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.



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.



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.



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).



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



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.



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.



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.

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.


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
Puerto Rico vs T&T, 2pm
Venezuela vs Cuba, 4pm
Colombia vs Dominican Republic, 7pm
Mexico vs Costa Rica, 9pm
Venezuela vs Colombia, 2pm
T&T vs Costa Rica, 4pm
Cuba vs Dominican Republic, 7pm
Mexico vs Puerto Rico, 9pm

Classification 5th—8th semifinals
Main Draw semifinals:
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.

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


T&T’s senior men’s hockey team minus two of its marquee players in Kwandwane Browne and Dwain Quan Chan will flick off its gold medal bid at the 22nd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Veracruz, Mexico against Dominican Republic from 11 am today. This is because Browne has commitments with his English Premier Division club, Canterbury where he is a player/coach while Quan Chan has work commitments. Both players were also unavailable for T&T during its successful campaign at the second International Hockey Federation (FIH) World League first round qualifying tournament in Kingston, Jamaica last month.

Back then, T&T men first overcame Dominican Republic 2-0 in a penalty-stroke shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in regulation before brushing aside Barbados 3-1 and host Jamaica 3-0 to top the four-team round-robin series with eight points, three more than the Jamaicans, to secure the lone spot available to the second round in Chula Vista, California, next year (February 28 - March 8). Coach Raphael Govia is hoping the team can continue on the same path even though locally-based pair, Aidan De Gannes and Solomon Eccles, two members of the team in Jamaica, were also forced to miss the tournament in Mexico also through work duties.

In their absence, Govia has drafted in experienced duo, Mickel Pierre and Dominic Young, who were not involved in Kingston. The T&T men will next meet Cuba on Tuesday and Guatemala two days later, to end pool play while Barbados, Jamaica and defending champions Mexico are in Pool B. T&T last won the CAC gold medal in 2002 while it has finished second on the last two occasion to Cuba (2006) and Mexico (2010). T&T also got bronze in 1998 and coach Govia said its time the “Calypso Stickmen” get back to claiming the gold.

Tournament Pools and Fixtures
Pool A: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, T&T
Pool B: Barbados, Jamaica, Mexico
T&T vs Dominican Republic, 11am
Cuba vs Guatemala, 1pm
Mexico vs Jamaica, 3pm
Dominican Republic vs Guatemala, 11am
Cuba vs T&T, 1pm
Barbados vs Mexico, 3pm
T&T vs Guatemala, 11am
Dominican Republic vs Cuba, 1pm
Jamaica vs Barbados, 3pm
Fifth to Seventh semifinals, 11am
First to Fourth semifinals, 1.15pm
November 24:
Fifth place, 11am
Third, 1.15pm
Final. 3.30pm

Technical Staff
Raphael Govia (coach), Christobella George-Ford (manager), Zynul Khan (doctor), Cindy Martin-Faustin (assistant manager), Karielle De Bique (physiotherapist)

T&T Men's Hockey Team
Darren Cowie (captain), Dillet Gilkes, Nicholas Grant, Marcus James, Shaquille Daniel, Tariq Marcano, Stefan Mouttet, Mickel Pierre, Akim Toussaint, Kiel Murray, Andrey Rocke (goalkeeper), Jordan Reynos, Michael O’Connor II, Kristen Emmanuel, Dominic Young, Shane Legerton.



The Trinidad and Tobago women’s hockey team opened their Central American and Caribbean Games campaign with a solid 5-0 win over Bermuda at the High Performance Centre in Veracruz, Mexico yesterday.
After the opening ceremony Friday night, the first set of sports got underway yesterday, the official first day of competition at the quadrennial games.
In their opening Pool B match, T&T started with a 5-0 shutout of Bermuda with Kristin Thompson (30th), Kayla Brathwaite (35th), Dana-Lee De Gannes (45th), Brianna Govia (47th) and veteran Oire Trotman (51st) doing the business. Their next assignment is an encounter with Guyana tomorrow at 4 p.m.TT time.
At the Leyes de Reforma Aquatic Center, T&T’s Kristin Julien was expected to swim out of lane one of the women’s 50m backstroke last night after qualifying with the sevent fastest time.
Julien, a multiple Carifta medallist, placed third in heat one of two when she clocked 30.78 seconds. She was third in that heat behind Colomba’s Isbella Arcila and Guatemala’s Gisela Morales who both tied with 29.65. In the second heat, Maria Gonzales of Mexico used home crowd advantage to power to a new CAC record when she posted 28.77 seconds, with Carlina Colorado of Colombia second in (29.58) and Venezuela’s Jeserik Pinto third (29.79).
At the El Lecero Police Academy, T&T shooters failed to qualify for the final in the Men’s Individual 50m rifle shooting competition.
T&T’s best performer was experienced campaigner Roger Daniel, who finished 10th while teammates Rhodney Allen and Clement Marshall ended 20th and 27th respectively.
At the Tuxpan Canoeing Complex, T&T’s Matthew Robinson finished eighth and last in the Men’s Kayak Single K1 1000m competition. Robinson teamed up with Sherlon Pierre to finish 6th of seven in the Men’s K2 1000m race.
And in table tennis, the T&T women’s team lost one tie before winning another.
Colombia defeated them 3-1 with Rhean Chung being the only success, defeating Angie Umbacia in straight sets (11-9,11-8,11-8). They then galloped over Jamaica for a 3-0 shut out in their second Group 2 encounter.
T&T’s men were involved in a tie with Mexico and were scheduled to play Cuba later last night.

Today’s schedule (TT time)
11.00 am: Women’s table tennis quarter-finals
11.30 am: Keian Huggins - Women’s K1 500m Canoe final
12.45 pm: Men’s table tennis quarter-finals
1.00 pm: Men’s Individual Time Trial (cycling)
1.00 pm: Trinidad and Tobago vs Dominican Republic - Men’s Hockey, Match 1 Pool A 
4.00 pm: Men and Women’s Team Gymnastic competition ; Women’s Volleyball - T&T vs Puerto Rico


Mexico is known for its many gifts to the world such as The Estadio Azteca, mariachi bands, tequila, and most recently the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 edition of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games hosted in Veracruz, a forty minute flight south east of the capital Mexico City.


The night was nothing short of a traditional fiesta with a carnival like atmosphere that welcomed all the participating teams. However, although Trinidad and Tobago lead by Flag Barer, Table Tennis veteran Dexter St. Louis, was not able to be represented by its full 208 contingency, the two dozen representatives (mainly made up of the Men’s Hockey Team) were always seen in the heart of the celebrations.


The Ceremony began with the traditional parade of the representing teams (in alphabetical order) in which T&T was 29th, followed by Venezuela and finally, as it is tradition for the host country to be featured at the end, Mexico.


At the conclusion of the parade, the Governor of the State of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ocha welcomed all participating teams as they settled in their seats. Proud rhythmic chants of “Veracruz” echoed in derby-day style thought out the stadium as the City’s locals in attendance displayed their passion for their homeland.


Those in attendance were then treated to some traditional Mexican Jarocho performers as well as some other modern styles. However, the Traditional Mexican Heritage Pole Dance certainly stole the show, with death defying stunt men and women dangling more than 50 feet in the air while the pyrotechnic displays further awed the crowds; it certainly was not a sight for the faint hearted, but yet captivating for all.


Closing off the night was the Puerto Rican Pop Star Ricky Martin who performed his famous songs including “Living La Vida Loca” and “La Copa de La Vida”. The six time Grammy Award winner certainly showed he still had what it takes as athletes danced and mingled amongst each other crossing all borders to share “selfies” and exchange pleasantries to his rhythms.