Trinidad and Tobago’s hockey team beat Mexico 3-1 to finish third in the Rio Olympics Test Event at Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Mickell Pierre put Trinidad and Tobago ahead in the 21st minute, before Shaquille Daniel doubled the lead in the 35th minute.
Tariq Marcano put T&T 3-0 ahead from a penalty corner before the Mexicans pulled one back in the 54th minute from the penalty spot.
Brazil beat Chile 3-2 in a shootout after the final ended 2-2 in full time.
Trinidad and Tobago drew their opening game 1-1 with Brazil before losing to Chile 0-2 in their second game.
T&T just failed to get into the final after thrashing Mexico 9-2.
The top eight players selected from the inaugural Digicel Jumpstart Elite Camp are now preparing for a top class basketball experience in New York City where they will train at NBA facilities, compete against local youth basketball teams in the tri-state area and attend an official NBA game.
Digicel recently inked a broadcasting rights deal with the NBA and is now the League’s official regional partner in the Caribbean which sees basketball fans getting the latest news, updates and games through its 24-hour regional sports channel, Digicel SportsMax that is available in more than 30 Caribbean countries.
The boys were handpicked by NBA coaches during the Jumpstart Clinics programme which took place across eight countries and culminated in the Elite Camp in Trinidad and Tobago in September.
NBA Senior Vice President for Latin America, Philippe Moggio, said; “Having made it through the intense training at the Jumpstart Clinics and the Elite Camp, we are excited to welcome them to New York City for the final phase of the programme. We are delighted that the Jumpstart programme has given these boys such an amazing opportunity to get first-hand training from highly qualified coaches as well as showcase what they have learned through exhibition games.”
Digicel Group Marketing Operations Director, Kieran Foley, said; “These boys are going to take basketball fans from the Caribbean on a journey which will see them developing their talents though their Jumpstart NBA experience. As a continuation of the programme, the top eight youth basketball players selected from the Elite Camp will now travel to the United States where they will enjoy the sights and sounds of New York City, get first hand training with NBA-certified coaches and attend an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. The boys will take basketball fans back home with them on their journey as they share memorable moments on social media as well as on Digicel SportsMax – the Caribbean’s regional broadcaster of all things NBA.”
The Digicel/NBA Jumpstart Basketball programme was launched with the hosting of the clinics in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands. The players who emerged as the top performing athletes out of those clinics attended the Digicel/NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp which was held in Trinidad and Tobago where they trained with former NBA players, Adonal Foyle and Muggsy Bogues and former NBA coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s Team Head Coach Randy Waldrum has announced the final squad for the two International Friendlies with United States on December 6th and December 10th.
The home-based players departing Port of Spain on December 4th and will be joined by Waldrum and the overseas-based players later that day in Hawaii.
Included in the team is forward Kennya Cordner along with regulars from the previous team that participated in the World Cup qualifiers such as defender Arin King, Janine Francois, goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, Ahkeela Mollon, Khadidra Debessette, Karyn Forbes and Mariah Shade.
Waldrum spoke about the two upcoming matches, describing it as an excellent opportunity for the team to face the World champions, but he did express concern about the lack of preparations leading up to the two meeting.
“It’s going to be a great opportunity to play the reigning world champions,” Waldrum told TTFA Media on Monday.
“ Top level international games such as these two are exactly what we need to prepare for the Olympic Qualifiers, and for the future growth of our team. However I’m very concerned as the preparation for these games have been very poor. The team itself has not been together so for many the first game will be the first time the players have even played together,” he added.
Looking at the composition of his selection, Waldrum said while he has included players that made up the squad from the 2015 World Cup qualifiers, he has included some new faces.
“I am bringing in some new players which I wanted to look at as far back as the World Cup Qualifiers and for different reasons was not able too. We’ll have the core of the team there with some question marks on a few such as Mariah Shade and Patrice Superville who are nursing injuries.”
Waldrum is optimistic about the team’s chances in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Final Round next February, saying he hopes this level of preparation with games such as the ones against the US can become a regular occurrence.A in 2014
“As I said earlier, these are the kind of competitions we need for all of our national teams. Our preparation for the World Cup last year only included a local men’s team, a local youth boys team, and a youth girls team in Dallas. That is not the way our national teams should prepare. So these games are huge for us, not in terms of the results but simply in terms of the experience of playing top competition. I just wish we would have had time to actually train before the games with all of our players. We would have gotten so much more out of these games if we had.
Waldrum who was in Trinidad recently, will team up with fellow staff members Sharon O’Brien (Manager), Ben Waldrum (Assistant Coach), Anthony Creece (Assistant Coach), Benyam Astorga (Trainer), Claire George (Kit manager), Clayton Ince (Goalkeeper coach) and Michael Taylor (Physio).
The first of the two friendlies which is part of the US Victory tour, will be played on December 6th Aloha Stadium in Honolulu at 3 p.m. local/8 p.m. ET and will be aired on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO).The Second match in Texas on December 10th will kick off at 8 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
T&T Squad for USA matches.
Tasha St. Louis