the build-up to Wednesdays football game Port-of-Spain
was literally painted in red. On her way to the Hasely Crawford
National Stadium fan Narla Sampson purchases a national flag.
football coach Leo Beenhakker wasnt the only unhappy
customer on Wednesday when T&T played Peru to a 1-1 draw
at the Hasely Crawford National Stadium. In the post match
press conference, a dour looking Beenhakker expressed dissatisfaction
with the first half performance of his Soca Warriors team,
while scores of fans were overheard grumbling about being
cheated after forking out $300 and $500 for tickets.
Chilling outside the stadium prior to the game, taking in
the colourful scenes, Pulse was dumbfounded to overhear at
least one tout, his hand filled with the specially customized
electronic tickets, loudly hawking $300 tickets for $30, and
$500 for $100. Legit ticket-holders within ear shot, and a
couple uniformed soldiers, approached the man with some concern,
one of the soldiers saying: But how you could do that
man? Allyuh spoiling the thing. After people spend they money
to buy a $500 ticket, how you could come now and be selling
them for $100.
a free kick Soca Warrior Kenwyne Jones scores against Peru
and Soca Warrior fans at the Woodbrook Youth Centre explode
The pain and anguish of the November 19, 1989 ticket fiasco
still vivid in my mind, and despite holding a $500 ticket
I seriously weighed my options to see the game on big screens
at alternative nearby venues like Crobar, Trotters, 51† Lounge,
Sweet Lime, Next Door and Woodbrook Youth Centre (WYC). I
chose the latter and didnt regret it.
The all-inclusive lime at WYC, organised by the very youthful
Trinipulse.com crew, was real good, complete with premium
drinks, corn soup, doubles and other snacks; DJ music and
Riddem Rama 2006 champion Hands of Riddum.
Perhaps the only happy person after Wednesdays game
was whoever was responsible for supplying the touts with legit
tickets, creating a deluge of easily accessible cheap tickets.
Not many people were smiling after Wednesdays game;
not Beenhakker, neither Peru or T&T, and certainly not
of my best loved steelband events comes off on Indian Arrival
Day (May 30) at WASA Grounds, St Joseph. Staged by ComPANions,
a committee of pannists from a number of steelbands, have
annually organised this event which showcases the skills of
pannists as footballers and cricketers, singers and actors.
This year, in an effort to make the sixth annual ComPANions
Sports & Family Day flow smoothly, organisers decided
to have the play-offs for football and
cricket every weekend leading to the sports at the panyards
of Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars and Clico Sforzata.
ComPANions chief cook and bottle-washer Julie Williams of
Sagicor Exodus told Pulse that for the football 5-a-side and
6-a-side cricket tourneys each team must field at least one
female. In the six-over cricket games, each member is required
to bowl an over.
(7.30 pm): Small goal competition - Neal & Massy Trinidad
All Stars pan yard
Clico Sforzata vs Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille
2. ECU Pamberi vs Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars (Defending
3. BWIA Invaders vs National Steel Orchestra
4. HCL Valley Harps vs Sagicor Exodus
(4 pm): Cricket competition - Clico Sforzata pan yard
BWIA Invaders vs ECU Pamberi
2. Clico Sforzata vs Sagicor Exocubs
3. Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille vs Solo Pan Knights
4. Longdenville Claytones vs National Steel Orchestra