CMC – Teams and officials are set to start arriving here Monday for the Caribbean Premier League, scheduled to bowl off later this month but Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley has assured the country that the staging of the Twenty20 franchise tournament will not pose a risk to public health amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Rowley, currently bidding for re-election in polls carded for August 10, stressed that the August 18 to September 10 event would be executed inside a “bubble” at the Hilton Hotel with all persons involved subjected to the rigorous protocols already in place.“Everything that will go on around the CPL will go on in a bubble that does not interact with the national population,” Rowley said.“[Arriving players and officials] would be coming into the country under the protocols of entry all having tested negative before. When they come here they are confined to the Hilton Hotel and that becomes a bubble for them.”He added: “[These persons] will go to a venue to play the game where they will not interact with the population. So therefore the CPL is a bubble that has nothing to do with what goes on with the population in the country.”Trinidad has been widely praised for its handling of the crisis, with only 173 confirmed cases and eight deaths so far recorded.For the first time in its eight-year history, CPL matches are being played in one territory due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Some 33 matches are set to be played behind closed doors at Queen’s Park Oval in the capital here and at the Brian Lara Stadium in Couva, located in central Trinidad.Players will be tested before departing their respective jurisdictions and then again on arrival here, and will spend the first two weeks quarantined.CPL organisers said recently there had been close collaboration between their medical panel and the Trinidad and Tobago government and health authorities, in ensuring a safe bio-secure environment within which the tournament would take place.“The CPL have worked with the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Health and the CPL’s own board of medical advisors to create protocols which minimize risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus to the population of Trinidad and in amongst those who will be travelling to Trinidad & Tobago from overseas,” organisers said.“Teams and officials will be put into “households” where social distancing will need to be in place. There will be smaller clusters within each household where these measures can be relaxed.“However, if any member of this cluster display signs of COVID-19 at any time during the tournament all members of that cluster will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time that a member of that group first shows symptoms.“All members of the CPL party will be subject to regular temperature checks and will be re-tested for the virus throughout their stay in Trinidad and again before departure.”Barbados Tridents, led by Test captain Jason Holder, will defend the title they won last year when they stunned Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.Three-time champions Trinbago Knight Riders along with St Lucia Zouks, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Jamaica Tallawahs, will contest the tournament.TKR clash with Amazon Warriors in the tournament opener on August 18 at the Brian Lara Stadium.
Published on November 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sitting beside the media table just before the postgame press conference, Syracuse goalkeeper Jess Jecko buried her face in her hands. Still wearing the thick gray goalie pads, blue shirt, orange shorts and white national championship T-shirt, she seemed temporarily overwhelmed by the moment.The left sleeve of her Under Armour tugged back to reveal four lines of blue-green text scrawled on the back of her left hand. The words were smudged slightly by the blocker pad she’d worn all game.She couldn’t make out the first line, but the next two were quotes from Mia Hamm and Muhammad Ali. The last line read: “I am a champion.”Jecko wrote that line before the game Sunday. By 2:41 p.m., it was true.The senior goalkeeper made five saves — tied for her most since SU beat North Carolina on Sept. 12 — and led her team down the stretch. Syracuse (21-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) avenged its loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship Sunday by beating North Carolina (21-3, 4-2), 4-2, to win the national championship Sunday afternoon at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jecko made multiple saves to stop a UNC run which briefly tied the game and threatened to overwhelm the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The defense stayed calm and composed,” senior forward Emma Russell said. “It’s a philosophy of the team this year, just breathing under pressure.”The team had done a breathing exercise after Syracuse went up 2-0 early to stay level-headed, Jecko said. She then made a lunging save to her left to keep the Tar Heels off the board in the first half.Before goals by North Carolina’s Gab Major, who scored the overtime winner in Syracuse’s ACC title loss, and Malin Evert tied the game, Jecko made acrobatic stops to keep UNC off the board. She dove left twice and fought off rebound opportunities to keep the game even.Defender Zoe Wilson put home a penalty corner at 58:39 to give the Orange the lead, but it didn’t ease up on Jecko. After getting tangled up with a North Carolina player, Wilson received a yellow card with about six minutes remaining, meaning the Orange would be down a player for five minutes. In that time, Jecko made a leaping save to her left, and then another kick save to stop Nina Notman from tying up the game again.“And now it’s sitting right here,” Jecko said, gesturing at the trophy while her voice caught. She paused. “You can’t even put into words what it means.”Even after Wilson’s penalty-corner goal stopped North Carolina’s run and Emma Lamison gave the Orange insurance, the Tar Heels kept attacking. After a scrum in the box, North Carolina drew a penalty stroke.UNC’s Notman stepped up with 2:29 to go. A goal would put the Tar Heels down one with some time still left. Jecko readied herself. She’d watched tape on Notman, knew her tendencies and had practiced about 20 strokes per day for the last week.Notman’s shoulders dropped as Jecko made a diving save to her left. Midfielder Serra Degnan ran to Jecko and yanked on her mask, screaming into the goalkeeper’s face.“When it comes down to the moment, you just throw your body at it,” Jecko said. “And Serra, yeah … she said, ‘We’re doing this, baby! Let’s go!’ and some other things I probably can’t say.”Sitting in the press conference, SU head coach Ange Bradley reflected on Jecko’s four years. Syracuse being the central New York native’s only Division-I offer out of high school and transitioning from super fan to three-year starting goalkeeper.This summer, Jecko’s mother, Michele Jecko, texted Bradley before her daughter left for school. Unbeknownst to Jecko, her mother shared the conversation the two had before Jess left.“I want to be a national champion, mom,” Jess told her mother at the time. “That’s what I came here to do.” Comments Related Stories Syracuse field hockey becomes 1st women’s team in school history to win national championshipGallery: Syracuse field hockey wins national titleStorify: Fans react to Syracuse field hockey’s first national titleJess Jecko’s career comes full-circle from Syracuse fan to star goalkeeper