Saturday, February 17, 2018

Coach, captain: No regrets*

T&T played exciting hockey, won over fans in Berlin

UP TO THE CHALLENGE: Trinidad and Tobago’s Mickell Pierre, right, protects the ball from an Australian opponent as Akim Toussaint, background, offers support during their Pool A game at the FIH Indoor World Cup in Berlin, Germany. Australia survived a late T&T surge to come away 7-6 winners. —Photo: FIH/Frank Uijlenbroek

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S performances at the just-concluded fifth FIH (International Hockey Federation) Indoor World Cup in Berlin, Germany, evoked surprise and respect from their opponents and won them the admiration of fans who attended the 12-team, five-day tournament.
That was the message of both head coach Raphael Govia and captain Solomon Eccles as they spoke with reporters on the team’s return, in the VIP Lounge at Piarco International Airport on Monday evening.
“We didn’t go to the World Cup to play boring hockey,” an obvious­ly tired Govia, himself a former national player, patiently explained. “We went there to play entertaining hockey, and I think the boys achieved that and that’s how we won the hearts of the people up there. Everywhere, even outside the stadium, people were talking about Trinidad and Tobago.”

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