Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 6th 2015 Contents NIGEL SIMON
T&T men s hockey team s hopes of
qualifying for next year s Rio Brazil
Olympic Games via the FIH World
Hockey League Men s Round Two
qualifiers came to an abrupt halt yes-
terday after a 12--2 loss to Ireland in
The Calypso Stickmen, beaten in
their three Pool B matches earlier in
the week, went into the clash with the
15th-ranked Irish as heavy underdogs
at the Chula Vista Olympic Training
Centre, San Diego, California.
And their hopes of pulling off a stun-
ning upset quickly went out the window
as Ireland, top-scorers in the round-
robin phase with 13 goals in three
matches, stormed into a 1--0 lead as
early as the first minute through
Stephen Dowds while John Jackson
made it 2--0 six minutes later.
However, T&T hit back to level the
match at 2--2 with a brace from Eng-
land-based Kwandwane Browne, play-
ing in his record 300th international
match, in the ninth for T&T to trail
2--1 at the end of the first 15-minute
quater and then a minute after the
restart, both from open play.
However, Ireland, which came into
the qualifiers as one of the favourites,
responded with two goals from Paul
Cleghorne (19th) and Michael Watt
(22nd) to take a 4--2 lead at the half.
The Europeans then took command
of the match in the third periods with
four goals without reply via Shane
O Donoghue (34th), Conor Harte
(40th), Dowds (43) and Watt (43) to
extend the advantage to 8--2, while
Chris Cargo (46th), Cleghorne (49th),
Eugene Magee (51st) and Alan Sothern
(59th) added items in the final period
to complete the 12--2 mauling, the
biggest margin of victory so far in the
Speaking after the match, Browne,
who was yellow carded in the 47th
minute said Ireland was just too strong
in all departments.
"We were able to stay in the match
for the first ten minutes, but then the
Irish took full control and showed their
class and proved way too powerful for
us. They were really good and created
a number of chances inside the circle
and I think for our younger players
especially it was a tough lesson in pass-
ing and shooting.
Looking ahead Browne said with the
team having little chance of qualification
from the tournament, it was also felt
it would serve as good preparation for
the upcoming Pan American Games in
Canada, the final chance of Olympic
He said: "We are building towards
the Pan American Games and with the
experienced gained from these matches
here and the number of senior players
expected to return, it should put us in
good stead for those qualifiers.
With regards to his 300th appearance
for T&T, the 37-year-old Browne said
he was happy to be able to represent
"I have been blessed to play for T&T
for 22 years now and every time I put
on the national jersey I still get the
chills as though it my first match.
Reflecting on his career, the former
Queen s Royal College student said
T&T s win over Malaysia at the Com-
monwealth Games in Scotland last year
in which he scored a hat-trick will
standout as one of his best memories.
"For us to get a win against a World
Cup team and score a hat-trick it was
one of the best moments in my career,
but I am hoping to top that by qual-
ifying for the Olympics at the Pan
Americans Games later this year, that
will the icing on the cake," he ended.
Tomorrow, in the main draw semi-
final from 5 pm, Ireland plays Canada,
while T&T faces the Italians in the fifth
to eight place semifinal from 12.30 pm.
In the other semifinal at 7.15 pm, the
winners of the Austria/USA and Rus-
sia/Chile quarterfinals will meet, with
the losers squaring off in the other fifth
to eighth semis from 2.45 pm.
The stage is set for the country s
biggest night of sporting honours
with the hosting of the First Cit-
izens Sports Foundation Sports-
man and Sportswoman of the
Year Awards 2014 at Queen s Hall,
St Ann s, Port-of-Spain, tonight.
Based on the achievements
recorded over the past year, it was
clear many of the top contenders
already had the honour of being
in winners row at various events
which paid tribute to the success
of T&T s athletes.
Three-time Sportswoman of the
Year Cleopatra Borel, two-time
Sportsman of the Year Roger
Daniel, Olympic gold medallist
Keshorn Walcott and Sportsman
of the Year 2012, as well as Olympic
bronze medal winner George
Bovell, Sportsman of the Year
2004, are believed to be favourites
for top honours.
Other athletes being touted as
top contenders include: Kwesi
Browne (cycling) Michael Alexander
(amateur boxing), Christopher
George (Judo), Dexter St Louis
(table tennis) and Rheann Chung
(table tennis) and Dr Dorian
They would be among 50 ath-
letes (30 men and 20 women)
across 31 disciplines in contention
for these awards.
Alexander (taekwondo), Browne,
St Louis, George and Daniel earned
bronze at the CAC Games in Ver-
Chung earned her bronze at the
ITTF Latin American Champi-
onships in Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic last April.
Borel, the internationally
respected shot putter and Bovell
copped gold at the championships.
At the Commonwealth Games
in Glasgow, Scotland, Borel and
javelin athlete, Walcott, both won
silver. At that event, Walcott reg-
istered a new national record, too.
Meanwhile, Alexander, the amateur
boxer, earned bronze.
Daniel, the celebrated shooter,
said being nominated meant, "I
am a great athlete and I give thanks
for being recognised for all the hard
work I put out during the year.
Since the London 2012 Olympics,
I have matured in the sport
tremendously. I am more driven to
be successful. I have learnt to be
very patient with my self-devel-
opment in the sport.
"I have grown as an athlete even
more now because I understood
what it takes to be a world class
athlete and my roles and functions
To be an effective ambassador
for the sport, said Daniel, meant
knowing he was representing a
nation and not himself.
"You represent the people of the
nation and as such when you re
out there on the circuit competing
and you win, it gives you the great-
est feeling. That is all the more
reason why you have to conduct
yourself in a manner that is a cut
above the rest as an ambassador.
"My sport is not growing, but
there are other aspects or disci-
plines associated with the sport
that I would like to see get some
more recognition like archery or
bring back the paintball or even
more air shooting events that can
be allowed for all ages. There are
such things, just that vision is
needed: away with negatives and
open up to positives," he said.
Daniel added: "I don t think it
might be as popular, but we can
get it to a level where people can
enjoy and practice it and if they
decide to venture further then we
take them to the next level."
Friday, March 6, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Irish creams Calypso
Stickmen in quarters
Ireland 12 (Stephen Dowds 1st, 43rd,
Paul Cleghorne 19th, 49th, Michael
Watt 22nd, 43rd, John Jackson 7th,
Shane O'Donoghue 34th, Conor
Harte 40th, Chris Cargo 46th,
Eugene Magee 51st, Alan Sothern
59th) vs T&T 2 (Kwandwane
Browne 9th, 16th)
Canada 4 (Scott Tupper 4th pen,
24th, 60th, Brenden Bissett 56th) vs
Borel set to
capture 4th award
...Walcott is favourite among the men
George Bovell III
Dexter St Louis
TRACK AND FIELD
T&T's Kwandwane Browne receives a commemorative plaque on his 300th
national team appearance from manager Christabella George-Ford prior to a 12--2
loss to Ireland in their FIH World Hockey League Round Two qualifier quarterfinal
at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Centre, San Diego, California, yesterday.
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