Kwan Browne, the highly respected high-performance field hockey coach is set to arrive in Jamaica on October 22 to work with Jamaica’s two national hockey teams, as they prepare for the Central American and Caribbean Games qualifiers scheduled for November 5-12 at the Mona Hockey Field in Mona, St Andrew.
He is arriving in Jamaica straight from his recent head-coaching assignment with the Great Britain U23 Men’s team and will work with the national teams until October 27.
Rated as being among the most highly decorated and qualified coaches and players in the western hemisphere, Browne is credited with guiding T&T’s rise up the Federation International Hockey (FIH) World Hockey Rankings from low 40s to 20th.
He accomplished this while serving as team captain, assistant coach and also as technical director.
Middle-order batsman Dasun Shanaka scored an unbeaten hundred to put Sri Lanka A in the ascendancy at stumps on day one of the second unofficial Test against Windies ‘A’ at the Trelawny Multiplex on Thursday.
The 26-year-old right-hander’s quick-fire 102 came off just 108 balls and included five fours and eight sixes as he and Roshen Silva put on 105 runs for the sixth wicket in just under 20 overs, propelling Sri Lanka 'A' from a precarious 137 for 5 after 41.4 overs to 294 all out in 73.3.
Shanaka, who contributed 62 runs to that partnership, also dominated partnerships with the lower order, putting on 23 of 24 runs with Malinda Pushpakumara, six of seven runs with Kasuna Rajitha, and 11 of 17 with Asitha Fernando, as he steered Sri Lanka ‘A’ to their competitive total.
The West Indies ‘A’, in reply, were 14 for 2 off 10 overs at the close, having lost the wickets of Monctin Hodge for 11 with the score on 11, and John Campbell for 2 with the score on 13.
Sean Morris held his nerve in a playoff at the Caymanas Golf Course in Jamaica on Monday to be crowned the 2017 Alliance National Amateur Golf Champion for the very first time.
At the championship, held from October 14-16, Morris, who has been playing for the past 20 years, edged William Knibbs, who led the tournament at the end of the first two days. Both had ended the tournament tied on 227.
"It feels special to win the Nationals for the first time since playing golf,” said an elated Morris.
“Nationals was physically challenging as we had to walk the course for the three days and the course was rough due to the on-going rains. I held my nerve against a really good opponent and I'm happy to come out the winner."
Fyzabad Secondary School will take no further part in this season’s Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) after it was decided at the end of an executive meeting of the league that the team had taken action that was too egregious to allow them to continue.
The school had been found to have doctored Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) transcripts for two students, Dez Jones and Maurice Dick, so as to validate their placement in Lower Form Six and allow them to play in the SSFL.
It was later revealed that the players did not have the passes to matriculate to Form Six, with Jones holding one subject, Principles of Business and Office Administration, and Dick, holding one, in Physical Education.
There are still questions over whether it was the players or the school that falsified documents and initially, Fyzabad had been docked nine of their 10 points this season, with the SSFL deciding that all games involving the two players would be void.
Interim coach Marc Collat has claimed he is open to future talks with the Haitian Football Federation (HFF) regarding a return to the national team on a permanent basis.
Collat, who parted ways with the national team in 2015, returned to the unit several weeks ago ahead of a friendly international against Japan. Following a creditable 3-3 draw in Yokohama, however, Collat admitted that he was open to a more permanent position.
“I do not want to elaborate. However, it interests me and I will say that the door is open to possible negotiations for a longer lease at the head of this team,” Collat told Le Nouvelliste.
Despite the feel-good factor gained from a number of creditable performances, Collat believes the team should immediately turn its focus to qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield put a disappointing shooting performance in the preseason behind him with a strong effort in the team’s opener against Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
The Kings went down 105-100 to the new look Rockets in Sacramento, but Hield had a strong all-round game in the loss with 19 points, 5 rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes. The Bahamian native had struggled to find his shooting stroke in the offseason managing just 18.2 and 27.3 percent in three of the last four games.
The second-year frontcourt player was much improved as he shot 47.1 from the field, which included three 3 pointers. Midway the third quarter, Hield hit four consecutive shots, a stretch that included a fall-away jumper and pair of threes. In fact, Hield scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter and tied the game at 68 on a 3-pointer with 3:33 left in the period.
The tension at the top of the table in the Secondary Schools Football League is as tight as a knot built by the best scout around, as Naparima College go into today’s round of games clinging to the slimmest of leads.
While there is much tension at the top, there are also significant stressors at the bottom of the table, as Fyzabad, who have lost nine of the 10 points they earned this season, have been rocked by scandal.
Naparime supporter, Rajiv Gosine, has described the game as ‘Titan versus tin can’, and according to the words of Fyzabad coach, Brian Williams, that may be right.
“We are just trying to save [ourselves from] relegation now,” said Williams.
“This has affected the whole school and I really have to make a decision if I can continue in such an environment,” added the Trinidad and Tobago Under 20 coach.
The Presentation College Lions have had an extra day to consider how they lost leadership of the Secondary Schools Football League and how they’ll get it back.
Also resting, courtesy of the celebration of Divali, are their opponents, Fatima College, who though further down on the pecking order this season, are dangerous enough to inflict further damage on the wounded Lions.
Presentation’s hurt was inflicted upon them by defending champions, Shiva Boys’ Hindu College, who laid waste to their plans in a 3-0 route on the weekend.
Head coach Shawn Cooper is fully aware of the tight nature of the race for top spot and believes his Presentation side are now in a do-or-die scenario, even though they are just one point off the lead Naparima College hold.
According to Cooper, his players know what has to done and how it must be done.
“We’ve been fighting all season for this title, it’s now or never,” explained Cooper.