Orell Cooper played unbeaten at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena (CRISA), in Chaguanas, yesterday to guide Pentecostal Light and Life to the Scotiabank Schools Table Tennis Championship boys’ open title.
Champions in the under-15 division last year, Light and Life opted to compete among the older boys in the 2009 edition of the tournament. The decision bore fruit, the Tobago school getting the better of Sangre Grande Secondary 3-1 in the championship showdown.
Cooper beat Jerome Lochan and Akeem James, while Lawrence Ince stopped James for Light and Life’s other victory. Brian Joseph claimed a consolation win for Grande, getting past Miguel George 13-11, 11-8, 11-6.
Arun Roopnarine won twice as Presentation College, San Fernando defeated Maple Leaf 3-1 in the boys’ under-15 final. Roopnarine battled past Marc Pillai in four games and then stopped the elder Pillai brother, Meshach, 14-12, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9 to complete the victory, the ’Pres’ player finishing off his opponent with a fierce forehand loop drive.
Luke Bahadoorsingh beat Bixente Ragbeer for the other ’Pres’ win, while Meshach outplayed Arun’s elder brother, Vimal Roopnarine, to save Maple Leaf the embarrassment of a blanking.
Renuka Sitram steered St Augustine Girls High School to a successful defence of the girls’ open title. In the final, St Augustine got the better of Lakshmi Girls 3-1.
Sitram beat Dayna Samaroo and Shannon Watson in her two singles matches and teamed up with cousin, Anjani Sitram, for a comfortable doubles victory over Samaroo and Watson. The lone success for Lakshmi was Watson’s win over Anjani .
Bishop’s High also repeated as champions. The Tobago school was handed victory on a platter in the girls’ under-15 final. Zsa Zsa Dumas stopped Ashisha Persad 11-4, 11-6, 11-2 to earn Bishop’s a 1-0 lead. But that’s where the action stopped in the title decider. Naparima’s number one player Catherine Spicer was feeling ill and the southerners forfeited the match, giving their opponents a 3-0 victory.
The open and under-15 singles and doubles titles will be decided today, at CRISA.
Roopnarine (Arun) heads the list of players who qualified yesterday for the final leg of the tournament, in Tobago, on Saturday, December 12. The qualifiers from Tobago were determined at a tournament in the sister isle a fortnight ago.
Roopnarine is one of eight Trinidad players who have advanced in the boys’ under-13 category. Another eight qualified in the boys’ under-10 division. Seven players will travel to Tobago to compete in the girls’ under-13 event, while four will play in the girls’ under-10 category.
Qualifiers for Tobago
Boys under-13-Arun Roopnarine (Presentation College, San Fernando), Luke Bahadoorsingh (Presentation College, San Fernando), Varoun Sitram (Presentation College, Chaguanas), Armesh Mungal (ASJA Boys), Sarvesh Mungal (ASJA Boys), Brian Trawiel (Union Hall Presbyterian), Shaquille McCaskie (QRC), Aaron Wilson (Diego Martin Secondary)
Girls under-13-Artienea Gregoire (Manzanilla High), Adefa James (Sangre Grande SDA), Brittany Joseph (Arima Girls RC), Mika Ali (St Joseph Convent, St Joseph), Aleyah Edwards (St Joseph Convent, St Joseph), Illeana Meighu (Naparima Girls), Ashisha Persad (Naparima Girls)
Boys under-10-Daniel Henriques (Holy Name Preparatory), Marc Pillai (Maple Leaf), Travis Pantin (St Margaret’s Boys), Bixente Ragbeer (Maple Leaf), Rishi Rajkumar (Montrose Vedic), Justyn Kantapersad (St Peter’s Private), Luke Charles (St Peter’s Private), Christian Seepaul (St Peter’s Private)
Girls under-10-Tiana Asson (St Peter’s Private), Daniellle Dick (St Peter’s Private), Nalini Boodoo (St Peter’s Private), Lilly Trawiel (Union Hall Presbyterian)