Saturday, December 16, 2017

Edghill strikes gold twice in ‘Silver Bowl’


UNDER-21 WINNER: Aaron Wilson

Mark Fraser

CHELSEA EDGHILL swept both categories Saturday when the Silver Bowl Junior Table Tennis Championships served off at Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas.

The 16-year-old, who was Guyana’s Junior Sportswoman of the Year last year, brushed aside Nalini Boodoo 11-2, 11-9, 11-4 to secure the Under-18 crown after taking down Gyshan Latchman 15-13, 11-4, 11-6 in the semi-finals.

Edghill was perhaps even more lethal in the Under-21 category as she outclassed Ambika Sitram 11-2, 11-1, 11-6 in the semis and then whipped Catherine Spicer 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 in the title match.

Spicer, a national player who recently returned after taking a break for examinations, had edged Brittany Joseph, crowned national champ at age 14 in 2012, 11-9, 12-14, 11-9, 18-16 in the semis.

Arch-rivals Arun Roopnarine and Aaron Wilson, who have both finished among the top ten players in the country in the last two years, clashed in both finals and were forced to share the titles.

After coming from behind to deny Guyana’s Shermar Britton 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 in the Under-21 semis, two-time defending Tobago Open champ Wilson edged Roopnarine 11-9, 5-11, 12-10, 15-13 in the final.

Roopnarine, who had halted Edghill’s brother Kyle 12-10, 11-5, 12-10 in the semis, found himself in real trouble when he lost the first two games against Britton in their clash for a place in the Under-18 final.

And after surviving 6-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5, the top seed was also forced to come from behind twice to edge Wilson 10-12, 12-10, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8.

The 15-year-old Wilson, who is a year younger than Roopnarine, had cruised past Savresh Mungal 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 in the semis.

The men’s and women’s open events were contested yesterday and Edghill, Wilson and Roopnarine, runner-up in last month’s Classified Championships after being the champ last year, were expected to be among the main contenders.

The Under-11, 13 and 15 age groups are scheduled for the end of the month.