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Football / Re: Condolences Thread
« on: May 18, 2016, 06:35:57 AM »
Condolences and blessings to you and your fam Patriot.

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Football / Re: Tobago's contribution to our football
« on: May 15, 2016, 08:05:46 PM »
The U17s played yesterday and today. 5 players invited to join the squad. Lets hope they fear better than the U20 boys.

So....a total of 21 players (male and female) from the Tobago screenings. Let's hope all players give their best as time goes on.

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Football / Re: Tobago's contribution to our football
« on: May 04, 2016, 08:31:25 PM »
I am hearing that quite a number of girls from Tobago have been invited to train with the national u15 team...... As many as 12. This is to be confirmed though.

13 out of 31 for U15 training.

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Football / Re: Tobago's contribution to our football
« on: May 02, 2016, 04:46:10 AM »
Trinidad U20 3 vs Tobago U20 1

As expected, players who are in professional training environments performed better (were more consistent). However, there were decent enough performances by at least 3 players (with a possibility of 2-3 more for further screening) being included in the team's preparation. The time line is the main killer. Players must be registered with CFU/CONCACAF within the next two weeks. It's a tough position for Coach Brian Williams and his technical staff to be in. I can honestly say...they do need one or two players in certain positions to make the team a bit more sure (my own personal view).

As Rastaman said, it has been requested this team remain in training. This is something the TFA will have to discuss with all parties involved. It's an easy sell, but in reality...it comes down to $$$.

Waiting to hear how the U-15 girls did in Trinidad this last weekend at the U15 girls screening tournament.

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Football / Re: Digicel Kickstart Academy Thread.
« on: April 27, 2016, 02:36:12 AM »
I'm biased so.....Elijah Elliot is YOUR choice ;D BHS form 3 student and one of two players to play U14, U16 and U19 Divisions in SSFL last year. On top of all that....I'm in school coach  :) So....

Like this youtube video and that's all he needs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pheSC-anqNU&feature=share

Blessings (like the video) and enjoy the night and day tomorrow.

Just so you know, there are about 5 or 6 other wildcard nominees. I remain biased.

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Football / Re: Tobago's contribution to our football
« on: April 26, 2016, 07:22:07 PM »
Confirmed game without a venue?

this is football in trinidad

Courland (aka Black Rock).

Attempts were made to get DYS but it didn't work out.

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Football / Re: Tobago's contribution to our football
« on: April 26, 2016, 06:56:08 AM »
As far as I know....yes. Venue TBD

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Football / Re: Tobago's contribution to our football
« on: April 24, 2016, 09:13:04 AM »
With u20and17 coaches preparing to come to Tobago to scout players. A practice match between the u17 and u20 was today cancelled because the car park of the Dwight Yorke stadium was rented out for model car racing 😞😞😞😞😞

Hardgo dey Rastaman. I was to call you and got caught up in waiting, relocating and refereeing the match.

TFA U-20 3 vs TFA U-17 2

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Resume Hot-Line / Re: Coaching Jobs
« on: April 22, 2016, 04:14:11 AM »
Hi Guys are there any teams in TnT looking for a coach? PM me for my CV if interested

Perhaps a rundown on your credentials might elicit some interest.

VB

This would help...

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Other Sports / Re: Marisa Dick
« on: April 20, 2016, 07:25:08 PM »
This thing reeks of serious bias and conflict of interests. Not sure what the outcome will be but I can't see this ending well for TTGF...and especially Marisa Dick. Thema I think will be fine. What's to follow depending on how this ends, can be career ending.

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Football / Re: Tobago's contribution to our football
« on: April 17, 2016, 06:48:58 PM »
There are a numerous reasons Tobago's football product has been in such poor condition. It would take too long to go over all the issues. What I can say is many of these issues are being addressed...it will take some time but I do expect Tobago's (youth in particular) football to demand more respect in the coming years.

Lots of work to be...and is being done.


Can you state exactly what is the work you are talking about?

Girls U-15
Boys U-17 and U-20 preparations.

The fact that there is training going on for these age groups (not so much the U-20 with the limited time) is a significant departure from the norm. Continued training at the 'highest level' of youth football on the island for 20-25 players should start to bring about some hint of a mental change from what is normal to something more 'professional'. Just remember...these things take time.

There are other things happening behind the doors.

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Football / Re: Tobago's contribution to our football
« on: April 17, 2016, 05:17:08 PM »
There are a numerous reasons Tobago's football product has been in such poor condition. It would take too long to go over all the issues. What I can say is many of these issues are being addressed...it will take some time but I do expect Tobago's (youth in particular) football to demand more respect in the coming years.

Lots of work to be...and is being done.


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Football / Re: 2017 Under 17 WC Thread
« on: April 17, 2016, 04:41:54 PM »
Wha...yuh reach FULL WARRIOR status  ;D ;D ;D NICE

This Tobago group in training story around for sometime now. The problem is the 26 mentioned entered a strength and conditioning program but the Tobago boys do not have the benefit of this coordinated preparation.  They will probably bring a Tobago 11 to play a Trinidad 11 and not choose Tobago boys. We need the same process and preparations for all boys.

It's not a story. They are in training...up till this morning.

The weight-training problem has been a constant for some time now. Not saying it's an easy fix...There are some ways to keep them 'par' with their counterparts in T/dad. We need to use what we have for this.


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Football / Re: 2017 Under 17 WC Thread
« on: April 17, 2016, 03:08:38 PM »
The players from Tobago are still in training and are awaiting info on their screening sessions. This should have happened 1-2 weeks ago.

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T&T U-20 hopefuls urged to join Pro League clubs; TTFA president explains
By Lasana Liburd  (Wired868.com)


Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams has defended National Under-20 Team coach Brian Williams’ message to his players that they risk jeopardising their international careers if they did not join Pro League clubs.

John-Williams, who is the owner of the W Connection Football Club, and Williams, who is a Connection youth team coach, addressed teenaged international aspirants at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva yesterday.

Williams’ initial 33-member shortlist comprised only of Pro League youth and senior team players. However, the coach allowed other players to try out, based on recommendations from other local coaches and football stakeholders.

Those additions included the Shiva Boys Hindu College duo of Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel and Quinn Rodney, St Mary’s College winger Ethan Shim, former St Benedict’s College custodian Jamari Warrick and St Anthony’s College winger Kathon St Hillaire and utility player Andrew Rullow.

Before the session started, the non-Pro League players were asked to stand up in front of their teammates.

“(The TTFA president) asked them what is the reason they are not with a Pro League club,” said the observer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The first two boys were Shim and St Hillaire and they said they were at academies and were focusing on improving their football with those academies.

“Then ‘Pappy’ said he was in Form Five and wanted to have some time to focus on exams. To which, John-Williams said ‘you are focusing on exams but you are here at national training (…) and just like you made a choice the coach has to make a choice’.

“He focused on Pappy for such a long time that he never got to ask Quinn Rodney why he was not at a Pro League club.”

Emmanuel, who was one of three Trinidad and Tobago players selected for a training stint with Manchester City earlier this year, was singled out by “Soca Warriors” coach Stephen Hart as one of the two island republic’s best young talents along with his schoolmate, Rodney.

The Shiva Boys student has apparently agreed to represent National Super League (NSL) club, Marabella Family Crisis Centre, in the upcoming senior season. The NSL is Trinidad and Tobago’s second tier competition and consists of amateur clubs.

Williams reiterated the importance of club football before the players left the session.

READ MORE...

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Provisional 33 called for U-20 Training.
TTFA MEDIA.


A provisional squad of thirty-three players have been called up to begin preparations with the National Under 20 Men’s Team  at the Ato Boldon Stadium mainfield in Couva this Monday from 4:30pm.

Following the appointment of Brian Williams as Head Coach of the Men’s National Under 20 team this week, the former National team defender will welcome the players for the opening session as they look ahead to the build up for the Caribbean Football Union opening qualifying group phase in June in T&T, towards the 2017 FIFA Under 20 Men’s World Cup in South Korea.

“We’ve selected a squad of players that will come in on the first day to get acquainted with our plans and for us on the technical staff to be able to communicate from early what our vision and our intentions are with regards to getting the team ready for the start of the qualification,” Williams told TTFA Media.

This is the preliminary squad and we have identified a few players who are also based in the United States and England. We will also leave the door open to any other players who are eligible for selection, between this current time and the naming of the final team around late May,” he added.

Below is the list of T&T-based players who are requested to attend the opening session on Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium. The overseas-based players who have been called include Joshua Burnett (Players Development Academy, USA), Jerren Nixon Jnr (Philadelphia Union, USA), Chaz Burnett (Players Development Academy, USA), Morgan Bruce (Stevanage Borough, England), ex-T&T Under 17 player Anthony Herbert (based in the USA) and Noah Powder (New York Red Bulls, USA).

PLAYER/DOB/CLUB

Jamaal Roach - 2/9/97 - Morvant Caledonia United
Shawndell Augustus - 11/23/97- Morvant Caledonia United
Nicholas Dillon - 3/25/97 - Central FC
Levi Fernandez - Central FC
Kareem Riley - 26/2/1998 - Central FC
Tekay Hoyce - 17/6/1998 - Central FC
Taryk Sampson - 3/5/97 - North East Stars
Hakim Baird - 3/29/97 - North East Stars
Kerry Daniel - 8/18/97 - North East Stars
John-Paul Rochford - 5/1/2000 - North East Stars
Kishon Hackshaw - 26/2/2002 - North East Stars
Nicholas Thomas - 3/21/97 - Point Fortin Civic
Darnell Hospedales - 13/3/1999 - Point Fortin Civic
Dominic Douglas - 5/21/99 - San Juan Jabloteh
Shakeem Patrick - 13/6/1998 - San Juan Jabloteh
Jankeon Alexander - 21/1/1998 - San Juan Jabloteh
Josh Toussaint - 8/7/97 - St Ann's Rangers
Rasheed Simon - 8/10/97 - St Ann's Rangers
Keston Julien - 10/26/98 - W Connection
Jabari Mitchell - 5/1/97 - W Connection
Isaiah Hudson - 7/27/00 - W Connection
Kori Cupid - 1/8/97 - W Connection
Kierron Mason - 14/8/1998 - W Connection
Shobal Celestine - 21/1/1998 - W Connection
Shirwin Noel - 10/5/98 - W Connection
Tyrek James - 18/11/1998 - W Connection
Isaiah Garcia - 22/4/1998 - W Connection


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Football / Re: 2017 Under 17 WC Thread
« on: April 06, 2016, 06:43:51 PM »
Elie made clarifications on the radio today. Said he has observed training in Tobago and that he has made fervent efforts to incorporate the Tobago-based players, but these efforts have been frustrated  (likely by the usual suspects: resources and getting things done ... I did not hear a specific reason offered).

Seems the plan or intention is to pull a few from Tobago rather than  to integrate all from 'Bago with all from T'dad and see who can hang.

My view: picking winners is just as effective as tossing a coin.

There is a group of players from Tobago currently in training for screening. They've been in training since February. Players were being screened from January via the Tobago Zone SSFL. For Tobago, this is a step in the right direction (pre-screening training sessions rather than one-off surprise dates). Hopefully this will open the Tobago player's eyes to what is possible...
RG, when the coach mentioned the players they've seen, he's talking about from the screening a year ago. The Tobago player is playing uphill on a sloped field. The national pool were training 3 times per week for about 4-6 weeks, and then went to 1 day a week sometime in August. They continue to train together and still haven't brought in the fellows that they selected from Tobago to be included in the initial pool.
From my experience, the following words still resonate, " we have enough strikers in Trinidad, we looking for a central midfielder and goalkeeper. We'll have you as an alternate". I'll say no more.

Been down this road before. Maybe fortunately, I didn't hear those words..." we have enough strikers in Trinidad, we looking for a central midfielder and goalkeeper. We'll have you as an alternate"....I would have blown my top. Anyhow...the work continues...

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Football / Re: 2017 Under 17 WC Thread
« on: April 06, 2016, 04:17:14 PM »
Elie made clarifications on the radio today. Said he has observed training in Tobago and that he has made fervent efforts to incorporate the Tobago-based players, but these efforts have been frustrated  (likely by the usual suspects: resources and getting things done ... I did not hear a specific reason offered).

Seems the plan or intention is to pull a few from Tobago rather than  to integrate all from 'Bago with all from T'dad and see who can hang.

My view: picking winners is just as effective as tossing a coin.

There is a group of players from Tobago currently in training for screening. They've been in training since February. Players were being screened from January via the Tobago Zone SSFL. For Tobago, this is a step in the right direction (pre-screening training sessions rather than one-off surprise dates). Hopefully this will open the Tobago player's eyes to what is possible...

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Football / Do any Football Coaches Associations still exist In T&T?
« on: March 17, 2016, 08:13:32 AM »
From what I understand we've had two..

Association of Football Coaches of Trinidad and Tobago (AFCTT)
Northern Football Coaches Association (NFCA)

Does anyone know if either is still functioning? The AFCTT's website www.afctt.com is still up but shows no activity except from spammers since 2010 (Kharim Matthias applied for the name). The only info I have for NFCA is that Carlos Franco applied for the name.

Can anyone shed some light on either Coaches' Association?

Richard G.


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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: 2016 Soca!
« on: January 19, 2016, 08:52:42 AM »
Socapro, Soccerman....anyone else.... For the love of SOCA https://soundcloud.com/dcoachg/2016-dcoach-soca-mix-1

D'Coach (me) to your musical rescue....and it's all straight. No editing. All ooops included.

Blessings and enjoy de music.
Richard G.
I listened to it, good stuff bro :beermug:

Thanks man. do appreciate the comment.

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: 2016 Soca!
« on: January 16, 2016, 04:37:22 AM »
Socapro, Soccerman....anyone else.... For the love of SOCA https://soundcloud.com/dcoachg/2016-dcoach-soca-mix-1

D'Coach (me) to your musical rescue....and it's all straight. No editing. All ooops included.

Blessings and enjoy de music.
Richard G.

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Football / Re: 2015 Boys & Girls SSFL & InterCol Thread.
« on: December 17, 2015, 10:09:19 AM »

Watch Highlights; https://www.facebook.com/csportslive/videos/1063320707052894/

Shiva Boy’s Hindu College lifted the National Under 16 title on Thursday as they defeated Holy Cross College 3-0 at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

The notion that there could be a national champion when one or some of the zones were not represented (for some strange reason)....is complete BS. The Tobago winners were not a part of the national championship.

You are correct. Was it money problem for air travel? I think is time they have a ferry service from Toco to Scarborough. Is only about 23 friggin miles. Geez. Congrats to Shiva.

Check this. I tried googling the distance between Toco Lighthouse and Pigeon Pt. I got a one hell of a direction.

http://distancecalculator.globefeed.com/Trinidad_and_Tobago_Distance_Result.asp?fromplace=Toco%20Lighthouse%2C%20Sangre%20Grande%2C%20Trinidad%20and%20Tobago&toplace=Pigeon%20Point%20Beach%2C&dt1=ChIJpVQaJYeUSYwRFsHI5TUXsjc&dt2=ChIJv88hJZazSYwRIQn9bLTzbXM
Honestly I'm not sure, but money being an issue is highly unlikely. It's been like this for a while now. Have to look into it.

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Football / Re: 2015 Boys & Girls SSFL & InterCol Thread.
« on: December 16, 2015, 12:51:44 PM »

Watch Highlights; https://www.facebook.com/csportslive/videos/1063320707052894/

Shiva Boy’s Hindu College lifted the National Under 16 title on Thursday as they defeated Holy Cross College 3-0 at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

The notion that there could be a national champion when one or some of the zones were not represented (for some strange reason)....is complete BS. The Tobago winners were not a part of the national championship.

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Football / Re: 2015 Boys & Girls SSFL & InterCol Thread.
« on: December 10, 2015, 03:12:06 AM »
2015 Tobago Zone SSFL Champs (all age groups and genders)

Boys

U-14 League and Knock Out - Mason Hall Secondary School

U-16 League - Bishop's High School

U-20 League - Signal Hill Secondary School
U-20 Intercol - Speyside High School


Girls

League and Intercol - Scarborough Secondary School

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Football / Re: 2015 Boys & Girls SSFL & InterCol Thread.
« on: December 03, 2015, 12:57:54 AM »
Tobago Zone SSFL U-14 Intercol (knock-out)

Semi final match-ups - Thursday 3rd December: MT PLEASANT RECREATIONAL GROUND

Signal Hill Secondary vs Roxborough Secondary 2pm
Mason Hall Secondary vs Bishop`s High 3pm

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Football / Re: 2015 Boys & Girls SSFL & InterCol Thread.
« on: November 29, 2015, 08:45:19 PM »
Tobago Zone U14 League

Mason Hall Secondary (winners)

U-14 Intercol (knock-out)

Mason Hall 5 vs Scarborough Secondary 0
Bishop`s High 1 vs Speyside High 0
Signal Hill Secondary wins by default vs Goodwood High
Roxborough Secondary wins by default vs Light and Life

Semi final match-ups (Thursday 3rd December: venue tbd)

Mason Hall Secondary vs Bishop`s High
Signal Hill Secondary vs Roxborough Secondary


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Football / Re: 2015 Boys & Girls SSFL & InterCol Thread.
« on: November 23, 2015, 08:51:16 AM »
Tobago Zone Girls Intercol final and National Intercol quarter-finals

Venue: Mt. Pleasant

Date: MONDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2015.

Scarborough Secondary 1 vs Mason Hall Secondary 1 (Scar Sec 4-3 on penalties wins the Tobago Zone girls Intercol title)

Speyside High 1 vs St. Augustine 2 (Intercol quarter-final)

Admission is $20 in school uniform. $30 in street clothes.

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Football / Re: 2015 Boys & Girls SSFL & InterCol Thread.
« on: November 15, 2015, 02:16:25 AM »
Tobago Zone SSFL Intercol matches

BOYS

Signal Hill Secondary 0 vs Pentecostal Light and Life 0 (SH wins 4-2 on penalties)
Speyside High 2 vs Mason Hall 0

Finals (weather permitting: Mt. Pleasant Recreational Ground)

Signal Hill Secondary vs Speyside High (Wednesday 18th November)

GIRLS (quarter-finals)

Bishop's 2 vs Speyside 1

Semi Finals (tentatively scheduled for Saturday 21st November, due to scheduling conflicts)

Scarborough Secondary vs Bishop's High
Mason Hall Secondary vs Signal Hill Secondary

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Football / Re: How to join Trinidad and Tobago u20?
« on: November 13, 2015, 07:10:31 AM »
Young sir/lady (knowing full well that Adrian has been used as both a male and female name)...understand this. Unlike many on this board who don't really care about the whole Trinidad and Tobago thing, it's downright disrespectful to the entire country and its citizens to call the country something it's not. I have never represented the country of TOBAGO nor ever will. I was born on the island of Tobago and happy to rep the people who are from and live here. Upsetting isn't a strong enough term when I hear our national athletes, who should know better, do not. I'm making a plea to you.....RESPECT THE COUNTRY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

Anyhow....here's the contact info for TTFA

1 868-623-9500
ttfa1908@gmail.com
http://www.ttfootball.org

Mr. G relax yuhself nah...de man apologize already, no need to rant and get orn self absorbed...yes we appreciate your service to the country, but his question wasn't about your experience/s...ok we know you from bago but u represented Trinidad and Tobago...

People make that mistake all the time, and you corrected the yute..no need to carry on!  And that outta timing young man/ lady talk....jabloteh hv ah woman team!?

Instead of encouraging d man yuh bussing up yuh mouth! Oh gor! Relax nah...apart from which...yuh done know we more effective than d police...ah mean de ttfa...so what dotishness it is yuh passing de ttfa number...he was asking us forumites if we have nah know how...not for ah phone number!

Ok soldier...so yea...make de jabloteh team and get notice! Also try and see if you could befriend anyone on the nt under 20 team! Network yourself...but make sure u keep training ur talent! You tube vids too could help...also try out for other teams like connection and central too...even if u cld train and catch some eyes for a first team place! Good luck yuteeeee better to play ball than sell ball!


I was off ah dat long time. Yuh notice my last post also had the contact info for the TTFA....AND the individual understood the error and even changed the heading of this post?

Do I know if SJ Jabloteh has a female team or teams? No. They could. I do not know.

I will buss up my mouth when it comes to representing this twin-island republic. No individual who wants to represent the country should be allowed to speak of one-half of it. It would mean (whether intentional or not) that you have failed to represent the entire body of people. You should try explaining that to people like Dwight Yorke, Kelly-Ann Baptiste and our newest Prime Minister Dr. Rowley.

If this youth makes it on to the national team....I for one will be very happy. I simply want represent ALL OF US...Trinbagonians.

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Football / Re: How to join Trinidad and Tobago u20?
« on: November 12, 2015, 02:41:01 AM »
Young sir/lady (knowing full well that Adrian has been used as both a male and female name)...understand this. Unlike many on this board who don't really care about the whole Trinidad and Tobago thing, it's downright disrespectful to the entire country and its citizens to call the country something it's not. I have never represented the country of TOBAGO nor ever will. I was born on the island of Tobago and happy to rep the people who are from and live here. Upsetting isn't a strong enough term when I hear our national athletes, who should know better, do not. I'm making a plea to you.....RESPECT THE COUNTRY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

Anyhow....here's the contact info for TTFA

1 868-623-9500
ttfa1908@gmail.com
http://www.ttfootball.org

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