Rheann Chung steered Trinidad and Tobago to ninth spot in the women’s table tennis team event, at the Commonwealth Games, here in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.
Chung won twice at Scotstoun Campus to guide T&T past Ghana 3-2 in their final group three fixture.
Chung beat Celia Baah-Danso 11-7, 11-4, 11-7. And then, with the fixture tied up at two wins apiece, the France-based pro pushed T&T over the line with an 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 crushing of Bernice Borquaye.
In the crucial doubles encounter, Aleena Edwards and Catherine Spicer outlasted Baah-Danso and Borquaye 11-9, 11-8, 11-13, 9-11, 12-10.
Ghana’s top player, Cynthia Kwabi had two victories for the Africans. She edged past Edwards 11-2, 9-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-9, and stopped Spicer at 6, 6 and 6.
T&T finished as runners-up in the group, behind England, and earned a spot in the main draw. But in their round of 16 fixture against New Zealand, the Caribbean girls were blanked 3-0, and finished joint-ninth with Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Guyana.
New Zealand’s Chunli Li beat Spicer 11-3, 11-6, 11-5. Karen Li turned back a competitive Chung, 8-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6. And Yang Sun teamed up with Karen Li for an 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 success against Chung and Ashley Quashie.
T&T’s men’s table tennis team twice tasted success yesterday.
In their final group two match, T&T stopped Jamaica 3-1. France-based Dexter St Louis won against Simon Tomlinson, 11-3, 11-7, 12-10, and Christopher Marsh, 11-6, 6-11, 18-16, 11-4. Curtis Humphreys and Aaron Wilson won the doubles for T&T, against Marsh and Tomlinson, 11-7, 13-15, 12-10, 11-7. Kane Watson, meanwhile, got the better of Humphreys 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 13-11 for Jamaica’s only success.
But though T&T won the Caribbean derby, they finished third in the group and had to play in the losers’ knockout. In the opening round, T&T blanked Seychelles 3-0.
St Louis crushed Dario Laurence 11-6, 11-5, 11-3. Humphreys whipped Godfrey Sultan at 6, 4 and 5. And Humphreys and Yuvraaj Dookram won the doubles against Sultan and Nicholas Esther, 9-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9.
Today, T&T face Uganda in the losers’
knockout quarters. Also at Scotstoun Campus, yesterday, T&T squash player Kale Wilson won a thriller, the 21-year-old battling all the way before prevailing 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 against Malta’s Daniel Zammit-Lewis in their men’s plate round of 32 clash.
“There were quite a bit of errors from both of us,” Wilson told the Express, “and some good shots. It could have been anybody’s game, but I had a big lead in the fifth, and I think that helped me a lot.”
On Thursday, Wilson was whipped by world number 20, Cameron Pilley, the Australian winning the men’s singles round of 64 fixture 11-3, 11-2, 11-2.
“It was good,” said Wilson, “it was fun, no pressure for me. He played really well. He hits the ball just that much better, that much tighter…much fitter, stronger. It was a good learning experience for me. Wish I was still in the main draw, but I’ll learn from these matches and do big things after.”
In yesterday’s late round of matches, Wilson defeated Jamaican Bruce Burrowes 9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 in a men’s plate round of 16 clash to advance to the quarterfinal round.
And in the women’s plate round of 16, India’s Anaka Alankamony beat T&T’s Charlotte Knaggs 11-4, 11-6, 11-7.
Meanwhile, goal Shoot Anastacia Wilson and Goal Attack Joelisa Cooper each scored 15 goals from 17 attempts as T&T’s netabllers lost 56-40 to South Africa in a group B match at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).
The T&T women were competitive for three quarters. In the opening period of the match, the teams could not be separated, scoring 10 goals apiece. By halftime, however, the South Africans had established a 25-20 lead. With one quarter to go, T&T trailed 32-38. But South Africa were far better towards the end of the contest, outscoring T&T 18-8 in quarter number four.
At the Tollcross Swimming Centre, T&T’s Dylan Carter exited the men’s 200 metres freestyle event when he returned a time of one minute, 50.09 seconds to finish sixth in heat four and 13th overall. The top eight advanced to the final.
And at the National Hockey Centre, there was more fire coming the way of the T&T women. Playing against New Zealand, they were on the wrong end of a 14-0 scoreline. On Thursday, T&T had suffered a 16-0 defeat at the sticks of South Africa.
“We came out with a goal this time,” T&T coach Albert Marcano told the Express, following yesterday’s game, “to not concede more than we conceded the first time. They achieved that goal today, so it was a plus for them.”
The average age of the T&T squad is 21, and eight of the 16 players are teenagers, the youngest being 16-year-old Brianna Govia.
“More Unders-21s than anything else,” said Marcano, “so this experience would help them.”
There are also some experienced players in the squad—captain Patricia Wright-Alexis, Alanna Lewis, Avion Ashton and goalkeeper Petal Derry. Thirty-two-year-old Derry pulled off numerous saves, yesterday, keeping her team buoyed in the face of adversity.
Team T&T Today
(All TT times)
3.45 a.m. – Shooting, 10m Air Pistol, Rhodney Allen, Roger Daniel
4.00 a.m. – Hockey, Men vs New Zealand
After 5.00 a.m. – Judo, Men’s 100kg, Christopher George
6.16 a.m. – Swimming, Men’s 50 back, heat 5, George Bovell
6.56 a.m. – Swimming, Men’s 100 free, heat 9, Dylan Carter
7.00 a.m. – Table tennis, Men vs Uganda
7.22 a.m. – Rugby 7s, T&T vs South Africa
After 8.00 a.m. – Boxing, Men’s Lightweight, Michael Alexander
After 8.00 a.m. – Boxing, Men’s Middleweight, Aaron Prince
9.40 a.m. – Rugby 7s, T&T vs Cook Islands
12.22 p.m. – Cycling, Kilo Time Trial, Quincy Alexander
2.00 p.m. – Netball vs Wales
2.52 p.m. – Rugby 7s, T&T vs Kenya