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Notre Dame men and
women will be hoping
to defend their respec-
tive titles when the T&T
Hockey Board s 2015
outdoor season flicks of
with the American-style
tournament on St
Mary s College Ground,
Serpentine Road, St
Clair, tomorrow from.
In the men s compe-
tition, Shape, Carib, Par-
adise, Petrotrin, Queen s
Park CC, Courts
Malvern, Fatima and
Paragon, coming off a
win in the Ventures Invi-
tational Indoor compe-
tition last Sunday are all
Among the women,
Checkers will face com-
petition from 2013 win-
ner and recent Ventures
Paragon, Notre Dame,
Shandy Carib Magnolias,
Courts Malvern and
include Blue Waters,
Massy Stores and Sub-
We seem to be moving backwards
for our cricket to move forward. I can-
not understand this unless we are using
Newton s law where to every action,
there is an equal and opposite reac-
We are in the midst of the premier
50 overs tournament in the Caribbean,
the Nagico Super50 and we are seeing
matches being played or trying to be
played at venues that are not up to first
It is a crime to have brilliant sunshine
and no cricket. It is like watching a
laden mango tree and admiring its beau-
ty, rather than tasting the sweetness of
The defending champion, Barbados
Pride, shows up at the National Cricket
Centre (NCC) in Couva to be greeted
by brilliant sunshine and no cricket.
The drainage at the NCC is not very
good and after rain poured unto the
ground for the past week, there was no
way for the water to run off. Yet we
have a full game simultaneously at the
Queen s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
While, I applaud the move by the
T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) to take
cricket to the rural areas, they cannot
do it at the cost of the cricket. This
cannot lead to development of our crick-
eters and by extent cricket.
The very next day I show up at Shaw
Park in Tobago and is greeted by men
cutting the ground. I saw one guy hur-
riedly putting up signs at the gate, when
people were already in the ground. The
outfield was not good at all and the rain
had fallen during the week but because
of the poor drainage again, the outfield
was not up to first class standard.
The media facilities leave a lot to be
desired. There is limited internet and I
had to find my own table and chair and
set them up. I then went in search of
anyone looking friendly enough to assist
me with getting an electrical connection.
In this day and age, one should not
have to be putting up with this. There
was an arrangement between the West
Indies Players Association (WIPA) and
the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
to have First Class matches played at
only First Class venues.
What has happened to this? It seems
like the WICB is reneging on this agree-
ment and cricket will now be played at
any venue, once you have 22 yards to
put a pitch.
This cannot be good for cricket, as
I feel for the players. They have to go
out there and entertain on outfields that
are dangerous. Imagine having to nego-
tiate the white ball flying at you on
fields that are uneven.
Cricket could develop without taking
first class matches to every village. You
need to have the best cricketers play in
the best conditions in order to develop.
We need to improve all facets of cricket
in order for the game to move forward.
So fine, we have moved away from run-
ning cricket in our car trunks but we
are way behind the rest of the cricketing
Let me tell you something, I saw the
development plans for cricket in Papau
New Guinea and they might soon past
us as well. We tend to copy things in
the Caribbean and while copying could
be good, we tend to copy halfway.
There are no two ways about it, if we
want to play among the big boys and
don t get embarrassed then we need to
take a long hard look at ourselves, make
unpopular decisions and save cricket---
plain and simple.
First Class cricket should be
played at First Class venues NIGEL SIMON
Glamorgan reclaimed top spot in the T&T Volleyball
Federation Men s Premier Division after a come-from-
behind 24-26, 25-21, 25-16, 25-15 tense win over Toco
Youths at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on
With the win, Glamorgan led by senior national men s
team pair, Saleem Ali and Ryan Stewart improved to
5-3 and 24 points, two more than Technocrats (6-1)
followed by Big South East Port-of-Spain which has
a 4-3 mark for 19 points.
Southern United Volleyball Academy (SUVA) currently
occupies the fourth and final semifinal spot with 18
points and a 3-4 mark while Toco Youths picked up
a point and improved to 13, four clear of cellar-placed
Today, at Mucurapo, Glamorgan and SUVA face off
in the first match of a men s triple-header from 5.30
pm followed by SEPoS and Toco Youths at 7pm, and
Zenith versus Technocrats at 8.30 pm.
At the end of the two rounds of round-robin matches,
the top four teams will meet in cross-over best of three
semifinal playoffs from which the winners meet in a
one-of championship match.
Glamorgan (7-0) also leads the six-team Women s
Premier Division with 34 points four more than Tech-
nocrats (5-2) while Southern United Volleyball Academy
is third with a similar 5-2 record, but 22 points.
The trio of West Side Stars, SEPoS and UTT all have
the same 1-5 record for seven, six and five points respec-
tively in the battle for the fourth and final semifinal
spot which will be determine at the end of round two
matches, ten each per club.
Last night, at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports
Arena, Tacarigua, West Side Stars battled SUVA while
today at Mucurapo, SEPoS and UTT face off from 4pm.
men's v-ball lead
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