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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 12, 2016
Maureen Craig-Rousseau, former pres-
ident of T&T Hockey Board has urged
members of the current national Under-
21 women s team not to be afraid to go to
senior national players for guidance and
T&T, ranked 30th in the world will host
the nine-team Women's Junior Pan Amer-
ican Championships from March 30 to April
9 at the National Hockey Centre, Eastern
Regional Sports Arena, Tacarigua.
Among the opponents are world seventh
ranked USA, Canada (#19) and Mexico (#34)
in Pool B, while second ranked Argentina,
Chile (#21), Uruguay (#25), Barbados (#48)
and Venezuela, ranked 63rd are in Pool A.
At the end of the two round-robin groups,
the top two teams in each group will advance
to the semifinals from which the winners
will qualify for the Hockey Junior World
Cup in Santiago, Chile, from November 26
to December 4.
Speaking at the official launch of the tour-
nament at the VIP Lounge, Hasely Crawford
Stadium, Mucurapo, on March 3, Craig-
Rousseau, an executive member of the Fed-
eration International Hockey (FIH) and a
director on the Pan Am Hockey Federation
told the players gathered while the task may
seem a tough one at hand, they can draw
on the experience of some past national
players who qualified for the FIH Junior
World Cup in Barcelona in 1993.
Craig-Rousseau said, "The players on the
national team at the time included Stacey
Siu Butt, Brigid Poon-Lewis, Natalie Nieves,
Nicole Aming, Cecile Wren and Avernell
Lee and these people are still around and
some of them even have children who are
participating for T&T now.
Reflecting on T&T's qualification to the
world event, Craig-Rousseau noted, "Back
then our involvement was historic because
our little T&T was able to rise to play in the
final of the Pan American qualifiers in
Venezuela against Argentina, and even
though we did not win it showed we had
the talent and capability.
"We went to Spain and ended 12th in the
world, but when I heard coach Brian Garcia
talking about the high level of the Pan Amer-
ican region, I agree with him.
"We are in a very tough region and T&T
or the Caribbean by extension is not normally
seen as someone that can normally take on
the mights of Chile, Mexico, Canada,
Argentina and USA, but we have done it
before and can do it again," boasted Craig-
"And this is to give some kind of solace
and confidence to our young ladies. Go and
have a chat with the those players who are
still along and they will give you some
encouragement and insight into what it was
Craig-Rousseau also extended congratu-
lations on behalf of FIH and Pan American
to the T&THB for accepting the respon-
sibility of hosting the tournament.
The president of Malvern Hockey Club,
Craig-Rousseau said T&T can also boast of
having a few officials in the region as well
like Willard Harris (chairman of events com-
mittee of FIH) and others who are partic-
ipating in the tournament being hosted here
in T&T as well as the finals later in the year.
"So T&T I congratulate you on not only
continuing not only to play on the field, but
also to participate in the board room, and
this is a big thing that we really need.
In closing she told the players and officials
gathered that they are going to have lows
and are going to have highs, but your head
must be held high, remember your are wear-
ing the red, white and black and keep strong.
Michael Phillips, chairman of Sports Com-
pany of T&T also congratulated everyone
at the T&THB and other officials and part-
ners who have worked hard on putting the
He added "This does not come without
dedication or putting your neck out, or on
the block for something.
"Because behind the scenes, there are a
lot of phone calls and pressures, and risks,
and in my own experience as an events
organiser, its about crisis management on
T&T Hockey Board president, Douglas
Camacho in his brief address that everything
is in place for a proper running of the event.
He noted that nothing happens without a
few minor struggles.
Fire blows out
Jabloteh to take
Goal-shooter Aquila Blugh did not stray away
from what has been working for her this season
and in doing so, helped Fire Services cop the
league title in the Championship Division of the
All Sectors Netball League.
Blugh had Jabloteh singing the blues, scoring
44 goals off 65 attempts to lift Fire past Jabloteh,
55-22 in their final league match at the Eastern
Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Tacarigua on
Jabloteh had began the year positively winning
its first three matches comfortably but after the
Carnival break slumped to three straight losses,
to place third overall in the six-team competi-
The one-sided affair began with Fire, which is
unbeaten thus far in the season, racing to a 19-
2 lead at the end of the first quarter. The firewomen
dominance was felt even more in the second ses-
sion as they closed the half with a 20-goal (30-
Jabloteh, which was without its regular shooters
to start, continued to struggle in the third period
and and managed to only add nine to its total,
trailing 41-19 entering the final quarter.
The fire officers never relinquished its pressure
and thanks to Blugh and her goal-attack Nariba
Grant, who connected 11 in 25, went on to win
by the 33-goal margin.
Goal-attack Samantha James was best for
Jabloteh in the circle with 16 off 33.
In the earlier match, led by Tahirah
Hollingsworth and Giselle Norton, Police defeated
Defence Force 40-22, to close on a high winning
its second match of the league contest.
Hollingsworth ended with a match-high 25 of 33
while Norton added 14 in 23 for the policewomen,
who controlled from the first pass, leading at the
end of the three quarters, 9-4, 21-7 and 27-18.
Cherryell McIntosh netted the bulk of Defence
Force's goals with 14 off 27 in a losing effort.
Defence Force failed to register a win, finishing
at the bottom of the table.
Today, teams in all divisions will compete for
the Open Knockout title. Action starts at 1 pm.
Jailal Enterprise Victoria will hope to be
on the winning side against undeated FC
Clarke Road when round three of the T&T
Cricket Board three-day National League
competition bowls off at the Barrackpore
West Secondary School Ground at 9.30 am,
Victoria is hoping for a change of fortune
after losing two close matches this season. In
round one Victoria lost by two wickets to
defending champions Queen's Park, then went
down by one wicket to Merry Boys. Victoria
will have to be at its best when it faces Clarke
Road, a team looking for its third consecutive
Clarke Road has been of the more convincing
teams to start the season recording two impres-
sive wins. In the first round Clarke Road eased
past T&T Prisons Service by eight wickets,
then defeated Jenexcon Tableland by ten wickets
in the last round. At the Queen's Park Oval
Queen's Park will play Merry Boys. Queen's
Park is also looking for its third win of the
season, while Merry Boys are aiming for another
win after suffering an opening round defeat.
In other matches, Powergen Penal will play
Alescon Comets at Syne Village in Penal and
Jenexcon Tableland will tackle T&T Prisons
Service at Tableland.
Maureen Craig-Rousseau, centre, executive member of the Federation International Hockey (FIH) and a director on the Pan Am Hockey
Federation has the attention of Brian Lewis, left, T&T Olympic Committee president, Michael Phillips, Sport Company of T&T (Sportt)
chairman, Douglas Camacho, T&T Hockey Board president and Brian Garcia, coach of the T&T Under-21 women's team.
This was at the launch of the T&T Hockey Board's hosting of the Women's Junior Pan American Championship at the VIP Lounge, Hasely
Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on March 3. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Craig-Rousseau urges U-21s to
seek out experienced players
Fire 55 (Aquila Blugh 44/65, Nariba Grant 11/25)
vs Jabloteh 22 (Lilia Cameron 2/6, Shannon
Charles 4/7, Samantha James 16/33). Quarter
scores: 19-2, 30-10, 41-19 (Fire).
Defence Force 22 (Cheryl Ann Millington 3/8,
Makeeda Pierre 5/16, Cherryell McIntosh 14/27)
vs Police 40 (Giselle Norton-Richards 14/23,
Tahira Hollingsworth 25/33, Donessa Wickham
1/1). Quarter scores: 9-4, 21-7, 27-18 (Police).
3 Jabloteh 6330226222 6
4 Bermudez 6240219254 4
7 DForce 6060147240 0
Merry Boys vs Queen's Park, Queen's
Jailal Enterprise Victoria vs FC Clarke
Road at Barrackpore West Secondary
Powergen Penal vs Alescon Comets,
Syne Village, Penal
Jenexcon Tableland vs T&T Prisons
ROUND 3 FIXTURES:
Victoria, Clarke Road battle in National League
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