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Teniel forgoes Olympic track qualification bid

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 01:54

While the 1972 Munich Games were marred by the attacks and kidnapping of the Isreali Olympic Team by Palestinian terrorists within the Olympic village, the XX Olympiad also marked the last time that T&T participated in road cycling at the quadrennial competition. The quartet of Clive Saney, Anthony Sellier, Pat Gillineau and Vernon Stauble competed in the Road Race, however, since then T&T’s road participation has been all but deserted.

Leslie Rawlins, Gene Samuel, Maxwell Cheeseman and Njisane Phillip have all proudly flown the red, white and black around the banked velodrome since ’72 but the dust has been left to gather an appreciable heap on the road. This has not been due to a lack of attempts since names such as Richard Dickie and Emile Abraham immediately come to mind as those who would have creditably tried to break this drought in the past, albeit unsuccessful for their respective reasons.

The qualification for track cycling at Tokyo2020, the 12th edition of the Olympic Games since our last participation in road cycling, starts in just under a month for the Americas and the process spans a year and a half. The recent success of our track cycling program in Colombia has expectedly enticed our hopes for a yet another qualification. It is this hope that has fostered T&T’s appetite for this form of the sport.

However, Teniel Campbell has decided to defy this natural attraction and penchant for track cycling even after snatching three bronze medals on the velodrome at the recently concluded Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games.

Instead, the 2018 CAC Games Road gold medallist has squarely lined up the Road Race at Tokyo2020 in her cross-hairs.

Dubbed the “Caribbean Cycling Queen”, you can always find Teniel with her smile on her face. If she does not have one then the odds are that she was unhappy with her performance in a race regardless of the podium outcome. Photo credit: UCI/WCC

To bolster this decision, six (6) months into her high-performance stint at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland and the PSL cyclist has been gifted with the opportunity to ride with Cogeas-Mettler Professional Cycling Team.

Teniel will compete for the Russian based outfit for the remainder of the world calendar season until December 31st. Though this is a non-paid position in its initial phase, she will still gain UCI World Calendar points and will make her the first ever female T&T cyclist to ride with a pro cycling team. This achievement in itself is a reward for her top 10 placings in two stages of the Women’s Tour of Thailand and the SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour in Belgium earlier this year.

The Women’s Road Olympic qualification differs to that of the track and takes place over one year from October 2018. The top 22 countries in the UCI World Nation Ranking at the end of the period will receive their respective quotas.

That criterion presents itself as a steep incline on the road to Tokyo with Campbell being the only T&T representative competing in World Calendar events. The disadvantageous nature of the criterion stems from the fact that Nations will

have up to eight cyclists receiving points towards their Nation ranking.

In local parlance, this will be similar to climbing through Parlatuvier on ‘big plate’.

There are caveats however in the Olympic criteria that present opportunities for a single cyclist’s qualification. Based on Plain Sports, Bad Manners’ analysis, these are the two most likely pathways to secure the long-awaited nod:

If Teniel finishes the 2019 UCI World Individual Rankings in the top 100, she will automatically qualify Trinidad & Tobago a spot on the Road regardless of T&T’s UCI World Nation Ranking.

Or, if Teniel finishes higher than any other non-qualified nation through the UCI World Rankings at the 2019 Elite Pan American Road Cycling Championships (location to be announced), she will automatically qualify Trinidad & Tobago a spot on the Road.

Speaking recently in an interview with the World Cycling Centre, the 3x Caribbean Women’s Road Champion was buoyant and excited to start her new adventure with the Russian pro team. The decision to go against the grain was a well thought through a process with her coaches both in Switzerland and back home in T&T as Campbell has an eagerness to continuously make history. While she admitted her love for the track and her inkling to return to same for Paris2024, her eyes are set on what needs to be done.

I don’t want to choose between the two. It is possible to do both – a lot of pro women do. Why not the road in Tokyo and track in Paris in 2024? Anything is possible.

If she is successful in her bid, not only would she break an almost half of a century dry spell for road cycling but will also be the first ever female T&T cyclist to compete at the prestigious competition.

Trailblazers often view the roads to success differently. They not only see the challenging task ahead but are able to carve a way through the doubters’ roadblocks. Trinidad and Tobago stand 100% behind Teniel Campbell on her quest to make history and clearing the path that others will follow.

Cycling Analysis
“Certifications in nothing related to sports with an opinion on everything”
(Plain Sports, Bad Manners—@garyleeacosta)

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Alcons soccer academy hosts 48th annual camp

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 01:50

The Alcons Soccer Academy, the oldest soccer academy in T&T is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its existence. This well-known organisation has gained its popularity for creating the brilliant platform and future for over two thousand sportsmen, mostly soccer players, by conducting the strongest form of soccer education, which resulted in hundreds of Soccer scholarships granted to the students of this institution. The organisation has also produced some finest national team players over the years.

However, this year’s camp will be the 48th edition and it will take place at UTT Valsayn Campus grounds from tomorrow and run until August 17th and then from August 20th to 24th starting at 9.00 am each day and ending at 3.00pm.

The participants will be provided with football education and exquisite exposure through the tutoring of the Alvin Corneal, a former Fifa and national coach. He’s also a former FIFA coaching Instructor to coaches and students from across the world.

His partner will be the current Technical Director of the TTFA, Anton Corneal, and a number of trained coaches will also be present to share their knowledge and experience. The regular campers register annually of the past will attend for a nominal fee as they always have over the years.

As has always been the case of the Alcons, their organisation has been offering to the youngsters who attend their academy free tuition for their everyday attendance in the St. Joseph Training Ground.

Their more recent gesture has been to offer free attendance to community kids who may be unable to afford to pay for the exposure of the great game.

The communities within the vicinity of the eastern region are offered an amount of 30 kids to attend with an entry of first come first served, either by calling 468-9114, 682-5346, or 714-3141, or dropping by the venue at 8.00 am sharp on the morning of the first day of camp.

Balls will be available for use while water, beverages and snacks will be supplied by two of the camps’ generous supporting companies of Malta Carib Alcons, Kiss Baking Co. Ltd. and Spike.

The invitation is our effort to engender the enthusiasm, unearth the natural talent which may be available and hopefully, improve the quality of football for the national teams of the future. Girls are also included.

There will be prizes for the best of the lot

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Rocket Wheels stops Pauseforacoors

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 01:45

Pauseforacoors was stopped in her beaver-trick tracks when the John Leatuad trained Rocket Wheels made virtually all the running to run out an impressive win by one and a half lengths in the Arima Race Club feature event yesterday at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

With the John O’Brien trained Pauseforacoors installed as the 1-5 favourite, Rocket Wheels landed a good touch for her connection as she cruised home at odds of 10/1 with favourite Pauseforacoors adrift in second with Golden Bid in third.

From the off Ronald Ali sent Rocket Wheels straight to front but she was challenged for the lead by Golden Choice with Pauseforacoors tracking and going well in third.

At the far turn, Rocket Wheels and Golden Choice were locked in battle and Kerron Khelawan sent Pauseforacoors closer to the battling leaders.

At the corner, Rocket Wheels was asked to go win her race and she quickened up nicely as Golden Choice came under pressure from the challenge with Pauseforacoors cruising into second. However, with 200 metres left to race Rocket

Wheels went into another gear and would not come back, and try as the favourite did, there was no stopping and catching Rocket Wheels on the day.

Golden Choice held on for third with Desert Dancer running on for fourth.

The time of the event was a good 1:05.20.

The day’s leading rider was Naim Samaroo who rode two winners in Sunset Clouds and Musical Score.

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Superman Russell stuns TKR

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 01:41

Anyone who did not believe in Superman and was at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night, would be doubting themselves, as the man nicknamed Andre ‘Superman’ Russell played the best ever T20 innings to take his team the Jamaica Tallawahs to a dramatic come-from-behind four-wicket victory over reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in a thriller on Friday night, the third night of competition in the 2018 CPL Tournament.

Shah Rukh Khan travelled 14,459km to see one of his very own players put tears in his eyes, as T20 star Russell who plays for Khan’s other team the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League plundered an astonishing, unbeaten hundred and also grabbed a hat-trick, to literally steal the show and the game away from the TKR players and fans.

The moon acted up in his favour around the last over the TKR innings, when he captured a rare hattrick, as TKR made what they thought would have been a winning total of 223/6 in their 20 overs. He then entered the red arena with his team tottering to score an amazing unbeaten 121 off 49 balls to leave everyone stunned at the Mecca of local cricket.

Muhammad Ali Khan then ripped out the top order of the Tallawahs and had them reeling on 41/5 – game over. Well, 18,000 T&T fans would have thought so but Russell had other ideas. Dropped off his very first ball by Ali Khan – a difficult running catch, the Jamaican made the locals pay. He murdered the bowling and the only one that was spared was Ali Khan who ended with 3/24.

While the fans were dancing and celebrating prematurely as they sense victory around the corner, Russell and Kennar Lewis had other ideas and the pair began rebuilding the team’s response. Russell was brutal, while Lewis who muscled a few to the boundary was more calculated. The TKR found Russell impossible to bowl too and they were mere spectators as white balls kept flying over their heads.

Russell coming into the game with the fastest ever century at the CPL, 42 balls against the same opposition in 2016, went two balls better – striking his second ton off 40 balls. Russell’s record-breaking feat included the most sixes ever struck in an innings in the CPL, 13, beating the previous record of 11 held by Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis. He was also involved in a world record stand for the sixth wicket with Lewis. Their stand of 161 bettered the previous best for the sixth wicket of 126 held by Calum MacLeod and John Hastings for Durham against Northern in the Natwest Blast of 2014.

Captain Dwayne Bravo came under assault from Russell in the 13th over, giving up 22 runs and seamer Javon Searles saw 18 runs come from his opening over – 16th of the innings – as Russell and Lewis combined to take him apart.

Lewis played a hand not to be underestimated and fell 22 runs before the victory was formalised. He ended with 51 runs off 35 balls with four fours and two sixes.

The game was still in the balance with 53 runs required from the last 24 balls but Russell took 20 from the 17th over bowled by Dwayne Bravo and 17 came from the next from Fawad, even though Lewis perished after striking four fours and two sixes off 35 balls.

By then, Tallwahs needed just 16 from the last two overs and Russell put the game to bed in the final over when he cleared the ropes at long-on with Narine.

Earlier, Colin Munro continued his splendid form with the bat, to lead the TKR to 223/6 off their 20 overs. The left-hander followed up his half-century against the St. Lucia Stars in the opening match with 61 scored off 42 balls with five fours and three sixes. Australian Chris Lynn joined the party with a hard hit 46 off 27 balls with four fours and three sixes. They left another man from Down Under took over as Brendon McCullum smoked 56 off 27 balls with five fours and four sixes. Darren Bravo also looked in good touch with 29 off 16 balls with two fours and two sixes.

Last night the TKR were due to battle the St. Kitts/Nevis Patriots in their third match weather permitting


TKR vs Tallawahs
3rd match
TKR Innings
S Narine c Powell b Wasim 7
C Lynn c Russell b Santokie 46
C Munro c Taylor b Zampa 61
B McCullum c Powell b Russell 56
DM Bravo b Russell 29
J Searles not out 6
D Ramdin c McCarthy b Russell 0
DJ Bravo not out 0
Extras (lb4, w13, nb1) 18
TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 223
Did not bat: Fawad Ahmed,
Ali Khan, S Gabriel
Fall of wickets: 1-10,
2-108, 3-130, 4-216,
5-216, 6-216.
Santokie 4-0-41-1 (w4),
Wasim 4-0-23-1 (w2),
Roach 4-0-64-0 (w2m nb1),
Russell 3-0-38-3,
Zampa 4-0-35-1 (w1),
Powell 1-0-18-1.
Tallawahs Innings
G Phillips c Ahmed b Ali Khan 6
J Charles lbw b Ahmed 24
A McCarthy c Lynn b Ali Khan 0
R Taylor lbw b Ali Khan 1
R Powell b Gabriel 1
K Lewis c Searles b Ahmed 52
A Russell not out 121
I Wasim not out 3
Extras (lb2, w6, nb4) 12
TOTAL (6 wkts, 19.3 overs) 225
Did not bat: K Roach, K Santokie, A Zampa
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-7, 3-15, 4-16, 5-41, 6-202.
Ali Khan 4-0-24-3 (w3, nb1),
Gabriel 3-0-28-1 (nb2),
DJ Bravo 4-0-60-0,
Fawad Ahmed 4-0-46-2 (w1),
Narine 3.3-0-42-0 (nb1),
Searles 1-0-18-0 (w2).
Result: Tallawahs won by six wickets.
Man-of-the-Match: Andre Russell.
Toss: Tallawahs.
Umpires: L Reifer, S George; TV – J Wilson.

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US Embassy news release

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:43

I, along with my embassy colleagues, rarely comment on visa matters due to the respect we have for the privacy of the applicants and our rules and regulations. However, I must respond to the Red Card commentary of Mr. David John Williams. Why we have chosen to respond is because your failure to plan is effecting promising football (soccer) players from Trinidad and Tobago who we would welcome playing in the USA. In addition, your comments can adversely affect our ongoing efforts to grow our sports diplomacy programs here in T and T.

I will be blunt. Mr. Williams and the TTFA just flat out dropped the ball on the visa process. Our Embassy for MONTHS noted that individuals and groups should plan well in advance for any trips to the USA. The Trinidad and Tobago Girls Under-15 representatives approached the Embassy about visas after we were closed on Tuesday, July 31 to get their visas by Friday, August 3 with the Emancipation holiday in between.

No names or details about the visa applicants were provided. Even after games were rescheduled, there was too little time allowed, just two working days for an established 7-10 day process, not to mention that this is peak visa season when most people have to wait six weeks just for a visa interview. Many groups have successfully traveled to the USA by being prepared and planning in advance. In fact, if you look at our Facebook page from a few weeks ago you will see a youth team playing in the USA at a major football (soccer) tourney.

I want to take this opportunity to again ask the Trinidad and Tobago public, as we have since April, to please plan in advance for travel to the USA. Know, as you see in the news almost daily, we are committed to our relationship with the citizens of T and T at all levels, including sports diplomacy. Don’t let folks with cocoa in the sun mislead you.

Be well,

John McIntyre
Chargé d’Affaires
U.S. Embassy

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Carter, Ramkissoon claim ITF doubles title

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:40

T&T’s Under-18 Boys Doubles team of Aiden Carter and Adam Ramkissoon ensured they did not leave the Coca-Cola/ITF Junior Tennis Tournament in St Lucia without a title.

Yesterday, Carter and Ramkissoon joined forces for the final time on court two to get the better of the pair of Donte Armbrister of Bahamas and Barbados’ Romani Mayers in straight sets 7-6 (2) and 6-3 to claim the title after not having their way in the earlier singles.

After the win Carlista Mohammed, Public Relations Officer at tennisTT described the victory as an excellent achievement for the TT pair, saying they showed true grit to come back after not doing as well as they could have in the singles to win the doubles. Mohammed, one of the country’s top Women’s player, reminded all that the players are still 15 and 16-year-olds.

She also credited the other U-18 TT players in the tournament, saying they all put up a good show against players who are better players than they are. With the success of the Carter and Ramkissoon and the overall experience gained at the tournament, Mohammed believes the gap that existed between TT players and those internationally are closing fast.

“We are trying to develop all aspects of the sport here, and with the series of tournaments so far, I think the country is getting there. With more tournaments to come we will soon see a change in the international ranking of our players,” Mohammed explained.

Meanwhile, the country’s under 14 players will swing into action on Monday, following the qualifiers this weekend.


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T&T volleyball men face Bahamas in CAZOVA opener

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:38

T&T senior men’s volleyball squad will serve off their quest for a third straight Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) title in the feature match of a double-header in Paramaribo, Suriname from 1pm today.

In the opening match of the five-team round-robin competition, host Suriname comes up against Haiti at 11 am.

Ten-time winners, Barbados, is the other team in the competition.

Winners of the tournament in 2010 in Suriname for the first time, the T&T team was then dethroned by the Bahamas two years later in a controversial final in the US Virgin Islands, before recapturing the crown on home soil in 2014 and then repeating as champions last year, also at home.

However, since defeating T&T for the title in 2012, Bahamas has been in a rapid tailspin and with a new coach in place Lloyd Davis will be keen to see the team improve on a dismal eighth-place showing from last year.

T&T coach Sean Morrison and his team will also be brimming with confidence having gone undefeated to CAZOVA rivals since the 2012 decider. His confidence will be boosted much more with the return of SL Benfica middle-blocker, Marc-Anthony Honore who was voted as the Best Middle Blocker at the just concluded 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games Men’s Volleyball Championship in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Honore’s involvement at the CAC Games was his first in national colours since 2014, mainly due to injury, and along with captain Ryan Stewart, Joshua Mohammed, Mikheil Hoyte, Akim Bushe, Daneil Williams, setter Kameron Donald, and Brandon Legall, the Most Valuable Player award recipient on home soil last year, will be key to T&T’s bid for a third straight crown, something only ever achieved by Barbados, which won ten straight from 1992-2006.

The tournament in Suriname is the third for Morrison and the national team so far this year, having participated at the NORCECA’ Men’s Challenge Cup in Cuba and the CAC Games.

In Cuba, T&T ended with a 1-3 record after losing to Puerto Rico (0-3), Cuba (0-3) and Guatemala (1-3) while tasting victory versus Costa Rica 3-0.

T&T then went winless at the CAC Games, a 0-5 record, going under to Colombia (2-3), Puerto Rico (0-3) and Guatemala (1-3) in pool play.

This was followed by defeats against Venezuela (0-3) and Guatemala, again, (1-3) in the playoffs to end in the eighth spot.

The T&T team left last night for Suriname and will have a slight morning work-out ahead of their opener.

The trio of Martinique, Curacao and Jamaica will not be competing in this year’s event but Morrison was adamant the tournament will be just as challenging.

“With teams like Barbados, Haiti, Suriname and Bahamas we know it’s not going to be easy, so we just have to take it to match by match and don’t underestimate our opponents,” ended Morrison.

Speaking in the Bahamas Tribune newspaper earlier this week, Bahamas coach Lloyd Davis who replaced Covance Mortimer said he has assembled the best players available to compete.

The five teams will play a round-robin series at the end of which the top two teams will contest the gold medal match while the third and fourth placed teams will compete for the bronze.

T&T Team

Akim Bushe, Marlon Phillip, Kameron Donald, Mikheil Hoyte, Ryan Stewart (captain), Marc-Anthony Honore, Joshua Mohammed, Brandon Legall, Daneil Williams, Daynte Stewart.
Tournament schedule
Suriname vs Haiti, 11 am (TT time)
Bahamas vs T&T, 1 pm
(Session One)
T&T vs Haiti, 8 am
Barbados vs Bahamas, 10 am.

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Manswell, Winter trick Shak Attack 66-54

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:34

Centre-court player Dexroy Manswell and Ronell Winter scored in double-figures to lead Police to a 66-54 victory over Detour Shak Attack when matches in the Men’s Premier Division of the Barry Stewart Invitational Basketball League continued at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Thursday night.

Manswell tallied a match-high 20 points for the Lawmen who broke open a 12-12 first quarter score to lead 37-31 at the half-time interval.

Winter chipped in with 15 valuable points and centre Don Williams added nine for Police who despite being outscored 12-10 in the third period, rebounded with their best output in the final quarter, 19-11 to take the victory.

For Shak Attack, guard Kurt Christian had 13 points while centre Wilt Vincent and guard Shorn Solomon netted ten apiece in the loss.

In Thursday’s first match, an Under-19 Division encounter, Akheem Boyd poured in 20 points, Charles Williams 18, Jovan George 13, and Ishmael De Freitas 12 as SOS Academy tamed New Age Lions, 94-46.


Under-19 Division:
SOS Academy (39) 94 (Akheem Boyd 20, Charles Williams 18, Jovan George 13, Ishmael De Freitas 12) vs New Age Lions (27) 46 (Joshua Sheppard 28, Israel Dyett 10)
Men’s Premier Division:
Police (37) 66 (Dexroy Manswell 20, Ronell Winter 15, Don Wilkinson 9) vs Detour Shak Attack (31) 54 (Kurt Christian 13, Wilt Vincent 10, Shorn Solomon 10)


Tonight’s Match-ups (JPC)
Under-15: Spartans vs Crusaders, 3 pm
Under-15: Detour Shak Attack vs Brian Chase Academy, 4.30 pm
Under-19: Starker Nets vs Matthew Pierre, 6 pm
Men’s Premier Division: Maloney Pacers vs Trailblazers, 7.30 pm
On Tuesday (Pleasantville Indoor)
Under-19: Petro Jazz vs Straker Nets, 7.30 pm
Men’s Premier Division: Petro Jazz vs Straker Nets, 8.30 pm
On Wednesday (At Central Indoor)
Under-19: Valencia Heat vs Trailblazers, 7.30 pm
Men’s Premier Division: Police vs Prisons, 8.30 pm
On Thursday (JPC)
Men’s Premier Division: SOS vs Trailblazers, 7.30 pm
Men’s Premier Division: Detour Shak Attack vs Brian Chase, 8.30 pm

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World record awaits Great Race drivers

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:31

It will not be the same when dozens of race boats hit the waters next week Saturday for the T&T International Great Race from Trinidad to the sister isle of Tobago.

In fact, the boat that navigates the choppy waters the fastest will land itself into the world record books, Paul Gabriel, a member of the T&T Powerboat executive has said. The race which is now sanctioned by the world governing body for the sport—the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), will feature a standardised course that will take participants out of the gulf and straight to Scarborough for the finish, for a challenging 95 miles drive.

Gabriel believes the event is set to grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years as his association intends to turn interests from international racers into participation.

For this year’s 50th anniversary of the event, three international participants including Lucas Oil from the United States, is scheduled to take part for the first time, but organisers have had to blank two others because of the tedious process in getting boats off the port, ranging from paper-work to cost, Gabriel told Guardian Media Sports.

One of the boats, is understood to be a 54 feet catamaran called Hoski, that was expected to compete in the 130mph ‘A’ Class, where the country’s top racers such as Mr Solo Too, the event’s defending champion, Paramount, Motul Monster, Jumbie, Ironman and Cat Killer will compete.

He believes if all stakeholders, from TTPBA to government to racers, could work together in unison, the event which provides a form of recreation for many, can soon be a revenue earner for the country at large in the coming years.

He believes the event will capitalise on a large international following it has had for many years. This following will be reached out to form a first-time live platform being introduced come Saturday, and it will allow interested persons locally and internationally, to log-on online and follow the race.

“They will be able to keep track of where the boats are in the race as well as the results,” Gabriel explained.

The race will feature 43 boats in nine different classes, all scheduled to receive staggered starts on the day, starting at 7.15 am for smaller boats and 8 am for the A-Class competitors, which can be viewed from the Foreshore.

On Tuesday, TTPBA officials will conduct an exercise on extraction with Coast guard officers, while on Wednesday there will be a meet and greet at Club 51 Degrees.


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Look Loy calls for TTFA executive to resign

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:28

Keith Look Loy, president of the T&T Super League is calling on the public to support his call for the immediate resignation of T&T Football Association president David John-Williams, vice presidents Ewing Davis and Joanne Salazar, and the appointment of a caretaker administration by the Board of Directors, to govern the affairs for the remainder the term.

Look Loy, who is also the TTSL’s representative on the Board of the TTFA, believes the football boss has exceeded his bounds when John Mc Intyre of the Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy can publicly criticise the way the sport is being managed.

Only recently John-Williams said the reason why the country’s Under-15 Girls team did not go to the CONCACAF Under-15 Championship at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA, was because most Caribbean nations are faced problems when trying to acquire US Visas. Due to this John-Williams suggested that the Concacaf looked into the idea of hosting the event and others in the future in other countries.

However, Mc Intyre, in a response yesterday said, “Williams and the TTFA just flat out dropped the ball on the visa process. Our Embassy for months noted that individuals and groups should plan well in advance for any trips to the USA. The T&T Girls u-15 representatives approached the Embassy about visas after we were closed on Tuesday, July 31 to get their visas by Friday, August 3 with the Emancipation holiday in between.”

Meanwhie, when contacted John-Williams said that what has happened is unfortuniate and the TTFA will contact Mr John McIntyre, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, to have the issue resolved in an amicable way.

Look Loy, who has already written to the CONCACAF and the FIFA about the way the sport is being managed, believes the US embassy’s involvement should be the last straw for the embattled president and his executives.

He said collectively, these three TTFA officials have presided over, indeed engineered the calamitous deterioration of our football.

“Since the advent of John-Williams and his officers in November 2015, TTFA has been buffeted by Unilateral decision-making by the president: “one-manism” with no consultation of, and/or agreement by, the TTFA Board of Directors, such as contracts supposedly awarded in the “Home of Football” project: Purchase of service from radio I95.5FM: Steady deterioration of TTFA’s national teams’ programme – we no longer win in the international arena and are no longer a force even in CFU: and Cronyism in the appointment of national teams/programmes technical and administrative staff who are all associated (past or present) with W Connection FC.”

He also took offence to “Mismanagement of TTFA’s finances– the debacle of the 2016 audit, the inability to pay staff and players and maintain programmes: Frivolous accumulation of lawsuits and the various expenses associated with same, e.g. Caroline Morace, Sheldon Phillips, Stephen Hart, etc – due to poor management and illegal actions: Lack of transparency in administrative and financial matters – legitimate requests for information from members almost invariably go unanswered, e.g. the ongoing failure to present documents from the works on the “Home of Football”

He said the current administration has taken football to its lowest point and it might be a position we may not recover from.

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Jabloteh, Club Sando ready to battle

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:11

Four-time T&T Pro League winners, San Juan Jabloteh and Club Sando will get the 2018 T&T Pro League season off an running in the feature match of a Super Friday double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva from 6 pm this evening.

Two hours later, three-time Pro League winner Defence Force will do battle with Morvant Caledonia AIA in the second match.

The clubs competing in this year’s local competition which will run through to November 24 and will do so with great financial comfort after each of them were presented with $600,000 to cover their player’s salaries up until the end of the campaign.

However, the T&T Police Service and Defence Force teams did not benefit from the financial assistance since they are security servicemen attached to the Ministry of National Security who play football.

The monies totalling $4.8 million presented to the clubs represents is the first part of Government’s $11.1 million in financial support to the League over the next three years.

Jabloteh which last lifted the league title in 2008 and ended in fifth spot last year will be keen to start its season on a winning note against Pt Fortin Civic, which ended seventh last year.

Morvant Caledonia will be seeking revenge against the Tetron Boys outfit that knocked them out of the First Citizens Cup at the semifinal stage on July 13 to advance into the final with a comfortable 4-0 win.

Defence Force, last season’s third-place finishers in the league behind runners-up W Connection and champions North East Stars, however, a week later, lost the First Citizens Cup final by way of a 4-2 penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw with eventual champions Central FC.

Central, the three-time former league champions, will now look to put to rest last season’s troubling second-from-bottom league finish and there is no better way to try and improve confidence, than against the defending champions North East Stars from 4 pm at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar on Saturday.

Stars, who were battered 7-1 in the Charity Shield against W Connection, are virtually a new bunch from the side that enjoyed league success last year under then-coach Derek King.

King has since taken over the reigns of Super League club, FC Santa Rosa while Stars new coach Zoran Vranes must now hope that his almost rookie bunch would have learned a lot over their five competitive outings this season which all ended in defeats, as they must now face a star-studded Central possibly still on a high from lifting the First Citizens Cup on July 20.

On Sunday, the action returns to the Couva with a mouth-watering double-header with home team W Connection taking on last season’s cellar-placed St Ann’s Rangers from 4 pm before Club Sando and Police FC, two flagging teams, lock horns from 6 pm.

The quickfire calendar will, however, have three breaks for the Fifa international windows (September 3-11, October 8-16 and November 12-20).

The Pro League also plans to end the 2018 calendar, which kicked off on June 1 with the curtain-raising Charity Shield which was followed by the First Citizens Cup knockout with the return of the Pro Bowl knockout between November 26 and December 14.


Today’s Match-ups
San Juan Jabloteh vs Point Fortin Civic, 6 pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
Defence Force FC vs Morvant Caledonia United, 8pm at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Tomorrow’s Match-ups
North East Stars vs Central FC, 4 pm at Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, Arima.

On Sunday
W Connection vs St. Ann’s Rangers, 4pm at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
Club Sando vs Police FC, 6pm at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

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Seales scores six in Nigeria 15-0 victory

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:07

Little Fitzdarrel Seales fired six goals past the Mexico goalkeeper to lead his team Nigeria, from the Arouca community, to a 15-0 demolition in the World Cup Community Football League last weekend at the Aurtis Whittley Recreation Ground, Barataria.

The win was the biggest margin of victory of the tournament to date and puts the prolific Seales in position for the Golden Boots award at the end of the competition. The victory also propelled the Aroucans to the top of the standings in group A as teams jostle for positions in the Big Four play-offs to start soon.

Meanwhile, the Mexicans are represented by the Success Laventille Girls team, remain winless so far, but have been achieving their objective of gaining much-needed practice.

Apart from Seales’ six goals, the Nigerians also got a hat-trick from his sibling Devin Seales and a beaver-trick from Dwight Jordan in the win. The other two goals came off the boots of Andrew Charles and Thassius Devonish.

The Arouca boys are now unbeaten in two matches and face winning the group with Brazil, from Arranjuez, and T&T, from the Morvant Caledonia communities, being their next opponents.

In Group B, England, from the Malick community, are also unbeaten in two games. Following their victory over Argentina last week, the Malick boys thrashed Spain 5-0 convincingly, with double strikes coming from Elijah Floyd and Jordan Ferguson.

Donte Murren was also among the scorers for England, as they prepare for other matches against Uruguay and France next.

In other results weekend, Brazil shut out Mexico 2-0, courtesy items from Darrius Perza and Jason Walters.

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Carter, Ramkissoon into ITF doubles final

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:06

T&T’s tennis pair of Aiden Carter and Adam Ramkissoon will today battle to become champions in the Boys Under-18 Doubles of the Coca-Cola/ITF Junior Tennis Tournament in St Lucia.

The pair, the lone TT u-18 players in with a chance of silverware in the tourney, cruised to the final following a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory over the team of Richard Mallory of Bermuda and Phillippe Mercelina of the Netherlands Antilles in the semi-final yesterday at the St Lucia National Tennis Centre in Castries.

They will now face the winners of the other semi-final between the pair of Christian Kuehne of Switzerland and Quinn Mc Leod (USA) or Donte Armbrister (Bahamas) and Romani Mayers of Barbados, who were still in action up to press time yesterday.

Meanwhile, Katherine Teng of the USA, Zeba Jamal (USA), Dasha Plekhanova (Canada) and Sydney Clarke (Bahamas) advanced to the semi-finals yesterday. Teng took care of Barbados’ Gabrielle Leslie 6-3, 6-1: Jamal defeated Abeola Lecardi of Puerto Rico 6-3, 6-3: Plekhanova whipped Hannah Chambers of Barbados 6-2, 6-1 and Clarke got the better of Anjali Mogili (USA) 6-4, 6-2.

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Seecharan fires FC Santa Rosa out front

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:04

Former national youth player, Kishun Seecharan, scored a pair of second-half goals to seal FC Santa Rosa’s 4-1 defeat of Metal X Erin FC, and with it move to the top of the T&T Super League on Wednesday night.

Starting the night in a three-way tie at the top of the 14-team table with Cunupia FC and Queen’s Park Cricket Club, all with 21 points, Santa Rosa went into the half-time interval 1-0 ahead thanks to Akeem

Garcia’s 28th-minute strike at the Arima Municipal Stadium.

Five minutes into the second-half, Kheelon Mitchell made it 2-0 with his team-leading seventh goal of the season.

However, Erin FC, third from bottom on the table did not throw in the towel and in the 70th minute got a goal back through Akinola Williams.

Any thoughts of the visitors stealing a share of the points in Arima soon faded after Seecharan restored Santa Rosa’s two-goal cushion with his team’s third on the night in the 76th minute before he sealed all three points, with his second of the match, four minutes from the final whistle.

Victory lifted FC Santa Rosa, coached by Derek King, who led North East Stars to the T&T Pro League crown last year, to 24 points from 11 matches, three ahead of Cunupia FC and the ‘Parkites’ who will both have chances to regain the share of the lead on Sunday, while matches resume tomorrow.

On Sunday, QPCC will entertain RSSR FC at St Mary’s College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair from 4 pm while Petit Valley/Diego Martin United welcomes Cunupia FC to St Anthony’s College Ground, Westmoorings, also from 4 pm.

Tomorrow in the lone match which can have a bearing on the top four, defending champions, Guaya United with 19 points will have a chance to go second with victory over Club Sando Cultural Roots United at Dibe Recreation, Ground, Long Circular, St James in a 6 pm kickoff.


• FC Santa Rosa 4 (Kishun Seecharan 76th, 86th, Akeem Garcia 28th, Kheelon Mitchell 50th) vs Erin FC 1 (Akinola Williams 70th)


• Club Sando Cultural Roots vs Guaya United, Dibe Rec. Ground, Long Circular, 6 pm
• Matura ReUnited vs Police FC, Valencia Sec. School Ground, 4 pm
• UTT vs Bethel United, UTT O’Meara Campus, 7 pm
• Prison Service vs San Fernando Giants, YTC Ground, Arouca, 3.30 pm


• QPCC vs RSSR, St Mary’s College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair, 4 pm
• Petit Valley/Diego Martin United vs Cunupia FC, St Anthony’s College Ground, Westmoorings, 4 pm


Teams P W D L GF GA Pts
1. FC Santa Rosa 11 8 0 3 29 10 24
2. Cunupia FC 10 6 3 1 23 10 21
3. QPCC 10 6 3 1 22 12 21
4. Guaya Utd 10 5 4 1 18 9 19
5. Matura ReUnited 10 5 2 3 20 21 17
6. Police FC 10 4 4 2 13 10 16
7. RSSR FC 10 3 4 3 13 14 13
8. Prisons Service 9 3 4 2 12 13 13
9. UTT 10 3 2 5 13 19 11
10. Bethel Utd 10 1 5 4 14 22 8
11. Club Sando Cultural 10 2 2 6 7 16 8
12. Erin FC 10 1 3 6 11 17 6
13. P.V.D.M Utd 10 1 3 6 9 18 6
14. San F’do Giants 10 0 5 5 8 21 5

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Pause goes for beaver-trick cause

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:01

The John O’Brien trained filly Pauseforacoors will be a shortpriced favourite to win tomorrow’s feature event and land a beaver-trick of victories in the process.

Pauseforacoors goes to post in the 1,100 metres Handicap for Three-Year-Olds and over Horses rated 70 and over on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

Kerron Khelawan will now have the leg up on the filly which will carry top-weight of 57 kilos.

She will have to be at her best to turn back stablemates, Desert dancer and Rocket Wheels both of whom will tote 49 and 47.5 kilos respectively.

Desert Dancer will be ridden by the in-form Brian Boodramsingh and could upset the favourite. Ronald Ali will be aboard the John Leotaud trained Rocket Wheels and this horse must have an outstanding chance at the weights.

There will be eight races on the Arima Race Club during the Day-25 presentation with the first event expected to be run off at 1:05 pm.

Here are the declared runners, riders and weight for Saturday’s eight-race card.

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TKR plays for Shah Rukh tonight

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:58

The Trinbago Knight Riders fresh from crushing the St. Lucia Stars, will come up against the Jamaica Tallawahs tonight in front of team owner Shah Rukh Khan.

Khan arrived last evening to watch his first live game here in Trinidad after getting involved with the franchise as owner for the last two years. He posted a video on his twitter account sending love to fans in T&T.

He said, “I am taking a flight from New York to Trinidad, see you guys in a couple hours. Thank you for your first win love, you guys.”

His presence has caused greater excitement among the local fans, as they have looked for ways just to be in the presence of the biggest Bollywood Star. However, when the clock strikes 8 pm the focus will not be on Khan but on the field of play we TKR will be looking for their second win in as many games.

They ripped apart the St. Lucia Stars in their opening game by 100 runs. Sent in to bat, TKR on the back of a brutal 68 from Kiwi Colin Munro and a rapid unbeaten half-century from Denesh Ramdin, reached 195/6 off their allotted 20 overs. Their bowlers were then on spot led by skipper Dwayne Bravo, who claimed three victims, as the Stars were bowled out for 95 in 17.3 overs.

Munro slapped 68 0ff 48 balls with nine fours and one six to make the early run at the Stars and Ramdin smacked 50 not out off 27 balls with two fours and four sixes, to put the finishing touch.

When stars chased the target they got off to a great start as the openers David Warner and Andre Fletcher took 26 runs from the second over off the innings bowled by Shannon Gabriel. The impressive USA pacer Muhammad Ali Khan then got Fletcher out and the innings went into decline. Fletcher top scored with 19 as Stars folded for 95. Fawad Ahmed was brilliant taking a wicket with his first ball of the CPL and ended with 3/16 off his four-over quota. Bravo bowled some brilliant dippers in his buffet-style bowling to finish with 3/11.

He will however not take the Tallawahs lightly, “They are a good team and we know what they are capable of. We had a great start to the tournament and the boys will be going out there full of confidence in this second game. We need to win home games and we are on the right track at the moment.

Bravo’s opposite number Andre Russell says his team is balanced and he is backing them to do well. “We have a very good, balanced team. We have a team that is not just about the names, it’s all about what they can do as well and how quickly they can change the game. I truly believe in all-rounders in T20 cricket and I think that’s what we have. I think we have guys that can bat and bowl and once you have eight guys in a team that can do that, I think you have a good team on paper.”

This year Russell will be captaining Shahid Afridi, a player with a huge amount of experience in the T20 format, and he is looking forward to having him as a teammate at the Tallawahs.

“It’s going to be interesting, I’ve played against Shahid before, he’s a good guy. Even in Dubai after we played, we go out on a boat together, just enjoy each other’s company. To be around a guy like Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Ahmed Shehzad and all these guys, it just shows a different type of how they live, and how simple they are apart from the game. But, it’s good to have Afridi in the CPL this year and not just playing against him, playing with him as well, because I hope I can learn a few things and take it along with me.”


TKR vs St Lucia Stars
C Lynn c Ahmad b McClenagan 8
S Narine b Williams 17
C Munro b Pollard 68
B McCullum b Pollard 13
DM Bravo c Pollard b Williams 0
D Ramdin not out 50
DJ Bravo c Williams b McClenaghan 17
J Searles not out 9
Extras 13
Total for 6 wkts 195
Fall of wkts: 8, 48, 88, 89, 140, 177.
Bowling: M McClenagan 4-0-30-2,
M Sami 4-0-51-0,
R Cornwall 2-0-17-0,
K Williams 4-0-28-2,
Q Ahmad 2-0-24-0,
K Pollard 3-0-22-2,
L Simmons 1-0-15-0
Stars innings
A Fletcher b Ali Khan 19
D Warner b Searles 9
L Simmons b Ahmed 3
R Cornwall c McCullum b Bravo 3
M Chapman c Narine b Ahmed 6
K Pollard c Searles b Bravo 12
D Sammy lbw Narine 1
Q Ahmad c Ali Khan b Ahmed 14
M Sami c Ramdin b Gabriel 6
M McClenaghan b Bravo 6
K Williams not out 2
Extras 14
Total all out (17.3) 95
Fall of wkts: 35, 39, 43, 47, 50, 53, 77, 81, 91, 95.
Bowling: Ali Khan 2-0-10-1,
S Gabriel 3.3-0-34-1,
S Narine 4-0-18-1,
J Searles 1-0-4-1,
D Bravo 3-0-11-3,
F Ahmed 4-0-16-3.
Result: TKR won by 100 runs.
Man of the match: Colin Munro.


TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS: Amir Jangoo, Anderson Phillips, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin,Dwayne Bravo, Hamza Tariq, Javon Searles, Shannon Gabriel, Kevon Cooper, Khary Pierre, Nikita Miller, Muhammad Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Sunil Narine, Terrence Hinds.

TALLAWAHS: Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Imad Wasim, David Miller, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, Samuel Badree, Kemar Roach, Glenn Phillips, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Steven Taylor, Kennar Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Oshane Thomas, Elmore Hutchinson and Kristian Kallicharran

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Can Manchester City retain the Premier League title?

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:19

The 2018 FIFA World Cup finished just over three weeks ago and many of us were diagnosed with a severe case of tabanca. “What do we do now?” was the question we just did not seem to have the answer for. But, how time flies! Here we go again, as tomorrow marks the start of arguably the most popular league in the world.

The English Premier League (EPL) is by far the most watched league as an average game is followed on television by over 12 million people around the globe. It is carried by over 80 broadcasters in more than 200 territories. By all means, it is easy to understand why the EPL has such a following and nearly everyone in T&T follows or supports a team.

It is no secret, and I certainly have never hidden the fact that I am an ardent Liverpool supporter. It really happened by accident when I was slightly younger and I saw them play a game possibly on TTT (as there was no cable). They had a striker by the name of Roger Hunt who seemed to just score for fun. From then until now, I remain a die hard You’ll Never Walk Alone (YNWA) fanatic. Of course, I have suffered as since writing this column, Liverpool has never won the Premier League and the last time they hoisted the First Division title was 28 years, 93 days 23 hours 40 minutes and 4 seconds ago. The wonderful thing for me was that I was able to see them win various titles and cups over the years, much like when I was able to see and appreciate the West Indies team mowing down the opposition; those were the good old days.

So cometh the 2018-2019 season; as one Liverpool fan said to me, he is “cautiously optimistic”. I am not sure what that means, but if it means he is afraid to go out there and boast and brag that Liverpool is going to win the League, then he will never be able to do that. After all, they have spent close to £170 million on transfers, more than any other team. They seem to have a manager who knows what he wants, so, why shouldn’t they win the league? Everyone washed their mouths on the defence; they now have the most expensive keeper and central defender in the game so that should help.

The combination of Salah, Mané and Firmino is regarded as the best-attacking force in Europe. The midfield has been reinforced and this time manager Jürgen Klopp has a bench to turn to if things are not going according to plan. So why shouldn’t Liverpool fans feel confident about their team winning the Premier League title for the first time in history? There will be tremendous pressure on Klopp to win a trophy or two after his transfer window spending spree.

Any club with aspirations to win the league has to be more consistent and possess the killer instinct of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. This is a team that won the League comfortably by 19 points. However, they have only added one big name player in Riyad Mahrez to their squad so, Pep will be looking at more or less the same squad that won him the league last year to defend their title. Man City will be a difficult team to beat. On their day, they have many match winners De Bruyne, Silva, Sané, Agüero, Jesus, Sterling and the list can go on. To win the league, you must finish ahead of City.

The people’s favourite, Manchester United, seems to be going through rough waters. José ‘the special one’ Mourinho is at loggerheads with his board and some of his star players are unhappy. The burning question remains: can Jose get the team playing how he wants quickly enough in order to challenge the likes of the first two mentioned? He builds his team on a strong defence and even though he has one of the finest keepers in the world in David de Gea, he is trying to get a central defensive pairing to suit his style of play. Since this column is written before the transfer deadline, he may well get his wish.

Chelsea is another big-6 team that is in turmoil. The team’s new Italian manager Maurizio Sarri is battling more to keep players rather than trying to get new players to add to his squad. It will strike a devastating blow if he loses Thibaut Courtois, voted the best keeper in the World Cup. However, if he can keep the likes of Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Kanté etc, they will be competitive. The other two London clubs, Arsenal and Spurs, may very well struggle. Spurs have not added anyone special to their squad and I can’t see them clawing back those already mentioned.

Arsenal, on the other hand, has a change in manager after 22 years; Arsene Wenger has been replaced by Spaniard Unai Emery. I expect he will take some time in getting to know his squad, and even though he has brought in a couple new players, they will have to gel quickly with one another and get used to the system.

The winner should come from the big-6 and relegation candidates could be Cardiff, Watford and Huddersfield. Enjoy the EPL Trinbago; it never fails to be competitive and entertaining.

Colin Murray


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T&T golfers 3rd at Caribbean tourney

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:18

Wan Ju Lee starred for T&T as the national golfers put in their best performance in many years to finish third at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships which took place in the Cayman Islands from July 30 - August 3.

T&T placed third in the Arthur Ziadie Trophy for the overall champion, third in the George Teale Trophy, the women’s competition and third in the Hoerman Cup, the men’s competition.

Wan Ju finished as the overall individual champion with his total of five under par 279 to win the inaugural Cesar Rivera Medal. Gabriel Vananoste finished seventh individually with Liam Bryden 11th.

In the Hoerman Cup, the men took the lead after the second day and increased their lead after day three to five stokes. But unfortunately were unable to hold off host country the Cayman Islands who played brilliantly on the last day shooting a three-under-par team total of 281.

The Dominican Republic (284) also played well to pip T&T by three strokes overall. Puerto Rico was well back in fourth place with Jamaica in fifth and the Bahamas in the sixth, Barbados seventh and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) finished eighth.

Lee’s sister Yeji, was the women’s star shooting a total score of 299 to finish seventh with teammate Ysabelle Lawrence in eighth place on 304, Serena Mackenzie finished 13th.

In the George Teale competition for women, Puerto Rico showed their strength in depth to run away the tournament, beating the Dominican Republic by 37 strokes and third place T&T by a further two stokes. The Bahamas finished fourth, Jamaica fifth Cayman Islands sixth.

The T&T Golf Association (TTGA) expressed its pride in the young squad, saying in a release that the future is bright for golf in this country and thanked its major sponsor NLCB, also TGU and TTMF and the players’ families for paying their airfares.

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Caribbean hoops camp at UWISPEC

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:15

Talented basketballers from here and across the region will be at the University of the West Indies Sport and Physical Education Centre (UWISPEC) in St Augustine this weekend, to showcase their skills hoping to get noticed by scouts at the College Exposure Camp hosted by Caribbean Hoops.

Now in its fourth year, the three-day camp according to coordinator Mario Davis, the aim is to provide young basketball players in the Caribbean the opportunity to be recruited by international college coaches and scouts.

Davis said, “The camp is used to provide exposure to local players as well as in the region. We sent out invitations to the different basketball federations and they in turn recommend and send players. This year, Suriname has eight players at the camp.”

This edition will see some 36 basketballers (boys and girls) bring their “game” looking to become student-athletes or even pursue a professional career in the sport.

Privy to see the local and regional talents in action are Jeff Dolan from JUCO Advocate Scouting Service, Wes Hinton from Next Up Recruits scouting service and coach Marcus King from Lee College will be attending.

“On Friday will be the skills assessment phase which will start at 10 am and will be run by The Lab Skills Elite coaches Johnathan Weekes, Stefan Dillon and Duane Virgil with assistance from Atiba De Leon of Tobago,” said Davis.

The camp will offer a high level of coaching and personal instruction, exposure to different styles of play, evaluation and feedback on skill level and suggestions for improvement.

The following day’s activities start at 1 pm with players competing in matches to display their skills in shooting, rebounding, passing and dribbling as well as their basketball “IQ”, so too on Sunday, starting at 10 am.

Participation in the exposure camp increases the likelihood of players earning scholarships to further their tertiary education as well as develop their basketball skill at the next level.

Over the years, some 20 basketballers have had their dreams realised including, in recent times, Tyrik Singh, who is at Daytona State College in Florida and Kadeem Grieg, who is at Ridgeview Prep in North Carolina.

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T&T quintet for Junior & Cadet Open in El Salvador

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:14

Luc O’Young and Derron Douglas will spearhead a T&T quintet who will compete in the boy’s competition at the El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Junior Circuit from August 15 to 19.

Douglas, the reigning national Under-15 champion left on Tuesday night to attend a training camp at Lilly Yip Table Tennis Training Centre, in Dunellen, New Jersey, USA for a week and will link up with national Under-18 title-holder O’Young, in Miami, at the end of the training stint before heading over to El Salvador where they will join other players.

Last month, Douglas and O’Young were beaten in their respective Junior Boys Singles last-32 matches at the 2018 Pan American Junior Table Tennis Championship, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Douglas went under to Argentina’s Martin Bentacor 1-11, 10-12, 3-11, 8-11 and O’Young was beaten by USA’s Sharon Alguetti 2-11, 3-11, 3-11, 3-11.

The local duo was also ousted in the first round of the Boys Doubles, 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 14-16 by Puerto Ricans, Angel Naranjo and Jabdiel Torres.

On Friday, both Douglas and O’Young had qualified from their round-robin singles group as second-placed finishers.

Douglas went under to Canada’s Terrence Yeung 4-11, 6-11, 8-11 in his four-player Group Ten opener.

However, the T&T ace rebounded with wins against Aruban Jean-Claude Hoek 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 and Brazilian, Sergio Bignardi, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 to end with a 2-1 pool record and second spot to qualify.

O’Young has also defeated in his Group Four opener by Chile’s Andres Martinez 3-11, 9-11, 8-11 but outplayed Dominican Republic’s Noel Almonte 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 in his other match for a 1-1 record and second in his three-player series.

Martinez defeats Almonte 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 in the other match.

T&T’s other participant, Javier King did not manage to get out of his Group Eighth four-player pool after defeats at the hands of Uruguay’s Pablo Palou (6-11, 5-11, 7-11); Dominican Republic’s Omar Andujar (5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 7-11), and Canada’s Alexander Bu, (1-11, 5-11, 4-11).

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