Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WICB lauds Shiv on his return to the top of Test Match batting

WICB lauds Shiv on his return to the top of Test Match batting

St John’s, Antigua – West Indies batting star Shivnarine Chanderpaul has made a return to the top of the International Cricket Council’s Test Match Batting Rankings. The reliable left-hander was listed at Number 1 in the latest ICC Test Players Rankings released by the game’s governing body on Tuesday. He has 879 ranking points and is closely followed by Australia captain Michael Clarke on 878 points and Hashim Amla of South Africa on 875 points.

Chaderpaul’s rise came after two brilliant batting performances in the recent two-match series in Bangladesh. In the first Test at Mirpur he made 203 not out – to equal his highest Test score – and followed up with 150 not out in the second Test at Khulna. This earned him the Man-of-the-Series award and led West Indies to victories in both matches as they won the Series 2-0.

The West Indies Cricket Board congratulated Chanderpaul on his return to the top of the international batting ladder as well as his excellent performances with the bat this calendar year.

Chanderpaul ended 2012 with 987 Test runs at the amazing average of 98.70 runs per innings. His other century this year came in his first Test innings when he made 103 not out against Australia at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

His numbers were a big improvement on a good year in 2011 when he scored 646 runs at an average of 53.83 runs per innings. He now stands second on the West Indies all-time list of Test run-makers with 10,696 runs at an average of 51.67, including 27 Test centuries, in 146 Test matches.

In a message, Dr Julian Hunte, President of the WICB, was full of praise for the ever-green 38-year-old, who copped the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy back in 2008, when he was named ICC Cricketer-of-the-Year.

“On behalf of the WICB as well as cricket-lovers across the Caribbean, I want to congratulate Shiv on regaining the Number 1 batting spot in the ICC Test rankings as he completed another outstanding year of batsmanship for West Indies in the Test match arena,” Dr Hunte said.

“Shiv has set very high standards and has maintained those standards. He continues to demonstrate his commitment to West Indies cricket and his love for the game. Earlier this year he scaled new heights becoming just the second West Indian, after Brian Lara, to make 10,000 Test runs. In 18 years of international cricket Shiv has also demonstrated his appetite for runs and the ultimate desire for success.”

Dr Hunte added: “We urge Shiv to continue to ‘bat on’ for West Indies. This year the team showed major improvement with four Test match wins and Shiv played a vital role in those results. He remains a source of inspiration for persons at all levels of West Indies cricket.”

Chanderpaul was fourth on the Test match run-chart this year behind Clarke (1,358 runs), Amla (1,064 runs) and England’s Alastair Cook (1,044 runs). Chanderpaul was the leading West Indies batsman in Test cricket this year. The others in the Top 5 were: Marlon Samuels (866 runs), Kieran Powell (587 runs), Darren Bravo (482 runs) and Darren Sammy (456 runs).


3rd ODI WI vs Bangladesh

 | 3rd ODI vs Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh – A career-best, fourth One-day International hundred from Marlon Samuels followed up Sunil Narine’s most impactful spell of the tour to lead West Indies to a four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the third ODI on Wednesday here.

Samuels continued his amazing year of run scoring with a typically silky 126 that included 17 fours and two sixes from 149 balls, as the Windies successfully chased 228 for victory under the lights before 22,724 spectators at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Narine, gaining turn and bounce from the hard, true pitch, had laid the groundwork for the victory, when he collected 4-37 from his allotted 10 overs, as the Bangladeshis were dismissed for 227 in 49.1 overs.

The result meant that the Windies now trail 1-2 in the five-match series which continues on Friday at the same venue, where the two teams also play the final match the following day.

A full match report and scorecard are available here:

Selected photographs for editorial use only are available here: Please credit all photos, © WICB Media.

Samuels spoke with the Media following the match.

TT vs Canada has been cancelled for December 2012

 T&T vs Canada tournament in December, we regret to advise that it has been cancelled due to circumstances  beyond our control

However, please be reminded that the Caribbean T20 tournament will begin here at the Oval January 6th 2013.

For your convenience see below:-
Sunday 6th January 2013
T&T vs Jamaica
8.00 p.m.
Monday 7th January 2013
Barbados vs Leewards
4.00 p.m.

Guyana vs CCC
8.00 p.m.
Tuesday 8th January, 2013
Jamaica vs Barbados
4.00 p.m.

T&T vs CCC
8.00 p.m.
Wednesday 9th January, 2013
Windwards vs Jamaica
4.00 p.m.

T&T vs Leewards
8.00 p.m.
Thursday 10th January, 2013
CCC vs Windwards
4.00 p.m.

Guyana vs Barbados
8.00 p.m.
Friday 11th January, 2013
Leewards vs Jamaica
4.00 p.m.

CCC vs Barbados
8.00 p.m.
Saturday 12th January, 2013
Windwards vs Leewards
4.00 p.m.

T&T vs Guyana
8.00 p.m.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


 ----- ARSENE WENGER HAS TO GO …NOW !!!!! --------

By Andre E Baptiste

Arsene Wenger ….Arsene Wenger…Arsene Wenger!!!!
The Arsenal manager is yet again experiencing a poor start to the new Premiership football season in England , and with it , certainly one hopes, the final full recognition that after 16 years , it is time for change when not only is the team changing , but also it appears standards are dropping.
Last season, even as I called on Wenger to leave the post and move upstairs into the boardroom, where his financial background could be useful, many Arsenal fans were critical, as the team finally finished third with the last kick of the season and in the last match, a 3-2 win away to West Bromwich Albion ensuring some saving grace…an automatic Champions League spot again (yes again).
But while last season, goals from Robin Van Persia, the then Arsenal captain masked the inefficiencies and many shortcomings of this team, his subsequent and unforgivable sale to Manchester United has brought home reality to most, who doubted my thoughts last season. The fact is , having watched the writing on the wall last season , with 11 matches completed this season , Arsenal are in eight position on 17 points , which based on this statistics does not endear any confidence for the rest of the season.
Wenger’s team of 2012-2013, is on paper (and perhaps in reality), his worst team in the last five years. Not only are the following talented players missing : Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasir,Gael Clichy , Alex Song and Robin Van Persie , but as well Wenger has opted to leave out intentionally until recently , one of the most attacking and skillful players left in the squad- Theo Walcott-. It is amazing to listen to the often wise looking Wenger make thin veiled comments on Walcott’s absence from the team, even as the England Management pick him without blinking.
Wenger in my opinion, no longer has the free flowing individuals to play his style of aggressive attacking football, instead he has acquired a bunch of newcomers that do not know each other, they have not played together during the youth days and so are unfamiliar with not only each others style of play but also the pace of English Football.
Let us face , the facts , why I believe Arsene Wenger stands accuse of ensuring Arsenal’s demise to an also ran team, with only potential but no measurable results ( via trophies ) to show for their threatening moments of inspired performances .
No Manager of intelligence and proven understanding of the world of football, would have allowed Robin Van Persie to leave at this stage …if Wenger was confident in his belief of the quality of his team, he would have allowed Van Persie to play this season and ensure that he won a trophy or two which would have convinced him to stay. But that was never done and from the time , Wenger went into the market for Lukas Podolski of Germany ( even before 2012 season was over) and then quickly for French striker Oliver Giroud , there was a sense that to Wenger and Arsenal , Van Persie was expendable and for sale . This to me was wrong and is what should ensure at the end of this season, a new forward thinking manager is appointed at Arsenal.
To be fair (and in football, there is nothing fair about judgments, except it is based on results) some of the players acquired this season were far better than those acquired last season, in particular, the pocket dynamo, that is Santi Carzola is a very exciting proposition, who once allowed to grow will be a very talented servant for Arsenal in a few years. So too may be both Podolski and Giroud. For instance – Gervino -, this season, has been much better than last season, both in terms of goals and durability.
But there are other mistakes made by Wenger , that are also inexcusable , such as to allow Alex Song to leave , because , this was a versatile player that was both creative and defensive , and while Mikel Arteta is hardworking and reliable , he will never have the vision of Song , just ask Van Persie. Instead Wenger has continued to invest in the injury prone, lanky and weak player, Frenchman Abou Diaby. Did, I hear someone say, that Wenger is also from France. Perhaps a job coaching France would be good for Wenger at this stage.

If Arsenal is to ever regain their rightful place atop the English Premiership and with some new trophies as well, then Arsene Wenger has to go, whether he is pushed or pulled out. It is time, and the facts are revealing …a new thinking is needed in Arsenal Football.

:: AB

Tuesday, October 9, 2012




(Incorporated as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association
 by Act of Parliament No 17 of 1982)
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Tel: (868)-623-9500 (868) 623-3036//3475 Fax: (868) -625-8150 E-mail:
Tuesday Oct 9th 2012

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation wishes to place on record its disappointment with the disparaging remarks made against Mr. Anthony Harford, Chairman of All Sport Promotions, during the budget debate in Parliament on Friday October 5th 2012.

The TTFF engaged the services of All Sport in July 2011 with the concurrence of the Ministry of Sport with a specific mandate of setting up a Marketing and Events Division to handle a wide range of services including,

. All sponsorship negotiation

. All Match management for all National Teams

. Handling a Marketing Secretariat with appropriate staff

. All camps, travel and issuing appropriate payments

. All Ministry of Sport Funding

All Sport agreed to reduce its service fees quote when advised that there were no funds available at the time. The revised quote was fifty percent of the original figure. The TTFF further confirms that it received from All Sport a full statement of accounts for the entire allocation of 11 million dollars from the Government plus an additional 1.3 million earned from sponsors, gate receipts etc. This document was presented on January 16th 2012 to the Ministry of Sport , delivered with a cover note requesting the Ministry to provide any queries, questions or suggestions within 3 weeks so that the accounts could be audited.

The TTFF is satisfied that All Sport has received only the funds agreed and that the company has worked tirelessly to improve the standard of administration of the game, through a professional and dedicated team.

The TTFF also acknowledges that All Sport has continued to work for the development of the Sport without further payment until the Federations’ position has improved. All Sport has funded four camps and travel for the National Teams in the absence of government or other funding
In the circumstances the TTFF feels the Minister should withdraw his statement.


Lennox Watson

President (AG)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

congrats to west indies cricket team - 2012 world cup champions

In case you missed it

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Charles comes up big as Windies outplay England

Charles comes up big as Windies outplay England
Kandy, Sri Lanka – Johnson Charles announced himself on the world stage with a match-winning half-century as West Indies made a great start to the Super Eights at the ICC World T20 tournament.

The 23-year-old opener cracked 84 off just 56 balls to set-up a victory by 15 runs over England, in front a sell-out crowd at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday night. The result gave the Windies their first win of the tournament and moved them to the top of Group 1 in the second phase of the competition.

Charles featured in a brilliant opening stand of 103 off 11 overs with Chris Gayle, who cracked 54 off 35 balls with six boundaries and four sixes, as the West Indies rallied to make 179-8 off 20 overs.

Ravi Rampaul started the ball rolling with two wickets in the first over as England made 165-4 off their 20 overs. There was also some good bowling from Chris Gayle, with his quick off-spin, and leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who used the new ball in his first match; and excellent fielding by Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard on the edge of the boundary.

Charles was pleased with his effort, which won him the Man-of-the-Match award.

“I’m pretty happy. Getting Man-of-the-Match in this T20 World Cup tournament feels good and what is great about it is the fact that we went on to win the match. This is my first major contribution for the West Indies and I’m delighted that it led to a victory at this stage in the tournament,” he said.

Charles made his international debut last September against England and returned to the team for the Digicel Series against Australia in March. He entered the Sagicor High Performance Centre in June and said that has been a great boost to his development on and off the field.

“The HPC has helped me very much. Since going there I have improved my fitness and my approach to the game. I have been working on my batting, especially the start of my innings – how to go about my innings, how to build a big score. I have been doing a lot more batting than at any stage in my career and I have placed a lot more emphasis on fitness. It is an allround programme and after just four months I have seen some of the benefits,” Charles said.

The knock was the highest score for Charles in West Indies colours surpassing the 37 he made against Australia in Barbados earlier this year. The strongly-built right-hander said he relished the chance to play in front such a large number of spectators and enjoyed bating with Gayle. Throughout his innings Charles played some stunning shots with ten fours and three huge sixes into the crowd.

“If you’re batting with Chris Gayle you know his ability, you know what he can do ... you just have to give him the strike, sit back and watch. He’s that type of player, he just explodes ... he keeps it lively, and that takes the pressure off you. Just as Gayle can hit the ball far, I back myself to be able to hit the ball long and far and score quickly as well,” Charles added.

“Once he (Gayle) got out I had to take the leading role and take it from there. There was still some work to do as we were looking for a big total, so I knew I had to keep going and set the platform. I will look to build on this start and look to achieve greater things for the West Indies. I always had the belief that I could perform and now I have proven it, it’s time to be consistent and make a contribution all the time.”

West Indies will have fitness and planning sessions at the team hotel on Friday as they prepare for Saturday’s second Super Eights match against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. First ball in the night match is 7:30 pm (10 am Eastern Caribbean Time/9 am Jamaica Time).

West Indies Super Eights schedule

Thursday, Sept 27: West Indies beat England by 15 runs at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Saturday, Sept 29: vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium - 7:30 pm
Monday, Oct 1: vs New Zealand at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium - 3:30 pm
Thursday, October 4: Super 8 Group 1-1 vs Super 8 Group 2-2 - R Premadasa Stadium
Friday, October 5: Super 8 Group 2-1 vs Super 8 Group 1-2 - R Premadasa Stadium
Grand Final: Sunday, October 7 - R Premadasa Stadium

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Star girl Dottin powers West Indies to perfect start

Star girl Dottin powers West Indies to perfect start
Galle, Sri Lanka – Deandra Dottin loves the big stage and on Wednesday afternoon she put in a big performance to power West Indies to a massive win over New Zealand in the opening round of the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament.
The 21-year-old world record holder slammed the bowling to all parts of the field in a brilliant unbeaten half-century, as Windies cruised to victory by seven wickets with 12 balls to spare. It was Dottin’s fifth half-century in T20Is and she ended on 58 not out off 42 balls with six fours and two sixes.
She came to the crease with West Indies two wickets down in the second over and added a match-winning 82 runs for the third wicket with the reliable Stafanie Taylor, who made 38.
Dottin was named Player of the Match and said her aim was to take on the bowlers and keep the Windies ahead after they limited New Zealand to 117-9 off 20 overs, with some good bowling and fantastic fielding.
“Things went really well in this match. We had momentum from the time we got on the bus to come to the ground. That led to us putting on a great display in the field and with the ball and that gave is the momentum when we went on to bat,” she said.
“I just went out and played my natural game. The plan was to punish the bad balls. Once the first few deliveries hit the middle of the bat, I got the confidence to play my shots. I just told myself I had to bat to the end, I decided to play each ball on its merit and look to hit the bad ball with meaning and into the gaps.”
The powerfully-built Dottin is a talented athlete, having represented Barbados in track and field and football. She was a schoolgirl and regional age group champion in javelin and shot putt.
She is the cousin of West Indies Men’s Head Coach Ottis Gibson, and holds several records in the ICC World T20 tournament. Back in 2009 she made the fastest half-century off just 22 balls against Australia at Taunton, England. In 2010 she made the fastest ever century off just 38 balls against South Africa at Warner Park, St Kitts.
“I don’t set my mind to break records or establish any feats, I just play my natural game and it comes off. I spend a lot of time in the gym as I try to get stronger and fitter.  I like to hit the ball, but I see myself as more than just a power-hitter. Today I hit the ball through the gaps and we ran hard between the wickets,” Dottin said.
“Today, Stafanie played really well and she was there supporting me. She is a great team-mate and played an important role in helping me along. This win has set the stage for something big and we believe we can go on to win our other two matches and top the group. We played the team which everyone felt was the hardest team to beat in the group, so it is up to us now to continue the good work and get even better,” she added.
The West Indies will have a training session on Thursday before their second Group B match against Sri Lanka on Friday at Galle International Cricket Ground.
West Indies Women World T20 Schedule
First round matches
Wed, Sep 26: West Indies beat New Zealand Women by 7 wickets at Galle International Stadium, Galle
Fri, Sep 28: vs Sri Lanka Women – Galle International Stadium
Sun, Sep 30: vs South Africa Women – Galle International Stadium
Thu, Oct 4: Winner Group A vs Second Group B – Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Fri, Oct 5: Second Group A vs Winner Group B – Premadasa Stadium
Grand Final
Sun, Oct 7: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 – Premadasa Stadium

Friday, September 14, 2012

Narine wants to get his hands on the ICC Emerging Cricketer Award

Narine wants to get his hands on the ICC Emerging Cricketer Award

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – West Indies spin bowler Sunil Narine is looking forward to Saturday night. The 24-year-old believes he has done enough to win the International Cricket Council’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year award and wants to get his hands on the trophy.

The annual International Cricket Council’s Awards gala will be held at the Water’s Edge at 4:30 pm (7 am Eastern Caribbean Time/6 am Jamaica Time).

Narine is on the short list which also includes New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell, Sri Lankan top-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal, and James Pattinson, the Australian pacer. To qualify for the award a player must be under the age of 26 at the start of the observation period and have played fewer than five Tests and/or 10 One-Day Internationals and/or five T20Is at the start of the voting period.

“It would mean a lot to me to win this award…I will just hope and see what happens tomorrow night (Saturday night),” Narine said. “It’s a privilege to be nominated. Now coming onto the scene and being up for an award is a good feeling. It’s through hard work and dedication which has brought me to this point. I look forward to being nominated for a lot more awards.

“When I was called up for the West Indies team I was just looking to fit in, work hard and try and maintain my place in the team. I just want to continue performing and get a permanent place in the team,” Narine said.

Narine came onto the international scene when he made his first appearance for West Indies in India late last year, and has been quite successful in his first year of his career.

He made his Test debut in England in June and has so far taken 12 wickets in three Tests, including a match-winning 5-132 against New Zealand in the first Test in Antigua in July. He played a pivotal role as the Windies won both matches in the two-match rubber.

He has played 15 One-Day Internationals with 28 wickets at 18.82 runs per wicket.  He was brilliant in the recent Digicel Series against New Zealand – which the Windies won 4-1 – and was named the Digicel Player of the Series.

Narine has been equally impressive in the T20 format with seven wickets in five appearances for the Windies. His economy rate is a mere 6.4 runs per over and he has become one of the toughest bowlers to score off. He showcased his brilliance for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and won the Most Valuable Player award as his team won the title.

“My debut means the most to me so far. I was called into the team and to play against India in India and to bowl the way I did, I think that was a good achievement. To make my debut and help us to win the match was pleasing for me,” he said.

In that match he bowled first change and ended with 2-34 off 10 overs as the West Indies bowled out India to win by 16 runs after setting a victory target 260 at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.

“It was a total team effort to win against New Zealand in all three formats. To come back from losing in India and losing (Test Series) against Australia to beat New Zealand was something to cherish and something quite memorable. It said a lot about the team – that we have heart. We want take that momentum and come here and do well in the T20 World Cup,” Narine added.

The West Indies will continue their preparations for the ICC World T20 tournament with a full training session at the R Premadasa Stadium on Saturday at 9 am. They will have another training session on Sunday at the P Sara Oval at 2 pm. On Monday they will have their second warm-up match against Afghanistan at P Sara Oval at 2:30 pm.

The ICC World T20 tournament, which features 12 teams, will be played from September 18 to October 7. The West Indies have been drawn in Group B alongside Australia and Ireland and both first round matches will be at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Their opening match will be against the Aussies on Saturday, September 22 followed by a clash with the Irish on Monday, September 24.

Full Squad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain), Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (Wicket-keeper), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith


Warm-up matches

Thursday, Sept 13: vs Sri Lanka - NCC, Colombo
Monday, Sept 17: vs Afghanistan - P Sara Oval, Colombo
First round matches
Saturday, Sept 22: vs Australia - R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Monday, Sept 24: vs Ireland - R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Super Eight matches
Thursday, Sept 27: C1 v D2 - Pallekele
Thursday, Sept 27: A1 v B2 - Pallekele
Friday, Sept 28: D1 v C2 - Colombo
Friday, Sept 28: B1 v A2 - Colombo
Saturday, Sept 29: A1 v D2 - Pallekele
Saturday, Sept 29: C1 v B2 - Pallekele
Sunday Sept 30: B1 v C2 - Colombo
Sunday Sept 30: D1 v A2 - Colombo
Monday, Oct 1: B2 v D2 - Pallekele
Monday, Oct 1: A1 v C1 - Pallekele
Tuesday, Oct 2: B1 v D1 - Colombo
Tuesday, Oct 2: A2 v C2 - Colombo
Thursday, October 4: Super 8 Group 1-1 vs Super 8 Group 2-2 - R Premadasa Stadium
Friday, October 5: Super 8 Group 2-1 vs Super 8 Group 1-2 - R Premadasa Stadium
Grand Final: Sunday, October 7 - R Premadasa Stadium

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cariah eyes strong performances

Cariah eyes strong performances
on Sagicor HPC tour of Bangladesh

KHULNA, Bangladesh – Yannic Cariah said the tour of Bangladesh by the Sagicor High Performance Centre team will be a good experience for him and the other members of the squad.

The 20-year-old Cariah and the rest of the team arrived in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka on Wednesday before travelling to this south-western city ahead of the opening match of the tour against the Bangladesh National Cricket Academy, starting on Sunday at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

“It will be the first time I will be going there, playing in Asian sub-continent conditions, and I will be looking to take all that I have learnt in the Sagicor HPC and all the preparation we have done and try to perform well,” he said.

“It will be a good chance for me to showcase my talent. All the hard work over the last three months, it is for me to go out there and play well, clear my mind and do what I have got to do, and was born to do.”

The month-long tour also features a four-day match against the Bangladesh A-Team, as well as three One-day and two Twenty20 matches against the same opponents between September 16 and October 5.

Cariah said the first three months of the Sagicor HPC programme had been challenging, but there were a few lessons that he had learnt over the period.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be in the Sagicor HPC,” he said. “I have learnt a lot and I have worked hard on my game. Everybody, including my coaches and my teammates, has put in a lot of hard work.”

He added: “I have tried my best to gain a lot of information about all aspects of my game including the mental side.

“One of the important things I have learnt is that anything you do in practice will be reflected in your game. You have to do everything 110 per cent. You have to be purposeful if you are going to succeed in this game.”

The Sagicor HPC squad has been encamped since June 1 this year at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

Cariah, a leg-spinner and handy left-handed batsman, said the players had bonded well and had grown into a closely knit unit, which he felt would serve them well on the tour.

“This is a family,” he said. “People from different countries, different backgrounds, and we have grown to know and understand each other.

“We are all getting along very well and we are all looking forward to doing well on the tour.”

Cariah, a former West Indies Under-19 player at the 2010 ICC Youth World Cup, has played five Regional 4Day for his native Trinidad & Tobago and two Regional Super50 matches for the Windies U-19s over the last three years.

He said his obvious long-term goal was to play for West Indies, ultimately becoming a reliable member of the team.

“I have my goals in life, but my expectations are high because I set very high standards for myself,” he said.

“I want to continue to enjoy playing the game and giving my all in everything I do.”

This is the second squad of players at the Sagicor HPC since its inauguration two years ago.

The first squad of players that included current West Indies opener Kieran Powell and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel successfully completed the programme.

The Sagicor HPC programme, which is exclusively funded by the West Indies Cricket Board through sponsorship from regional financial services company, Sagicor, has been broadened to focus more intensely on developing the mental prowess of the players.

In addition to the standard rigorous training in skills development and fitness required for high performance athletes, the players are also benefitting from specialised training in a number of other areas including their roles as ambassadors, personal development, anti-doping and anti-corruption.

The 2012-2013 Sagicor HPC programme will conclude next May.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Gibson optimistic about West Indies’ World T20 chances  

Gibson optimistic about West Indies’ World T20 chances

Bridgetown, Barbados – West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he was optimistic of his side’s chances in the World Twenty20 Tournament taking place this month in Sri Lanka.

Gibson said the composition of the team struck the right balance between experience and talent, and he expected West Indies to live up to his long-held belief that they had the potential to win the World T20 title.

“The players have done very well at the camp and looking at the composition of the team. . .we have a good combination, a good mix of experience and young players. . .and we feel we have a real good chance of doing very well in this tournament,” said Gibson prior to the team’s departure on Sunday.

Gibson noted that players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine have done very well in the T20 format.

“They have been stars of the Indian Premier League, and have in-depth knowledge of this format,” he said.

“The captain, Darren Sammy, is in great form, so too Andre Russell and Fidel Edwards, and there are others that can step up.”

The World T20 features 12 teams and will be played from September 18 to October 7.

West Indies have been drawn in Group B along with Australia and Ireland – and both first round matches will be played at the Premadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka capital of Colombo.

Gibson said it was hard to predict which sides were the biggest threat in the competition and it was important that West Indies focus on the things within their control.

“On the day, if everybody executes well, anybody can win a match,” he said. “We have seen it before. . .In this format, anything is possible.

“It is important that you are on top of your game on the day, on top of your plans, and people stick to their skills, and always doing the basics.

“This game still revolves around string basics, so it is important for our guys to be looking after those basics all the time.”

West Indies open the tournament against the Aussies on Saturday, September 22 followed by a clash with the Irish on Monday, September 24.


Darren Sammy (captain)
Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain)
Samuel Badree
Darren Bravo
Johnson Charles
Fidel Edwards
Chris Gayle
Kieron Pollard
Sunil Narine
Denesh Ramdin
Ravi Rampaul
Andre Russell
Marlon Samuels
Lendl Simmons
Dwayne Smith

Saturday, September 8, 2012

WI T20 Squad

WI T20 Squad

Full Squad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain), Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (Wicket-keeper), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
Reserves: Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Devon Thomas
Team Management: Ottis Gibson (Head Coach), Richie Richardson (Team Manager), Toby Radford (Assistant Coach), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez-Charles (Strength & Conditioning Co-ordinator), Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst), Philip Spooner (Media Relations Manager), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)


Warm-up matches
Thursday, Sep 13: West Indies vs Sri Lanka - NCC, Colombo
Monday, Sep 17: West Indies vs Afghanistan - P Sara Oval, Colombo
First round matches
Saturday, Sep 22: vs Australia - R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Monday, Sep 24: vs Ireland - R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Super Eight matches
Thursday, Sep 27: C1 v D2 - Pallekele
Thursday, Sep 27: A1 v B2 - Pallekele
Friday, Sep 28: D1 v C2 - Colombo
Friday, Sep 28: B1 v A2 - Colombo
Saturday, Sep 29: A1 v D2 - Pallekele
Saturday, Sep 29: C1 v B2 - Pallekele
Sunday Sep 30: B1 v C2 - Colombo
Sunday Sep 30: D1 v A2 - Colombo
Monday, Oct 1: B2 v D2 - Pallekele
Monday, Oct 1: A1 v C1 - Pallekele
Tuesday, Oct 2: B1 v D1 - Colombo
Tuesday, Oct 2: A2 v C2 - Colombo
Thursday, Oct 4: Super 8 Group 1-1 vs Super 8 Group 2-2 - R Premadasa Stadium
Friday, Oct 5: Super 8 Group 2-1 vs Super 8 Group 1-2 - R Premadasa Stadium
Grand Final: Sunday, Oct 7 - R Premadasa Stadium

Head coach feels HPC players progressing

Head coach feels HPC players progressing

CAVE HILL, Barbados – Head coach of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre Graeme West has hailed the work ethic of the current squad of emerging players in the current training programme.

West said the current group of players are moving in the right direction and he was looking forward to their upcoming trip to Bangladesh to discover how much they have progressed.

“The group has been excellent to work with,” said West. “They have had a good attitude, a good work ethic, not a single player has missed a day’s training other than for injury. The commitment has been 100 per cent.

“What we now need to work hard on is honing the skills, specifically for the different conditions, and different types of match situations. Right now, there are three forms of the game, and if you want to be an international player, you have got to master all three.”

He said: “I think a lot of the players would say they are strong in one or possibly two forms of the game, but they have a lot of work to do in the third format.

“A number of the players have limited first-class experience and so practice matches like on Thursday against the senior West Indies side are invaluable because they are getting to see first-hand the type of quality that they will encounter on the international stage.”

The HPC team, led by all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, leaves on Monday for a month-long trip to Bangladesh, where they will play four-day matches against the Bangladesh National Cricket Academy and national A-Team.

They also face the Bangladesh A-Team in three One-day matches and two Twenty20s.

The squad to Bangladesh has been increased to 16 with the addition of Veerasammy Permaul. The left-arm spinner replaces World Twenty20-bound West Indies batsman Johnson Charles.

Permaul was a member of the first group of HPC players and was elevated to the role of West Indies A-Team captain for recent matches against India-A.

West said he expected the conditions in Bangladesh to prove to be one of the biggest hurdles for the players.

“It is going to be quite a big challenge for a number of the players that have never played in Bangladesh or India or Pakistan or Sri Lanka,” he said.

“We have tried our best to prepare them for the type of conditions that they will experience over there. This will be a huge challenge for them, rather than playing in their own home territory in conditions that are familiar to them.”

He added: “We are prepared for a lot of spin and a lot of turning pitches. We have prepared them for very hot weather. Ultimately, we will playing against the group of players that are 100 per cent committed to playing cricket and will give possibly everything that they have.

“This will be the big obstacle. We know we have the ability and the HPC is all about development. The next month will be about developing skills and hopefully some of the players will get an opportunity on the international stage to play there again.”

West gave the HPC team a passing grade for their performance against the senior West Indies side, which has been using the same facilities at the Three Ws Oval to prepare for the World Twenty20 Tournament this month in Sri Lanka.

The two sides met in a practice match, which the HPC lost by 44 runs on Thursday.

“Overall, I am very pleased with the way that they played in the practice match against the senior West Indies side,” he said.

“They were competitive. At the 15-over mark in both innings, we were ahead. What we saw was that little bit of extra experience and quality when it really mattered – and it really exposed us.

He said: “The great thing is that the players have gone head-to-head with some very fine international players and shown they have the ability to be competitive at that level.

“What they now need is to reflect on what took place in this match, and when it comes down to the crunch situations, what it takes to be a little bit better.”

West noted one of the significant improvements has been the fitness levels of the players.

“They have been working on their energy, their enthusiasm in the field, and again we maintained it, taking our chances in the field,” he said.

“Right now, it is about going back and discussing how we can be tighter and sharper with our skills, and making sure the cricket improves at the same rate.”

The HPC squad has been encamped since June 1 this year at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies here.

The HPC programme has been broadened to focus more intensely on developing the mental prowess of the players, in addition to the standard rigorous training in skills development and fitness required for high performance athletes.

The players are also benefitting from specialised training in a number of other areas including their roles as ambassadors, personal development, anti-doping, anti-corruption and media skills among other areas.

The current programme will conclude in May 2013.

This is the second squad of players attending the Sagicor HPC since its inauguration two years ago.

The first squad of players included current West Indies opener Kieran Powell, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and current West Indies Under-19 captain Kraigg Brathwaite.


Carlos Brathwaite (captain)
Marlon Barclay
Jermaine Blackwood
Yannic Cariah
Sheldon Cotterrell
Miguel Cummins
Jason Dawes
Andre Fletcher
Dawnley Grant
Trevon Griffith
Jahmar Hamilton
Kyle Hope
Keddy Lesporis
Kjorn Ottley
Veerasammy Permaul
Jomel Warrican

16-19: Tour match – Bangladesh National Cricket Academy vs Sagicor HPC – Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna
22-25: Tour match – Bangladesh-A vs Sagicor HPC – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka
28: 1st One-day match – Bangladesh-A vs Sagicor HPC – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka
30: 2nd One-day match – Bangladesh-A vs Sagicor HPC – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka
2: 3rd One-day match – Bangladesh-A vs Sagicor HPC – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka
4: 1st Twenty20 match – Bangladesh-A vs Sagicor HPC – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka
5: 2nd Twenty20 match – Bangladesh-A vs Sagicor HPC – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka

IRS examines Warner’s CONCACAF legacy. By Lasana Liburd (

IRS examines Warner’s CONCACAF legacy.
By Lasana Liburd (

Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb confirmed on Thursday that the United States’ Internal Revenue Services (IRS), accounting firm BDO International and global legal company Sidley Austin LLP are working in tandem to scrutinize the legacy of his predecessor and Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister Jack Warner.

The CONCACAF Executive was due to receive a report of these investigations at an extraordinary congress this month but Webb claimed that the scale of the operation has forced a postponement until the first quarter of 2013.

“This audit is a massive undertaking that will set our financial house straight and ensure that CONCACAF’s operations are executed in a responsible and ethical manner going forward,” said Webb, via a media release.

“This initiative was inspired by the new CONCACAF’s commitment to full accountability and transparency and it is essential that we get this right so we can move on to focus on our true purpose, the development of the game.”

Warner was CONCACAF president from 1991 to 2011 when he quit after being indicted by FIFA for allegedly facilitating the bribery of Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials.

Webb, the 47-year-old former Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president, replaced Warner at the CONCACAF helm in May while the 38-year-old Colombia-born Enrique Sanz, a former director at football marketing company Traffic, was named as the successor to outgoing general secretary Chuck Blazer.

It appears that Webb and the present CONCACAF Executive are not prepared to forgive and forget where Warner is concerned.

In a release to the CONCACAF member associations, Webb insisted that the confederation was still investigating the ownership of the João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya.

Read More:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Which Video/Commentary was your favourite? - La Londe wins Bronze!

or - T&T men win bronze in Men's 4x400 Relay

or   Keshorn Walcott wins Gold in Javellin

WICB announces West Indies Squad for ICC World T20

WICB announces West Indies Squad for ICC World T20
St John’s Antigua — The West Indies Cricket Board’s Selection Panel today named the West Indies 15-man squad for the International Cricket Council’s World T20 Tournament in Sri Lanka in September.

Darren Sammy (Captain)
Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain)
Samuel Badree
Darren Bravo
Johnson Charles
Fidel Edwards
Chris Gayle
Kieron Pollard
Sunil Narine
Denesh Ramdin (Wicket-keeper)
Ravi Rampaul
Andre Russell
Marlon Samuels
Lendl Simmons
Dwayne Smith

The WICB Selection Panel has kept faith with the nucleus of the squad which defeated New Zealand in the recent Digicel Twenty20 Series in south Florida. Darren Bravo makes a return after missing the second half of the West Indies tour of England and the Digicel Series at home against New Zealand due to injury.

The squad boasts a number of the leading power-hitters in world as well as several world-class allrounders. The batting is led by Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard who are destructive in this format. Openers Lendl Simmons, Johnson Charles and Dwayne Smith have also done well for West Indies in the past at the top of the order.

The allrounders: Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Marlon Samuels, have all proven their quality with bat and ball in this format, while wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin brings a wealth of experience and know-how in this format.

The spin bowling department is led by Sunil Narine, who has excelled since his international debut last December. The other slow bowler is experienced leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who is the newest member of the squad, but has an excellent track record in this format at domestic level. He debuted against New Zealand in June.

The two main fast bowlers in the squad are the experienced Fidel Edwards, who offers firepower, and Ravi Rampaul, who can be called upon at any stage in the innings.

Fixtures for ICC World T20
Thursday, Sept 13: vs Sri Lanka - NCC, Colombo
Monday, Sept 17: vs Afghanistan - P Sara Oval, Colombo

Saturday, Sept 22: vs Australia - R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Monday, Sept 24: vs Ireland - R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Thursday, Sept 27: C1 v D2 - Pallekele
Thursday, Sept 27: A1 v B2 - Pallekele
Friday, Sept 28: D1 v C2 - Colombo
Friday, Sept 28: B1 v A2 - Colombo
Saturday, Sept 29: A1 v D2 - Pallekele
Saturday, Sept 29: C1 v B2 - Pallekele
Sunday Sept 30: B1 v C2 - Colombo
Sunday Sept 30: D1 v A2 - Colombo
Monday, Oct 1: B2 v D2 - Pallekele
Monday, Oct 1: A1 v C1 - Pallekele
Tuesday, Oct 2: B1 v D1 - Colombo
Tuesday, Oct 2: A2 v C2 - Colombo

Thursday, October 4: Super 8 Group 1-1 vs Super 8 Group 2-2 - R Premadasa Stadium
Friday, October 5: Super 8 Group 2-1 vs Super 8 Group 1-2 - R Premadasa Stadium

GRAND FINAL: Sunday, October 7 - R Premadasa Stadium

Monday, August 20, 2012

West Indies under 19 falls

WEST INDIES UNDER 19 TEAM FALL SHORT IN UNDER 19 WORLD CUP , conceding 18 runs in 50 over, including four runs off last bal from medium pacer Seales to lose QUARTERFINAL TO NEW ZEALAND.

This was BRAINLESS CRICKET , with the youngsters totally losing the plot, I wonder where was coach and manager to help the team

We lost a game , we should have won , poor poor cricket. Somebody must be held accoutable

Scores West Indies 237 ( all out) , New Zealand 238-7 off 50 overs.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Walcott Makes Me Cry!

By Andre E Baptiste

Tonight  I cried , I cried and I cried and then I sang , it was one of the best rendtions of the Trinidad and Tobago National anthem, I have ever heard. It was special and will remain forever in my mind , as I watched Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott climb the medal podium in gold medal position in the Mens Javelin.

The joy , he produced in London, cannot be described , because he was just smilng and happy , as all of us and while he cooly went out there and turned in two spectacular throws including his second , the 84.58 , that gave him victory in six , the media centre erupted.

Everyone knows , I am a commentator for football , but for the sixth and last round of throws, I was just counted them down with several of the international media and rachel Thompson- King , and we were having real fun.

Before that , it was just a lot of nervous action, as the javeling throwing was taking place between Mo Farah's storming win for Great Britain in the 5000 metres . But none of this phased this focus youngster .

When the last thrower Oleksandr Pyatntsya of the Ukraine stepped forward and threw a 83.53 with his sixth throw, the look on the face of this nineteen year old from Toco was of a mixture of surprise and joy .

" I did not think about winning until after the first round , when I saw how the other guys were throwing and I was still in the lead ," said Walcott.

Many underestimated Walcott , but this youngster stated that he had done a lot of reseatrch on his oppenents and when he mentioned he was a budding cricketer , the international media wanted to know how good he was ," Not that , good , I was a bowler ..."

Walcott was asked about how it feels to be now in the same ranking as Hasely Crawford , previously our only Gold Medallist and he replyed shyly," I am not famous , I just performed well today , I will ensure , I stay focus ,"

Indeed , he is very focussed, he has not forgotten what his mum wanted ," She really believed in me and believed I could get a medal, so I have already given the coach ( Ishmael Lopez) , the flowers for safe keeping for her "

Many wanted to know , if Keshorn had thought about getting a stadium named after him, like Hasely Crawford and he said ," No , I had not thought of it , but I hope so , we will see,".

For Walcott , though he admits ," Brian Charles Lara was my hero growing up, i really like cricket and football , but because my brother was in triple jump, I decided to try this sport in 2009 and now , I have achieved this ,"

Walcott whose success has caused many of the European countries like Norway and Finaland to stand up and recognize TRinidad and Tobago ," I am just so glad to put TRinidad and Tobago on the map again, I have to thank my coach, my family and everyone for all their support "

One persistent question rung through as Walcott did interview after interview including a major Press Conference and it was , if he would now leave Trinidad and Tobago and go elsewhere to train ," No , I am staying in TRinidad and Tobago , I will start university soon and continue to train with my cuban coach, we have something good going on," added Walcott.

This was a very emotional moment to watch our flag raised and our national anthem played for only the second time in history

:: AB

Saturday, August 11, 2012

First Gold Medal since 1976

Keshorn Walcott broke the national javelin record twice and it was 84.58 that won the gold medal for trinidad and tobago. First gold since 1976! Congrats Keshorn

The Power of Languages


          ----- THE POWER OF LANGUAGES !!!!----

By Andre E Baptiste

There are several languages  at these London Olympics and some of them are a version of English , which even Trinidad and Tobago citizens have trouble understanding despite the fact that we can speak fast . Several of the workers in London, are not from london , so there are some Geordie accents , that would leave you still guessing , at what was said , much less to understand , what directional route they are advising you on .

The Scottish though have to be the worst, they seem to speak so that only Scotsmen can understand , even the Englishmen are struggling to understand what was being said by them, but then the Scots and the English do not seem generally to be the best of friends.

As we talk best of friends , the Jamaicans are not making too many friends with their boastful nature,before , during and after the mens and women's 100 metres finals . It is sad that the journalists from Jamaica can make themselves so disliked by not only many from Europe and Africa , but also from some in the Caribbean , with their constant taunting , while most of us , may accept it as a joke . I am not very certain, that in particular proud Barbadians are too happy with all the suggestions , about what has happened to most of their Olympic athletes since Obadele Thompson married Marion Jones. Just the inference , can cause a conflict in most cases.

What was particularly interesting was the fact , that whatever the language spoken, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, German  or Dutch , there was a general sense of competitiveness among the journalists , in particular , the Eastern Block of Europe , were very much against the Westerners , and while one may not understand their spoken word ( language) , it was their body language , that many times exposed their true feelings and thoughts.

I understand a little Spanish, French and some Japanese words, so it was much more clear cut in dealing with them, but it does lead to the question of people stigmatizing you , just as is done in the Olympics , with the Swimming events , there was a belief , that preference was given to white coloured skin media as not many black persons are involved in swimming and while this might be in the minority , it is certainly another aspect of the games that the London Organizing Committee , needs to address

For the most parts , it has been extremely interesting sharing discussions on sports with journalists from all over the world . In particularly , once you are revealed as a West Indian and especially a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, a number of the Indian media gravitate to you , to talk cricket . It is they say , India’s greatest passion, and they cannot wait for its introduction into the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee , have already given its approval to the ICC , to introduce cricket most likely from 2020 Olympics and that should be rather interesting .

These olympics have certainly been able as well to draw spectators from all over the world and that is why young La Londe Gordon’s bronze medal on Monday night in the 400 metres, was very significant , as it allowed the world to hear , another Caribbean island name besides Jamaica . And for this , we have to thank sports for providing the powerful backdrop to this sort of promotion.

As , we looked at the many persons from around the world , it was rather interesting , that a lot of the journalists thought , I was either from Turkey , Spain or Morocco . Similarly , when I examined the looks of the public , it was hard to positively tell their country of birth . The one thing was certain, that a lot of Pakistan / Indian persons ran most of the small shops/ groceries in London , and they employed mainly their families in the said business.

This sort of stereotyping , while not always  good is what may have caused many of the Americans journalists during the interviewing of La Londe Gordon , Kirani James ( Grenada) and Luguelin Santos ( Dominican Republic), to wonder if “ All of you guys are friends being from the Caribbean, and is this is a plan to take over 400 metres running from the United States ,”

What he did not say , was - That the USA had won the last seven 400 metres and this was the first time an American had not qualified for a 400 metres  final since 1896 ( except for 1980 when they boycotted the Olympics).

It is this sort of paranoid , that is not good in life and sports, but unfortunately it still exists , and if the USA want to be afraid of the Caribbean now in the 400 metres after the fear the region has imposed in the 100 and 200 metres , so be it.

:: AB

Samuels says media needs balance in Olympics

By Andre E Baptiste

On Saturday , a nineteen year old Trinidad and Tobago citizen- Keshorn Walcott , will seek further history , when he competes in the Mens Javelin final at 2.20pm ( Trinidad and Tobago time), having already become the first man ever from this country to reach so far . In fact , of the list of twelve finalists in the Javelin, Walcott is the only one from the Pan American region ( which includes the USA and Canada).

However , Executive member of the NAAA , and former Public Relations Officer - Peter Samuel - is not happy with the media coverage from Trinidad and Tobago , citing instances where he believes the media has gone wrong ,” The media in this country , like to build up athletes and then break them down , how can they be saying Keshorn goes for Gold ....yes we all want him to get gold or any medal, but we have to be realistic in the messages we send,” stated a clearly upset Samuel

“ If one examines the field of twelve , there are two men who have thrown 91 ,one who has thrown 88 and two more who have done 86 , these are the points which need to be put in context , Keshorn just broke the national record at 83 in the World Junior Championships , about a month and a half ago when he won the World title can we then be putting all this pressure on him, and when he does not achieve a medal, people say , he has failed,” added Samuel

“ Of course , he is in the final and anything can happen and he can produce a herculean effort and be in the top three, but the media need to check their statistics and what they are saying , they should not just be looking for headlines at the expense of our young athletes....what we need to do is highlight what a great achievement this is and continue to support him, so that he and the sport can grow,” declared Samuels

Samuels drew reference to one media house , that had a headline -Semoy Hacket fails to impress -,” How can they say that , she has done her personal best in the 100 metes and 200 metres and become the first woman from this country to reach a 200 metres final , she has run over seven races so far , why are we doing this to her , it is just crazy.”

Samuels would like the media in Trinidad and Tobago to pay more attention to the achievements and not always be looking to just getting gold , silver and bronze ,” That is an ideal, but you cannot be asking our athletes , like those in Swimming - George Bovell - or those in Cycling - Njisane Phillips , - questions , like - what went wrong or what they did wrong , have we thought that our competitors are just doing a lot more things right , like better support in all areas/”

“The problem, is that many times, the public will listen to what was said and they would react to media saying this sort of  poor comments about our athletes ,” said Samuels

:: AB

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

friday's schedule


Trinidad and Tobago go after medals again

3.40pm ( Trinidad and Tobago ) Time - Womens 4 x100 metres relay final

4.20pm ( Trinidad and Tobago ) Time - Mens 4 x400 metros relay final


2.45PM ( Trinidad and Tobago Time ) - Mens 4 x100 metros RELAY semi final

TUNE IN TO I95.5FM , for all the action

Jamaica sweeps 200m - Bolt, Blake and Weir

Jamaica sweeps 200m - Bolt, Blake and Weir
Bolt is unstoppable!
Unfazed at start
Doing pushups at end of race
Taking photos of photographers as he walked around track doing a lap of with hs t other countrymen Blake and Weir who won silver and bronze respectivelly
Then a second lap of honor!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Oh my Gord.... it is bronze!

By Andre E Baptiste

Everybody wants a piece of him, and after his tremendous performance on Monday in the Mens 400 metres, the pieces that make up the part of  La Londe Gordon will be worth even more.
La Londe Gordon is 23years old and this Sagittarius born ,Trinidad and Tobago citizen made history for himself at these games winning Trinidad and Tobago’s first medal  with a spectacular finish in the mens 400 metres , to grab third and almost snatch second in a personal best time of 44.52

“If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”

Those are the words from “ If “ , the last line of the famous Rudyard Kipling poem, and they apply to our new Olympic Bronze medallist - La Londe Gordon - , who stormed down the straight at 4.31pm ( Trinidad and Tobago time) , and almost caught second place finisher Luguelin Santos. 

And when asked by the media , why the 400 metres , is so popular , a clearly overjoyed Gordon , said “ It is a Man’s race , it is a Man’s race ...” . It seems this Tobago born athlete who also runs the 200 metres , has been doing extra reading in his spare time and reading poetry at that.

Gordon was born in Lowlands , Tobago and left for the United States at the age of ten with his family , he now resides in Queens New York and some members of the American media looking for a saviour  in the sport , given their previous dominance , asked him about that , but he quickly said ,” This is for Trinidad and Tobago , this is for all the support , I have received from the people of Trinidad and Tobago and all my team members,”

No one expected this , where did this young man come from ? He even said as much ,” I know , people may not know me , but I want to continue to improve in this sport, it is just a wonderful feeling .”
His teammates , describe him as crazy , Richard Thompson saying ,” He is a crazy character, he can either run a sub 44 or 45 plus, he is just so different and says all kind of things, but with good intentions, He is  very talented, we are not surprised by his performances”
Gordon laughed when told this ,” I agree , I am still crazy ...”
His Manager , Dexter Voisin was not surprised , saying the night before , everyone was talking about where this Trinidadian came from ,” After the semi finals on Sunday , all of the other 400 metres runners, were talking about him, who is this Trini Man in red , at the dinner table , Kirani James was sitting not far from s , but he was only staring at him,”
“ What makes La Londe so dangerous , is that , he is not one of those athletes , that thinks long and hard about anything , he just goes out and does his stuff” added Voisin
Perhaps what makes him so good , is his dedication, his desire to succeed and the fact, that he runs a pretty fast 200 metres, as evidenced by his time early this year in boston, where he ran a personal best of 20.58 in Boston on the 28th of January, 2012
Gordon  first represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CAC Games in 2010 , but did not make it to the World Championships.Gordon ran track and field at Mohawk Valley in 2009 and now runs for the Zenith Velocity Club team of Jersey City.
After winning the 400 metres at the national trials in June  , when he beat Renny Quow  with a storming late surge , Gordon’s time of 45.40 , was still not good enough to secure a place on the 400 metres individual team for London as it was outside of the qualification time of 45.30.
 However , again in the face of adversity and Doubt , this tall elegant runner  responded like a “ man”Two weeks later in July, Gordon ran at a United States meet in Omaha , Nebraska and won in a time of 45.02 to book his place in the team.
The rest is now history , he has become   a household name with immediate effect in Trinidad and Tobago, and he deserves it for his great spirit and openness,

today's schedule

Today :

Wayne Lewis in the 110 metres hurdles semi finals - 2.15pm ( TT time)

Kershorn Walcott in the Javellin Qualification from ( TT time)

Semoy Hackett in the Womens 200 metres finals , drawn in lane 3 at 4pm ( TT time)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bronze for LaLonde Gordon

LaLonde Gordon gets bronze in men's 400m with 44:52
Finally a medal!
Way to go Gordon!

Times for finals today monday 6th august 2012

Times for finals today monday 6th august 2012..... Njisane phillips in semi finals of match sprint from 11am tt time...........jehue gordon in 400 metres hurdles final from 345pm tt londe gordon in 400 metres final at 430pm tt time.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

three medal chances for T&T on Monday 6th August

Three medal chances for trinidad and tobago on monday 6th august......cycling match sprint njisane phillips....400 metres men finals la londe gordon....400 metres hurdles final jehue gordon.

LaLonde Gordon wins his 400m semifinal

Congrats to LaLonde Gordon for winning his 400m semifinals with a time of 44:58!

Thompson into men's 100m final

Richard thompson has made it into the men's 100m final with a qualifying time of 10:02
Please note that his personal best is 9:89 when he won silver in Bejing in 2008
If anyone can make us proud Richard surely can

Saturday, August 4, 2012

kelly runs at 4:55pm

Jejune Gordon reaches 400 meters hurdles final with fourth best time. He will run in final on Monday. He told the fearless one, he is going to do what he said on imports.

Richard Thompson,Keston bledman and rondell sorillo all in 100 meters men semi finals on Sunday at 2.45pm TT time.

Kelly Ann Baptiste runs in women's 100 meters final at455pm TT today Saturday

Kelly Ann Baptiste INTO 100m FINALS

Yes Kelly Ann Baptiste hs made it into the WOMEN's 100m finals
Are we surprised? No we are not.
Trinidada and Tobago managed to have 3 women qualify for the smi-finals and now one has made it through to the FINALS
Throw your support behind KELLY ANN BAPTISTE

njisane phillps qualifies

Trinidad and tobago cyclist njisane phillps produced a marvellous display to qualify for the match sprint quarter finals on sunday. It was a stunning finish as he overhauled new zewland edward dawkins

Friday, August 3, 2012

jehue Gorgdon is into semifinals 400m hurdles on saturday

Ayana alexander 14th in womens triple jump final....

jehue gordon second in his 400metres hurdles and now into semi finals on saturday 4th august.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bovell says 21.5 , will get him a medal.

George Bovell will swim for the GOLD mnedal at 3.09pm ( TT time) on Friday 3rd August, 2012 in the Mens 50 metres Freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre  in Olympic Park, London.

Bovell was second in the 2ND Semi final in a time of 21.77 to reach Friday's final with the fifth best time .

Bovell says 21.5 , will get him a medal.


george bovell is in 50m freestyle finals

george richard bovell came 2nd in his semifinal heat with time of 21.77 (winner had 21.63)
Previous heat the winner had 21.54
Hence he placed six overall in semifinals
But he has never the less earned place in 50m freestyle final!
This has been your update

George Bovell qualifies for SemiFinal with fastest time

George Bovell has qualified for tonights semi-finals with the fastest time
Be viewing tonight at 7:32pm London Time (2:32 T&T Time)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

carlos suarez says he will not fight for TnT again

Carlos Suraez loses his lightweight contest 16-6 to Turkey's Perhuvlian

After Suarez, says he will turn Professional next year

He has also given up fighting for Trinidad and Tobago again

And says  it is because of Boxu Potts and the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board

What? george bovell pulls out of 100m freestyle

george bovell shockingly pulls out of 100 metres freestyle...people awoke at 5am amd were disappointed today...

Monday, July 30, 2012

joe Suarez hits out Boxu Potts

Andrew Lewis is in 45th position after day one in Laser Class

But he is determined over next four days to reach top 25....he not giving up

Carlos Suarez dad , Joe Suarez hits out Boxu Potts , over his negative impact in boxing

Carlos Surarez fights at 3.30pm ( TT time) on Tuesday against Turkish fighter Perhivaln , who has height advantage at 5ft 6onches compared to Suarez 5ft 2 inches

George Bovell swins in Heat 4 of the Mens 100 metros Freestyle from 5am ( Trinidad and Tobago time) on Tuesday .

St Kitts athlete sent home because of testing positive

Saturday, July 28, 2012

last night's opening ceremony

Ceremony was slow at start but improved with mr bean.. A lot of trinidad visitors shopping olympic village...bookmakers have keston bledman at 66/1 to win 100 metres and kelly ann baptiste at 16/1 to win womens 100 metres...the question is did i place a bet or not.what do you i am at shooting now watching roger daniel in the 10m air pistol in woolrich arsenal. No seats sellout

Friday, July 27, 2012

T&T’s 4x100m relay team celebrate after capturing silver medals in the event yesterday

Okay okaay yep Im having a flashback to my article on August 23rd 2008 ....lets hope I can repeat one like it or even better!

For those who missed itin 2008 please Read below!

T&T’s 4x100m relay team celebrate after capturing silver medals in the event yesterday.
Andre E Baptiste
From Beijing, China
EVEN as T&T celebrates its second best ever showing at an Olympic Games, following a second silver earned when the 4 x100m relay team placed second to Jamaica yesterday at the Bird Nets in Beijing, China the news is that the team may not be returning home next week as expected.
In 1964, T&T achieved its best ever medal count at the Tokyo Games—one silver, Wendell Mottley in the 400m, and two bronze medals, through Edwin Roberts, 200m and the men’s 4 x400m relay team of Mottley, Kent Bernard, Roberts and Edwin Skinner.
Richard Thompson who won T&T’s first silver medal at this year’s Beijing Games in the men’s 100m, said that celebrations to honour the team’s performance may have to be put on hold.
“I am not sure as yet, when I will be coming back home, but I am looking forward to coming back home because it has been a wonderful time for all of us,” said Thompson.
“The relay team has been invited to Zurich to run the 4 x100 metres and there maybe one or two other meets afterwards on August 29. After that we will definitely be back home and we hope to see a full airport of fans, just waiting to celebrate with us. It is the best feeling in the world to run for your country,” he said.
“And now that people want to see us run, it is good for Trinidad and Tobago, it helps to put us on the map even more and let more and more people learn about us and our culture,” noted Thompson.
Marc Burns said, “Yes we have an opportunity to run in some meets, so we are not certain of a date as yet, but we are looking forward to returning home, to be celebrating with the people.”
Burns said Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman are very excited to return home.
“These two guys are great guys, they made our job easier, the chemistry between them on and off the track was exceptional.”
T&T 4x400m men finish 5th 
T&T’s men’s 4 x 400m team failed to advance to today's final, when they could only place fifth in their semifinal heat two.
Running from lane two, T&T was never in the hunt, and only once when Jevon Toppin ran a brilliant second leg, they managed to get as close as fourth.
But in the end, the team of Ato Modibo, Jovon Toppin, Cowin Mills and Stan Waithe finished in a time of 3:04.12, with Great Britain winning in a time of 2.59.33. Bahamas was second in 2.59.88 and Jamaica third in 3.00.09.
T&T’s 400 metres finalist, Renny Quow did not participate in the relay semifinal.
Men 4x100 Relay Final
1. Jamaica (Nesta Carter; Michael Frater; Usain Bolt; Asafa Powell), 37.10 Gold (WR),
2. T&T (Keston Bledman; Marc Burns; Emmanuel Callender; Richard Thompson), 38.06 Silver,
3. Japan (Naoki Tsukahara; Shingo Suetsugu; Shinji Takahira; Nobuharu Asahara), 38.15 Bronze.
4. Brazil (Vicente Lima; Sandro Viana; Bruno de Barros; Jose Carlos Moreira), 38.24.
5. Germany (Tobias Benjamin Unger; Till Helmke; Alexander Kosenkow; Martin Keller), 38.58.
6. Canada (Hank Palmer; Anson Henry; Jared Connaughton; Pierre Browne), 38.66.
7. Netherlands (Maarten Heisen; Guus Hoogmoed; Patrick van Luijk; Caimin Douglas), 45.81.
NR. China (Wen Yongyi; Zhang Peimeng; Lu Bin; Hu Kai), DQ.
Men 4x400m Relay Heat 2
1. Britain (Andrew Steele; Robert Tobin; Michael Bingham; Martyn Rooney), 2:59.33 (Q).
2. Bahamas (Michael Mathieu; Avard Moncur; Ramon Miller; Andrae Williams), 2:59.88 (Q).
3. Jamaica (Michael Blackwood; Alodin Fothergill; Sanjay Ayre; Ricardo Chambers), 3:00.09 (Q).
4. Germany (Simon Kirch; Kamghe Gaba; Ruwen Faller; Bastian Swillims), 3:03.49.
5. T&T (Ato Modibo; Jovon Toppin; Cowin Mills; Stan Waithe), 3:04.12.
6. Japan (Mitsuhiro Abiko; Dai Tamesue; Yoshihiro Horigome; Kenji Narisako), 3:04.18.
7. Greece (Stylianos Dimotsios; Dimitrios Gravalos; Pantelis Melachroinoudis; Konstantinos Anastasiou), 3:04.30.
8. Dominican Republic (Carlos Yohelin Santa; Arismendy Peguero; Pedro Mejia; Yoel Tapia), 3:04.31.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I have arrived in London

Well , I am in London...and let me thanks Sherril Peters a Manager at the Piarco Airport , for her assistance in a difficult time .

People are bathing in the pools in london loving the sunshine.

Everyone is geared up for the Opening Ceremony which will start around 4pm - Trinidad and Tobago Time ...

Marc Burns , the 29 year old in his fourth Olympics will carry the Flag for Team - Trinidad and Tobago - at the London Olympics

By the way , I am looking for some good shrimp and fish meals in King Cross ...anybody knows of any , give me a holler

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Bravo involved in crash in trinidad

Bravo hurt after crashing sports car
By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin
Story Created: Jul 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM ECT
Story Updated: Jul 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM ECT
WEST Indies and national cricketer Dwayne Bravo was injured in a car crash on the Uriah Butler Highway, near Chaguanas, yesterday afternoon.
The collision happened in the vicinity of contractors Seereeram Brothers, not far from the site where West Indies cricketer Runako Morton was killed in a crash earlier this year.
Police were told that at around 1.30 p.m., Bravo was at the wheel of his white Jaguar sports car when there was an accident which involved two other vehicles. No one was injured in the other vehicles, police said.
Bravo's front-seat passenger, a male, also escaped injury.
However, Bravo, 29, of Santa Cruz, is reported to have suffered injuries to both hands and was treated at the Chaguanas Health Facility and discharged.
The crash happened on the highway's northbound lane.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

congrats to Japan on early win

Japan start with a win
World champions Japan opened their London 2012 account with a win as they edged out Canada 2-1 in Group F of the women's Football competition.
Two quickfire goals in 11 first-half minutes gave them the perfect start at the City of Coventry Stadium, but they were made to work hard to claim the win as the Canadians hit back after the break.

After a bright opening, Japan opened the scoring after 33 minutes when the lively Nahomi Kawasumi put them ahead.

And a minute before the interval that lead was doubled - Aya Miyama beating Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod.

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So keep yourself busy

London 2012 - Showbiz News Headlines - Page 1 - Digital Spy

flashback to april 2012

Time to promote London Olympics

Andre E Baptiste
Wednesday, April 11, 2012There are 106 days to the start of the 2012 London Olympics and nothing is being done to promote these prestigious games in T&T. Of course, there are those who will argue that “nothing” is a strong word. They would prefer me to say “not enough,” but alas that would be wishful thinking. We have to stop pretending that we carefully plan the road ahead in sports, because this is far from the truth, even if it is ideal. And for those miscreants in sports administration that believe that it is unfair to compare us with other countries, my advice is to “wake up and smell…” For those who have been in this beautiful country over the last six months and may be wondering where is all the promotion and drive along with energy and zeal for one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the world hiding these last few months, I suggest you read on. Let me do the job of the ailing sport administrators in this country, in particular those who must “ensure” that the proper systems are in place for this country to have a chance of gathering some medals. And yes, while those of you with sporting acumen, will state, it is too late to start to think about grooming some for medals, I want to disagree, because it is never too late to learn something new that can improve someone’s performance or give that Olympic participant an edge.
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Friday, July 20, 2012

Olympic Fever

Okay everyone has Olympic Fever
Do you?
Do you think we can bring baack gold medals? silver medals? bronze medals?
Let me know