Mar 21, 2013 Sports
One of the students of the Guyana Squash Association’s (GSA) Afterschool squash programme at the National Racquet Centre, Michael Ramroop, won his first tournament match during the Toucan Industries Kool Aid Junior Skill Level Tournament at the Georgetown Club on Tuesday night.
Ramroop managed to complete an impressive straight-game win against John Phang who won the Category F in last year’s edition of this tournament. Ramroop prevailed 11/6, 11/6, 11/4, after serving high and deep consistently to cause problems for Phang especially on his back hand. On the occasions that Phang returned those serves, Ramroop strategically placed his shots out of Phang’s reach.
Jael Gaskin, Neil Ramnauth and Dennis Gomes are the other three students of the afterschool programme that are competing in this tournament. The four teens are the top athletes at the afterschool programme which is coached by national squash coach Carl Ince. Ince said that the public courts are a great asset to squash in Guyana as it gives other children a chance to get into the world of squash.
Anthony Islam showed much improvement as he held his composure and corrected his early mistakes to overcome a two-game deficit to defeat Sarah Lewis in five games 5/11, 4/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/13. Anthony’s twin brother Daniel cruised to victory against Savannah Mendes 11/1, 11/4, 11/3.
In the category A matches, Nyron Joseph made light work of Ashley DeGroot in straight games, while Mary Fung-A-Fat withstood a strong challenge from Benjamin Mekdeci to win in five games 4/11, 11/5, 11/9, 7/11, 3/11. Steven Xavier, who placed third in the Open Category of the Bounty Farm Mash Handicap Tournament, won his opening match against four-time Caribbean junior champion Victoria Arjoon.
Top junior player Jason Ray Khalil recently suffered an injury to his right arm and may not be competing in this tournament. Khalil played undefeated in games, during his emphatic victory of this year’s Bounty Farm Mash Handicap Tournament.
Mary Fung-A-Fat def Benjamin Mekdeci 4/11, 11/5, 11/9, 7/11, 3/11
Steven Xavier defeated Victoria Arjoon 11/2, 11/3, 11/4
Nyron Joseph defeated Ashley deGroot 11/4, 11/3, 11/5
Akeila Wiltshire defeated Taylor Fernandes 11/6, 11/9, 11/5
Pablio Mundini defeated Avinash Odit 11/7, 11/6, 11/2
Alec Melville defeated Larissa Wiltshire 11/8, 11/7, 11/6
Shomari Wiltshire defeated Kristina Cheeks 11/0, 11/0
Alexander Cheeks defeated Rebecca Low 11/6, 9/11, 9/11, 11/9, 3/11
Matthew Phang defeated Mahendra Khusial 11/7, 11/5, 11/5
Michael Ramroop defeated John Phang 11/6, 11/6, 11/4
Daniel Islam defeated Savannah Mendes 11/1, 11/4, 11/3
Anthony Islam defeated Sarah Lewis 5/11, 4/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/13
Maya Collins defeated Gianni Carpenter 11/5, 11/7
Makeda Harding defeated Dominic Collins 9/11, 11/3, 5/11, 11/6
Kelly Ann Latchman defeated Lucas Jonas 11/7, 11/4, 11/8
Gareth DaSilva defeated Demetrius De Abreu 11/3, 11/7
Madison Fernandes defeated Michael Alphonso 11/8, 11/5
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