Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 2nd 2014 Contents Orion Jakerov at
Beach, Tobago, on
Sunday, at the
official start of the
president of the
that he expects
boarders to flock
to Tobago from
December to April
to take part in the
Jakerov, 33, a
Radical Sports at
Pigeon Point, said
amongst the top
five in the region.
The Priorities Professional Soccer Club
will have its launch on Sunday at the Uni-
versity of the Southern Caribbean, Mara-
cas, St Joseph, from 7 am to 11 am.
The club, which will cator for boys and
girls, will start training in March next year
and will include Under-7, U-11, U-15, U-
19 and senior teams. The club, a brainchild
of Vernon Johnson, wants to develop well
rounded individuals, therefore the club will
provide programmes such as computer lit-
eracy, diet and exercise, entrepreneurship
lectures, money management and vegetarian
cooking and bread making. Johnson stated
that the members of the club must maintain
their grades to be part of the club.
Johnson said that his aim is to allow 60
children from underprivileged homes to play
with the club every year. Priorities, which
plans to use numerous football fields
throughout the country, is still seeking spon-
sorship to ensure the club gets off the
This athlete shows intense focus while playing the sport of bocce at the Third Norma
James Community Caravan on November 29 in Chaguanas.
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New football club
launches this weekend
ST JOHN'S---The West Indies Cricket
Board selection panel yesterday announced
that Devon Smith has been selected to
replace Christopher Gayle in the West
Indies Test squad to South Africa.
Gayle has been replaced due to injury.
Smith is in fine form, coming off a first
innings century against the Leeward Islands
Hurricanes in the third round of the Pro-
fessional Cricket League Regional 4 Day
Tournament. Smith scored 145 of the Wind-
ward Volcanoes 308 for 5 declared in the
match being played in his native Grenada.
He has represented the West Indies in 33
Tests since debuting in 2003 against Aus-
tralia in Guyana. The pugnacious left handed
opener has scored one Test century and five
half centuries and averages a shade under
37 in First Class cricket.
Fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell will depart
the Caribbean on Friday to join the Test
squad in South Africa. The Selection Panel
had requested that Cottrell play in the third
round of the PCL 4 Day to allow the Panel
an opportunity to determine his match
readiness after sustaining an injury on the
West Indies A Team tour to Sri Lanka.
Cottrell took 5 for 42 for the Jamaica
Franchise against Trinidad and Tobago Red
Force as the Jamaicans took first innings
Smith replaces injured Gayle
Like a fine wine, Marvin Oliver seems to be
getting better with age. At 39 he is not just
the September/October Wendy s Player of the
Month, but also leads the T&T Pro League in
goals with five strikes in as many matches.
What s more astounding is he s done so while
playing mainly as a central defender.
Known as a midfield general in the league for
years he has adapted well to his role in the back-
line this season marshalling the defence and
beginning the attack for his team. His influence
has been significant helping Central FC climb
to the summit of the league table and winning
the first major knockout competition of the
2014/2015 Season, the First Citizens Cup.
The veteran player was as positive about Cen-
tral s start saying, We ve had a good start but
had some hiccups but we re satisfied being on
top the table and already winning a cup .
Oliver was humble about his personal achieve-
ment thanking his coach and fellow teammates.
"It s a testament to hard work and trying to
do things the right way and paying attention
to the coach s (Zoran Vranes) instructions. I m
also thankful to my teammates for pushing me
in training and supporting me in matches, it s
all about the hard work of the Central team and
organisation," Oilver said.
Pressed further about his goal scoring exploits
as a defender he offered insight into his football
"The funny thing is, who s in the 18 yards
box more than defenders and forwards? From
defence I m accustomed to being in the box and
I know the areas and pockets of space where
I should wait for the delivery," Oilver said.
His transition to the back has been seamless.
He revealed some of his football heroes: "It s
fun, growing up watching Lothar Mattaus, even
Franz Beckenbauer play in midfield and sweeper
and admiring Franco Baresi.
"It s something I ve always wanted to do and
I love and enjoy,"
In only their third year of the TT Pro League
Oliver declared the ambition of his club.
"We want to win the Caribbean Club Cham-
pionship and our First TT Pro League, especially
after being so close to winning last year. Per-
sonally, qualifying for the CONCACAF Cham-
pions League is the main goal. It will do a
tremendous job for Trinidad and Tobago by
opening up doors for players and lift the country,"
Oliver looks well on course to lead his team
in achieving their goals this season, scoring goals
and collecting personal honours along the way.
T&T Pro League administraive co-ordinator
Jenise Hinkson, left, presents Central FC's
Marvin Oliver with the September/October
Wendy's Player of the Month award.
Denesh Ramdin (Captain), Sulieman
Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg
Braithwaite, Shivnarine Chanderpaul,
Sheldon Cottrell, Assad Fudadin,
Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Leon
Johnson, Kemar Roach, Marlon
Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor,
GO SAIL A KITE
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