Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 8th 2016 Contents Paragon (men and women) and Queen s Park
Cricket Club (veterans) will begin defence of their
titles when the 13th annual Ventures Invitational
Indoor Hockey Tournament gets underway this
evening at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, Hamilton
Holder Street, Woodbrook.
Paragon captured the tournament in both the
men s and women s open categories last year, while
Queen s Park won the competition among the vet-
However, the veterans will have stiff competition
from their Guyanese rivals Georgetown Cricket Club,
T&T Defence Force and Notre Dame.
In the women s competition, the hostesses Ventures
will be trying to reverse the T&THB s National Indoor
title finish. But Paragon, led by national standout
Alanna Lewis, will be going for a "threepeat" of wins.
Carib Magnolia and Courts Malvern will also be
vying for the title.
Among the men, Paragon will have stiff competition
from former champions Queen s Park, Fatima and
T&T Defence Force.
The winning teams in the Open Divisions will
walk away with a cash prize of $6,000 as well as
a trophy. Runners up will take home $3,000 and
third place finishers receive $1,500. There will also
be prizes for the Most Valuable Player, the Best Goal-
keeper and the player scoring the most goals in each
division, Open Men, Open Women and Veterans.
Today's Matches: Women: Ventures vs Malvern, 6
pm; Paragon vs Magnolia, 8.50 pm; Veterans: TTDF vs
Notre Dame, 6.50 pm; QPCC vs GCC, 8.20 pm; Men:
Paragon vs Fatima, 7.30 pm; QPCC vs Defence Force,
Friday, January 8, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
N/E Stars hires coach Russell
Sacked Central FC coach Ross Russell
was this week, hired by Sangre Grande
outfit North East Stars where he will serve
as the head coach.
Roland Clarke, who took over at the helm
of the team earlier this season will now
revert to his previous position as coach of
the team s academy. Team manager Maurice
Eligon said the decision to recruit the 48-
year old Russell was made after a board
North East Stars led the Digicel Pro League
standings earlier this season but have fallen
to sixth on the 10-team table with 13 points
after eight matches. They are four points
behind leaders Defence Force, who ham-
mered the Sangre Grande club 6-1 on
December 19 in their final game before the
Ironically, it was Clarke s men that
accounted for Russell s firing at Central FC.
Central FC management had been heart
broken by an early opening goal by North
East Stars in an encounter between the
teams (Central FC/North East Stars) late
last year. In addition, the Sharks stumbled
to their second consecutive defeat which
confirmed the team s poor run of form under
Russell, a two-time league winning coach
with Defence Force.
Central FC operation s manager Kevin-
Harrison delivered the dismissal letter via
a tex and when asked about the sacking he
said "It s a results game, but the decision
to fire Russell wasn t purely down to the
two games we lost. It was about the per-
formance of the players...perhaps they
weren t giving him their all."
He added: "We won seven trophies, four
of them major titles last season, and already
we have dropped the First Citizens Cup.
We couldn t risk carrying on that way."
He explained further "It just happens.
Sometimes a good coach comes into suc-
cessful team and it just doesn t work. We
see it happening all the time in world foot-
ball. We made the change while we still
have time. While we want to win everything
else on offer, our two major aims now, are
to make sure and defend the Pro League as
well as the Caribbean Club Championship
Russell was the third of four coaches by
the Central team since their inception three
years ago, when he took over last August.
He followed in the footsteps of former
Arsenal and England player Graham Rix,
Serbia-born former T&T coach Zoran Vranes
and former Tottenham and England player
Terry Fenwick, all of whom received march-
Since Russell s sacking, assistant coach
Dale Saunders has been shifted into the role
of interim head coach but the Guardian
understands there are no immediate plans
to find a high profile replacement.
In Sangre Grande, however, Eligon said
the decision to replace Clarke wasn t based
on results or performance. He said with
Russell becoming available and the board
having reviewed the club s plans after four
months into the season, the change was
necessary to take the club forward.
Eligon, who feels his club remains ded-
icated to giving local coaches the opportu-
nity, said: "At the moment we are comfort-
able giving Ross a chance at the helm of
our club and we will see how things will
go."North East Stars will return to action
today from 8 pm at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium against San Juan Jabloteh.
hockey flicks off
Ross Russell...North East Stars new
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