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T&T s senior men s sevens
rugby team faced elimination
on the opening day of its debut
at the Hong Kong Sevens, yes-
terday, following defeats
against Cook Islands and
Japan, in the World Series qual-
The Calypso Warriors, need-
ing a top-two finish in its group
for a place among the best third-
placed teams after its three
matches, were scheduled to play
Uruguay in its final group match
at approximately 9 pm (T&T
time), last evening.
Opening its account, T&T lost
21-7 to Cook Islands before it
succumbed again, this time by
a heavier 41-0 defeat to Japan.
A spot in the knockout round
gives all quarterfinalists a chance
at qualifying for the main draw
as the winner.
Although T&T failed to
progress, president of the T&T
Rugby Football Union (TTRFU)
Leslie Figaro felt the players
"held their own."
"Our players recognised that
the pace and speed of the sevens
game is higher than we play.
Also, the fitness level of the top
teams is through the roof," he
said, speaking from Atlanta,
USA, prior to the final group
fixture against Uruguay.
"Our focus against the Cook
Islands is on defence, defence,
defence and then to be respon-
sive in attack.
"Our players are getting to
understand that the physical
strength and conditioning of the
players at this level, requires
them to do more work... There
is a gap," Figaro said. "At this
level of the game and the talent
of the players, we are starting
to see top teams being beaten
by big margins."
He also said: "The national
team held their own against the
Cook Islands, but came up short
against Japan. T&T was not
embarrassed at all; they held the
Figaro made reference to Fiji's
42-7 win over Wales and Cana-
da's 35-7 victory over Portugal
saying: "Wales is a top ranked
National goal-shooter Joelisa Cooper
enhanced her credentials for copping the
most valuable player award when the sea-
son ends today after she led Police past
her former employers Fire Services for yet
another knockout title in the Courts All
Sectors Netball League at the Eastern
Regional Indoor Sports Arena (ERISA),
Tacarigua on Thursday night.
Cooper converted 22 of her 25 attempts
while national captain Rhonda John-Davis
and Shivaughn Skeete chipped in with two
goals each from five attempts respectively
for the winners, who trailed 11-13 at the
Fire, which was without its first choice
goal-shoot in national player Afeisha Noel
got 16 goals from 28 attempts by the expe-
rienced former T&T starlet, Simone Morgan
while Ayanna Hamlet got six from ten in
The win was the third from as many finals
for Police over Fire within the last seven
days while TSTT added a fourth title in the
Retro Division with a 9-3 triumph in its
On Tuesday at the same venue, Cooper
and Patrice Goring proved a thorn in Fire's
defence as they led Police and Police X
walked to their respective Premier and
Championship Division knockout titles.
Cooper was impeccable with her shooting
and single-handedly defeated her former
Fire teammates by scoring all her team's
goals in a 30-27 triumph in their Premier
Division Steve Sargeant Challenge finale.
The duo of national captain, John-Davis
and Skeete shot a combined none from
three for the Law-women as it was all about
Cooper on the night.
Fire, meanwhile was led by its combina-
tion of present and past national shooters,
goal-shooter, Afeisha Noel with 23 from 38
attempts and Simone Morgan's four from
It was the second match for Fire in the
Jean Pierre Challenge on the night after they
won their re-scheduled semifinal against
UWI convincingly, 36-11.
Noel again led Fire with 27 goals fro 38
attempts while Morgan chipped in with
seven from 12, and reserve goal-attack,
Ayana Hamlet, two from four.
In the night's fist final, goal-shooter Gor-
ing set the precedent as she converted 20
of her 25 attempts and former national
standout Beverly Hernandez added five from
five as Police X stunned Championship
Division league and divisional knockout
winners Fire in the Jean Pierre Challenge
Fire, which was hoping to secure a third
title in the division, and trailed 12-16 at the
half got a nine from 13 from Aquila Blugh
while Lee Ann O'Brien chipped in with five
from 14, and Ayanna Peters, four from 20.
A day earlier, TSTT enjoyed one of its
best days in the Courts All Sectors Netball
League for the 2014 season when it won
both the Retro Division and Alternative
Division knockout titles while in the Cham-
pionship Division, Fire Service scorched
The two-day Luces Brothers Memorial Track
Cycle Meet hosted by Rigtech Sonics Cycle Club
will pedal off today with a number of divisions
in action at Skinner Park, San Fernando from
5 pm. The event will carry on late into the night
and will continue on tomorrow again at 5 pm.
Active divisions include elite 1, 2, 3, 4, youth
development (Under-7, 9, 11 and 13), juniors, juve-
niles, ladies (tinymites and juveniles), ladies (seniors
and juniors), tinymites, masters 40-49, 50-59,
60-plus and open.
Entrance to the venue is free of charge.
The event is being held in memory of former
Rigtech Sonics coaches and veteran cycling siblings
Kent Luces and Noel Luces, who died within two
years of each other. Kent passed away in January
at the age of 63, nearly two years after Kent, who
represented T&T at the 1968 Olympics, passed
away at the same age after suffering a stroke.
Defending champion Tamana United will
return to defend its title at the start of the Cal-
ifornia Women s Windball Cricket League will
open its 2014 season, which is set to bowl off
from 1 pm, today, with the traditional three-
over round-robin competition at Macaulay Park,
All teams will be gunning for the first prize of
$1,000. A special prize will be awarded to the
best uniformed team.
Thus far, eight teams, drawn from several com-
munities throughout Trinidad, from as far apart
as Princes Town and Sangre Grande, have reg-
istered for the various competitions.
The defending league and knock-out champion
is Barataria Ball Players. Wilton "Flex" Griffith,
founder and co-ordinator of the league, said the
teams had been hard at practice over the past
"We expect some great performances from the
players who are all eager to show off their skills
this year. This tournament has unearthed a lot of
talent over the years and is a nursery for our young
female cricketers from all over the country. In
addition, there is a lot of spectator support from
the central communities," said Griffith.
The league will celebrate its 28th anniversary
Four teams, consisting of Tobago s top primary
and secondary school footballers will challenge
their Barbadian counterparts in a series of friend-
ly matches in Barbados, today and tomorrow.
The teams were selected at the completion of
the primary and secondary leagues and were ini-
tially scheduled to travel in Barbados, last Decem-
ber. The tour, however, was delayed because of
The initiative was the brain-child of Jomo Pitt,
assistant secretary of division of education, youth
affairs and sports at the Tobago House of Assembly.
The former Signal Hill Secondary stand-out player
made the promise at the launch of the schools'
football season in Tobago, last September. He
added that the trip will provide regional exposure
for the youngsters. The THA representative for
Lambeau/Signal Hill will accompany the players
A contingent of 79 (64 students and 15 officials)
left Tobago yesterday morning and is expected to
return on Tuesday.
Calypso Warriors face
elimination in Hong Kong
T&T's Anthony Lopez, right, attempts to evade a tackle from a
Cook Islands player, while teammate Jonathan O'Connor, left, looks
on during the second pool match at the Hong Kong Sevens,
yesterday. T&T lost 21-7.
Cooper stars again in Police victory
Retro Style Knockout:
TSTT 11 vs Les Femmes 1
Les Enfants 6 vs Harlem 5
TSTT 11 vs Les Enfants 4
Harlem 6 vs Les Femmes 4
TSTT 9 vs Harlem 3
Premier Division Knockout final:
Police 26 (Joelisa Cooper 22/25, Rhonda John-
Davis 2/5, Shivaughn Skeete 2/5) vs Fire Service
22 (Simone Morgan 16/28, Ayanna Hamlet 6/10).
Half-time score: 13-11 Fire.
Steve Sargeant Challenge (Premier Division)
Fire Service 36 (Afeisha Noel 27/38, Simone
Morgan 7/12, Ayana Hamlet 2/4) vs UWI 11
(Akeela Rodriguez 4/7, Shernice Seemungal 4/7,
Reeka Seerattan 3/8). Half-time score: 20-6 Fire.
Police 30 (Joelisa Cooper 30/31, Rhonda John-
Davis 0/2, Shivaughn Skeete 0/1) vs Fire
Service 27 (Afeisha Noel 23/28, Simone Morgan
4/5). Half-time score: 16-14 Police.
Jean Pierre Challenge (Championship Division)
Police X 25 (Patrice Goring 20/25, Beverly
Hernandez 5/5) vs Fire Service 18 (Aquila Blugh
9/13, Lee Ann O'Brien 5/14, Ayanna Peters 4/20).
Half-time score:16-12 Police X.
Retro Division knockout final:
TSTT 20 (Debra Alie 14/21, Olivia Le Platte 6/11)
vs Les Femmes 8 (Sherry Thomas 7/11, Maylin
Peters 1/4). Half-time: 8-3 TSTT.
Alternative Division knockout final:
TSTT 20 (Chantael Perry 15/25, Sophia Harper
5/12) vs UTT 12 (Shaquanda Greene 6/13,
Shurice Gordon 6/14). Half-time: 11-5 TSTT.
Championship Division knockout:
Fire Service 29 (Aquila Blugh 20/33, Ayanna
Peters 9/23) vs Bermudez 22 (Kathy James
16/22, Jocelyn Marcelle 6/18). Half-time: 17-10
Fire Service 28 (Aquila Blugh 18/29, Ayanna
Peters 10/19) vs Jabloteh 14 (Samantha James
9/15, Lilia Cameron 4/19, Giselle Hobson 1/5).
Half-time: 12-5 Fire.
Luces bros cycling
Tamana Utd to defend
women's windball title
footballers take on
Barbados this weekend
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