-Moore, Narine and Van Lange also secure titles
JASMINE Billingy won her second title when the curtain came down on two-day of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) National Mini and Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The nine-year-old, who won the Mini-Cadet (11-and-under) title on Saturday, added the Pre-Cadet (13-and-under) title on Sunday. Malachi Moore, Gavin Narine and Jonathan Van Lange also registered wins.
Moore won the Mini-Cadet title; Narine won the Novice Division, while Van Lange emerged as the male Pre-Cadet champion.
Billingy registered a 3-0 victory (11-3, 11-3 and 11-9) over her Titans clubmate, Samara Sukhai, in the final of the Pre-Cadet girls’ competition. In the semi-finals, Billingy had gotten past Tatyana Mohamed 3-0 (11-9, 11-5 and 11-9), while Sukhai had defeated Akira Watson 3-0 (11-7, 11-5 and 11-7).
Watson (the second place finisher in Saturday’s Mini-Cadet competition) and Mohamed finished joint third.
Moore continued his dominance in the Mini-Cadet division with a 3-0 win against Ebo M’Neil in a tense battle. Moore triumphed 11-9, 13-11 and 11-8 in the closest final of the competition.
Moore had defeated Christopher Chung 3-0 (11-5, 11-6 and 11-8) and M’Neil had surged ahead of Aaron Fraser 3-0 (11-5, 11-2 and 11-5) in the semi-finals. The losing male semi-finalists were also awarded joint third place.
Like Moore, Van Lange also continued his reign when he played in the 13-and-under division. The dominant 12-year-old player claimed a 3-0 win in the final against Krystain Sahadeo. Van Lange won 11-1, 11-6 and 13-11.
In the semi-finals, both players surged to comprehensive wins. Van Lange defeated Dhanesh Persaud 11-4, 11-9 and 11-8, while Sahadeo defeated Colin Wong 11-9, 11-6 and 11-9). Wong and Persaud finished joint third.
In the Novice division, the round robin battle ended with Anna Regina Multilateral schoolmates, Narine and Jarett Goddette, battling in the finals. Thirteen-year-old Narine won 11-2, 12-10 and 11-8.
Meanwhile, the GTTA 15-and-under and 18-and-under Open Junior Challenge will serve off from 10:00hrs this morning at the same venue.