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"We do believe
we have the
resources to take 20
wickets. I just don t
think we adjusted
well enough to the
pitches here, we
bowled too short."
West Indies Test
RAMDIN after his
team suffered a huge
defeat against South
Africa in the first Test.
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
Florida golfer may have made
history as the oldest person to
record a hole-in -one.
The PGA of America announced on
its Web site that Gus Andreone of
Sarasota achieved the feat on
Wednesday at Palm Aire Country
Club. The group said it was likely
that Andreone was the oldest golfer
to ace a hole, beating the previous
record of a 102-year-old woman in
Andreone told Tampa Bay
television station Fox 13 News that
the ace marks his eighth since 1939.
He used a driver on the 113-yard
14th hole of the Lakes Course, as he
normally does, but then noticed
something different. The ball went
straight into the hole.
Andreone pocketed $80 for the
feat, and says he looks forward to
doing it again. (AP)
There is no shortage of talented
footballers in this country. The prob-
lem, however, is that most lack in the
departments of physical and mental
strength. That may explain the short-
age of T&T nationals in the top
leagues around the world, according
to head coach of the men s senior
team, Stephen Hart.
Hart, speaking with the Guardian
said this is something that can be dras-
tically changed when all stakeholders
take a modern approach to the game.
In elaborating, Hart admitted: "the
majority (of players) are not prepared
physically to meet the challenges of
Most recently, Hart s team placed
runner-up at consecutive Caribbean
Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cups
last month, losing in a penalty-shoot
out to host nation Jamaica in the final.
There was no shortage of talent in
that squad, yet the players seemingly
failed to approach the match as a final
and barely looked dangerous, even
against an average Jamaica side.
There s a factor expressed time and
time again by Hart, which may con-
tribute heavily to this.
Hart says he struggles with the fact
that many of his regulars do not play
consistently for their clubs outside of
the T&T Pro League.
"This is a worrying factor," he said.
"Many do not play with a team, or
league where you have to be competitive
to the core; fight for selection in every
training session (and) concentrate for
90 minutes, compete in every game
for survival, or to win the league...These
are essential elements of modern play-
"We need to ask ourselves why more
of our players are not playing in any
major leagues around the world, com-
pared to the T&T team of 2006, Costa
Rica, USA and Honduras of 2014.
"In my opinion, most are not pre-
pared physically or mentally to meet
the demands and rigors of a full sea-
So what are the potential solutions?
"Staffing needs to be improved upon.
Medical, a physical trainer and poten-
tially an IT person. We need proper
training equipment, et cetera...heart
monitors and GPS monitors are essen-
tial for monitoring consistent physical
testing for all national team players
(and potential players) and recorded
"Many need individualised measured
physical programmes. They also have
to be convinced that this will vastly
improve their personal development."
Hart said training camps are essen-
"The only way to get things right for
a football team is on the field of training
and games...This allows both for indi-
vidual and team evaluation."
Asked if he believed Fifa international
match windows for 2015 would be fully
utilised, Hart said: "I have to believe
this to be true. Fifa dates are now double
"Financially we may not be able to
play two games on every outing because
travel is extensive and expensive.
"Then we can play one game on the
second date. This will allow us to have
preparation time together in camp. We
also need a couple of camps, with Inter-
national games, for local based players
(preferably in the off season). Almost
every major footballing country has
"Training Camps are essential; the
only way to get things right for a football
team is on the field of training and
games. This allows for both individual
and team evaluation," he said.
Hart, along with other technical staff
members, management and men s sen-
ior team players received their respective
arrears of salaries, match fees, stipends
and bonuses following the CFU
The Government also provided funds
in advance for the use of salaries up to
the 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup, which
takes place in the United States in July.
Hart said this came as relief for him
and the players.
"Yes (I am relieved). These are pro-
fessional staff and players and they
have the same needs and demands of
any working man...This is how they
feed their families. We also have to
realise that the opposition are doing
Should it have been done in the full
glare of the media in a ceremonial-like
manner at the Office of the Prime Min-
"I am happy that an agreement was
fulfilled," Hart responded, adding, "Per-
sonally I am a private person...(I am)
uncomfortable with publicity (but) the
situation was not one that I had any
Hart: Physical, mental strength
lacking in local footballers
T&T men's team head coach Stephen Hart.
103-year-old golfer makes hole-in-one in Florida
CANO scored a hat-
trick to lead the T&T
ment hockey team to
a 4-1 victory over
Guyana Under-19 at
the National Hockey
Centre, on Thursday.
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