CONCACAF League of Sixteen matches between Panama’s Arabe Unido and Portmore United in Kingston.

T&T officials, referee Nicolai Nyron and Assistant Kareem McMayo received appointments for the Caribbean Football Union Under-14 boys Challenge Series leg in Jamaica.

Meanwhile, three veteran officials of the game Michael Ragoonath, Neil Brizan and Jaggernath Goolcharan have been invited to participate in the CONCACAF Assessors Seminar from September 21-23 in Costa Rica. The focus of this seminar will be on the following activities: Assessing: All participants will be required to complete an assessment prior to arrival and Theoretical sessions in the classroom. Forty-seven assessors from throughout the Confederation will partake under the guidance of instructors Peter Pendergast, John Nielsen and Esse Baharmast.

Also, assistant referee Ainsley Rochard has been invited by the US Soccer Association to officiate at the September 7th International Friendly between Guatemala and Ecuador at Toyota Park Bridgeville, USA.

Commenting on the work being done by referees such as herself, Hinds noted, “I think it’s a sign of progress being made by officials from Trinidad and Tobago who are receiving appointments and being offered the opportunity to officiate at the various levels in CONCACAF.

Getting the chance to serve at the highest level is tremendous and will only serve to improve the standard of officiating in Trinidad and Tobago. With regards to my selection at the CONCACAF U-17 Women as an elite referee, it was an overwhelming and awesome experience,” she told TTFA Media.

She added, “Before I left Trinidad I had to prepare by attending practical and theory sessions at the Ato Boldon Stadium. The Championship itself was very time-consuming. We had one-hour training sessions every morning except for game days. We also had pre-match and debriefings on game days.”

The T&T Football Association Referees Department which is headed by Wayne Caesar continues to monitor and offer support towards the progress of local Referees in collaboration with the T&T Football Referees Association of which Joseph Taylor is the preside

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Wallace, McCollin shoot down USA

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 00:19

T&T Calypso Netballers will be confident of making it two wins from as many matches when they come up against Canada at the 2018 Americas Federation of Netball Association at the Wildey Gymnasium, Bridgetown, Barbados from 4 pm today.

In their opener on Saturday, the Calypso Netballers led by the shooting of professional duo Samantha Wallace and Kalifa McCollin clobbered USA 86-29.

Wallace, 24, who plies her trade with New South Wales Swift in Australia ended with 41 goals from 46 attempts and McCollin, who is attached to the benecos Mavericks in England sank 24 of 26 attempts.

Former captain Joelisa Cooper chipped in with 16 and rising star, Tahira Hollingsworth got the other five goals for the Wesley ‘Pepe’ Gomes national women’s team.

On the other hand, Canada suffered a 28-70 loss to host Barbados in their first match on Saturday and came up against the USA last night.

Barbados which faced St Maarten in last night’s third and final match lead the table with a 2-0 record, the same as Grenada, but with a far superior goal difference.

Having missed out on participating at the Commonwealth Games held earlier this year on the Australian Gold Coast, team captain, Rhonda John-Davis, a veteran of five World Cups will be keen for her team to be professional in their approach as they look towards finishing in the top two teams in the six-nation round-robin event to qualify to next year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. 

AFNA RESULTS

On Friday
Barbados 105 vs Argentina 10
On Saturday
T&T 86 vs USA 29
Grenada 62 vs St Vincent and The Grenadines 49
St Maarten 35 vs Argentina 33
Barbados 70 vs Canada 28
Yesterday:
Grenada 106 vs Argentina 11
Today’s Matches
Canada vs T&T, 4 pm
USA vs Grenada, 6 pm
St Vincent and The Grenadines vs St Maarten, 8 pm
Tomorrow
Argentina vs USA, 4 pm
St Vincent and The Grenadines vs Barbados, 6 pm
Grenada vs T&T, 8 pm

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Joseph inspires W Connection to another 3 pts

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 22:08

W Connection (15 points) rebounded from an early deficit to defeat third-positioned Defence Force FC (7 points) 2-1 courtesy strikes from star forwards Marcus ‘Lobo’ Joseph and Kadeem Corbin once more to stay perfect at the top of the Pro League standings after five games following an electrifying double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday night.

In the opening match, San Juan Jabloteh edged fourth-positioned Club Sando (7 pts) 1-0 through striker Jomoul Francois’ fourth league goal of the campaign to temporarily go atop the ladder with 14 points.

Francois, afterwards, reminded of his promise to himself to give 100 per cent effort every time he takes to the field in memory of his late mother, Keisha Francois, who passed away last February.

“I’ve made a commitment to honour my mother with my performances,” explained the 22-year-old winger who has now scored in three consecutive games for the Keith Jeffrey coached-San Juan Kings. He said, “Every game I’m putting in 100 per cent, and when I put in that kind of work good things are happening. It was a really good goal—I felt really proud of myself.”

About his latest goal—a superb right-footed strike from the top of the box in the 43rd minute which he curled beyond a sea of orange Sando shirts and goalkeeper Stefan Berkeley to earn Jabloteh a fourth straight.

Corbin, in the 55th minute of the second game, scored an identical strike for his third league goal of the season when he beat Defence Force goalkeeper Sheldon Clarke and put Connection (15 points) in front 2-1.

Clarke denied Corbin a second ten minutes later but injured the Connection forward in the process and forcing a change from coach Stuart Charles Fevrier, who opted to add some steel in midfield in the form of Kierron Mason.

Defence Force also suffered a blow when former W Connection star attacking midfielder Hashim Arcia had to be replaced by Shaquille Bertrand through injury with 18 minutes left following a challenge by Kevon Goddard.

The Marvin Gordon coached-Military team had taken a 1-0 lead after 14 minutes through a Brent Sam header at goalkeeper Julani Archibald’s near post from a right side corner.

But Joseph, this season’s leading frontman, levelled W Connection in stoppage-time of the first half with a header off an Isaiah Garcia cross after a Jomal Williams effort cannoned off the bar.

Joseph, who troubled Clarke and the netting midway through the first half, has now scored in six consecutive outings in all competitions for W Connection to put his overall tally at 14 goals, seven of them in the league.

Today, Central FC and Morvant Caledonia United lock horns at Ato Boldon Stadium at 4 pm.

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‘Sports do not build character, they help reveal it’

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 22:05

In this instalment, we feature Tobago’s 26-year-old Akeem Stewart, HBM (Gold), world star para athlete in the sports of shot put, javelin throw and discus throw. “Sports do not build character, they help reveal it,” he said. Stewart who is classed as F43/F44 which is designated for athletes with limb deficiencies in the field of Para Athletics. He has a congenital leg length difference impairment and started his para athletic career on the world stage in Medellin, Colombia, in 2013. Setbacks of one nature or another did not deter Stewart who has persevered and with his coach, Wade Franklin and others, have surmounted them all revealing his strong and inspirational character.

Encouraged by his rugby playing father Wayne to take up sports at the age of five, young Akeem showed his prowess from that early age.

Last year Stewart travelled to Japan to shoot a documentary on his life journey for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games. In it, he tells of the beginning of his career in Tobago to becoming a two-time record holder and double-medallist at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (gold in the men’s javelin and silver in the men’s discus) and at the 2017 World Para Athletic Championships in London, England (gold in both javelin and shot put).

In 2017, he was ranked as the number one javelin throw and shot put para athlete in the world and fifth in the discus throw event. “The road is never easy but if you work hard and give it your all you will succeed,” says Stewart.

“So far this year 2018 I have mainly focused on competing against the able bodied athletes and I felt that I was very successful. I went to Gold Coast Australia and made the men shot put finals and placed 9th overall which was a great accomplishment for me. I also had the opportunity to throw against the IAAF world champion and many other great throwers. I’m currently starting my off season training, focusing on my weak points and different aspects of my throwing rehabilitation which is also very important as 2019 is going to be a great year as I have two world titles to defend and hopefully a third one to win. In 2020, it will be the Tokyo Paralympics and Olympics so I’m taking things one step at a time.”

AWARDS AND HONOURS

• 2017 Humming Bird Medal (HBM), Gold.
• In May 2017, he carried the Queen’s Baton in T&T during the relay ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
• 2016 Sportsman of the Year at the Tobago House of Assembly Sport Awards in T&T.
• 2016 Male Athlete of the Year by the Tobago Falcons Athletic Club.
• T&T’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
• 2015 Sports Personality of the Year by the T&T Olympic Committee [TTOC].
• In 2015, he received a Sporting Achievement Award from the Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport in T&T.
• First athlete from T&T to win a gold medal at the Parapan American Games when he triumphed in the F44 discus in 2015 in Toronto.

Editor’s Note: Health Net/Lab Medica Group will be co-sponsoring a fund-raising T20 cricket match for the Cerebral Palsy Society of T&T at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium on September 29th 2018. The game will feature many of our T20 cricket stars.

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Streaking Far represents local breeding industry

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 22:02

For the first time in many years we are about to witness a race, a prestigious one at that, and the favourite will be a locally bred horse. This can come to pass on no other day but Independence Day at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

The race—the Oaks Stakes over 1,800 metres on the main track where fourteen fillies have been entered. Leading the field in the $100,000 purse event is the Glenn Mendez trained Streaking Far. This filly is owned by Laurence Bermont and was bred locally by Bermont. Based on the form book she has all the credentials to win the $60,000 first prize cheque and also gives a boost to the local racing industry. It feels so good that for the first time in the history of this event a locally bred equine star looks set to dominate.

Streaking Far is clearly, the best filly in the event evident by her second and fourth-placed effort behind the Champion three-year-old colt and Triple Crown’ bound General JN in the Guineas and the Midsummer Classic. In her last run, she was beaten by an improving colt in Affirmative in the Breeders Classic and she looks set to carry the T&T flag with pride on Friday. Whatever beats her will win the Oaks Stakes.

The top Jamaican bred challenger is last season’s leading two-year-old champion filly Dancin Deputy. This filly trained by John O’Brien has not shown the improvement of the O’Brien yard and something may be amiss. However, like many of O’Brien other three-year-olds of the past, something may click and the form of the filly may change. Should that happen on Friday then we are in for a great race. I cannot envisage Streaking Far losing with Glenn Mendez string in such great form.

Of the others, Princess Sophia which beat my selection over 1,300 metres earlier in the season must have an outside shot while Blazing Gem continues to improve. The horse which I think will run well is the Harold Chadee owned and trained River Secret.

In the feature Independence Cup over 1,800 metres on the turf, this looks like a romp for the Shivam Maharaj owned Stockyard which was disappointing last time out in the President’s Cup behind the impressive Princess Suri. At the weights, there is no problem for the Walter Debysingh trained star not to win back to back editions of this $150,000 purse event. Should the race stay on the turf course then Magical Victory and Howsweetitis could follow Stockyard home.

The picture will change completely should the race be moved to the main track as the lone Main track entrant Princess Suri form the Shaffique Khan stables will be in the fray. At the weights and on the main track Princess Suri will continue her winning ways as she has improved beyond all recognition since being held up in her races. Once the race stays on the turf Stockyard will win. Should it be taken off the turf then there can only be one winner, Princess Suri.

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T&T, Jamaica keep things interesting

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 22:00

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Guyana defied a destructive spell from Shemar Persaud to earn a crucial, three-wicket victory over Barbados in a low-scoring contest in the WINDIES Under-19 One-day Championship yesterday.

Half-centuries from Cephas Cooper and Navin Bidaisee in a hundred-run, opening standing led Trinidad & Tobago to a crushing, 10-wicket win over Canada, and Jamaica overcame a half-century blitz from Zawandi White to grab a seven-wicket victory over Leeward Islands in the fifth round of matches.

At Park Hill: Persaud grabbed 5-19 from 9.5 overs, as the Guyanese, chasing 81 for victory, ran into trouble, after an opening stand of 43 between Sachin Singh and Joshua Persaud.

Left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce supported with 2-29 from 10 overs, as Guyana slumped to 70 for seven in the 26th over before holding their nerve to cross the finish line with 121 balls remaining.

Earlier, no Barbados batsman reached 20 and they were dismissed for 80 in 25 overs with Joshua Jones and Kevin Sinclair taking three wickets apiece.

At Park Hill: Cooper slammed nine fours in the top score of 71 not out from 92 balls, and Bidaisee collected 10 fours and one six in 67 not out from 97 balls, as T&T successfully chased 156 to win without losing a wicket and with 112 balls remaining.

Kavian Naresh had struck three fours and one six in 50 from 57 balls to lead the Canadians to 155 all out in 37.1 overs, after they chose to bat.

Naresh shared two vitals stands with Harkaran Mann and Raqib Shamsudeen, but Jayden Seales captured 4-40 from 10 overs, and Avinash Mahabirsingh and Joshua James took three wickets apiece to undermine Canada’s batting.

At the Arnos Vale Sports Complex: White struck six fours and one six in 51 from 56 balls, but Leewards were bowled out for 108 in 39.5 overs.

The Jamaicans reached their target with 141 balls remaining thanks to steady knocks of 33 from Bryan Brown and 26 from Andre McCarthy.

Meanwhile, Guyana will look to fortify their bid for a fifth straight title when they face T&T at Arnos Vale, Barbados face Jamaica at Sion Hill and Canada meet hosts Windwards at Park Hill. All matches will take place tomorrow.

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Calypso Netballers hammer USA

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 21:58

T&T Calypso Netballers jump off their Road to Liverpool Netball World Cup qualification campaign with a dominating 86-29 victory over minnows USA when the 2018 Americas Federation of Netball Association commenced at the Wildey Gymnasium, Bridgetown, Barbados yesterday.

The USA proved no match for the 1979 World Champions which led 23-11 after the first stanza, 39-16 at the halfway satge and then blew the opposition totally out of the match 64-20 after three sessions of play to coast home in the end with some clever passing and pin-point shooting at goal.

In the other matches on today in the seven-team event from which the top two will qualify to next year’s Netball World Cup in England, Grenada faces St Vincent and The Grenadines from 4pm and Argentina meets St Maarten two hours later.

Having missed out on participating at the Commonwealth Games held earlier this year on the Australian Gold Coast, team captain, John-Davis, a veteran of five World Cups will look to professional duo, shooters, Samantha Wallace and Kalifa Mc Collin to lead the offence with former captain, Joelisa Cooper, a very reliable back-up option.

T&T team:

Rhonda John-Davis (captain), Kemba Duncan (vice-captain), Joelisa Cooper, Shaquanda Greene, Candice Guerero, Tahira Hollingsworth, Onella Jack, Kalifa Mc Collin, Shantel Seemungal, Shernece Seemungal, Daystar Swift, Samantha Wallace

Technical staff: Wesley ‘Pepe’ Gomes (coach), Grace Parkinson-Griffith (assistant coach), Carol Demming (manager), Wayne Samuel (trainer), Liz Mohan-Watts (mental coach)

Today’s Match programme

Grenada vs Argentina, 4 pm Canada vs USA, 6 pm Barbados vs St Maarten, 8 pm

Tomorrow

Canada vs T&T, 4 pm USA vs Grenada, 6 pm St Vincent and The Grenadines vs St Maarten, 8 pm

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Taylor opens T&T account with hat-trick

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 21:54

A hat-trick by midfielder Kayla Taylor paced T&T’s Senior Women team to a 3-2 victory over Cuba in their opening CONCACAF Caribbean Final Round match at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

Taylor put the Soca Princesses ahead with a 20th-minute item only for Yennifer Ramos to level the scores a minute later. The teams headed to the dressing room with first-half honours even. On the resumption, she followed up with further strikes in the 51st and 56th minutes.

It was not a walkover for T&T though as Cuba put up a fight when Maristania Mengana reduced the deficit to 3-2 in the 82nd minute.

But T&T help their nerves to see out the remaining eight minutes to come away with the three points. It was a much-needed victory to start the final phase for T&T which was captained by Tasha St Louis on the day.

Coach Anton Corneal emphasised the importance of an opening win.

“It was a much-needed victory for us and I give credit for the way we were able to go into the game and see it through until the end,” Corneal told TTFA Media. “I thought there were some positive areas for us but Cuba never laid down and allowed us to pull away. Kayla’s three goals came at vital points in the match for us.

When we went 3-1 up it gave us a bit of breathing space but Cuba made it into a match and we were able to k e e p our composure and come away with the victory. Now’s we’ll review our performance today, get back to the training pitch and prepare for our next match against Antigua on Wednesday,” Corneal added.

Hosts Jamaica was scheduled to face Antigua/Barbuda in the second outing last evening. T&T is competing for one of three places in the CONCACAF Final Round of qualification in the United States on October 4-17 towards the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

T&T line up –

1. Kimika Forbes, 2. Jenelle Cunningham,5. Arin King, 6. Natasha St Louis(7.Jonelle Cato, 54’),8. Patrice Supervise, 10. Tasha St Louis (capt), 11. Janine Francois, 12. Kayla Taylor, 13. Natasha John (15.Melissa Baynes, 71’), 14. Karyn Forbes, 16. Aaliyah Prince (9.Liana Hinds, 71’)
Subs Not used – 4. Rhea Belgrave, 20. Saundra Baron (GK), 2.Ayana Russell. Head coach – Anton Corneal

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Calypso Netballers tackle USA in AFNA opener

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 00:09

T&T Calypso Netballers will jump off their Road to Liverpool Netball World Cup campaign versus minnows USA when the 2018 Americas Federation of Netball Association continues at the Wildey Gymnasium, Bridgetown, Barbados today from 2 pm.

Last night host Barbados came up against Argentina in the tournament opener and tonight the ‘Bajans’ will be on cour again from 8 pm versus Canada to close out the second day of competition.

In the other matches on today in the seven-team event from which the top two will qualify to next year’s Netball World Cup in England, Grenada faces St Vincent and The Grenadines from 4 pm and Argentina meets St Maarten two hours later.

Having missed out on participating at the Commonwealth Games held earlier this year on the Australian Gold Coast, team captain, John-Davis, a veteran of five World Cups will look to professional duo, shooters, Samantha Wallace and Kalifa Mc Collin to lead the offence with former captain, Joelisa Cooper, a very reliable backup option for the 1979 joint World Champions .

The 24-year-old Wallace is coming off her second season with the New South Wales Swifts in the Suncorp Netball League in Australia while Mc Collin is also back home after the second year in the Vitality Netball League in England, this time with the benecos Mavericks after her debut with the Celtic Dragons, last year.

In addition to the quartet of John-Davis, Wallace, Cooper and Mc Collin, the T&T team coached by Wesley ‘Pepe’ Gomes is a very experienced one with the likes of defensive Candice Guerero, vice-captain Kemba Duncan, Ornella Jack and Daystar Swift all included along with newcomer Shaquanda Greene. Matches can be view @www.netballamericas.com on the Barbados Netball Association facebook page.

T&T TEAM

Rhonda John-Davis (captain), Kemba Duncan (vice-captain), Joelisa Cooper, Shaquanda Greene, Candice Guerero, Tahira Hollingsworth, Onella Jack, Kalifa Mc Collin, Shantel Seemungal, Shernece Seemungal, Daystar Swift, Samantha Wallace
Technical staff: Wesley ‘Pepe’ Gomes (coach), Grace Parkinson-Griffith (assistant coach), Carol Demming (manager), Wayne Samuel (trainer), Liz Mohan-Watts (mental coach)
Today’s matches
n T&T vs USA, 2 pm
n Grenada vs St Vincent and The
Grenadines, 4 pm
n Argentina vs St Maarten, 6 pm
n Barbados vs Canada, 8 pm
Tomorrow’s matches
n Grenada vs Argentina, 4 pm
n Canada vs USA, 6 pm
n Barbados vs St Maarten, 8 pm

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Guerra, Harris lead Straker Nets to fifth win

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 00:06

Sadiki Guerra and Jeffrey Harris combined for 38 points to lead Straker Nets past Detour Shak Attack 86-62 and a fifth straight win in the Barry Stewart Invitational Basketball League at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Saith Park, Chaguanas on Thursday night.

Guerra ended with a match-high 22 points for Straker Nets who held an 18-13 first quarter lead which they maintained at the half-time interval, 38-33.

Harris was the next best scorer for the winners who dominated the third quarter, 29-16 to open a 67-49 advantage from which Shak Attack failed to recover.

The duo of Jerrel Doorbal and Steve Williams chipped in with nine points each for the winners, now with maximum ten points at the top of the table, three clear of Defence Force which has a match in hand while Shak Attack is in a three-way tie with Prisons and Trailblazers, all on four points.

However, Prisons has played four matches without a win while Trailblazers and Shak Attack, have played three with a win each.

Also on Thursday night, Nickolia Mills netted 14 and Johann Ferdinand and Jamal Orince nine apiece in SOS Academy’s 58-48 defeat of Shak Attack in the Under-19 Men’s Division.

The trio of Quammie Mohammed, Shorn Solomon and Antonio Ambris all scored in double-figures for Shak Attack with 16, 14 and ten points, respectively. Matches will resume on Tuesday at Maloney Indoor Sports Complex.

RESULTS

Thursday
Women’s Division
Straker Nets (23) 61 (Jameela Mc Carthy 29, Crystal-Ann George 12, Kielle Connelly 11) vs Brian Chase (28) 57 (Allison Young 21, Stephanie Isaac 12)
Quarter scores: 1st; 11-19 Brian Chase; 2nd; 23-28 Brian Chase; 3rd. 38-40 Brian Chase.
On Monday
Men’s Division
Straker Nets (36) 82 (Triston Benjamin 18, Sadiki Guerra 13, Jeffrey Harris 13, Richard Guiseppi 9) vs Police (27) 61 (Dexroy Manswell 15, Ronell Winter 13, Don Wilkinson
Under-19 Men
SOS Academy (27) 58 (Nickolai Mills 14, Johann Ferdinand 9, Jamal Orince 9) vs Detour Shak Attack (27) 48 (Quammie Mohammed 16, Shorn Solomon 14, Antonio Ambris 10)
Men’s Division
Straker Nets (38) 86 (Sadiki Guerra 22, Jeffrey Harris 16, Jerell Doorbal 9, Steve Williams 9) vs Shak Attack (33) 62 (Kurt Christian 15, Orlando Mapp 13, Sean Lawrence 12)

LATEST MEN’S STANDINGS

Teams P W L Pts
1. Strakers 5 5 0 10
2. Defence Force 4 3 1 7
3. Police 4 2 2 6
4. Petro Jazz 4 2 2 6
5. Trail Blazers 3 1 2 4
6. Shak Attack 3 1 2 4
7. Prisons 4 0 4 4
8. Brian Chase 2 1 1 3
9. SOS Academy 2 1 1 3
10. UWI 2 1 1 3
11. Maloney Pacers 1 0 1 1

UPCOMING MATCHES

Tuesday August 28
Venue: Maloney Indoor Sports Complex, Maloney:
Under-19 Men: Valencia Heat vs New Age Lions, 7.30 pm
Men’s Division: Maloney Pacers vs SOS Academy, 8.30 pm
Wednesday August 29
Venue: Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Saith Park:
Under-19 Men: 500 Hawks vs Straker Nets, 7.30 pm
Men’s Division: Straker Nets vs Trailblazers, 8.30 pm
Thursday August 30
Venue: Southern Regional Indoor Sports Complex, Pleasantville
Men’s Division: Brian Chase vs Police, 7.30 pm
Men’s Division: Detour Shak Attack vs Petro Jazz, 8.30 pm

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Stephen Ames Open tees off October 7

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 00:02

The inaugural Stephen Ames Golf Open will take place on October 7 at the Pointe-a-Pierre golf club, according to Adam Montano the junior golf coordinator at the club.

The club launched the tournament on Thursday night where the organisers gave details of the event which is being held to honour of Stephen Ames and to also raise funds to pump into the club’s youth development programme.

Montano said: “We are very happy to host this event in honour of Stephen who played his early golf at this club. We have embarked on a programme called ‘No kid left behind’ and we are looking to raise funds to properly train these young golfers at our club.

“We have around ten kids training at the moment and one of them Dravid Bhim represented T&T earlier this year in Jamaica. Out of the 10, we have five underprivileged children and as you know golf is an expensive sport.

“We have decided at the club to make this game available for all young persons who want to play the game and hence we are looking to bring on stream further development programmes and more kids on board. We have acquired the services of top local golfer Joshua Galt and we will be working with me in bringing these kids up to scratch.”

Ames sent a video message to all present and said the course was where it all happened for him.

“At the age of 12 this is where it all happened for me and I am happy to see that the club has decided to help the young ones,” he said.

“We need to make the sport available to many more young people in the country and this is a great move by the club which I applaud. I remember spending entire days on that course. I would go there as a young boy on a Saturday and play 36 holes and then show up on Sunday and play another 18 holes.

“Whenever you missed Stephen he could have been found on the golf course. so I am happy other young people are now getting that chance.” Stephen’s parents Marilyn and Michael were both presents at the event on Thursday as well.

Club president Kalam Sookoor said he was happy to be able to provide a meaningful option for the young ones. “Given the current state of affairs in this country, we all need to work together to make things better. We at the club are now giving an opportunity to many young people to come and get involved in a meaningful activity and we look forward to great participation.”

Representing the Ministry of Sport was Patrice Charles and he gave the ministry’s commitment to assisting with the programme.

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De Boulet, Ramdhani in Carebaco Doubles final

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 23:59

T&T’s Chequeda De Boulet and Guyana’s Priyanna Ramdhani advanced to last night’s women’s Doubles final at the 2018 Senior Carebaco Championship at the Ring Sports Centre, Paramaribo, Suriname.

This after De Boulet and Ramdhani, ranked second battled past Suriname’s Imani Mangroe and Mary-Ann Zhong, 17-21, 21-16 and 21-17 in their semifinal on Thursday night.

In the final, the T&T/Guyana combination faced Barbadians Monyata Rivera and Tamisha Williams who ousted T&T’s Avril Plaza-Marcelle and Barbadian Sabrina Scott 22-20 and 21-14.

On Wednesday night, T&T duo Meera Mahabir and Cathline Ramroop were ousted by Mangroe and Zhong, 10-21, 12-21 in the quarterfinals while Plaza-Marcelle and Scott won a hard-fought contest 22-20, 26-28, 21-10 over Suriname’s Ishaak and Anjali Paragsingh.

In the Men’s Doubles quarterfinals, Suriname’s Mitchel Wongsodikromo and Kevin Yao Lin Zou swept past T&T’s Brandon Graham and Amir Mahabir, 21-6, 21-5.

And in the Mixed Doubles last-eight, Dylan Darmohoetomo and Crystal Leefmans dumped T&T’s Renaldo Sinanan and Plaza-Marcelle, 21-15 and 21-9.

Competing in the second round of the Women’s Singles, De Boulet, who helped T&T to three medals in the Junior Championship which ended last weekend, went under to host player, Rugshaar Ishaak 12-21 and 16-21. The tournament ended last night.

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Soca Princesses get Cuba in qualifiers today

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 23:56

Tasha St Louis and her T&T Women Warriors will kick off their Caribbean Final Round Qualifiers to the CONCACAF Final Round of World Cup qualification versus Cuba at Independence Park, National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica from 3 pm today.

It will be the opening fixture in the day’s doubleheader with host Jamaica meeting Antigua & Barbuda from 6 pm.

Bermuda is the other team in the five-nation round-robin series which will conclude on Sunday, September 2, with the top three teams advancing to the CONCACAF Final Round qualifiers along two qualifiers from Central America.

The trio of USA, Mexico and Canada are automatic qualifiers to the final round of eight teams.

Despite being considered favourites for the tournament, St Louis and her team-mates will go into the competition in slight disarray due to the late finalization of the team, under care-taker coach Anton Corneal.

In fact, Corneal, a former national senior team assistant coach and Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup coach only finalised his squad for the tournament late on Thursday after being able to confirm that USA-based players Lauryn Hutchinson and Naomie Guerra will be joining the squad in Kingston along with prolific European-based forward Kennya Cordner.

The T&T team was expected to have its lone training session in Kingston yesterday afternoon with 17 players ahead of today’s opener with the trio of Cordner, Hutchinson and Guerra all set to miss the match.

However, they will join the camp in time for the second fixture on Wednesday versus Antigua & Barbuda from 4 pm.

Speaking ahead of the team’s training session Corneal remained optimistic and team manager Jinelle James said the mood in camp at Knutsford Courts Hotel in Kingston was decent and would improve when the final set of players arrived.

Five players were due to arrive in Kingston yesterday to complete the 17-player roster heading into today’s opening match.

“It’s a bit of a challenge but we’ll do our utmost best to work with what is there for us and go into the game in the best possible frame of mind,” Corneal told TTFA Media.

“There were challenges with flights, availability of players and of course the injuries. It is difficult to have a tactical session going into the first game so we are depending on videos of our opponents and preparing a suitable plan to exploit their weaknesses,” Corneal said. Mariah Shade was ruled out this week due to injury.

The team includes the majority of players from the recent Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia in which T&T placed fourth after losing to Venezuela, 1-0 in the bronze medal match.

In their other matches in Colombia, the Women Warriors went under to Costa Rica 2-0, Mexico 5-1 and drew with Nicaragua 2-2 after a win by default over Haiti.

When T&T hosted its CFU First Round series in May, the Women Warriors ended the top of the table with ten points, the same as St Kitts/Nevis, but ahead on goal-difference, plus-26 to plus-18.

T&T TEAM

Goalkeepers: Kimika Forbes, Saundra Baron
Defenders: Jenelle Cunningham, Jonelle Cato, Arin King, Patrice Superville, Natisha John, Naomie Guerra, Lauryn Hutchinson, Rhea Belgrave
Midfielders: Karyn Forbes, Janine Francois, Liana Hinds, Kayla Taylor, Ayana Russell, Melissa Baynes
Forwards: Tasha St. Louis, Kennya Cordner, Natasha St Louis, Aaliyah Prince
Today’s Matches
n T&T vs Cuba, 3 pm
n Jamaica vs Antigua & Barbuda, 6pm

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