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Traditionally, the most eagerly
anticipated fixture in the T&T Rugby
Football Union (TTRFU) league cal-
endar between Caribs RFC and Stag
Trinidad Northern will run off today
when they clash in their second
Championship Division match of the
season, from 4.30 pm. This will be
played at Caribs Pitch, Queen s Park
Only five teams will contest this
season s Championship Division, and
the reigning champion, Harvard,
which was on a bye for the opening
round exactly a month ago, will open
its account against Rainbow RFC, at
Harvard Pitch, QPS, at the same time.
Harvard, which won its first ever
league title last year, will be aiming
for a flawless five-point performance,
as to emulate the two teams in the
feature match which eased past their
opponents in the first round.
Prior to the recently staged Nacra
Under-19 15s Rugby Championship,
Caribs and Northern captured
resounding victories against Rainbow
(60-0) and Royalians (46-10), respec-
tively, both of which earned the suc-
cessful teams five points for scoring
at least four tries.
The first meeting between Caribs
and Northern came on the opening
day of last season in a combination
of a league and cup clash with the
staging of the Robert Farfan Memorial
Trophy. Caribs won the match 27-12.
The Robert Farfan Memorial Tro-
phy, a fixture between the winner of
the league and the knockout compe-
titions, will be played this year between
Harvard and Northern. While Harvard
won both competitions, Northern fin-
ished runner-up in the latter, earning
it a place in the match. It is scheduled
to be played on August 17, at a venue
to be determined.
Tomorrow, the second round of
Senior Division matches will be played.
Championship matches will once again
take a break next Saturday to facilitate
the hosting of the TTRFU Women
and Under-17 Sevens Championship.
Senior Division matches, however, will
continue as scheduled on Sunday.
Danielle Christian and Khrystin Rosa tallied
13 points apiece as US Virgin Islands (USVI)
rallied from two sets down to upset defending
champion T&T 3-2 (23-25, 10-25, 25-20, 26-
24, 15-13) in their final round-robin match at
the Ninth Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Asso-
ciation (CAZOVA) Junior Women s Champi-
onship. This was at Morne des Peres, Hall des
Sports in Saint Luce, Martinique on Thursday
Rosa had 10 kills in her total while Christian
registered eight kills and five blocks in her tally
to ensure a spot in the semifinals which was
carded for last night in which it came up against
Shanis James was the third player from USVI
in double-figure scoring with 10 points, laced
with five service aces in the one hour and 50
minutes contest, the fourth five-set match of
the tournament, and the second involving USVI.
Captain Dinaja Dowdy chipped in with nine
points and Sheniah Campbell seven in the win
for USVI which seemed an unlikely winner after
T&T stormed into a 2-0 sets lead, only to turn
to its bench, which failed to keep up the same
For T&T, Kaylon Cruickshank had a match
high 16 points, comprising seven blocks and
six kills, but like the rest of her team-mates,
her game faded after a fiery start.
The duo of captain Zahra Collins and Reann
Young added seven points each for T&T which
was outdone on spikes and blocks, 31-27 and
Aaliyah Alexis also scored six points, all on
kills, and Latisha Morain, four, for the defending
champion, who held a narrow edge on service
aces 14-11 and also committed less errors, 43
to its opponent s, 53.
The win, its second in four matches improved
USVI to 10 points, one behind T&T, which also
ended with a 2-2 record and one ahead of 2009
champion Guadeloupe, which slipped into the
fourth and final playoff position with a 1-3
Collins defends her coach s choice to rest its
main players after taking a 2-0 lead citing the
exposure of the younger players was important
"We knew we had already secured a spot in
the semifinals and when we went 2-0 ahead
it was a good chance to give the younger players
who are on the youth team some exposure.
"They were a bit nervous at first, but then
they settled down and you could see from the
score they did not play that badly.
She added, "Nobody likes to lose so we will
be coming out tomorrow (yesterday), to avenge
our loss and for that to be accomplished, we
need to improve on our serving and passing a
Dowdy said the first two sets for her team
was a mental let down and it did not feel like
a win because we still made too many errors.
Looking ahead to the semifinal which was
to be played last night, in which she would
come up against the same T&T team, Dowdy
said her team would need to push themselves
"I expect us to come up much more energised
by winning this match and play with a lot more
enthusiasm because we know T&T will be com-
ing back stronger."
Asked if it was tactical decision to lose the
match, T&T coach Macsood Ali, winner of the
tournament on six previous occasions said, "I
have a squad of 12 players and four of whom
are members of the youth team who also need
to get some experience.
"We host the Caribbean Youth (under-16)
Championships next two weeks in T&T and
with my team ahead 2-0, I felt it was the best
chance to give the four youth players some
"We already knew we had qualified for the
semifinals and the onus is on me to give the
youngsters some experience on the court when
the opportunity presents itself."
Looking ahead to the semifinals Ali said his
team will be ready to play as he will not be
experimenting with his line-up.
Sacha Gumbs, coach of the USVI was quick
to point out that even though her team won
the match it was not their best game.
"We need to keep our service game up to a
high level. It s been our weakest part of our
game so far and we also need to limit our service
errors if we are to get to the final."
Martinique captain Gayanee Eniona had a
match-high 10 points as the host eased past
Barbados 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-19) in 77 min-
utes in the final round-robin match to top the
five-team final round-robin series.
With the win, Martinique, which is seeking
its first championship crown ended top of the
table with 16 points, five ahead of T&T, while
last year s runner-up USVI was next with 10
and 2009 champion Guadeloupe, the final qual-
ifier for the semifinals, nine.
The Barbadians, who had a chance to reach
the semifinals, but needed a 3-0 upset of Mar-
tinique ended bottom of the standings with
The final and third place match will be played
Christian, Rosa lead
USVI upset of T&T
Caribs v Northern, Caribs Pitch,
QPS, 4.30 pm
Harvard v Rainbow, Harvard Pitch,
QPS, 4.30 pm
Caribs v Defence Force, Caribs Pitch,
Harvard v Police v Invictus, St
James Barracks, 4.30 pm
Kaylon Cruickshank, left, of T&T connects with a spike as US Virgin Islands middle-blocker Aaliyah Bryan goes up to block in their final round-robin
match at the Ninth Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior Women's Championship at Morne des Peres, Hall des Sports, Saint Luce,
Martinique on Thursday night. USVI won 23-25, 10-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-13.
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