Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 21st 2018 Contents sports A25
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Shak Attack, Police,
into 'Big 6' Play-offs
Detour Shack Attack and Police secured the inal two
spots available to the semi inal round-robin play-offs of
the Barry Stewart Invitational Big Six Basketball
Tournament hosted by Civilian Conservation
Corps (CCC) despite contrasting results at the
Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Thursday
Shak Attack which began the inal day of
round-robin matches ifth on the six-team
table overcame Police 72 64 to end with a 3 2
record and eight points, second behind De-
fence Force which quali ied to the inal with
a 4 1 record and nine points.
Maloney Pacers also had a chance to seal a
spot in the semi inals, but fell to Straker Nets,
66 77 as both teams dropped into a four-way
tie with Petro Jazz and Police with 2 3 records
and seven points.
However, based on its plus-29 points dif-
ference among the four teams in head-to-
head matches, Petro Jazz secured third
spot ahead of Police (plus-six) as both
teams quali ied in third and fourth spot
respectively for the semi inals along with
Straker Nets, which won its last two
matches, including a shocker over De-
fence Force ended with a plus-two dif-
ferential and ifth while Pacers, with its
minus-37 ended in cellar-spot.
signs on loan
20-year-old Levi Gar-
cia has made the switch
from current third place
Dutch Eredivie club, AZ
Alkmaar to mid-table Ex-
celsior until the end of
Garcia has struggled to
get any playing time in
the Eredivisie this season
and with Oussama Idris-
si's arrival from Gronin-
gen, AZ have decided to
send the winger on loan
He joined AZ in 2015 and initially impressed in the irst
team but has since fallen out of favour with John van den
Brom, making only four appearances so far this season.
The T&T international is Excelsior's irst signing of the
window but he won't be registered in time to face Sparta
this weekend on Sunday.
Garcia began his European professional career with
local club, T&TEC before switching to Central FC in July
2015 ahead of his move to Holland in November of that
Last November, Garcia was named the 37th best teen
footballer in the world by football magazine, Four-
He was described as being tipped for greatness by
Dutch legend Marco Van Basten, as he has the pace of a
sprinter and trickery to go along with it.
The youngest T&T player to score in a World Cup qual-
i ier against St Vincent and The Grenadines back in 2016
as an 18-year-old, his strength was also made mention as
a winger who is very hard to get off the ball.
Garcia's international accomplishments have not been
left out, and is recognised as our youngest ever goal
scorer in Europe.
Excelsior is currently 12th on the
18 team table with 21 points from 18
matches, six clear of the relegation
zone while Alkmaar is third with
38, eight adrift of leaders PSV Eind-
hoven while Ajax is second with 41.
Former SSFL president
Guy Ottley hailed as good man
Guy Ottley, a former president of
the Secondary Schools Football
League (SSFL) was hailed as a very
nice and caring individual at his fu-
neral service at the San Fernando
Open Bible Church on Thursday.
Ottley died suddenly in his sleep
last Monday at the age of 82 but his life-
style drew a large turnout of friends,
family and well wishers, most of
whom just wanted to pay their inal
respects to a man whose life would
have touched them. In addition to
being an educator, Ottley's caring
nature for people was highlighted in
the eulogies done by his children and grandchildren.
He was a devoted family man and teacher, having taught at the San
Fernando Senior Comprehensive School and Gasparillo Primary school.
In 1978 he won a scholarship to the Leeds University in England. And
due to his tremendous talents he also worked for Guardian Life in the
area of sales. In the area of sports Ottley served as vice president of the
Secondary Schools Cricket League (SSCL) and played a pivotal role in
the development of athletics.
His funeral was attended by a number of dignitaries including
Luke Quamina, a former national under-16 cricketer, Ephraim
Serrette- NAAAs president, Forbes Persaud- former Chief Exec-
utive of the T&T Cricket Board, William Wallace- president of the
SSFL, Emeritus Rohlehr- former principal at El Dorado Secondary
and Dr Claude Dembo, among others. Ottley was later cremated
at Belgroves Funeral Home Crematorium in San Fernando.
Former SSFL president Guy
Today (Jean Pierre Complex)
Under-16 Division: Brian Chase vs 500
Under-21 Division: Matthew Pierre Acad-
emy vs Spartans, 4.30pm
Women's Divison: Quarters vs Police, 6pm
Men's First Division: Detour Shak Attack v
1. Defence Force
2. Shak Attack
3. Petro Jazz
5. Straker Nets
6. Maloney Pacers
FINAL BIG SIX STANDINGS
WAGGA WAGGA, Australia -- Stafanie
Taylor's all-round efforts were pivotal
as leaders Sydney Thunder remained
top of the Women's Big Bash League
table with a crucial 37-run defeat over
Adelaide Strikers yesterday.
Playing at Robertson Oval, Thun-
der strolled to 148 for four off their 40
overs, after opting to bat irst.
New Zealander Rachel Priest, adjudged
Player-of-the-Match, stroked 51 off 27 deliver-
ies at the top of the order, while Naomi Stalenberg
chipped in with 41 and Taylor, an unbeaten 33.
Opener Rachael Haynes fell cheaply for one with the
score on six in the second over but Priest put on 53 for the
second wicket with Alex Blackwell (7), before Stalenberg
and Taylor added a further 59 for the fourth wicket, to rally
The right-handed Taylor, the West Indies captain, faced
29 balls and counted two fours and a six.
Seamers Tahlia McGrath (2 16) and Sophie Devine (2 35)
picked up two wickets apiece.
In reply, Strikers were held to 111 all out in the inal over
with Bridget Patterson scoring a hasty 30 from 20 balls.
Suzie Bates did the damage with three for 31 while fellow
medium pacer Nicola Carey (2 14) and off-spinner Taylor
(2 20) grabbed two wickets apiece. (CMC)
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