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T&T hockeywomen battle champs Argentina
While the T&T Hockey Board, headed by president Douglas Camacho, continued its battle with the Ministry of Sport and its minister, Anil Roberts, over financial funding or a lack thereof yesterday, the national women’s team led by Paragon’s Alanna Lewis will be involved in a tussle of its own today when it faces three-time defending champions and host Argentina in the Fourth Women’s Pan American Cup. The match, the fourth and final on today’s opening schedule will be played at the Mendocino Hockey Stadium, Los Platanos s/n, Parque General San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina from 8 pm, while the other earlier Pool A encounter features Canada and Guyana, the second Caribbean qualifier. The “Calypso Stickwomen”, coached by former national goalkeeper Glen “Fido” Francis, features no fewer than 11 players who were part of the T&T squad which ended fifth out of six teams in the FIH World League Round Two qualifiers held in Rio de Janeiro, in March.
They included Lewis, Blaire Wynne, Avion Ashton, Teresa Lezama, Zene Henry, Brianna Govia, Elise Olton, Kayla Brathwaite, goalkeeper Jeneille Carrington, Kwylan Jaggassar and Brittney Hingh. Back then, the world 26th-ranked T&T came up against Brazil, Chile, Scotland, Uruguay and USA. However in Argentina, T&T will first do battle with the host country, who are ranked second in the world, Guyana (56th) tomorrow and Canada (23rd) on Tuesday in round-robin play. Today’s Pool B matches will see tenth ranked USA facing 31st rated Mexico at 12.30 pm and Chile (18th) meeting Uruguay (36th). The winner of this tournament will qualify for next year’s FIH Hockey World Cup to be held in The Hague, Netherlands while the top six teams will qualify for the 2017 Women’s Pan American Cup. Teams placing seventh to eighth will be demoted to the 2015 Women’s Pan American Challenge.
This will mark the third appearance for T&T at the competition after missing out on the 2001 edition held in Kingston, Jamaica where Argentina defeated USA for the gold, the first of three such meetings between both countries in the competition’s history. The “Calypso Stickwomen” had a best ever finish of fourth, in 2009 in Hamilton, Bermuda after a 2–1 loss to Chile in the bronze medal contest. The local squad which has three surviving players from 2009 in Lezama, Wynne and goalkeeper Anastasia Netto suffered a 7–0 loss to the Argentines back then, while they were eighth in 2004 in Bridgetown, Barbados with Lewis, Thompson and Wynne part of that team. Having coached the senior men’s team to a historic Pan American Cup bronze medal in Brampton, Canada, last month with a 3–1 defeat of USA all eyes will be on Francis and his team as they look to create some history of their own by finishing among the medals.
T&T WOMEN’S TEAM
Anastasia Netto (GK), Jenielle Carrington (GK), Alanna Lewis (captain), Blair Wynne (Vice Captain), Avion Ashton, Kwylan Jaggassar, Kristin Thompson, Teresa Lezama, Elise Olton, Amie Olton, Zene Henry, Brianna Govia, Tamia Roach, Kayla Brathwaite, Dana-Lee De Gannes, Amanda George, Brittney Hingh, Tamara De Nobriga.
Technical staff: Glenn Francis (coach), Nicholas Wren (assistant coach), Sharon De Freitas (manager), Nicholas Baldeosingh (IT Specialist), Karielle De Bique (physiotherapist), Kevin Macintyre (massage therapist), Dr. Zynul Khan (doctor), Amanda Johnson (sport psychologist)
USA vs Mexico, 1.30 pm
Chile vs Uruguay, 4 pm
Canada vs Guyana, 6.30 pm
Argentina vs T&T, 9 pm
Chile vs USA, 1.30 pm
Mexico vs Uruguay, 4 pm
T&T vs Guyana, 6.30 pm
Canada vs Argentina, 9 pm.
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