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Barbados seniors win, juniors fall to Suriname

Kenmore Bynoe

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Barbados seniors finally scored a win over Suriname, while the juniors were destroyed by the South American country when the CAREBACO team competition climaxed at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
Ironically while the seniors were playing for a symbolic silver, since they were in competition with only Suriname, the juniors needed to win their final contest to take the silver above Suriname and below Win Puerto Rico’s gold.  Unlike the impressive first night, the juniors were beaten in all of their five matches.
Top junior Monyata Riveira fought gallantly in the girls’ singles but she could not deny Crystal Leefmans, who took the match 21-14, 21-17.  
Shem Scantlebury was thumped in the boys’ singles by Soren Opti 21-15, 21-9.
Riveira would then team up with Mikeila Carrington to fight tooth and nail against the combination of Santusha Ranzan and Rugishaar Ishaak before bowing out in three sets 17-21, 21-15, 19-21.  
Jevon Gaskin and Sabeel Foster also showed their growing skills but they could not get over the Toney brothers Alroy and Alrick who captured the boys’ doubles 21-13, 19-21, 21-11.
The combination of Alrick and Leefmans won the mixed doubles for Suriname, dumping Carrington and Gaskin  21-7, 21-13.
The seniors should have sensed something would have changed from their first two nights of action when president Kevin Wood, finally tasted victory after playing and losing four previous matches.  Wood in tandem with Sabrina Scott, outplayed Nazia Kurban and Dylan Darmohoetomo 21-13, 21-17.
Earlier, Scott joined with Tamisha Williams to beat Kurban and Arantxa Hahibaks 21-17, 21-15. The Bajans clinched the night’s plate when Mariama Eastmond whipped Hahibaks 21-6, 21-14.
The international competition and singles would have served off yesterday with the mantra being every man for himself, although, considering the better performances from the Bajan females it might be every woman for herself.