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CASA silver for T&T men

By Shammi Kowlessar

TRINIDAD and Tobago’s men and veterans were forced to settle for silver medals when the curtain fell on the CASA (Caribbean Area Squash Association) Championships Saturday in Barbados. The men were beaten 3-1 by Guyana and the veterans’ failed to win a single set and were overwhelmed 5-0 by Barbados.
The only T&T player to win a match on the final day was Chayse McQuan, who whipped Robert McDavid 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 in the battle of the No. 5 players. National under-19 champion Nku Patrick was beaten 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 by Alex Arjoon, while Don Lee, a top player of the late 1980s and 90s who has been living in Canada for well over a decade, lost a competitive four-setter 8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 to Jason Ray-Khalil.
And in the battle of No. 1 players, Colin Ramasra went under 11-5, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5 against the player who had beaten him in straight sets last Sunday in the quarterfinals of “individuals”, last year’s Caribbean runner-up Sunil Seth.
Ramasra’s fellow Canada-based professional Kale Wilson, a former Caribbean under-19 champ, was not expected to beat former Caribbean champ Richard Chin, but with the fixture already decided, the match was not contested.
In the “virtual” final of the straight round-robin veterans’ competition, the T&T players were no match for perennial champs Barbados.
In the over-40 matches, Andy Gill beat Peter Pirtheesingh 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 and Diane Julien was brushed aside 11-1, 11-4, 11-1 by Kristina Evelyn.
Mark Sealy halted John Holley 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 and Ruth Dean-Webster was an 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 winner over Cathy Martin in the over-50 matches. And Leon Truss whipped Glen Massey 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 in the battle of over-60 players.
The hosts could not prevent Guyana from sweeping the open titles when they were edged 3-2 in the “virtual final” of the women’s team event.
T&T, competing without the services of top three players, the Briton-born Kerrie Sample, 18-time national champ Rhea Khan and two-time defending Caribbean under-19 champ Charlotte Knaggs, were beaten by the top two teams and ended up with the bronze medal in the straight round-robin draw.
The combination of Nakita Poon King, Gen Shin Joanna Augustus and top juniors Faith Gillezeau, Alexandria Yearwood and Marie Claire Barcant beat Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
After losing 5-0 to T&T in the semis, Barbados edged OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) 3-2 for the men’s bronze medal. Two-time Caribbean runner-up Ramasra was the only member of this country’s team to reach as far as the quarters in the three-day individual events, which concluded last Monday.
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