Samantha Wallace

Samantha Wallace

Trinidad and Tobago international Samantha Wallace was in inspiring goal-scoring form as she led defending champions New South Wales Swifts to a flying start to their Suncorp Super Netball title defence on the weekend.

Goal-shoot Wallace, last season’s MVP of the final, scored 33 goals as the Swifts held on for a thrilling come-from-behind 63-61 win over the Giants.

The defending champions recovered from a five-goal deficit at half-time to lead by eight with four minutes to play, before withstanding a late Giants run to win a historic NSW derby at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena.

Both Sydney clubs were originally scheduled to open the pandemic-delayed 2020 season with a series of home games at the newly renovated Ken Rosewall Arena. But new border restrictions forced the Swifts and Giants to relocate north just days before the opening round.

The Giants led 33-28 at halftime courtesy of captain Jo Harten’s long-range accuracy, the England international proving the difference in a tight opening half by nailing seven of nine two-point Suncorp Super Shots.

But the Swifts surged to the lead with Wallace inspiring a 21-13 third-quarter charge, the Trinidad and Tobago goal-shoot closing the period with a pair of team-lifting super shots.


The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has praised the “inspirational leadership” of Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR captain Kieron Pollard) for propelling his team to the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 championship.

West Indies cricket needs another T20 tournament.

That’s the view of both Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy, the captains whose sides contested Thursday’s Caribbean Premier League final.

On the eve of the tournament decider Wednesday, Pollard, the current West Indies T20 captain, said new talent needed exposure that the CPL is unable to provide.

Jereem “The Dream” Richards has his challenges as he continues to prepare for the 2021 track and field season. The Trinidad and Tobago sprint star, however, is confident he will be ready to challenge for honours at the July 23 to August 8 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

In Canada, they are calling him Akeem “The Dream” Garcia.

Known as “Froggy” in his Trinidad and Tobago homeland, former national youth striker Garcia continued his march to the Golden Boot award in a shortened 2020 version of the Canadian Premier League (CPL), when scoring a league-leading fifth goal of the season for HFX Wanderers in a 1-1 draw with defending champions Forge FC in their first game of CPL’s championship round (Big 4).

Mandatory use of face masks in public is proving to be quite a challenge for shot putter Hezekiel Romeo.

“The mask requirement hinders my breathing during strenuous workouts,” Romeo told the Express, “but I try to use ones that do not make me feel like I’m suffocating.”

There was no Sunil Narine, no Colin Munro, Dwayne Bravo couldn’t bowl, and still, the Trinbago Knight Riders achieved their perfect 12.

Darren Bravo played much better shots than the inside edge that brought him the match-winning boundary in yesterday’s Hero Caribbean Premier League final. But that didn’t matter as he stood roaring in triumph. His teammates responded instantly, racing towards him to celebrate their eight-wicket victory over the St Lucia Zouks and their fourth CPL title, the third in four seasons.