A DIVISION WINNER: Mandela Patrick

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Mandela prevails in battle of the brothers

By Shammi Kowlessar

OLDER sibling Mandela expectedly won the battle of the Patrick brothers when the curtain fell on the Kyocera Graded Junior Squash Tournament, on Saturday at Cascadia Squash Club, St Ann’s.
The under-19 runner-up at last year’s Caribbean Junior Championships defeated Caribbean under-17 runner-up Nku 11-7, 10-12, 11-2, 11-8 for the A Division title.
Mandela had whipped Chad Salandy 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 and Nku had accounted for Christian Edghill 11-4, 11-9, 11-9 in the semi-finals.
Salandy, who stunned Nku in the under-17 final at last year’s National Championships, almost allowed a two-set lead to slip before recovering in time to defeat Edghill 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 3-11, 11-4 for third place.
The C Division was the only of the three in which boys and girls competed in separate draws. The boys’ final was another battle of siblings and the older one again got the upper hand as Joshua Chin Lee beat Michael 11-7, 11-7, 11-9.
National under-13 champ Aimee De Verteuil was an 11-7, 11-7, 11-0 winner over Jinan Al-Rawi for the girls’ equivalent title.
The country’s two leading under-15 female players reached the last four in Division B, and Alexandria Yearwood actually proved to be the toughest opponent for eventual champion Nicholas Caddle. But after coming from behind to prevail 8-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-2, the national under-15 champ cruised past Carl Miller 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 for the title.
Miller was a 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 winner in the semis over national age-group champ Marie-Claire Barcant, who injured her ankle before the third-place play-off and was forced to default against Yearwood.
National under-13 champ Kobie Khan, son of 18-time national champ Rhea Khan, defeated Jeremy Nieves 12-10, 11-2, 11-7 for fifth place.
This three-day competition, sponsored by Business Equipment & Interiors International Limited, was the first local squash tournament for the season.
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