TRINIDAD and Tobago’s girls were narrowly beaten for the gold medal when the CASA (Caribbean Area Squash Association) Junior Championships concluded yesterday in Bermuda.
With the teams deadlocked at 2-2, Guyana’s Under-13 player Makeda Harding gave Jinan Al Rawi no chance with a comprehensive 11-4, 11-3, 11-0 triumph in the decider.
T&T were always fighting from behind as Guyana won the first two matches in straight sets.
The key match could have been the opener as Taylor Fernandes turned the tables (11-9, 11-5, 11-3) on Faith Gillezeau, who had prevailed when they clashed for the under-17 bronze medal during the individual events a few days earlier.
Victoria Arjoon, runner-up in the Under-19 division last year, then increased the lead when she defeated last year’s national Under-15 champ Marie Claire Barcant 11-5, 11-2, 11-7.
Then Charlotte Knaggs, who captured the Under-19 title for the second straight year on Tuesday night after beating Arjoon for the Under-17 crown in the previous two years, pulled one back for T&T when she beat Under-19 runner-up Akeila Wiltshire 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 to end the tournament unbeaten.
Under-15 silver medallist Alexandria Yearwood then forced the decider when she beat Rebecca Low 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5.
Guyana ended up sweeping both titles as they edged Jamaica 3-2 for the boys’ crown.
And T&T finished with the bronze medal when they took care of Barbados.
With his team already leading 2-0, Nku Patrick sealed the medal when the Under-19 bronze-medallist won his match in three straight sets.
Chad Salandy, the Under-17 bronze medallist, had taken the opening match in four sets and Under-19 No. 2 player Christian Edghill had increased it when he won in three.
With the victory already complete, Nicholas Caddle (Under-15) and Christopher Anthony (Under-13) both went under in straight sets to make the final score look respectable for the Bajans.