04 Apr 2018

A series of impressive performances, at the end of the opening fixtures, on Tuesday 3rd April; the host nation had very much eyes set on gold at 2018 Caribbean Junior and Cadet Championships in the Cuban capital city of Havana.

In both the Junior Boys’ Team and Cadet Boys’ Team events it was a day without defeat, a situation that also applied in the corresponding girls’ events.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Three-nil wins were the order of proceedings for the outfit comprising Ovidio Sanchez, Eday Gomez, Marcos Sanchez and René Mendez in the Junior Boys’ Team competition.

First to be put to the sword was the Dominican Republic trio of Pedro Cabrera, Noel Almonte and Pedro Balbuena, followed by a similar authoritative verdict when facing Jamaica’s Ricardo Hall, Alessio Tulloch and Malique Rose.

Similarly, in the Junior Girls’ Team competition, it was the margin if the victory for Karla Perez, Daniela Fonzeca and Thaila de Armas. In the same manner to the Junior Boys’ Team event where four outfits competed on an-all-play basis, not a single individual match was surrendered.

Likewise, the Dominican Republic trio comprising Cinthya Sanchez, Yudmeris Otañez and Denise Ramos made their intensions clear. They recorded three matches to one victories, as like, Cuba, they overcame the St Lucia combination of Mia George, Cheres Darcheville and Zarianne Anthony in addition to Jamaica’s Onika Francis, Brittany Murray and Dadrian Lewis.

Meanwhile, in the Cadet Boys’ Team competition where there are two groups in the initial phase, Cuba’s Brian Mesa, Adrian Perez and Raonel Labrador remained unbeaten as did the Trinidad and Tobago combination of Derron Douglas, Jalen Kerr and Nicholas O’Young. In the corresponding group, the Dominican Republic’s Andres Lora, Abit Tyada and Eduardo Darley ended their early contests unbeaten.

Success for Cuba, it was the same in the Cadet Girls’ Team event where in the one fixture completed the Cuba ‘A’ trio of Letyleidis Gonzalez Estela Crespo and Danieal Hidalgo accounted for Cuba ‘B’ colleagues Yana Rodriguez, Daniela Fonzeca and Rosalie Vernal by three matches to one.

Play in the team events, which began on Monday 2nd April but necessitated a reorganisation of the programme, owing an accident blocking a major local road that prevented the Dominican Republic Team travelling, will be followed by the individual competitions. Play is scheduled to conclude on Saturday 7th April.

2018 Caribbean Junior and Cadet Championships: Junior Boys’ Team (Monday 2nd April)

2018 Caribbean Junior and Cadet Championships: Junior Girls’ Team (Monday 2nd April)

2018 Caribbean Junior and Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Team (Monday 2nd April)

2018 Caribbean Junior and Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Team (Monday 2nd April)

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