Cayman’s top junior squash players competed in the national championships at the South Sound Squash Club over the weekend.
One of the best games on Saturday was Pierce Terry, only 10, against 12-year-old Nathan MacLean.
Terry won 11-4, 4-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9. Both players showed great composure under real pressure at the end of the fourth and fifth games, and MacLean showed admirable sportsmanship in defeat.
The rallies were long and occasionally a little scrappy, but neither ever gave up and scrambled all over the court returning tough shots deep out of the back corners.
Terry had a little more firepower than MacLean and ultimately put a little more pressure on him for the win.
In the boys Under-17 final Christian Dube and Isaiah Robinson both showed immense improvement under coach Mark Chaloner.
Dube claimed it 11-5, 11-7, 13-15, 11-6. Dube showed what ball control he has developed over the past year to move Robinson around the court.
Robinson fought back admirably though in the third game creating an exciting end to the game taking the tie break 15/13 after saving two match balls against him.
Robinson’s speed around the court increased, to Dube’s surprise.
The girls U-15 title was won decisively by 13-year-old Jade Pitcairn 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 against Kali MacLean.
“Jade has made a vast improvement over the past year, spending more time at the squash club honing her skills,” said Chaloner.
The boys U-15 event was won by Jasun Sairsingh who is extremely strong for his age and this showed against the No. 2 seed David Pitcairn.
The first game was a close affair with Sairsingh taking it 13-11, but then his strength and experience took over and he decisively won the next two games 11-4.
The girls U-11 was a marathon match for the two youngsters, Olivia Kluyver eventually beating Jade Barnard 10-12, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4 in an even contest with both girls playing their hearts out for over half an hour.
“This was a tremendous match to watch and it was nice to see the smiles on the girls’ faces,” said Chaloner.
Alexandra Artuch claimed her second U-17 title against Emma Turnbull 3-0.
The U-11 boys final was Pierce Terry – winner of the U-13 title – against the much smaller and less experienced Ashton Luke, who put up a good fight but lost 2-0.
Mischa Kluyver claimed her first U-19 title with wins over Jade Pitcairn and Alexandra Artuch in a round robin event.
Chaloner said, “Kluyver showed great determination throughout her event and also proved that she has worked on various aspects of her game, particularly her movement, which allowed her to cover the court much more efficiently and return more shots than previous she thought was possible.”
The boys U-19 title was claimed by Julian Jervis, who has a full set of age group titles in Cayman now.
He overcame Lee Lewis, 3-0 and twins Sean and Daniel Murphy both 3-0.