By Sean Devers
Yesterday at the Georgetown Club, the curtains came down in thrilling fashion in the six-day Farfan and Mendes Junior skill level tournament with 15-year-old Daniel Islam pushing Caribbean U-19 Girls Champion Taylor Fernandes hard before winning 3-2.
Daniel’s older twin Anthony had beaten Samuel Ince-Carvalhal to top Category ‘A’ before Daniel faced off with taller, older and more experienced Fernandes in the final match of an exciting tournament which saw the emergence of some possible future Squash stars.
In the last match of a Tournament which saw the biggest registration of participants and tremendous improvement among the players who participated in previous youth competitions, both Fernandes and Islam demonstrated plenty of Court control and Skill, while executing excellent shot selection.
Fernandes took the first game 11-9 with some clever use of the Court as her longer reach to good effect, especially with several back hand shots but Islam stepped up the tempo in the second game which he won 11-5.
But Fernandes dug deep taking back points at crucial times and took the third game 11-9 to keep her victory hopes alive in five-game match. But Islam the fitter and stronger of the two played dominated Fernandes in the last two games; winning 11-4, 11-4.
In Category ‘C’ Mohryan Baksh and James Mekdeci engaged each other in a riveting battle. Baksh won the opening game 11-9 as Mekdeci played from the back of the court.
Watched by the largest turn-out of the tournament which climax with the feature fund-raising Bar-B-Q, Mekdeci employed some power-hitting to take the second 11-8 and continued to play good Squash to win the last two games 11-9, 11-9.
In one of the most competitive matches of the tournament, Brenno DaSilva and Tiana Gomes entertained the fans which included former and present Squash Internationals Nicolette Fernandes who has now retired from the game and talented Mary Fung-a-Fat.
The pair embarked on long rallies and well constructed drop shots. Gomes was pressured by shots which seemed out of her reach, she was right there to hit some stunning returns. DaSilva won the match with some quality serves; 11-8, 6-11, 11-3.
This was the last tournament for the year and once again it was a well organised event by the Guyana Squash Association (GSA).
Results: Category A
Daniel Islam beat Taylor Fernandes 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4.
Anthony Islam beat Samuel Ince-Carvalhal 11-3, 11-8, 11-6
Michael Alphonso beat Demetrius DeAbreu 11-1, 11-4, 8-11, 14-12
Lucas Jonas beat Ethan Jonas 11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9
Kirsten Gomes beat Abosaide Cadogan 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9
Mohryan Baksh beat James Mekdeci 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9
Jason Gomes beat Zachary Persuad 11-5, 10-12, 20-18, 11-3
Nicholas Verwey beat Louis DaSilva 11-8, 11-6, 11-9
Chad DeAbreu beat Teija Edwards 11-3, 11-5, 11-2
Lajuan Munroe beat Arvin Seelall 5-11, 11-7, 11-6
Kayden Pynaendy beat Jehan Singh 11-9, 11-5
Brenno DaSilva beat Tiana Gomes 11-8, 6-11, 11-3
Rylee Rodrigues beat Matthew Spooner 11-3, 11-5
Safirah Summer beat Shriya Persuad 11-7, 11-9
Rayad Boyce beat Angel Rahim 11-2, 11-3
Cat A Winner Daniel Islam
Second place Anthony Islam
Third place Samuel Ince-Carvalhal
Cat B Winner Michael Alphonso
Second Place Kirsten Gomes
Third place Abosaide Cadogan
Cat C Winner Mohryan Baksh
Second Place James Mekdeci
Third place Nicholas Verwey
Cat D Winner Chad DeAbreu
Second Place Jahcinta Adams
Third place Beau Fernandes
Fourth place Aishani Persuad
Cat E Winner Joshua Verwey
Second Place Rayad Boyce
Third place Lajuan Munroe
Fourth place Arvin Seelall
Fifth place Angel Rahim
Cat F Winner Kayden Pynaendy
Second Place Leshaunte Berkley
Third place Matthew Spooner
Fourth place Brenno Dasilva
Firth place Rylee Rodrigues
Cat G First Place Safirah Sunner
Second place Shriya Persuad
Third place Matthew Daby
Fourth place Jnae Singh
Fifth place Alea Ruplal
Most outstanding girl Kirsten Gomes
Most outstanding boy Chad De Abreu
Most improved girl Aishani Persuad
Most improved boy Nicholas Verwey
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