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The T&T coach also praised the
younger players who have been in
training for their efforts.
"There are a few young players
training with us and even though they
may not make the final team for the
major tournaments, training with their
senior peers will help them to prepare
well for Under-21 tournaments and I
hope they take as much knowledge
from the senior players as possible.
At the World Championship, the
top two teams from each preliminary
pool will qualify to the "first eight"
second round series while the bottom
two teams in each pool will play in
the "second eight" competition.
first eight second round two groups,
the top two in each qualify to the
semifinals, the ther bottom two battle
for fifth to eight.
And the teams in the second eight
groups will play round robin match,
followed by crossover playoffs.
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Former world champions, the
T&T "Calypso Netballers" will
come up against the top two
teams in the world, host Aus-
tralia and New Zealand in Pool
A round-robin play at next year s
14th Netball World Cup in Syd-
ney Australia, from August 7-
16.This will be the second time
that the World Championships
are being held in Sydney, and the
third time in Australia. Sydney
last hosted the event in 1991,
when Australia won a closely con-
tested final against New Zealand.
All matches will be played at
the 21,000 seat Allphones Arena
(formerly known as the Sydney
SuperDome and Acer Arena),
Sydney Olympic Park.
T&T who won the American
Federation of Netball Association
(AFNA) world title back in 1979
as joint winners with the Aussies
and New Zealand will also go
head-to-head with Caribbean
rivals Barbados, who they have
beaten in their last three meet-
Pool B of the 2015 Champi-
onship features world third and
fourth ranked teams, England and
Jamaica as well as Scotland and
Samoa while Malawi, South
Africa, Singapore and Sri Lanka
comprise Pool C, and the quartet
of Fiji, Wales, Uganda and Zambia
make up Pool D.
Australia qualified automatically
as host along with the next five
highest ranked teams from the
2011 Championship inclusive of
New Zealand, England, Jamaica,
Malawi and South Africa.
The other 11 teams qualified
via their regional qualifying com-
petitions, with T&T topping Bar-
bados in the AFNA qualifiers
which were held in Alberta, Cana-
da, in August.
The Australians are the defend-
ing champions having won the
title for a record tenth three years
ago while second-ranked New
Zealand have captured the top
prize on four ocassions, the last
being in 2002 while it has ended
in second spot no fewer than
seven times, including the last
Australia is also the reigning
Commonwealth Games gold
medal winners after beating major
rival New Zealand in the final ear-
lier this year, 58-40.
It will be the second straight
time the Pepe Gomes coached
T&T women will face New
Zealand in the group stages, hav-
ing gone under to the Kiwis, 23-
75 in 2007 while beating Wales
(51-48) and Fiji (58-40) at the
Singapore National Stadium.
The "Calypso Netballers" were
then upstaged by Jamaica 42-79
in the quarterfinals and also went
under to Malawi, 38-61 in their
fifth to eight place semifinal ahead
of its 56-38 beating of Northern
Ireland for seventh spot in the
But despite the tough draw,
T&T coach Wesley "Pepe" Gomes
said he was quite happy with the
opponents his team would face.
"My aim is for us to finish
among the top six and if you want
to be among the best you have
to beat the best teams in the
"They have been the top teams
in the world for a while now but
we have been preparing as hard
as we can."
Currently, Gomes has a core of
players in training and with the
World Championships set for July
he is hoping to get in some inter-
national matches and possibly
two overseas tours.
"We know things are tough
when it comes to financial sup-
port, but we are looking at some
matches in Europe against Wales,
Scotland and Ireland in early May
and then some against the
Jamaicans just before we head to
Australia," Gomes said.
"Our plans were to play some
matches against Barbados but
with us being drawn in the same
pool and beating them on the last
three to four times we have played
each other, I don t think they will
agree to it this time around."
Last night the T&T women
continued training with another
session at the Jean Pierre Com-
plex, Mucurapo and depending
on the availability of the venue
will train again tomorrow morning
or Monday afternoon from 6 pm
to 8 pm to close out before the
Gomes added: "The girls have
been really committed to training
but we are still having some issues
in getting the facilities to train as
much as we would hope for.
"Since our return from the
AFNA Championships in Alberta,
Canada, where we won the title,
the players had a little break and
have been training since. They
will get the break for the Christ-
mas and then we resume or pro-
T&T netballers get tough World Cup draw
PRELIMINARY ROUND GROUPS:
Pool A: No 1 Australia, No 2 New
Zealand, No 10 Barbados, No 9
Pool B: No 3 England, No 4
Jamaica, No 12 Scotland, No 14
Pool C: No 5 Malawi, No 6 South
Africa, No 19 Singapore, No 24 Sri
Pool D: No 7 Fiji, No 8 Wales, No
13 Uganda, No 18 Zambia
Pool E: A-1, B-2, C-1, D-2
Pool F: A-2, B-1, C-2, D-1
NB: Top two teams from each
pool qualify to the semifinals
while the bottom two qualify to
the fifth to eight playoffs.
Pool G: A-3, B-4, C-3, D-4
Pool H: A-4, B-3, C-4, D-3
At the end of the second eight
matches, the teams will then face
off in the playoff matches for
positions ninth to 16th.
1979 . . .T&TJoint 1st with Aus/NZ
1987. . .Scotland. . . . . . . .Joint2nd
T&T players and coaching staff celebrate
their 2014 AFNA netball championships.
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