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Newcomers shine at age group squash tourney

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Newcomers Savannah Thomson, Alexander Desnoes and Christian Haddad created a stir when they emerged winners at a Jamaica Squash Association's age group tournament, which was held at the Liguanea Club over the weekend.

The up-and-coming athletes delivered solid performances, serving notice that they could be serious contenders as the junior players begin an intense, eight-month training programme in preparation for the 2018 Caribbean Area Squash Associations' Junior Championships, which will be held in Jamaica next July.

In action over the weekend, Thomson beat Mia Todd 11-5, 11-6, 4-11, 11-5 to top the Under-13 girls' category; while Desnoes beat Dylan Vaz 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 to take top honours in the Boys' Under-15 age group.

Haddad emerged as the winner in the Boys' Under-17 category, when Sebastian Levy retired while their match was in progress. After Levy won the first game Haddad rallied to win the next two, but play ended with the score at 11-7, 9-11, 8-11 when Levy was unable to continue.

Reigning All Jamaica Under-13 boys' champion Tobias Levy ensured there were no surprises in his age group as he beat arch-rival Aman Dhiman 3-0 to continue his dominance.

Junior Squash Programme Manager Gill Binnie said, “The junior players have just started their preparation for the 2018 Caribbean Championships and although it's early days yet, we were pleased with the performances at this age group tournament.

“We are working with a number of new players and it's encouraging to see them making breakthroughs, which proves we have some good talent to work with as we look ahead to next year and beyond,” she added.

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