Sunday 18 August, 2019

Jamaica finish third at Caribbean Junior Squash Championships

Co-captains of Jamaica’s junior national squash team, Mia Mahfood (left) and Karan Dhiman display the team trophy that Jamaica received after placing third overall in the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships in Trinidad and Tobago.

Co-captains of Jamaica’s junior national squash team, Mia Mahfood (left) and Karan Dhiman display the team trophy that Jamaica received after placing third overall in the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Jamaican girls’ squad took won the silver medal in the team competition at the Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships, which pushed Team Jamaica to third overall behind three-peat winners, Barbados and runners-up Guyana, as the tournament wrapped up over the weekend in Trinidad and Tobago.

After beating the Cayman Islands 4-1 in the first round of the team competition, the girls went on to surprise Guyana, the number two seed with another 4-1 victory.  A subsequent 5-0 victory over St Vincent and the Grenadines sent the Jamaicans to the semi-finals where they beat Bermuda 5-0.

In the finals, for the first time since 2013, Jamaica were up against regional kingpins, Barbados. Mia Lake played first for Jamaica but she lost 11-2, 11-8, 11-7 to Jada Smith Padmore.  Next up was newly crowned Under 13 silver medalist, Mehar Trehan who fought bravely but was eventually defeated 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 by Eboni Atherley, the reigning regional Under 13 champion. 

The pressure was then on team captain, Mia Mahfood to keep Jamaica in the game; however she went down 11-2, 11-0, 11-1 to Caribbean Under 19 champion, Meagan Best. Mia Todd rallied to score a win for Jamaica when she posted an 11-0, 11-3, 11-2 win over Jacinta Adams.  Then, Savannah Thompson lost 11-5, 11-2, 11-0 to Sumiraa Suleman but Jamaica finished second to have their best showing in more than five years.

In the boys’ competition, the Jamaicans played off for fifth-place after losing 4-1 to the Cayman Islands and 4-1 to Barbados in the early rounds. In their final match up, Jamaica waged an epic battle against Trinidad and Tobago, which kept spectators on the edge of their seats.

Karan Chatani took the lead when he beat Michael Chin Lee 11-5, 8-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7 but then Lukas Thomson lost 11-2, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 to Seth Thong.  Captain Karan Dhiman put Jamaica ahead again by defeating Kobie Khan 11-5, 11-9, 11-8. However, Sebastian Levy lost 11-5, 11-3, 11-2 to Joshua Poon. The decider was played by Tobias Levy who decisively beat Scott Michael Shaw 11-5, 11-3, 11-2 to grab fifth- place for Jamaica.

President of the Jamaica Squash Association, Chris Hind said, “our juniors had a tremendous showing, rallying back from a sixth-place finish last year to take third-place overall this time around and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

 

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