KINGSTON:All Jamaica Under-19 champion Julian Morrison and Caribbean Under-19 champion Ashante Smith put another tick in the win column when they emerged winners of the Jamaica Squash Association's Doubles Championships, which was held this weekend at Liguanea Club in New Kingston. The junior national team players beat veterans Andrew Mahfood and Bruce Levy 11-6, 11-2, 11-9 to claim the title.
The teenage duo began their quest by beating David Patterson and Fritzroy Smith 11-7, 11-7 and then trounced Noel McKrieth and Patrick Chin. They faced a tough challenge from veteran William Mahfood and former junior champion Mary Mahfood, but pulled through 11-9, 11-9 to set up the showdown with Levy and Andrew Mahfood.
For their part, Mahfood and Levy also displayed impressive form throughout the two-day tournament. They bowed into action by dismissing Dave Morrison and David Johnson 11-3, 11-5 and then beat Minett Lawrence and Lowell Lawrence 11-5, 11-9.
Mahfood and Levy then turned back All Jamaica and Caribbean Under-15 champion and All Jamaica women's champion Alyssa Mullings and David Mullings 11-9, 11-6, before another tough match against 12-time All Jamaica women's champion Karen Anderson and former senior national player Joey Levy.
In one of the tournament's top matches, Mahfood and Levy pulled out all the stops to win 11-7, 12-10.
lived up to expectations
However, the youth and vigour of the in-form Smith and Morrison then proved too much for the venerable veterans and Mahfood and Levy succumbed in the finals.
"The Doubles Championships lived up to expectations in every regard - from the standard of play to the excitement of the matches," said JSA secretary, Gill Binnie.
"It was particularly thrilling to have a final that pit two of our most-seasoned veterans against two of our brightest young stars; and while it was clear that the torch had passed its great to see that our older players are still at the top of their game," she added.