Jordane Dookie

ENDED SIXTH: Jordane Dookie

THE Trinidad and Tobago girls finished sixth and seventh in singles in the COTECC (Central American and Caribbean Tennis Confederation) 14 and under Masters Tournament yesterday in Acapulco, Mexico.

Three days after losing to Margaux Bortran in the round-robin group stage, Jordane Dookie was beaten 6-3, 6-0 when they clashed for fifth place.

The Under-18 champion of last year’s Lease Operators Limited Junior Tournament had beaten the Guatemalan in consecutive weeks en route to the finals of both tournaments in the two-leg COTECC circuit in the Dominican Republic two months ago.

After brushing aside Isabella Estrada 6-1, 6-1 for third place in Group B on Monday, Cameron Wong only surrendered one game to the Mexican this time in their battle to avoid the cellar place in the eight-player competition.

Both T&T players went on to lose in the first round of mixed doubles, but then prevailed later in the night in the classification draw, and they will clash for fifth place when the six-day tournament concludes today.

Dookie has already beaten Wong twice in this tournament – in girls’ doubles on Monday night and in the first round of singles classification on Wednesday.

Dookie and Guatemalan Santiago Ovalle edged Botran and Andres Rendon of El Salvador 3-6, 6-3, 10/7 after going down 6-3, 6-1 against Guatemalan Carlota Balseiro and Gianluca Mondini of El Salvador in their battle for a place in the semi-finals.

After losing 6-1, 6-3 against second-seeded Mexicans Marcia Chacon and Diego Alcala, Wong and Alvaro Perez of Dominican Republic took down Estrada and Ronaldo Cottom of Guatemala to advance to today’s fifth-place playoff.

The T&T players have already captured medals in the tournament as Dookie combined with Balseiro for silver and Dookie picked up bronze with the assistance of Bortan – in doubles on Tuesday night.

Singles, doubles and mixed doubles points will be counted when the top four male and female players are selected for the America’s Cup in Florida, USA, in December, at the end of today’s play.

The top four ranked male and female players in COTECC as well as four other boys and girls picked by the Confederation were selected to participate in this tournament about a month ago.

Former COTECC No.1 player Wong and Dookie were ranked third and fourth, respectively, at that time, but they have each dropped two places since.


THERE will be horse racing after all on Saturday at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

The Arima Race Club (ARC) had been preparing to resume the sport on Saturday after a six-month shutdown because of Covid-19. But Prime Minster Keith Rowley put a spoke in their wheel during the government’s media briefing last Saturday when he gave the green light for the resumption of the sport from November 1.

KENWYNE JONES thinks his role as interim head coach is to bring stability to the national women’s team following a recent period of trauma within the programme.

Speaking during an online press briefing yesterday, the former Trinidad and Tobago men’s captain acknowledged that there has been upheaval within the team. But he thought those events could motivate and even strengthen the players.

DESPITE a convincing victory yesterday, Trinidad and Tobago failed to advance to the knockout stage of the older category in the Pan American Under-11 & Under-13 Table Tennis Championships in Ecuador.

The duo of Chloe Fraser and Jordan Thong took down Puerto Rico 3-0, but they had lost 3-1 to Colombia and 3-2 to Peru when the tournament served off on Monday.

Having lost their first warm-up match on Monday, the West Indies will have a few questions to answer when they tackle Afghanistan in their final T20 World Cup warm-up match at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai, from 10 a.m. today.

Bangladesh overcame sloppy fielding and erratic bowling to beat co-host Oman by 26 runs yesterday at Al Amerat Cricket Ground and keep its hopes alive of advancing in the T20 World Cup.

Scotland, which upset Bangladesh in their Group B opening game, eliminated spirited debutant Papua New Guinea by recording a 17-run victory earlier yesterday.

October is Calypso History Month. And if he was still alive, Lord Christo would have been ready to sing:

“Once a year in October, fete fuh so in Queen’s Park Savannah.

Carnival out of season, every man know the reason,

Colleges in the city fighting for football supremacy.”