Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 14th 2014 Contents A64
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, April 14, 2014
MISANO ADRIATICO---The Italian motorcycling
federation says rider Emanuele Cassani has died
after being involved in a crash at the Coppa Italia
Cassani skidded and was hit by two other riders
shortly after the start of his race yesterday.
The FMI says the 25-year-old Cassani received
immediate medical attention but died because of the
injuries he sustained.
One of the other riders involved was flown to a
hospital but his injuries are not serious.
The incident happened at the Misano circuit named
after MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli, who died after
a crash at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. (AP)
dies at season opener
Joseph Taylor will be at the helm of the T&T
Football Referees Association (TTFRA) for the
next two years after the association held its
annual general meeting (AGM) last Sunday.
Taylor will serve as president for the 2014 to
All the officers were re-elected unopposed
except for two posts. Clynt Taylor was elected
unopposed as first vice-president to replace his
colleague from the South zone, Franklyn Phillip.
Shelly Slater of the North zone was elected
unopposed as assistant secretary/administration,
replacing Clynt Taylor, who served previously
in that capacity.
During discussions in the meeting, members
stated that since the adoption of the FIFA reg-
ulations for the organization of refereeing in
T&T, no structures have been embraced to give
a voice to the referees who service the game in
It was proposed that the TTFRA, being a full
member recognised by the TTFA, with its years
of experience and expertise in refereeing matters,
is the appropriate body to become more active
in advocating for the welfare of referees and
better terms and conditions of service for the
unsung heroes of the beautiful game.
As a result of this, a motion was moved by
Osmond Downer and Robin Murray that the
AGM directs the council of this association to
take immediate steps to organise a meeting of
all referees, regardless of affiliation, in the coun-
try. This motion will discuss matters pertaining
to the welfare of referees and the way forward.
The motion was unanimously adopted by the
The main objective of the TTFRA is to promote
the cause of referees and refereeing. In this
regard, it is hoped that all referees will let their
voices be heard at this important gathering,
which will be taking place in the near future.
ST JOHN'S---Dominant Jamaica for-
malised their capture of the 2014 Caribbean
Netball Association Jean Pierre Youth
Championship here Saturday night, with
a ruthless victory over St Vincent and the
Grenadines in Antigua.
Heading into the contest with the title
virtually sewn up, the Jamaicans spared no
effort as they produced another emphatic
display to rout the Vincentians 62-13.
They finished the competition unbeaten
from six outings and on top the standings
with 31 points, five ahead of second placed
Barbados who signed off with a 33-19 tri-
umph over St Lucia in the night cap game.
Hosts Antigua and Barbuda also finished
the tournament on a high with a 41-6 whip-
ping of Nevis while Dominica extended
T&T s disappointing campaign with a 30-
There was no respite for T&T who lost
their fourth game, despite another strong
showing from goal shoot Afiya Vincent. She
finished with 18 goals from 24 attempts but
could not stop Dominica who charged to a
17-12 half-time lead, and a 26-17 advantage
at the end of the third quarter.
For Dominica, goal shoot Anoushka
Boatswain starred with 27 goals from 31
SVG and Dominica finished on 17 points
from 3-3 records but the Vincentians picked
up third spot on goal difference, while St
Kitts were fifth on 12 points and T&T sixth
on 11 points. St Lucia lost all their matches
and finished at the bottom of the pile.
Playing in the second match of the evening
schedule, Jamaica showed their intent by
rushing to a 14-5 first quarter lead which
they converted into a 30-8 advantage at
By then, it was apparent the Sunshine
Girls were headed for a blow-out, and their
pressed home their advantage in the third
quarter, out-scoring the Vincentians 16-3,
to leave the result a foregone conclusion at
the start of the final stanza.
For the winners, goal shoot Simone Gor-
don scored 30 goals from 35 attempts while
Tracy Francis supported with 24 from 28
SVG were led by Khadija Williams who
shot 13 from 16 attempts.
Barbados, meanwhile, ensured St Lucia
would have no relief from their misery, as
they imposed themselves on their struggling
Goal shoot Shakeillia Smith led for the
Barbadians, knocking down 15 from 24
attempts while goal attack Zakiya Kirton
chipped in with 13 from 18 attempts.
For St Lucia, goal shoot Kamala Mangal
was outstanding, shooting 18 from 21
attempts for an 85 per cent accuracy rate.
The match remained close at the end of
the first quarter with Barbados ahead 7-4,
but the winners slowly stretched their lead
and were comfortably up 22-15 at the start
of the final quarter. (CMC)
President: Joseph Taylor
First Vice-President: Clynt Taylor
Second Vice-President: Anastasia Griffith
Third Vice-President: Osmond Downer
General Secretary: Boni Bishop
Assistant Secretary/Finance: Ronald Geoffroy
Assistant Secretary/Administration: Shelly
Assistant Secretary/Operations: Marcia
Public Relations Officer: Robin Murray
LIST OF OFFICERS:
Jamaica lifts U-16 netball crown
...T&T finish on losing note
HOUSTON---Fernando Verdasco won the
US Men s Clay Court Championship yes-
terday for his sixth ATP World Tour title
and first since 2010, beating Spanish com-
patriot Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6 (4).
The 30-year-old Verdasco ended a six-
match losing streak in tournament finals.
He also reached the doubles final and had
been on the court six hours longer than
Almagro going into the final.
"I m so tired I don t know if I can talk
so much," said Verdasco, seeded fourth.
Almagro had a walkover in the semifinals
when Sam Querrey pulled out because of
The third-seeded Almagro reached set
point five times against Verdasco s serve
in the ninth game of second set, but could
not convert. He also up a mini-break in
the tiebreaker before Verdasco fought back.
Almagro also finished second last year,
losing to John Isner. Almagro has won all
12 of his titles on clay.
"You are never happy when you lose a
final," Almagro said. "I had my chances.
But I credit Fernando."
On Saturday in the doubles final, twin
brothers Bob and Mike Bryan beat Verdasco
and David Marrero 4-6, 6-4, 11-9. (AP)
Verdasco wins US men's clay court
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