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T&T win U13 title in Pre-Cadet tourney

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 8:00 AMMarc Stamp

Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) took honours on the opening day of the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championship, when they won the Under-13 Girls' title at the National Indoor Sports Centre yesterday.

The T&T team defeated Guyana 3-1 and then crushed hosts Jamaica 3-0 to capture the crown.

Only three of the four teams competed in the Girls Under-13 section, as Barbados failed to field a team.

Coach of T&T, Edwin Humphreys, said he was not sure of what to expect before arriving here for the tournament. However, with only Jamaica and Guyana in the Under-13 category, it resulted in a comfortable win for his girls.

"Well, honestly, we weren't sure of what to expect because some teams were out. And when we heard that it would be only Guyana and Jamaica to contest with in the Under-13 girls, the expectation was high," Humphreys told The Gleaner.

"It was the first day of competition, so we got to see all the other teams. I believe we are better in all categories, so it is very possible we could have a clean sweep of all titles.

"We have to stay focused and execute what we've practised for the past months," the T&T coach confidently said.

Coach of Jamaica's Under-11 girls team, Richard Davidson, said they are looking ahead to winning the final today, starting at noon.

"I'm going into the final to win the title. The girls will do their best. We are planning to put a spike into Trinidad's wheels," Davidson said.

Day Two of the championship will begin at 10 a.m. and scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Thursday will be a rest day and competition will resume on Friday with individual action.

The sponsors include Jamaica Tourist Board, Cal's Manufacturing, Hi-Lyte, Independence Park Ltd, Jamaica Olympic Association, Jamaica Urban Transit Company, Nestle Jamaica, Reggae Jammin, Seafreight, Shortwood Teachers' College, Sports Development Foundation, Tenergy Sound System, Tropical Blue and Xsomo.