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Schools in final showdown

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey,
Gleaner Writer

The Inter-Secondary Schools Sport Association (ISSA) urban area boys' and girls' Table Tennis Championships will be decided today at the Hy-Performance Centre at the University of Technology (UTech), starting 9 a.m.

The Under-16 tournament will be played on a round-robin format, which will see the top teams from each group advancing to the finals. The second-place teams in each group will battle for third-place honours.

Group one teams are Kingston College (KC), Hillel and Ardenne, while group two comprises Campion College, Wolmer's Boys and Calabar.

In the opening Under-16 boys' games, Campion College will oppose Calabar and defending champions KC battle Ardenne.

Meanwhile, the girls' equivalent will be a straight knockout tournament, which involves four teams. Campion will challenge Hillel and Ardenne will oppose Wolmer's Girls.

The Under-19 boys category will also feature a straight knockout competition involving four teams. They are defending champions Calabar, who will oppose KC in one semi-final, starting at noon and former champions Wolmer's Boys facing St Jago at 1:30 p.m.

The Calabar and KC match is expected to be an exciting encounter as both teams are evenly matched.

National junior representative Don-Walker Petinaud and Mark Phillips of Calabar are expected to lead their team against KC, who will rest their hopes in the hands of national junior players Jermaine James and Shakier Locke.

Meanwhile, Meadowbrook and Immaculate will contest the Under-19 girls' final, starting at 3 p.m.

Justin Allen, the competition's coordinator, expects an exciting day of table tennis.

Allen said: "We have many national cadet junior players representing their teams and so we're expecting a very high standard of table tennis throughout the course of the day."

He added: "The tournament has been running from the middle of January and everything has gone well."