– NSC/GTTA Mashramani tournament commences
Kayson Ninvalle, Salanas Jackman, Tyriq Saunders, Jomaali Homer, Elishaba Johnson and Chelsea Edghill were among the early title winners last weekend when the National Sports Commission (NSC)/Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Mashramani tournament got underway.
On Friday, in the 8 Years and Under Boys final, six-year old, Ninvalle defeated Khalid Glasgow 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 to win the first title of the 2012 competition.
In the 10 Years and Under Girl’s Round Robin final, Jackman defeated Nevaeh Clarkston 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 10-12 and 11-6, and Priyanna Ramdhani 11-5, 11-4 and 11-6 as Clarkson finished second after defeating Ramdhani 11-9, 11-2 and 12-10.
Saunders then added his name to the titles list in the 10 Years and Under Boys final with an 11-5, 11-5, 8-11 and 12-10 win over Niron Bissu. Joint third place went to Terrence Rausch and Kayson Ninvalle.
Then Homer showed her class in the 13 Years and Under Girl final, defeating Priscilla Greaves 10-12, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10 and 11-3. Joint third place went to Clarkston and Jackman. In the semi-final, Homer had defeated Jackman 3-2 while Greaves had defeated Clarkston 3-0.
The 13 Years and Under Boys category was truly ‘survival of the fittest’ as it attracted 56 entries with regular foes Elishaba Johnson and Kyle Edghill surviving the gruelling group to set up yet another showdown in the final.
Edghill had defeated Johnson last December in the same category at the GTTA National Championships, but it was Johnson who triumphed 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 this time around. Joint third place went to Miguel Wong and Rajiv Muneshwar.
In the semi-finals, Edghill defeated Miguel Wong 3-0 while Johnson defeated Rajiv Muneshwer 3-1.
In the 15 Years and Under Girls final, Chelsea Edghill defeated Jamaali Homer 11-3, 11-6 and 11-8 with Joint third place going to Clarkston and Jackman.
The 15 Years and Under Boys category was another blockbuster, attracting 62 entries. It was Shemar Britton, who emerged victorious after defeating Berbician, Joshua Lalbachan 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 and 11-9. Join third place went to Berbice’s, Ryan Narine and Bryton Murray.
The competition continues this weekend at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with the senior categories, and the Presentation Ceremony is set for Monday.
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