Grief-stricken family members and friends of the late Kescia Branche tearfully bade her farewell on Saturday.The 22-year-old teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School died at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) two days after her battered body was discovered lying at the corner of Princess Street and Lousia Row in Georgetown on the morning of November 5.The cause of her demise has been determined as brain haemorrhaging and blunt trauma to the head.At her home-going ceremony, those who knew Branche reflected on her life, while other made a strong call for justice to be served.Her devastated twin, Kessandra Branche, who had been at her bedside when she died, begged for her sister to return to her at the funeral service.Kereece Branche, Kescia’s younger sister, described her as having been a driven and determined person who had fought for what she had accomplished in life.“It always seems like Kescia was never too young for anything, but this time she was,” Kereece said in her tribute, as she broke down in tears.Head Teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, Melanie Jones, reiterated her called for justice to be served. “I do hope that they solve your case, and that your killer or killers doesn’t or don’t disappear without a trace. This nonsense has become too commonplace, and I take the blame as part of the human race,” Jones said.The mother of one has been laid to rest at Buxton, East Coast Demerara. Police are yet to charge anyone for her death.Her ex-boyfriend, along with four cops, were questioned about her death, but were later released on station bail. Investigations are still ongoing.
9 9 Michael Owen, 18 years old (1998)Glenn Hoddle picked Owen in 1998 and brought him on as a substitute for Englands first two games. Given he scored in the second match against Romania, Hoddle decided to start the youngster in Englands final group fixture against Colombia and then again in the second round tie with Argentina. Owens inspired performance against Argentina featured a famous virtuoso goal, but wasnt enough to stop England being knocked out on penalties. Rio Ferdinand, 19 years old (1998)Ferdinand was picked alongside Owen in 1998, but couldnt break into the side and so didnt feature in any of the games. He went on to play for the Three Lions at the tournament in 2002 and 2006, but was ruled out through injury in 2010. 9 9 9 Theo Walcott, 17 years old (2006)Walcotts inclusion in Englands 2006 squad came as a surprise due to the fact he hadnt even appeared in Arsenals first team yet. Sven-Goran Eriksson didnt play the 17-year-old at the tournament, but defended his decision to take him by saying the experience gained would help Walcott at future tournaments. As it happened, Fabio Capello opted not to pick him in 2010 and he missed the 2014 World Cup through injury. Raheem Sterling, 19 years old (2014)Sterling made his first senior England appearance in 2012, but only held four caps heading into the 2014 World Cup. Hodgson still elected to start him in both of Englands defeats to Italy and Uruguay and he did give the Three Lions their highlight of the tournament when his fourth minute shot against the Italians crashed into the side netting. For a fleeting moment, the entire nation believed England were 1-0 up. Trent Alexander-Arnold is in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad 9 9 Aaron Lennon, 19 years old (2006)Eriksson made a second surprise pick for the 2006 World Cup when he called up Lennon, who had yet to play for Englands senior team. The teenager came off the bench against Trinidad and Tobago to help England steal a 2-0 group stage win. He also came on against Portugal in the quarter-final to replace an injured David Beckham, but was taken off again just before the game went to a penalty shoot-out, which England of course lost. 9 Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19 years old (2018)As mentioned above, Gareth Southgate has placed his faith in 19-year-old right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, by putting him in his squad for the 2018 World Cup. He will have to compete with Kyle Walker for that position. Luke Shaw, 18 years old (2014)When Roy Hodgson picked Shaw, he displaced legendary left-back Ashley Cole, prompting his retirement from international football. The 18-year-old went to the tournament as the Three Lions second choice behind Leighton Baines and made an appearance in the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica, by which time the country had already been knocked out. After a rollercoaster four years, in which he was signed by Manchester United and suffered heavily with injuries, Shaw has been left out of the 2018 squad. Trent Alexander-Arnolds inclusion in Englands squad for the 2018 World Cup has come as something of a surprise.The 19-year-old is set to make his debut for Gareth Southgate’s side in a pre-tournament friendly against Costa Rica on Thursday evening, following a sensational breakthrough season with his club.The Liverpool right-back played a key role in their run to the Champions League final and will be hoping to help create a similar run with the Three Lions this summer.We can dream at least.Alexander-Arnold is the eighth teen ever to be picked for an England World Cup squad. Scroll down to see the full list.Johnny Haynes, 19 years old (1954)Haynes was selected for Englands 22-man final World Cup squad in 1954, but didnt travel to the tournament. The Three Lions only took 17 to Switzerland and left five as part of a reserve list at home, including the 19-year-old. He went on to play for England in 1958 and 1962, but a car accident affected his performances after this, meaning he was not selected in 1966. 9
The Australian 18’s Boys team has come from 1-0 down in the series to claim games two and three of the series and win the division title. Their 5-4 win in today’s third and deciding match saw them win the series 2-1. 18’s Girls Australia has claimed a 3-0 series win in the 18’s Girls division following their 6-0 win in game three of the series today. The Australian 18’s Girls started game three strongly, with Shannon Rose scoring in the eighth minute before Zara Nicholas scored in the 11th minute to take a 2-0 lead at half-time. The Dominique Du Toit scored in the fifth minute of the second half, before touchdowns to Lucy Botten, another to Zara Nicholas and Shellie Davis saw them runaway with a 6-0 win. 18’s Boys The Australian boys have won the 18’s Boys deciding game by one touchdown, 5-4 to claim the series two games to one. After a 9-8 loss on Friday night, the Australian turned the series around yesterday with a convincing win before they dominated game three early to set up the win from the fast finishing Kiwis. Kalyn Ponga turned defence into attack in the third minute, when he ran the length of the field after intercepting on the line to give Australia an early 1-0 lead. Corey Russell set up David Richards soon after, and when a Kai Simbolon half run saw Matt Wilson score the Australians had a 3-0 lead. Ponga soon had his second touchdown of the half, before Taylor Haugh scored for the Kiwis. Australia took a 4-1 lead into the half-time break. New Zealand scored the first two touchdowns of the second half, through Rory Van Vugt and Te Hauora Campbell bringing their side within one touchdown of the Australians before Damon Moore extended the Aussies lead by two, 5-3. New Zealand scored in the final minutes of the game, but it wasn’t enough, with the Aussies taking a 5-4 win and claiming the series 2-1. 20’s GirlsThe Australian 20’s Girls have continued their dominance in the 20’s Girls division, winning game three 13-3 and taking a 3-0 series win. Game three started in similar fashion to the two previous games, with the Australians taking a 6-1 lead into half-time.They further extended their lead in the second half, to take a 10 touchdown win and finish the series with three wins. 20’s BoysThe Australian 20’s Boys finished their 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign in style, winning their third game 10-7 on Sunday. Australia raced out to a 6-2 lead at half-time, before the Kiwis hit back in the second half, scoring five touchdowns to Australia’s four. But it was too little too late, with the Australians taking the series whitewash 3-0 with their three touchdown win. Related LinksYTT Day Three