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Junior Calypso girls
look ahead to NWYC
National Under-21 netball
coach Rhonda John-Davis fi-
nally has an idea as to how her
team rates against international
competition following a practice
match against Barbados, which
recently toured T&T.
The junior "Calypso Girls" are
presently preparing for the Netball
World Youth Cup (NWYC) sched-
uled for Gaborone, Botswana from
Earlier this month at the National
Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva,
the national junior team battled the
raging Barbadians, who made a clean
sweep in a three-match Test over the
T&T senior team at the same venue,
and fell to a competitive 45-35 defeat.
"I thought that we performed well
in spurts," said John-Davis. "We
started off pretty shaky and we had a
lot of errors but we had good defence
throughout the court which allowed
us to remain in the game."
At the end of the first quarter the
scoreline read 10-9 in favour of Bar-
bados, who recently made history in
beating powerhouse Jamaica (43-41)
during another three match Test se-
ries, which ended 1-1. The "Sunshine
Girls" won the second match 40-34
after the opener ended in a 44-44
The local youngsters co-captained
by Aniecia Baptiste and Janeisha Cas-
simy, remained resilient in the second
quarter and managed to push ahead
to take a 17-14 lead at the half against
the Bajan "Gems" who defeated the
local senior team, 46-32 in the open-
er, 49-37 in the second match and
44-40 in the third affair in a series
hosted by the T&T Netball Associ-
"The players went back unto the
court in the second quarter full of
confidence. You actually saw the
style of play that we play and we
were able to capitalise on Barbados'
errors and kept them to four points
in that quarter."
Unfortunately, the T&T unit loss
some of its spunk in the third stan-
za, lapsing on both ends, and slipped
behind 33-24 after allowing Barbados
19 goals in the period.
"The third quarter is where we
struggled offensively," said John-Da-
vis, who has her former national
netball teammate Kemba Duncan
of Tobago, serving as her assistant
coach. "We were not able to advance
the ball to the circle as we would have
liked. We found ourselves passing the
ball left and right a lot and not being
able to get to the circle edge. This is
where Barbados actually stepped up
and they had 19 goals in this quarter.
"In the last quarter, we were able
to find ourselves again and the score
showed because the score was pretty
even, 12-11 in favour of Barbados. We
were able to find ourselves offensively
It was a much needed warm up for
the local netgirls, who in 16 days, will
open against Fiji in Pool D on July 8.
Two days later they meet England,
then Wales on July 11 and Caribbe-
an neighbour Grenada, the following
Competing in the other groupings
are defending champion New Zea-
land, Sri Lanka, Scotland, Northern
Ireland and Samoa in Pool A; in Pool
B are Australia, South Africa, Barba-
dos, Zimbabwe and Singapore; and
in Pool, Jamaica, Botswana, Cook
Islands, Malaysia and Uganda.
"I was happy that everyone was
able to play. Everyone was able to gain
from this game. The players were able
to get out their jitters and gain some
sort of experience," said John-Davis.
"We really appreciate TTNA for
allowing this to happen."
National junior netballers Jerisia McEachrane, from left back row, Canice Jacobs, Shantel Seemungal, Shernece
Seemungal, Janeisha Cassimy, Tiana Dillon. Front row, Tahirah Hollingsworth, Aneicia Baptiste, Saniya Jarvis, Afiya
Vincent and Cheynelle Dolland, who will be competing at the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana next month.
Missing is Faith Hagley.
Point Guard of NBA's Boston Celtics Avery Bradley, second from right, presents a US$20,000 cheque to the
Princess Elizabeth Centre toward the construction of the Centre's new orthopedic wing. The donation will be
matched by the US National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
Also in photo left to right are Dr Calvin Inalsingh, President of the Board of Directors of the Princess Elizabeth
Center, Jan Sirjusingh, CEO of the Princess Elizabeth Center, and Professor Clement Imbert, Vice President of
the Board of Directors of the Princess Elizabeth Center. PHOTO COURTESY THE U.S. EMBASSY.
Shaniqua Bascombe and Shakeem McKay, hold the national flag as they
celebrate with their respective teammates Malika Coutain and Anthony
Diaz after claiming gold for T&T in the 13-14 mixed 4x100 metres relay.
McKay and Diaz won the team award in the heptathlon boys 13-14 and
Bascombe won gold in the girls version of the event.
CALL FOR FINANCIAL HELP
In the meantime TTNA is asking
for financial assistance to ensure
that the U-21 team as well as
the senior netball team, which is
preparing for the next year's Com-
monwealth Games at Gold Coast,
Australia, are fully ready for their
According to TTNA public re-
lations officer Lynette Duncan,
there is a shortfall of $300,000 to
facilitate the U-21 team's travel on
June 25 and basic necessities such
as warm clothing and the senior
team's preparation for a ranking
tournament in St Lucia in August.
"We are asking corporate citi-
zens for their kind assistance and
support as we continue to work
with our youth to take netball back
to the top."
The youth team will play a num-
ber of warm-up matches before
travelling on to Botswana on July
4. There they will again compete in
warm-up matches against the host
and New Zealand.
Anyone wanting to as-
sist, can do so by donating to
TTNA RBC account number
T&T's NWYC matches
July 8: vs Fiji
July 10: vs England
July 11: vs Wales
July 12: vs Grenada
Aniecia Baptiste, Janeisha
Cassimy, Tiana Dillon, Cheynelle
Dolland, Faith Hagley, Tahirah
Hollingsworth, Canice Jacobs,
Saniya Jarvis, Jeresia McEachrane,
Shantel Seemungal, Shernece See-
mungal, Afiya Vincent.
Technical team: Rhonda
John-Davis (coach); Kemba Dun-
can (assistant coach); Vanessa
Forde (manageress); Wayne
Samuel (trainer); Aqiyla Gomez
(physical therapist); Amanda John-
son (sport psychologist); Kerwin
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