ONE of the latest sponsors of the TT Football Association (TTFA), Caribbean Chemicals and Agencies Ltd, said it is not willing to continue its sponsorship of local football if Fifa reverts to the “same old.”

On Tuesday, news spread that Fifa decided to disband the TTFA, led by William Wallace.

On Wednesday at 2.40 am, the TTFA received an email from Fifa saying former TTFA employee Tyril Patrick will lead the local football body, before a normalisation committee is selected to run TT football.

Patrick served as finance manager under David John-Williams, who was ousted as TTFA president in November 2019 after serving at the helm for four years.

According to an article on the Fifa website, “The decision (to disband Fifa) follows the recent Fifa/Concacaf fact-finding mission to TT to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA.

“The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.” Caribbean Chemicals was one of the many sponsors to jump on board since the TTFA held its elections in November. William Wallace was elected as president, replacing John-Williams.

Since being elected Wallace has gathered a number of local and international sponsors including local-based company Caribbean Chemicals, which signed a four-year partnership worth $1.5 million just two weeks ago. The agreement was supposed to support the development and improvement of playing pitches at senior, junior and school levels. Among the other sponsors that the Wallace-led TTFA attained was a four-year $25 million deal with Avec UK, the largest partnership the TTFA has been involved in since the Fifa 2006 World Cup in Germany. Sports and Games also signed a four-year deal with TTFA recently.

Speaking with Newsday, shortly before the news broke that Fifa decided to hire Patrick, chairman of Caribbean Chemicals Joe Pires said, “I really have no comment until I see what Fifa wants to do and what they are doing. Logically my concern would be if they go back with the old same old I would be not interested, but if Fifa is interested in carrying football forward as the rest of TT is we would be interested in continuing the discussion of us staying on as a possible sponsor. If it’s back to the same old, same old we not interested.”

Asked what he meant by same old, Pires said, “Well it depends on who they appoint to the board. We will be extremely concerned if they revert to the past. We are thinking future, we are thinking forward which is what we were sold on (when we decided to sponsor)...I don’t know what they are going to do, what their thinking is, I don’t. When I start to see who they appoint to the committee and who the people are going to be that’s when we will make a decision.”

Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 20 Women completed their slate of warm-up matches ahead of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s championship with a 3-1 victory over Dominican Republic women’s club team Abril LDF on Wednesday at the San Cristobal Training Centre.

Cayla McFarlane of Polytechnic put T&T ahead 1-0 in the 37th minute and Maria Frances Serrant regained the lead for T&T in the 53rd minute after the hosts had equalised. The in-form Afiyah Cornwall of Waterloo Institute then struck her fifth goal in three matches to seal the win for the Richard Hood-coached team. She came off the bench to net in the 69th minute.

“This was another good performance by us. The opposition provide a different type of challenge and the exercise served our purpose. It’s good to have another win under our belts heading into the competition but we will ensure that there is no complacency as the major assignments are still ahead of us. The focus now is on our next opponent which is St Kitts/Nevis on Sunday,” Hood told TTFA Media.

The T&T Police Service (TTPS) is the 2019 - 2020 champions of the NBFTT National Invitational Championships (NIC) after defeating rivals T&T Defence Force (TTDF) 77-50 in a lopsided affair on Sunday 26th January, 2020 at the Maloney Indoor Sport Arena.

In the absence of star player Jameela Mc Carthy due to injury, the Defence Force was clearly at a disadvantage from the jump falling to a 12-point deficit (8-20) in the first quarter of play. Despite the unavailability of the TTDF’s key contributor, forward Crystal-Ann George came out aggressive from the start as she scored six (6) of Defence Force’s eight (8) points heading into the second period.

With a defensive strategy by Army to limit the on-court production of Police’s key player Kielle Connelly, sharp shooter Joelisa Cooper immediately stepped in offensively going 3-for-3 from behind the arc to add to the defending concerns of the TTDF women. Things went further downhill for Defence Force when national player and dominant centre Afeisha Noel checked-in mid-way in the second quarter to strengthen the defensive presence of the Police women. With her strong display on both ends of the court, Noel easily registered 11 points and 17 rebounds, her second double-double performance in just two games. George relentlessly attempted to keep the army-coastguard unit in contention, recording a 20 point to 14 rebound double-double along with 5 steals.

However, the more comprehensive Police group and game-high 21-point performance by Connelly was too much for the TTDF to withstand. In the first game of the night, Brian Chase Basketball Academy (BCBA) and Enterprise-Maloney Combine (EMC) battled head to head in an evenly contested matchup for the NIC third place position. Led by thirteen year old phenom Carissa Ramdial (13) and the athletic Breanna Charles (15), the youthful EMC group seemed to be in control of the game for the first three quarters.

Veteran forward Allison Young, along with a 15-point offering by 15 year old Ize-Tao Best kept BCBA within striking distance despite trailing 25-34 at the end of the second quarter. Some timely scoring by centre Ornella George in the last period helped Brian Chase regain control, going up by 7 points (58-51) in the closing minutes of the game. Young, who lead the team offensively all season finished with a total 26 points to secure BCBA’s third place finish, as the women’s division of the NIC concluded. EMC’s thirteen year old Amariah Cline scored a season high 12 points in her team’s fourth place finish.

 

Final Scores (Sunday 26th January, 2020)

BCBA (58) v (51) EMC (Women Third Place) 

BCBA – #13 Allison Young (26), #1 Ize-Tao Best (15), #23 Ornella George (8) 

EMC - #6 Breanna Charles (15), Carissa Ramdial (13), Amariah Cline (12) Interval Scores (BCBA-EMC) –  1 st Quarter: 16-16  2 nd Quarter: 25-34  3 rd Quarter: 42-42  4 th Quarter: 58-51

 

TTPS (77) v (50) TTDF (Women Finals)

TTPS – #5 Kielle Connelly: 21 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds. #11 Joelisa Cooper: 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists. #17 Afeisha Noel: 11 points, 17 rebounds, 1 block. #10 Leslie-Ann Bacquain: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals.

TTDF – #12 Crystal-Ann George: 20 points, 14 rebounds, 5 steals. #14 Leah Kintiba: 8 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals. #10 Trimmaine Ganteaume: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist. #13 Ayana Mack: 7 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal.

Interval Scores (TTPS-TTDF) –  1 st Quarter: 20-8  2 nd Quarter: 45-16  3 rd Quarter: 57-33  4 th Quarter: 77-50

 

Special Awards:

MVP – Kielle Connelly (Police) 

Best Defensive Player – Tia Bruno (Police) 

Most Promising Player – Carissa Ramdial (Enterprise-Maloney)

Top Performing Coach – Ashton Peters (Police)

Most Outstanding Manager – Mellio Campbell (Police) 

Most Outstanding Physio – Wayne Samuel (Defence Force)

CALEDONIA Clippers will come up against Defence Force at 6.30pm while Stories of Success (SOS) will battle against Police two hours later when semi-final action, of the Men's Division National Basketball Federation TT (NBFTT) Invitational Championships, tips off on Wednesday, at the Maloney Indoor Sports Arena.

In the last round of preliminary matches, Defence Force had a prolific fourth quarter to eventually defeat Prisons by the narrowest of margins 80-79 in what was deemed the closest match of the season. Army led after the first quarter 20-18 but trailed at halftime by the same two-point margin 41-39. However, Prison blazed away in the third period, sailing away with a ten-point lead 63-53 heading into the decisive quarter. Army tightened up on the defensive end limiting their opponents to only 16 while exploding for 27 points.

Defence Force's Kerry Mc Millan top-scored for his team with 18 points followed by Brandon Charles and Kyeon Joseph who added 13 points. For Prisons, Marvin Hayes was the main contributor with 21, Mikahail Williams had 13 and Michael Jerome 11 points.

Maloney Pacers needed a blowout victory to overthrow Police for the fourth and final semi-final spot. But, Police stood strong to eventually win 83-74 to erase any doubt of them qualifying for the knockout round. Fabrice Fisher led the charge for the lawmen with 24 points, team-mate Dextroy Manswell added (21) and Don Wilkinson notched 11 points. Pacers had top scores from Mohammed Elias (21), Jael Lewis (15) and Kadeem Greig (14).

SOS won by default against Brian Chase Basketball Academy to top the preliminary table with (5 wins, 1 loss) 11 points. Caledonia Clippers (10 points) had a better point difference to Defence Force and Police who placed third and fourth respectively.

Friday: Semi-Final Game 2

Caledonia Clippers vs Defence Force -630pm

Stories of Success vs Police – 830pm

Sunday: Semi-Final Game 3 (If Necessary)

Caledonia Clippers v Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force - 630pm

Stories of Success v Police – 830pm

Former president of Netball Jamaica (NJ) Marva Bernard said she is expecting a good showing from the Sunshine Girls when they compete in the Vitality Netball Nations Cup in England from January 19-26, 2020.

The four-nation tournament, which will be the first outing for the Sunshine Girls since their disappointing fifth-place finish at the Netball World Cup (NWC) last July, also includes the hosts, world champions New Zealand, and South Africa.

Bernard, who led the association from 2005-2015, said that the series is a great opportunity for the Sunshine Girls to regain their confidence after their dismal performance at NWC in Liverpool, England.

“I am expecting a very good showing from this team and I hope that they will acclimatise very quickly, and I expect that the team will come together,” said Bernard.

“These ladies really want to do well and I know that they will do well because they are very determined and they have worked very hard in their preparation for this series,” she added.

The Sunshine Girls’ 12-member team, which will be led by veteran coach Connie Francis, includes seven players who participated at the NWC, along with five newcomers.

Bernard underlines that she is confident in the ability of Francis to get the best out of the Jamaicans, despite the cold weather conditions which await them in England next week.

“Connie is very competent, and knowing her, she would have been watching Consolation Cup and the English team playing against South Africa recently,” said Bernard.

“It is going to be a tough series, but the good thing is that some of the other teams have young players also,” Bernard said. “Connie has the goods and as long as she and her senior players join together and be the unit to guide the younger ones, then we should give a good account of ourselves.

“They will have support in England when they are playing because the Jamaican support in England is very strong,” Bernard further noted.

“For me, what they will have to do is overcome the weather and nerves because I have a lot of confidence in Connie.”

The Sunshine Girls are scheduled to leave the island on January 15 and are to return on the 27th.

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