Trinidad and Tobago’s Red Force beating of Barbados Pride Saturday night to win the West Indies Cricket Board’s 50-overs championship was the lone success of three national teams contesting regional competitions this past weekend.
Yesterday, the TT national Futsal or five-player team football team suffered a first loss in three matches in the eight-nation Caribbean Football Union’s championship in Cuba, TT edged 2-3 by Group toppers Curacao.
And in Antigua yesterday as well, the nation’s foremost men’s Beach Volleyball team pair of Toco-resident Daneil Williams and Fabien Whitfield lost a golden set decider to the US Virgin Islands in the final of the NORCECA or North, Central America and Caribbean championship, a Second qualifying tournament for this year’s Rio Olympic Games.
The TT Futsallers were coming off 7=1 and 4-3 wins over Antigua-Barbuda and Guyana respectively before coming unstuck by Curacao. But they both advance to the semifinal stage for contests with Cuba and Guadeloupe that will also qualify winners for the CONCACAF finals.
Captain Jerwyn Balthazar scored a hattrick with Colin Joseph (2) and Jameel Neptune and Kerry Joseph (1 each making Friday night’s winning TT scoreline. On Saturday, captain Balthazar,, Kerry Joseph and Neptune netted again with Ishmael Daniel also on the scoresheet for TT who led 4-nil before the Guyana late scoring surge.
At the Castaways Beach in Jolly Harbour in Antigua, Williams and Whitfield had seen Trinidad and Tobago keep pace with Curacao tied 2-2 in the best-of-five match finale as the TT other team pair of Simon Blake and Christian Francois had lost both their games to the Dutch-speaking A and B pairs.
Trinidad and Tobago had secured passage to the final on quarterfinal success against Barbados and against Curacao in the semifinal. Now TT and the US VI teams advance to the third Olympic qualifying round to be contested in Costa Rica in May.
Congratulations were continuing to be highlighted for the Jason Mohammed=captained Red Force Cricket team both on the West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Boards fan pages after the 72=run crush of Barbados at the Queen’s park Oval.
Meanwhile a Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team is leaving today bound for Costa Rica for two friendly internationals ahead of the move to the United States for next week’s CONCACAF Olympic 2016 Games qualifiers.