06 Jun 2018

Panama in liaison with Singapore; not a common formation in sport but on Tuesday 5th June in Rarotonga at the 2018 Cook Islands Junior and Cadet Open, the partnership worked to perfection.

Jacobo Vahnish and Pang Yew En Koen, the top seeds, won the Junior Boys’ Team title and they won in some style; en route to gold they surrendered just one individual match.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

The one hiccup came in the final when the doubles went astray in opposition to the second seeded combination formed by Belgium’s Laurens Devos and Ireland’s Owen Cathcart.

A four games reverse was experienced (11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8), after Pang Yew En Koen had beaten Laurens Devos (11-8, 12-14, 11-4, 11-4) and Jacobo Vahnish had accounted for Owen Cathcart (11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8). Matters concluded with Pang Yew En Koen returning to the table; he beat Owen Cathcart to seal the victory (11-9, 11-5, 15-13).

Earlier in the day Pang Yew En Koen and Jacobo Vahnish had concluded their initial group phase contests by beating New Zealand’s Daniel Jeffries and Alex Wilson by three matches to nil, prior to recording a semi-final win in opposition to Australia’s Mateo Dvorani and Ben Gould by the same margin.

In a somewhat similar manner, Laurens Devos and Owen Cathcart had concluded their group phase fixtures with a three-one success against Mateo Dvorani and Ben Gould, prior to recording a three-nil win in opposition to Daniel Jeffries and Alex Wilson. The one success for the Australians was posted by Mateo Dvorani; in the opening match of the fixture, he beat Laurens Devos (11-6, 11-6, 11-8).

The Junior Boys’ Team event concluded, attention now turns to the individual events; play at the 2018 Cook Islands Junior and Cadet Open concludes on Thursday 7th June.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Cook Islands Junior & Cadet Open Pang Yew En Koen Jacobo Vahnish

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