Nov 19, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Hussein wins Berbice table tennis title
It was a repeat of last year’s final, but in the end, the result was the same. At the end of nonstop action at the second annual Berbice Table Tennis Championship held last Sunday at the Port Mourant Training School, Gibran ‘Gibby’ Hussein-Safraz waltzed away with the Men’s Singles title for the second year.
Termed “the Berbice Table Tennis Championship” and sponsored by overseas based Guyanese, Berbician, Souvenir Ranmdyal, the tournament, which was organised by the Berbice Table Tennis Sub-Association and sanctioned by the Guyana Table Tennis Association, came off with a bang with over 70 players participating with players’ age ranging from 10 years to over 60 years.
Hussein-Safraz remained unconquered to defeat another top player, Rono Joseph in the Men’s Singles contest in Berbice. After a hard fought day of Table Tennis action, Safraz and Joseph emerged as the last men standing.
However, Safraz stunned Joseph 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 to take the Souvenir Ramdyal trophy and cash incentive. Earlier in the semifinal, Safraz had to pull all the stops to beat Stephan Sankar (3-2) 11-3, 9-11,11-6,7-11 and 11-7, while Joseph had an easy time against national junior player Joshua Lalbachan 11-5, 11-6 and 11-6.
In the quarterfinal rounds Safraz had won from Kristaff Sookhoo 3-1, Joseph had beaten Marlon Daniels (3-1), Sankar had edged Richard Bacchus 3-2 while Lalbachan had beaten fellow national junior player Briton Murray (3-0). There was no third place playoff as both Sankar and Lalbachan were declared joint third place.
In the 18-and-under division, Sookhoo up his game to beat Lalbachan (3-2) the scores being 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 to take the final. Sookhoo had earlier defeated Murray 3-0, while Lalbachan had beaten Sankar 3-2 in the semifinals. Murray and Sankar were declared joint third place.
In the 15-and-under division, Sankar took top honours getting the better of Sookhoo (3-1) 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9. In the semifinals Sankar had defeated Joshua Butts 3-0, while Sookhoo had squeezed past Nicholas Lawrence 3-2. Lawrence and Butts were awarded joint third place.
Jadon Conway took top honours from Joshua Butts to win the 13-and-under division winning 3-1, winning 11-5, 10-12, 11-7 and 11-4. Conway had won from Shariq Hussein 3-0 while Butts 3-0 in the semifinals.
The boys U-11 category saw Andrews defeating Rawlin Mangra (3-0) 11-2, 11-6, 11-6 to take that category.
On the distaff side former nine time national woman’s champion Desiree Lancaster rolled back the years to play unbeaten among the four females to take top honours with former Caribbean Junior doubles champion Petal Bennett-Denny copping second. Joint third place was awarded to Joylyn Conway and Angeli Persaud.
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