T&T U-19 girls win CARIFTA water polo gold
Trinidad and Tobago defeated hosts Jamaica 6-4 on Saturday night to capture the Under-19 Girls title at the Carifta Water Polo Championship at the National Stadium Pool in Kingston, Jamaica.
The U-19 Girls competition was contested between the Jamaicans and T&T, who played a best-of-five series.
The first two games were split before Trinidad and Tobago won the next two to capture the series 3-1. The T&T girls won the opener 12-4, before Jamaica levelled the series when winning the second match 10-9.
The Polo Princess then won the third game 10-3 on Saturday morning, before again beating the Jamaicans 6-4 on Saturday night to clinch the title.
Trinidad and Tobago supporters who made the trip to Kingston to support the three national water polo teams were given the treat of seeing Anya Welch scoring three goals to give the girls victory in the fourth gane. Nicol Ollivere also found the net twice and Lily Stauble got the other goal for T&T.
Needless to say, the girls were ecstatic at the end of the evening.
Yesterday's final day of competition saw both the Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 and Under-19 boys teams contesting the gold medal. Both teams were playing Jamaica last night.
On Saturday, the T&T Under-19 boys remained undefeated after beating Curacao 15-8 to earn their third victory of the round-robin series against Jamaica and the team from the Netherlands Antilles.
Despite resting three starting players due to injury, coach Alan Too A Foo's team still won comfortably against Curacao.
For T&T, Ryan West scored four goals, Kieron Emmanuel and Andrew Chin Lee both got three apiece, while Marc Stauble (2), Jonathan Gillette, Andrew Clarke and Johann Callender were the other scorers.
Trinidad and Tobago's Under-19 boys, who are preparing for the Junior World Championships in Australia later this year, opened the tournament with a 27-1 defeat of Curacao, before defeating Jamaica 40-0 in their second match.
And yesterday morning, the T&T Under-15 boys whipped Bahamas 28-3, while their older compatriots shut out Jamaica 20-0.
Scoring for the U-15 boys were Dyllon Lara (5), Adam Alexis (4), Justin Bhola (4), Nabeel Hosein (3), Adrian Hinds (3), Christian Gillette (3), Aaron Shephard (2), Dyllon Lara (1), Takashi Afoon (1) and Keanan Charles (1).
On the scoresheet for the T&T U-19s were Jonathan Gillette (5), Johann Callender (4), Ryan West (3), Andrew Clarke (2), Kieron Emmanuel (2), Andrew Chin Lee (2), Marc Stauble (1) and Andrew Too-A-Foo (1).