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  2. Published: 
    Sunday, June 24, 2018

    The T&T Boxing Association (TTBA) will hold a National Level 1 & 2 Coaching Course from Monday until July 7 at the Media Room of the National Cycling Centre (NCC) Balmain Couva at which they it will attempt to widen its pool of qualified officials.

    A release from the T&TBA recently said the course will make it easier for local coaches to obtain an AIBA International Badge (Star 11 and 11), as well as register as top coaches with the Sport Company of T&T and Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs.

    In recent times the boxing association has been bombarded with requests by coaches interested in being certified.

    These coaches comprise many former boxers who are affiliated with various boxing gyms across the twin-island republic, such as Kirt Sinnette, one of just a few T&T boxers to have qualified for the Olympic Games, Devon Jones, Aaron Hassette, Klevon Denoon and Wendell Jokhu, among many others.

    Cecil Forde, president of the T&TBA explained in a release that the objectives of the course include developing local coaches, equipping coaches with the correct methodology to teach Olympic style boxing, develop training programmes and conduct themselves in an AIBA event.

    Coaches will be required to register to gain entrance to the course.

  3. Published: 
    Sunday, June 24, 2018

    The fans in Barbados showed up for Test cricket last evening and as much as 2,000 were present for the first session that started at 3 pm, for the first-ever day-night Test match in the Caribbean.

    The cricket was competing with the Pinnacle Foods Mid Summer Classic. According to veteran journalist Sam Wilkinson, this was the first time that a major horse race was being held with a Test match on in the country.

    In addition to racing, people here were also torn between coming the cricket or going to St Phillip for the official opening of Crop Over.

    Officials here are saying that the opening of Crop Over was to take place three weeks ago, but it was postponed to yesterday to give the newly installed minister of Creative Economy Sports and Culture, John King time to review the Crop Over festivities. The energy felt outside the Oval was great according to fans here as they were lining up to get into the ground. One told Guardian Media Sports: “We want the Windies to win and that is why we are here. They can call us bandwagonist but when this team is winning nothing will keep us away from the ground.”

    Journalist David Harris said: “Barbadians still love cricket plus it is historic and people want to be part of this history. I am still a bit surprised at the numbers we have here given the economic situation in the country.”

    The crowd on the first day here was better than the other days in the first two Test matches in T&T and St Lucia and the interest on the streets was there again. People were actually speaking positively about the Windies team and not cursing the performance of the team as they have been doing in recent times.

    Another fan Albert Grant praised Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the selectors for keeping the team together: “We’re seeing a good team coming together because Dave Cameron and them decided to keep a core group together. They are basically telling the other players that if they don’t want to play, they are willing to build a nice unit with a disciplined bunch of players.”
    (See Test match report on Page A38)

    West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is presented with the Man of the Match award by Julian Charles, the St Lucia National Cricket Association president and CWI director, after the player recorded bowling figures of 13 for 121 runs in the Second Test match which ended in a draw against Sri Lanka on June 18 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground. PICTURE © CWI MEDIA/RANDY BROOKS OF BROOKS LATOUCHE PHOTOGRAPHY
  4. Published: 
    Sunday, June 24, 2018

    Tyrone Charles, the Central FC winger, scored the fastest goal of the First Citizens Cup in his team’s 2-1 triumph over Defence Force during Match Day Three round of action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain Couva.

    Charles found the nets after just 30 seconds for his opener, before delivering the lethal blow in the 46th, despite Brent Sam’s item two minutes into time added on in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday night. And in the other match, Kareem Freitas got the lone goal in the 71st minute to silence champs W Connection 1-0.

    The win took the Sharks second in the Immortelle Group on goal difference with six points, similar to the Army Coast-Guard Combination.

    Charles after only half a minute lifted a brilliantly-timed Duane Muckette feed over advancing goalkeeper Sheldon Clarke to stun their opponents, which led the group going into the game. And it was almost déjà vu at the start of the second half, this time Charles found the net exactly a minute after the half-time interval resumed for his team’s second.

    The speedy winger raced on to a through ball and smashed the ball past Clarke to leave the Marvin Gordon-coached Defence Force bewildered. But the Army, known for its persistence, did not give up and were unlucky not to draw level when a rasping drive by veteran striker Devorn Jorsling came off the crossbar before sailing to safety.

    They would, however, not be denied when Sam scored late in the game to continue his scoring record by making it three goals in as many matches.

    After the game Walt Noreiga, the Central assistant coach said, “Preparation all week was about nullifying the Defence Force and playing on the counter. We know their strong points and we simply tried to play their 4-3-3 system to counter-attack their style of play.”

    According to Noreiga, “It wasn’t part of the plan to score that early on either side of the half, but it is one of the ways that we were trying to get forward as quick as possible. We know all teams start slow and that’s what we took advantage of at the start and at the restart.”

    In the Abercrombie Group, the Richard Hood-coached Police, with six points in two games, moved to the top, but only ahead of W Connection by goal difference. Freitas’ 71st-minute strike gave his team a rare win over the Savonetta Boys

    W Connection failed to clear Clevon Mc Fee’s right side corner and Freitas controlled nicely on his chest, before drilling the ball past goalkeeper Julani Archibald.

    Stuart Charles-Fevrier’s W Connection paid the ultimate price for failing to convert a number of simple chances, including a glaring opportunity for Kadeem Corbin, the former TT youth star, who found himself on a one-on-one with the goalkeeper but put it wide.

    Yesterday Morvant Caledonia United got goals from Quincy Ballah in the 12th and Osaze Springer in the 24th minute to shut-out last year’s T&T Pro League champions North East Stars 2-0 at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima.

    Friday 22 June:
    • Central FC- 2 (Tyrone Charles 1’, 46’) v Defence Force FC- 1 (Brent Sam 90’+2), at Ato Boldon Stadium;
    • Police FC 1 (Kareem Freitas 71’) v W Connection 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium.
    Saturday 23 June:
    • North East Stars-0 v Morvant Caledonia United- 2 (Quincy Ballah 12th, Osaze Springer 24th, at Larry Gomes Stadium.

    FLASHBACK: Haiti defender Pompe Samuel Mardocchee, left, attempts a sweep tackle against the T&T’s Tyrone Charles during the team Concacaf Gold Cup qualifying play-oss match at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva back on in January 2017.
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