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Ten-times national women s singles cham-
pion, Aleena Edwards began her 2014 season
in fine style by dethroning Linda Partap-Bood-
han as Women s A-1 champion in the Classified
Championship at the Central Regional Indoor
Sport Arena, Chaguanas, yesterday.
In the final Edwards of the University of T&T,
who did not participate in the tournament last season
scolded her national team-mate Partap-Boodhan of
Arima Hawks, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 to claim the first title
at stake this season.
Earlier on in the semifinals, Edwards stopped
long-time rival, Natalie Montes also of Hawks, 11-
9, 11-7, 11-13, 11-3 while Partap-Boodhan overcame
veteran, Merle Baggoo 11-4, 11-8, 11-9.
A new men s B champion was also declared in
Ishwar Sookoonsingh after his tense 11-7, 3-11, 11-
9, 7-11, 11-4 beating of Wesley Dookhoo in their
decider. Sookoonsingh reached the final after he battled
past Shaquille Mitchell 11-3, 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7 and
Dookhoo came from behind to beat Benoni Daniel, 9-
11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 in his semis clash.
National youth player Nalini Boodoo won the Women s
B title, over fellow national player Danielle Dick, 11-8,
11-7, 9-11, 11-7. This after Boodoo rallied past Ackayla
Lucas 14-12, 11-7, 5-11, 14-12 and Dick ousted Monique
Cooper 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10 in the semis.
Central Bank s Simone Sandy was also in winners row
as she claimed the Women s C category via her 11-8, 11-
4 defeat of Priyanka Khellawan. In the last-four match-
up, Sandy halted the run of Ranelle Bharatsingh 11-4,
11-6 and Khellawan got the better of Naomi Garraway,
12-14, 11-4, 11-4. Today, the tournament will conclude
with Arun Roopnarine hoping to defend his Classified
Men A1 title from 11.30am against last year s runner-up
Curtis Humphreys, five-time national champion Reeza
Burke, Aaron Wilson and Yuvraaj Dookram from 11.30am
First up today will be the Open A2 competition in
which Lawrence Ince is the top seed and will face off
with some of the Women A Class players in Edwards,
Partap-Boodhan, Montes, Catherine Spicer and Brittany
Partap-Boodhan in Classified
Futsal coach Clayton Morris believes that Futsal
in T&T will enter a new era after it was ratified
as an official member organisation of the T&T
Football Association (T&TFA) at the ordinary con-
gress on the weekend.
The Futsal Association along with the Beach Soccer
Association were given official sanctioning by the local
governing body which enables official competitions
and development programs to be organized among
other matters relating to Futsal and Beach Soccer.
Clayton Morris, a past head coach of the National
Futsal Team and former "Strike Squad" captain is again
involved in the 5-a-side version of the game which is
played mainly indoors and believes it has a bright future
"We have to say thank you Jesus that this has finally
happened. It s the way forward for Futsal in T&T,"
"This is something we have spent long hours planning
and looking forward to. There are a lot of young persons
who look forward to Futsal. We haven t had a national
team involved in competition for maybe six to seven
years. We are ready to take it forward now," added
Morris who led T&T to the Caribbean Futsal title in
2004 and 2008.
"We can now have Futsal better structured with
development programs and the involvement of the more
established clubs. This will help us to prepare players
for future national futsal team selection."
The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal World
qualifies takes place in 2015 ahead of the Concacaf Final
round and 2016 Fifa Futsal World Cup in Colombia.
T&T also entered its first Concacaf Beach Soccer
qualification tournament last year and gave a creditable
performance. But now being under the umbrella of the
T&TFA, Beach Soccer president Kyle Lequay is optimistic
about the future.
"We felt there was a need to officially join ranks with
the T&TFA which is the official body for football in
the country. And seeing the direction the T&TFA is
heading in under President Raymond Tim Kee and his
circle of football personnel, we felt the timing was
perfect. I foresee better structuring of beach soccer in
this country and of course an improved program for
our National Beach Soccer team in the future," Lequay
The next 16-nation Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup
will be held in 2015 in Portugal. The qualifying rounds
will take place in 2014 and 2015.
Better future for Futsal
and Beach Soccer
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