Former national women’s rugby team stand-out Kwanieze John has represented the Trinidad & Tobago Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) at the IRB International Growing the Game Conference, which took place over the weekend, and will also represent the TTRFU at the ongoing World Rugby Conference and Exhibition, which closes today in London, England.

John, a leading advocate for the development of women’s rugby in T&T is credited with the introduction of the School Girls’ League and serves as a Youth Development Officer of the TTRFU.

The Conference included the participation of more than 100 countries and focused on the positive experiences and challenges encountered by coaches and administrators in spreading the game and the path to be followed for future programmes.

High-ranking officials of the IRB including David Carrigy, IRB Head of Development and International Relations also participated in dicussions.

Prior to John’s experience in London, she took part in the Exchange and Corporation Program 2014 Brazilian School Youth Games from November 6-11, in Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil, under the auspices of the Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Committee of Brazil.

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Monday 17th November 2014, Trinidad and Tobago’s 3rd day of competition had 8 sporting disciplines, the most events for the country in this year’s CAC Games, with 30 scheduled events of which 3 were postponed due the weather conditions.

 

Table Tennis:

In Table tennis singles, T&T had six athletes each playing 2 matches in Men’s/Women’s groups of three opponents. Rheann Chung in group 5 was the first to defeat her opponents from Dominican Republic’s Karla Brito and Guatemala’s Andrea Montufar 3-0 each. Ashley Quashie wasn’t so successful, losing to Puerto Rico’s Melanie Diaz 3-0 and withdrawing against Barbados’s Angela Reid in group 9. Past CAC medalist Dexter St. Louis recovered from a 3-0 loss to Cuba’s Jorge to defeat Erick Aviles of El Salvador 3-1 in group 3. Catherine Spicer was unfortunate to capitalize on her impressive forehand attacks, falling short of her Venezuelan opponent Wimberly Montero in the second, third and fourth sets, losing 3-1 in group 9. 16 year old Aaron Wilson came from behind to defeat his much older 44 year old Jamaican opponent Michael Hyatt 3-2 but was over powered by the dominant Yohan Mora of Cuba in his second match in group 8. Finally Curtis Humphery got T&T’s second flawless scores, defeating Guatemala’s Hector Gatica and Honduras’s Miguel Sarmiento in group 12.

 

Shooting:

Roger Daniel grabbed T&T's first medal, winning bronze (175.8) in the Men’s Individual 10m Air Pistol at the El Lencero Police Academy in Xalapa. The 2010’s Gold medalist was hoping to once again grab the top spot but had to settle behind Cuba’s Jorge Grau (201.2) and Maurilio Morales (196.8) of Mexico. Rhodney Allen placed 22nd in the qualifying round with 545pts and first time CAC contestant Clement Marshall 31st 527 points.

 

Kayak:

Satyam Maharaj faced cold temperatures, rain and 20+ knots gust winds, while officials made a mandatory change to protocol from ‘Immediate Rescue' to 'Rescue' without disrupting the competition in the Men’s K1 200m Kayak Final placing 7th in a time of one minute. Cuba (40.7) took home gold, Venezuela (45.8) Silver and Mexico (46.7) Bronze. Women’s K1 200m T&T finalist Keian Huggins finished 6th in 1 minute 11 seconds. Cuba (51.4) Columbia (55.1) and Mexico (55.3) taking home the medals in that order. The team of Sherlon Pierre and Matthew Robinson finished 7th in the Men’s K2 200m Finals in a time of 52 seconds. Cuba (35.9) Venezuela (37.2) and Mexico (37.34) won Gold Silver and Bronze respectfully. The placings may earn T&T a spot in next year’s Panama Games, but still need to be confirmed.

 

Swimming:

Two of the Three McLeod brothers representing T&T had their finals carded for the evening; however it was postponed due to bad weather. They were able to swim in the qualifiers in the morning. David McLeod placed fourth in heat 2 of the Men’s 100m backstroke in 59.29, while older sibling Joshua placed 3rd in 24.47 behind Venezuela (24.18) and Surinam (24.4).

 

Hockey:

Women’s Hockey match against Guyana was postponed as the weather conditions made play hazardous.

 

Football:

Reported 60mph winds played a familiar factor in T&T’s 1-1 draw against Haiti, overcoming several other challenges including many of the team members playing together for the first time and arriving to Mexico on the morning of kick off, T&T drew level in the 51st minute through Patrice Campbell after Haiti’s Roselord Borgella put the Haitians ahead midway in the first half. T&T face host country Mexico next on Wednesday at 3pm, followed by Columbia on Friday, 10am.

 

Volleyball:

Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team lost their 3rd in as many games to Costa Rica 25-19, 25-19, and 25-14. T&T await for the scheduling of their next opponent in the Placement 5-8 (match 16) on Wednesday 19th.

 

Cycling:

Finally, T&T Men’s Team Sprint indoor Cycling of Kwesi Browne, Quincy Alexander and Jude Cordrington, narrowly missed out for the medaling race placing 5th in a time of 45.95 seconds, behind 4th place Cuba’s 45.65. Venezuela and Columbia, the fastest 2 teams of the qualifiers race for gold Nov 17th while the 3rd and 4th teams race for bronze the same day.

Game on!

That’s the assurance now being given by the captain of the Soca Warriors, Kenwynne Jones.

Speaking with the T&T Guardian a short while ago, Jones said he was contacted by the Minister of Sport Dr Rupert Griffith early this morning and given an assurance that the national footballers will be paid all outstanding arrears.

"We are happy that they stepped in to sort out the situation. So, as a result of the assurance given we are holding them to their word and game is on.

"We cannot comment further but we are going to wait until we get those cheques in our hands as promised again."

Tonight the T&T Soca Warriors will play in the final against the Jamaica national team, the Reggae Boyz, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Jamaica.

Asked if he and the team were ready for tonight’s battle for the CFU Caribbean Cup title, Jones said, "Despite all that we have been through, the guys are hyped. We are looking forward to tonight's game because it may be the first and only time that we will win something for T&T. We will be going out to bring back that title."

Last night, Jones and his team said they had decided to boycott the match pending the payment of arrears going back as far as four years. The players said they were frustrated over the situation.

The Soca Warriors are expected to return to T&T tomorrow night.

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Women footballers in 1-1 draw with Haiti

RHEANN Chung made an impressive start in her bid to earn precious metal at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Veracruz, Mexico, when she notched up two consecutive victories as singles action in the table tennis competition served off at the Omega Complex, yesterday.
Chung faced the Dominican Republic’s Karla Britto in her first match and won in straight sets 11-5, 11-4, 11-7, before returning to dispose of Andrea Montufar of Guatemala, also in straight sets, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6. Her teammates Ashely Quashie and Catherine Spicer did not fare as well as Quashie suffered a straight set loss to Melanie Diaz of Puerto Rico, 5-11, 5-11, 2-11 and Spicer went under by a 1-3 margin to Venezuela’s Wimberly Montero, 5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11.
In the men’s draw, Dexter St Louis was beaten 5-11, 6-11, 7-11, by Cuba’s Jorge Campo in his first match. But he would use his experience to rebound well in defeating 18-year-old Erick Aviles of El Salvador, three sets to one, 6-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-1, to stay in the hunt.
Aaron Wilson drew Michael Hyatt of Jamaica and he won 3-2 (7-11;4-11;11-5; 11-9; 11-7), while Curtis Humphreys was waiting to play his first match against Guatemala’s Hector Gatica. First round action in the men’s and women’s doubles competition serves off today at 10.00 a.m.
Trinidad and Tobago’s national women’s football team opened its Group A campaign with a 1-1 draw against Haiti at the Hugo Sanchez Sport Complex. Fielding a team that saw several players who participated in the World Cup qualifying campaign being rested,
T&T would fall behind when Haitian defender Roselord Borgella beat goalkeeper Tinesha Palmer in the 27th minute. However, midfielder Patrice Campbell would find the back of the net in the 51st minute of play to ensure T&T took a share of the spoils.
Across in the pool, David Mcleod finished fourth in heat 2 of the men’s 100m backstroke in 59.12 seconds. Venezuela’s Albert Subirats topped the field in 57.14 with his countryman Robinson Molina second in 57.86 and Armando Barrera of Cuba, third in 57.93. Joshua McLeod fared a little better in finishing third in heat 3 of the men’s 50m butterfly in 24.47 seconds.
And in canoe competition, Satyam Maharaj was seventh in the men’s K1 200m final in a time of one minute, 00:99 seconds. Gold was won by Cuba’s Fidel Vargas in 40.658 with Antonoi Oropeza of Venezuela capturing silver in 45.790 and Mexico’s Santos Marroquin Uribe, bronze in 46.748.
Up to press time, T&T’s trio of Quincy Alexander, Jude Codrington and Kwesi Browne were set ride off against Edgar Verdugo, Reuben Horta and Roberto Serrano of Mexico in men’s team sprint cycling action at the Xalapa Velodrome.
And the national women’s hockey team had their previously scheduled 1 p.m. match delayed.

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T&T Cycling Federation (TTCF) president Rowena Williams stated the Federation has steps in place for national cyclists to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, dismissing claims by national cyclist Njisane Phillip.

It was reported in a daily newspapers (not the Guardian) on Sunday that Phillip was unhappy with the TTCF in helping T&T cyclists earn UCI (International Cycling Union) points to qualify for the UCI World Cup Series and the Olympic Games in 2016.

Phillip was quoted on Facebook as saying: “TTCF didn’t put anything in place for riders to qualify for world cups this year, we don’t even get UCI points for our national championships? Why? The rest of the world does.”

In a phone interview yesterday with Williams, the TTCF president said plans are in place for cyclists to earn UCI points at T&T’s national cycling championships. “Currently the country has plans in place for cyclists in our national championships to get UCI points from next year, he (Phillip) is probably not aware of that.”

Phillip added: “We barely even made it to the World Cup, if was not for my last minute trip to Czech Republic which yall (TTCF) didn’t pay for. I mean tell me our plan for this next Olympics team? Do you all even have one, or the athletes have to figure it out again like 2010-2012? You all just worried about election coming up.”

Williams responded by saying: “The Federation has been ensuring they (cyclists) get funding, we have been funding cyclists for events, I am not sure what his beef is.” Williams said that after funding is given to the riders it is then up to the cyclists to earn enough UCI points to qualify for the Olympic Games.

T&T was represented by Jude Codrington, Quincy Alexander and Kwesi Browne at the first leg of the World Cup earlier this month in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Phillip is not currently with the national cycling team at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Mexico, but is expected to represent T&T at the second leg of the UCI Cycling World Cup in London, England, from December 5-7.

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T&T coach Nicholson Drakes has included four newcomers to his senior national women’s volleyball team which served off their 22nd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games campaign against host Mexico last night at the Cardoba Arena. This will be the “Calypso Spikers”, six-time Caribbean champions (1998, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) second straight CAC Games for the T&T women after ending fourth on debut, four years ago in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico following a four sets loss to Costa Rica in the bronze medal match.

The newcomers are Malika Davidson along with Under-23 trio Sakile Grannum, Maya Roberts and middle-blocker, Kaylon Cruickshank, who was part of the senior team at the Continental Championship in Omaha, earlier this year without much court time. The rest of the team to be led by veteran Kelly-Anne Billingy includes Jalicia Ross-Kydd, Sinead Jack, Marisha Herbert, Darlene Ramdin, libero Courtnee-Mae Clifford, Makila York and Channon Thompson, who was voted as the “Most Valuable Player”,  “Best Server” and “Best Spiker” after leading T&T past Jamaica 25-12, 25-13, 25-12 in the 15th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship final on August 10 at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.

The players who were part of the team for the CAZOVA Championship win and not heading to Mexico are Renele Forde and Rheeza Grant due to injury, and Abby Blackman (beach volleyball duties). In Veracruz, the “Calypso Spikers” will compete in a very tough Pool B round-robin series against 2010 silver medal winners Puerto Rico, bronze medallist Costa Rica and host Mexico while Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela and defending champions Dominican Republic are in Pool A. Today, T&T will Puerto Rico followed by Costa Rica on Monday to end round-robin pool play in the eight-team tournament ahead of the playoffs.

WOMEN’s Grouping and Fixtures
Pool A: Cuba, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Venezuela
Pool B: Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico, T&T
Today 
Puerto Rico vs T&T, 2pm
Venezuela vs Cuba, 4pm
Colombia vs Dominican Republic, 7pm
Mexico vs Costa Rica, 9pm
Monday 
Venezuela vs Colombia, 2pm
T&T vs Costa Rica, 4pm
Cuba vs Dominican Republic, 7pm
Mexico vs Puerto Rico, 9pm
Tuesday

Quarterfinals
Wednesday 
Classification 5th—8th semifinals
Main Draw semifinals:
Thursday
Classification 7th/8th, 2pm
Classification 5th/6th, 4pm
Third place, 7pm
Final, 9pm

T&T Women’s V-Ball squad
Kelly-Anne Billingy (captain), Joelicia Ross-Kydd, Channon Thompson, Sinead Jack, Marisha Herbert, Darlene Ramdin, Malika Davidoson, Courtnee-Mae Clifford (libero), Makila Yorke, Sakile Grannum, Maya Roberts, Kaylon Cruickshank.

TECHNICAL STAFF
Nicholson Drakes (coach), 
Macsood Ali (assistant coach), 
Peer Nasseir (manager)

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