Staffords battle in Bermuda

Cayman’s best squash youngsters are in Bermuda to compete in the Caribbean Junior Championships this week.

They will all compete in the individual events for their age groups. After a day of rest for sight seeing they go into the team event for the last four days.

‘Last year we came sixth overall and I’m hoping to come a little bit higher this year,’ said coach Dean Watson. ‘There’s nine countries competing so it’ll be about 150 kids total.’

Watson expects the winning team to come from Guyana or Jamaica, who are traditionally the strongest nations.

‘I’m hoping out of our individuals to see Cameron Stafford win. He lost in the final last year in BVI to Alain Mudeen who represented us last year. He’s not going this year.

‘Other players who may come through are Nicholas Cameron in the Under-15s and Courtney Stafford, Cameron’s sister, in the Women’s Under-19s. Samantha Hennings too, I expect to do well.

‘Josh Myren has improved and it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on. But he’s in the Under-17s and this is his first tournament and he’s only 15. He’s gone into quite a strong age group straight away and it’s a popular age group. Cameron should do better in that group.’

Watson should know, he was a top player in England for five years and got as high as No.80 in the world rankings. He has been in charge at the island’s main squash club in South Sound for five years and seen significant changes.