Sunday, January 21, 2018

De Gannes stunned in two ‘Silver Bowl’ finals


Defeated: Jasher De Gannes

Mark Fraser

AFTER being unbeaten in both divisions for the entire season last year, Jasher De Gannes was stunned in both the Under-13 and 15 finals when the curtain fell on the Silver Bowl Table Tennis Championships Sunday at Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas.

The Caribbean Under-13 champ, who also picked up a bronze medal in this category in the Latin American Championships in October, was shocked 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 by fellow Tobagonian Shanekah Johnson for the Under-13 crown.

De Gannes, who helped the France-based Rheann Chung secure a silver medal in doubles as a member of the national senior team in the Caribbean Championships last August, attempted to bounce back in the Under-15 division but was upset 11-9, 5-11, 11-8 in the final by Nalini Boodoo.

Brandon Beharry produced a major stunner when he upset title favorite Miguel Wong of Guyana in the boys’ equivalent quarterfinals. The Arima Hawks player then defeated Jakeem Welch in four games, before being edged 11-1, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-2 by Tobagonian Benoni Daniel, the country’s No. 1-ranked player in the category, for the title.

It was a grand day for players from the sister isle as they won four of the six titles.

In an all-Tobago final, Welch edged Roberto Johnson 11-9, 11-9 for the under-13 crown. And Derron Douglas, who suffered a heart-breaking 11-9, 9-11, 12-10 defeat at the hands of Welch in the semis, cruised past Messiah Walcott, another Tobagonian, 11-4, 11-5 in the under-11 final.

Boodoo and Shreya Maharaj were the only champs from Trinidad. Maharaj defeated Welch’s sister Shurja 12-10, 11-7 for the under-11 title.

The tournament began two weekends earlier with Chelsea Edghill winning the Under-18, 21 and women’s crowns and her teenaged Guyanese compatriot Shermar Britton being crowned men’s champ.

Runner-up Arun Roopnarine beat Aaron Wilson in the Under-18 final, but was beaten by his arch-rival for the Under-21 crown.