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Juniors finish fourth at regional championship

Published:Saturday | April 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's Under 18 junior, and Under 15 (cadets) boys table tennis teams both finished fourth at the Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation (CRTTF) Championships, which was held in Utuado, Puerto Rico, earlier this week.

Puerto Rico won both sections of the tournament, ahead of the Dominican Republic, who also placed second in both sections.

Guyana placed third in the Under 18, and Trinidad & Tobago third in the Under 15, respectively. Six Under 18 teams and seven Under 15 teams took part.

In the Under-15 segment, the seven teams were divided into two groups. Jamaica played in Group Two with the Dominican Republic, Guyana and Aruba.

Jamaica blanked both Guyana and Aruba 3-0, but lost 0-3 to the Dominican Republic, to finish second in the group and progress to semi-finals.

They were beaten 0-3 in the semis by Puerto Rico and went down 2-3 to Trinidad & Tobago in the play-off for third.

The coaches were Winston Cowans and Sandra Riettie.

In Under 18 play, the team defeated both Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago by a 3-1 margins. However, they lost 0-3 to both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and 2-3 to Guyana.

The Jamaica's Under 18 team comprised Kareem Flowers, Glen-Ross McDonald and Jordan McKenzie, while the Under 15 team was made up of Nicholas Mahfood, Rij Findlay and Jordan Hazle.

In doubles, the pairs of Flowers and McDonald in the Under 18 and Mahfood and Hazle in Under 15, failed to advance from the preliminary rounds.

In the singles competition, Flowers and Hazle advanced from the group stages in the Under 18 and Under 15, respectively, to the Round of 16.

However, they failed to make it to the quarter-finals.