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Shabazz resigns as Women’s coach

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:10

Unable to take the country’s Women footballers further, National Women’s coach Jamaal Shabazz has resigned as head of the Women’s programme which includes an under-17, 20 and the senior teams.

His resignation comes 13 months after he replaced Italian Carolina Morace and her staff at the helm of the local women’s programme. The senior footballers are preparing for the World Cup qualifiers.

In a letter addressed to general secretary of the T&T Football Association Justin Latapy-George yesterday, Shabazz said he was preparing for a different role. Shabazz said, “After careful consideration of all the factors surrounding what is required for this team to go forward, it is in the best interest of the team and the country, that I step aside and allow for someone who can bring more to the table at this point.”

He added, “A major part of my life has been given to developing the women’s game as a coach. Now I think Allah has a different role for me to play in the development of the game locally and regionally. I will remain a staunch supporter of this team in particular and women’s football in general.”

Shabazz’s under-20 team just missed out on advancing out of the group stage at a Concacaf tournament at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva last year while his senior women won a hotly contested Caribbean Football Union Women’s Challenge at the same venue earlier this year.

However, his senior women, intending to its outing at the recent Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games as preparation for the qualifiers finished winless in four matches, losing three and drawing the other game.

The team is scheduled to begin action in the qualifiers from August 25 and it is unsure who will be Shabazz replacement to date. Guardian Media Sports understand Anton Corneal is likely to take the team through the qualifiers until a new coach is found.

Shabazz believes there are coaches right here within our shores who are capable of assuming his position as coach. He, however, explained that to take the women’s game forward, we must enlarge the pool of players. “And this will be done through the NLCB Elite Programme by the T&T Football Association, which is a major step in that direction.”

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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Shabazz: Give us land, treat us like cricket

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:06

“Give football clubs lands and make them self-sustainable in the future,” said an emotional Jamaal Shabazz. He believes this will eliminate the clubs’ dependency on Government for funding.

His plea comes as Government, through the Sports Company of T&T (SporTT) distributed promised cheques totalling $4.8 million to eight T&T Pro League football clubs including Club Sando, North East Stars, St Ann’s Rangers, Central FC, Point Fortin Civic, San Juan Jabloteh, Morvant Caledonia United and W Connection, for the financial period September 2017 to October 2018.

However, W Connection, which is still non-compliant, will receive its monies when the club’s auditor returns from abroad and signs off its outstanding documents.

The handing-over was attended by SporTT director Hayden Mitchell, the chief executive officer (CEO) Jason Williams, director of Physical Education and Sports Patrice Charles, Pro League chairman Richard Fakoory, T&T Football Association president David John-Williams and other club representatives at the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) in Balmain, Couva.

Shabazz, the lead administrator at Morvant Caledonia, responded to concerns raised about a possible solution to Government’s constant injection of funds to save the Pro League, its clubs and by extension, the sport in general, through which hundreds of stakeholders survive, and national teams are resourced.

According to Shabazz, “Give us the grounds in the communities and I guarantee it will stop us from going back to the Government for help.

“It seems the easier thing is to give us a cheque so the dependency will continue. However, if we get the community fields we are able to wean our clubs off government funding.”

Shabazz believes football’s problem is ingrained deep within the psyche of T&T’s people, saying the concept of feeding us a fish rather than to teaching us how to fish has been a major downfall for T&T as a people.

He pointed to the difference with the sport of cricket, where Preysal and Clarke Road operate grounds that are under the control of Regional Corporations. “The man called football remains landless while the man called Mr cricket can stand on his own.”

“His corporation gave him land and a means to make money, while we get a cheque and no land to develop our vision into becoming a Queen’s Park. If we get the grounds for ourselves, in that way we will get off our knees and stop begging the Government for help,” Shabazz noted.

Fakoory too believes football will not stand on its own if clubs are not given a means to generate its own revenues.

Government’s $4.8 million injection into football was the first of three to be given in as many years, aimed at helping clubs and the League to put its house in order financially. The money is expected to help teams pay salaries.

John-Williams said they are grateful for the financial assistance by the Government which comes at a time when the sport has been short on investors.

It is expected that each club will get $50,000 each a month for 14 months ending October 2018. The league kicks-off on Friday.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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Trinidad Derby Musings

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:14

With the 2018 edition of the Trinidad Derby less than two months away, it is now a good time to summarise where the main contenders are in the quest for glory. Triple Crown aspirant, General JN continues to lead the way in the standings and with five wins in his six career starts continues to stand tall over his rivals.

While there is no doubt that his four-length victory in the Midsummer Classic was his least impressive victory in this country, he was still a comfortable winner and two of his main rivals were behind him that day in third and fourth positions respectively.

He will no doubt have one more start before the Derby and punters will be able to confirm his progress or lack thereof. What is clear though is that the competition to him on September 24th is growing weekly.

With Midsummer Classic runner-up, Prince of Bellevue now out of training due to injury, in terms of his main rivals on form, Affirmative and Streaking Far, third and fourth in the Midsummer Classic would stand out. This due renewed their rivalry in the T&T Breeders Classic with the Shivam Maharaj owned colt maintaining his advantage. In a race run at a decent gallop, Affirmative was able to withstand the late surge of Streaking Far in the 1800 metres event. Streaking Far, however, continues to suggest that she will stay the whole day and could get closer to the colts given the extra 200 metres of the Derby. While Affirmative was slowing down in mid-stretch, he was holding the filly in the final 50 metres and that will give connections some hope for the Derby. The key for the Derby might be the ability of his rider to rate his speed in a race that is not likely to lack for early speedsters. Princess Sophia who promised plenty after her Royal Colours Classic romp was well held in fourth in the Breeders Classic, looking for all the world as a patent non-stayer having travelled well up until the 600 metres mark. It will be interesting to see what connections do with her next. The Breeders Classic third, Blazing Gem, appears too slow.

The most significant challenger to the General in all likelihood was not seen in the Breeders Classic on Emancipation Day but rather the 50-35 handicap over 1750 metres on that same race card. The once-raced maiden winner Cape Canaveral took on an admittedly moderate field but could not have been more impressive in romping to his second victory in a time almost four seconds faster than his debut win and the fastest 1750 metres run for any creole three-year-old this year. This son of Nuclear Wayne is another for whom it appears the early lead is a prerogative though trainer Mendez will no doubt be working to get his charge to relax a bit more in the early stages of his races. While he has beaten nothing of note with runner-up River Secret a maiden winner herself, Cape Canaveral races with an enthusiasm that we only see from top class animals. In the earlier part of the season, it was felt that Warmonger would be owner Samlalsingh’s main Derby contender this year and he contested both early classics but has been somewhat disappointing. Little did we know that owner Samlalsingh has this monster waiting to be unleashed. He is another who is sure to have one more start before the Derby and his continued progress will be monitored with interest. Warmonger is still on the scene but appears fully exposed now as not likely to be quite good enough.

Insofar as other possible challengers are concerned, St. Ann’s winner Dancin Deputy seems to have completely gone off the boil and cannot even be considered as a true contender at this stage. Owner Shivam Maharaj could have a second string to his bow in Master of War who was a winner over the 60-45 class recently only to be disqualified for interference in the late stretch. The colt nevertheless puts down a decent effort and could be capable of running into a place though he has been well beaten in the first leg of the Triple Crown to date. The Errol Stables’ Towering was an impressive maiden winner of his 1750 metres event a few months ago but has been plagued by injury subsequently and is a doubtful starter at this stage though if he was to make the event, he could also be capable of running into a place. Two maidens with potential but for whom time could be running out are the SIR Stables’ Road Rage who stayed on nicely to be a distant second in his second start (and first for over six months) on Emancipation Day. He needs to progress further but is another that could be picking up pieces at the end of a strongly run Derby. The vigorous campaigning of trainer Harold Chadee saw his nice maiden Smarty Jon return just 10 days after his debut second to contest the Breeders Classic. This proved a bit much for the colt and he was a well-beaten sixth on Emancipation Day. Given a bit of time to freshen up and one more start towards the end of August, this colt could yet build on the promise of his debut run. He is not one to write off just yet. Strategic Patience from the inform Shaffique Khan stable cannot be ignored especially as his owner Bertram Dookeran has a habit of finding outsiders.

So with the Derby now firmly in the sights of the main contenders, it is time for connections of the main contenders to begin to get excited. The top contenders in my order of priority are now General JN, Cape Canaveral, Affirmative, Streaking Far, Master of War, Towering, Road Rage, Warmonger, Blazing Gem Princess Sophia and Strategic Patience.

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Straker traps Army 68-46

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:13

Led by centre Ashton Demurrell and guard Sadiki Guerra, Straker Nets sealed its second straight win in the Men’s Premier Division of the Barry Stewart Invitational Basketball League at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Chaguanas on Sunday.
 

Demurrell scored 13 and Guerra netted 12 to help Straker comfortably defeat Defence Force 68-48 in the final match of six matches played on the day.

Action in the first quarter was balanced with Defence Force, playing without star player Steven “Lighter” Lewis due to injury, keeping on par offensively with Straker as the scores stayed tied at 22 at the end of the opening period.

In the second quarter, Defence Force despite the efforts of forward Kyeon Joseph (10) and guard Jamille King (10) fell behind by five (36-31) points at the half-way mark.

On the resumption, the Straker-unit came out much more aggressive on offence and lifted its defence to limit the army/coast guard combination team’s chances at the basket. This helped Starker gain a 48-36 lead heading into the fourth session.

Not much changed in the final quarter as Straker also boosted by guard Joel Hinds (9) and Triston Benjamin (9), outplayed Defence Force to seal the 20-point victory.

Similarly in the two matches played in the women’s division earlier turned out to be lopsided as well.

Six-footer post-player Jameela McCarthy played a major role in Straker Nets huge 83-59 victory over Enterprise, notching a match-high 24 points. Her teammates forward Crystal-Ann George added 20 and point guard Sue Lin Tang netted 17 for the winner.

Carissa Ramdial scored a team-high 18, Breanna Charles poured in 13 and Jamika Knight netted 13, in a losing effort.

The other match saw Ezita Best produce a match-high 22 points to pilot Brian Chase Academy to a massive 76-14 win over newcomer, the University of the West Indies (UWI), who had no player reaching double-figures.

There were more one-sided matches in the lower division with Brian Chase Academy led by Esan Babb with 25, getting a 30-point (77-47) win over 500 Hawks in the Under-19 Division.

In the U-15 category which is allowed to use female players up to the age of 17, Maloney Pacers crushed Grande Young Stars, 91-23 after leading 47-9 at the half and 500 Hawks beat Enterprise 56-37. Uthman Bilal starred for Hawks with a grand 31-point performance.

RESULTS

Men’s Premier Div
Straker Nets (36) 68 (Ashton DeMurrell 13, Sadiki Guerra 12, Joel Hinds 9, Triston Benjamin 9) vs Defence Force (31) 48 (Kyeon Joseph 10, Jamille King 10).
Women’s Div
Straker Nets (37) 83 (Jameela McCarthy 24, Crystal-Ann George 20, Sue Lin Tang 17) vs Enterprise (18) 59 (Carissa Ramdial 18, Breanna Charles 13, Jamika Knight 13).
UWI (12) 14 (Aneicia Baptiste 4) vs Brian Chase Academy (38) 76 (Ezita Best 22, Allison Young 19, Stephanie Isaac 10).
U-19 Div
Brian Chase Academy (42) 77 (Esan Babb 25, Johnathan Thomas 18, Ezekiel Humphrey 16) vs 500 Hawks (24) 47 (Stephan Auguste 14, Jaheim Badal 11, Uthman Bilal 8).
U-15 Div
500 Hawks (21) 56 (Uthman Bilal 31, Nathaniel Phillip 14, Kelvin Wellington 8) vs Enterprise (18) 37 (Jamika Knights 6, Negus Moore 6, Andy Neblett 6).
Grande Young Stars (9) 47 (Chekee Valere 8, Malik Williams 8, Michale Lucthmayi 6) vs Maloney Pacers (23) 91 (Jael Lewis 22, Christian Zoe 15, Jelani Blackett 12).

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Borel, Richards and Ahye lead NACAC quest

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:11

Recent gold medallist at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Cleopatra Borel, is among a stellar group of T&T athletes that will go for glory at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Senior Championships to be hosted in Toronto, Canada, this weekend.

Borel’s teammates include Commonwealth champions Jereem Richards and Michelle-Lee Ahye. Richards will race in the men’s 200 metres while Ahye will compete in two events, the women’s 100m and she will link with double CAC silver medallists sprinters Semoy Hackett and Khalifa St Fort along with Reyare Thomas to form the 4x100m relay team. Thomas will also compete in the 200m dash.

Borel dominated the women’s shot put event at the CAC Games held in Barranquilla, Colombia which saw T&T emerged with nine medals in track and field, two gold, five silver and two bronze.

Hackett and St Fort won individual medals in the 200m and 100m, respectively, along with Alena Brooks, the women’s 800m silver medal winner, men’s 110m silver medallist Ruebin Walters, men’s 200m bronze medallist Kyle Greaux , and Andwuelle Wright, the men’s long jump bronze medallist, who are all part of the 23-athlete team.

National sprint champion Keston Bledman has also been named on the team. At the recent CAC Games, the two-time Olympic medal winner finished sixth in 10.35 seconds in the men’s 100m semifinal and did not advance to the final.

Two other members on the team, hurdlers Jehue Gordon and Sparkle Mc Knight, reached the final in their respective 400m hurdles races but placed out of the top three spots. Gordon was eighth in 50.02 while McKnight was fifth in 55.56.

Joining Borel and Wright on the field are jumpers Ayanna Alexander (triple jump) and Tyra Gittens (long jump), Hezekiel Romeo (shot put) and Kareem Roberts (high jump). Alexander, Gittens and Romeo competed at the Games as well but did not reach the podium.

Middle-distance runner Ashton Gill will be making his debut on the senior athletics team, racing in the men’s 800m.

The team will be under the guidance of manager Dexter Voisin and the coaches are Arlon Morrison, Ian Carter, Ismael Mastrapa, Niconner Alexander and Wendell Williams.

TEAM

Women: Michelle-Lee Ahye (100m, 4x100m), Khalifa St Fort (100m, 4x100m), Semoy Hackett (200m, 4x100m), Reyare Thomas (200, 4x100m), Sparkle Mc Knight (400m hurdles), Janeil Bellille (400m hurdles), Alena Brooks (800m), Cleopatra Borel (shot put), Tyra Gittens (long jump), Ayanna Alexander (Triple Jump).
Men: Keston Bledman (100m, 4x100m), Jalen Purcell (100m, 4x100m), Jereem Richards (200m), Kyle Greaux (200m, 4x100m), Johnathan Farinha (4x100m), Nathan Farinha (4x100m), Jehue Gordon (400m hurdles), Ashton Gill (800m), Andwuelle Wright (long jump), Ruebin Walters (110m hurdles), Aaron Lewis (110m hurdles), Kareem Roberts (high jump), Hezekiel Romeo (shot put)
OFFICIALS: Dexter Voisin (manager), Arlon Morrison (coach), Ian Carter (coach), Ismael Mastrapa (coach), Niconner Alexander (coach), Wendell Williams (coach), Shurlan Bonas (medical), Keisha Fraser (medical)

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Van Dyk to boost T&T netball

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:09

“It’s going to take some time but they are definitely on the right track.”

Encouraging words from retired former South Africa and New Zealand goal-shooter Irene van Dyke, who is T&T for a netball coaching workshop being hosted by the T&T Netball Association (TTNA).

The four-day camp started yesterday with a ceremony at the VIP Lounge at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain which welcomed Van Dyk and included the TTNA president Dr Patricia Butcher and Ruth Delany, the New Zealand Deputy High Commissioner in Bridgetown, Barbados.

“Moments like this is what coaches live for. You get to share your knowledge, wanting the sport to grow,” said Van, who indicated that she has a decent idea of the “Calypso Girls” having competed against them at international events like the Netball World Championships and Commonwealth Games over the years.

Attendance on the opening day of the clinic included senior national coach Wesley “Pepe” Gomes, national Under-16 coach Lystra Solomon-Simmons, a former senior national captain and former youth coach Naomi Babb, to name a few.

“The people who are here want to grow, they want to make netball the best game for the people that play netball,” said Van Dyk. “The knowledge in this room is unbelievable so its lovely to share the knowledge and experiences with the other coaches as well.”

Van Dyk is one of the world’s best-known netballers and the most capped international player of all time. She represented South Africa 72 times and also captained the team.

She was the 2003 New Zealand sportswoman of the year and a nominee in 2005. She became a New Zealand citizen in 2005 and represented New Zealand for 14 years before retiring from international netball in June 2014.

“Incorporating different coaches from different countries to come in and show the skills and level of professionalism that is needed to grow the sport,” said Van Dyk.

The attendees at the camp will be exposed to new skills and drills with the aim being to grow the sport which earned T&T, its lone World title.

The camp ends on Friday and Van Dyk’s hope the experience will help build the “Passion for the game”.

“The competitiveness is there, I have no doubt that T&T will be back,” said Van Dyk.

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Pro League clubs get $4.8m back pay today

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:07

The eight Pro League football clubs in T&T will receive their promised subventions for the financial period September 2017- October 2018 today.

Among the clubs to benefit is W Connection FC, the only one that is still non-compliant. The Savonetta Boys as they are popularly known, have been given a ‘bligh’ as it is set to cash in on a $4.8 million cheque payout scheduled to take place at the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) in Balmain, Couva this afternoon, in spite of demands by the Sport Company of T&T and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs recently, for clubs to be compliant to receive funding.

On Monday, Renee John-Williams, the club’s representative said they could not submit audited financial statements and the strategic plan required to be compliant, as the club’s auditor is still out of the country.

Apart from W Connection, a multiple-time winner of nearly every title on offer in the Pro League, the clubs scheduled to receive retroactive payments at 2 pm are Morvant Caledonia United, Central FC, Club Sando, St Ann’s Rangers, San Juan Jabloteh, last year’s defending champions North East Stars and Point Fortin Civic, which submitted its compliant documents on Friday last.

Guardian Media Sports was reliably informed, however, that the Government, through the Ministry of Sports and Sport Company, will no longer deal with the T&T Pro League directly with regards to payments of subventions, and will instead channel all payments through the parent body, the T&T Football Association, which will then distribute the monies to the League for the clubs.

The reason, it is understood, is to ensure strict transparency and accountability when dealing with the public purse.

However, Anthony Creed, the executive manager of the Sports Development and Performance Unit at SporTT said yesterday he was unaware that such a decision had been made. He said if it was, then it would have come from the Board of the SporTT.

The league, which has faced three delays to its start of the 2018 season, will kick-off on Friday with a Super Friday double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 6 pm that pits San Juan Jabloteh against Point Fortin Civic, last season’s fifth and seventh-place finishers, respectively.

In the other game, Morvant Caledonia United will square-off with Defence Force from 8 pm. Matches will continue on August 11. The League will only be hampered by three FIFA international breaks from—September 3-11, October 8-16 and November 12-20.

A pro league release sent out yesterday said the season will be a quick-fire one that will run through to November 24 and will comprise two rounds of football.

The league will also attempt to bring back the traditional Pro Bowl competition which is expected to be played in December.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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TKR begins title defence at Oval

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:05

At prime time tonight, the country will go still as its favourite cricket team, the Trinbago Knight Riders will be making a bid to become the most successful team in the history of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by winning three titles as the team aims to repeat last year’s performance.

They open the defence of their title tonight at 8 pm when the St Lucia Stars visit the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain. TKR has a proud record at the venue where the team won its five preliminary round matches the previous edition. The Riders will start with confidence being the former champions but will be cognizant of the fact that all franchises have strengthened their units in an effort to make a run at this year’s title to hoist the new trophy that is at stake.

The Riders have had to make three changes to their original team selected at the draft but the replacements are strong and this should not be an issue.

Shannon Gabriel, the big Windies fast bowler, replaces South African Junior Dala. The Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed replaces Pakistani Shadab Khan and Muhammad Ali Khan, the USA pacer, takes the place of the injured Guyanese Ronsford Beaton.

Nevertheless, skipper Dwayne Bravo who is very confident ahead of the clash said, “We’ve had a good lead up to the tournament and while some of our foreign players were not here early, they were playing cricket and it’s great for us. We again have a strong team and one that fights hard so we are confident going into the game. We are looking forward to playing in front of a full house here at the Queen’s Park Oval and performing for our fans.”

TKR’s Colin Borde, the most successful manager in the history of the tournament said that all is well with his players in terms of injuries and that they are ready for the first ball to be bowled. He said, “Dwayne as always have a group of men here who fights for him and this was our greatest strength last year. The boys have gelled well in the short time they have been together and everything is well in place ahead of the match. It is important to start off with a win in this tournament and the boys will be out there fighting hard to make this a reality.”

Meanwhile, the St Lucia Stars have struggled in the CPL since joining the league as St Lucia Zouks in 2013, and they are going to have to really dig deep if they are to finish better than last season. They did not win a game last year after being rebranded as the St Lucia Stars, so that will be the first target for them. However, this looks like being another tough season unless they can pull off a huge shock to get this season’s campaign going.

The big news this year for the franchise is David Warner will be part of the team replacing D’Arcy Short who’s been chosen to be a part of Australia A’s tour of India during the same time.

The team captain is Kieron Pollard, arguably one of the most destructive batsmen in this version of the game fancies his team’s chances against the champion even on home soil.

Pollard, who led the Barbadian Tridents from its inception in 2013 was waived by the team before he landed at Stars said, “Always tough to play the TKR at home and we know we have a battle on our hands.

We’ve brought in some very good players into the franchise this year and we think that this team will go very far.”

Checks with the ticket agents indicate that there are only a few tickets available for the Stollmeyer Stand and the Trini Posse as T&T is expected to come out in their numbers today.

TEAMS

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.
St Lucia Stars: Andre Fletcher, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Christopher Lamont, Darren Sammy, Dasun Shanaka, David Warner, Jaskaran Malholtra, Kaveem Hodge, Kesrick Williams, Kieron Pollard,Lendl Simmons, Mitch McCleneghan, Niroshan Dickwella, Obed McCoy, Odean Smith, Qias Ahmad, Rakheem Cornwall, Rumman Raees, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Sami, Mark Chapman

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Positive mindset influences success

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:52

The book, “The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive”, is a read that serves as a reminder of the importance of mindset as part of an athlete’s arsenal.

To achieve excellence in sports mindset is as important as physical preparation and training.

The back story behind every example of success - and this can be said about every human endeavour not just sport is one of a particular type of mindset.

“The Champion’s Mind” in a simple format clarifies lessons and techniques that can benefit sportsmen and women trying to reach for excellence.

The author of the book, Jim Afremow, included some points that are worth sharing even if only as a reminder.

The mental abilities of confidence, concentration and composure are crucial for being a champion.

Part of the process requires us to maintain our eagerness to learn and grow and to take well trained, disciplined action to make positive change.

Attitude is a decision, and it is also a learned behaviour, requiring discipline.

Win the day - This means you should take advantage of the opportunity that each day brings to be the best you can be.

If you aren’t getting better, you’re getting worse; Feed your positive thoughts so it triumphs against negative ones; Train like your are No 2, but compete like you are No 1; Focus on your performances, not on unwanted outcomes; Mental toughness is the ability to remain positive and proactive in the most adverse of circumstances; Our Greatest Glory is not in never falling but in rising each time we fall; Avoid the perils of perfectionism and survive the “paralysis-by-analysis” syndrome- underperforming by over thinking; It takes 10 years or even longer to become an overnight success.

Find the good, it’s all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you will start believing it.

For all of our athletes aspiring to the podium, the mindset is just as important as optimal physical fitness.

As the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) seeks to provide the highest quality support service to Team TTO members, including advice on prevention of illness and injury, and direction on performance-related matters, it is important to remember physical preparation and training isn’t the be all and end all.

Mindset and mental health and well being are as important.

Editor’s note: Brian Lewis is the president of the T&T Olympic Committee (TT)C) and the views expressed at not necessarily those of the organisation.

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Morrison to name CAZOVA team today

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:51

National senior men’s volleyball coach, Sean Morrison will name his team today for the defence of its Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s Championship title.

The tournament will take place from Saturday to August 20, in Paramaribo, Suriname and will feature ten-time winners Barbados, 2012 champion team the Bahamas, Haiti, three-time defending champion T&T, and the host country, Suriname.

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.

Morrison will have great memories of competing in Suriname as he was a part of the national men’s team which captured its first-ever CAZOVA crown back in 2010 in Suriname, before adding the last two editions of the competition, in 2014 and 2017, both on home soil.

The tournament will also be a chance for the T&T men to get back to winning ways after a tough outing at the just concluded 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia where they ended with a 0-5 record.

This after losing pool matches to host Colombia (2-3), Puerto Rico (0-3) and Guatemala (1-3) before suffering defeats against Venezuela (0-3) and Guatemala, again, (1-3) in the seventh spot playoff.

Prior to that, the T&T men had a 1-3 record at the Men’s NORCECA Challenge Cup in Pinar del Rio, Cuba with defeats against Puerto Rico (0-3), Cuba (0-3) and Guatemala (1-3) while tasting victory versus Costa Rica 3-0.

Together with captain Ryan Stewart, a few familiar faces from last year’s winning team along with Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore, who was voted as the “Best Middle Blocker” at the CAC Games, should be included.

Those expected to be selected are Marlon “Waldo” Phillip, Akim Bushe, Kameron Donald, Mikheil Hoyte, Joshua Mohammed, Brandon Legall and Daneil Williams, all members of last year’s winning team on home soil.

According to Morrison, teams for the CAZOVA Championship are allowed to name a roster of 12 players, but due to a lack of funds, the T&T team will only comprise ten players.

Morrison and his team will continue to train until Thursday at a venue yet to be confirmed before leaving for Suriname on Friday ahead of Saturday’s start of the competition.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Host Year Champions Runner-up Second Runner-up
Suriname 1991 Netherland Antilles Suriname
Jamaica 1992 Barbados Jamaica Bahamas
T&T 1993 Barbados Jamaica Bahamas
Bahamas 1994 Barbados Bahamas Martinique
Barbados 1995 Barbados Netherland Antilles Suriname
USVI 1996 Barbados Suriname Martinique
Martinique 1998 Barbados Martinique Jamaica
Barbados 2000 Barbados Suriname Bahamas
T&T 2002 Barbados Netherland Antilles Martinique
Barbados 2004 Barbados Jamaica T&T
Bahamas 2006 Barbados T&T Jamaica
Barbados 2008 Martinique Barbados T&T
Suriname 2010 T&T Barbados Bahamas
USVI 2012 Bahamas T&T Barbados
T&T 2014 T&T Barbados Curacao
T&T 2017 T&T Martinique Barbados

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Unstoppable Police women eye another title

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:47

The unstoppable Police Women’s Rugby team seems well on their way to the clinching their fourth 10-a-side title in as many years.

The team being led by the talented Nicolette Pantor, a member of the now famous ‘Pantor clang’ as well as the equally talented Calisha Harry, Jahlissa Thomas, Angel Jorsling, Avijah Lewis, Kathleen Stephens and sisters Ornella, Onika and Kadiera George among others, have won every title at stake in women’s rugby for the past three years, including the 10-a-side, 7-a-side, Knock Out, the opening Ruggerama title, and the season-ending Caribbean part of the Rugby Barbados World Sevens.

On Saturday the Policewomen earned an easy default win in the Harvard-hosted rugby festival at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, to add to their opening ruggerama title on June 23. Due to the pulling out of UWI Tobago and Rainbow this year, the Lawwomen are among just four teams battling for supremacy and bragging rights, with the others being Harvard, Caribs and Royalians.

The teams are each allowed to host a rugby festival and the winner will be determined by the one with the most points.

Apart from claiming the win from the Harvard-forfeited festival Saturday, Police also won their own festival at the St James Barracks on July 21, as well as the first festival held by Caribs at the Savannah.

The Lawwomen need only to win the other two festivals to be hosted by Royalians on August 26 and the T&T Rugby Football Union festival on September 30 to retain the title.

Yesterday Harry, a standout player on the police roster said her team’s strength lies in the collective responsibility of each player. “Each player has a responsibility and she goes out there and gets it done for the benefit of the team,” Harry explained.

After the three festivals, Police are ahead on the standings with 22 points with Royalians in second on 22 points and Harvard and Caribs occupying the other two positions in third and fourth respectively on 18 and 10 points.

Meanwhile, Harvard men are well ahead in the Senior Division, a position they reinforced on at the weekend with a convincing 27-0 triumph over Caribs. Rainbow was also among the winners in the senior division Saturday, defeating Defence Force 48-32 in Group B, while in Rydeus whipped Policemen 41-21.

Rydeus men were led by double tries from Lemuel Rogers and Solomon Antoine, and other tries from Marquis Samuel, Korri Edwards and Kareem Thomas.

Police on the other hand got two tries and three conversions from Akiel Smith, while Andel Matamoro was the scorer of the other try.

In a Championship Division match, Caribs also prevailed over arch-rivals Royalians 30-10 at the Savannah.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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Windies crash against Bangladesh

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:45

The visitors started their tour of the Caribbean being bowled out for 43 runs but when Bangladesh left on Sunday night for home, they were smiling as they recovered well to take both the ODI series and T20 series by 2-1 margins.

The Bangladesh boys defeated the Windies by 19 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Central Broward Regional Park in the United States to topple the world champions.

Liton Dass was the difference between the two teams as he slapped 61 runs from 32 balls. His innings included six fours and three sixes. His effort enabled his team totally 184 for five wickets in their 20 overs. The Windies were replying on 135/7 in 17.1 overs when the second rain break forced the umpires to reward the game on the DL Method.

The Windies were out of the game when Andre Russell fell for 47 off 21 balls. The right-handed Jamaican came to the crease with the Windies in trouble and his first five scoring strokes were 6, 6, 6, 6, 4. The large expat Bangladeshi contingent in the stands grew very quiet, as he was threatening to take the game away from them. When he holed out after hitting four and six sixes, the series was over for the Windies.

Earlier, Bangladesh got a massive advantage when they won the toss as batting first would have favoured them. The ball came on nicely unto the bat which made scoring easier, as the Windies would realise that there was no profit in batting second, as some balls kept low. Dass led the way for Bangladesh as he smacked the Windies bowling all over the park. At the end of the six-over powerplay, Bangladesh was already 77/2 and out front. The little right-hander scored 61 from 32 balls with six fours and three sixes. He and Tamim Iqbal out on 61 run for the first wicket in 4.4 overs, as the latter made 21 from 13 balls. Towards the end of the innings, Mahmudullah Riaz struck 32 not out off 20 balls with four fours and a six and Abu Hider stroked 18 not out. (CMC)

SCOREBOARD

West Indies vs Bangladesh
3rd T20I
BANGLADESH Innings
L. Das c Nurse b Williams 61
T. Iqbal c Williams b Brathwaite 21
S. Sarkar c Powell b Paul 5
M. Rahim c wkp Ramdin b Brathwaite 12
S. Al Hasan c Nurse b Paul 24
Mahmudullah not out 32
A. Haque not out 18
Extras (lb4, w6, nb1) 11
TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 184
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-66, 3-97, 4-102, 5-146
Did not bat: Islam, Rony, Hossain, Rahman.
Bowling: Badree 3-0-23-0, Nurse 3-0-31-0, Russell 3-0-36-0 (w1), Brathwaite 4-0-32-2 (w3), Paul 3-0-26-2 (w1), Williams 4-0-32-1 (w1, nb1).
WEST INDIES Innings
C Walton c (sub) Rahman b Sarkar 19
A Fletcher c Islam b Rahman 6
M Samuels b Shakib Al Hasan 2
R Powell c Hider b Rahman 23
D Ramdin b Hossain 21
A Russell c Haque b Rahman 47
C Brathwaite c (sub) S Rahman b Hider 5
A Nurse not out 0
Extras (b4, lb3, w5) 12
TOTAL (7 wkts, 17.1 overs) 135
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-30, 3-32,
4-77, 5-96, 6-128, 7-135.
Did not bat: K Paul, K Williams, S Badree.
Bowling: Abu Hider 3-0-27-1
Rubel Hossain 4-0-28-1,
Mustafizur Rahman 3.1-0-31-3 (w1),
Nazmul Islam 0.3-0-2-0,
Soumya Sarkar 2.3-0-18-1,
Shakib-al-Hasan 4-0-22-1.
Result: Bangladesh won by 19 runs (D-L-S method)
Series: Bangladesh won three-match series 2-1.
Man-of-the-Match: Liton Das.
Man-of-the-Series: Shakib-al-Hasan.
Toss: Bangladesh.
Umpires: G Brathwaite, N Duguid; TV – J Wilson.

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Carter wins alone at ITF

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:41

Aiden Carter was the lone T&T player in winner’s row when the Main Draw of the Coca-Cola/ITF Junior Tennis Tournament served off at the St Lucia National Tennis Centre, Beausejour, Gros-Islet Castries, St Lucia, yesterday.

Carter, with an ITF rank of 2429 is the highest T&T ranked player among the Under 18s and he showed why in his encounter with Martin Heller of the USA, winning in straight sets 6-1, 7-6(2) despite the challenge.

His win was the only bright spark for the T&T players up to that point in the tournament, as all the other players who took the court before he was beaten.

Earlier, Victoria Koylass fell to Anjali Mogili of the United States 6-0, 6-0 on court six and Liam Sheppard, an hour afterwards succumbed to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to number#3 seed Donte Armorister of the Bahamas on the same court. Aalisha Alexis also suffered a Girls singles nightmare in her match against Marine Michel of France, losing 6-4, 6-4.

In another game Kimberly Sabga had her matchup with Audrey Moutama of France played simultaneously with Carter’s game, on the adjacent court, but still, Sabga went down to her counterpart 6-1, 6-0, hardly troubling the French in the process.

Up top press time, last night T&T siblings Osenyonye N’Wokolo and Ebolum N’Wokolo were prevented from action due to a downpour of rain. Osenyonye was scheduled to face hometown favourite Meggan Williams and her brother was expected to be up against fourth-ranked Phillippe Mercelina of the Netherlands on court five.

Later Shauna Valentine, another T&T player was scheduled to face Selene Kentish of Antigua.

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Bravo chases new CPL trophy

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:38

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season is here and there has been a refresh of the trophy for this year. The sleek and modern design integrates the colourful and vibrates Hero CPL logo with a cutting edge look.

Designed by Ryan McClean of Ryan McClean Silver, the new trophy will be up for grabs when the tournament gets underway tomorrow with defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) taking on St Lucia Stars.

The trophy was delivered to Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain by Hero CPL’s official logistics partner, eZone. Present at the unveiling were Damien O’Donohoe and Pete Russell, CEO and COO of the Hero CPL, and Dwayne Bravo and Javon Searles from TKR.

Speaking about the vision behind the trophy McClean said: “I designed the trophy after spending time looking at the Hero CPL logo. I wanted to try and tie the two things together. The logo, just like Hero CPL, is dynamic and colourful and I felt the trophy should mirror this. The swirls from the logo holding a cricket ball seemed a perfect fit to reflect what Hero CPL represents - the perfect synergy of carnival and cricket.”

This year will also see the arrival of the Bouncers, the new mascots for Hero CPL. The cricket-loving siblings – Vivian and Richard – will be helping to keep the crowd entertained across the tournament. They were both present at the trophy launch in Port of Spain to help celebrate the new trophy and get us ready for the upcoming tournament.

Damien O’Donohoe, Hero CPL CEO said: “It’s great to be back here again at the Queen’s Park Oval. It is hard to believe for Pete and I that this is year six, we couldn’t be more excited. We definitely believe that this is going to be the biggest and best year by far. It’s great to be playing the home games here at Queen’s Park Oval and the finals at the Brian Lara Stadium. We just want to showcase our new trophy which we’re very proud of. We had a top silversmith working on this for about six months and we think it’s first class.”

Dwayne Bravo, captain of TKR said: “It’s a pleasure for me to be standing here next to this nice trophy. Hopefully, I’ll be the first captain to lift it again this year. CPL is a very good tournament, it’s one of the most successful tournaments in the world one of the most anticipated tournaments in the world.

“Playing the first game here at my home ground here at the Queen’s Park Oval it’s going to be a full house. I want to wish all the teams all the best in this tournament – the fans are going to get their monies worth and once again thanks to CPL for continuing to support Caribbean cricket.”

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Junior tennis stars prepare for Tobago ITF

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 01:55

T&T’s junior tennis stars will spring into action again in a series of continuous competitions that will serve to boost the country’s chances of achieving its target of having a player ranked among the top 150 in the world by 2026.

Following on the heels of the ITF Under-12 Development tournament at the National Racquet Centre (NRC) last month and the JITTIC U-14 tournament in El Salvador last week, the country’s young budding stars will next contest the Tobago ITF competition for U-12, 14 and U-18 players, both boys and girls, at the NRC in two weeks time, August 18-23.

Public Relation’s Officer at Tennistt, the governing body for the sport locally, Carlista Mohammed said the tournament will provide an ideal opportunity for players to gain valuable points towards their international rankings, both at the ITF and JITIC.

Last year, Kobe James was the lone T&T player to have won a match in the boys Under-18 singles category. The girls equivalent, however, produced a much better showing with Jade Tom Yew and Abigail Jones reaching the semifinals in the team doubles.

Mohammed, who is still among the top senior players presently, believes the country’s players should be able to hold their own this year, saying many of them have been playing pretty well.

Among them are the members of the under-12 boys development teams which qualified for the ITF/COTECC final out of the Sub Region 4 play-off such as Daniel Jeary, Luca Denoon, Jaylon Chapman, Jace Qushie, Nathen Martin, and girls: Kiera Youseff, Jaeda Lee Daniel-Joseph, Jordane Dookie, Cameron Wong and Zara Ghuran.

Among the U-18s, Yin-Lee Assang could head the list of girls to be considered, along with Tom Yew and Jones, who have both grown in confidence, Anya King and Victoria Koylass.

The boys U-18 will feature a team comprising of Aiden Carter, Adam Ramkissoon, who is set to wing out for an international tourney where he will receive much-needed practice, Ebolum N’Wokolo, Akile Duke and Kyle Kerry, among others.

REGIONAL UNDER-19 CHAMPIONSHIP 3RD DAY, 1ST ROUND

SUMMARISED SCORES
KINGSTOWN–Summarised scores from the final day of the opening round of matches in the Three-day Regional Under-19 Championship yesterday.
At Sion Hill: Match drawn.
BARBADOS 223 (Shian Brathwaite 87, Kadeem Alleyne 54, Nico Reifer 39; Raewin Senior 7-58, Sanjay Brown 3-32) and 129 for three (Kadeem Alleyne 50, Nico Reifer 47; Kirk McKenzie 2-24)
JAMAICA 140 (Raewin Senior 54, Carlos Brown 25; Camarie Boyce 3-38, Joshua Bishop 3-40) and 138 for six (Andre McCarthy 47, Carlos Brown 30, Ricardo McIntosh 27; Camarie Boyce 2-36, Shemar Persaud 2-42)
At Park Hill: Match drawn
WINDWARD ISLANDS 238 (Teddy Bishop 79, Kimani Melius 53, Johnel Eugene 37; Navin Bidaisee 3-29, Justyn Gangoo 3-34, Jayden Seales 2-36)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 304 for eight decl. (Navin Bidaisee 87, Christian Thurton 75, Leonardo Julien 46, Avinash Mahabirsingh 32; Simeon Gerson 5-82)
At Arnos Vale Stadium: Guyana won by 10 wickets.
LEEWARD ISLANDS 116 (Kevin Sinclair 4-19, Kelvin Umroa 3-28, Joshua Jones 2-27) and 114 (Mikyle Louis 31, Joshua Grant 26 not out; Ashmead Nedd 6-30)
GUYANA 229 (Kevin Sinclair 51, Sachin Singh 49, Bhaskar Yadram 35, Javid Karim 30; Javin Spencer 5-70, Zawandi White 3-16) and four without loss.
(CMC)

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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Promoting Sports among persons with disabilities

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 01:54

Increasing participation in sport and physical activity among the population should not be limited to the able-bodied. Persons with disabilities must be equally encouraged to participate in sport and leisure activities so that they can also reap benefits such as health and fitness.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states, “Parties shall take appropriate measures to encourage and promote the participation, to the fullest extent possible, of persons with disabilities in mainstream sporting activities at all levels”.

It also calls for governments to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to sporting venues both as participants as well as spectators. Furthermore, children with disabilities are to be included in school physical education enjoying equal access to “play, recreation and leisure and sporting activities”.

Despite the UN Convention, persons with disabilities face several barriers to participation in sports and physical activity. Some of these barriers may be similar or different from that which affect the general population.

Persons with disabilities may suffer from a lack of knowledge. They may not be aware of the various programmes, facilities and resources that are available. This situation may be compounded when programmes have an able-bodied bias.

The social environment from which people with disabilities have to function may also be problematic. Attitudinal, transport and barriers of omission may serve as major deterrents. Persons with disabilities may face a variety of negative behaviours such as exclusion, verbal abuse and even violence.

Transport can pose an enormous hindrance where persons have higher support needs and there is a lack of suitable and affordable accessible transport. Barriers of omission include all facilities, programmes, policies and procedures that fail to include effective practices for persons with disabilities.

Another set of barriers is related to effective communication. Persons with several disabilities such as hearing and speech impairments may experience a breakdown in communication with other persons.

It is evident that addressing the issue of increasing sport and physical activities among persons with disabilities requires a comprehensive policy and committed implementation. Various ministries such as Sport and Youth Affairs; Finance; Community Development; Social Development, Health and Education have to work with the Special Olympics Committee and the business community to ensure that all persons in Trinidad and Tobago are treated equally as it relates to access and participation in sport, recreation and leisure activities.

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

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Guaya hands Parkites first loss

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 01:23

Shaquille Ferrier and Keston Jordan were both on target to lead defending champions Guaya United to a 2-1 triumph over table leaders Queen’s Park Cricket Club in the T&T Super League on Saturday.

Ferrier sent the home supporters at the Guaya Recreation Ground into a frenzy when he fired in the opener in the 21st minute, which his team took into the half-time interval.

Jordan then doubled the advantage in the 71st minute before Benedict Barrett netted for the Parkites in the 85th minute to give his team hope of earning a share of the points.

However, it was not to be as the defending champions held on for the win, inflicting a first defeat on the Parkites in the process.

Despite the defeat, QPCC still remained top of the table with 21 points from ten matches, two ahead of Guaya United, while FC Santa Rosa and Cunupia FC are a further point behind, with the latter of having a match in hand.

Also on Saturday, Petit Valley/Diego Martin United got its first win of the season, 3-1 over San Fernando Giants with a goal each from Raychard Alleyne, Eric Charles and Seker Mural.

Andrei Pacheco got the lone reply for Giants who slipped to the bottom of the table.

Results

Guaya United 2 (Shaquille Ferrier 21st, Keston Jordan 71st) vs QPCC 1 (Benedict Barrett 85th)
Petit Valley/Diego Martin 3 (Raychard Alleyne 6th, Eric Charles 26th, Seker Mural 45th) vs San Fernando Giants 1 (Andrei Pacheco 37th)

Standings

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

 

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Transport & Cleansing move to table top

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 01:21

Transport & Cleansing moved into sole possession of top spot in the Port-of-Spain City Corporation Inter-Department Football League with a narrow 2-1 win over Central Market at Nelson Mandela Park (formerly King George V Park) , St Clair on Thursday.

Akil Peterson and Christopher Wilson netted a goal each for Transport & Cleansing to cancel out Arnold Sherry’s strike for Central Market.

With the win, Transport & Cleansing improved to ten points from four matches, two ahead of previous joint leaders Cemeteries, and Central/Eastern.

On Friday, Cemeteries needed a double from Akhel Fairbain to salvage a 4-4 draw with Western Division.

Keston Williams and an own goal also helped Cemeteries cause while Kashief Moses scored twice, and Akional Paul, and Nicholas Valentine, one each for Western Division,

In the two other matches played, defending champions City Hall blanked St James Division 2-0 with a goal each from Tyrell Sancho and Jabari Raphael while Jahi Molick’s lone strike earned Central/Eastern a 1-0 victory over Public Health.

Matches continue today with another doubleheader from 4.30pm.

Results 

Thursday August 2:
Transport & Cleansing 2 (Akil Peterson, Christopher Wilson) vs Central Market 1 (Arnold Sherry)
City Hall 2 (Tyrell Sancho, Jabari Raphael) vs St James Division 0
Friday August 3:
Cemeteries 4 (Akhel Fairbain 2, Keston Williams, o.g) vs Western Division 4 (Kashief Moses 2, Akinola Paul, Nicholas Valentine)
Central/Eastern 1 (Jahi Molick) vs Public Health 0

LATEST POS CORPORATION LEAGUE STANDINGS

Teams P W D L F A Pts
Transport & Cleansing 4 3 1 0 9 2 10
Cemeteries 4 2 2 0 11 5 8
Central/Eastern 4 2 2 0 5 1 8
City Hall 4 2 0 2 5 4 6
Western Division 4 1 1 2 9 11 4
Public Health 4 1 1 2 5 10 4
Central Market 4 0 2 2 4 6 2
St James Division 4 0 1 3 1 6 1

UPCOMING MATCHESBPTT

Today (Nelson Mandela Park, St Clair)
St James Division vs Central/Eastern, 4.30 pm
Central Market vs Cemeteries, 6 pm
Tomorrow
Transport & Cleansing vs Public Health, 4.30 pm
Western Division vs City, 6 pm
On Wednesday
Cemeteries vs St James Division, 4.30 pm
Central/Eastern vs Central Market, 6 pm
On Thursday
Western Division vs Transport & Cleansing, 4.30 pm
Public Health vs City Hall, 6 pm

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Tamim, Shakib deny Windies

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 01:12

Bangladesh, led by a solid all-around performance from skipper Shakib Al Hasan, defeated the Windies by 12 runs in the second match of their three-match series to leave it even at 1-1 with one game to play last night.

The teams were battling it out last night, to see which one will take the trophy for the final format of Bangladesh’s tour of the region. The Windies won the Test series 2-0 and Bangladesh took the ODI series 2-1.

However, on Saturday night the fans turned out in their numbers to take Bangladesh’s first match in the United States and they were not disappointed. With the game getting off at 8 pm, the mostly Bangladeshi crowd started arriving around 4 pm, waving flags outside their cars down the US 441. This caused a massive pile-up of vehicles and when they finally got into the ground Al Hasan made it worth the effort.

Firstly, he rescued his team after they slipped to 48 for three in the eight over to a final score of 171 for five. The left-hander got the scoreboard moving from the moment he came in and roughed up the Windies bowling. The Windies paid the price of not having out and out bowlers in their line-up, as they mostly played the all-rounders. With three wickets down they could not press home the advantage and allowed Al Hasan and opener, Tamim Iqbal, to prosper.

Iqbal started slowly but blossomed nicely as his innings went along, as he added 90 runs for the fourth wicket with his captain. The left-hander finally fell for 74 made off 44 balls with six fours and four sixes. When he left, Al Hasan finished off nicely, scoring 60 from 38 balls with nine fours and one six. There were two wickets apiece for spinner Ashley Nurse and pacer Keemo Paul.

When the Windies went in to bat, the team lost the out of form Evin Lewis for one. Andre Russell batting at number three was able to take the score to 33 in the fourth over with opener Andre Fletcher, but when he fell for 17 the wheels came off. Batsmen came and went and although Fletcher stood firm for his 43 off 34 balls, with three fours and two sixes, the required rate mounted too high.

In the end, the Windies with just two wickets in hand were left to get 15 runs from the last over and fell short, losing the game by 12 runs. Al Hasan bowled beautifully in taking 2/19 off four overs, while Nazrul Islam held his nerve well at the end in taking 3/28.

SCOREBOARD

Windies vs Bangladesh
2nd T20I
BANGLADESH Innings
L Das c Brathwaite b Nurse.................... 1
T Iqbal c Paul b Russell .........................74
M Rahim c Russell b Nurse.................... 4
S Sarkar c Powell b Paul ........................14
S Al-Hasan c (sub) Walton b Paul .......60
Mahmudullah not out ..........................13
A Haque not out .......................................1
Extras (lb2, w2) ...............................4
TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) ............171
Did not bat: Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
Fall of wickets: 1-7; 2-24; 3-48; 4-138; 5-167
Bowling: Badree 2-0-14-0, Nurse 4-0-25-2 (w1), Russell 4-0-33-1, Paul 4-0-39-2 (w1), Williams 3-0-29-0, Brathwaite 3-0-29-0.
WEST INDIES Innings
A Fletcher c S Al-Hasan b
Nazmul Islam.......................................... 43
E Lewis lbw b M Rahman....................... 1
A Russell c wkpr M Rahim b Rahman .17
M Samuels c Das b S Al-Hasan........... 10
D Ramdin lbw b R Hossain ....................5
R Powell c wkpr M Rahim
b M Rahman............................................ 43
C Brathwaite c L Das b S Al-Hasan .....11
A Nurse c A Haque b N Islam ..............16
K Paul b N Islam ........................................2
K Williams not out................................. 09
S Badree not out...................................... 1
Extras (b1, w9)............................. 10
TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs)............ 159
Fall of wickets: 1-5; 2-33; 3-48; 4-58; 5-116; 6-131; 7-146; 8-158; 9-158
Bowling: Abu Hider 4-0-26-0; Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-50-3 (w5);
Rubel Hossain 4-0-35-1 (w2);
Shakib-Al-Hasan 4-0-19-2 (w1);
Nazmul Islam 4-0-28-3 (w1)
Result: Bangladesh won by 12 runs
Series: Three-match series level 1-1
Toss: West Indies Player-of-the-Match: Tamim Iqbal. Umpires: L Reifer Jr, J Wilson; TV – G Brathwaite.

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Bissessar gets FIA racing Champions Award

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 01:08

Andy Bissessar was recently recognised for his achievements in world motorsport.

The World governing body for Motorsport, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, held a gala FIA Americas Awards for 2017, in Montevideo Uruguay on July 23 where Bissessar received the FIA National Champions of the Americas Senior Motorsport Award.

Bissessar, driver of the Chevron Havoline Qualitech VP Race Fuels Meguiars, was also recognised for his successes in a number of events including 2017 T&T Automobile Sport Association (TTASA) Drag Racing Open Class Champion. He qualified no 1 and won seven race events. Bissessar was also lauded for resetting the Wallerfield International Raceway T&T 1/4 Mile Track Record—7.2 seconds at 180 mph, winning the 2017 Grenada International Drag Racing Event and resetting the 1/4 mile national and track record—7.4 seconds at 180 mph.

The ace T&T racer also earned recognition for winning the 2017 St Vincent and the Grenadines International Drag Racing Event and resetting the 1/4 mile national and track record—8.4 seconds at 180 mph, as well as claiming the title at the Open Class Race Event in May, while setting a new national record of 5.0 seconds at 146 mph on the recently sanctioned and safer 1/8 mile track length on July 29.

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