GOLD FOR WATERPOLO U19
Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 19 Female Waterpolo team won gold at the CARIFTA Waterpolo Championships in Bahamas which concluded today April 9th. The team which is coached by former National player Nicola Welch got past Jamaica 4 – 0 in the final which took place on Sunday morning at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex in […]
Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 19 Female Waterpolo team won gold at the CARIFTA Waterpolo Championships in Bahamas which concluded today April 9th.
The team which is coached by former National player Nicola Welch got past Jamaica 4 – 0 in the final which took place on Sunday morning at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex in Nassau. Tahirah Beepat, Victoria Gillette, Megan Stafford and Yasmin Mohammed all chipped in with a goal a piece to secure TTO’s victory.
The team remained undefeated for the tournament, winning two games on the opening day. T & T first pummeled Barbados 17 – 3, and then earned a 10 – 2 win over Jamaica. Three teams participated in the tournament, and virtue of T & T’s unbeaten record, the team earned a bye on Saturday and defeated Jamaica for the gold on Sunday. Jamaica first defeated Barbados 11-2 in the round robin match on Saturday morninh, and then defeated the Bajan outfit in the evening to earn their place in the final vs T & T.
Coach Nicola Welch was pleased with her team’s performance in the final.
“Jamaica definitely came out strong to try to beat us as you will see by the score margin but the girls persevered and remained strong and poised on defense. They converted where they needed to on offense but our strong defense anchored by our goalie Zoe Van Reeken was our strong suit. I’m extremely proud of their efforts and they put their all into the game to bring home the gold.”
Welch who last represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Pan Am Games in 2010, and who also participated in CARIFTA in the past, was victorious in her first stint as a National Coach.
“This was my first tour as a national coach. It’s certainly very different from being an athlete. But I’ve gained a much better understanding of the game in my experience playing at the university level and am happy to be able to share the knowledge with T & T’s present young athletes.”
The T & T U15 male team had a disappointing tournament winning only one out of five games and finished fourth above Bonaire. Bonaire was the only team TTO were successful against winning convincingly by 22 to 7. T & T lost Bahamas (7-10), Barbados (8-10) and Jamaica (6-7) in the round robin rounds, then T & T lost to Jamaica 3 – 7 in the bronze medal game.
The teams return from Bahamas on April 13th.