Aleena, Farley are ‘Super’ champs
• Shammi Kowlessar
ALEENA EDWARDS completed a tremendous season and Trevor Farley showed his class when the local table season ended Wednesday night at Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas.
After missing the first major tournament of the year, Edwards was unstoppable for the rest of the year at home and she ended a fantastic season with her fourth consecutive major title.
The University of Trinidad and Tobago player whipped Linda Partap-Boodhan 11-9, 11-, 11-8 in the “virtual” RMSL (Reliability Maintenance Services Limited) Super Singles final after both players had won their other three matches in the final round-robin phase of the tournament.
Two of those victories occurred Sunday and, after not coming close to dropping a single game when she brushed aside Brittany Joseph and Merle Baggoo, Partap-Boodhan was on the verge of a shocking loss when she quickly lost the first two games (11-5, 11-1) against Edwards’ mother Verna.
But the player who won the Classified Championships to start the year, battled back to prevail 11-6, 11-8, 11-6.
Aleena surrendered a game for the one and only time in the tournament, but still easily got past Joseph 11-5, 11-13, 11-4, 11-2 in her opening match of the night.
In addition to winning “Super Singles”, the bronze-medallist in this year’s Caribbean Championships was also crowned champ in the Tobago Open, Silver Bowl Championships and the National Championships for the tenth time.
Curtis Humphreys won four tournaments last year, but he finished empty-handed this season after being the runner-up to favourite Farley.
The former Caribbean champion won all five matches in Wednesday’s final ‘Super Six” round-robin competition and was only extended to a deciding fifth and final game in his 11-8, 12-14, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6 triumph over Reeza Burke.
Farley also had some anxious moments before he got by Guyana’s Colin France 4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 15-13, he also surrendered a game against Aaron Wilson (11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7) and took out Arun Roopnarine in three close games 11-7, 11-9, 15-13.
But his easiest victory (11-6, 11-8, 11-1) was surprisingly against Humphreys.
This country’s top-ranked player, who had won the tournament last year, did not lose another match.
Humphreys nosed out over-50 player France 11-8, 3-11, 11-8, 8-11 11-8, beat the 15-year-old Tobago Open champ Wilson 15-13, 11-8, 11-6 and gained revenge on Burke and Roopnarine.
Humphreys squandered a two-game lead and lost the “Classified” final to Roopnarine, but the 16-year-old failed to take advantage of his opportunities this time and was beaten 12-10, 8-11, 13-11, 11-6.
Burke, winner of a five-setter thriller when they met in the Silver Bowl final last month, also had his chances against Humphreys as he led 9-7 and 7-2 in the second and third games and lost both in his 8-11, 11-1, 12-1, 11-8 defeat.
The 38-year-old five-time national champ was forced to settle for third place as he halted Wilson 15-13, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, almost let a two-game lead slip before closing out France 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5 and roared back after losing the first two games to edge Roopnarine 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8.
This occurred for the second time in a month as Burke had also lost the first two games and battled back to triumph when they clashed in the Silver Bowl semis.
Roopnarine (who won eight games and lost 12), France (six and 13) and Wilson (six and 14) won one match each and ended up fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Joseph, last year’s national champ at age 14, was third among the women and was followed by over-50 player Verna and Baggoo, the 68-year-old 1963 national champ, respectively.
Selected results: Men – A. Roopnarine bt C. France 11-9, 11-3, 13-11. France bt A. Wilson 11-4, 11-7, 14-12, 11-6. Wilson bt Roopnarine 11-6, 11-5, 4-11, 7-11, 11-5.
Women – V. Edwards bt M. Baggoo 11-8, 13-11, 9-11, 11-8.