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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Ross, Carter, Alexander
lead T&T medal quest
Much work has gone into
preparing for the Gold Coast
Commonwealth Games by
the 51 local athletes who are
in Australia and today their
quest for success begin.
Jenna Ross will get a chance
to win T&T’s first medal when
she lines-up to compete in the
women’s Triathlon finals at
Southport Broadwater Park-
land from 7.31 pm, tonight
Swimmer Dylan Carter also
dives into action today in the
first of four events that he
will compete in at the Games.
From 9.27 pm, Carter will
aim to clock a quick time in
the Men’s 50 metres butterfly
heats, to advance to the sem-
ifinals carded from 6.52 am,
tomorrow. The final is set for
5.37 am on Friday.
Boxer Michael Alexander
will meet Kenyan Nicholas
Okoth in his opening bout in
the Men’s 60kg Round of 32 at
Oxenford Studios at 10.02 pm.
player Dexter St Louis will
lead T&T’s team which also
include Yuvraj Dookram and
Aaron Wilson in the Men’s
Team competition. The trio
will open against a team from
India in group one.
Squash player Kale Wilson
will get his first taste of com-
petition when he faces off
against Daniel Zammit-Lewis
of Malta at 11.30 pm in the
Men’s singles round of 64 on
court three at the Oxenford
Studios squash venue.
Fellow squash player Man-
dela Patrick will be challenged
by Ivan Yuen at Oxenford
Show Court in his round of 64
match from 12.30 am (tomor-
Lone women’s squash
player Charlotte Knotts gets
her term to compete when
she meet India’s Dipika Pal-
likal Karthik in the singles
round of 32 from 6 am (to-
morrow) on court four.
At Anna Meares Velodrome,
T&T cyclists Njisane Phillip,
Kwesi Browne and Nicholas
Paul will race in the Men’s
Team Sprint qualifiers at 2.34
Gymnast Joseph Fox will
also compete in the Men’s
Team Final and Individual
Local athletes through so-
cial media have been giving
glimpses of their prepara-
tion for the Games. Last
night some of them would
have taken a break for a few
hours to participate in the
traditional opening cere-
mony which was to showcase
the work of Artistic Director
David Zolkwer, who worked
on the Athens 2004 and Bei-
jing 2008 Olympic Games, as
well as the Glasgow 2014 Com-
U-15 ping pong
boys get bronze
T&T Under-15 boys team had to settle for the
bronze medal in the team competition at the 23rd
Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Cadet
& Junior Championship, Cuba, yesterday.
With a place in the final at stake versus Cuba,
T&T trio Derron Douglas, Jalen Kerr and Nicholas
O’Young were edged out by Dominican Republic,
Douglas made a winning start for T&T when he
outlasted Andres Lora 9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3 for a
1-0 lead in the best-of-five matches series.
However, Abit Tejada rallied past O’Young 5-11,
11-4, 11-5, 11-9 to get Dominican Republic level at 1-1.
Kerr restored T&T’s lead at 2-1 and on the verge
of a finals appearance via his 7-11, 11-7, 15-13, 11-2
triumph over Marcos Tavarez.
But one win away from a shock result, T&T
could not close out the contest as Tejada defeated
Douglas 11-3, 11-9, 11-5 for a 2-2 score before Lora
defeated O’Young 13-11, 11-9, 11-6 in the deciding
When the competition served off on Monday
T&T defeated Jamaica 3-0 in its Pool B round-robin
Douglas made light work of Jordan Campbell
11-6, 11-8, 11-6, but Kerr was made to work for his
win over Derrick Francis, 11-5, 12-14, 7-11, 11-6,11-5
while O’Young eased past Ainsley Dehaney 11-5,
The Cubans also swept past Jamaica 3-0 on Mon-
day to set up a group decider with T&T yesterday,
with both teams already assured of a semifinal
King takes over
at Santa Rosa FC
Derek king, the former North east Stars coach, is
the new Santa Rosa FC coach. He was unveiled
to the media at a press conference at the Arima
Town hall yesterday, effectively taking over from
the club’s former coach Keith Loy who retired at
the end of the last T&T Super League season.
King, a former national
coach was signed to a one
year deal, and yesterday he
promised good attractive
football in this year’s T&T
Super League, saying he
fancies the styles of Brazil
His main challenge will
be satisfying a result—ori-
ented Look Loy, who yes-
terday admitted that while
he will not interfere in King
performing his job, he will
have demand on him get-
ting good results.
King’s job starts effectively tomorrow as he will
attempt to guide the Big Cannons to the League
One title for the second time in three years.
He promises to add a few players to his roster,
some of which will be revealed next week, saying
this club is among many Super League teams to be
bombarded by interests from players in the T&T
Pro League and other Super League teams.
King told the media as a young coach he is ex-
cited to work with Santa Rosa FC as he found it to
be a family unit.
The club is set to celebrate its 26th anniversary
later this year having finished runner- up to Hy-
drotech Guaya United last season.
In spite of the club’s desire for success, Look
Loy said they will not pursue promotion to the
T&T Pro League as he described it as a mine field.
As an Arima resident, King who also repre-
sented Arima North Secondary previously known
as the “Dial Dynamos” comes into Santa Rosa FC
as a perfect fit as the club continues to be the bed
rock of the Arima community.
Derek King, new Santa
Rosa FC coach.
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