MEXICO enjoyed key victories on Trinidad and Tobago soil this past weekend, their latest last night when their women’s volleyball defeated hosts Trinidad and Tobago to earn the 24th and last berth for the World Championships to be staged in Italy in September/October this year.
On Saturday the Mexican Boys Under-19 Rugby team left Trinidad and Tobago back in fifth place as they won the North and Central America and Caribbean age-group championship, beating Barbados in the deciding game.
Mexico appeared untroubled by the boisterous support for the TT team in the closing match of the five-nation tournament which determined the winner as the 24th and last qualifier for the World Championship.
In the nightly action begun Wednesday at the Sport & Physical Education Centre of the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies, both Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago registered victories over Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala to set up last night’s decider.
Trinidad and Tobago team played determinedly but Mexico proved superior technically and tactically for a straight 3-set win.
And in the rugby action alternated between the Fatima College Ground and the Hasely Crawford Stadium from Monday to Saturday, Mexico ruled the roost, winning all their games, finishing off 17-10 against Barbados, after beating Trinidad and Tobago 17-3 and USA South 20-10.
Jamaica, TT and Cayman islands fell in behind the top three and in the lower division competition Bermuda led the Turks and Caicos Islands with TT Second team and the British Virgin Islands next.
TT first team overwhelmed Cayman Islands 45-9 to close out their campaign and TT’s second downed British Virgin Islands 34-6.