Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 15th 2013 Contents A66
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, June 15, 2013
Zene Henry scored with a minute
left on the clock as Paragon edged
past Harvard Maritime Checkers in
their T&T Hockey Board Women s
Championship Division "Big-Four"
on a rainy Thursday night at the
National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua.
With reigning league champion
Notre Dame beating Malvern 5-4 in
its opener on Wednesday at the same
venue, both Paragon and Checkers
were eager for a winning start as well.
However, it was Paragon which took
the lead via Henry as early as the fifth
minute before Checkers drew level in
the 17th, through an own-goal.
Seven minutes before the interval,
Paragon which trails the Dames on the
league table in second spot at the end
of the first round regained the lead
through national forward, Kristin
Thompson to take a 2-1 advantage into
Six minutes into the second-half,
national defender Kwylan Jaggassar
got Checkers on level terms for the
second time in the match, and with
the minutes ticking away it looked as
though both teams would have to settle
for a share of the points.
But Henry struck with a minute to
go, to earn her team full points and a
share of the table lead going into
today s match against the Dames from
6pm while Malvern comes up against
Checkers from 2pm.
Defence Force slip past
Paragon men in penalty shootout
Goalkeeper Carlos Stephens came
up big for Defence Force as he pulled
off two penalty-stroke saves to earn his
team a 3-1 penalty-shootout win over
defending champion Paragon in its
Men s Championship Division "Big-
Four" duel on Thursday night following
a 3-3 draw.
The "Army/Coast-Guard combination
were quickly off the mark when national
forward Shane Legerton scored after
only three minutes but 20 minutes later
Barry Clarke replied for Paragon, only
for former Paragon player, Javon Wood-
ward to give Paragon a 2-1 half-time
lead with his 26th minute field goal.
Seven minutes after the restart Joel
Bodking tied up the match for Paragon
and in the 49th minute, he got his sec-
ond of the match to give his team the
lead for the first time at 3-2.
That lead only lasted 10 minutes
though as former national player, Neil
Lashley leveled the match for Defence
Force to send the match into a penal-
ty-shootout competition where
Stephens came up big for his team deny-
ing two of Paragon s first three attempts
from national trio, Kiel Murray, Christo-
pher Scipio and Alan Henderson while
the other missed the target.
Defence Force s veterans Nicholas
Wren and Lashley also missed with their
team s first two attempts before captain
Mickel Pierre converted for a 1-0 lead
after three attempts each.
Marcus James then scored for a 2-0
Defence Force lead before Cogie Butler
finally converted for Paragon to give his
team some hope.
But, it was all in vain as national rifle
shooter and former hockey stand-out
Roger Daniel calmly scored his team s
fifth attempt to seal a 3-1 triumph and
two points to trail Petrotrin (three points)
while Paragon has one point.
Today, Defence Force will meet
Petrotrin from 8 pm, with the latter
seeking a second outright victory after
edging Queen s Park 2-1 In the other
match, the Parkites battle Paragon from
Henry snatches last
gasp Paragon winner
I looked on in horror at the events unfolding last week
concerning our national captain and West Indies vice-
captain Denesh Ramdin at the Champions Trophy in
Ramdin has been suspended for two ODIs, and fined
100 per cent of his match fees, for breaching the Code of
Conduct when he claimed a catch off Misbah-ul-Haq
during the Champions Trophy game against Pakistan at
The incident took place in the ninth over of Pakistan s
innings, when Misbah bottom-edged a Kemar Roach delivery
to Ramdin. The wicketkeeper initially appeared to have
caught the ball but lost control of it as he fell forward, and
it slipped out of his gloves on to the grass. Instead of
bringing his mistake to the notice of the umpires or his
team-mates, Ramdin returned the ball to the square-leg
umpire and joined his team-mates in the celebratory hud-
dle.Square-leg umpire Nigel Llong, however, alerted the
third umpire and the replay revealed the chance had been
dropped. Misbah, who was on 0, was called back and went
on to hit an unbeaten 96.
The charge---under article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of
Conduct which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the
spirit of the game"---was laid by the on-field umpires Steve
Davis and Llong, third umpire Tony Hill and fourth umpire
Richard Kettleborough. Ramdin had pleaded not guilty
and attended a hearing adjudicated by Broad.
While all of T&T and the Caribbean have a problem
with the ruling saying it is too harsh, I wonder if they have
the real facts behind what happened.
What has angered me more is the fact that the man-
agement of this team seems not to have a hold on the
players. I am putting the blame for this one squarely on
the shoulders of the management team.
Ramdin was initially fined 50 per cent of his match fee
for the indiscretion and decided to appeal it. Now according
to ICC rules concerning appeals, if you lose you get the
maximum penalty imposed on you.
Ramdin appealed and we all know what happened. The
management of the team should have sat him down and
told him, look the maximum penalty if you lose, includes
missing the last two preliminary matches. We are not
taking that chance because it would upset the entire balance
of the team and we are not in the middle of a tournament,
willing to risk that. However, they did not and Ramdin
was slapped with the ban.
This brings into question whether the management of
the team had any idea of what the maximum penalty was.
They should have sought that information which is readily
available before making a decision to go to appeal.
A similar situation appeared with T&T all rounder Yannic
Cariah during the recently concluded regional First Class
season. Cariah questioned a dismissal and was found to
be in breach of the rules concerning the spirit of the game.
He was advised by the management of the team of the
consequences if he appealed and he decided not to exercise
that option for the betterment of the team.
When players come into a team, they have to be told
in no uncertain terms of what is expected of them. They
need to be told what they can and cannot do as team
members and they must be clearly informed of the role
they play as ambassadors of their country.
Recently when a number of young players were coming
into the T&T set up for the regional tournament, the man-
ager of the T&T cricket team Omar Khan was taking them
for one-on-one talks and asking to see their equipment
to make sure that they were not infringing any marketing
regulations. Also he spoke to them at length of their roles
and responsibilities in the team set-up.
This is responsible management, no wonder the T&T
team continues to be the flag bearer in this part of the
Where is the guidance?
loose ball in
Paragon 3 (Zene Henry 5th, 69th, Kristin
Thompson 28th) vs HM Checkers 2 (own
goal 17th, Kwylan Jaggassar 41st)
Defence Force 3 (Shane Legerton 2nd,
Javon Woodward 26th, Neil Lashley 59th)
vs Paragon 3 (Joel Bodkin 42nd, 49th,
Barry Clarke 23rd)
REMAINING BIG-FOUR FIXTURES
Women: Malvern vs HM Checkers, 2 pm;
Paragon vs Notre Dame, 6 pm
Men: QPCC vs Paragon; 4 pm; Defence
Force vs Petrotrin, 8 pm
Notre Dame vs HM Checkers, 1 pm;
Malvern vs Paragon; 5 pm
Men: Petrotrin vs Paragon, 3 pm; QPCC
vs Defence Force, 7 pm
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