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Tough day 2 for T&T athletes again
It wasn’t the best of days for team sports for T&T at the Commonwealth Games as two of its women’s squads suffered huge losses in their respective competitions in Glasgow, Scotland. Smarting from its massive 16-goal loss to South Africa the previous day, T&T women’s hockey team had to stomach another big defeat 14-0 to New Zealand at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre. Coach Anthony Marcano applauded the effort of his young hockey players, appreciating the effort they put into the match. “We were hoping not to concede more goals than what we conceded in the first game which they did,” said Marcano. “We have a young team. Most of them are under 21 so we are using this competition to prepare for the Under-21 tournament next year and CAC Games.”
The local stickwomen were always on the backfoot as the Kiwis attacked mercilessly taking some 47 shots at goal compared to T&T’s two as much of the match was played in the T&T half.
New Zealand’s Krystal Forgesson led all scorers with four goals while Katie Glynn was next best with a double. At halftime the scoreline read 7-0 and the New Zealanders went on to double that in the second half allowing only two chances at goal, one being a penalty corner. It was the closest T&T came to scoring against a sturdy, concrete wall of a defence from New Zealand. Goal-keeper Petal Derry must be applauded for her effort as she was called upon to make a number of saves throughout the entire match.
Earlier at the SECC, T&T netball team will rue a missed opportunity to cause an upset, sinking to a 16-goal (56-40) defeat to South Africa after making an impressive start. Tied 10-10 at the end of the first quarter, the “Calypso Girls” looked like they meant business and stayed on par with the sixth-ranked team in the world. A change on the defensive end by coach Wesley “Pepe” Gomes saw the team slipped to a five-goal (25-20) deficit at the halfway mark. Play in third remained relatively the same in the third period with the South Africans only outscoring the senior netballers by one (38-32) to start the final session.
More changes were made by Gomes to both ends of the court but it seemed to work against T&T and the Kiwis went on a run to totally dominate the ninth-ranked team , notching 18 goals compared to T&T’s eight in the final period. “In the fourth quarter we had a bad five minutes where we turned over the ball about five times, that put us in a rut but we were able to regroup somewhat but it was basically too late,” said Gomes. Next up for the “Calypso Girls” is a match against Wales. The teams will clash at 2 pm today. “My aim is to win the game tomorrow. We want to beat Wales to at least still have a chance to play for the seventh spot to help improve our rank.”
Over at Scotstoun , T&T’s men’s table tennis team of Dexter St Louis, Curtis Humphreys, Aaron Wilson and Yuvraaj Dookram had a successful day closing out the preliminary round with a 3-1 win over Jamaica in the morning session, then returned later to topple Seychelles, 3-0 in the team classification first round. For the second straight day, the women’s team of Rheann Chung, Catherine Spicer, Ashley Quashie and Aleena Edwards had mixed results, beating Ghana 3-2 to finish second in in Pool C. They advanced to play Pool E winner New Zealand and were defeated 3-0. The local women’s team will now compete in the classification first round.
Shooting specialist Roger Daniel is well aware of the level of competition that he and Rhodney Allen will face today when they both take aim in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event from 3.45 am at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre. Daniel will be seeking to add to his Commonwealth games medal collection. He won two silver medals in the 50m Pistol Pairs and 25m Standard Pistol in India in 2010 and a bronze in 50m Pistol in Melbourne, Australia in 2006. Late yesterday, T&T shooting duo Norris Gomes and Michael Perez was in 15th place, scoring of 189-11v points after the first day of the Queen’s Prize Pairs Final. The competition continues today
T&T’s George Bovell dives into action today, competing in the men’s 50 metres backstroke heats at 6.16 am T&T time. Bovell will compete in heat 5 from lane seven. Dylan Carter missed out on advancing to the next round in the men’s 200m freestyle yesterday, swimming a time of 1:50.09 to finish sixth in heat four, recording the 13th fastest time overall in the heats. Only the top eight moves on. Carter will be back in the water again today, tackling his third event at the Games, the 100m freestyle at 6.56 am in lane 6 in heat nine.
Aaron Prince and Michael Alexander step into the ring today as boxing action begins at SECC Hall 4A. Alexander will go first at 8.35 am in the men’s lightweight (60k) squaring off against Nigeria’s Oto Joseph while some 30 minutes later Prince will get his chance against Jean Maurice Bikorimana of Rwanda in the men’s middleweight (75 kg) round of 32.
Qunicy Alexander returns to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome to test his endurance in the Men’s 1000m Time Trial. It is the second event for the local cyclist after 21st in the sprint event on Thursday.
Christopher George gets his first taste of action when he faces off against Pakistani Shah Hussain Shah in the men’s 100kg preliminary round of 16 5.35 am at SECC Hall 3.