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T&T s senior women s hockey squad
missed out on automatic qualification to
the 2017 Pan American Cup when they
suffered a heart-breaking 3-2 penalty-
stroke loss to Mexico after a tense 4-4
draw in the second of two fifth to eighth
semifinals at the Fourth Women s Pan
American Cup at the Mendocino Hockey
Stadium, Mendoza, Argentina, yesterday.
Going into the match, both teams needed
a win to be certain of qualification for the
next Pan American Cup as only the top six
teams from the eight-team tournament will
earn automatic places while the seventh to
eighth placed teams will be demoted to the
2015 Women s Pan American Challenge.
The Mexicans were first to score in the
17th minute via a penalty stroke from Michel
Hernandez, but within four minutes Kristin
Thompson drew the "Calypso Stickwomen"
level from a penalty-corner conversion.
Two minutes before the interval Blair
Wynne, the most experienced player in the
T&T squad with 81 caps to her name, fired
her team ahead from another penalty-corner
set play. However Maria Conejo equalised
for the Central Americans on the stroke of
half-time to set up an interesting final 35
Five minutes after the resumption, Mexico
again went in front through a Jazel Miranda
field goal, which lasted all of 11 minutes
before Zene Henry tied up the score at 3-
3, also from field goal play.
With five minutes left in the see-saw
contest, Mexico s Areceli Portillo snatched
what she felt was a late winner for her
team, but on the stroke of full-time Wynne,
held her nerve to slot home a penalty-
stroke to even the match at 4-4 to force
penalty-strokes, where he team-mates
buckled on the pressure.
In the shoot-out, T&T goalkeeper Anas-
tasia Netto saved from Miranda while
Wynne scored past Selma DE Guevara to
put T&T ahead 1-0 in the best-of-five
Maria Conejo then scored for Mexico
while Brianna Govia had her effort save as
Central Americans drew level at 1-1 from
two attempts each.
The score remained that way at the end
of each team s third penalty flick as Marlet
Conejo (Mexico) and T&T captain Alanna
Lewis, both saw their efforts saved while
Fernanda Guadarrama and Thompson
scored their flicks for a 2-2 score and one
attempt left for both teams.
The pressure was now on Hernandez,
who scored for Mexico and with Brittney
Hingh needing to score to extend the match
to sudden death flicks, her effort was saved
by De Guevara to hand Mexico victory and
with it a spot in the 2017 Pan American
Cup at T&T s expense.
When the Glen "Fido" Francis-coached
T&T takes the field tomorrow from 10.30
am against Guyana, it will be hoping to
avoid a repeat of its 2004 last place finish
in Bridgetown, Barbados while it has a best
ever finish of fourth, in 2009 in Hamilton,
Bermuda after a 2-1 loss to Chile in the
bronze medal contest.
The other fifth to eighth semifinal was
a much more straight forward affair as
Uruguay powered past Guyana 6-0 to set
up a fifth place battle with Mexico, tomor-
row, while T&T faces Guyana in the battle
to avoid the cellar-spot.
The two matches will be repeats of earlier
Pool matches, with Uruguay beating Mexico
4-0 in Pool B and T&T edging Guyana 1-
Last night in the main draw semis, three-
time defending champions and hosts
Argentina met neighbours Chile while USA
faced rivals Canada for a spot in tomorrow s
gold and bronze medal matches.
The winner of this tournament will qual-
ify for next year s FIH Hockey World Cup
to be held in The Hague, Netherlands.
T&T international hockey umpire Ayanna Mc Clean is all smiles after being presented with
flowers on reaching a milestone of umpiring 50 international matches.
In the photo she is flanked by Umpires Manager, Cinthia Melli of Argentina, left, Assistant
Umpires Manager, T&T's Susie Gomes and Tournament Director, Canada's Paula Parks
prior to the start of the fifth to eighth place semifinal between Guyana and Uruguay at the
Fouth Women's Pan American, Mendocino Hockey Stadium, Mendoza, Argentina,
yesterday. Uruguay won 6-0.
Carib Hockey Club will be host its sixth
annual Radix/Dos Santos Veteran s Open
Memorial Tournament tomorrow .
For the second year running the tournament
will take place in the beautiful sister island of
Tobago at the Shaw Park Sports Complex from
9am and will feature host club, Carib, Notre
Dame, Queen s Park CC, Police and Petrotrin.
The Open Veteran Memorial tournament
commemorates the dedication and service of
two former Carib Hockey Club members, David
Radix and Errol Dos Santos who spent many
years as the club s president and vice-president
Radix was not only a member of Carib, but
he also was President of the T&T Men s Hockey
Federation for 17 years and saw the vision to
press for an artificial turf to lend to the inter-
national advancement of the sport and in 2000
he was posthumously inducted into the Hall
of Fame while Dos Santos remained on to serve
the club until his death in December 1999.
This year s tournament lends to the team
bonding and spirit of these men as well as the
hockey fraternity that seems to be dying.
Carib always strive to be a close knit family
type team, that enjoys the sport on the field
and enfolds all into its friendly unit off the
From its resurgence in 2007, from the Radix
Serrette Tournament, it has been turned over
to Carib Hockey Club and has enjoyed the
inclusion of Notre Dame, Police and Petrotrin,
as well as the New York/Miami based Veterans
team, Grey Dogs and now extends a warm wel-
come this year to Queen s Park.
The main goal of the Radix Dos Santos Vet-
erans Memorial Tournament is to keep the
clubs and senior members together and pro-
mote an environment for them to play as long
as they can and to keep the various clubs
involved ie fun for all while playing hockey.
The 2013 national chess champion will be
decided tomorrow when the last two rounds
of the finals will be played at RHAND Credit
Union building, Abercromby Street, Port-of-
With FM Ryan Harper on eight, holding a
slim half-point lead over Adrian Winter Atwell,
the tournament seems set for an interesting
finish. In fact, the clash between the two leaders
may well decide the winner as third placed
Marcus Joseph and Joshua Johnson are on five
and a half points each, beyond the reach of
the front runners.
Winter Atwell is the only unbeaten player
so far, having conceded three draws. However,
he will have to beat both Harper and ex-cham-
pion Joseph to become the new champion.
One of the leading young players, Winter
Atwell s impressive performance reveals a clear
improvement in his play this year.
Harper was beaten once, in round six, by
champion FM Frank Yee who is now out of
the running on five.
Should Harper win he would add a seventh
national title to his already impressive collection
of trophies and enhance his stature as the
country s most distinguished player.
The last two rounds will start tomorrow at
10.30 am and 4 pm. On Sunday, an open blitz
tournament will begin at 2 pm before the prize-
giving ceremony which starts at 6.30 pm.
National Mixed Martial Arts fighter
Dwayne Hinds, will be the country s lone
representative at the second Sport Accord
World Combat Games in Russia, competing
in the Sambo category.
Hinds, a double Pan American champion
who only got into the sport of Sambo a year
and a half ago, is confident of doing well
at the tournament from October 18-26. "It
is a thrill and a honour to represent my
country in the sport of Sambo and I expect
to go there and do very good."
Hinds has known about the sport for a
long time and thanked Dr Andrey Moshanov,
who paid a visit to T&T this week for helping
the sport grow in T&T.
Moshanov from Russia, who is the head
of the Sambo International Federation Devel-
opment Department, came to T&T to look
at the development of Sambo in T&T, as
the T&T Sambo Federation will host the
Pan American Championships in June 2014.
Moshanov believes that the sport of Sambo
has been improving tremendously.
"It is great to be in T&T once again, the
T&T Sambo federation is doing the right
things, they are on the right track."
Moshanov also gave credit to Hinds for
qualifying for the tournament. "It is great
that T&T will be represented by Dwayne
Hinds." he said.
Hinds went through a selection panel to
qualify for the games and commended Hinds
for his professionalism. Following the Com-
bat Games, a team of more than 20 local
athletes will travel to Russia to compete at
the World Championships from November
Roger Evelyn, executive director of the
T&T Sambo Federation, spoke about the
team s preparations for the Pan Am Games
next year: "We are having a high perform-
ance testing unit from Europe, to work with
the local athletes in strength and condi-
tioning and sport psychology."
Evelyn said at the end of the camp T&T s
athletes would be prepared mentally, emo-
tionally and psychologically. Evelyn also said
that plans were in place for the T&T athletes
to work with the Russian National team at
a four-week camp in Russia.
The National Formula 1 Scalextric
Championships will continue this week-
end at the Gulf City Mall in Lowlands,
Last Saturday, the Scalextric Champi-
onships held a Preliminary round compe-
tition at Gulf City Shopping Compex in
Trinidad, and the organisers are now look-
ing for the talented Tobago drivers from
1 pm-5 pm tomorrow in Tobago.
Participants will compete in the Under-
10, Under-15, Under-19, Adults (20-34
years old), Ladies (Novices) and the Over
The winning Tobago drivers will repre-
sent the island at the finals of the National
Formula 1 Championships, which will be
held in Trinidad next month.
Registration is $5 for children Under-
19, while Adults pay $10. All drivers get
a prize for competing.
Carib hosts 6th
clash for chess title
Scalextric takes search for drivers to Tobago
Hinds heads to Russia for Sambo tourney
T&T misses out on Pan Am
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