Latapy says T&T have the traits to be successful

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):Legendary former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder, Russell Latapy, has hailed the current national team, saying it possesses several of the elements required to be successful in the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.Latapy, one of the finest talents to every emerge from the country, said the current team structure was reminiscent of successful past teams, and pointed out that the players appeared highly motivated to perform.”Every generation has its time and its place and its challenges and its rewards, but if I look at this young crop of players, I definitely see a hungry, successful bunch of players who want to do well for themselves and who want to do well for the country,” Latapy said.”When I’ve looked at a couple of the games, I see a lot of similarities in the identity of all the successful teams that we’ve ever had in Trinidad. When we look back … at all the successful teams we ever had, we had a couple things in common.”We had good goalkeepers, steady defenders, we had creative players, we had tricky wingers, we had goal-scorers and we were exciting to watch.”FIRM IDENTITYHe added: “I think as a footballing nation – which we are now – we’ve always had an identity and we would always go at teams, and play exciting and get the crowd involved in the game with the tricky players that we had, and I can see these similarities in this team.”Trinidad and Tobago entered the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers at the fourth round and have played unbeaten to date to lead Group C with ten points.They opened their campaign with a crucial 2-1 victory over Guatemala in Guatemala City last November before battling to a nil-all draw with CONCACAF powerhouses, the United States, four days later.Last month, they twice beat fellow Caribbean Football Union side St Vincent and the Grenadines, to take a huge step towards reaching the next round.Latapy, who was part of the historic national side which qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, said it was important that fans and the corporate community, threw their support behind the Warriors.”I’m hoping that we can get a lot of sponsorship for these players and we can give them everything that is needed and wanted in order to have a successful campaign.”T&T resume their qualifying campaign in September with a clash against Guatemala.last_img read more

Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Pumaren was named UE head coach in 2014 but has yet to bring the Red Warriors back to the semifinals, and though UE showed a lot of promise in UAAP Season 80, it still finished with the second-worst record in the league at 3-11.“As I’ve told the team in the dugout, I think we could have done a lot better if we played consistently, both individually and as a team. I think that was the problem this season, that we were not playing consistent ball throughout,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe lack of success the past four seasons played a part in Pumaren expressing his doubts of coming back next year plus other matters that he hopes to discuss with the UE management.“I’m still thinking if I’m going to renew for next year because it depends on where they want the team’s direction to go to. Imagine, we don’t have an import, but when it comes to recruitment and getting the local guys, I would say that we’re far compared to the other teams, maybe even last,” he said. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That’s why I am saying right now, UE has to revisit what direction they want to go. That is one thing also that I have to think about. We already have a disadvantage without an import and we have a hard time recruiting local guys, so that makes the job more difficult,” Pumaren said. “Sometimes I envy other teams like UST and UP which have their own imports. We don’t. It’s so hard to get a 6-7, 6-8 Filipino now, and where will we find him? Unless we go for a Fil-Am, but the budget is still another story.”Pumaren said being on the same page with the stakeholders in terms of enhancing the basketball program through better recruitment will be integral in bringing the Red Warriors back to contender status.“That’s why I said I don’t know what’s the direction. Of course, they’re looking for a win, but they have to give me also what I need,” he said. “We can’t go to war without anything to offer. When I recruit, it’s just my basketball program that I offer. It’s just like when I was able to recruit Alvin, teams were offering him big incentives, but I was just able to convince his mother. But it’s not like that every day. You’ll be lucky to get one, but it’s not enough.”“I might have a good program, but still, I have to also to have the materials. We can’t just be participants here.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ UST dominates UAAP judo anewcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren is uncertain whether he would return to University of the East for another season after the Red Warriors failed to make the Final Four for the eighth consecutive year.“I don’t know, really. I still have to see what’s the direction of the UE management for next season and I have to think about that,” Pumaren said after his team fell to University of Santo Tomas, 85-88, on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

New international banks soon to take over – BoG Governor

first_imgBank of America withdrawalNew international banks from both the United States of America and Europe have indicated their interest in offering their services to Guyana and could begin doing so as soon as the Bank of America officially pulls out from Guyana next month.Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind Ganga told Journalists recently that banks in the US, as well as in Europe, could soon replace the Bank of America. He made the disclosure, after he confirmed earlier reports by this publication that the Bank of America would be severing ties with indigenous banks here before the end of August.The Bank of America provides corresponding banking services for some financial institutions in the Region, including those in Guyana. According to Dr Ganga, the reasons for the pullout by the Bank of America are many, including de-risking and the need to concentrate more on larger customers owing to the high level of liquidity. He said the US financial institution’s move would have no major implications for the country and particularly the indigenous banks.Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind GangaAbout a month ago, the Bank of America sent a notice indicating that it was severing its correspondent relationship with “indigenous banks” in Guyana.Dr Ganga explained that Guyana was in talks with several other banks that were willing to form new corresponding banking relationships with local financial institutions.“We have had other foreign banks that have shown interest in providing the kind of corresponding banking relationship to fill the void that the Bank of America is causing… These are banks from Europe and North America,” Dr Ganga stated.When asked how far along were the discussions with these banks, Dr Ganga told this newspaper that the talks were ongoing and projected that the negotiations should come to fruition shortly.“So, at this time, there is no cause for concern, because the banks do have corresponding relationships and they are seeking others. The Bank of Guyana is assisting these banks in finding new corresponding banking relationships,” Dr Ganga reassured.This matter was on the agenda for discussion at the 37th Caricom Heads of Government Meeting held in Guyana from July 4 to 6, as Caribbean leaders looked to tackle the cut-off of regional indigenous banks, in a de-risking phenomenon – that poses dire consequences for the Region, including crushing impacts on the wider economy.De-risking is when international banks withdraw from their relationships with indigenous banks because of fears of money laundering and questionable sources of funds which would cause the international banks to receive heavy fines from their regulators.Caribbean banking institutions rely on such relationships to allow residents to conduct international financial transactions. However, since last year, the Region has been facing the impact of de-risking and the issue has been occupying the attention of regional policymakers, following signals by international banks that they were unwilling to continue carrying the business of regional banks.De-risking in the Caribbean came into the limelight last year when the Belize Bank was cut off by the Bank of America and one of the two banks in Montserrat shared the same fate. Some of the areas that are affected because of de-risking are: transfer of remittances, cheque payments, international trade and the facilitation of credit card settlements for local clients.The Caribbean Development Bank quoted a November World Bank survey saying that about 75 per cent of international banks have experienced a reduction in correspondent banking services, with the Caribbean being the worst affected.However, St Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet believes that a collective and broad effort is needed to address the situation. At the opening ceremony of the Caricom Heads of Government Conference last Monday, Prime Minister Chastanet said the Region must stop thinking that it has to solve this problem alone.He pointed out that there were a number of multinational companies in the US such as airlines, cruise companies, and suppliers, as well as individuals who own their homes – that have a vested interest in the Region and know exactly how to lobby their Government.In this vein, the St Lucian Head of State posited that the Caribbean should get more persons from abroad, especially those who would be affected, involved in efforts to address the Region-wide problem that threatens their economies.“The idea of us going to Washington, DC by ourselves is a tried and tested failure. We must be able to bring more people to the argument and we must do it urgently,” Chastanet remarked.last_img read more

Update – Minor Hockey weekend wrap up

first_imgThe Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers had a very successful tournament in Valleyview this past weekend. The Flyers took first place with a 3 – 0 record. The team carried momentum from the previous weekend tournament in Whitecourt. In Whitecourt the Flyers didn’t place but ended the tournement with two games that were extremely competitive and showed a very strong team effort. They defeated Whitecourt 4-3 by scoring the winning goal with only 3 seconds left in the game. The Flyers then put forth the same effort vs Beaumont but came out on the losing end of a 4-3 score. Carrying this team effort forward to this past weekend in Valleyview, the Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers started strong with a 4 – 0 victory over Manning. Cameron Smethurst and Josiah Harder backstopped the Flyers in goal sharing the shutout. Tristen Nielsen snipped two goals while Keenan Gallagher and Dylan Gould added a goal each. In the second game the Flyers poured on the offense with a 6-2 win. Aiden Craig-Steele and Nielsen led the way with two goals each while Cameron Callison and Gallagher each had one. In the final game the Flyers ran into a very hot goalie. Despite outshooting the Valleyview team by a large margin, the flyers were only up 1-0 after two periods on a goal by Craig-Steele. The Flyers kept the pressure on and managed to get two more past Valleyview’s netminder. Gallagher scored half way through the period and Craig-Steele added his second of the game to cap off the 3-0 victory. Harder and Smethurst shared their second shutout of the weekend.During the tournament a skills competition was held and Adam Melnyk won the accurate shooting contest. Tristen Nielson won the Hardest shot contest and Konnor Sawyer finished second in the fastest skater competition. Aiden Craig-Steele and Nielsen also finished tied for second in the shootout competition. Flint Bantam B FlyersThe Flint Bantam B Flyers hosted four out-of-town teams in their home tournament this weekend. Teams from Whitehorse, Mackenzie, Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson travelled to Fort St John. The Flyers played each of the teams over the course of the weekend. In their first game Friday night, the Flyers were victorious over Dawson Creek, with a score of 5-1. Saturday saw them face a tough team from Whitehorse, losing 5-2, and then beating Mackenzie, 15-4. The Flyers came out on top in Sunday’s first game, against Fort Nelson’s hard-hitting team, with a score of 4-2. Their record of three wins and one loss meant that the Flyers played off for first and second Sunday afternoon, against the undefeated team from Whitehorse. It was a rough game, with Whitehorse incurring 50 penalty minutes, including three game misconducts; Fort St John earned 26 minutes. Although the Flyers fought hard, the tough defense and quick offense of the Mustangs lead them to victory over the Flyers, 6-1. Over the course of the tournament, the goal scorers for Fort St John were Josh Lucas with 6, Lien Miller-Jeanotte (5), Jake Gardner, Austin Tompkins and Kayne Shallow with three each, Brayden Hickey with two, and singles from Tory Mitchell, Trystan Baxter, Dekker Wilkins, Darin O’Hanley and Lucas MacLean. Goalies Garet Whitford and Logan Edwards did a great job in net. Thanks to all the fans who came out to cheer the team on to a second place finish!The Pimm’s Production Atom FlyersAdvertisement The Flyers are 4-0 in All Peace Action and their next game at home is on Sunday, December 20th at 3:30 pm at the Enerplex.The Formula Powell Midget B FlyersThe Formula Powell Midget B Flyers played a tight game against the Savanna Stars on Sunday in All Peace League action but an empty netter in the last seconds gave the Flyers squad a 4-6 loss.Beauden Lancaster, Brent Loewen and Tyson Chambers each had a goal and assist, with Luke Hopkins contributing a single marker and John Apsassin and Sam Aitken receiving assists.The Formula Powell Midget B Flyers host their tournament this coming weekend at the Enerplex with the first game at 4:45pm vs. Dawson Creek.Advertisement Below are game reports from local minor hockey teams.  If you have a score info about a game to report, send it to sports@moosefm.ca Knights of Columbus work hard but fall shortKnights of Columbus Bantam Flyers traveled to Dawson Creek Friday night to take on the Canucks. Flyers showed an impressive all around effort through 60 minutes with excellent passing and game play. Although Flyers suffered a loss, Flyers coach Bronc Donis was impressed with the outstanding effort put forward by the team.- Advertisement -Both teams managed to keep the net empty going into the second period but at the 10 minute mark, the Canucks beat Flyers goaltender Sean Gjerenes and dropped one in.They continued to battle into the third with flyers applying consistent pressure and puck movement but Dawson added two more goals at 12:53 and a power play goal at 1:22 ending the game 3-0.Next Flyers action is Dec 18 and 19th with a double header against Fairview at the Enerplex.Advertisement Flyers beat Peace River ColtsThe Ross H. MacLean PeeWee AA Flyers worked hard, out shot, and out scored the Peace River Colts on Sunday 4-3, in Peace River. After a scoreless first period the Flyers notched the first goal when Aiden Harris setup Jarod Lang with a sharp pass in front of the net. The Flyers continued to press when Harris passed to Jeff Bochon who setup Ricky Bateman in front to make it 2-0. Two minutes later, the only shot to make it past Lane Delf was a lucky one that deflected off of a Flyer defenseman and then off the back of Delf’s foot and over the line.The Colts tied the game on a nice power play goal and then went up 3-2 with 3:22 left in the second. Two minutes later, Nolan Legace ripped one in from Jordan Kosinsky’s rebound to make it 3-3 at the end of the second frame.After 6 goals in the second period, the Flyers were the only ones to score when Legace went end to end on an unassisted play to give the Flyers the lead 4-3. The Flyers had to kill off a penalty with 1:58 left in the game to make it an exciting finish. Colten Lancaster picked up the win after entering the game at the halfway mark.Advertisementlast_img read more

Update – Travel advisories and snowfall warnings issued

first_imgDawson Creek and the South Peace are in for up to 25 cm of snow.- Advertisement -Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the South Peace. They say up to 25 cm of snow could fall through Sunday night.A Pacific frontal systems is responsible for the snow as it moves through the South Peace into Alberta by Monday morning.  A snowfall warning still exists in the Alberta Peace, where they could see up to 20 cm of snow by Monday morning.As for the North Peace, Environment Canada is calling for up to 5 cm more today another 5 Sunday night. We should see a high of minus 27 Sunday.The cold weather will still be around on Monday now as temperatures are only expected to increase to minus 23 with a wind chill of minus 33. The weather agency now says the weather will warm up to minus 4 on Tuesday.Advertisement UPDATE – More highways are now under a travel advisory.  See the updated list below For more updates on the roads, move your mouse over the News menu at the top of this page and click on the road report.center_img A travel advisory has been issued for several highways in the region.Highway 2 between Dawson Creek and the Alberta borderHighway 29 from Tumbler Ridge to Mile 54 of the Alaska HighwayHighway 49 between Dawson Creek and the Alberta BorderHighway 52 & 52EHighway 97 from the Junction of Highway 52 in Arras to WonowonHighway 103 from Fort St. John to the Alberta BorderAdvertisementlast_img read more

Ten tips for going green…

first_img…IF YOU’RE ON A TIGHT BUDGET 1. Replace paper napkins with dish towels: $3 each 2. Use compact florescents, not light bulbs: $8 each 3. Buy a commuter coffee cup: $10 4. Grow your own vegetables: $2 per packet of seeds 10. Replace chemical cleansers with mixture of baking soda, vinegar and lemon: $6 Source: Daily News research … OR IF YOU HAVE DEEP POCKETS 1. Install solar panels: $15,000 and up 2. Use a waterless urinal: $650 3. Buy furniture that reuses materials, like Brooks’ Brazilian peroba recycled wood table and chairs: $4,000 4. Install cork flooring: $4.99 per square foot 5. Install a recycled, rubber kitchen floor: $2,700 6. Use a LaundryPure machine that uses silver ions to kill odors and oxygen and peroxides to remove grime: $750 7. Buy a Toyota Prius: $22,175 8. Fuel your Mercedes with biodiesel: $3.25 per gallon 9. Install a recycled metal roof: $13,700 10. Purchase Energy Star washer and dryer: $1,500 Going solar To start: Ask a solar contractor to check how much sun your home gets and get three bids for the project. Find contractors at www.consumerenergycenter.org/erprebate/database/index.html. Before installation: Apply to the California Solar Initiative for rebates and project approval. Applications are available at www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov. The cost: $15,000 and up, depending on how many panels are installed. Pay back period: With rebates, seven to 10 years. Rebates: $2.50 per solar watt installed from the California Solar Initiative, and tax deductions of 30 percent of the eligible equipment cost up to $2,000 per home from the feds. Time frame: At least six months. Basic needs: Full sun between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. year round and roof space facing south or southwest. Panel life expectancy: 20 years or longer with some maintenance. SOURCE: www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 5. Install solar walkway lights: $35 each 6. Recycle: free 7. Buy a composter for food scraps: $65 8. Use organic bed linens: $150 9. Use zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint: $38 per gallon last_img read more

Arsenal fans plan protest against Kroenke and Wenger in demand for change

first_img Arsenal fans have made their feelings known about how the season is ending 1 Arsenal fans are planning a mass protest calling for a change in direction the club is being taken by manager Arsene Wenger and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. Arsenal’s title hopes have faded badly in the final third of the season and with it their 12-year wait for a Barclays Premier League title continues. Wenger is increasingly the target of fans’ frustration, with minnows Leicester City now likely to upset the odds to win the title.   The Frenchman has been reluctant to spend any of the club’s sizeable transfer funds, failing to make any additions to outfield playing staff last summer and just one addition in January. Wenger has reiterated he isn’t ready to quit and is adamant he isn’t had enough quality at his disposal to secure his fourth title in England. But the fans are calling for change. The Black Scarf Movement, REDaction and the Arsenal Supporters Trust are urging fans to hold up banners “Time for Change. Arsenal is stale — fresh approach needed” in the 12th minute and the 78th minute of the match against Norwich. A joint statement said: “Whether it’s the manager, whether Stan Kroenke has to go and whether the board needs shaking up and reminding that we’re a FOOTBALL club, change is needed at Arsenal.“A fresh approach to bring some excitement back to this great club of ours.“We are seeing the same failures year after year, and amid rumours that Arsene Wenger may be given a new three-year contract there really seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. “Kroenke and the board are seemingly content with Champions League cash, so outside of finishing fourth in the league there is no pressure at all on the manager. This isn’t good enough.”last_img read more


first_imgATHLETICS: There was bitter disappointment for Donegal duo Mark English and Karl Griffin in the final of the Men’s 800m at the European u23 championships in Tallinn.Mark EnglishEnglish is regarded as one of Ireland’s brightest athletic hopefuls at the next Olympics after sensational performances earned him medals at the European Indoor and Outdoor championships.English was expected to win the U23 championships but a problematic injury problems have curtailed his progress. English’s form has been affected lately due to a sciatic injury.In today’s final English finished eighth, while fellow Donegal athlete Karl Griffin finished sixth.Griffin is a talented young athlete and has performed well all week at the championships and will be happy at his overall performance.Although he will have been disappointed to have finished in sixth position in today’s final.  ATHLETICS: DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DONEGAL DUO AT U23 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: July 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsmark englishMark Griffin.newsSportlast_img read more

Net may be gold mine for unclaimed goods

first_img Carlos Orellana, 32, of Los Angeles received one for $2,688. The janitorial supply manufacturer had tucked away money in a bank account for years, but when he finally contacted the bank, he found that the money had been turned over to the state. “I just thought the money was gone,” he said. “They told me I could get it back, but it was very complicated.” Orellana, a native of El Salvador, said he planned to use part of the money to buy his 4-year-old daughter, Litzy, the “Dora the Explorer” bicycle she wanted. Westly also said his office is working on a version of the Web site in Spanish. Banks, insurance companies and other institutions must forward unclaimed property to the state when an owner cannot be found. State officials check recent tax records for a more current address. If they find one, they notify people by mail. But they can’t do much beyond that, and the state holds the assets in perpetuity, earning interest on the money each year. Laurence Martin, a former adjunct business professor at California State University, came to collect a check for more than $14,000 from unclaimed retirement funds, but didn’t get to go home with the money because his check was accidentally switched with another recipient. “It’s good to know the money hadn’t disappeared,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Among the more impressive of the unclaimed items is an 88-carat natural Blue Star sapphire ring worth $25,000. But before anyone thinks they might have a new bauble, Westly cautioned that most of the gems were turned over by banks from safe deposit boxes. Those claiming them must be listed as the owner or next of kin. “There’s a real uptick,” Westly said of the number of unclaimed items. “It happens more often than you’d believe. Someone passes away. Someone moves and doesn’t change the address.” Last year, the state opened 503,000 new unclaimed accounts, bringing the total number to about 7.6 million, said Garin Casaleggio, a spokesman for the Controller’s Office. Westly, a Democrat likely to challenge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger next year for office, handed out reclaimed checks to a group of Los Angeles residents at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. State Controller Steve Westly is calling on Californians to “come search the vault.” Westly kicked off a campaign Wednesday to find the owners of $4.8 billion worth of items including checks, jewelry and antique gold coins from California’s unclaimed property vault. Californians owed money include actor Danny DeVito, who has a $26 check waiting for him from All-State Insurance; actress Reese Witherspoon, who’s owed nearly $100 by Tiffany Co.; and California first lady Maria Shriver, who has more than $300 waiting for her in the vault, according to the controller’s Web site. Once a year, the Controller’s Office puts out ads listing owners of uncollected assets. Westly is making the process easier by creating a new Web link – www.searchthevault.com – where people can quickly determine whether the goods belong to them. last_img read more

SA hockey women secure Scotland series victory

first_img17 February 2014 The South African women’s hockey team secured a series victory over Scotland at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria on Sunday after turning a 1-0 halftime lead into a 4-0 victory in the third of five tests. In the two previous matches, Giles Bonnet’s charges won 5-3 and 4-2. South Africa’s goals came from on-song striker Celia Evans (33rd and 52nd minutes), confident debutant Toni Marks of Eastern Province (50th) and double Olympian Kathleen Taylor (69th).Milestone Kelly Madsen reached the milestone of playing her 100th Test match to add another chapter to the remarkable hockey achievements of the Madsen family, who could make up a family team composed entirely of players who have represented South Africa. While the test series has been decided there will be no let up from the team ahead of their departure for Buenos Aires on Wednesday evening for a five-test series against world number two Argentina, which will play a vital role in South Africa’s preparations for the World Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Scots, too, are working very hard ahead of the Champions Challenge and Commonwealth Games tournaments that are set to be held in Glasgow, and will be determined to give a good account of themselves with the bigger picture in mind.Up to the task Scotland had their moments on Sunday, but the South African defence was up to the task of containing the threat, and while the penalty corner count was shared at four apiece, it was South Africa’s confident finishing, especially from open play, which impressed. The assuredness and self-belief of the home team’s strikers – and indeed across all three lines, from the defenders to the midfield to those up front – has been a feature of the series.Standout performer While South Africa turned in an impressive display, Nicolene Terblanche stood out, putting together an energetic all-round performance that lifted her team-mates. Scotland disappointed, but will still be able to take some positives out of the game. The two remaining tests will be played on Tuesday at 18:30 and Wednesday at 13:30. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more