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Ramasra back for CASA

Khan, Sample, Knaggs not available

By Shammi Kowlessar

COLIN RAMASRA returns to lead
the men, but this country’s top three female players are unavail­able for the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) cham­pionships.
Players from Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Trinidad and Tobago and host country Barbados will be competing in the tournament from Saturday until next week Satur­day, at the Barbados Squash Club in Christ Church.
Ramasra, who led the men’s team to two titles in the last few years, is in grand form as he comes back after being unable to play in the tournament for the last two years.
The 31-year-old, who is ranked 294th in the world, was crowned national champion for the eighth time last month and became the most successful player in the history of the St Lucia Open when he captured his third title a week after.
The other members of the team —Don Lee, Kale Wilson, Paul Jerome De Verteuil, Nku Patrick and Chayse McQuan—were on last year’s squad.
The 41-year-old Lee was one of the top players in the country for many years, but he has been residing in Canada for well over ten years.
De Verteuil, also involved in T&T’s two recent title wins, is a former national champ while Patrick, who picked up an Under-19 bronze medal in the CASA Junior Championships three weeks ago, is the top junior in the country.
Wilson, ranked 255th in the world, lost to Ramsara in the national championships last month and then played alongside him, as well as Kerrie Sample and Charlotte Knaggs, in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
It is third year in succession that Wilson, Patrick and McQuan are on the team.
Knaggs, the two-time defending Caribbean Under-19 champ, is unable to make this trip as she is studying in Great Britain while national champ Sample, a Briton of local roots, has work commitments.
And with Rhea Khan, who has
won “nationals” a record 18 times,
also unavailable, T&T are sending a very inexperienced bunch after not being represented by women at all last year in Guyana.
Former national youth skipper Nakita Poon Kong and Joanna Aug­ustus are the only seniors in the quintet. The others chosen are Alexandria Yearwood and Marie Claire Barcant, who won the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Junior CASA, and Faith Gillezeau, who was beaten for the Under-17 bronze medal in that tournament in Bermuda.
For the second year in a row, Peter Pirtheesingh and John Holley will be the over-40 and over-50 representatives, respectively, while Glen Massey was the over-60 player selected. Cathy Martin and Dianne Julien complete the veterans’ team.
The individual events will take place from Saturday until Tuesday night and the team events will be contested from Wednesday until next Saturday.
The T&T team, including coach Roger Salandy and manager Ryan Jagessar, will travel tomorrow.
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