Reeza Burke and Aleena Edwards will defend their titles at this weekend’s Silver Bowl Table Tennis Tournament, at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena (CRISA), in Chaguanas.
In 2013, Burke emerged victorious in the men’s singles, outlasting top-ranked Curtis Humphreys in a five-game thriller in the final.
Humphreys will go into the tournament on a high, following a dominant display last Sunday, at the Trinidad and Tobago North Zone Table Tennis (TTNZTT) Classified Championships. Humphreys topped the A1 field, whipping Yuvraj Dookram in straight games in the final.
Dookram is also among the contenders for Burke’s title, along with teenagers Aaron Wilson and Arun Roopnarine, Everton Sorzano, Anson Wellington, Lionel Darceuil, Kyle Borneo, Alaric Humphreys, Michael Nanton and Anthony “Sandfly” Brown.
Edwards is tipped for gold in the Silver Bowl women’s singles event.
She is the holder of all five major local titles—Solo Nationals, Tobago Open, RMSL Super Singles, Classified Championships, and Silver Bowl—and will be tough to beat.
Among the T&T players hoping to halt Edwards’ impressive run this weekend are Linda Partap-Boodhan, Brittany Joseph, Jasher De Gannes, Verna Edwards, Merle Baggoo, Catherine Spicer and Ashley Quashie.
But the biggest challenge for Edwards is likely to come from Guyanese teenager Chelsea Edghill, winner of the girls’ under-18 and under-21 titles last year. She will defend both age-group titles, and will also bid for the women’s crown.
The Silver Bowl under-18 and under-21 events will be contested tomorrow, starting with the boys’ under-18 at 9.30 a.m. Roopnarine is the defending champion in both the boys’ under-18 and under-21 events, and will be challenged for the titles by arch-rival Wilson.
The men’s and women’s singles will be played on Sunday. The men’s qualifying groups serve off at 9.30 a.m.
The under-11, under-13 and under-15 events are scheduled for March 30.