CASTRIES, SAINT LUCIA – Adrian Albert successfully defends his last years Independence Day Classic Table Tennis title. After the preliminary rounds he defeated all his opponents playing with fine form.
He then conquered Chris Wells in the semi -finals in straight sets 11-6, 11-5, 11-6. The other semi- final encounter saw Bertlan Shepherd getting the better of Celestin Samuel who was playing quite well 3 sets to 2 ; 11-4, 12-10, 9-11,6-11, 11-7 . The finals saw composed Adrian executing his forehand and backhand topspin strokes accurately against Bertlan to win in straight sets 11-1, 11-9,11-4.
The Division 2 tournament saw Mario St.Cyr playing unbeaten to win the Independence Day Classic Tournament. After the preliminary rounds Wayne Benn, Steven ‘Hairy’ Joseph, Sunil Chitole and Mario St. Cyr all advanced to the semis. The first semi –final match saw Wayne Benn defeating Steven Joseph 3 sets to 1; 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6. The second semi –final match saw Sunil falling to Mario in straight sets 3-0 ; 11-6, 11-4,11-6. The finals saw Mario’s good technique, tactics and great footwork overwhelm Wayne Benn in straight sets 3-0; 11-3, 11-8, 12-10.
Primary School singles champion Jelanie Desauzay captures gold in the under 13 boys open singles, under 13 boys doubles along side Shaquan Nelson and under 13 mixed doubles with Nhij Myers.
Shervin Augustin and Rolando Joseph placed second in the under 13 boys doubles, whilst Adrian Vitalis and Nas Valcin settled for the third spot. It must be noted that the second and third place under 13 boys doubles teams are students from the Ti Roche Combined School.
In the under 13 mixed doubles Nas Valcin and Giselle McGowan placed second whilst Rolando Joseph and Angelique Richardson placed third.
The under 13 boys singles podium results
1st Jelanie Desauzay
2nd Adrian Vitalis
3rd Rolando Joseph and Nas Valcin
Primary School girls singles champion Angelique Richardson won both the under 13 and under 11 open singles in the girls division.
The under 13 girls podium results:
1st Angelique Richardson
2nd Giselle Mcgowan
3rd Kiana Felix