Guyana defeated Jamaica in a closely contested final to win the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s Senior Championships wrapped up over the weekend.

Jamaica’s Chris Binnie surged to his record-breaking ninth singles title at the Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Senior Championship currently in Guyana.

The Jamaican girls’ squad took a silver medal in the team competition at the Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships, which buoyed Team Jamaica to a third-place finish overall, behind three-peat winners, Barbados and runners-up Guyana, as the tournament wrapped up over the weekend in Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica won a silver and two bronze medals in the individual age-group competition at the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships currently underway in Trinidad and Tobago.

Lewis Walters and Bruce Burrowes have qualified for Jamaica’s senior national squash team that will represent Jamaica at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru from July 26 to August 11.

First-time entrants, the Adams Family, wrote the perfect ending to their Cinderella story when they beat the Power Bolts 3-0 to win the 2019 KPMG Squash League, which wrapped up at the Liguanea Club in Kingston, Jamaica, over the weekend.

In a series of hard-fought matches, the Adams Family overcame the determined Power Bolts, with smart selection strategy and solid on-court play.  

First up was Allan Roper who had to fight for every point against Mia Todd in a battle that had spectators on the edge of their seats to the very last point.  After Todd took the first game, Roper came back to win the next two only to have Todd rally to take the fourth.

The fifth game was a slugfest but Roper held off his opponent to take a 15-21, 21-19, 21-17, 20-21, 21-20 win and put his team in the lead.

However, it looked like the Power Bolts would pull even when Dylan Vaz appeared to have Adam Hugh on the ropes after firing his way through the first two games of the second match. But, by the third game, Hugh managed to adjust his game plan, turned the tables on his opponent and rallied to win 14-21, 14-21, 21-16, 21-16, 21-18 and secure the championship for the Adams Family.

Although the overall outcome had already been decided, former All Jamaica Under-13 champion, Aman Dhiman, fought hard against Adam Lee as he tried to win one for the Power Bolts.  But Lee’s experience and dexterity proved too much for the youngster and saw Lee winning 21-18, 21-19, 21-19 to secure the sweep for the Adams Family. 

Third place went to Tech-A-Chance who beat three-time champions, the Milex Eagles with wins from Rhys Greenland who dispatched Akelia Wiltshire 21-12, 21-9, 21-14 and Derrian Barrant, who battled and eventually prevailed over Shane Slater 21-14, 18-21, 21-17, 17-21, 21-19.

 The award for most improved player went to Rhys Greenland.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more exciting end to the tournament, with two first time entrants going all the way to the finals and then giving us a great showdown,” said Chris Hind President of the Jamaica Squash Association.

“The Adams Family gave a solid display of clinical and competitive squash and although the Power Bolts didn’t come through they fought like lions and did themselves proud.”

Debutants Power Bolts and the Adams Family will play for the 2019 KPMG Squash League title after emerging victorious in two hotly contested semi-finals at the Liguanea Club in Kingston on Tuesday night.

.President of the Jamaica Squash Association Chris Hind said it was encouraging to see Jamaica’s junior players rise to the challenge during the All Jamaica Junior Championships that concluded on Saturday at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.

The 20th staging of the KPMG League, one of the most highly anticipated events on the local squash calendar, will serve off on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Reigning All Jamaica Junior Squash Champions, Tobias Levy and Savannah Thomson, started the 2019 season on a winning note at the year’s first age-group tournament held at the Liguanea Club in Kingston over the weekend.

Top seeds in both the male and female draws on Wednesday stormed into the semi-finals of the 2018 BCIC All Jamaica Senior Squash Championships currently underway at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.

BCIC has stepped up its support for local squash with a $400,000 sponsorship package for the staging of the 2018 All Jamaica Senior Championships.

Following on its sponsorship of the All Jamaica Junior Squash Championships in June, the insurance giants will now headline the senior tournament, which is scheduled to run from November 19-23 at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.

All eyes will be on the top Jamaican and Caribbean player, Chris Binnie who will be chasing his seventh consecutive title to take his career tally to eight. Retaining his position as national champion will cap off a stellar year for Binnie who won a historic silver medal at the Pan American Squash Champions in August and a bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in July.

Among those looking to unseat the defending champion are longtime rival, Bruce Burrowes, an experienced campaigner; as well as former junior national champion, Tahjia Lumley, who will no doubt make his presence felt at the senior level.

The tournament will also see the return of former men’s champion, Dane Schwier who should mount a strong challenge to retake the title.

The ladies competition should be equally exciting with former junior Caribbean champions, sisters Akelia and Larissa Wiltshire seeded at number and number two, respectively; paving the way for a family affair in the finals.  However, to play for the championship, the siblings will have to get past last year’s runner-up, squash starlet, Alex Jordan whose sights are set firmly on the top prize. 

Also in the hunt are All Jamaica Under 17 champion, Mia Mahfood and her arch rival and fellow junior national team player, Mia Lake, who will both be firing at the top guns, hoping to make their breakthrough this year.

Tournament Director, Douglas Beckford said, “we expect that this year’s championships will be an exciting and highly competitive tournament as we will have Chris Binnie trying to extend his winning streak while all the rest of our top men’s players will be going all out to beat him. 

"Then on the ladies side we can look forward to seeing the Wiltshire sisters in action and we might even see one of our junior players claiming their first senior title, which is always good for the continued growth of the sport.” 

Simone Foote, BCIC’s Marketing Manager said, “BCIC is excited to partner with Jamaica’s most prestigious squash tournament. We were impressed with the stellar competition and the excellent sportsmanship we saw at the Junior tournament in June and it’s our pleasure to be back on board for the senior championships where the country’s best players will be in action.”

In addition to the main draw for the men and ladies, the tournament will feature several other categories including the Ladies and Men’s B Draw, the Men’s C Draw and the Male and Female Veterans’ competitions.

Match times are 5 pm daily. 

 Former Junior National Squash Champion, Tahjia Lumley, is the youngest Jamaican to attain Level 1 & 2 England Squash Coaching Certification, having recently completed a training programme in Georgetown, Guyana.

President of the Jamaica Squash Association Chris Hind said Jamaica accomplished what it set out to accomplish at the recently concluded Pan Am Squash Championships that was held in the Cayman Islands.

Jamaican squash star, Chris Binnie capped off a history-making run at the 2018 Pan American Squash Championships with a silver medal in the men's singles competition on Wednesday night (August 29). 

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