– Victoria Arjoon makes fourth straight final trip
Defending Caribbean Under-17 champion Keisha Jeffrey stayed on course to retain her crown when she eliminated twin sister Kayla in the semi-finals of this year’s Junior CASA Championships in Barbados.
In what was described as the most exciting encounters of the night, the sisters treated the fans to a high level of entertaining squash worthy of a final.
The two exceptional athletes played with aggression, taking the ball early and retrieving everything the other had to offer and received a fitting round of applause after it was over in four games.
In the other semi-final, Mary Fung-A-Fat pushed team-mate Ashley Khalil to the limit, before the latter took control in the fifth to win the match and set up a much anticipated clash with the reigning champion.
Victoria Arjoon then ensured that another Guyanese would feature in one more final when she rolled over Emma Keane of Bermuda with ease to make it her fourth appearance in as many years. She now faces Jamaican Jessica Perkins for the title.
Earlier, Guyana started on a great note when Alexander Arjoon and Jean-Claude Jeffrey both pulled off good wins to guarantee that Guyanese featured in the semi-finals of all eight age categories.
Arjoon had to pull out all the stops to get past former Caribbean champion Noah Browne of Bermuda.
Browne took control of the match from the very beginning, stretching his six foot two inches frame to its full extent, making it difficult for Arjoon to get the ball past him.
He won the first and got out to a 9-3 lead in the second, before Arjoon grabbed control of the set, burying Browne in the back court and the result was never in doubt after that as he went on to dispatch his opponent.
Jean-Claude Jeffrey then pulled off a remarkable upset over the 3/4 seed Stefan Joseph (OECS) in their u-15 quarter-final.
Jeffrey played exceptional squash to come from behind and outclass his higher ranked opponent.
Under-13 players Gabrielle Fraser, Larissa Wiltshire and Taylor Fernandes all got past their first round plate opponents, but it was Wiltshire who had the Guyanese supporters on the edge of their seats with a fantastic come from behind victory.
The Guyanese went into the afternoon semi-final session on a high, after their outstanding showing in the morning session which meant that they had a chance to make the finals of all of the categories, but their hopes were quickly dashed by their higher ranked opponents.
First up was Akeila Wiltshire who was up against the under-13 number one seeded Mary Jo Mahfood.
Although she tried valiantly, she was no match for Mahfood’s strength and power as the big Jamaican powered her way into the finals.
Then it was Nyron Joseph’s turn against the Boys number one seed Nku Patrick of Trinidad and the exceptionally talented Joseph didn’t disappoint as he pushed the defending champion to the limit.
Joseph had game point in the second set and went for kill shot in the backhand front corner which just clipped the top of the tin.
Had it been an inch higher Joseph would have won the game, but as it turned out Patrick took a decisive 2-0 lead, but Joseph came roaring back to take the third.
An obviously struggling Patrick came out in the fourth and pulled off some remarkable shots, to take back control and end the match.
Jean-Claude Jeffrey was then outclassed by u-15 number one seed Mandela Patrick in straight games.
The upset of the night came in the boy’s U-17 semi-final, where Micah Franklyn of Bermuda took advantage of an out of sorts Alexander Arjoon to bump the top seeded Guyanese out of the championships in straight games.
Daina King and Raphael deGroot then lost to Cheri-Ann Parris and Cameron Stafford in their respective u-19 semi-finals.
The finals of all categories take place last evening with the team championship scheduled to start this morning. The draw for the team event was expected to take place immediately following last evening’s finals.
Finals line up
Girls U13 Mary Jo Mahfood(Jam) vs Gylla Mackenzie (Bar)
Boys U13 Nku Patrick (T&T) vs Jake Mahfood (Jam)
Girls U15 Victoria Arjoon (Guy) vs Jessica Perkins (Jam)
Boys U15 Mandela Patrick (T&T) vs Julian Morrison (Jam)
Girls U17 Keisha Jeffrey (Guy) vs Ashley Khalil (Guy)
Boys U17 Kevin Hannaway (OECS) vs Micah Franklyn (Ber)
Girls U19 Kerrie Sample (T&T) vs Cheri-Ann Parris (Bar)
Boys U19 Joe Chapman (OECS) vs Cameron Stafford (Cay)
Boys U-15 – Jean-Claude Jeffrey (Guy) defeated Stefan Joseph (OECS) 9/11 12/10 11/5 11/7
Boys U-17 – Deje Dias (Guy) lost to Micah Franklin (Ber) 8/11 8/11 9/11
Boys U-17 – Alexander Arjoon (Guy) defeated Noah Browne (Ber) 7/11 11/9 11/9 11/4
Girls U-13 – Larissa Wiltshire (Guy) defeated Demi Ollivierre (OECS) 8/11 11/7 7/11 12/10 15/13
Girls U-13 – Gabrielle Fraser (Guy) defeated Susanna Armano (Ber) 11/9 11/4 11/9
Girls U-13 – Taylor Fernandes (Guy) defeated Gianna Alexander (OECS) 11/8 11/8 11/8
Girls U-17 – Ashley deGroot (Guy) lost to Lauren Mahfood (Jam) 6/11 1/11 8/11
Girls U-17 – Alysa Xavier (Guy) defeated Emily Farah (T&T) 11/5 11/2 11/1
Boys U-15 – Shem Marcus (Guy) lost to Cody Stafford (Cay) 4/11 4/11 3/11
Boys U-15 – Steven Xavier (Guy) defeated Cody Stafford (Cay) 11/13 11/7 7/11 11/7 11/4
Boys U-17 – Jason Ray Khalil (Guy) defeated Adan Beek (Jam) 4/11 11/3 11/4 11/9
Girls U-13 – Akeila Wiltshire (Guy) lost to Mary Jo Mahfood (Jam) 8/11 4/11 4/11
Girls U-15 – Victoria Arjoon (Guy) defeated Emma Keane (Ber) 11/5 11/1 11/3
Girls U-17 – Keisha Jeffrey (Guy) defeated Kayla Jeffrey (Guy) 7/11 12/10 11/8 11/7
GirlsU-17 – Ashley Khalil (Guy) defeated Mary Fung-A-Fat (Guy) 11/8 8/11 11/2 7/11 11/8
Girls U-19 – Daina King (Guy) lost to Cheri-Ann Parris (Bar) 0/11 4/11 2/11
Boys U-13 – Nyron Joseph (Gut) lost to Nku Patrick (T&T) 8/11 12/14 11/8 6/11
Boys U-15 – Jean-Claude Jeffrey (Guy) lost to Mandela Patrick (T&T) 6/11 9/11 3/11
Boys U-17 – Alexander Arjoon (Guy) lost to Micah Franklyn (Ber) 6/11 7/11 4/11
Boys U-19 – Raphael deGroot (Guy) lost to Cameron Stafford (Cay) 6/11 6/11 4/11
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