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Netball saves face for T&T
It was a difficult opening day for T&T at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland, yesterday with the women’s netball team having one of the few shining moments for the red, white and black.
The “Calypso Girls” narrowly defeated Caribbean rival Barbados, 38-37, a far contrast to the national hockey women’s team, which was pummelled 16-0 by South Africa, while the women’s table tennis team had mixed results.
At the SECC, Joelisa Cooper netted a team-high 18 goals from 21 attempts to lead the “Calypso Girls” to the narrow one-goal victory. Youngster Kalifa McCollin supported well adding 11 off 13 with veteran shooter Janelle Barker scoring other nine goals from 13 tries in a match where T&T was challenged from the first pass.
The Barbadians through opening shooters Sheniqua Thomas (19/26) and Nikita Piggott (7/9) took the initiative and garnered a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
T&T battled back and earned a 21-19 lead at the half. Barbados stayed close and outscored T&T 8-7 in the third session to only trail by one (28-27). This was thanks to the effort of Laurel Browne, who was flawless in her shooting, converting all of her eight attempts.
Both teams scored ten goals in the final period but T&T remained ahead by one when time expired.
After the match, captain Anika La Roche-Brice was not too pleased with the number of turnovers given by her team and said they will be looking to correct some of their deficiencies that were exposed ahead of their second match today against South Africa.
“We still have some cutting down of our turnovers. For tomorrow’s (today) game, we intend to go strong and hard. Need to maximise our strengths and limit our turnovers, be disciplined and stick to what’s working.”
It was a horrendous day for T&T hockey women after suffering a massive 16-0 loss to South Africa at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre. The local lasses were no match for their South African counterparts, who had nine of players getting their names on the scorecard.
Dirkie Chamberlain led with four goals, one coming off a penalty corner; Celia Evans scored three; Kathleen Taylor, Tarryn Bright and Sulette Damons each netted a double; and Shellie Russel D Chamberlain and Lisa Marie Deetlefs scored a goal apiece.
The South Africans raced to a 7-0 lead at halftime and were even more merciless in the second half adding the other nine with T&T remaining goalless.
T&T stickmen also went under in their opening affair, falling to England, 6-1.
Scoring for the Englishmen were Barry Middleton, Phil Roper, Ashley Jackson, Nick Catlin and Mark Gleghorne and Iain Lewers.
Mickell Pierre scored the lone goal for T&T.
Today, the women will meet New Zealand in their second match hoping for better fortunes.
Rheann Chung and her teammates Catherine Spicer, Ashley Quashie and Aleena Edwards made light work of Tanzania, topping them 3-0 but later fell to England by a similar margin in Scotstoun Sports Campus.
“We were confident of beating Tanzania this morning but we knew England would be tougher to beat,” said Chung yesterday. “I know the players from the English team are very good so I know it would be tough against them”
The men’s team of Dexter St Louis, Curtis Humphreys, Aaron Wilson and Yuvraaj Dookram, who suffered two consecutive losses to Barbados, 3-1, in the morning session, then to England, 3-0 in the afternoon session.
Today both units will be back in action with the women meeting Ghana in their final preliminary round match in Pool C while the men face Jamaica, seeking a consolation win.
Chung said, “I know we will do well against Ghana. Once we beat them we will finish second in our group.”
A few steps away in the adjoining hall, Charlotte Knaggs had a dream start in the women’s squash singles event, beating Naduni Gunawardane 3-1 in the round of 64, the scoreline read 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9. She advanced to play India’s Dipika Pallikal but went under, 3-0, losing 4-11, 2-11, 1-11 in the round of 32.
Kerri Sample failed to make it out of the round of 64, losing to Wales’ Tesni Evans, 3-0 (3-11, 2-11, 3-11)
On the men’s side, Colin Ramasra impressed holding off Sri Lankan Ravindu Laksiri, 3-2 in his round of 64 match. Ramasra looked to be heading to an easy victory leading 11-9, 11-11-6 after the first two sets but lapsed in the third, saw Laksiri come back to claim the set, 11-8.
Laksiri caused Ramasra more problems in the fourth set and sealed it 11-6, sending the match to a fifth set. However, the T&T squash player regained his composure and secured the final set, 11-6.
His teammate Kale Wilson never made it out of the round of 64, falling 3-0 (11-3, 11-2, 11-2).
Over at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, T&T cycling duo Njisane Phillip and Quincy Alexander faltered in the men’s sprint qualifying event.
Phillip’s time of 10.188 qualified him as the ninth fastest rider for the first round unlike Alexander, whose time of 10.774 in his second attempt was not good enough to get him into the top 12. Alexander had a mishap with his bike on his initial run and was allowed to race again some ten minutes later by the officials. However, it was not to be as his second try placed him 21st overall.
Later on Phillip raced Peter Lewis of Australia in the first round but was beaten. He had another attempt to qualify for the quarterfinals in the first round repechage but was edged at the line by Englishman Matthew Crampton. Only the winner from the repechage advances.
Swimmer Dylan Carter touched the wall in three minutes 58.41 seconds to place seventh in heat three in the men’s 400 metres freestyle event at the Tollcross Swimming Centre. His time placed him 18th overall in a field of 28.
Carter will be looking for a better result today when he lines up for the 200m freestyle event.
T&T’s lone participant in the Triathlon David Cottle didn’t have much luck in his event. He was one of 14 triathletes in the event that was recorded as being lapped. Winning the gold medal was England’s Alistair Brownlee in 1:48.50.
Today, shooter Roger Daniel will be the highlight of the day looking to pocket another Commonwealth medal. He already has two silver medals when he represented T&T in India in 2010 and a bronze in Melbourne, Australia, in 2006.