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Trident is TTPBA
It's almost a shock when going to
cover the T&T Powerboat Associa-
tion's (TTPBA) awards ceremony, to
see the drivers decked off in shirts
and dress pants, in contrast to the
gear they wear throughout the
season. Nevertheless, on Saturday
night, in the ballroom of the Queen's
Park Oval, the fraternity gathered to
bring down the curtains on what was
a challenging but ultimately success-
ful year for the sport.
In each class, the gaps between
irst and second reflected a season of
domination. In the 130mph A Class,
Iron Man won the title with 2,021
points. Mr Solo Too came in second
with 281 points less while Big Thun-
der was third with 1,047 points.
Sheriff Lobo also capped off a ine
season by winning the 95mph D
Class in convincing style. The team
was 2,000 points ahead of second
placed Bachannal, which inished
with 1,030 points. Chris Gone Wilder
ended third with 647 points.
In the 80mph E Class, but for the
fourth race day, Outlaw had not
given Papi Chulo and Heatwave a
chance. The team inished on top its
class with 2,477 points, well ahead of
the bottom two.
Throughout the season, Fire
Chief II endured stiff competition
from Chris Gone Wild, but in the
end the former had done more
than enough to win the 70mph F
Class ending with a total of 2,340
points. Extreme Measures followed
in Chris Gone Wild in third.
In the 60mph G Class, Trident's
consistency throughout 2017 made
them favourites to not only take
the class, but also be in contention
for the overall championship. That
favourites tag turned into triumph
as Trident was, indeed, named the
national overall champions of the
2017 powerboat season. Sheriff Lobo
was second while Mobil Outlaw was
To commemorate the life and
contribution of Garth Marshall, the
former TTPBA president who died
in late September, there was a Garth
Marshall award for the best team.
It was presented by Pixie Marshall,
Garth's wife, and it went to Mr Solo
Then, Pixie herself received a gift
of her own. Photographer Ronald
Daniel presented her with, to her
surprise, an old portrait of her and
Garth. She hid her face from the
cameras that snapped and zoomed
in. She was visibly and understand-
ably emotional at a touching mo-
One of the biggest successes of this
year's season was the Tobago boats
that took part. Both Powered By God
and Limitless impressed throughout
the year, and was a welcomed addi-
tion to what was once a solely Trini-
Central seeks FCB quarters berth
Central FC, the two-time First Citi-
zens Cup champions, will be going
after a quarter- inal spot in the First
Citizens Cup today when they chal-
lenge MIC IT St Ann's Rangers at
the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain
Couva from 6 pm.
A victory for them will put
them on a collision course with
seven-time champions W Con-
nection on Sunday at 3.30 pm at
the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in
Marabella. This match will follow
other quarter- inal games, starting
on Friday with a double header in
Couva between Club Sando and
Morvant Caledonia United at 6pm
and another mouth-watering con-
test between Defence Force and
San Juan Jabloteh at 8pm. On Sat-
urday North East Stars will face
Point Fortin Civic Centre at 3.30
pm at the Larry Gomes Stadium,
Arima in the lone contest.
In addition to the Central FC's
encounter later this evening, Po-
lice FC will also have a date with
Point Fortin Civic from 8 pm at
the same venue. Stars, Connec-
tion, Club Sando, reigning champs
Defence Force, San Juan Jabloteh
and Morvant Caledonia earned
automatic spots in the quarters by
virtue of being among the top six
on the standing after Round Two
Match Day Two, while Central, Po-
lice, Civic and Rangers, due to their
placements in descending order at
the bottom of the 10-team T&T Pro
League standings, were awarded the
opportunity to contest the play-offs.
The semi- inals are carded for
October 20 before the competition
culminates on November 3 with
the inal and third-place matches
in the new "Where Winners Reign"
prize structure. Central FC captain
and mid ielder Sean De Silva, at the
launch last week said "It will be fan-
tastic for us to get our hands on the
title again." He believes his team
has only itself to blame for not being
among the automatic quali iers for
the quarters, saying "It might be a
good thing in that we can grow on
our irst game and take that momen-
tum into the game which would be
W Connection, once we get a good
result against Rangers."
Central, the historic three-peat
Pro League champions of last sea-
son, are at an all-time low without
a win in their last 10 matches in all
competitions, including a shock 1 0
league loss against Rangers on July.
14, that led to a disappointing exit
from the FA Trophy. They also lost
2 0 to Caledonia and 6 0 to North
in US Open
The highly anticipated US Open
T20 cricket tournament will bowl
off on October 25 at the Central
Broward Regional Park, signal-
ling ive days of top quality T20
The tournament this year
carries total prize money of
US$100,000 and this has at-
tracted some of the top T20 prac-
titioners from around the world.
Top Mumbai Indians and West
Indies all rounder Kieron Pollard
will be playing for the California
Bears as their marquee player.
The big right hander will be play-
ing his irst US Open T20 tourna-
ment and will come up against
West Indian stars, Sunil Narine,
Samuel Badree and Evin Lewis.
Pakistan's Sohail Tanveer is also
in the mix, as well as United States
fast bowler Muhammad Ali Khan.
There will be three matches per
day, except for the inals day on
Sunday, which is reserved only
for the championship match.
Players will be arriving from
next week to join their respective
clubs to begin training for the
tournament. Defending cham-
pions US All Stars will be hard
pressed to defend their crown,
with the quality of players around
the league this year. They have
decided to draft Badree and Sim-
mons to boost their team. They
also have included in their ranks,
the Guyana Amazon Warriors
player Zeshawn Qureshi, a resi-
dent of Florida.
Kieron Pollard selected for US Open
as marquee player.
CHAMPIONS! Kern Coltes (left) and Trevor Sun of Trident were named national overall champions of the TTPBA 2017 season.
FCB PLAY- OFFS
• Central FC vs MIC-IT St Ann’s
Rangers, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.
• Police FC vs Point Fortin Civic, 8
pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.
• Club Sando vs Morvant Caledo-
nia United (QF C), 6 pm, Ato Boldon
• Defence Force vs San Juan
Jabloteh (QF D), 8 pm, Ato Boldon
• North East Stars vs Police FC/
Point Fortin Civic (QF A), 3.30 pm,
Larry Gomes Stadium.
• W Connection vs Central FC/St.
Ann’s Rangers (QF B), 3.30 pm,
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.
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