Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 31st 2016 Contents sports tobagotoday.co.tt AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
A Tobago Football Association
(TFA) Under-16 Invitational team
came from a goal down to beat the
Pinelands Soccer Academy of Bar-
bados 2-1 at the Mt. Pleasant Recre-
ational Ground two Fridays ago.
The win secured first place for the
Tobago FA Under-16s with seven points,
while Pinelands finished second with
six points. Speyside and Bethel rounded
off the four-team table with two and
one point respectively, after both teams
played out to a dramatic 3-3 draw. Bethel
had to come from behind twice, includ-
ing the equalizer with four minutes to
In what was a hotly contested match,
Pinelands took the lead with a header
from Ljeo Thorne. In the second half,
both teams increased the intensity of
the play in an effort to secure the win.
However, it was Tobago who struck
back with a powerful and determined
run from St. Clair s Coaching School
and Signal Hill Secondary player Renaldo
Samuel. The eventual winner came with
15 minutes to go, as Samuel crossed from
the right side to Roxborough Lakers and
Scarborough Secondary School standout
Jaiye Sheppard, who volleyed the ball
past the Pinelands custodian.
Tobago's representatives on the T&T Goodwill team, l-r, Ezekiel Wilson,
Mosi Denoon (coach), Abrisse Trim and Jacob Cox.
Members of Tobago s very own YMCA Aqua
Warriors gave a creditable showing on team
Trinidad and Tobago during the just concluded
XXII Goodwill Swim Meet in St Lucia, landing
gold, silver and bronze in helping the team
win the overall trophy for a third straight year.
T&T amassed 1397 points overall to keep out
Suriname 1080 points and Barbados 721 points. St.
Lucia was fourth with 635 points while Bahamas
fifth with 566 points and Guyana sixth with 373
The three swimmers Abrisse Trim, Jacob Cox
and Ezekiel Wilson, though nervous at first, rose
to the occasion in true Warrior fashion to earn their
first regional medals on their debuts at the event.
The meet is an annual competition between par-
ticipating countries Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana,
Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and hosts St. Lucia,
and took place at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Center
from August 19-21.
Team TTO, compromising 40 swimmers under
the tutelage of Tobagonian head coach Mosi Denoon
and his assistants Mark Alexis, Leslyn Alexander,
Patrick Toney and manager Denise Constantine,
steered the team to an historic 317-points win mar-
gin, the largest margin to date by the team.
Wilson secured three gold medals, a silver and
a bronze in the 13-14 age group. He copped two
individual medals, one in the 100-metre freestyle
where he raced to his silver in a time of 59.78 behind
teammate Jonathan Constantine, who swam 57.42.
Suriname s Justin Muler was third in 59.89.
Wilson then earned a bronze in the 50-metre
breaststroke with a time of 34.12, behind teammate
Joshua Prescott (33.22) and inner Muler (33.21).
Along with teammates Jonathon Constantine, Joshua
Prescott and Delroy Tyrrell, Wilson then captured
gold in the 200 metre and 400-metres freestyle
and 400-metre medley relay in times of 1:47.18,
4:00.46 and 4:28.41 respectively.
Trim meanwhile collected two golds and a silver
medal. She claimed her first individual medal of
her regional swimming career in the 50-metre
breaststroke in a time of 48.71, passing the Bahamas
Passion Daniel (49.73) and teammate Zahara Alexan-
der (50.12). The eight and Under relay team, com-
prising Trim, Alexander, Maiden Edwards and
Madara Edwards then swam to a gold in the 200-
metre medley relay in 2:55.90, followed by Barbados
(2:59.46) and Suriname (3:06.90). They then swam
to a silver in the 200-metre freestyle relay in a time
of 2:34.40 behind Barbados (2:29.47) and Suriname
and the Bahamas, who tied for third in 2:34.59.
Cox secured two silver and a bronze. He copped
bronze in the 50-metre breaststroke in a time of
45.97 behind teammate Shaelen Reece (45.82) and
winner Karic Charles (44.13) from St. Lucia.
Cox and Eight and Under teammates Zachary
Anthony, Shaelen Reece and Giovanni Rivas then
claimed silver in both the 200-metre medley relay
and the 200-metre freestyle relay. In the 200-metre
medley the team swam 2:41.85 behind host team
St. Lucia (2:37.18) with third place going to Suriname
(2:51.31). In the 200-metre freestyle, they narrowly
missed gold to host country St. Lucia, who claimed
the race in a time of 2:18.00 to TT s 2:18.13. Suriname
was third (2:20.13).
Speaking about the experience, Denoon said the
support and team spirt was like no other. He added
that it was a wonderful and eye-opening experience
being the head coach of his very first national team,
especially seeing all the different personalities and
swimmers from across Trinidad and Tobago coming
together, meshing and working together as one. He
added that it was especially satisfying coming home
with the title for Trinidad and Tobago.
LAUDERHILL --- India
captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni and his West Indies
counterpart Carlos Brath-
waite have given their
blessing to more matches
being played in the US,
despite the fact that rain
ruined the final match of
the two-game series here
Heavy rain forced Sunday s
game at the Broward Regional
Park Stadium to be aban-
doned, with India well-
placed on 15-0 off two overs
in pursuit of a modest 144-run target.
But Dhoni, whose side conceded the
third-highest total of all time in the format
of 245 in the opening match loss, said he
definitely sees a future for T20 cricket in
America s crowded sports market.
"This is one place where we can come
back and play cricket --- a triangular or
four-nation series," Dhoni said at the pres-
"A tournament like that can give us
more time to spend in the US. Yes, it will
be a cramped schedule, but modern-day
cricketers won t mind it.
"This is one place where spectators will
come. The timing suits us. So it s a win-
win situation. It s a good venue to continue
Brathwaite, leading the West Indies for
the first time after the sacking of Darren
Sammy, also looked forward to returning
"For me as a young leader to lead the
players is an exciting experience. We want
to remain champions and entertain the
West Indies crowd. Most definitely we
would love to come back here again," he
Meanwhile, West Indies and Trinidad
and Tobago opener Evin Lewis says his
knowledge of the pitch played a key role
in his maiden Twenty20 International
hundred against India
lashed exactly 100 to
help steer West Indies
to a dramatic one-run
victory in the opening
game of the two-match
series at the complex in
The knock proved to
be the deciding factor in
the series after rain
washed out the second
match on Sunday.
Only last month
Lewis played two games at the venue for
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots during the
Caribbean Premier League --- scoring 79
in one of the outings --- and said this
familiarity had helped during his innings
"T20 cricket is obviously a fast-paced
game and I ve been working hard each
and every day on my T20 cricket, so I m
finally seeing success and I m thankful
for it right now," the left-hander said.
"Obviously I ve played two games
(before) on the wicket. Kudos today to
the groundsman; he s been doing an
extremely good job. I just went out there
and backed myself. If I got the balls in
my scoring areas I put them away."
The hundred came in only Lewis s sec-
ond game at this level, after making his
debut last March against Afghanistan in
the T20 World Cup in India. He played
with authority against the Indian attack,
counting nine fours and nine sixes in an
innings lasting 49 balls. He put on 126
for the first wicket with Johnson
Charles,who made 79.
"I can t really explain how I feel right
now, but I m still thankful," he noted.
"Today was a good experience. CPL
really didn t have the crowd like they had
today. They put in extra stands... and it
was a great atmosphere." (CMC)
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite
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