Greaves, Kyle Edghill win first major titles
The Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) was an address for joy yesterday when local table tennis welcomed two new major title winners in the annual National Sports Commission, Guyana Table Tennis Association Mashramani competition.
First, Priscilla Greaves became the new U-13 Girls’ Champion following her 11-7, 11-9 and 11-6 win against Jomaali Homer. Greaves burst into tears following her 3-0 rout that presented her the first major title she has won since competing in the sport.
Greaves had beaten Selenas Jackman 11-6, 11-9 and 11-4 in the semi-final while Homer won 11-7, 4-11, 6-11, 11-9 and 11-6 against Kristie Lopes, who went on to beat Jackman 13-11, 11-6 and 11-2 to finish third in the category.
Then, Edghill, using the new reverse tomahawk backhand serve effectively and countering with fierce, aggressive returns, claimed the U-13 Boys’ title against nemesis, Elishaba Johnson. Their final was the biggest game up to Kaieteur Sport press time.
Edghill beat Johnson 11-4, 11-9, 9-11 and 11-6 in the match. Edghill took the first two sets very easily, went down 5-9 in the third set but rallied to level the scores 9-9 with two on his serve. He, however, could not complete the comeback and gave up the set.
The Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) table tennis player, clearly playing with more enthusiasm, wrapped up the title in the fourth set on serve.
Khalid Gobin defeated Sharmar Beaton 15-13, 11-9, 9-11 and 11-7 to win third place in the category.
Up to press time last night, competition was underway in the U-15 category, which had reached the last eight.
There will be no competition today since the Sports Hall was booked for steel pan competition. The contests are scheduled to resume this week.