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National youth cricket captains Bryan
Boodram and Kirstan Kallicharan will lead
Vishnu Boys Hindu College in its title
defence, when the Powergen Secondary
Schools 50-over Cricket League bowls off
Vishnu Boys won the premier league title
last year, the team s first time competing
in the top flight of the Secondary Schools
Cricket League (SSCL). Boodram and
Kallicharan, captained the national Under-
17 and national U-15 teams respectively last
year and the duo is expected to lead from
the front. Kallicharan also played on the
national U-17 team last year.
Fast bowler Jarlarnie Seales will also bring
a wealth of experience, as he also represented
the national U-17 team last year. Vishnu
Boys coach Tarandath Sammy, who coached
the national U-17 team last year is confident
that Aaron Mairam will make a bigger impact
this season. Mairam was part of the national
U-15 team which won the regional U-15 title
Sammy is optimistic that his team can
defend the title as it earned valuable expe-
rience last year playing in the premiership
for the first time. "Having played last year
for the first time in the premiership, we
know what we have to do this year."
The school has been training since the
end of September doing developmental, fit-
ness and fielding drills. The team did not
do much outfield work due to the inclement
weather over the past few months.
A T20 knockout competition will follow
the 50-over league, but Sammy says the
50-over league is the main focus. "We are
focused on winning the league, but winning
the T20 is icing on the cake." There is an
added incentive to win the T20 tournament,
as the winner will represent T&T in the
first annual World Schools Goodwill Cricket
(30 overs per side) competition, hosted in
T&T in December. The SSCL with assistance
from Baxter s Ltd will invite one school from
each of the other Test playing countries.
One school from seven different West Indies
territories will also participate.
Vishnu will play in the Super Sixes tour-
nament on Tuesday, before playing Hillview
College in the first round of the league.
Top national junior squash player Chad
Salandy is anticipating another successful
year on the court, and although he has
graduated to the Under-19 age group he
is ready to face the challenge as the teenag-
er has shown growth throughout his
Salandy, 17, who has been playing squash
since he was seven, had a fruitful 2014.
Salandy participated in the first graded
national tournament where he was grouped
with the top two juniors in the country and
placed a welcoming third.
During the July/August vacation, Salandy
travelled with the national junior team to
Bermuda to compete in the Caribbean Area
Junior Squash Championship and the results
yielded yet another outstanding tour. He
reached the semifinals in the boys Under-
17 category and lost to the number-two
seed in the Caribbean. He further went on
to defeat the third ranked player to capture
bronze. In the team event of the same tour-
nament, Salandy was an instrumental part
of the boy s third place finish, as he won
all his matches.
Playing in the U-19 division will prove
to be a challenge, but the Fatima College
student has shown determination from the
moment he stepped on the squash court.
It was not difficult for Salandy to get
involved in the sport, as his father Roger
Salandy is a professional coach. When
Salandy (Chad) was eight he played in his
first squash tournament and surprised many
by reaching the semifinals of the U-11 divi-
sion, before losing to the U-11 champion
who was ten years old.
Salandy (Chad) made it his duty to train
for the next year and he was victorious in
capturing the U-11 title the following year.
He further went on to win all the national
age group titles thereafter, the boys U-13,
U-15, and last year the boys U-17 title.
Salandy (Chad) is currently doing physical
training for the upcoming season and is
confident he will make the national team
to compete at the Junior Caribbean Cham-
pionship in Barbados later this year.
The national cycling trio of Keron Bramble,
Kwesi Browne and Njisane Phillip could not
complete the qualifying race of the men s team
sprint event on the opening day of the third leg
of the UCI (International Cycling Union) World
Cup Series in Cali, Colombia, on Friday.
The trio would have been disappointed, fol-
lowing their gold medal performance in the same
event at the Milton International Challenge in
Ontario, Canada, on January 9.
Yesterday in the men s, keirin Browne was rel-
egated from heat six in round one for dangerous
riding during the race. Browne faced Hersony
Canelon (Venezuela), Simon Van Velthooven (New
Zealand), Eoin Mullen (Ireland) and Fabian Puerta
(Colombia). Puerta won the race, the only rider
to advance automatically to the second round.
Browne was scheduled to compete in heat two
of the repechage, his last chance to qualify for
Today in the final day of competition, T&T
cyclist Njisane Phillip will line up in the men s
sprint aiming for another podium finish. In
November 2013 at the first leg of the 2013/2014
World Cup series in Manchester, England, Phillip
became the first T&T cyclist to win a medal at
the UCI World Cup. Phillip won silver, finishing
behind German rider Robert Forstemann.
Former Trinidad and Tobago National Senior
football team manager Richard Braithwaite
passed away yesterday afternoon at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital.
Braithwaite, 60, a former employee of Petrotrin
in the 1980 and
1990s, was the
founder of Trintoc
football team which
campaigned in the
TTFF South zone
until the merger that
formed Petrotrin. He
also played a key role
in the formation of
the Petrotrin football
team before he
served ties with the
company in the late
The native of Cascade and dubbed the adopted
son of Point Fortin, Braithwaite was admitted at
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital back on January 4.
Before his national stints he was an outstanding
player with Soul City of Cascade. He was the
National Senior Team football manager between
the years of 1996 and 2000, and again 2004 and
2005. He was a member of the FIFA Technical
Development Committee from 2001 to 2006 and
was presented with a Prime Ministerial award in
1998 for his contribution to the development of
sport in Trinidad and Tobago.
He leaves to mourn his two daughters Chantel
and Sherice and wife Paula. Rest In Peace friend.
Salandy ready for squash challenge this year
Vishnu Boys aiming for
another league crown
Bryan Boodram (captain), Kirstan
Kallicharan (vice captain), Demetrius
Bain, Deoraj Narine, Hance
Kallicharan, Jarlarnie Seales, Saurav
Baliram, Yohan Sirjoo, Shakeem
Prince, Sachin Dookie, Aaron Mairam,
Rickash Boodram, Dante Peters,
Adrian Ramlagan, Samir Ali, Travin
Mohan, Ashton Goberbhan,
Tarandath Sammy (coach), Rajesh
VISHNU BOYS SQUAD
Vishnu Boys captain Bryan Boodram.
Southern United Volleyball Academy
swept past West Side Stars in straights
sets (3-0) to climb to second spot on the
T&T Volleyball Federation Women s Pre-
mier Division table at the Eastern Region-
al Indoor Sports Arena, Tacarigua on Fri-
Southern United won 25-11, 25-9, 25-
12 to improve to 6-2 and 27 points, one
ahead of Technocrats which has a 5-2 mark
and seven behind unbeaten leaders Glam-
organ which is perfect at 7-0.
The loss was sixth in seventh outings
for West Side Stars to remain on seven
points followed by Big South East Port-
of-Spain and University of T&T, which
have six and five points respectively ahead
of their meeting at the Jean Pierre Complex,
Today at the Central Regional Indoor
Sports Arena, UTT plays Glamorgan from
9am and Technocrats meets SEPoS at
In the Men s Premier Division, Glam-
organ with its 5-3 record tops the table
with 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
and Southern United Volleyball Academy
with 18 points and a 3-4 mark,
Toco Youths Volleyball Academy is next
with 13, four clear of cellar-placed Zenith
Last night at Mucurapo, Glamorgan and
SUVA faced off followed by SEPoS and
Toco Youths, 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.
SUVA women climb to second spot
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