BVI squash players reach finals of CASA Jr Championships


BVI junior squash players Darci Reich (front right) and her brother Luka Reich were part of the OECS team for the 2016 Caribbean Amateur Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships

BVI junior squash players Darci Reich (front right) and her brother Luka Reich were part of the OECS team for the 2016 Caribbean Amateur Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships

The Caribbean Amateur Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships closed out on Saturday July 24, 2016 in the Cayman Islands with local players Darci Reich finishing second in the U11’s bracket and brother Luka sixth in U13’s.

On what was the third day of the MAPLES Caribbean Junior Champs at South Sound Squash Club the individual titles were decided, and it was a great day for Barbados as they won six, and a good day for the seeding committee as all but one of the top seeds duly claimed the titles.

The day started with Guyana’s Paige Fernandes becoming the first-ever Caribbean U11 champion, after she beat Darci Reich 3-0 in the Final and she was joined by Alex Stewart, who won an entertaining five-game all-Barbados Boys’ final.

Reich was making her debut at this level having won the OECS Championship earlier this year and, having reached the final, went down 11-4, 12-10, 11-2.

Barbados took the Girls’ U13, U15 and U17 titles as Sumairaa Suleman, Meagan Best and Amanda Heywood all retained the titles they won last year with three-nil victories. For Page it was a fourth CASA junior title in a row, a fourth for Haywood too, but not consecutive.

It was the defending champions Guyana who took the Boys’ U13, U15 and U17 titles too as Shomari Wiltshire, Khamal Cumberbatch and Shermane Griffith all won in straight games. For Cumberbatch it was a fourth title in a row and a third for Griffith.

Luca Reich finished 6th overall in his first CASA Tournament and is the current OECS Champion at U13. He was knocked out in the quarter final stage by Darien Benn of Barbados, 11-3, 11-6 and 11-7.

First place was a repeat of last year’s Girls’ Final as Barbados aimed to retain the title they won against Guyana, who had won the previous nine editions.

Girls’ Final:

Barbados 3-2 Guyana
U13: Sumairaa Suleman 3-0 Aboside Cadogan   11/9, 12/10, 11/3
U15: Meagan Best 3-0 Makeda Harding         11/2, 11/1, 11/2
U19: Chelsie Samuel 0-3 Taylor Fernandes    3/11, 4/11, 6/11
U17: Amanda Haywood 3-0 Rebecca Low         11/4, 11/2, 11/1
U19: Jada Smith-Padmore 0-3 Larissa Wiltshire 4/11, 4/11, 3/11

3rd/4th: T&T 3-2 Jamaica

5th/6th: Cayman 4-1 Bermuda

Boys’ Final: Guyana 3-2 Cayman
U13: Shomari Wiltshire 3-0 Jace Jervis        11/5, 11/6, 11/1
U15: Daniel Islam 3-1 David Pitcairn          11/6, 8/11, 11/7, 11/6
U19: Benjamin Mekdeci 0-3 Julian Jervis       1/11, 1/11, 2/11
U17: Alex Cheeks 3-1 Jasun Sairsingh          11/8, 11/3, 9/11, 11/8
U19: Rithew Saywack 2-3 Isiah Robinson        12/10 in the fifth!

3rd/4th: Barbados 4-1 OECS

5th/6th: T&T 3-2 Jamaica

The overall team title went to Guyana, with Barbados in second and Cayman in third.

Joe Chapman through to Toronto Quarter Finals


BVI squash player, Joe Chapman set to play in Quarter Finals of the 2015 Colony Ford Lincoln NSA Open, PSA M5 event in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Houston Open 2013

BVI squash player, Joe Chapman set to play in Quarter Finals of the 2015 Colony Ford Lincoln NSA Open, PSA M5 event in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Houston Open 2013

BVI’s squash player, Joe Chapman has reached the quarter finals of the Colony Ford Lincoln NSA Open, PSA M5 event in Toronto, Canada with a superb straight games victory over qualifier, James Bamber of England.

Chapman, who is number 5 seed in the tournament, needed 29 minutes for his 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 victory over Bamber. Chapman now faces number 2 seed, Arthur Gaskin of Ireland in the quarter-finals.

The biggest shock of the tournament so far, however, was Mexico’s qualifier, Jesus Camacho completing a huge upset in the first straight games victory over number 3 seed Dane Sharp.

The first game was the closest of the lot when Camacho, who reached the final of the British Virgin Islands Open Squash Championship at his last PSAWorld Tour appearance, narrowly emerged with a victory from the opening game courtesy of a tense tie-break. Despite playing on home soil, Sharp failed to live with Camacho’s exuberance around court and the Mexican No.5 finished off a 13-11, 11-8, 11-8 triumph in style to move on through to the quarter-final.

He will meet another Canadian there in David Baillargeon after the World No.199 recorded an impressive victory over compatriot Fred Reid while top seed Chris Hanson dispatched wildcard, Cameron Seth in three games.

Ireland’s Arhur Gaskin is also through to the next round after he claimed a confident victory against Albert Shoihet. Gaskin struggled to pull away in the second game in particular and he narrowly edged out a tight 15-13 win but that victory, sandwiched by triumphs in the first and third games, means that he moves on to the last eight with Joe Chapman.

Shahjahan Khan will meet Babatunde Ajagbe in the quarter-final after respective wins over Nicolas Caballero and Kale Wilson with a semi-final tie against Hanson or Michael McCue, who saw off Rahul Sehrawat, awaiting the victor.

Results – First Round
[1] Chris Hanson (USA) bt [WC] Cameron Seth (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 12-10 (30m)
[6] Michael McCue (CAN) bt [Q] Rahul Sehrawat (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (42m)
[8] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) bt [Q] Kale Wilson (TRI) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (27m)
[4] Shahjahan Khan (PAK) bt Nicolas Caballero (PAR) 3-2: 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 (60m)
[Q] Jesus Camacho (MEX) bt [3] Dane Sharp (CAN) 3-0: 13-11, 11-8, 11-8
David Baillargeon (CAN) bt [7] Fred Reid (CAN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (24m)
[5] Joe Chapman (IVB) bt [Q] James Bamber (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (29m)
[2] Arthur Gaskin (IRL) bt Albert Shoihet (CAN) 3-0: 11-5, 15-13, 11-6 (38m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Chris Hanson (USA) v [6] Michael McCue (CAN)
[8] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) v [4] Shahjahan Khan (PAK)
[Q] Jesus Camacho (MEX) v David Baillargeon (CAN)
[5] Joe Chapman (IVB) v [2] Arthur Gaskin (IRL)

Creed celebrates win in BVI/PSA Open Squash Championship


Joe Chapman may have fallen early, but Peter Creed gave the crowd plenty to cheer about as he beat Dane Sharp to win the BVI PSA Challenger 5 Professional Squash Tournament on Saturday June 21, 2014, at the Tortola Sports Club.


Challenger 5 Professional Squash Tournament Photo Credit: Charlie E. Jackson

Chapman playing Canadian Matthew Serediak, in the second round on Thursday, recovered from losing the first game, 4-11, to win the next two, 11-5 and 11-8, but could not sustain the pressure and lost the last two games 11-4 and 11-3 to conclude his Tournament, having reached the second round for the first time in the three year life of the event.

“He stayed really disciplined and made me do a lot more work than him to win those two games and he was able to clean up in the last two games. He is more experienced than me, but a year ago I would have probably been beaten by him much easier, so overall, having gone to a 5th game, I’m happy with my progress”, Chapman said.

Chapman also went onto to note how well the Tournament had gone , “The Players say every year that this is one of the best small Tournaments, in terms of the atmosphere, the way they are treated and how well organized it is”.

Although having some extra days off after his defeat Chapman will have little time to rest as he has Tournaments in New Zealand and Australia before heading to the Commonwealth Games and then Colombia.

Serediak went onto lose his semi final 6-11, 7-11 and 8-11 to Peter Creed, the top seed from Wales, who had recorded victories against Chris Hanson (USA) and Phillip Bull (Eng) to progress to the latter stages. Bull had knocked out Tom Chapman in the first round, 11-3, 11-3 and 11-1, in just 21 minutes on court.

Dane Sharp reached the Final, losing just one game, to local entrant, Adrain Ostbye. He also beat England‚  Joe Green and Shahjahan Khan and was much the sharper against Creed, in winning 3-0.

“I won’t say it was easy”, he exclaimed. “I felt like I was playing the best squash all week and having spent less time on court was fresher. I knew if I could show that each and every point then the energy would sap from his legs and I would get stronger and stronger”.

It was Creed’s first time to the Territory and the Caribbean, but he will be back. “I can’t miss this place! It’s hot, but the Country is awesome, everyone is so laid back and it has been a lot of fun”,he said.

Other local players who had progressed through to the main draw met similar defeats to Chapman against their more illustrious competitors with only Ostbye picking up a game, against Sharp. Mike Adamson and Rory Thornton were the other local players to get into the first round proper.