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T&T hockey men
5th in FIH league
Teague Marcano made it five goals in
two matches when he netted a brace to
lift T&T's "Calypso Stickmen" to a 4-3
win over Switzerland in their fifth place
play-off at the eight-team International
Hockey Federation's (FIH) Hockey World
League round two qualifiers at the Nation-
al Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Sunday.
Winners over the same European squad
a week ago by a 6-2 margin in round-rob-
in Pool B play, coach Glen Francis was
eager for his very youthful T&T team to
prove it was no fluke and snatch fifth spot
in front of a decent home crowd.
After a feisty opening and a few heated
exchanges, inclusive of a Switzerland play-
er being stretchered off with a head inju-
ry, T&T went ahead in the tenth minute
through a penalty-corner conversion from
defender Jordan Reynos, a lead it held until
the end of the 15-minute quarter.
A minute into the second quarter, Swit-
zerland drew level when Marco Michel
deflected home a driven pass into the
semi-circle past goalkeeper Kwasi Emma-
Five minutes later, the Europeans
stunned T&T when Boris Stomps stole the
ball from T&T's Kieron Emmanuel inside
the semi-circle, held off two challenges
and dragged the ball past the T&T cus-
todian for a 2-1 advantage.
But Switzerland's lead lasted until two
minutes from the end of a very physical
third period, as the nippy Mickell Pierre
weaved his way past a few tackles on the
right bye-line before he centered the ball
past the dive of goalkeeper Michael Kau-
feler for Marcano to tap home from less
than three feet out.
With T&T dominating the contest in
very hot and sticky conditions, Switzerland
resorted to very strong tackles and from
one such incident in the 45th for a foul
on Pierre, the locals regained the lead.
This time from another penalty-corner
set play, England-based 39-year-old
Kwandwane Browne, the second oldest
player in the tournament, made a short
pass left to Steffan Mouttet, who slapped
a shot under the body of goalkeeper Kau-
feler and off the stick of a defender into
the unguarded goal for a 3-2 advantage.
With six minutes gone in the final peri-
od, 16-year-old Marcano, who netted a
hat-trick in a 3-1 fifth to eighth place
semi-final win over Barbados, was on spot
to fire home from close range for a 4-2
lead, after his initial penalty-corner pass
to Browne saw the latter's effort parried
into his path by the Swiss goalkeeper.
T&T then went in search of another
goal to kill off the contest, but it was their
opponents who capitalised on some loose
marking to reduce the margin to 4-3 via
a reverse stick finish from Florian Feller.
However, in the end, the Darren Cow-
ie-captained T&T squad managed to hold
on to the narrow lead and secure a fifth
place finish, their highest in three attempts.
In the day's opening match, Chile defeat-
ed Barbados 3-1 in a penalty-stroke shoot-
out after both teams battled to the first
goalless regulation time score of the qual-
ifiers. (Trinidad Guardian)
T&T's Kristien Marcano, left, dribbles past Switzerland defender Michel Marco during their International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Hockey
World League round two qualifier at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Sunday. T&T won the match 4-3.
PHOTO COURTESY TRINIDAD GUARDIAN
Ahye fifth at
T&T's Michelle-Lee Ahye made an appearance
in the women's 200 metres invitational on the
final day of the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
at the Mike A Myers Stadium in Austin, US, last
Saturday and so did Khalifa St Fort. However,
neither of them were quick enough to finish to
make the podium.
Ahye took third in the second heat for a fifth-plac-
ing overall with a time of 23.37 seconds, while St
Fort recorded a 24.97 to finish sixth in the other
heat and placed 12th overall.
The women's invitational featured Olympic
gold-medalist Natasha Hastings, who took first.
After last year's injury, the Florida-native was glad
to finally see the final of the Texas Relays and
clock-in a personal best of 22.78. Later, Ahye,
running the second leg with her Axis Athletics
teammates Erica Alexander, Alexandria Anderson
and Stephanie Kalu, soared to a second place fin-
ish in the 4x100m relay in a time of 43.93.
Earlier, Carifta-bound St Fort faced the start-
er in the women's 100m invitational and she
crossed second in 11.38 in heat two to place fifth
overall. (Trinidad Guardian)
FIBA Level One
Head coach of local basketball club Parks Inter-
national Acers, Atiba Deleon, was the lone Toba-
go participant at the International Basketball
Federation (FIBA) coaching course organised by
the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad
and Tobago (NBFTT) last month (March 20-25)
at the Maloney Indoor Sports Arena.
When contacted on the experience, Deleon told
Tobago Today that the course was an eye opener
for him. He added that Tobago is way behind where
the coaching and development of basketball is
Deleon, who is police officer by profession, says
he plans to use his new-found knowledge to help
advance basketball on the island.
The course was facilitated by the world renowned
FIBA instructor, Coach Nelson Isley, who has con-
ducted coaching courses in over 100 countries.
Participants were exposed to and examined on
their theoretical and practical knowledge. Success-
ful coaches received a FIBA Level One certificate
and are now qualified to coach globally.
The course was a collaborative effort between
the NBFTT and the Basketball Coaches Association
of Trinidad and Tobago (BCATT), and sponsored
by telecommunications giant Digicel.
Atiba De Leon, right, with world renowned basketball
coach Nelson Isley t the FIBA level one coaching
course last month.
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