Bishop Gibson, DeCarteret College are badminton KO champs
WESTERN champions Bishop Gibson High School and DeCarteret College recorded 3-1 victories over Eastern champions Alpha Academy and Haile Selassie High School, respectively, to be crowned All-Island Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) Schools' Knockout girls' and boys' champions at the Constant Spring Golf Club on Friday.
The championships were determined by the best-of-five games which consist of three singles and two doubles.
Bishop Gibson's captain Alana Bailey started the celebration with a 21-6, 21-3 victory in the first singles over Alpha's Moesha Cardoza, to take a 1-0 lead.
"There wasn't any challenge as I expected to win. I believed in myself and the support from my team and the hard work showed everything; it was an easy game for me," the soft-spoken Bailey said.
The second singles saw Alpha's Taina Daley pull one back through a 21-19, 21-9 victory over Ravon Wong, before Alyssa Mullings of Bishop Gibson registered a 21-11, 21-17 victory over Shanique Shepherd.
The western girls' champions then formalised the victory in the first doubles contest when the pair of Ravon Wong and Taylor-Ann Chin-Quee defeated Moesha Cardoza and Rolayne Vickers of Alpha Academy 21-6, 21-4 to send their fans into ecstasy. The second doubles between Alana Bailey and Alyssa Mullings of Bishop Gibson and Shanique Shepherd and Taina Daley of Alpha Academy was not played.
"I feel good; this victory was a team effort. We did exactly what our coach said and the hard work really paid off; good training and team effort was the key," Wong told the Jamaica Observer.
Alpha's Shanique Shepherd said: "We lost mainly because of the fact that we lacked adequate training and that they had more experienced players than us."
In the boys' championship, DeCarteret College took two of the three singles. National player Sean Wilson defeated Haile Selassie's national player Shaquille Palmer 17-21, 21-7, 21-13, while Shane Wilson had a 21-8, 21-15 victory over Shawn Clarke which saw their team take a
2-0 lead going into the third singles.
But Haile Selassie pulled one back when Nicardo Reid defeated Erin Bailey 21-11, 21-17 to send the game into the doubles contest. It didn't take long as DeCarteret College sealed the deal with Shane and Sean Wilson defeating the pair of Akeem Walker and Issac Roberts 21-2, 21-7 to complete a western double.
The second doubles between Dejon Wright and Erin Bailey of DeCarteret College and Shaquille Palmer and Nicardo Reid was not played.
"The game was great; it was a team effort. Although they beat us in the last competition we expected to win because this time we had more experienced players," Sean Wilson said.
Meanwhile, Haile Selasie's Palmer was very disappointed with the loss.
"We weren't consistent and we lost composure; basically, they played a better game here today than us."