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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, July 25, 2014
It was a difficult opening day for T&T
at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Scotland, yesterday with the women s net-
ball team having one of the few shining
moments for the red, white and black.
The "Calypso Girls" narrowly defeated
Caribbean rival Barbados, 38-37, a far con-
trast to the national hockey women s team,
which was pummelled 16-0 by South
Africa, while the women s table tennis team
had mixed results.
At the SECC, Joelisa Cooper netted a
team-high 18 goals from 21 attempts to lead
the "Calypso Girls" to the narrow one-goal
victory. Youngster Kalifa McCollin supported
well adding 11 off 13 with veteran shooter
Janelle Barker scoring other nine goals from
13 tries in a match where T&T was chal-
lenged from the first pass.
The Barbadians through opening shooters
Sheniqua Thomas (19/26) and Nikita Piggott
(7/9) took the initiative and garnered a 13-
9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
T&T battled back and earned a 21-19
lead at the half. Barbados stayed close and
outscored T&T 8-7 in the third session to
only trail by one (28-27). This was thanks
to the effort of Laurel Browne, who was
flawless in her shooting, converting all of
her eight attempts.
Both teams scored ten goals in the final
period but T&T remained ahead by one
when time expired.
After the match, captain Anika La Roche-
Brice was not too pleased with the number
of turnovers given by her team and said
they will be looking to correct some of their
deficiencies that were exposed ahead of
their second match today against South
"We still have some cutting down of our
turnovers. For tomorrow s (today) game,
we intend to go strong and hard. Need to
maximise our strengths and limit our
turnovers, be disciplined and stick to what s
It was a horrendous day for T&T hockey
women after suffering a massive 16-0 loss
to South Africa at the Glasgow National
Hockey Centre. The local lasses were no
match for their South African counterparts,
who had nine of players getting their names
on the scorecard.
Dirkie Chamberlain led with four goals,
one coming off a penalty corner; Celia
Evans scored three; Kathleen Taylor, Tarryn
Bright and Sulette Damons each netted a
double; and Shellie Russel D Chamberlain
and Lisa Marie Deetlefs scored a goal apiece.
The South Africans raced to a 7-0 lead
at halftime and were even more merciless
in the second half adding the other nine
with T&T remaining goalless.
T&T stickmen also went under in their
opening affair, falling to England, 6-1.
Scoring for the Englishmen were Barry
Middleton, Phil Roper, Ashley Jackson,
Nick Catlin and Mark Gleghorne and Iain
Mickell Pierre scored the lone goal for
Today, the women will meet New Zealand
in their second match hoping for better
Rheann Chung and her teammates
Catherine Spicer, Ashley Quashie and
Aleena Edwards made light work of Tan-
zania, topping them 3-0 but later fell to
England by a similar margin in Scotstoun
"We were confident of beating Tanzania
this morning but we knew England would
be tougher to beat," said Chung yesterday.
"I know the players from the English team
are very good so I know it would be tough
The men s team of Dexter St Louis, Curtis
Humphreys, Aaron Wilson and Yuvraaj
Dookram, who suffered two consecutive
losses to Barbados, 3-1, in the morning
session, then to England, 3-0 in the after-
Today both units will be back in action
with the women meeting Ghana in their
final preliminary round match in Pool C
while the men face Jamaica, seeking a con-
Chung said, "I know we will do well
against Ghana. Once we beat them we will
finish second in our group."
A few steps away in the adjoining hall,
Charlotte Knaggs had a dream start in the
women s squash singles event, beating
Naduni Gunawardane 3-1 in the round of
64, the scoreline read 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 11-
9. She advanced to play India s Dipika Pal-
likal but went under, 3-0, losing 4-11, 2-
11, 1-11 in the round of 32.
Kerri Sample failed to make it out of the
round of 64, losing to Wales Tesni Evans,
3-0 (3-11, 2-11, 3-11)
On the men s side, Colin Ramasra
impressed holding off Sri Lankan Ravindu
Laksiri, 3-2 in his round of 64 match.
Ramasra looked to be heading to an easy
victory leading 11-9, 11-11-6 after the first
two sets but lapsed in the third, saw Laksiri
come back to claim the set, 11-8.
Laksiri caused Ramasra more problems
in the fourth set and sealed it 11-6, sending
the match to a fifth set. However, the T&T
squash player regained his composure and
secured the final set, 11-6.
His teammate Kale Wilson never made
it out of the round of 64, falling 3-0 (11-
3, 11-2, 11-2).
Over at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome,
T&T cycling duo Njisane Phillip and Quincy
Alexander faltered in the men s sprint qual-
Phillip s time of 10.188 qualified him as
the ninth fastest rider for the first round
unlike Alexander, whose time of 10.774 in
his second attempt was not good enough
to get him into the top 12. Alexander had
a mishap with his bike on his initial run
and was allowed to race again some ten
minutes later by the officials. However, it
was not to be as his second try placed him
Later on Phillip raced Peter Lewis of Aus-
tralia in the first round but was beaten. He
had another attempt to qualify for the quar-
terfinals in the first round repechage but
was edged at the line by Englishman
Matthew Crampton. Only the winner from
the repechage advances.
Swimmer Dylan Carter touched the wall
in three minutes 58.41 seconds to place
seventh in heat three in the men s 400
metres freestyle event at the Tollcross
Swimming Centre. His time placed him
18th overall in a field of 28.
Carter will be looking for a better result
today when he lines up for the 200m
T&T s lone participant in the Triathlon
David Cottle didn t have much luck in his
event. He was one of 14 triathletes in the
event that was recorded as being lapped.
Winning the gold medal was England s
Alistair Brownlee in 1:48.50.
Today, shooter Roger Daniel will be the
highlight of the day looking to pocket
another Commonwealth medal. He already
has two silver medals when he represented
T&T in India in 2010 and a bronze in Mel-
bourne, Australia, in 2006.
Netball saves face for T&T
Quincy Alexander had a mishap with his bike on his initial run and was allowed to race
again some ten minutes later by the officials yesterday in the men's sprint qualifiers.
GLASGOW---No surprises so far at the
Commonwealth Games: Traditional powers
Australia and England each won two gold medals
early on the first day of competition yesterday.
Olympic champion Anna Meares of Australia
won a record-equalling fifth gold in track cycling
in the 500-metre time trial while her country's
pursuit team relegated Olympic champion
Bradley Wiggins and the England men to silver.
Meares equalled fellow Australian Bradley
McGee's record of five gold medals in track
cycling and made her the first athlete to win a
medal in track cycling at four Commonwealth
England picked up both of its early gold medals
in triathlon---brothers Alistair and Jonathan
Brownlee were one-two in the men's race, while
Jodie Stimpson won the women's.
Stimpson hired a new coach---Australian
Darren Smith---after she was left off the British
team for the 2012 London Games.
Here are other highlights from yesterday:
ROYALTY IN THE HOUSE: Field hockey players
were surprised to see Queen Elizabeth II and her
husband, Prince Philip, show up to watch two
morning matches. She greeted the Australia
women after their 4-0 win over Malaysia, then
watched England beat Wales 2-0. Wearing a
bright green dress with blue detailing, the Queen,
who officially opened the games on Wednesday,
also met volunteer staff.
GAZA PROTEST: A Malaysian cyclist has
risked disciplinary action by staging a Gaza
protest on the track at the velodrome.
Azizulhasni Awang raced in the men's sprint
wearing gloves with "Save" written across the
knuckles of one hand and "Gaza" over the other.
Awang's fists featuring the message were held
to cameras after the race, which took him
through to the quarterfinals on Friday. But the
Commonwealth Games Federation, which seeks
to avoid its competitions being used as political
platforms, told The Associated Press it will
"contact the Malaysian chef de mission to
discuss the incident and take any action." That
action could range from a reprimand to Awang
losing his accreditation. Palestinian health
officials say at least 750 Palestinians, mainly
civilians, have been killed since the conflict with
Israel began on July 8.
FARAH OUT: Double Olympic gold medalist Mo
Farah pulled out of the games' athletic program
because he has not recovered fully from a
stomach ailment. Team England said Farah, who
planned to run the 5,000 and 10,000 meters ---
the same distances he won gold at during the
London Games in 2012 --- would remain at his
training base in France to prepare for next
month's European Championships in Zurich.
SQUASHED: A Court of Arbitration for Sport
decision means one Australian squash
competitor is on his way to Glasgow for the
Commonwealth Games while another already in
the athletes' village has returned home.
Australian officials said yesterday that
Matthew Karwalski won his case with the CAS
and will join the team for the men's doubles in
Karwalski successfully argued he should have
been selected ahead of Zac Alexander on the
basis of a better ranking.
Karwalski was quoted by Fairfax Media as
saying "I feel really bad for him (Alexander) ... his
selection was through no fault of his own."
AT A GLANCE
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