Jamaica's seniors, juniors in CAREBACO finals
BOTH Jamaica's senior and junior teams are in the final of the team event at the 2014 staging of the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships.
The senior team defeated Barbados 4-1 to reach the final, while the junior team blanked Barbados 5-0 and returned later in the evening to beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-1 at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology (UTech) campus on Friday.
The final for both team events was scheduled for last night at the same venue.
The senior team got off to a strong start when Jamari Rose defeated Jade Browne of Barbados 21-7 and 21-13 in the men's singles to give Jamaica a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five games.
The Barbadians then pulled one back through Tamisha Williams, who got the better of Ruth Williams 21-13 and 21-18 in the women's singles to level the game at 1-1.
The Jamaicans then went ahead when the men's doubles pair of Anthony McNee and Garron Palmer easily defeated the Barbados pair of Jada Browne and Andre Padmore 21-10 and 21-12 to go 2-1 up heading into the crucial fourth game.
The veteran pair of Terry Leylow-Walker and Christina Leylow-Mayne then sealed the deal for Jamaica when they defeated the pair of Shari Watson and Tamisha Williams 21-7, 14-21 and 22-20 in the women's doubles to give Jamaica an unassailable lead of 3-1.
Local badminton queen Geordine Henry, playing her first game in the Championships, teamed up with Jamari Rose and put the icing on the cake for Jamaica in the mixed doubles. They defeated the pair of Andre Padome 22-20 and 21-13.
Final score: Jamaica 4; Barbados 1.
Meanwhile, the junior team was more dominant than the seniors. Samuel Ricketts got Jamaica off to a flying start defeating Barbados' Corey Fanus 21-7 and 21-11 in the boys' singles, while Jade Clarke was equally focused as she got the better of Amanda Haywood 21-19, 19-21 and 21-18 in the girls' singles to give the Jamaicans a comfortable 2-0 lead heading into the crucial third game.
In the boys' doubles, Sean Wilson and Samuel Ricketts made sure that the deal was sealed for Jamaica as they crushed Corey Fanus and Sabeel Foster 21-11 and 21-5. Jade Clarke and Katherine Wynter was also effective in the women's doubles beating Amanda Haywood and Onika Moe 21-10-17.
The pair of Sean Wilson and Katherine Wynter then defeated the Barbados pair of D'Andre Thrope and Onika Moe 21-11 and 21-9 in the mixed doubles to give Jamaica a clean sweep in all five games.
Final score: Jamaica 5; Barbados 0.
The junior team then returned later to dispatch T&T 4-1 to reach the final.
Sean Wilson won the boys' singles 21-13 and 21-13 over Naim Mohammed, Christina Petri then lost the girls' singles to T&T's Kristie Reno-Singh 17-21, 21-14 and 19-21 to level the game at 1-1.
The boys' doubles saw Jamaica's pair of Tremar Braham and Shane Wilson (brother of Sean Wilson) getting the better of Will Lee and Adrian Nicholson 21-12 and 21-12 before Katherine Wynter and Jade Clarke crushed Kristie Reno-Singh and Brittney Mohammed 21-13 and 21-11 in the girls' equivalent.
Then it was all over for T&T in the mixed doubles as Samuel Ricketts and Katherine Wynter whipped Will Lee and Brittney Mohammed 21-9 and 21-8.
Final score: Jamaica 4; T&T 1.