Guyana take titles in 2009 Junior CASA Squash

Both the Boy’s and Girls finals were keenly contested ties between the defending champions Guyana, who played like true champions to bring home gold once again.

The girl’s final finished as expected with Guyana winning three matches to two by winning the U-17, U-15 and U-13 age groups. The boy’s final was pulsating right from the start of the tie. Trinidad had banked that their U-17, Kale Wilson would win as his opponent, Alex Arjoon, had not looked himself all week. Arjoon had, however, saved his best squash for last and after a close first game which he won 14-12 dominated thereafter to win the next two games at 4 and 6 respectively to set things up nicely.

Trinidad’s Caribbean U-15 champion, Mandela Patrick, brought the score back to 1-1 with a comfortable win in straight games 11-2, 11-5, 11-4. The next two matches at U-19 #1 and #2 were both very close, but each time the Guyanese players DeGroot (U-19 #1) or Dias (U-19 #2) seemed to be out of it the cheering of the vocal Guyanese supporters seemed to draw from them fresh reserves and they both won in five games to give Guyana an unassailable 3-1 lead. The dead rubber was then won by Trinidad’s Nku Patrick in four games.

Guyana has now made history as the only country to sweep all three team titles in two consecutive years.

Final Positions, Girls:  Guyana (1st); Trinidad & Tobago (2nd); Jamaica (3rd); Bermuda (4th); Barbados (5th); Cayman (6th); OECS (7th).
Final Positions, Boys:  Guyana (1st); Trinidad & Tobago (2nd); OECS (3rd); Bermuda (4th); Cayman (5th); Barbados (6th); Jamaica (7th).