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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 11, 2015
This country's chances of qualification to a first
ever Olympic Games, hit a snag yesterday with the
news that England-based standout Kwandwane
Browne will miss the upcoming Pan American Games
in Canada next month after he sustained a torn achilles
tendon in his left leg on the weekend.
A member of the national team for the past 18 years
and with over 300-appearance to his name, Browne
was expected to spear-head the 29th world ranked
T&T' "Calypso Stickmen" campaign tough Pool A cam-
paign against Argentina, Cuba and USA. Pool B com-
prises Brazil, Canada, Chile and Mexico.
However, the current England Under-21 assistant
coach and coach for National League Premier Division's
Canterbury, who in 2012/13 won the award for England
Hockey High Performance Coach of the Season will
now miss out on the last qualifying event for T&T for
the Olympics after the injury was picked up during a
practice match for his Canterbury club in England.
He is now due to have surgery on Monday and is
expected to be sidelined for the next six to nine months.
Only last week, Browne who had hinted at the Pan
American Games tournament being his last international
for T&T, hosted a ten-day camp for the national team
at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua along with
two of his fellow coaches at English Hockey League
Premier Division club, Diccon Stubbings and Stuart
Goodman and senior coach Glend "Fido" Francis.
But the latest injury setback for the T&T player could
spell a cruel end to an international career which has
seen him play at four Commonwealth Games as well
as four Pan American Games and three Pan American
Cup. His last competitive outing for T&T was the FIH
World League Round Two qualifiers in San Diego, Cal-
ifornia in March. At that tournament, the "Calypso
stickmen" who were without some of their top players
due to injury and work commitments were beaten in
all six matches they contested.
First up T&T went under to Russia (6-1), USA (7-
1) and Canada (3-0) in Pool B round-robin player before
losing to Ireland (12-2) in the quarterfinal, 2-1 to Italy
in the fifth to eighth semifinal, and 5-3 to USA in the
seventh place playoff.
T&T hockey training squad: Ron Alexander, Terrence
Baptiste, Lyndell Byer, Daniel Byer, Darren Cowie, Shaquille
Daniel, Aidan De Gannes, Solomon Eccles, Kristien
Emmanuel, Brian Garcia, Marcus James, Tariq Marcano,
Teague Marcano, Che Modeste, Kiel Murray, Joshua Olton,
Justin Pascal, Mickell Pierre, Jordan Reynos, Andrey Rocke,
Christopher Scipio, Kelon Skeritt, Karlos Stephen, Akim
Toussaint, Jordan Vieira, Dominic Young, Ishmael Campbell.
England-based T&T senior men's hockey player
Kwandwane Browne on crutches at his Canterbury
home after sustaining a torn achilles tendon left leg
injury on the weekend during a practice match with
his Canterbury club.
Simon Ramdatjh and Mikel
Martin of Naparima College,
San Fernando, are two of the
country's leading junior
chessists who will be looking
to capture top honours when
they compete in the Agostini
sored Junior Chess Tourna-
ment on Saturday June 13 at
Naparima College, San Fer-
The contest, open to juniors
under 20, will start at 9 am.
It is the third in a series of
monthly events to be held
throughout the country to
prepare youngsters for the
Caribbean Chess Carnival ,
an international scheduled for
August 9-12 at the Queen's
Ramdath, T&T's Under-18
champion, took the top spot
in the U-20 section of the
Indian Arrival Day tourna-
ment held last month.
He is tipped for a repeat
performance at Naparima this
However, he will face
strong competition from his
school mate Martin, national
U-16 champion, who will be
seeking to upset Ramdath in
his quest for the top spot.
The competition is organ-
ised by the TT Chess Foun-
dation in conjunction with
Naparima College. At stake
will be a prize fund of $3000.
Players will compete in one
of four categories, novices,
U-12, U-14 and U-20.
Junior chess champs clash at Naparima
National U-18 champion Simon
Ramdath receives his from Ved
Janwani, Managing Director of INDUS
Merchant, sponsors of the Indian
Arrival Day tournament held in May.
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