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Calypso netgirls face Northern Ireland in Tri-Series opener
Anika La Roche-Bryce will lead this country's netballers when they jump off their Tri-Nation series against world 11th ranked Northern Ireland at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena from 6 pm tonight.
Prior, to the opening match, there will be a brief opening ceremony and presentation of all three-teams, inclusive of Barbados, the other team involved in the tournament which ends on Saturday.
This will be the first outing for the world 10th ranked “Calypso Girls” since their winless tour of South Africa last September where they faced the host country and England, losing both matches in Port Elizabeth.
Like that tour, the tri-nation series which also involves world ninth ranked Barbados is being served as preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland later this year.
The T&T team is a vastly experienced one with former national captain and veteran shooter Janelle Barker, Rhonda John-Davis, Crystal Ann-George, Afeisha Noel, Kalifa Mc Collin, Joelisa Cooper and Onella Jack all included in the 12-member team selected by coach Wesley "Pepe" Gomes.
At the Commonwealth Games, T&T will compete in a tough six-team Pool B against World champions, Australia, England, South Africa, Wales and neighbours Barbados, while New Zealand, Jamaica, Malawi, Scotland, Northern Ireland and St Lucia will compete in Pool A.
T&T team: Anika La Roche-Bryce (captain); Afeisha Noel, Janelle Barker, Joelisa Cooper, Kalifa Mc Collin, Rhonda John-Davis, Crystal Ann George, Onella Jack, Alicia Liverpool, Kimba Duncan, Candace Gueverra, Tricia Liverpool.
Technical staff; Wesley "Pepe" Gomes (coach), Carol Gittens (manager)
Today: Opening Ceremony—.15pm; T&T vs Northern Ireland, 6pm
Tomorrow: Northern Ireland vs Barbados, 6.15pm
Saturday: Northern Ireland vs Fire Service, 3.15pm & T&T vs Barbados, 4.35pm; Closing Ceremony, 5,15pm.