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Football / Re: What's your football history like?
« on: June 29, 2007, 01:33:05 PM »

Although we used to play a big fete match around Christmas, anything out of the Boulevard was serious business in those days.

The team you may be talking about was Romans (about 1967-1968).  The Boulevard produced some greats in sports and culture.  The following is a list.

•   Brian Davis (cricket)
•   Charlie Davis (cricket)
•   Glen Davis (cycling)
•   Richard DeSouza (cricket and football)
•   Robert Evans (national cyclist)
•   Dennis Evans (junior table tennis champ)
•   Roderick Ward (basketball)
•   Jimmy Blanc (foot ball)
•   McDonald and Frank Ward – major folks behind Silver Stars,
George Bailey Band, Peter Minshall Band, Mas Camp owners, etc.
•   Victor “Toti” Wilson (pioneer of the steelband).  Valentino sang about him this year in the Calypso Monarch.  Coincidentally, he used to tune the pan to the chime of QRC clock.  In the 1960s, “Toti” used to sit down in front his house making man heads for cutlasses. 
•   Some members of the Alexander Ragtime Band of 1939.  A major forerunner to the founding of the steelband.
•   The Thompson family
•   The Castillo family


Football / Re: What's your football history like?
« on: June 29, 2007, 11:45:36 AM »
You have not heard from me in awhile, so let me put a little post here.

•   St. Mary’s College – 1970 and 1971-Won North Intercols, but lost in the finals to San
Fernando Tech both years

•   T&T National Under-19 – 1971 and 1972

•   Maple – 1972-1974- Won FA Cup and Amstel in 1972

•   Played in numerous minor league teams from town to Eddie Hart League

•   National Senior Team – 1973 – Did not go to Haiti – Along with Leroy Spann, Godfrey Harris, and Renwick Williams, got suspended from the national team for playing with club

•   Howard University – Won NCAA championship 1974, Semi-Final in 1975

•   Coached Juniors Soccer Club in Washington, DC, for numerous years.  Players included Shaka, Kona, Nakhid, Ronald Simmons, Barry Henderson, Ian Bain, Chinas, Troy Regis, Tiger, Doc and Deeks from SocaWarriors Website, taught Tongue from SocaWarriors Website how to manage a team (could not make the team) and how to cook pelau.  Sorry, somebody else taught him how to cook pelau.

•   Coached many youth teams in Washington, DC area

•   Coached hundreds of goalkeepers in Washington, DC area

•   Did a lot of work with Lincoln Phillips

•   Worked in many soccer camps in Washington, DC area

•   Conducted hundreds of clinics in Washington, DC area

Ah done!


Football / Emotional Intelligence
« on: October 27, 2005, 05:58:36 AM »
Emotional Intelligence

As Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Soca Warriors lead up to these two crucial games against Bahrain on November 12 and 16, it is important that T&T administrators, coaches, players, T&T media, and supporters use emotional intelligence.  We have to concentrate on ourselves, and not be distracted by the recent psychological warfare by Bahrain.  We cannot worry about issues that we cannot control.  We should be concerned about what we can control, and that’s ourselves.  At this point, focusing on ourselves is a requisite.   

According to Emerson, an organizational behavior theorist, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters as compared to what lies within us.”  In addition, John Maxwell, a renowned writer and speaker on leadership, states, “I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.  And so it is with you – we are in charge of our attitudes.”  Whatever negative happenings have occurred within the last week, let’s turn them into positives.  Conflict is inevitable in our lives.  Conflict is not the problem; it is what we do with the conflict is the problem. 

Despite the recent developments, I believe that Leo Beenhakker and his staff have remained unperturbed.  I spoke to Lincoln Phillips twice within the last week, and the central theme of our discussions was for us to stay unified and positive.  Regarding the players, I know they understand the history of 1973 and 1989.  This cannot happen again!  The job of the players is to prepare for the games physically, tactically, and psychologically with one aim in mind: victory.  Qualifying for the World Cup will be a historic moment for T&T, and its implications will be far reaching for the future of our country.       

To T&T Soca Warriors fans, at this time, support is essential, be passionate, but try to refrain from negativity.  To all of us in the callaloo, administrators, players, coaches, T&T media, and supporters, it is imperative that we participate in emotional intelligence. 

One goal - Germany! 

Trevor Leiba 

Football / Greetings
« on: July 01, 2005, 01:12:39 PM »
I have been an avid follower of the SocaWarriors Website for awhile, but I have never submitted a post.  Well, let me now take time to write my first post. 

First of all, I must say this is an outstanding Website.  Not only is it very informative, but it is so humorous.  I frequently read the Website for information on T&T football and news from home.  As you know, Lincoln Phillips follows this site as a source of information and gets a great deal of enjoyment from it.  Although he may not like the cursing too much, he gets a lot of kicks from the old talk.  From time to time, I know Hannibal Najjar reads the Website.  A couple weeks ago, Keston Nancoo visited me, and we looked at the site together.  Keston had a lot of fun over Palos’ post pertaining to the bet with the Mexican young lady.  Luciano Woodley was by my house a couple months ago, and I told him about the story on his fantastic 1970 college season that was on the Website.

This site is real kicks.  There are so many interesting posts, but one that I enjoyed lately was the dialogue between Palos and Coop’s.  As most of you may know, Coop’s is an old master.  As the dialogue developed, I was wondering how Palos was going to deal with Coop’s.  Palos, I like how you dealt with the situation.  You got your point across, but you were very respectful.  Palos, you are obvious an old timer.  You described the yesteryears of football in Trinidad quite vividly.  It reminded me of the article that was recently written by Sammy Llewellyn. 

Sometimes the site gets heated, but I believe this is largely due to the passion of forumnites.  True Trini likes to give Triniman a hard time, but Triniman knows his stuff too.  Triniman sounds like he is young, but he does his homework.  I do not know if most of you know Doc, but he is an old master himself.  Dtool, he is a very old master in many ways.  There is a lot to learn from him.  Sam, you are amazing, where do you get your information?  Flex and Tallman, kudos to you for your maintenance of such a marvelous site! 

In reference to Nakhid, I also was wondering what the latest on his saga is.  I believe Beenhakker gave meh partner a six-for-a-nine role.  I must ask Barry Henderson what is going on with him.  As far as I know, David is not playing in the All Stars tournament in DC this year with Juniors, because I have hung up my boots in organizing and coaching the team.  I have not heard from Barry, so I gather he is not trying to bring Juniors in the tournament.  Maybe David went back to Lebanon to plant peas.       

Let me conclude with some words on Alvin Corneal.  There is no in between with Alvin.  You either like him or you dislike him.  However, you cannot deny Alvin’s knowledge of the game.  I have been around this sport for a longtime, and he is one of the most knowledgeable minds on the game I have met.  Also, he is probably the best player with whom I have been associated.  Without a doubt, he is the best spot kicker of the ball I have seen.  Believe it or not, Alvin has been extremely helpful to many people.  Alvin’s major problematic issues are related to his handling of personal matters and interpersonal relationships.  Let me leave you all with that!  That is a book by itself.   

Keep supporting the Socawarriors on the road to Germany!  Love to all. 

Trevor Leiba

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