17 Apr 2017

Four titles on offer, at the 2017 Caribbean Region Under 15 and Under 18 Championships staged in Georgetown, Guyana, after two days of play three titles belonged to the Dominican Republic; when the morning session ended one day later on Sunday 16th April, one further top prize was added.

A clean sweep was the order of proceedings; all four team events were secured by the nation which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Furthermore, such was the dominance that not one single individual match was surrendered by any member of the four gold medal winning teams.

The trio formed by Carlos Guzman, Mariano Lockward and Osvaldo Ramos won the Under 18 Boys’ Team event. Success against the Guyana ‘A’ Team outfit formed by Kyle Edghill, Elishaba Johnson and Miguel Wong in the penultimate round; the top step of the medal podium was secured at the hands of Barbados represented by Tyrese Knight, Marcus Smith and Ramon Jackman.

Second place for Guyana ‘A’, it was third place for the Trinidad and Tobago combination of Joshua Maxwell, Jessie Dookie and Luc O’Young; having suffered a three-nil semi-final defeat at the hands of Barbados; they overcame Guyana ‘A’ by three matches to one.

Fourth place for Guyana in the Under 18 Boys’ Team event; in the counterpart Under 18 Girls’ Team competition it was the same outcome. A semi-final defeat was experienced at the hands of the Dominican Republic combination of Esmerlyn Castro, Cinthia Sanchez and Idelsa Baez, before in the third place play-off fixture, a three-nil reverse was witnessed in opposition to Jamaica’s Brittany Murray, Onika Francis and Larissa McLaughlin.

Earlier, represented by Jazel Griffith, Janae Lewis and Kenady King, Barbados had beaten Jamaica by three matches to one, prior to losing to the Dominican Republic in the final.

Testing times for the host nation; however, as in the Under 18 Boys’ Team event, in the Under 15 Girls’ Team competition it was second place for Guyana. In a group organised event, Nevaeh Clarkston, Abigail Martin and Selenas Jackman finished in runners up spot behind the Dominican Republic formation of Dahyana Rojas, Rosa Torres and Estefany Rodriguez.

Jamaica with Monee Rose Saejha, Kesley Davidson and Solesha Young on duty secured third position.

Meanwhile, in the Under 15 Boys’ Team event Abit Ronaldo Tejada, Steff Gutierrez and Andres Lora emerged victorious. The Dominican Republic trio beat the Aruba outfit of Jonathan Paredes, Ho Cheung Cheng and Robert Dirksen in the final, after having overcome Jamaica’s Alessio Tulloch, Derrick Francis and Jordan Campbell one round earlier.

Represented by Jamal Nickolas, Kaysan Ninvalle and Terrence Rausch; Guyana ‘A’ who had experienced a three-one semi-final defeat at the hands of Aruba, secured third place. They recorded a three-nil win against Jamaica.

Play continues with the individual events; matters conclude on Tuesday 18th April.

2017 Caribbean Region Under 15 and Under 18 Championships: Full Team Results (Sunday 16th April)

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