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Former England youth international John Bostock could be among a possible influx of new European and North American based talent added to the Soca Warriors squad ahead of the kick-off of the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers for Russia 2018, which begins on November 13.
 
On the weekend, the 64th world ranked Soca Warriors was drawn in Group C along with Guatemala or Antigua & Barbuda, and Aruba or 115th St Vincent and The Grenadines.
 
Top of the list is 23-year-old OH Leuven midfielder Bostock who has an English passport, but his father is from T&T and his mother from Scotland.

SOTT Bocce Team continued to medal on Day 3 of competition as Colin Duncan and Kerry James from the sister isle both won silver medals in Bocce Singles Competition at the LA Convention Centre, as part of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.

Special Olympics (SO) Canada rebounded today to better SOTT. In his medal round, Colin Duncan lost 5:7 to Lynden Hicks of SO Canada. While Kerry James lost 3:11 to Chad Conlon also of SO Canada. Ronan Dominique lost in the earlier rounds to Juan Duriat of Venezuela. Wednesday will see the female Bocce players Beverly Adams, Renee Massiah and Alicia Khan in action in Singles Competition.

The SOTT football team, was again successful in “7-a-side” competition against Caribbean neighbours Barbados winning by a 2:1 margin. SOTT will play Hong Kong on Wednesday.

In Aquatics, Shania Surujbally won a Bronze Medal in her 50m Freestyle to improve on her earlier 4th Place Ribbon in the 50m Breaststroke. Her time of 46:34 bettered her 47:14 in her preliminary swim.

The biggest haul of medals though came from Powerlifting, where Nicholas Mc Knight brought home a silver and three bronze medals in the 66 Kg Weight Class competition. Nicholas won Silver in the Bench Press with 67.5 kg, Bronze in the Squat (65.5 kg); Dead Lift (105 Kg); and Combine Lifts (240 Kg)

Competition continues at the various venues in the sports of Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Equestrian, Football, Powerlifting and Volleyball.Digicel and Digicel Foundation representatives are also in LA to support the athletes. The Digicel Foundation is the main local corporate sponsor of the Special Olympics of Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT). The Foundation also extends its funding to SOTT for programmes that develop the athletes and coaches and other activities that promote inclusion and raise awareness in support of persons with special needs.

T&T golfers tied for 3rd at CAGC

Trinidad and Tobago slipped back to third place after day 2 of the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships after the US Virgin Islands shot to a joint lead with Puerto Rico. 
 
T&T are tied for third with the Dominican Republic, with a team score of 35 over par, seven shots behind the leaders.
 
In the men’s championship race, Andrei Collins is the highest placed T&T golfer in 8th place.
 
In the race for the women’s title, Ysabelle Lawrence shot 85 on the second day to fall back to 6th, while Serena McKenzie’s 77 put her at 7th in the table. 
 
Carlos Baynes and Richard Camacho stormed to the lead in the Senior’s title race after a round of two under par 70. 
 
In the Super Seniors tournament, the team of Fabian Lee Foon and Barry Fernandez are tied for second, just three shots off the leaders. 
Guyana’s Christopher Barnwell won the 2015 Single Wicket Tournament with a convincing victory over surprise finalist Evin Lewis at Guaracara Park on Wednesday night.
 
Lewis stunned favorite Dwayne Bravo in the group stage of the before soundly whipping Navin Stewart in the semi-finals.
 
However, he was no match for the Guyana Amazon Warriors all-rounder Barnwell, who easily got past Lewis’s victory target of 10.
 
2014 Winner Kieron Pollard was not able to defend his title due to a family emergency the night before.
 
Barnwell won Group 1 with victories over Rayad Emrit and Richard Kelly, who replaced Pollard. 
 
Lewis beat Marlon Richards and Dwayne Bravo to get into the semifinals, while Andre Fletcher had three victories before against Steward, Imran Khan and Narsingh Deonarine to qualify for the round of four.
 
Barnwell easily got past Fletcher before Lewis pulverized Stewart to make it to the finals. 
 
Barnwell won the winner-take-all grand prize of TT$40,000. 

U-20 Women move onto CFU Finals

Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under 20 Women’s team pulled off their second straight win in convincing fashion as they topped Dominica 6-0 at Victoria Park in St Vincent/Grenadines on Tuesday evening.

The win meant that T&T topped their opening group of the Caribbean Football Union World qualifiers and moved on step closer to the CONCACAF Final round in Honduras later this year. They will now enter the CFU Final round in Haiti in October from which the top three teams will advance to the CONCACAF Finals. The best three finishers will then move on to the 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup in in Papua New Guinea.

T&T got goals from US-based player Maya Matouk (15', 29') Shauna Lee Govia (21'), Chelcy Ralph (40') Corel Carmichael (72') and Zoe Swift in the 81'.

Head coach Jason Spence said preparation was the key to the team’s strong showing against their Caribbean opponents.

“Today's performance was just a reflection of  our preparations going into the game,” Spence told TTFA Media.

“We scored in the first twenty minutes  and closed the game in the first half with a 4-0 lead which is what we set out to do.  The team was asked to manage the game and stick to game plan with emphasis now on higher possession and this was done quite well,” he added.

“The team was very relaxed but serious and focused as no celebrating was allowed until the job was complete by winning both games and topping the group. This was achieved and in true Trini style they enjoyed a good celebration afterwards.”

“Maya Matouk was simply amazing in this game.  She scored two goals to give us a cushion. A clean sheet again was a reflection of what was rehearsed as I drilled it to our defenders  that defence wins championships and today's game heavily relied on their performance. All in all, it was  a very good team performance and we are pleased to have got it right in the first phase of the campaign,” said Spence who thanked his team staff, the support of the TTFA,  and the family members of the players for its support leading up to the tournament.

 

Former T&T defender Dennis Lawrence believes there is still a market for local players in the United Kingdom despite the decline of players from this country in the Leagues there over the past few years.

Lawrence is currently getting ready for the English Premiership season as assistant coach of Everton and is focusing on helping the club better their 11th place finish of last season.

The former Soca Warriors defender urged the current squad to continue striving towards greater success, particularly with the 2018 World Cup qualifiers approaching.

Lawrence scored the goal that put Trinidad and Tobago into the 2006 World Cup with victory against Bahrain in November 2005. 

Trinidad and Tobago Under 20 Women’s player Maya Matouk  is firm on the belief that she and her teammates have not accomplished anything and must remained focused on the task at their feet. And that entails maintaining their team bond and improving as a unit as they move on to the Caribbean Football Union Under 20 Women’s Championship in Haiti in October.
 
Matouk, a student at University of Tampa, led T&T’s charge in their 6-0 defeat of Dominica in their closing first round fixture at Victoria Park in St Vincent on Tuesday evening to see them top the group with a maximum six points. 
 
T&T will now move onto the Finals in Haiti from which the top three teams from the eight-team tournament will advance to the CONCACAF Finals. At stake in that final tournament in Honduras  in December will be a place in the 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
 
“Even though we accomplished our first objective, going on to the next round is going to require us to stay even more humble and dedicated as we will be facing teams that are stronger,” a confident Matouk told TTFA Media
 
“We will take the experience of the past games with us and hope to increase our level of play to be victorious in the next qualifying round. Winning this first round was definitely a confidence boost for all and this will keep our spirits high,” she continued.
 
Looking back at the game in which she notched a double, the ex-St Ann’s Rangers  and IMG Academy player said sticking to the game plan laid out by head coach Jason Spence and proper communication among the players and staff  were key factors.
 
“Sticking to the game plan given by coach was definitely the key factor in our performance. We were told to give everything we had when we stepped out on the field and that’s exactly what we did,” she said.
 
The team was skippered by defender Renee Mike and included the likes of the talented Amaya Ellis, Chelcy Ralph, Tsaianne Leander who scored a double in the 2-0 win over St Vincent/Grenadines, Shauna Lee Govia, Naomie Guerra and goalkeeper Nicolette Craig.
 
“We stayed focused and humble throughout the qualifiers. Being a team with all teammates fully committed and willing to strive for excellence made our goal easier to achieve. We developed an effective method of communication and this was another important factor that allowed the game to be played smoothly,” Matouk added.
 
The T&T forward was a member of the T&T Under 17 Women’s Team that won the 2013 Caribbean title in Haiti, beating the hosts 1-0 in the final. She is familiar with the   conditions there and has a feel for that stage.
 
”Now we have a few weeks to prepare for the next stage which is going to be tougher and will require more out of us. But I think everyone’s up for it and we’ll be working  towards staying on top of our game and pull off the results to keep us going in this campaign,” Matouk ended.

T&T golfers 4th at CAGC

Trinidad and Tobago slipped further back to fourth in the race for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Title on Thursday in Jamaica.
 
At the end of Day 3, Team T&T has fallen to 18 shots behind third placed Puerto Rico.
 
The Dominican Republic led after day three with hosts Jamaica in second.
 
Carlos Baynes and Richard Camacho hold a six-shot lead in the Seniors Division going into the final day of the tournament, which is progress. 
Boom Champions Fuego have won the inaugural edition of the T&T Women's Premier League football tournament.
 
After the Chancellor Angels drew 1-1 with SCG Dragons in the opening game, Fuego needed a draw to claim the crown at St James Barracks. 
 
Camila Demezio scored early to give Fuego the lead only for CNGC Rush to score twice in the second half.
 
However, US players Claudia Saucedo scored in the dying moments to earn a 2-2 draw and the title for the Fuego. 
 
Cancellor Angels player Jodi Ann McGregor was named tournament MVP. 
 
Six teams began the season with the goal of entering their names in the history books. 
 
However, on Thursday evening at the St. James Barracks, it was only Boom Champions Fuego that held the inaugural trophy aloft. 
 
It was a thrilling conclusion to the tournament on the night. Chancellor Angels fought back to claim a 1-1 draw with SCG Dragons in the opening encounter. 
 
WPL Golden Boot winner Jazmin Elizondo opened the scoring with another left footed rocket. 
 
But Angels captain Jodi-Ann McGregor would not ride off gently into the sunset. She squared for Franklin to equalize at the stroke of half time. 
 
With Boom Champions Fuego needing at least a draw to be crowned champions, they got off to the perfect start against CNGC Rush. 
 
Camila Demezio tucked in a shot at the near post in the first half that had the Fuego supporters tasting WPL victory. 
 
Mollon and company had other ideas though. In a fiery encounter, CNGC Rush stormed back with 2 goals in the second half to leave Fuego reeling. 
 
In the dying moments, with her team in the midst of desperation, American Claudia Saucedo broke free and scored the equalizing goal that sent the crowd into raptures. 
 
At the final whistle, the score was 2-2 and Boom Champions Fuego were in champagne central. 
 
The Closing Ceremony was attended by WPL's league and team sponsors as well as specially invited guests such as T&T Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo, Pan Am 2015 silver medallist Njisane Phillip, World Championship gold medallist Jehue Gordon, Olympic sailor Andrew Lewis, former Soca Warrior Stern John and Junior Pan Am record breaking cyclist Kollyn St. George. 
 
The League awardees, as selected by the WPL's six coaches and their assistants, are as follows:
 
WPLTT 2015 Golden Glove (Best Goalkeeper) - :Leticia "Lele" Bussato (Boom Champions Fuego) 
 
WPLTT 2015 Golden Boot (Top Goal scorer) - Jazmin Elizondo (SCG Dragons) with 3 goals from 2 matches
 
WPLTT 2015 MVP - Jodi Ann McGregor (Chancellor Angels) 
WPLTT All Star XI 2015:
 
Leticia Bussato - Boom Champions Fuego 
Ermelinda Panataleao - Boom Champions Fuego 
Jaclyn Poucel - Chancellor Angels 
Jodie Redgrave - Chancellor Angels 
Karyn Forbes - Petrotrin Oilers 
Christina Murray - Boom Champions Fuego 
Tasha St Louis - Boom Champions Fuego 
Jodi Ann McGregor - Chancellor Angels 
Shakira Duncan - Wave FC 
Joseann "Lulu" Azevedo Wave FC
Kayla Taylor - Petrotrin Oilers 
In exactly one year's time the 2016 Rio Olympics will be opened and earlier today the Trinidad And Tobago Olympic Committee celebrated the event by presenting its first set of athlete medal incentives to some of those who won medals at the Pan American Games In Toronto Canada.
Bronze medal winners Daneil Tellesford and Emanuel Callender along with javelin gold medalist Keshorn Walcott all received the incentives for their accomplishments at the Pan Am Games.
 
President of the Trinidad And Tobago Olympic Committee Brian Lewis was high in praise of the athletes and said there is no time sit on our laurels with Rio right around the corner.
 
Lewis believes the performance of our athletes in the Pan Am Games should add belief  in our goal for 10 Olympic gold medals by 2024 , with track and field having a big role to play and says the TTOC will continue to do its part to ensure the athletes are rewarded for their efforts.
 
Lewis would like however some attention to be paid to the elite athlete funding.
 
The TTOC head announced that discussions are on-going to turn Lord Harris Square into an Olympic-themed park.
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