Friday, February 23, 2018

T&T men top group in CASA

TRINIDAD and Tobago’s men finished the round-robin group phase unbeaten on Thursday night as the CASA (Caribbean Area Squash Association) Championships continued in Barbados. The 3-2 triumph was their third as T&T finished on top of Group B and were scheduled to oppose Group A runner-up Barbados last night for a place in today’s final.

The first semi-final, between Group A winners Guyana and Group B runners-up OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, took place during the afternoon session. In a straight-round robin competition, T&T women were beaten for the first time on Thursday and will most likely finish with the bronze medal.

Canada-based professionals Colin Ramasra and Kale Wilson both lost in three straight sets, but T&T’s men still managed to beat Cayman Islands 3-2.

National under-19 champion Nku Patrick prevailed in five sets, while both Chayse McQuan and Don Lee, a top player of the late 1980s and 90s who has been living in Canada for well over a decade, were both triumphant in three.

Former Caribbean under-13 and 19 champ Wilson was whipped 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 by Mark Chaloner, while eight-time national champ Ramsara, a quarterfinalist in the individual event, went under 11-7, 11-0, 11-7 against “individual” runner-up Cameron Stafford.

After beating Bermuda, Jamaica and Cayman Islands, T&T women came up against Barbados and were only able to win two sets. Gen Shim picked up a set against Nadia McCarthy in the battle of the No. 2s and last year’s national champ Marie Claire Barcant took the first set, before Muffin Stollmeyer recovered to win the other three.

Alexandria Yearwood and Faith Gillezeau, the country’s top under-15 and 17 players, respectively, were beaten by Alex Jordan and Amanda Haywood, respectively, and Nakita Poon Kong went down admirably (11-6, 11-8, 11-8) against “individuals” champ Karen Meakins in the battle of the No. 1 players.

Barbados will clash with Guyana at 10.45 a.m. today is what is expected to be the “virtual” final.

Although they lost two of the three matches played on Thursday, T&T ended up winning 3-2 as the OECS veterans’ team only contained three players.

John Holley and Cathy Martin won the over-50 matches without taking the court and Glen Massey halted Winston Findlay 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 in their over-60 clash. However over 40 players Peter Pirtheesingh and Diane Julien were beaten 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 and 11-8, 11-5, 1-14 by James Bentick and Greta Primus, respectively.

T&T, 3-2 winners over Cayman Islands in their previous fixture the day before, faced Guyana yesterday and will conclude their schedule in the straight round-robin event at 10.45 a.m. today against perennial champs Barbados. The men’s team final is scheduled for 12.30 p.m.