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T&T's senior women's hockey team suffered
a humiliating 12-0 drubbing from host Can-
ada in their final Pool B round-robin contest
when the FIH Women's World League Round
Two qualifiers continued in West Vancouver,
Canada on Tuesday night.
After the game manager Garth Baptiste congrat-
ulated the girls for their fighting spirit through-out
the match, but noted it was much of the same with
the girls at a disadvantage by the very wet and cold
"Very wet conditions and at a disadvantage com-
ing from the Tropics, but the girls kept fighting to
the very end and we were unfortunate by some of
the umpiring, not to say it would have changed the
result," said Baptiste.
The T&T women will now contest the play-off
for fifth to seventh.
For the host, Rachel Donohoe got the scoring
flurry going as the striker danced through a sea of
white shirts to rip a back-hand past T&T goalkeeper
Petal Derry in the fourth minute.
It was the first of three goals in as many minutes
as Canadian defender Alison Lee sent a pass across
the circle that deflected in off a defender in the
fifth minute and a minute later Alex Thicke walked
in and found the back board to give Canada a 3-0
lead just six minutes into the game.
Canada added three more deflection goals be-
fore half as Stephanie Norlander (tenth), Donohoe
(18th), and Jordyn Faiczak, in the 26th and 29th
made it 7-0 at the half-time break.
Two minutes into the second-half of the 60-min-
utes contest, Donohoe tapped in her third goal of the
game, finishing a Kate Wright pass and the goals
kept flowing as Nikki Woodcroft (38th), Brienne
Stairs (44th & 45th) and Danielle Hennig (53rd) all
netted for the Canadians to clinch second place in
Pool B with six points from three matches, three
behind Chile, 2-0 victors over Mexico in the second
match on the day.
The South Americans earned their opening goal
in the eighth minute on a penalty corner when
Camila Caram's initial sweep on goal was saved
by Mexican keeper Jesus Castillo but the air-born
rebound was tapped in my Sofia Walbaum.
In the 19th minute, Chile capitalized again on a
set piece when Manuela Urroz deflected another
sweep from Caram, this time at the far post, to
double Chile's lead.
And in the lone Pool A match, a last-minute
goal from Uruguay's Maria Teresa Viana Ache
lifted the Cimarronas to a 3-2 win over Belarus to
ultimately nab second place in Pool A with four
points, behind India.
It was even opening quarter with both teams
scoring just one minute a part. Uruguay executed
a give-and-go play on a penalty corner that resulted
in Kaisuami Dall'orso setting up Carolina Mutilva
for the 1-0 lead in the 14th minute, but less than a
minute later Belarus finished a set piece as Sviatlana
Bahushevich deflected at the near post to tie the
game 1-1 entering the first break.
Matilde Kliche lifted the Cimarronas 2-1 when
she picked up a rebound, curled and fired into the
unguarded net in the 24th, however following a
penalty corner in the 38th minute, Belarus was
awarded a penalty stroke but Yuliya Mikheichyk's
flick rang off the post. Uruguay was unable to match
the pace of the Belarussian attack for most of the
second-half and conceded a penalty corner in the
48th minute from which forward Nastassia Syr-
ayezhka put in the rebound to tie the game 2-2.
The game was decided in the final minute of play
as against the flow Maria Teresa Viana Ache put in
a diving deflection goal that Uruguay 3-2 to finish
in an all-important second place in Pool A.
At the end of the tournament in Canada, the top
two teams from this tournament will advance to
the semifinal stage of the FIH World League.
Canada spanks Calypso
Dhanraj to advise WIndies spinners
PROVIDENCE--Rajindra Dhanraj has
been hired for a brief period to advise
the spin bowlers in the West Indies
The West Indies Cricket Board an-
nounced yesterday that the former
T&T and West Indies leg-spinner will
work with the team prior to the start
of the upcoming three One-day Inter-
nationals against Pakistan in Guyana
before he flies to Jamaica to mentor
the slow bowlers ahead of the start
of the three Tests later this month.
"We welcome Rajindra to the West
Indies team group," said WICB Direc-
tor of Cricket, Jimmy Adams. "We're
delighted he has agreed to come and
work with our players. He has a wealth
of knowledge on the game and we
know he will make a great contribu-
"He will be spending time with our
slow bowlers prior to both the ODIs in
Guyana and the start of the Test series
in Jamaica, as we look to improve and
enhance their skills and grow in the
The 48-year-old Dhanraj was one
of the leading bowlers in Regional
4-Day Tournament in the late 1980s
and 1990s. He took 295 wickets in 78
first-class matches, and also played
four Tests and six ODIs for the West
Indies between 1994 and 1996. CMC
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