Harvard Maritime Checkers’ Brittney Hingh heads a list of seven members of the Junior Pan American Championship squad which placed eighth in Guadalajara, Mexico last month called up to the senior team by interim coach Glen “Fido” Francis for training ahead of the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) newly formed World League round one qualifiers.
The T&T Hockey Board will host the World League round one qualifiers from November 11-17 at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua for both men and women. The World League is part of the FIH’s quest to make the qualification process for the World Cup and the Olympics as inclusive and local as possible in an effort to minimise travel costs to the smaller hockey countries.
It is split into four rounds over a two-year cycle. For one cycle, the World League will serve as the qualifier for the World Cup and in the next cycle serves as the qualifier for the Olympic Games.
The Local Organising Committee appointed to oversee the staging of the tournament comprises Ann Browne John (Chairperson), Douglas Camacho, Garth Baptiste, Annette Knott, Roger Gomes, Maureen Craig Rousseau, Willard Harris, Gary Griffith and Monica Sobers-Hylton.
In the men’s tournament, T&T will do battle with Barbados, Chile, Puerto Rico and Venezuela while in the women’s series, Barbados, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and host T&T will face off. In addition to Hingh, the other members of the junior women’s team added to the training squad are Shandy Carib Magnolias’ duo Amie Olton and goalkeeper Anabelle Castagne, the Notre Dame trio of Kayla Brathwaite, Stephanie Whiteman and Dana-Lee De Gannes, and Paragon’s Zene Henry.
Heading the list of players currently in training are former Belgium-based forward Blaire Wynne (Notre Dame), Kristin Thompson, Alanna Lewis, Avion Ashton, Yesenia Luces, Patricia Wright-Alexis, goalkeeper Petal Derry, Charlene Williams and Sekayi Liburd while Kristin Abreu, who was surprisingly left out the Under-21 Pan American team is also included.
The women will be boosted by USA-based Krizia Layne. They will continue to train three-times weekly at Tacarigua on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday and will enter a live-in weekend camp from Thursday until Sunday.
Meanwhile, Aidan De Gannes, the co-captain of the junior (Under-21) men’s hockey which was sixth at the Junior Pan American Championship in Guadalajara is among the junior in the men’s training squad.
The other Under-21 players are goalkeepers Lorenzo Lodai and Kwasi Emmanuel, Shaquille Daniel, Andrew Vieira, Nicholas Triston Grant, Cogie Butler, Tariq Marcano, Ishmael Campbell and Chad Pedro.
Among the regular senior players in the 30-member training squad are European-based duo, Kwandwane Browne (Canterbury/England) and Akim Toussaint, who signed a two-month professional contract with Germany First Division Bundesliga club, Gladbacher Hockey and Tennis Club.
The other regulars in the men’s squad which train on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Tacarigua are Darren Cowie, Mickell Pierre, Marcus James, Alan Henderson, Christopher Scipio, and the quartet of Dwain Quan Chan, Wayne Legerton, Atiba Whittington and Solomon Eccles, all of Championship Division winners, Petrotrin. The men’s team is expected to enter a live-in camp as well but from October 18-21.
T&T hockey training squads:
Men: Darren Cowie, Dwain Quan Chan, Akim Toussaint, Kiel Murray, Karlos Stephen (goalkeeper), Mickell Pierre, Javon Woodward, Marcus James, Shane Legerton, Wayne Legerton, Atiba Whittington, Arielle Bowen, Evan Farrell, Solomon Eccles, Reiza Hosein (goalkeeper), Andrey Rocke, Alan Henderson, Christopher Scipio, Joel Bodkin, Stefan Mouttet, Lorenzo Lodai (goalkeeper), Aidan De Gannes, Shaquille Daniel, Andrew Vieira, Kwasi Emmanuel (goalkeeper), Nicholas Triston Grant, Cogie Butler, Tariq Marcano, Ishmael Campbell, Chad Pedro.
Technical staff: Glen Francis (coach), Kirth Davis (manager), Stephon Webster (trainer), Mc Allister Estrada (physiotherapist), Karielle Du Bique (physiotherapist).
Blair Wynne, Kristin Thompson, Alanna Lewis, Avion Ashton, Yesenia Luces, Kwylan Jaggesar, Patricia Wright-Alexis, Petal Derry (goalkeeper), Arielle Du Quesnay, Kristin Abreu, Sekayi Liburd, Arielle Williams, Lyndsay Williams, Charlene Williams, Christine Mayers, Kayla Brathwaite, Brittney Hingh, Dana-Lee De Gannes, Stephanie Whiteman, Zene Henry, Anabelle Castagne (goalkeeper), Amie Olton
Technical staff: Glen Francis (coach), Jameel Beharry (manager)