Jamaica 'A' teams confident of lifting Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Championships

Monday, August 21, 2017

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JAMAICA 'A' boys' and girls' teams are confident that they can lift the team titles at the 2017 Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Mini-Cadet (Under-11) and Pre-Cadet (Under-13) Caribbean Championships, which get under way inside the National Arena beginning at 9:00 am today.

Seven Caribbean countries will be participating, including defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Barbados, and hosts Jamaica.

Jamaica as hosts are expected to field two teams — 'A' and 'B' — in both the boys' and girls' sections. The participating teams will be divided into two zones, with the winners and runners-up advancing to the semi-finals. At the completion of the team championships there will also be the singles, doubles and mixed-doubles championships.

The Jamaicans, who finished second for the silver medal in the boys' and girls' Under-13 team events last year will be hoping to go one step further by winning the championships this time around.

However, both coaches Simon Tomlinson of the girls' Under-13 'A', and Dale Parham, of the boys' Under-13 'A', have different views concerning winning.

“The girls' 13 and under team looks pretty good so far and should do well. I would have to take a look from the results after the first day (today) of the championships before deciding how our chances of winning the championships look,” Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson, who is the 2016 National senior men's singles champion, said based on the training so far, however, he thinks the team's chances are good.

“Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic should be our toughest opponents in the competition, though we don't know who are the countries we will be facing in our zone,” he added.

Tomlinson had coached the Jamaica 'B' girls' Under-13 team to the bronze medal last year, and he will be looking forward to some good performances from players such as Selena Young, Gianna Lewis, Selena Khawlsingh and Kelsey Davidson.

Meanwhile, Parham, coach of the Under-13 boys' team said they had decent preparation for the championships based on the time and resources received.

“I think, however, that the Dominican Republic, along with defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana are the teams (to beat) as they have very good chances to win the title,” Parham said.

Parham was coach of the Jamaica 'A' boys' Under-11 team last year .

“This is actually the same players who played in the Under-11 age group, and I expect them to do well,” he added.

His four-man team consists of Dujuan Jackson, Jelani Barnaby, Joel Butler and Antonio Prendergast.

Meanwhile, the boys' and girls' Under-11 team events will also be played by the seven participating countries.

The other coaches who will be involved with Jamaica's 'A' and 'B' teams in the Under-13 and Under-11 categories are National Coach Satoshi Takashima, Paul Curtis, Kevin Hemmings, Levi Hibbert, Kane Watson, and Richard Davidson.

— Gerald Reid

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