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There are a few popular team sayings, two being;

Together Each Achieves More and

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Edward Hale

2012 Bronze and 2019 Gold

And success this team truly enjoyed. Noteworthy too their commitment in pursuing excellence they were able to better their best from 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OEiqHI7cus 

so as Robertson Davies says; “in the end, it is upon the quality and commitment of individuals that all group moments depend” and listening to each team player, we realize they were all in.

Even so…must make special mention of Cedeno and his…

Coming From Behindhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ5fYq39NuA

What does it take for an athlete to come from behind?

At that point no doubt it went beyond the technical training and to zoning into a purposeful and positive mindset (wanting that gold) but even so what’s more is getting mind-body to work at it absolute optimum, not just the mind believing but the body following to make the belief real…we could imagine Cedeno then almost in a hypnotic state (the high coming from the adrenaline surging through) and giving that boost to make it happen.

https://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/local/t-t-wins-world-relay-gold/article_4b5fd758-74ca-11e9-a4e0-c366ffb7c54b.htmlCongrats to the team for coming together, staying together and working together and for Cedeno doing the needful for coming from behind!

Hastag #goat it’s all around now. Sure it is meant to be a compliment, #goat = Greatest Of All Time! But did no one consider that Great-est is the superlative of great..so its great great-er and great-est…

Now for the million dollar question….??? How many #goats can there be (look back at the hint ‘s’)

As a sportsman if you aim to become a goat, then your standard was set by those gone before, but how much does that do for the sport, or how much might the sportsman (sportsman or sportswoman) might also be underestimating their potential.

Lara a true Cricketing BULL

What Brian Charles Lara did in his cricketing career was

Build

Universal

Lasting

Legacy

#bull and when a sportsman seeks to be a true #bull what does it mean….

Bettering your Best

Lara spent time studying the great or maybe some #goats and he honed his talents in that way he was able to break records held by others and even those held by himself …when this approach is taken then the heights of the sport knows no limitshttp://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/793783/-young-players-today-don-t-have-time-to-introspect

Understand the sport

#goat might play the sport and master playing of the sport but a bull, is patient and understands his sport, learning its history and what the sport means for himself and others, this might be why Lara is within the phasing out of cricketers who truly appreciated the significance of the test match…while also valuing the short format…today many of our young cricketing #goats while a long way into their careers are yet to master the test aspect of the game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gWWWg3LvAU

Leaving Legacy

“It’s all about the journey, not the outcome” ~ Carl Lewis

As we know Lara had his ups and downs with the game of cricket, with some questioning his captaincy a certain points. Yet when we look back over his cricketing journey, generally there is agreement that he brought something to the game and made an imprint and that is the mark of the #bull…to stand the test of time

https://scroll.in/field/922108/watch-as-brian-lara-turns-50-heres-a-look-at-his-five-of-his-finest-knocks

Going forward we do look on in anticipation of the upcoming cricketers getting the guide to put their game into perspective and context and to work beyond ‘cheap knocks’ but instead aim to leave their unique mark upon the sport like a true #bull or as the singing cricketer djbravo put it become a real champion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y963o_1q71M

Once upon a time, Test Cricket was the true test of the cricket, including the West Indies cricketer. But cricket has and continues to morph/to evolve since the days of Sir Gary Sobers and Viv Richards. Lots of shorter formats being introduced, hold lots of appeal for our younger players. And when it comes to our West Indies cricketers, in our global village, they can now develop their skills, and ply their skills @ choice to International cricket teams far-and-wide.

Our New World of Cricket

To survive and more so to thrive now in our ‘New World of Cricket’ there must be manager-player intimacy or into-me-see. Whether the cricketing manager of pro-league teams or the Executive of the West Indies cricket team, there must be a deeper look at what the cricketer of “today” is facing. How else could the Executive understand how to approach these players and more importantly to keep the appeal of playing for the West Indies.

And this intimacy is what the new West Indies Executive seems able to bring. We look forward!

Integration

Sure the player on the field is important. But cricket is bigger than the present-day players of any team. Cricket in any country is a system. Good systems are able to reproduce a service or product over the long-term. Too often this is what International teams hold over the Caribbean region. However, encouraging evidence comes as we notice ex-West Indies players being brought back to the fold to now support the team in a different capacity. There is also the declared promise (note the term ‘declared promise’) of putting a focus upon the youth in cricket. If in fact this does happen then what we would now be building is a better system around the game.

Implementation

But as with the cricketer, we do not simply want a ‘hope’ of runs, good fielding, bowling and batting but results, so too, with our Executive we look forward to the plans moving off the paper….so we wait and we look on…but for now the I’s definitely hold the key to a brighter future for West Indies crickethttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2019/01/19/cricket-west-indies-expensive-business-passion-sport-still-exists/

Life is like a long distance race with an obstacle course

Life is a game

Bringing it both together and we get a Marathon

Sex and Power Struggles

All sexual encounters involve power. In a healthy sexual encounter, there is respect for the power to attract, arouse, produce pleasure and pain, the power to give and refuse permission

In unhealthy forced sexual encounters, one or more persons are determined to force and subdue another through their using their power…

Sporting Power

So when Hannah made that decision to pick herself up by her crutches and run and run and run and run for miles and miles it is a deep message she delivered to the very fiber of her being and to life in general and to those dealing with life’s obstacles in whatever form …

She was taking her power back one run at a time…

power…simply that ability to do something and

did it she did much to the surprise of many!!!!!!!!!!! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6354553/Woman-25-paralyzed-trying-escape-sex-attacker-finishes-New-York-City-marathon-crutches.html

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We all have our own unique marathon with its unique obstacles and unlike Hannah, many are not physically paralyzed but psychologically paralyzed by refusing to do what we have to (remember Hannah had to train and train hard) to pick ourselves up and continue running our marathon

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New day! Give thanks! and keep going

As sportspersons step unto their field to play their sport they take with them…

all the off-the-field ideas people hold not only about that sport in general but about them as sportspersons…

and when it comes to women in sports…sportswomen there remains many gender stereotypes that trails the sportswoman…

For sportswomen then DESIRE matters so much

obviously, if a girl or women enter a sport it because she has a desire

but this is happening even as the society has that desire to hold certain thoughts about women…

and for some reason, many of the traits associated with sports tend to be more associated with male traits…

therefore its a different sort of DESIRE that would help sportswomen to reach a certain level of performance whether they are in an individual or team sport…no doubt the Jamaican Women’s Football Team got their DESIRE right https://wired868.com/2018/10/17/jamaica-make-caribbean-history-as-they-qualify-for-france-womens-world-cup/

So we’ve reached the Playoffs of the Caribbean Premier League 2018https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-series/2717/caribbean-premier-league-2018/matches

Is it any surprise to have the Trinbago Knight Riders reach this far? 

when they have a Champion Chanting Captain… what does that teach about this team’s #carryon…

first, let’s listen to the lyrics…this captain respects his opponents as worthy and champions in their own right, without excluding himself…. we expect then that he would inspire this same sort of #sportsmanship within his colleagues of TKR and also appreciate that victory is about bringing your best game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y963o_1q71M from who is part of the team, to the line up for every match…

though some have wondered about whether there are times when the lineup choices were wanting …  https://wired868.com/2018/09/12/cpl-18-a-6-for-a-9-how-amazon-warriors-left-dj-bravos-tkr-no-more-margin-for-error/

and well if that be the case, guess which team is sure to tackle that?

Firstly, with a name such as Guyana Amazon Warriors could we expect anything but this team is a team to contend with… what’s in a name…oh just the blueprint and well in this teams case the teal-print of how the team thinks about itself…

but that’s not all…any team coming up against the Guyana Amazon Warriors must understand the psychological power of the #carryon in a team that has often been ‘the bridesmaid but never this bride’ this team already with their teal print warrior spirit have that boosted determination to go where they have never gone before…https://wired868.com/2018/09/11/guyanas-warriors-triumph-again-tkr-face-eliminator-on-friday-after-dramatic-loss-in-providence/

Maybe this team is going to give this Champion Chanting Captian some new lyrics for version two…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y963o_1q71M

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7 has been called the ‘number of completion’ and for the St. Lucia Stars it took 7 matches to complete the losing streak…

but what is the #carryon we can get here…

  1. with each loss, there would be the need to first reflect then self-soothe
  2. but self-soothing does not give the strength to take the field over and over and over… so there is also that need to re-build self-esteem
  3. even then it would be easy to just give up… but if there is a using of the last experience to find a #carry over into the next match, then it gives a feeling of hope instead of the hopelessness that can come with each loss of a match
  4. and what of all the comments and criticisms coming … sometimes to keep #carryon going we have to filter feedback
  5. but still not enough… for in the game of cricket its a team sport… and so no doubt the team has to find a way to keep the connections going even in the face of conflict
  6. confidence also needs to keep up so practicing and preparing would also be part of taking that field over and over and over in spite of repeated defeats
  7. commitment to the cause… to #carryon we actually have to be determined to #carryon

And what an excellent exceptional win by St. Lucia Stars…https://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scores/20413/sts-vs-gaw-15th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018

to get their first win not just against anyone but against the Guyana Amazon Warriors …

and so one is left to ask…how does a down & out team find it within itself to beat a winning warrior…

it’s the courage that comes with “yes we can!” when we reach the point in our #carryon when it looks like all hope of a win is lost… we have two choices…either dig into “we can’t” “it’s impossible” or “we can” “anything is possible” … guess which one St. Lucia Stars chose… and so the win comes…

But as for the Warriors how could we explain this… well the thing about #carryon is that even the best among us.. do have our off days… but most important is to pick up and go again as we can be sure Guyana Amazon Warriors would be doinghttp://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/guyana-amazon-warriors-v-st-lucia-stars/22298

 

Isn’t it great to have a great beginning? and we smell success, but a smell of success is not a taste of success… and so it has been that Jamaica Tallwahs started off with a big bang..but what happened…

#carryon big bang theory …. could it be that the team fell into the trap that with the initial big bang success was already created…well whether that is the case or not… we still have a great carryon reminder… the end of a thing is better than the beginning thereof… so we must beware of rejoicing too soon and keep level-headed and push on through…

#carryon big bang theory 2… is it that with such a great showing of Andre Russell the team fell back thinking that they could become 1-dimensional… well whether so or not again we have another #carryon tip… anytime we fail to adapt and reinvent ourselves based on what is happening in the now… the best we can become is a ‘one hit wonder’….

and so it was the Jamaica Tallwahs met up with Guyana Amazon WARRIORS! AND  here is where we had a 21-year-old shine through no doubt having been trained in that warrior-mindset …

“Shimron Hetmyer became the youngest centurion in CPL history, and the first to do it on American soil, as Guyana Amazon Warriors rallied to victory by 71 runs to hand Jamaica Tallawahs their first loss of CPL 2018. “

How ironic though; 

Tallawahs actually had a better Powerplay than Amazon Warriors, reaching 69 for 1 after six, compared to the visitors’ 60 for 2. Much of that was down to the hot start provided by Glenn Phillips.http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8623/report/1148657/jamaica-tallawahs-vs-guyana-amazon-warriors-11th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018

well, we already talked about that hot start… so now we can give focus on the spirit of the warrior… a spirit that we need in the game of life… so what if we don’t get the ‘better start’ or the ‘best start’… the warrior says sh**** that and presses on with tunnel-like focus…

any surprise then our Guyana Amazon Warriors have topped their group! …

Hmm, could you imagine Jamaica TALLWAHS destroying Trinbago Knight Riders only to lose 3 following games then to face this team they destroyed again… what’s the carryon then… no doubt the thought of facing a challenge we defeated could be used as a confidence booster… and the mere fact that it was a fairly close game suggests that this is just what might have happened   

But Trinbago Knight Riders had their own #carryon approach to battle that… what was it? the desire/the drive to redeem self, to make use of another chance to get a win, and that sort of #carryon can empower a sort of higher level resilience and in this case it worked for a win…

Although Trinbago slipped 28-3 after six overs, with Imad Wasim having bowled Sunil Narine for a third-ball duck, Colin Munro (67) was backed up well by Darren and Dwayne Bravo – who both struck five sixes in their innings to take last year’s winners to the brink. https://wired868.com/2018/08/19/cpl-18-tkr-win-last-ball-thriller-in-florida-as-dj-bravos-men-exact-revenge-on-tallawahs/

In reply, Imad Wasim took an impressive 2-17 from his four overs but Darren Bravo’s 50 off 35 and captain DJ Bravo’s quickfire 36 off 11 saw them ably assist Munro as Trinbago edged a tightly-fought game.http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/jamaica-tallawahs-v-trinbago-knight-riders/22288/11477314/article

 

The saying goes ‘once beaten twice shy’ But that is surely not a #carryon saying … for if we shy on the second surely we are almost guaranteed a second defeat…

and in this way St. Lucia Stars showed great #carryon as they met with Trinbago Knight Riders for yet another time…

they had it down to a science… again great #carryon … for we do our best when we do that SWOT analysis … considering Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats … as someone put it…

“At 130 for 2 in 15 overs, Tom Moody called out on the TV commentary that Stars should target 12 an over for the rest of the way to get to 190. For a team that has struggled to score runs and was bowled out for just 95 when these two sides met in the opening match of the season, the suggestion may have seemed optimistic. But by the end of the innings, hindsight showed Moody’s prediction was actually quite conservative.” https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18816/report/1148655/st-lucia-stars-vs-trinbago-knight-riders-9th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018

What now? What do we do when despite trying yet again… we get bettered on the field?…

It’s all about the attitude we continue to hold for each OV–ER…

For the St. Lucia Stars having faced defeat after defeat, now setting up things for a win, with a great #carryon show by their captain Pollard, what now?

Opportunities Vary– Enforce Resilience

As one cricket guru mentioned (thanks David) one over can make all the difference… as a Sports Talking Therapist dare say… each over makes a difference… here’s how?

Each over brings with it new opportunities… the bowler’s style, a possible catch out, an LBW, a great strike, lots of 4’s & 6’s, no balls, wides… and it goes on and on… and it is whether we can ‘weather’ each over managing our mind no matter what is happening and adapting quickly that we are able to either get the best result or reduce the undesired result…

Unfortunately for the St. Lucia Stars second time around it was about reducing the undesired result… https://wired868.com/2018/08/17/cpl-18-dm-bravo-smashes-94-from-36-balls-as-trinbago-knight-riders-stun-st-lucia-stars/  

Imagine going on and on, working hard, and simply not being able to as they say ‘catch a break’ … well, this is the story of the St. Lucia Stars… what then was their #carryon factor for them to now face Barbados Tridents again its the

OV-er…

Opportunities Vary (the St. Lucia Stars would have no doubt needed to view the upcoming match now as yet another opportunity for that 1st win)

enforce resilience (but let’s accept it though there is ‘RESILIENCE’ and there is ‘ReSiLiEnCe’ and there is ‘resilience’) but in the grander scheme of things, especially when the going gets tough…it doesn’t matter…bottom line is we found that will to #carryon

So in comes the Barbados Tridents!

and sure enough as with all of us as the game goes on in cricket and in life in general, we always come to the field with our own ‘backstory’ https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/100671/barbados-tridents-players-paid-dues-ahead-of-cpl-2018-draftsthat can either help out our #carryon or challenge it

For Barbados Tridents it was no matter of ‘once beaten twice shy’ as they were coming on the field with the confidence booster of a win over Guyana Amazon Warriors http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/guyana-amazon-warriors-v-barbados-tridents/22316/11471451/article

But this time it was St. Lucia Stars who bettered the Barbados Tridents… ‘try’

after all the St. Lucia Stars had been trying and trying and trying and trying… surely all of that would keep enforcing resilience… as ironic as it is #carryon works like that too…the more we exercise it the stronger it gets…and so ‘The Big Man’ and his teammates brought it home that first win http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/st-lucia-stars-v-barbados-tridents/22313/11475431/article

Heard the saying “if at first, you don’t succeed” well according to the St. Lucia Stars its really ‘if at fourth you don’t succeed’ and that right there is true #carryon … and its because they know

Opportunities Vary…Enforce Resilience!

Our sporting arena appreciates the grand achievements of Sir Garfield Sobers… 

What we might have missed…is how we could appreciate such an odd ball? Yep@ the comment…Garfield Sobers was born with an extra finger on both hands… now how often does that happen? odd isn;t it…

What if then? he was told of this and decided…oh “I am different” “I’m not like every other boy, I’m odd” what if he allowed this to tear up his feelings of esteem… would he have become the knighted Sir Garfield Sobers, the cricket great? 

What odd ball thinking might we be walking around with?

Then coming behind him, we have little Brian… how many of us express that little awe or pause when we discover.. “oh, he’s left-handed!” why again because..while it happens, its not the norm, in other words an ‘odd ball’… 

what if, Brian Lara with that desire to play sports kept telling himself, ‘oh I’m left-handed, this is for the usual people, the right-handed persons’ and he walked around thinking life maybe just decided he could not do what he loved…

How often or do we sometimes walk around with our differences, our little ‘odd balls’ burdening us…

Then here we had our first ‘odd ball’ Sobers making a Cricket Test match record and then 36 years later, our second ‘odd ball’ coming along and besting the record…

Surely ODD is nothing more than..

Our Decided Differences….

and what we decide of our differences…

determine our destiny (odd) (same letters o d d, just in a different order)

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