Sun | Jul 21, 2019

Thompson, Levy siblings ‘Squash’ all comers

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:13 AM

It was a sibling success story with Lucas and Savannah Thomson as well as Tobias and Sebastian Levy winning age-group titles as the All Jamaica Junior Squash Championships wrapped up at the weekend at the Liguanea Club in St Andrew.

Under pressure to retain his Under-15 Boys title, Tobias Levy dug deep to fight off a serious challenge from the improving Rhys Greenland. Levy went the distance to post a 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 win to keep his new rival at bay and claim his sixth national title.

Conversely, the challenge facing older sibling Sebastian Levy was to retake a junior national title after losing in the final last year. The former Under-15 Champion overpowered Alexander Desnoes 14-12, 14-12, 11-3 to once again lift an All Jamaica trophy.

The in-form Lukas Thomson, who won both the national and regional Under 13 titles last year, maintained his dominance despite moving into a higher age group. The promising youngster beat Lek Drummond 11-3, 11-2, 11-0 to claim his first Under-13 crown.

Under 15/17 WIN

Similar progress was made by Savannah Thomson, who was All Jamaica and Caribbean Under-13 girls champion in 2018. Thomson beat Mia Todd 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4 to win the Under 15/17 age category.

The Under-13 Girls title went to Eleanor Hind who beat former Under 11 Champion Mehar Trehan 11-2, 12-10, 11-4, while Karan Dhiman took the Boys Under-19 title in a round robin contest which culminated with his beating of his namesake, Karan Chatani 11-9, 11-1, 11-2.

The award for Sportsmanship went to Emily Vaz.

President of the Jamaica Squash Association Chris Hind described the competition as the premier event for Jamaica’s junior players.

“A lot was on the line, but we saw the youngsters really rising to the challenge and dealing well with the pressures of a national championship,” Hind said. “It will serve them well as they prepare for the regional championships which will take place this summer.”