Many-time champions St George’s College, Holy Trinity and St Catherine High all advanced to the quarter-final round of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup Competition on Thursday.
George’s blanked St Jago 4-0 at the Constant Spring Field to advance 5-0 on aggregate following their 2-0 victory at Prison Oval on Tuesday.
In the earlier game at the same venue, Holy Trinity needing to win to remain alive, advanced 4-2 on penalties after they overcame a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of the tie, to win 2-0, forcing the match into extra time and eventually penalties.
St Catherine, meanwhile, advanced 3-1 on aggregate following their 1-1 with Hydel at Prison Oval. St Catherine won the first leg 2-0 at the same venue.
Fyzabad are in real hot water. They have been suspended from the Secondary Schools Football League after falsified documents were tendered for two players. Should there be criminal charges laid on account of this fraud? Does this create questions about the student athlete and how he or she should be treated in terms of academic standards?
Rains wreaked havoc on the 11th round of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), as the top teams failed to going with unplayable outfields all around Trinidad and Tobago.
Games between Fatima College and Presentation College, and Shiva Boys’ Hindu College and St Mary’s College were postponed because of unplayable outfields.
While the same was true of a game between, Fyzabad Secondary and Naparima College, the SSFL’s ruling suspending the former for the duration of the competition should mean that fixture is out the door.
Fyzabad were suspended after it was revealed that either the players or the school falsified Caribbean Examination Council transcripts for two students who would have otherwise ineligible for matriculation.
Shiva Boys’, Presentation College, and Naparima are all in the top four of the competition and battling for supremacy in a close race.
Reigning Caribbean champions Guyana have been drawn in Pool A of the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens campaign which gets under way in Mexico City next month.
Ten men’s teams and seven women are expected to compete in the two-day tournament, which begins on November 25th in Mexico City. Joining Guyana in the three-team group will be Barbados and Cayman. Jamaica will headline Pool B along with Bermuda and the Dominica Republic, while Trinidad and Tobago will tackle Curacao, British Virgin Islands and hosts Mexico.
The first day of the competition will be a pool round robin, with seeding based on the 2016 standings. On day one, the top two teams in each pool go through to the play-off in two further pools and the remaining four teams will play off in a separate round robin tournament.
The West Indies Cricket Board announced on Thursday that it has approved a change in venues for three of the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force’s home matches in the Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship.
The change will impact on the second, fourth and seventh round matches which will now be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in the southern district of Torouba.
“This change means that we can now return the game to the south of Trinidad, which again has a venue to stage first-class matches,” said CWI Manager, Cricket Operations, Roland Holder.
As a result, the Jamaica Scorpions, reigning champions Guyana Jaguars and the Red Force’s fierce rivals Barbados Pride will get to help welcome the venue onto the list of first-class match venues in the Caribbean.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Roger Daniel said winning the 10-metre Air Pistol Competition at the Central American and Caribbean qualifiers in El Salvador earlier this week, has boosted his confidence as he continues preparations for the CAC Games and more immediately, the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast next April.
Daniel, a silver and bronze medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, told SportsMax.tv he hardly had time to prepare for the qualifiers and went in with little expectation.
“I didn’t come here with any expectation,” he told SportsMax.tv from El Salvador after his victory.
“I just said I was going to do my best and hopefully I would have come away with the gold and it materialised. I didn’t put any pressure on myself, didn’t know what to expect because I hardly had time to train. I came with what I know and came out on top.”
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.