1 triple, 2 double winners at NABUCO Age Group Challenge

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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The second half of the National Association of Badminton Umpires and Court Officials (NABUCO) Age Group Badminton Challenge came to an end at the Constant Sprint Golf Club Hall on Sunday night producing one triple winner and three double winners.

Fifteen-year-old student of St Andrew High for Girls Tahlellah Townsend won the triple by winning the Under-17 singles over 12-year-old Rihanna Rust 21-19, 21-12. She then teamed with Breanna Bisnott to win the Under-17 girl's doubles, 21-16, 21-17 over Leah-Ann Chai and Rust.

Tahlellah then won the Under-17 mixed doubles with partner Aundre Brown in an exciting 21-13, 14-21, 21-19 cliffhanger which was voted the 'Match of the Championships'.

The double winners were last week's Under-19 triple winner Tahlia Richardson, who stepped up to the senior division, Kyle Sarju in the Under-17 boys' division and Senior Olympic hopeful Dennis Coke.

Tahlia Richardson won the women's singles 21-14, 17-21, 21-16 over long-time rival Shezelle McTyson and teamed with Matthew Yee-Grant to win the senior mixed doubles 21-17, 20-22, 22-20 in an emotially charged match over Che Beckford and Stacey-Ann Blake.

Kyle Sarju won a close Under-17 boys' singles 20-22, 21-15, 21-8 match over young Chrissano Hanna and then stormed back a few minutes later with teammate Tijae Hinds to win another close encounter 18-21, 21-18, 21-11 over Matthew Gibbs and Chrissano Hanna.

Dennis Coke got his revenge on Matthew Lee, who beat him two weeks ago at the Tournament of Kings. Coke won 22-20, 21-14 this time. He then teamed up with long-time partner Anthony McNee to beat Matthew Lee and young Joel Angus 21-12, 12-21, 21-11 to keep their Olympic dream alive. Coke and McNee will launch their Olympic quest in three weeks' time at the Jamaica International.

Other winners were Jelanie Nelson in the Under-13 boys' singles and Taina Daley and Shezelle McTyson in the senior women's doubles.

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