BOTH Trinidad and Tobago teams edged past the hosts over the last two days in the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships continued in Bermuda.
The girls’ defeated Bermuda 3-2 yesterday, while the boys had beaten the Bermudians by the same score the day before. Guyana is the other country in both the boys’ and girls’ groups.
And since Guyana’s boys had also beaten Bermuda 3-2, T&T’s boys were assured of a place in today’s semi-finals before taking the court to oppose Guyana last night.
Barbados, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) are the teams involved in the other boys’ and girls’ groups.
The top two teams from each group will contest today’s semis and the finals will take place tomorrow.
Charlotte Knaggs, a former two-time Caribbean Under-17 champion who was crowned Under-19 individual winner for the second straight year on Tuesday night, led the way yesterday for T&T with a powerful 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 triumph over Emma Keane.
Faith Gillezeau, who picked up an individual bronze medal in the Under-17 division, won in four sets, while Under-15 silver-medallist Alexandria Yearwood prevailed in three.
Under-13 player Jinan Al Rawi and Jamie Leigh Edghill, the No. 2 Under-19 player, both went down in straight sets.
When the boys’ had played the night before, under-17 bronze medallist Chad Salandy broke the 2-2 deadlock by beating Dylan Muldoon 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 to snatch victory for T&T.
Under-13 player Christopher Anthony had lost the opener in straight sets, but T&T were able to take a 2-1 lead as Under-15 player Nicholas Caddle then triumphed in four sets and Under-19 bronze-medallist Nku Patrick cruised home in three straight.
Edghill’s brother Christian then lost the battle of the No. 2 Under-19 players in straight sets to pave the way for Salandy’s heroics.
In girls’ Group B action on Wednesday, Barbados and Jamaica qualified for the semis with two wins each. Barbados edged both Cayman Islands and OECS 3-2, while Jamaica slammed both Cayman Islands and OECS 5-0.
And in boys’ Group B action on Wednesday Jamaica and Barbados also won twice to be assured of places in the semis. Jamaica edged both OECS and Cayman Islands 3-2, while Barbados edged Cayman Islands 3-2 and whipped OECS 4-1.