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One of three opportunities
for this country to qualify for
its first ever Fifa Women s
World Cup was lost last
evening after T&T fell to Costa
Rica via a penalty shoot-out
following a 1-1 draw at the
semifinal stage of the Concacaf
Women s Championship in
T&T was outscored 3-0 in
the deciding kicks after the
"Women Soca Warriors" clawed
their way back into the match
against a better Costa Rica team.
The winner will meet either USA
or Mexico (in action in the sec-
ond semifinal after press time)
in the third-place playoff tomor-
row. That third-place match will
give T&T yet another opportu-
nity at becoming the first team
from the Caribbean to qualify
for a Fifa Women s World Cup.
If T&T fails to win its third-
place playoff, the team will once
again attempt to qualify via a
"half spot" in an intercontinental
two-legged playoff against
Ecuador, later this year.
The "Women Soca Warriors"
were far from their best, par-
ticularly in the first half, during
which the team was unable to
register an attempt on goal.
Costa Rica on the other hand
was in complete control and
took the lead in the 19th minute
through a livewire in Carolina
Venegas, slipped past an unchar-
acteristically poor Arin King to
slot home from a low cross.
A half time reshuffle from
coach Randy Waldrum, however,
gradually saw an increase in
momentum and opportunities
created with the introduction of
Mariah Shade, although Costa
Rica s custodian Dinnia Diaz sat
through the contest unchal-
T&T finally got the break-
through in the 74th minute, from
the least expected source, anoth-
er half time substitute Lauryn
Hutchinson, who connected the
back of her head with a cross
from King past Diaz.
Costa Rica continued to press
but last ditched tackles by Rhea
Belgrave et al were the order of
the day. And with no other
breakthroughs, the match went
into a nail-biting extra time.
Both exhausted teams seemed
content on allowing spot kicks
to decide the outcome.
However, before the referee
blew for full time, she was forced
to eject T&T s Rhea Belgrave
from the match after the
defender prevented a Costa
Rican counter-attack with a sec-
ond bookable offence.
In the end, it was Costa Rica
that would celebrate its first ever
qualification for the Women s
Diaz saved the soft spot kick
attempts from Attin Johnson,
Hutchinson and Shade, while
Kimika Forbes, who came up
big a number of times for T&T
prior, was far from preventing
Costa Rica s three converted
T&T with a squad suffering
with niggling injuries and
exhaustion, will need to regroup
against either one of two giants,
USA or Mexico, without the
services of Belgrave. Mexico fin-
ished second in its group after
losing one match (1-0 to Costa
Rica) and defeating Jamaica (3-
1) and Martinique (10-0).
ST JOHN'S---Left-handed stroke-maker
Jonathan Carter is among four players
called up for the West Indies A team s
three-match one-day tour of Sri Lanka
starting next month.
West Indies selectors yesterday named
Carter, along with right-hander Nkrumah
Bonner, off-spinner Ashley Nurse and fast
bowler Ronsford Beaton, to join the bulk of
the squad already in Sri Lanka for the ongo-
ing unofficial "Test" series.
The four new players will replace leg-
spinner Devendra Bishoo, off-spinner Shane
Shillingford, left-arm seamer Sheldon Cot-
trell and batsman Kirk Edwards who head
home when the "Test" series concludes.
Carter is free-scoring batsman who has
represented West Indies A in recent times
but who was surprisingly overlooked for
the ongoing "Test" series.
The 26-year-old was one of the standout
players at the recent Champions League
Twenty20 in India where he smashed an
unbeaten 111 in his first innings of the series,
playing for Barbados Tridents.
Current captain Carlos Brathwaite will
continue to lead the side.
West Indies A bowl off the one-day tour
on November 1 in Dambulla before playing
matches in Kurunegala on November 3 and
Colombo two days later.
They currently trail the three-match
"Test" series 1-0, after losing the first game
in Hambantota by 10 wickets and drawing
the second in Matara.
The third four-day "Test" off today in
West Indies One Day International (ODI) cap-
tain Dwayne Bravo yesterday discounted
remarks by teammate Marlon Samuels that he
wanted no part of the one-day team s plan to
pull out of the tour of India.
Yesterday in a letter sent by the T&T allrounder
to the media, he expressed his astonishment with
remarks made by the Jamaican stroke-maker
saying: "I note the comments attributed to Mr
Marlon Samuels from media reports and wish to
state that Mr Samuels was invited to and did
attend the majority of meetings with the players
"We extended an invitation to Mr Marlon
Samuels with the full knowledge that he is not
a member of WIPA (West Indies Players Asso-
ciation) but was an interested party.
"Mr Samuels contributed vigorously to the
discussions held and indicated clearly, at that
time, that he would stand with any decision taken
by the team. I am therefore shocked to see the
statements, if true, that have been attributed to
Clearly contradicting what was said by Samuels,
who also revealed he stayed away from most of
the players meetings on the troubled tour.
Samuels was quoted as saying in a radio inter-
view on Power 104 FM: "Wavell Hinds cannot
negotiate on behalf of me so I know that once
I continued (to play), I just needed to finish this
tour and then I would have asked questions."
Bravo continues to stand by the decision to
abandon the India tour after failing to resolve a
contract and pay dispute with the players union,
WIPA. The regional one-day team abandoned
its scheduled five-match tour last week along
with the sole Twenty20 and three-Test match
Bravo added: "Much of the reporting on this
situation seems to be concentrating primarily on
me and not on the fact that the action taken was
in concert with all of the members of the squad.
Only of late it appears that the action was taken
by all but one of the WI squad in India.
"I wish to state for the record that all corre-
spondence sent and decisions taken were with
the full agreement and consent of the players on
tour, including the current Test captain Mr Denesh
Ramdin and the T20 captain Mr Darren Sammy.
"It was agreed that someone needed to cor-
respond with WIPA after we were presented with
the match/tour contract in India when it became
evident that the terms and conditions were very
different from what we were accustomed to and
"The team members met and I, as captain,
was nominated and accepted the responsibility
to correspond on behalf of the players on tour
and I will continue to do so as designated.
"I want to say on behalf of the players in the
squad, while we are grateful for the tremendous
support and understanding shown to us by our
colleagues, friends and fans around the world
and in particular those in the Caribbean and
India, we recognise that a few have attempted
to put the blame squarely on the players without
the full knowledge of the facts.
"This is regrettable since a few persons are
making statements without knowing all the rel-
evant facts. In time we believe all the facts will
come to light."
Bravo added: "The players do not wish to make
any further statements on this matter since the
players on tour (except Mr Samuels) with some
additional players who did not tour India have
appointed counsel to represent them in this mat-
He also said that they were looking forward
to a speedy resolution and that all concerns by
the players, including the first class players, were
addressed in a satisfactory and timely manner.
T&T women lose Concacaf
semi on penalty kicks
T&T defender Lauren Hutchinson (20) reacts after her tying goal
against Costa Rica in the second half during a Concacaf semifinal
football match in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, yesterday. T&T lost 3-
0 on penalties after the scores remained tied 1-1 at the end of
regulation and extra time. AP PHOTO
Bravo shocked by
SQUAD: Carlos Brathwaite (captain),
Sunil Ambris, Ronsford Beaton,
Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner,
Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter,
Miguel Cummins, Andre Fletcher, Assad
Fudadin, Shannon Gabriel, Nikita Miller,
Ashley Nurse, Chadwick Walton.
T&T: Kimika Forbes,
Rhea Belgrave (red carded
120th), Arin King, Brianna
Ryce, Maylee Attin
Johnson, Karyn Forbes
(Lauryn Hutchinson 46th),
Liana Hinds, Tasha St
Louis (Mariah Shade
46th), Ahkeela Mollon,
Dernelle Mascall (Khadidra
Debbesette 75th), Kennya
Unused subs: Tinesha
Palmer, Ayanna Russell,
Patrice Superville, Janine
Francois, Anique Walker.
COSTA RICA: Dinnia
Diaz, Diana Saenz, Carol
Sanchez, Daniela Cruz, Lixy
Rodriguez, Wendy Acosta,
Shirley Cruz, Katherine
Alvardo, Daphnne Herrera
(Gabriela Guillen 99th),
Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno,
Carolina Venegas (Cristin
Unused subs: Yitliana
Arroyo, Gabriela Guillen,
Mariane Ugalde, Mariana
Costa Rica 1 (Carolina
Venegas 19th) v T&T 1
(Lauryn Hutchinson 74th).
PENALTY SHOOT OUT
Maylee Attin Johnson
Carter in one-day squad for Sri Lanka series
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