Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Drillers, Ball Blasters clash for Division B crown

FOREST Reserve Drillers and QPCC (Queen’s Park Cricket Club) Ball Blasters will contest the B division final when the Bryden pi Ltd National Squash League continues tonight at Cascadia Squash Club, St Ann’s.

Ball Blasters were in sparkling form last week when they brushed fellow QPCC team Sports Balm with surprising ease 5-0, while Drillers edged Petrotrin 50+- 3-2 in the other semi-final.

Action began a few weeks ago with eight teams in two round-robin groups. Sports Balm topped Group A from Petrotrin, while Drillers and Ball Blasters finished first and second, respectively, in the other group.

Petrotrin teams Stars and Squash Jumbies will square off in the second A Division semifinal tomorrow night at their home court in Pointe-a-Pierre.

Defending champs Stars, who finished at the head of the field of six in the round-robin phase of the competition, will be represented by players like John Holley, one of the leading over-50 players in the Caribbean, national over-40 champ Peter Pirtheesingh and national player Chayse McQuan.

Patrick brothers Mandela and Nku, the under-19 and 17 runners-up, respectively, in last year’s Caribbean Junior Championships, and their father Raymond, a former national player and TTSA (Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association) president, will be at the helm for Jumbies.

The first semi was contested last night (after press time) at the Oval, St Clair, between QPCC teams Hard Core, featuring the likes of former national champ Paul Jerome De Verteuil and former Caribbean under-15 champ Justin Sanguinette, and Untouchables, led by former national champ Josh Pinard.