Salandy triuMph: Raymond Patrick, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association (TTSA), presents the trophy to Chad Salandy, winner of the B class title Saturday in the TTSA's Graded Tournament at Cascadia Squash Club, St Ann's.

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Mandela beats little brother in Graded tournament

By Shammi Kowlessar

MANDELA PATRICK beat his younger brother Nku on Saturday to capture the Division A title in the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association's Graded Tournament at Cascadia Squash Club, St Ann's.

After his 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8 triumph over Brian Phillips earlier in the day in the semi-finals, the top-seeded national under-19 champion whipped the national under-17 champ 11-8, 11-9, 11-7.

After losing 11-7, 14-16, 11-6, 12-10 to Nku in their battle for a place in the title match, Wolfram Nothnagel gained some compensation when he nosed out Phillips 11-6, 15-13, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9 for third place.

It was a tournament that Nothnagel will probably never forget as he had also stunned Peter Pirtheesingh in the quarter-finals.

However the No. 2 seed did not walk away empty-handed as he rebounded to win three times en route to the plate title. Pirtheesingh recovered from a slow start to defeat 16-time national champ Rhea Khan 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 in the final.

Chad Salandy also dropped the opening set before the No. 3 seed bounced back to deny Drue De Verteuil, the conqueror of top seed Jacob Gillezeau, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-3 in the B division final.

Gillezeau's sister Faith secured third place with an 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 victory over Alex Mackay.

And after upsetting No. 3 seed Carl Miller 8-11, 15-13, 11-4, 11-8 in the semis, third-seeded Marie Claire Barcant could not make lightning strike twice when the top under-13 player was beaten 11-9, 10-12, 14-12, 11-5 by top-seeded Matthew Mungal for the C class title.

Fourth-seeded Alexandria Yearwood lost 14-12, 11-6, 11-8 to Mungal in the semis and then also in the third-place playoff, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 to Miller.

Dimitri Agostini beat Jeremy Nieves 11-8, 11-0, 11-3 for the C class plate, while Luke Asiu was an 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 winner over Jonathan Blanc for the B division plate in the three-day tournament.

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