Junior squash team bring home silver

| 02/08/2010

(CNS): Cameron Stafford was crowned the U19 Caribbean Junior Squash Champion on home turf after dispatching his fellow friend and foe (on court) Micah Franklin of Bermuda in four nail-biting games, with each game demonstrating great athleticism and a strong heart from both players. Stafford was one of three finalists at the Championships, which were held this year  on Grand Cayman at the South Sound Squash Club, and although he was the only one to the Cayman Flag to the top of podium,  Julian Jervis in the U13 and Kristina Myren in the U17 also made Cayman proud.

The Squash Club has seven air conditioned courts and six of the seven have glass wall backs. This venue played host to eight different Caribbean Countries and over 150 junior squash players.

The Cayman Islands were crowned Boys’ Team Champions after dismissing a valiant and deadly Guyanese team. Cayman clinched the Boys’ team title in a 3-2 thriller by just slightly edging Guyana in the U19 #2 String when Alex Frazer stormed back to win the match from 2-0 down.

In the Girls’ Team event, Cayman finished 5th out of 8th, which was impressive considering that the girls’ team was completley assembled just 3 months before the tournament. With the Boys’ team titled tucked away to Cayman and the Girls’ 5th place finish, their results combined into 2nd Place in the Overall Standings, a big leap from 7th Place in Barbados last year.

The overall winning team was Guyana, which took Gold by thrashing Jamaica in the Girls’ Team Final 4-1. The Bronze was awarded to Trinidad & Tobago.

The National Team was led by Coach Dean Watson, who seemed ecstatic beyond belief as they were crowned Silver. Next year’s competition will be held in Guyana, where Cayman is hoping to repeat their finalist appearance.

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