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Harley, Anthony, Wilson double up at Couva
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The trio of Jahmia Harley, Zoe Anthony and Zarek Wilson each captured two gold medals on the opening night of finals when the Republic Bank-sponsored Amateur Swimming Association of T&T (ASATT) Invitational Swimming Meet hosted by Marlins Swimming Club splashed off at National Aquatic Centre, Balmain, Couva on Thursday night.

A national swimmer and member of the Tidal Wave Aquatics club, Harley touched the wall in 31.99 seconds to claim the 13-14 girls 50m backstroke ahead of St Lucia Sharks’ Mikaili Charlemagne (33.32) and Flying Fish’s DeNicha Lewis (34.42).

She returned later on to win the 200m butterfly in two minutes, 34.88 seconds, well ahead of Speedos Swim Club’s Karci Gibson (2:50.80 mins), and Atlantis’ Ayanna Nurse (3:30.32 mins).

Marlins’ Anthony won the 11-12 girls 200m butterfly in two minutes, 56.02 seconds followed by Petrotrin Barracudas’ Caitlyn Look Fong (3:01.39 mins) and Kaizen’s Zaneta Alvaranga (3:03.88 mins).

Anthony then topped her field in the 400m individual medley when she raced home in five minutes, 43.25 seconds with Look Fong a distant second in 6:10.79 minutes, and Atlantis’ Sharana Balkaran, third in 6:38.24 minutes.

Wilson of Blue Dolphins swam to gold in the 11-12 boys 50m backstroke in 30.73 seconds with Pt Fortin Aqua Darts’ Kadon Williams (31.17) and Sea Hawks’ Riquelio Joseph (31.55) second and third respectively.

His second victory came in the 200m butterfly in two minutes, 30.78 seconds ahead of Marlins’ Nikoli Blackman (2:39.04) and Blue Dolphins’ Aaron Stuart (2:41.14).

Atlantis Aquatics’ Liam Carrington came closest to setting new record on the night when he won the Eight and Under boys 50m backstroke in 37.99 seconds, just off the record of 37.93 set by Wilson in 2014.

Second in the event was Pt Fortin Aqua Darts’ Darren Belfon in 38.70 while Sharks Swim Club’s Antoine Destang took bronze in 40.07.

Other winners on Thursday night, included Dominique Nurse Allen (Marlins), Keryn Burke (Atlantis), Joy Blackett (Tidal Wave),Neishelah Caseman (Tidal Wave), Jada Chai (Atlantis), Vrisnelit Faure (Torpedoes), Jada Chatoor (Marlins) and her club-mate Anneliese Merry among the girls while Aqeel Joseph (Sea Hawks), Kael Yorke (Tidal Wave), David Mc Leod (Atlantis), Jayhan Odlum-Smith (Sea Hawks), Giovanni Rivas (Flying Fish), Delroy Tyrrell (Tidal Wave), Graham Chatoor (Marlins) and Prince Moreau of Flying Fish. Action continued at the venue last night and will resume today and tomorrow with two sessions on each day from 9am and 5pm respectively.

Bookies aren’t ‘Thick’ but ‘Trev’ can whack ‘em!
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

ROSEAU CITY , 10/1

I’M YER MAN (NAP), 11/10 two more ‘crackers on Thursday night.

Trevithick, 22/1 when successful over course and distance last month, wont be such a price when Graham Lee continues association in a seven-runner Novice Stakes over a straight mile of Newcastle tapeta yesterday.

Superbly ridden by Lee, who ‘waited’ on the principals as they set a furious gallop, Trevithick pounced approaching the final furlong and stormed clear, improving considerably on his Nottingham debut over a similar distance a fortnight earlier.

Brian Smart is shrewd placing two-year-olds and has definitely found an excellent follow-up opportunity for this Champs Elysees filly, judged on the time-handicap, which gave another 10/1 ‘beaut’ Thursday, Roseau City, at Chelmsford.

On the same card I’m Yer Man was our third successive winning nap and so Xmas shouldn’t be expensive for followers of this column!

Form-wise Trevithick is clearly superior but there is a newcomer, Without Parole, which could be anything, trained by John Gosden!

Obviously pre-betting exchanges will be interesting and ‘Big John’ isn’t averse to winning first-up but Trevithick looks an above average prospect and justifies support.

Star Story is ‘chucked in’ the ‘aged’ six-runner Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs and expected to boost the impressive annual tally of 2017 champion apprentice, Josephine Gordon.

Wonder if we’ll ever refer to ‘Josie’ as champion jockey!

Coincidentally ‘The Enforcer’ won this race last year and you can expect Josie to be positive aboard the well-bred Star Story; success is necessary for stud purposes and this ‘last chance saloon’ really does need to be fifth time lucky. Straffan has been unlucky with the draw on both outings but still comes out ‘best-in’ for an eight-runner Novice Auction Stakes over five furlongs of Wolverhampton tapeta tonight; it’s a moderate dash. Amazingly Straffan is again berthed widest but with few rivals must be worth backing under capable Northern- based, Brian Curtis, napped.

CWI to judge T&T bid without guarantee
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cricket West Indies (CWI) will have to make their decision on whether this country will get matches at the next ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, without getting a solid word on the guarantee.

A total of eight countries have sent in bids to host matches, ranging from warm-up matches, group stage matches, semifinals and finals. The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) sent in a bid by the deadline date last Friday without a guarantee by the government and they were hoping to get them to support the bid.

A group from the TTCB met with minister of Sport Darryl Smith to explain to him the tremendous benefits to be had in investing $1M into the project.

He was supposed to take a note to cabinet yesterday but up until Friday evening, when CWI was to make a final decision, the TTCB could not call them to say whether the government was going to support the bid.

Sukesh Maniam one of the men who met the minister told Guardian Media Sports that they had heard nothing from the minister in terms of support for the bid and that CWI will have to make their determination without that comfort.

“We will now have to wait until Monday to find out what the board decides. We have not heard anything from the minister of sports.

The guarantee that CWI is looking for includes US$75,000 and waivers from certain taxes.

It is understood that Barbados also sent in a bid without guarantees.

Guyana may be out front at the moment having met all the requirements and they have bid for three packages, warm-up matches, group stage, semi-finals and finals. T&T has sent in a bid for two packages group stages and semifinals and finals.

TFA second spot race goes to final day
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The battle for the runner-up spot behind newly crowned Tobago Football Association Premier Division champions, Stokely Vale will go down to the final match day of the season this weekend.

This comes after Sidey’s whipped Roxborough Lakers 4-1 to improve to 52 points from its 27-match schedule while Signal Hill won by default from Georgia United to stay within two points ahead of its final match with Lakers.

At the bottom end of the table, cellar-placed Bethel United with 11 points from 27 matches was relegated along with Georgia FC (19).

FC Goodwood as winners of the Second Division with 59 points from 26 matches and Moriah Youth which ended with 58 points, the same as Carnbee/Mt Pleasant, but with a better goal-difference both gained promotion to next year’s Premier competition.

RESULTS

TFA results
Premier Division
Leeds United 2 (Karyque Joseph 40th, Vernon Wilson 80th) vs Bethel United 0
Goal City 2 (Akim Charles 55th, Kasron Quashie 75th) vs Roxborough Lakers 1 (Dyke Reid 8th)
Sidey’s FC 4 (Brandon Benjamin 51st, 56th, Shaquille Denoon 25th, Reaneil Stewart 42nd) vs Roxborough Lakers 1 (Keston Hamilton 87th)
Signal Hill 3 vs Georgia United 0 - by default
TFA standings
Premier Division
Teams P W D L F A Pts
Stokely Vale 27 24 1 2 84 20 73
Sidey’s FC 27 15 7 5 63 34 52
Signal Hill 26 15 5 6 54 41 50
Goal City 26 12 5 9 56 43 41
Black Rock 27 10 7 10 42 36 37
Golden Lane 27 9 6 12 43 49 33
Leeds Utd 27 9 6 12 43 50 33
Roxborough 26 7 4 15 32 47 25
Georgia Utd 26 5 4 17 28 69 19
Bethel 27 3 2 22 23 79 11
Second Division
Goodwood 26 19 2 5 79 40 59
Moriah Youths 26 17 7 2 87 34 58
Carnbee/Mt Pleasant 26 19 1 6 75 36 58
Mason Hall PYC 26 17 5 4 90 45 56
Belle Garden 26 11 8 7 48 35 41
Lambeau 26 13 1 12 52 49 40
Calder Hall 26 11 5 10 58 52 38
Earlbrokes 26 11 5 10 56 61 38
Mt Grace 26 11 5 10 38 43 38
St Clair CS 26 7 6 13 48 66 27
Hills United 26 8 3 15 39 61 27
HV Milan 26 4 8 14 33 50 20
Northside 26 4 3 19 18 64 15
Youth Stars 26 0 1 25 7 92 1

Look Loy to write to FIFA for referees
Says TTFRA illegal
Published: 
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Keith Look Loy, president of the T&T Super League (TTSL) is threatening to write to the world governing body for football-FIFA- if the illegal functioning of the T&T Football Referees Association (TTFRA) continues in the coming year.

Look Loy, coach of League One campaigners in the TTSL, FC Santa Rosa, said the country has been subjected to a double-role by the T&T Referees Committee, which is the recognised body in the eyes of the FIFA, and the T&TFRA, which is an interest group dedicated to promoting the interest of referees, as stated in its constitution.

Look Loy, a former FIFA Development Officer, believes the dual-function of the two has led to a crossing of the lines in football which has proven to be detrimental to the sport. He referred to the TTFRA as a social club which has been given key responsibilities in the affairs of the sport and called on the TTFA to deal with the duplication of roles taking place.

He also cited a clear conflict of interest among the administration of refereeing with Joseph Taylor, head of the TTFRA also being Chairman of the Appointment Committee of the Referees Committee to the TTFA.

He quoted from the FIFA Constitution that says “The Referees Committee shall be composed of a chairman, a deputy chairman and the members deemed necessary to discharge its duties. Its members may not be affiliated to any clubs, leagues or any other football organisation.”But Taylor dismissed claims of interlapping roles among the administrators of refereeing in the sport, saying both the referees’ committee and TTFRA have been complimenting each other.

“They work alongside each other to ensure the sport progresses. This is done in every football territory the world over and it has in fact, been encouraged by the FIFA,” Taylor explained.

Meanwhile Osmund Downer, referee aficionado also dismissed talks of overlapping roles as he sought to clear the air on the function of the TTFRA. “The appointment of referees is done by the Appointment Committee of the Referee’s Committee of the TTFA. The first aim of the TTFRA is to seek welfare or represent the interests of referees in their Leagues and Associations all over the world,” Downer said. The Referees Committee of the TTFA, on the other hand, has an overall responsibility for the management, development and progress of the quality of officiating. Downer said since referees function on a voluntary basis in T&T, they are not obligated to officiate at any match, especially one in which they are subjected to abuse.

The veteran referees believes the TTSL’s request for reimbursement is a senseless call as referees in T&T have no contract with any league or association.

Look Loy, in his capacity as president of the TTSL, said he will hold the referees firm to a promised consultation aimed at dealing with the issues affecting the sport. The veteran coach who has been at the helm of his club FC Santa Rosa for the past 25 years, said he will also continue the super league’s request to be reimbursed for matches that referees were not appointed to in the TTSL this season.

He was slapped with a one match ban and $1,000 fine along with his assistant at Santa Rosa, Jovan Rochford, for abusing referee Cecile Hinds in a hotly contested match between his team and Hydro Tech Guaya United on November 5 at the Arima Velodrome.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

Red Force struggles after bowlers fightback
Published: 
Saturday, December 16, 2017

The T&T Red Force bowlers grabbed five wickets for 49 runs to bring their team back into the game but the local batsmen failed to support and at the end of the second day of their 2017 PCL clash against the Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, struggling on 148/8 in response to 316.

T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin once again showed quality in leading a lone fight against the left arm orthodox spinner Jomel Warrican who by the end of the day had snared six scalps. Ramdin was unbeaten on 74 and when play resumes on the third day today, he will come out fighting needing another 19 runs to help his team avoid the ignominy of a follow on.

After the openers Jeremy Solozano and Amir Jangoo took the shine off the ball and added a solid 37 runs, spinner Jomel Warrican arrived to grab three wickets in the spare of two runs to wreck the home team. Warrican sent back Jangoo for 14, Isaiah Rajah without scoring, as well as Ewart Nicholson.

Ramdin came and took his time in taking his team forward in the company of Solozano. They pushed the score to 96 giving T&T hope once again, before that man Warrican struck again, sending Solozano back for 40. He faced 140 balls and struck four fours and a six. His dismissal caused yet another collapse and Ramdin was left at the non-strikers end shaking his head. When play was called he was unbeaten on 74 made of 177 balls with seven fours.

Earlier, Barbados resumed on the bedtime position of 267 for five and was hoping to press on close to around 400 runs but it was not to be, as the Red Force bowlers attacked them from the onset.

Daniel St. Clair started the ball rolling by sending back the solid Kevin Stoute for the addition of just 11 runs. The right hander received a beauty that swung away from him, only to take his edge and into the gloves of Jangoo for 31.

Another 11 runs were added, when St. Clair struck again care of Greaves for 30, bowling him all over the place. Leg-spinner Imran Khan then got into the act and finished off the innings for 316. Khan grabbed 4/81 and St. Clair finished with 3/73.

SCOREBOARD

Red Force vs Pride
S Mosely c Jangoo b St. Clair..............................................................................................................................22
A Alleyne lbw Charles........................................................................................................................................20
S Brooks lbw Jaipaul.........................................................................................................................................96
J Carter c Khan b Charles..................................................................................................................................72
K Stoute c Jangoo b St. Clair............................................................................................................................31
K Williams c Jangoo b Khan................................................................................................................................2
J Greaves b St. Clair............................................................................................................................................30
S Springer not out.............................................................................................................................................14
M Rampersaud c Website b Khan.....................................................................................................................1
H Walsh Jr b Khan..............................................................................................................................................14
J Warrican b Khan...............................................................................................................................................0
Extras......................................................................................................................................................................14
Total all out.......................................................................................................................................................316
Fall of wkts: 33, 47, 217, 227, 234, 278, 289, 290, 316, 316.
Bowling: D St. Clair 21-2-73-3, R Primus 16-5-51-0, B Charles 20-4-58-2, I Khan 41.2-10-81-4, R Jaipaul 15-4-46-1.
T&T Red Force
A Jangoo lbw Warrican.......................................................................................................................................14
J Solozano c Alleyne b Warrican.......................................................................................................................40
I Rajah c & b Warrican......................................................................................................................................0
E Nicholson c Carter b Warrican........................................................................................................................0
D Ramdin not out.............................................................................................................................................74
A Cooper c & b Warrican...................................................................................................................................1
I Khan b Warrican.........................................................................................................................................10
R Primus c Walsh b Williams..............................................................................................................................3
D St. Clair lbw Walsh...........................................................................................................................................1
B Charles not out...............................................................................................................................................1
Extras........................................................................................................................................................................3
Total for 8 wkts.................................................................................................................................................146
Fall of wkts: 37, 37, 39, 96, 98, 125, 134, 146.
Bowling: J Greaves 8-4-17-0, S Springer 2-0-3-0, K Williams 21-9-32-1, J Warrican 30-13-52-6, K Stoute 4-2-8-0, H Walsh 12.5-4-33-1.

Hope poised for T20 debut after replacing Samuels
Published: 
Saturday, December 16, 2017

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Stroke-maker Shai Hope has been named to replace injured all-rounder Marlon Samuels in the West Indies Twenty20 squad to face New Zealand, despite having not played a T20 in two years.

In fact, the 24-year-old has played just six T20s overall, the last four coming in the 2015 Caribbean Premier League when he gathered 39 runs for Barbados Tridents. Hope, an elegant right-hander, has made his name in the Test and one-day formats and is now poised for his debut in the shortest form.

The Barbadian is one of two changes to the Twenty20 squad with off-spinner Ashley Nurse drafted in for Sunil Narine who is unavailable for “personal reasons.”

Meanwhile, exciting left-hander Shimron Hetmyer has been included in the one-day squad as one of three changes to the unit for the series beginning next week. He replaces Sunil Ambris who fractured his arm during the second Test earlier this week and was forced out of the series.

Sheldon Cottrell has come in for fellow speedster Alzarri Joseph who is carrying a back injury while Chadwick Walton, already in the T20 squad, replaces Samuels for the ODIs. West Indies clash with the Black Caps in three ODIs from December 20-26 and three T20Is from December 29 to January 3, 2018.

Squads

ODI
1. Jason Holder (captain)
2. Jason Mohammed (vice captain)
3. Ronsford Beaton
4. Sheldon Cotterell
5. Chris Gayle
6. Shimron Hetmyer
7. Kyle Hope
8. Shai Hope
9. Evin Lewis
10. Nikita Miller
11. Ashley Nurse
12. Rovman Powell
13. Shannon Gabriel
14. Chadwick Walton
15. Kesrick Williams
T20
1. Carlos Brathwaite (captain)
2. Samuel Badree
3. Ronsford Beaton
4. Rayad Emrit
5. Andre Fletcher
6. Chris Gayle
7. Shai Hope
8. Jason Mohammed
9. Ashley Nurse
10. Kieron Pollard
11. Rovman Powell
12. Jerome Taylor
13. Chadwick Walton
14. Kesrick Williams

FILE - West Indies batsman Shai Hope plays a shot during his knock of 90 not out on the first day of the first Test against Zimbabwe at Queen’s Sports Club, Bulawayo last month.
LIM CHOY, MONICA “BETTY”
Published: 
Saturday, December 16, 2017

LIM CHOY, MONICA “BETTY”(née Law) passed away peacefully on Thursday 14th December, 2017. Daughter of the late Dennis and Beatrice Law. Wife of the late Edward Lim Choy. Mother of Robert,Peter and Allan. Grandmother of Rebecca. Mother in law of Heidi. Sister of Miller, Donald,Diana and Roger. Aunt and friend to many. Relative to the Manhin and Kong families. Funeral mass for the late Monica “Betty” Lim Choy takes place at St. Finbar's R. C.Church, Diego Martin on Monday 18th December,2017 at 10:30 am thence to the St. James Crematorium.Funeral entrusted to C&B. For enquiries, please contact Chancellor Walks Funeral Services, 287-0403/04.

LIM CHOY, MONICA “BETTY”

LIM CHOY, MONICA “BETTY”(née Law) passed away peacefully on Thursday 14th December, 2017. Daughter of the late Dennis and Beatrice Law. Wife of the late Edward Lim Choy. Mother of Robert,Peter and Allan. Grandmother of Rebecca. Mother in law of Heidi. Sister of Miller, Donald,Diana and Roger. Aunt and friend to many. Relative to the Manhin and Kong families. Funeral mass for the late Monica “Betty” Lim Choy takes place at St. Finbar's R. C.Church, Diego Martin on Monday 18th December,2017 at 10:30 am thence to the St. James Crematorium.Funeral entrusted to C&B. For enquiries, please contact Chancellor Walks Funeral Services, 287-0403/04.

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