Youngsters squash regional foes

The Cayman Islands junior squash team recently returned home with individual success.

The squad of 11 athletes is back on familiar soil after competing in the Caribbean Junior Squash Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. This annual tournament, put on this year by the Caribbean Area Squash Associations, had more than 100 players from eight Caribbean countries.

Competition included top honours in four individual age groups: Under-13, U15, U17 and U19 followed by the boy’s and girl’s team competitions.

Cayman Islands boys captain Julian Jervis led the way in the individual event winning the U15 age group and his first Caribbean Championship. Jervis would defeat Jason Doyle of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States 3-2 in the final at the Liguanea Club. Before that, Jervis beat Patrick Fraser of Guyana 3-0 and Chad Salandy of Trinidad and Tobago 3-0.

Daniel Murphy, in his first year in the U17 category, managed to place an impressive fifth after losing his only match to the number one seed from Bermuda. He would beat Julian Morrison of Jamaica 3-0 in the consolation final.

Similar top finishes came from the girls captain as Eilidh Bridgeman lost to the number one seed from Guyana and then defeated fellow team-mate Kristina Myren to finish third and fourth respectively in the girls U19 event.

In the team event, both Cayman teams struggled against countries with more depth and experience. The girls finished seventh, defeating Barbados, and the boys team lost to host Jamaica to finish sixth, however that is an improvement over last year’s seventh place finish.

The team events featured a number of young talents. The girls consist of Ally Artuch and Nina Foster (U13), Lara Connolly (U17) and Eilidh Bridgeman and Kristina Myren (U19). Aside from Jervis and Murphy, the boys featured Isaiah Robinson (U13), Gyles Luke (U15), Sean Murphy and Nico Tummings (U17).

This year’s competition marked the 30th edition of a junior Caribbean squash championship that showcases the top youth athletes around the Caribbean region. Next year, the tournament will be held in Trinidad and Tobago.

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