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The national men's Under-17 team will
depart today for a ten-day training camp
in Panama ahead of the Concacaf Final
Round of World Cup qualification in Hon-
duras later this month.
Head coach Shawn Cooper will take a
20-man squad to Panama where they will
play four training matches including two
against Panama's national U-17 team.
Cooper expressed optimism about the
team's chances heading into the tourna-
"I think our chances are good. We know
what is ahead of us and we've been able to
compete against these teams in past tour-
naments. We've worked very hard in the
build up so far and this camp in Panama
will give us an opportunity to get some
much needed match preparation and allow
us to do some fine tuning before we head
off to Honduras," Cooper told the T&T Foot-
ball Association Media.
Commenting on his squad, he added,
"We've added a few players from North
America and one midfielder from England
Morgan Bruce. These additions I believe
will add a lot to the team and I expect every
player to give it their best shot in the tour-
T&T's opening game in Honduras is
against Guatemala at the Francisco Morazan
Stadium, San Pedro Sula on February 27.
T&T, which qualified as the best third
placed team from the Caribbean, will also
face host Honduras, Jamaica, USA and Cuba,
in Group A. Group B includes Canada, Haiti,
Panama, Mexico, St Lucia and Costa Rica.
The tournament will crown the Confed-
eration champion at this age level, and qual-
ify four teams to the FIFA Under-17 World
Cup in Chile this year. The top team from
each group after round-robin play will
advance to the World Cup automatically
and the other two will be determined by
the results of the final day elimination
The new Concacaf U-17 men's tourna-
ment format has increased the number of
set games to five for each competing nation,
up from two in previous editions of the
Championship. The new format has been
created to favour development and com-
T&T's senior women's hockey team begans
Pool B action in the FIH World Hockey
League Round Two qualifiers on a losing
note, going down to world 19th ranked Azer-
baijan 5-1 at The British Schools, Gral Max-
imo, Tajes, Montevideo, Uruguay, yester-
Farida Mammadova opened the scoring for
Azerbaijan as early as the fourth minute from
field goal play and in the 35th minute, Khatira
Aliyeva made it 2-0 to the Europeans.
However, the "Calypso Stickwomen" man-
aged to get back into the contest when co-
captain Alanna Lewis scored from a penal-
ty-corner conversion, in the 44th.
But this only served to get the Europeans
going again as Aliyeva (46th) and Mammadova
(48th) scored within the space of two minutes
to put their team comfortably ahead at 4-1
while a minute later Aliyeva completed her
hat-trick and extended the team's led to 5-
1. Today, the Anthony Marcano-coached local
squad will face 37th-ranked Kenya and then
24th-ranked France on Tuesday to end round-
Pool A also served off yesterday, Dominican
Republic (52) versus Mexico (28), and Italy
(17) against Uruguay (31)
With the tournament being an eight-team
affair, all participants have already qualified
for the cross-over quarterfinals from which
the winners will advance to the semifinals,
and then the championship and bronze medal
U-17 footballers off to
Panama for training camp Azerbajian
France vs Azerbaijan, 5.30pm
T&T vs Kenya, 85pm
Mexico vs Italy, 3pm
France vs Kenya, 5.30pm
Uruguay vs Dominican Republic, 8pm
Azerbaijan vs Kenya, 12.30pm
T&T vs France, 3pm
Italy vs Dominican Republic, 5.30pm
Uruguay vs Mexico, 8pm
Shawn Cooper (head coach), Christopher
Gouveia (manager), Muhammed Isa
(technical analyst), Ross Russell (assistant
coach), Gilbert Bateau (assistant coach),
Devin Elcock (equipment manager), Roger
Ryan (physio), Michael Taylor (physio)
Levi Fernandez (Naparima College/ Civic
Centre FC), Tyrek James (Presentation
College/ Civic Centre FC), Isaiah Garcia
(Shiva Boys/W Connection), Darnell
Hospedales (Presentation College/Civic
Centre FC), Keston Julien (Presentation
College/W Connection), Kierron Mason
(Naparima College/ W Connection), Shirwin
Noel (Presentation College/ W Connection),
Tekay Hoyce (East Mucurapo/St Ann's
Rangers), Isaiah Hudson (Naparima
College/ W Connection), Kareem Riley
(Naparima College/ W Connection), John
Paul Rochford (Queen's Royal College/ FC 1
Santa Rosa), Joshua Burnett (Players
Development Academy, USA) Shobal
Celestine (Naparima College/ Civic Centre
FC), Noah Powder (New York Red Bulls,
USA), Morgan Bruce
FC, England), Shakeem Patrick (St
Anthony's College/St Ann's Rangers),
Kishon Hackshaw (Trinity College East/ San
Juan Jabloteh), Jerren Nixon (Philadelphia
Union, USA), Jeankeon Alexander (San
Juan North Secondary/San Juan Jabloteh),
Chaz Burnett (Players Development
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA---England's
Charley Hull and Holly Clyburn and
South Korea's Choi Eun-woo shared the
third-round lead at the Australian
Ladies Masters on a tough day for scor-
ing yesterday on the Royal Pines resort
Clyburn shot a 1-over 74 and Choi and
Hull both had 75s for 54-hole totals of
Second-round leader Rebecca Artis of
Australia (79), South Korean-born Aus-
tralian Oh Su-hyun (72) and Tonje Daffin-
rud of Norway (72) were a stroke behind.
Only seven of 67 players who made
the cut broke par yesterday.
Defending champion Cheyenne Woods,
Tiger's Woods' niece, shot 73 Saturday
after a 78 on Friday nearly forced her to
miss the cut.
She's nine strokes behind the leaders,
level with English veteran Laura Davies,
who shot 76.
Clyburn said there was no big rivalry
between her and British compatriot Hull.
"We're good friends, we've got nothing
against each other," she said.
"Everybody just thinks there's a rivalry
because we came on tour at the same
time and had a great rookie year fight.
"Out here it'll be actually really exciting
and it'll be a good final day."
Hull, who began her round with a dou-
ble-bogey on the par-4 first, ended with
a birdie on the par-5 18th.
"It should be fun but it's not who
you're playing with, you're playing against
the golf course," said Hull.
"Holly's a great player and a friend.
" I've known her since I was 10 or 11.
"I don't see her as a rival, that's prob-
ably something for the media." (AP)
3 golfers share 3rd-round at Australian Ladies Masters
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUM-
Matthias scored the first hat trick
of his career to lead the Canucks
to a 5-2 victory over Boston yes-
terday, boosting their playoff
hopes in the tight NHL Western
The Canucks are seventh in the
West, while Boston is precarious
eighth in the East, five points
adrift of seventh.
Among other games, Chicago
rallied for a win against New Jer-
sey, while Dallas beat Florida but
paid a high price in injuries.
Vancouver's Radim Vrbata and
Jannik Hansen, into an empty net,
also netted for the hosts while
goaltender Ryan Miller celebrated
his 600th game with a victory.
Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly
replied for the Bruins.
Chicago's Marian Hossa con-
tinued his hot scoring form to
help the Blackhawks fight back
and beat New Jersey 3-1.
Hossa, who has seven goals in
four games, also assisted on
Jonathan Toews' tiebreaking goal
in the third. Kris Versteeg tacked
on an empty-net goal.
Peter Harrold scored in the first
for the Devils, who have dropped
three in a row.
Dallas defeated Florida 3-0 but
lost three players to injuries.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas' leader with
29 goals and 59 points, was helped
off the ice after being checked in
the third period. Patrick Eaves
followed Seguin to the locker room
51 seconds later after being hit in
the head by the puck.
Forward Ales Hemsky left in
the first period with a lower body
Goaltender Kari Lehtonen made
37 saves while Jamie Benn and
Jason Spezza both scored in the
San Jose ended a three-game
skid with a 4-2 win at Arizona,
with Joe Pavelski scoring three
Columbus' Artem Anisimov
scored 2:17 into overtime to give
the Blue Jackets a come-from-
behind 4-3 win against Philadel-
Canucks beat Bruins 5-2 to boost playoff chances
REMAINING POOL MATCHES
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