Stafford triumphs in Bermuda

Cayman’s squash juniors have done well again at the Caribbean championships.

At the end of the individual event in Bermuda the team players can boast a host of great accomplishments at this year’s Bank of Bermuda Foundation Junior CASA 2008.

Cameron Stafford won in style to gain this year’s U/17 Caribbean Junior Championship title, winning 3-1 against Alex Arjoon (Guyana).

Stafford was 2-0 up before relaxing his game plan and letting Arjoon back in losing the third 10-8.

In the fourth Stafford regained his focus and finished the fourth game 9-4 to become this year’s champion. He was second lasts year. Final result: 3-1 (9-4, 9-1, 8-10, 9-4).

Jake Kelly played out for the U/19 third and fourth position against Bruce Burrows of Jamaica, with a convincing victory.

Kelly, clearly in no mood to compromise, won 9-2, 9-5, 9-5 to come in third place in his last year in the Junior CASA championships.

Samantha Hennings also playing out for the U/19 third and fourth position against Daina King (Guyana), with a slow start to the match before becoming focused and digging in and fight for victory.

Although the first and second games were tight, Hennings lost all concentration in the third losing 9-0. Hennings requires a certain element of anger in her game to fire her up to perform at her best. At 8-8 in the fifth game the battle continued back and forth before King finally pulled through for victory.

Nicholas Cameron playing his first CASA tournament in the U/15’s, fought in the Consolation final for fifth and sixth place against Matthew McKenzie (Barbados).

McKenzie displayed a higher level of experience than Cameron which pushed him ahead by two games. Credit must go to Cameron fighting hard to gain the third game 9-6. In the fourth game McKenzie’s experience increased the pressure on Cameron winning 9-7. Final result: 3-1 (9-4, 9-3, 6-9, 9-7).

Ryan McConvey fought for the U/19 fifth and sixth place for the Consolation final against Rapheal deGroot (Guyana).

Although the score doesn’t represent the match performance, McConvey put on a good fight although De-Groot was on form from start to the finish. Final result: 3-0 (9-1, 9-1, 9-5)

Courtney Stafford finished seventh place in the U/19.

The team had a day off before the team events began yesterday morning.

Coach Dean Watson said: ‘On behalf of the team we would like to thank the following persons, organisations and corporate supporters for making this experience possible; Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, Butterfield Bank, BDO, Cayman National, South Sound Squash Club, Cayman Islands National Squash Association, Walkers, Stuart Walker Hersant, CIBC, Queensgate, Alba Electrical and anonymous donators.’

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