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Barbados fall short in table tennis

Mike King,

Added 24 August 2011


THE Barbados table tennis teams came up short at the 2011 Caribbean and Regional Table Tennis Federation (CRTTF) Senior Championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Guyana.  The women’s team lost all three of their matches and none of the girls made it past the first round of the singles competition. The men had to be satisfied with third place in the team competition while the Farley brothers Kevin and Trevor were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the individual play. Three-time Caribbean champion Robert Roberts, who is based in the United States, reportedly could not get a flight out of New York in time and did not play. Chris Banfield took third in the men’s masters and Marguerita Felix, third in the women’s equivalent. Coach Carl Sealy told the DAILY NATION the contingent, which returned home Sunday night, fell below expectations and the time has long come for the Barbados Table Tennis Association to have a reevaluation and rethink of team preparation. “I was expecting much more. We need a women’s team and some new blood. Krystal [Harvey] is the only one of the girls that stood up. She didn’t win, but she played what she practised. Some of the rest were too flat. “You can’t be practising attacking at home and when you go on tour, you want to be a pusher. That’s a no no,” said Sealy, who added that the experienced Anne Reid failed to step to the plate once again. Junior Stephen Payne had little success but Sealy spoke highly of the promising 12-year-old. “He didn’t make it, but he played well. He had four people in his group and he took two of them to five games. In his opening match against a hometown player, he might have been unlucky. At 2-2 games, he was ahead at 6-4 when he got an edge ball. The referee gave his Guyanese opponent the point, so it went to 6-5 instead of 7-4. “Stephen is a young guy and that might have had an effect on him. He eventually lost but I am sure he will be back. He played his natural game and looked comfortable,” the coach said. Sealy, a former Caribbean junior champion, wants to see junior Roseanne Butcher, elevated to the senior squad.  “Roseanne is one for the future and we should have given her a spot among the seniors. She needs the exposure. “We need to build. We should have her as a junior/senior so she would be exposed to all of the top girls,” Sealy said.  The men’s singles title went to a player from Santo Domingo, who was taken to five games in the team event by Kevin Farley. “In the singles, Kevin took the guy from Santo Domingo to four close games. Kevin has got it but he has to take table tennis more seriously,” said the coach. “Kevin was good enough to win the tournament. He took Dexter St Louis to five games in the team event; it was a close match.” In the men’s competition, Barbados secured victories over St Lucia and St Vincent but were beaten by Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic. The women were brushed aside by Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic captured both the men’s and women’s team events in addition to the men’s singles. The women’s singles went to a Trinidad and Tobago’s France-based national table tennis player Rheann Chung, who came from three games down to defeat Eva Brito of the Dominican Republic 7-11, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 13-11, 12-10. Dexter St Louis and Chung thrashed Brito and Juan Vila Jr. of the Dominican Republic in straight sets 11-6, 11-4 and 12-10 to take the mixed doubles.  


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