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Wesley "Pepe" Gomes will embark on his
first stint as coach of the senior national
women s netball team when they participate
in a four-nation series involving England,
Wales and hosts South Africa from October
20-25, at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
University in South Africa.
The tour by the world ninth ranked "Calyp-
so Spikers" will serve as part of their continued
preparations for next year s Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
England are currently ranked third in the
world, South Africa sixth and Wales eighth.
Included in the T&T squad selected by
Gomes, the former coach of the Defence Force
basketball championship teams, which will
depart for South Africa on Wednesday are
senior team regulars Anastacia Wilson, Joelisa
Cooper, Rhonda John-Davis, Crystal-Ann
George, Kemba Duncan, Anika La Roche,
Alicia Liverpool and Onella Jack.
National Under-21 standout Kalifa Mc
Collin and Afeisha Noel also made the cut
while Simone Morgan makes a return after
an absence of five years.
Commenting on the team selected, Gomes,
who also coaches the "Army" netball team
said: "Based on the players we had available
for training it s the best possible we have
"The team has a lot of experienced players
but our main area of concern is the centre
court position, which to me is a reflection of
the state of the game in the country," he said.
Reflecting on the recent World Under-
21 Championships, Gomes said it was a
case of the same situation where we had
good shooters and good defensive players,
but a weak area at centre court.
Concerning the composition of the squad
he was quick to note that people have been
commenting for a while that the senior
team needed an injection of youth, but
were not making themselves available.
Gomes added, "When we started training
for this team we had a few of the players
from the Under-21 teams coming around,
but most of them dropped out after attend-
ing a few sessions.
"They [younger players] need to make
themselves available and like the other
players proved their fitness and work ethic
to make the cut. Its not a matter of because
you were a member of the Under-21s and
someone feels you should be on the senior
team you are guaranteed a pick. You have
to prove your worth, whether your a senior
or junior member.
"In the end, two members of the junior
team in Jenice Mc Intosh and Mc Collin
came to the sessions in their entirety with
Mc Collin gaining selection," he said.
With regards to other players like Under-
21 USA-based Samantha Wallace, Kielle
Connelly and Tricia Liverpool, Gomes---
who also coached Police netball squad---
said the trio were unavailable due to various
During the tri-nation tournament in
South Africa, each team will play each
other twice. This comes on the heels of
England s 3-0 series sweep of South Africa
in the Three-Test September tour of Eng-
land. England won the first match 53-41
and followed up with 51-33 and 49-38
wins in the second and third matches.
Next year in Glasgow at the Common-
wealth Games, the "Calypso Spikers" will
compete in a tough six-team Pool B against
World Champions Australia, England, South
Africa, Wales and neighbours Barbados.
New Zealand, Jamaica, Malawi, Scotland,
Northern Ireland and St Lucia will compete
in Pool A.
Today, the local women s team will con-
tinue their training with a practice match
against a selected squad from 5.30 pm at
the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo fol-
lowed by two more sessions on Sunday at
Mucurapo from 7 am to 10 am and then
Tuesday at the Eastern Regional Indoor
Sports Arena, Tacarigua from 5.30 pm to
Gomes satisfied with
Calypso Spikers team The community of Maloney is aiming to
become the fourth and final team that will chal-
lenge for the $1.5 million-dollar championship
prize when the second edition of the Hoop of
Life Community Basketball League enters its Big-
Four finals next week.
On Wednesday night, led by centre Shawn
"Shawney" Lawrence who drilled 35 points, Mal-
oney defeated Enterprise 115-42 at the Maloney
basketball Court in game one of their quarterfinal
Maloney, which led 39-6 after the first session
and 61-19 at half-time, proved too dominant for
the opposition. When the third stanza ended the
hosts were ahead 86-31.
Lawrence got support from Kenyatta Alfred,
who scored 20 points, while Patrick Scipio and
Wayne Richards added 13 and 12 points respec-
For Enterprise, which will host game two today
in Chaguanas, forward Marvin Allen got on the
score sheet with 12 points.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Enterprise /Mal-
oney clash will face the 2012 champions Laventille
in one half of the semifinals, while the other semi-
final brings together La Romaine and Caledonia.
Maloney one win
away from Big-four
Santa Flora lost to Laventille 79-53
Caledonia beat St Joseph 78-71
La Horquetta beat Mason Hall 82-41
Laventille beat Santa Flora 125-52
St Joseph lost to Caledonia 104-80
La Romiane beat La Horquetta 117-67
Scarborough lost to Enterprise 79-70
Maloney beat Enterprise 115-42
Enterprise v Maloney @ Enterprise, Chaguanas,
@1:30 pm, VIP Lounge, Hasely Crawford Stadium,
T&T women's netball squad:
Anastacia Wilson, Joelisa Cooper, Kalifa
Mc Collin, Afeisha Noel, Rhonda John-
Davis, Onella Jack, Ashelle Legall,
Simone Morgan, Crystal Ann George,
Kemba Duncan, Alicia Liverpool, Anika
Technical staff: Wesley Gomes
(coach), Carol Gittenss (manager) Oba
Gulston (physiotherapist), Zephyrinus
The inclement weather that hit the
country last Saturday did not stop
the young rugby players who gathered
for the opening of the Digicel Schools
Rugby League at the Queen s Park Savan-
In spite of the heavy rain, there was a
great display of talent and skills when
players from 22 schools---12 at Under-17 s
level and ten at Under-14 s level---partic-
ipated in friendly matches to kick-start
this year s rugby season.
There were no real winners or losers on
the day and if the showcase on Saturday
was any indication, it seems as if schools
rugby is off to a great start.
The tournament will run until mid-
December with both age groups facing off
to take home their respective trophies.
Thanks to the proven success of the
previous years, the rugby union is also
planning to expand the league and launch
a tournament in south Trinidad, initially
involving five schools with plans to include
more along the way.
Rugby lovers can expect a busy season
with the launch of a Seven Tournament,
which will be held in January 2014, and
the inclusion of six girls teams in the
women s league this year.
Rain fails to spoil schools' rugby opening
Fatima College players try to regain possession of the ball.
ST JOHN'S---Cricket fans across the Caribbean
will get to see live action from the first ever inter-
national women s tri-nation series hosted in the
The WICB announced yesterday that it will produce
and make available for broadcast the upcoming
Women s T20 International Series featuring West
Indies, England and New Zealand.
The matches will be aired on terrestrial broadcasters
in collaboration with the Caribbean Media Corporation
Games will be played under lights from Monday
to Saturday, October 26 at the historic Kensington
Oval, which hosted the finals of the ICC World T20
three years ago. First ball is 7 pm (6 pm Jamaica
Nelecia Yeates, the WICB s commercial manager,
said the WICB responded to the call of fans.
"Women s cricket is on the rise in the region and
across the world. As part of our mandate we have
embarked on this project, which will see the entire
tournament being beamed across the region. Fans
have been calling for it and the broadcast will ensure
that all matches will be seen by as many people as
possible," Ms Yeates said.
The three participating nations are among the top
four teams in the world in the T20 and 50-over for-
mats. The television coverage will feature an expert
team of analysts, including former West Indies batting
great Desmond Haynes, who played 116 Tests and
238 One-Day Internationals in his illustrious career.
WICB to air women's
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