Bermuda eager to end tournament in style
Bermuda are eager to end the Junior Caribbean Squash Championships on a high, after suffering another setback in Guyana.
The island’s hopes of securing glory in the boys team competition took another hit on Thursday night courtesy of a crushing 4-1 defeat at the hands of top seeds Barbados.
It was Bermuda’s second defeat, having also gone down heavily 4-1 against host nation Guyana, the defending champions and No 2 seeds.
Bermuda’s young squash players endured mixed fortunes on Thursday having chalked up their first win against Jamaica in an exciting best-of-five series that went down to the wire.
Graham Moss, one of four players representing the island for the first time, won his boys under-13 tie to snap a deadlock and earn Bermuda a hard-fought 3-2 triumph over Jamaica.
“Yesterday we got our first win against Jamaica after a tight 3-2 battle,” Micah Franklin, the Bermuda coach, said.
“We then lost to top seeds Barbados 4-1 although the kids all fought valiantly. I’m extremely proud of all of their efforts this far.”
Bermuda, who are fifth in the six-team standings, will meet bottom of the table Trinidad & Tobago in their next match.
Bermuda last won the boys team title at the championships in Jamaica in 2012, with Dylan Pratt and Noah Browne claiming bragging rights in their respective age-group.
Bermuda’s representatives impressed during the singles competition in Guyana this week, with three of the island’s nine-member squad reaching the semi-finals in their age groups.
Hailey Moss, who is also representing Bermuda for the first time, reached the under-13 girls semi-final, while Taylor Carrick reached the last four in the under 17 boys category and Charlie Riker in the under-15 boys.
“Everyone has been performing well and certainly leaving it all out on the court,” Patrick Foster, the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association director, said. “The young players down there are really as fresh as you can get into this type of event and have done really well.”
Bermuda will face Cayman Islands in their final match.
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