T&T players keep winning at Pre-Cadet Champs
TRINIDAD and Tobago players kept on to shining when the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships continued on Tuesday in Guyana.
After winning three of the four team gold medals and three more golds in the doubles competition, the majority of the players from this country advanced to the main draw in singles.
Joshua Maxwell and Jakeem Welch, who had combined to strike Under-13 gold in doubles, won their respective groups and Maxwell was then seeded No 1 in the main draw.
The youngster, who had also claimed mixed doubles gold with Jasher De Gannes, then received a bye to the quarter-finals, but Welch got there by beating Jeremy Singh of Guyana 11-3, 11-6, 11-7.
After finishing second in his group, Brandon Beharry also reached the last eight with an impressive 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 triumph over Jean Claude Hoek of Aruba.
De Gannes and Shanekah Johnson, the Under-13 doubles gold medallists, convincingly won their round-robin groups and are seeded first and second, respectively, in the main draw of eight.
Chelsea Fong and Ray J Thomas also moved into the knockout draw after finishing first and second in their groups, respectively.
Brandon Lee Young became the third T&T player to be seeded No 1 when he had the best record of the round-robin phase of the Under-11 age-group.
Messiah Walcott and Derron Douglas also win their groups, but Douglas did not get a bye and had to beat Kaysan Ninvalle of Guyana 11-4, 11-9, 11-13, 11-2 to get into the quarters.
Ackayla Lucas and Shurjah Welch finished second in their groups in the girls’ equivalent category to reach the girls’ equivalent quarters, but Shreya Maharaj and Shyana Samnarine lost both times in their groups and failed to qualify.
The same was the case with Aaron Amoroso in the boys’ under-11 category and Roberto Johnson in the Under-11 division.
The tournament concluded with the singles finals last night.