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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt June 21, 2015
The T&T Red Steel will be com-
ing up not only against the St
Lucia Zouks today in their open-
ing match of the Hero Caribbean
Premier League T20 tournament
but also against the proverbial
12th man because the fans will
throng the stadium in support of
the local franchise.
The hype has been tremendous
here in St Lucia for the CPL and
the Beausejour in Gros Islet is sold
out for their encounter. Everywhere
you turn there are signs reminding
the Red Steel men that Zouks are
Skipper Dwayne Bravo knows
the battle ahead and is looking for-
ward to it.
He said: "We are here to play
good cricket. We have a good unit
and we have prepared well and the
time has come to show our quality.
"Our team is fit and raring to go
and the senior men have already
started their work in terms of lead-
ing the younger guys and ensuring
that they benefit from their expe-
rience, going into a tournament
"We are very happy with the
team unity and everything is in
place for a good performance. We
know that the opposition has good
quality in their team and they will
be coming at us hard but we are
prepared and looking to continue
our dominance over them."
The Zouks have never beaten the
Red Steel in the CPL but will be
confident because they have a more
experienced unit going into this
year s tournament.
They will also bank on the fire-
power of Shannon Gabriel who is
now in their ranks, after bowling
the Red Steel to victory over the
Zouks in last year s encounter.
The Zouks have tremendous
firepower going into the match
because some of the Caribbean s
fastest bowlers are in their line-
up.In addition to Gabriel, Kemar
Roach and Fidel Edwards will also
enjoy bowling on the Beausejour
pitch that is expected to encourage
the fast men. Four players who
played for Red Steel last year are
now with the Zouks---Gabriel,
Edwards, Delorn Johnson and Ross
Taylor (who will join the Zouks
after New Zealand s tour of Eng-
The pitch has good carry and
batsmen will also enjoy the strip
because the ball will come nicely
onto the bat. The field has a beau-
tiful turtle back shape and is
extremely quick, given the
drought-like conditions in St Lucia
All these ingredients will make
for plenty runs which will thrill
The king of St Lucia, Darren
Sammy will lead the men in blue
out on the field today and he is
confident of getting past the Red
"We have a very good unit and
we will definitely have a better sea-
son than last year. We have never
taken out the Red Steel but there
is always a first time and we are
going to do all in our power to get
that first win against them,"
"St Lucians will be coming out
to support us in numbers and we
will definitely enjoy this game."
The match gets off at 6 pm and
all roads will lead to Beausejour as
the biggest party in sport has
arrived in Derek Walcott s land.
Red Steel looks to withstand Zouks fire
This country s Soca Warriors will
return to the grind from tomorrow with
the start of an intense residential train-
ing camp in Port-of-Spain and training
before the team departs for the USA on
July 1, to participate at the 2015 Con-
cacaf Gold Cup.
Team coach Stephen Hart will take a
23-man squad into camp with training
sessions slated to take place twice and
even three times daily at a venue to be
determined in Trinidad.
Following that, the team will travel to
Fort Lauderdale, Miami, USA for another
camp before going off to Chicago to begin
the Gold Cup title quest.
Belgium-based defender Sheldon
Bateau shared his feelings after the 3-0
international friendly loss to Jordan, the
team s fifth in a row, saying he and his
teammates are fully aware of the respon-
sibilities they hold at the moment as the
"Soca Warriors" try to fix things heading
into the Gold Cup.
"I think we are all disappointed with
the performance in the last game against
Jordan. I was disappointed with my own
performance and the all round perform-
ance of the team. Jordan were more pre-
pared than us having played a game a
few days and won it. We know what our
capabilities are so that made it worse in
terms of how we played and the end
result," Bateau said.
We have a lot of young players and
home based players and it will take some
time for them to really understand the
task ahead. We don t have a long time
but I think it is enough time for us to
get this right.
"Everyone understands it will take a
lot more than what they are giving cur-
rently. But I think it s also more than just
the players going out on the field. There
is a lot to be done behind the scenes to
create the right environment. It s some-
times difficult for players to forget what
is going on behind the scenes and just
focus on football. The happy feeling that
we have had is not there at the moment.
"Now we ve got to put our heads down
and fix things. We have a responsibility
to the country and to ourselves as players
to put the loss behind us and focus on
what is ahead and that means making
sacrifices and putting in endless work
before our first game against Guatemala
next month," Bateau said.
"I understand the fans just want to
see good football and they don t care
about what happens off the field. But
some things affects the team indirectly.
We have shown that we can play good
football and that we have what it takes
to pull off a good performance at the
Gold Cup so I believe turning things
around it is not beyond us," the former
Jabloteh player said.
"For me this is like World Cup qual-
ifiers or even the Under 20 World Cup
in terms of the stage. This is a big stage
for us in Concacaf and we really have to
come together for the benefit of everyone
involved and for the country.
T&T faces Guatemala on July 9t at
Soldier Field, Illinois, Chicago followed
by matches against Cuba at Phoenix,
Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium
on July 12, and three days later versus
Mexico at Charlotte, North Carolin, Bank
of America Stadium. The T&T was
expected to returns to Piarco International
Airport, yesterday afternoon on
Caribbean Airlines via London.
'Soca Warriors' step it up
..set for live-in camp tomorrow
T&T Red Steel: Dwayne Bravo (capt), William
Perkins, Cameron Delport, Kamran Akmal, Jacques
Kallis, Yohan Botha, Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree,
Derone Davis, Miguel Cummins, Javon Searles, Jason
Mohammed, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Kevon
Cooper. Head coach Simon Helmot, assistants David
Williams and Imran Jan.
St. Lucia Zouks: Darren Sammy (capt), Andre
Fletcher, Delorn Johnson, Eddie Leie, Fidel Edwards,
Henry Davids, Johnson Charles, Keddy Lesporis,
Kemar Roach, Kevin Pietersen, Kyle Mayers, Liam
Sebastien, Shane Shillingford and Shannon Gabriel.
Head Coach Stuart Williams, assistant Ian Allen.
RED STEEL AND ZOUKS HEAD TO HEAD
2013 - St. Lucia Zouks 99/5 (20) (Andre Fletcher
46, S Badree 2/18) vs T&T Red Steel 105/4 (17.5)
(Kevin O'Brien 37, Garey Mathurin 2/24) - Red Steel
won by 6 wkts.
2014 - St. Lucia Zouks 117 all out (19.5) (Andre
Fletcher 24, S Gabriel 3/20, D Bravo 3/33, K Cooper
3/26) vs T&T Red Steel 119/2 (14.5) (E Lewis 59, R
Taylor 35no) - Red Steel won by 8 wkts.
2015 - St. Lucia Zouks 136/9 (20) (D Sammy 46no,
S Badree 2/13) vs T&T Red Steel 137/1 (14.4) (E
Lewis 77, K O'Brien 55no) - Red Steel won by 9 wkts.
Angels captain Maylee Attin-Johnson, left, battles Wave's defender Josean Azevedo for the ball
during their clash in the inaugural Women's Football Premier League at the St James Police
Barracks Grounds, St James last night. Attin-Johnson scored a double to lead Angels to a 3-0 win.
PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
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