Trinidad and Tobago boxer, Michael Alexander outpointed Nigerian Oto Joseph at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) here in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday, to advance to the round of 16 in the Commonwealth Games men’s lightweight division.
The decision was unanimous, Alexander winning all three rounds 10-9 on all three judges’ scorecards. Nevertheless, it was a tough fight for the 21-year-old.
“Very challenging,” Alexander told the Sunday Express. “First time I fought an African country. Nigeria was pretty tough. Not really tactical. They’re more rugged, they keep coming, they don’t stop. They’re pretty strong too. My best skill was moving around and being tactical. He was a bit stronger than me, so I had to box him. I couldn’t fight him.”
Meanwhile, there was a dominant performance from T&T’s Aaron Prince in the men’s middleweight division.
Prince had the measure of his opponent, Rwanda’s Jean Maurice Bikorimana, and skilfully accumulated points throughout the three-round contest to emerge with a unanimous decision.
At the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, Roger Daniel finished 12th in the men’s 10-metre pistol event. The T&T shooter finished with a score of 565, while his teammate, Rhodney Allen scored 557 to secure 19th spot in the 30-man field. The top eight advanced to the final, which was won by Australian Daniel Repacholi.
At Scotstoun Campus, the T&T men’s table tennis team reached the final of the classification knockout—an event for the countries that finished third or fourth in group play.
In their semi-final clash with Guyana, T&T came away with a 3-1 victory. Curtis Humphreys beat Christopher Franklin 11-9, 3-11, 11-8, 11-8 to send T&T ahead. France-based Dexter St Louis then stopped Paul David at 6, 7 and 8 to double the advantage. Franklin and Shemar Britton pulled one back for Guyana, getting the better of St Louis and Aaron Wilson 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 11-1 in the doubles contest. But Wilson ensured there would be no comeback story in the Guyana newspapers today, sealing victory for T&T with an 11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 11-3 triumph over David.
Earlier yesterday, Humphreys and Wilson won singles matches, while Wilson and Yuvraaj Dookram teamed up for a doubles victory as T&T blanked Uganda 3-0 in the quarters.
In today’s classification final, T&T square off against Ghana.
Also at Scotstoun Campus, T&T squash player Kale Wilson lost in the quarter-final round of the men’s plate. He was beaten 12-10, 10-12, 8-11, 11-9, 11-1 by Kenyan Hardeep Reel.
At Ibrox Stadium…no, there was no benefit match for former T&T and Glasgow Rangers footballer Russell Latapy at the famous Rangers home ground. Ibrox is the venue for the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens tournament.
In his first game for Rangers at Ibrox, the “Little Magician” helped his team win 3-1 in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Slovenian club, NK Maribor. But for his rugby-playing countrymen their Ibrox debut was a baptism of fire. T&T squared off against the powerful South Africans in their opening pool “B” fixture, and were whipped 36-0.
T&T fought hard, but would have needed a “Big Magician” or two in their line-up to create any concerns for South Africa. On the positive side, however, they achieved a team goal of not conceding more than 40 points.
T&T skipper Joseph Quashie told the Sunday Express he was pleased with the team’s effort.
“Honestly, I felt pretty good, knowing that it’s the first time we were actually playing against world class players. It went well, and all we could do right now is move forward, and look towards the next game.”
Next up for T&T was a showdown with Cook Islands, and while they lost again, Quashie and company had the satisfaction of getting on the scoresheet. Agboola Silverthorn and substitute James Phillip each scored a try for T&T in a 33-10 defeat.
In their final pool “B” contest, T&T lost 35-5 to Kenya, captain Quashie scoring the lone try.
T&T’s netballers produced a decent start and a strong finish in a group “B” clash with Wales, at the SECC. However, what happened in between sealed their fate, T&T going down 50-31.
Trailing by just three goals after the first quarter, T&T were well-placed to challenge the Welsh. But a 10-7 lead turned into 27-11 at the half, following a dismal second quarter. After the third period of play, Wales were ahead 43-19 and virtually assured of victory. T&T outscored their opponents 12-7 in the fourth quarter, but it was a classic case of too little too late.
Goal attack Kalifa McCollin scored 13 goals from 15 attempts for T&T, and goal shoot Anastacia Wilson, 12 from 19.
Also at the SECC, T&T’s Christopher George lost his opening round judo contest. Competing in the men’s under-100 kilogrammes category, George was thrown by Shah Hussain after two minutes and 30 seconds, the Pakistani earning a full point (ippon) and the victory.
“He kept doing exactly the same thing over and over,” a disappointed George told the Sunday Express, “and I got caught in his cadence of grip fighting. I just couldn’t make an opening to actually throw a proper attack.”
And at the National Hockey Centre, T&T went under 8-0 to South Africa in a men’s pool “B” fixture.
Team T&T Today
(All TT times)
4.30 a.m. - Table tennis, Men’s classification final vs Ghana.
5.32 a.m. - Rugby 7s, T&T vs Canada, Bowl quarterfinal
6.40 a.m. - Swimming, Dylan Carter, Men’s 100 fly, heat 3
9.00 a.m. - Hockey, Women vs Canada
9.51 a.m. – Athletics, Richard Thompson, Men’s 100, heat 3
10.12 a.m. - Athletics, Darrel Brown, Men’s 100, heat 6
10.33 a.m. - Athletics, Keston Bledman, Men’s 100, heat 9
10.33 a.m. - Cycling, Quincy Alexander, Njisane Phillip, Men’s keirin, round 1
10.40 a.m. - Athletics, Robert Collingwood, Men’s shot put qualifying
11.02 a.m. - Athletics, Kai Selvon, Women’s 100, heat 2
11.16 a.m. - Athletics, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Women’s 100, heat 4
11.30 a.m. - Athletics, Kamaria Durant, Women’s 100, heat 6
12.02 p.m. - Athletics, Shawna Fermin, Women’s 400, heat 2
12.16 p.m. - Athletics, Domonique Williams, Women’s 400, heat 4
12.30 p.m. - Athletics, Romona Modeste, Women’s 400, heat 6
After 1.30 p.m. - Boxing, Men’s Lightweight, Michael Alexander, round of 16
2.00 p.m. – Hockey, Men vs Canada
2.14 p.m. - Swimming, Dylan Carter, Men’s 100 free, final
3.59 p.m. – Swimming, George Bovell, Men’s 50 back final