After a resounding performance in Bermuda, Julian Jervis feels inspired to tackle Scotland.
Jervis, 16, nabbed the Boys Under-17 title at the Caribbean Area Squash Association Junior Championships last week while propelling the Cayman Islands male team to a top six finish. The St. Ignatius student says that success bodes well ahead of his matches in Glasgow this week at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“Oh yeah, definitely, I feel quite comfortable with my game play right now,” Jervis said. “I’m feeling really confident. Hopefully I can cause an upset or two at the Commonwealth Games.”
Jervis defeated Jason Doyle of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6, in the final after beating Benjamin Mekdeki of Guyana, 11-2, 11-0, 11-2, in the semifinals. For the team segment, Jervis was joined by David Pitcairn, Isaiah Robinson, Sean Murphy and Daniel Murphy.
Claiming the Under-17 championship marks the latest crown for Jervis as he emerged as Cayman’s national Under-17 champion last month and nabbed the Caribbean junior title in the Under-15 segment two years ago.
Local squash coach Mark Chaloner says Jervis is playing at an advanced level.
“He’s starting to play an adult game in the junior tournaments now,” Chaloner said.
Jervis will join Daniel Murphy in Glasgow as part of Cayman’s Commonwealth Games squash team. The other squad members are Myron Blair, Eilidh Bridgeman, Cameron Stafford and Marlene West. The Games take place July 23 to Aug 3. with Jervis and company contesting the men’s and women’s singles events along with the men’s and mixed doubles categories. Squash will be one of the first sports in action as local athletes compete from 5 a.m. Cayman time (11 a.m. Scotland time) on July 24.