As memories of Rio 2016 fade, the sting of negativity surrounding T&T’s performance persists.
There was no shortage of puerile, less-than-clever memes targeting gymnast Marisa Dick.
Paragon’s rough start to this year’s T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship continued when it suffered a third loss in five matches, 1-2 to host Paradise at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Training Field, Bacolet, Tobago, yesterday.
Coming off a 5-5 draw with Notre Dame, which followed a 3-3 deadlock with defending champions Petrotrin, Paragon was confident of securing the first win of the season.
Akim Toussaint enhanced those ambitions when he fired last year’s league runner-up into a 23rd minute lead which it took into the interval, before Vernelle Rivers drew Paradise level in the 43rd followed by Jarel Thompson’s winner in the 57th.
It was the second win from as many matches for Paradise, which won by default from Petrotrin eight days ago.
Up at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, Notre Dame also added to the early struggles of Petrotrin with a 2-0 win over the title-holders.
National youngsters, Ishmael Campbell (49th) and Shaquille Daniel (54th) scored from field goal and a penalty-corner conversion for the Dames after a 0-0 first-half to improve to ten points from five matches, one more than Queen’s Park which has only played three matches.
With the loss, Petrotrin which had only 11 players suited up for the match stayed on four points from as many matches, two behind Courts Malvern and one ahead of Fatima.
Paradise also registered a 2-0 win over Paragon with first-half goals from Omari Brathwaite (12th) and Nave Roach (29th) in the Trinity Men’s Division, and 6-1 over the same opponents, in the Boys Under-19 category led by a hat-trick from Omari Brathwaite, while their Trinity Women’s encounter, ended 0-0.
T&T Hockey Board results
Paradise 2 (Vernelle Rivers 43rd, Jarel Thompson 57th) vs Paragon 1 (Akim Toussaint 23rd)
Notre Dame 2 ( Ishmael Campbell 49th, Shaquille Daniel 54th) vs Petrotrin 0
Paragon 0 vs Paradise 0
Ventures 1 (Amanda Tang Nian 28th) vs Notre Dame 0
Paradise 2 (Omari Brathwaite 12th, Nave Roach 29th) vs Paragon 0
Shape 3 vs Petrotrin 0 - By Default
Paradise 6 (Omari Brathwaite 29th, 54th, 67th, Nave Roach 19th, 46th, Jabari Trim 47th) vs Paragon 1 (Jabari Perez 37th)
Notre Dame 3 (Nicole Whiteman 14th, 67th, Tamia Roach 49th) vs Ventures 1 (Karissa Wyke 68th)
Notre Dame 1 (Deborah Aqui 9th) vs Police 0
QPCC 5 (Gary Chin 18th, 63rd, Azad Ali 21st, Andre Attale 31st, Raphael Govia 60th) vs Police 0