REPEAT CHAMPION: Arun Roopnarine
Roopnarine, Wilson, Joseph, Boodoo bag Scotiabank titles
Kwame Laurence email@example.com
Arun Roopnarine repeated as Scotiabank Schools Table Tennis Championship boys’ open singles champion, the Presentation College, San Fernando fifth former beating Sarvesh Mungal in straight games in yesterday’s final, at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena (CRISA), in Chaguanas.
Roopnarine was never troubled by Mungal’s mixed game, racing to a 2-0 lead in games.
Mungal took an early lead in game three, but got stuck on four points. Roopnarine’s big forehand loop drives, combined with unforced errors from Mungal, and in quick time the ASJA Boys’ College student was trailing 4-9.
Mungal staged a partial recovery, but at 8-10, pushed the ball into the net, gifting his opponent the winning point, Roopnarine emerging with an 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 victory.
In the semifinal round, Roopnarine cruised past Queen’s Royal College student Keon Constantine 11-2, 11-6, while Mungal got past another Royalian, Kourdell Powell at 7 and 5.
Roopnarine’s victory was his sixth singles triumph on the trot at the Schools Championships--three under-15 and three open.
Bishop Anstey East student, Brittany Joseph dominated the girls’ open singles, winning three out of three in the four-player round robin to strike gold.
Joseph beat Mallika Tripathi of Lakshmi Girls’ High School 11-1, 11-1, 11-2, Sangre Grande Secondary’s Adefa James 11-6, 11-9, 11-7, and Jevaune Stewart of Bishop’s High School, Tobago at 6, 2 and 4.
Stewart defeated James and Tripathi to earn silver, while bronze went to James, thanks to her victory over Tripathi.
In the boys’ under-15 singles final, Belmont Boys’ Secondary student, Aaron Wilson beat ASJA’s Amresh Mungal in straight games, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9.
Nalini Boodoo emerged as girls’ under-15 singles champion. The Naparima Girls’ High School student won twice and lost once in the four-player round robin event. Boodoo beat her Naparima teammate Danielle Dick and Holy Faith Convent’s Anjana Valsalan, but lost to St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain student Gyshan Latchman.
Latchman also beat Valsalan but was defeated by Dick. And Dick also enjoyed success against Valsalan.
The title was decided by win-loss points ratio. Boodoo won, Latchman finished second, and Dick was third.
Scarborough Secondary’s Welch brothers, Isaiah and Korren captured the boys’ open doubles title, beating QRC’s Constantine and Powell 11-4, 4-11, 11-7 in the final.
Roberto Johnson and Jakeem Welch struck gold for Scarborough in the boys’ under-15 doubles. In the championship match, they beat Fatima College pair, Daniel Henriques and Alex Alex Walcott 11-8, 10-12, 11-4.
Late on Saturday, ASJA secured gold in the boys’ open team event, and Scarborough Secondary did the same in the boys’ under-15 team competition.
Sarvesh Mungal won twice for ASJA in their 3-1 triumph over QRC in the open final. Mungal beat Constantine 11-4, 11-3, and Powell at 7 and 3. Zaeem Imkaraaz was also in winners’ row for ASJA, battling past Josiah Ambris 12-10, 11-9.
Powell handed QRC their only success, getting the better of Mungal’s younger brother, Amresh Mungal 11-9, 11-7.
In the under-15 final, Korren Welch, Johnson and Isaiah Welch each won once for Scarborough in their 3-2 victory over Fatima. Korren stopped Walcott 11-8, 11-7. Johnson dismissed his namesake, Joshua Johnson at 3 and 3. And Jakeem defeated Walcott 11-5, 11-8.
Henriques fought courageously for his school, the Fatima student beating Jakeem 11-8, 12-10, before edging past Korren 11-9, 7-11, 11-8. But his efforts were in vain, the top prize going to Scarborough.
The Trinidad leg of the under-13 and under-11 singles qualifying events were also staged at CRISA yesterday. Those age-groups will be completed on November 9, in Tobago.