The national men’s hockey team emerged the brightest spark of Trinidad and Tobago home and away competition in individual and team sport this past weekend, the team holding firm for a 4-3 victory over Switzerland to finish fifth of the eight nations in Hockey’s World League Round 2 tournament ended last night at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua, East Trinidad.
The TT women’s team meanwhile suffered their second loss in their seven-nation event in West Vancouver, Canada yesterday – Mexico handing them a 6-nil defeat, one day after Chile pounded the Caribbean lone challenge nine goals to one.
Trinidad and Tobago led by Patricia Wright-Alexis who scored after Chile were seven goals up are the lowest world ranked of the seven women’s teams vying for two places in next pre-World Cup qualifying round.
TT at 34 are engaged with Mexico (30th), Chile (9th), Canada (18th), India (12th), Belarus (20th) and Uruguay (23rd).
Today is a rest day and tomorrow TT play Canada.
The West Indies cricket team and its six Trinidad and Tobago players failed miserably in front of expectant fans at the Queen’s Park Oval, beaten by Pakistan by seven wickets in the last of the four T20 internationals – Pakistan winning the series 3-1.
Evin Lewis (7 runs), Lendl Simmons (one), Kieron Pollard (three), Jason Mohammed (one), Sunil Narine (9 and no wicket for 19) and Samuel Badree (one not out and no wicket for 38) left home fans cheerless.
One other TT national having a brighter weekend was footballer Kevin Molino who played an MVP game in his Minnesota United FC 4-2 win against Real Salt Lake in USA’s MLS action.
Molino headed in the first and assisted Minnesota’s second and fourth in their first win in five matches – Molino’s third goal with his new team.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer who defeated Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the Miami Open Men’s Singles final yesterday is the favourite tennis player of several TT hockey players but the TT men’s hockey team made sure they had Switzerland’s measure in the World League action at Tacarigua.
TT, world-ranked 33rd, had beaten the 30th-ranked Swiss 6-2 in preliminary-round Pool play ad it was 4-3 for TT in yesterday’s playoff for fifth place – TT’s Jordan Reynos scoring from a penalty corner in the tenth minute.
Switzerland struck with field goals in the 16th and 21st for a 2-1 lead, but second-half action saw TT rolling to a 4-2 lead with scoring by Teague Marcano (43rd), a field goal, Stefan Mouttet (45th minute, a penalty corner) and Teague again TT’s fourth in the 51st, a penalty corner.
Switzerland netted their third with two minutes play left.
World-ranked number 16 Japan beat number 11th ranked Canada 2-1 in the final which qualified both teams for the pre-World Cup next stage in June/July this year.
29th ranked USA who escaped with a penalty shootout win against 33rd ranked Trinidad and Tobago in the quarter-final got a 2-1 penalty shootout victory over 22nd ranked Russia to finish third. They were tied 2-2 at full time.
TT had beaten Barbados 3-1 on Saturday in the 5th to 8th place playoffs.