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France-based Channon Thomp-
son had match-high points to lead
three players in double-figures as
host and four-time reigning cham-
pions T&T sounded a warning to
all challengers with a straightfor-
ward 25--15, 25--18, 25--14 victory
over Barbados in their Women s
Division match-up of the 15th Sen-
ior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association (Cazova) Champi-
onship at the Jean Pierre Complex,
Mucurapo, on Monday night.
Seen as a preview to Sunday s final
of the five-team women s event,
T&T dominated their long-time
rivals, inspired by Thompson s ten
kills, and four service aces in the 71
Sinead Jack added 11, Thompson s
fellow France-based team-mate Dar-
lene Ramdin, ten and Jalicia Ross-
Kydd eight in the win which was
backed up by their dominance in
kills, 36--16, and service aces, 14--4.
Both teams were equal on blocks,
with six apiece while Barbados com-
mitted 19 errors to T&T s 21 in a
contest which saw both teams bat-
tling closely early on, only for the
host to pull away. For Barbados over-
seas-based professional Shari
Matthews led the way with 13 points,
with the next best scorers being Ani-
cia Wood and captain, Thonya
Joseph, with four points each.
Speaking after the loss, Joseph
said going into the encounter the
first match is always tough in terms
of players being nervous and it was
made even tougher coming up
against bitter rival T&T. "We did
not play our best volleyball and going
forward we know we have to do
much better. We do not play again
until Thursday so we have some time
to go back to the drawing board and
correct the things we need to."
T&T captain, Kelly-Anne Billingy
said: "For us it was a good way to
start the tournament with a win
against Barbados coming on the heels
of losing out to Mexico in the World
Championship qualifiers last month.
"Our all-round offence was better
tonight that in recent matches as
we served better. We still can play
better than this because we are still
adjusting to the new system of our
new coach along with the inclusion
of some new players."
Andrew Brathwaite, coach of the
Barbadian team, credited T&T for
taking full advantage of the mistakes
made by his team while admitting
his team did not play to its best
Brathwaite also expressed hope
that his team would find its true
potential and have another chance
to face T&T, perhaps in the final.
"We have a few senior players and
for us to get to the final, they along
with the newcomers will need to
step up and play to their real poten-
tial because tonight we were very
poor," he said.
Nicholson Drakes, T&T s coach
for the first time at the Cazova level,
said he was not all that happy despite
the win. "We worked on some things
in training and tonight we did not
execute them well and we were lucky
because Barbados is a team we know
puts up a good battle, but tonight
they were off their game."
Thompson on song as 'Calypso Spikers' send warning
T&T players from left, Jalicia Ross-Kydd, captain Kelly-Anne Billingy, Makila York, Channon Thompson, Darlene
Ramdin and libero Rheeza Grant celebrate a point won against Barbados during their Women's Division meeting at
the 15th Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association Championship at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Monday.
T&T won 25--15, 25--18, 25--14. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB)
will retain 15 players in time for the
regional First Class cricket series
which gets underway in November.
The West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) revealed recently that the
First Class tournament will now take
the franchise route, with players from
across the region, allowed free move-
ment to play with any team they
Players will be paid a monthly
salary, in addition to match fees for
the tournament which takes place
over ten rounds.
Chief executive officer of the
T&TCB, Suruj Ragoonath told T&T
Guardian yesterday that the local
board would retain a total of 15 players
and they would be under this pro-
gramme for a year.
"Initially the board will retain 15
players for a period of one year and
those currently retained by the WICB
would not be retained by the local
board," Ragoonath said.
"We will retain a total of 15 players
but not those that are already retained
by the board. They will, however, be
available for play for T&T. As an
example, we will not retain players
like Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard,
Denesh Ramdin and Sunil Narine
but the others that are not retained
by the regional board.
"These players who are retained
by the WICB will get match fees
based on their retainer condition
with the WICB. The others will be
paid a monthly salary by the TTCB
for one year in the first instance.
They will also get match fees in
accordance with their retainers."
The WICB will be subsidising the
league and hence players will get a
monthly salary in the range of
US$1,500 (TT$9,500) to US$2,500
(TT15,507). A player s salary will be
matched to his seniority.
In addition to this monthly salary,
each player that makes the final 11
for any match will be paid in the
region of US$1,500 (TT$$9,500).
Ragoonath, the former Test opener
said that the players who are retained
by the TTCB will have to actually
"go to work" for the period of one
He said: "When I say go to work ,
I mean they will have to make a cer-
tain amount of hours in training and
will be required to do mentorship,
coaching and other civic duties. They
will be available to promote sport
and a healthy lifestyle as well, for
example they can join in the march
for breast cancer and Aids that is
kept at the Queen s Park Savannah."
Players who have regular jobs will
then have to make a choice between
keeping their jobs, or taking a retainer.
"These guys would have the weigh
their options and if they decide
against taking a retainer to keep their
regular jobs, they would be offered
what is called a pay for play contract,"
"They will be required to get time-
off from their employers to train and
play matches and will get just match
fees, when they represent the coun-
"If the players take up their retain-
ers then they don t have to worry
about getting time off to train and
play matches, because they willbe
full time cricketers."
This arrangement is already in
place in the major cricketing nations
such as England, South Africa and
Cricketers to choose
between jobs and cricket
Players like Navin Stewart who are gainfully employed will more than likely
take the Pay for Play contract, as opposed to the Retainer Contract. Here
Stewart is hard at work in the oilfield.
on the attack
during a recent
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