The final day of the Inter Secondary Schools Table Tennis Preliminary round was played at the Castries Table Tennis Centre on Tuesday and the top 16 boys’ teams have been decided for next month’s championship at the Beausejour Indoor Facility.
From a field of some 56 schools, St Mary’s College qualified all four of its teams; International School qualified two.
The full list of qualifiers includes CARE (B team), International School (A and B), Bonneterre Prep (A), Castries Comprehensive (B), Bocage, St Mary’s College (A, B, C and D), Leon Hess Comprehensive (A), George Charles, Grande Riviere, Micoud, Vieux Fort La Resource and Choiseul.
On Tuesday, the Hess Comprehensive A team whitewashed Entrepot Secondary’s B team, 3-0. The Devaux brothers Dylan and Joshua from LHCSS team both played outstanding table tennis to secure advancement.
Entrepot’s A was ousted as well. Cyprian Servauis won the singles opener for CARE, beating Malan Eugene 2-0. Shaquell Hutchinson from Entrepot responded with a 2-0 victory over Na’eem Alfred of CARE, and Malan overwhelmed Na’eem in a heart breaker 2-1 to give Entrepot the lead. But Cyprian then scratched a victory over Shaquell 2-1 in a series which saw every game deucing. In the deciding doubles event, CARE won the first set, conceded the second and won the third.
On Monday, Grande Riviere Secondary beat Clendon Mason Memorial 3-0 to book their place in the top 16. Leranius Lewis of Grande Riviere the outstanding, as he competed unbeaten. Vieux Fort La Resource booked their placing over Vieux Fort Beanfield. Choiseul Secondary advanced from the group with Soufriere Comprehensive and Piaye Secondary.
The matchup between Micoud and Anse Ger was quite exciting. Micoud had their home crowd support and quickly got to a good start when Jermain Harding won in straight sets over Leon Charles. Vernon Matthew from Anse Ger Secondary then handled the crowd pressure well to win a tightly contested match against Jahnae Clercent to level the scores.
But Jermain responded by trouncing Vernon in straight sets to give Micoud Secondary a 2-1 lead. Jahnae Clercent then jockeyed off the crowd support to put Leon under tremendous pressure which resulted in many unforced errors on Leon’s part giving Micoud Secondary an overall 3-1 win.
The girls’ teams will go straight into the championship round.