Springer seniors champ
Courtney Springer and Cheryl Howard-Bartlett emerged as champions when the finals of the Senior Games Table Tennis Tournament, organised by the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, came off at the Barbados Table Tennis Centre, Nursery Drive, Wednesday night.
Springer, still a tough competitor in the Barbados Table Tennis Association’s domestic championships, was a model of determination and concentration as he took out the equally plucky Rawle Husbands.
The fact that Springer won in straight games was misleading as the pair engaged in a compelling contest truly worthy of a final. Springer won 11-8, 12-10, 14-12.
In the earlier rounds he took out Trevor Browne 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 in the quarter-final and former Barbados player Everton “Culture Man” Forde 11-7, 12-10, 11-3 in the semis.
Husbands, like Springer, a right handed all-round player, beat Wayne Branch in the quarter-finals 11-9, 12-14, 11-8, 12-10. He met much less resistance in the semi-final from Charles Lovell, winning in straight games 11-8, 11-9, 11-8.
The women’s final produced several entertaining rallies as Howard-Bartlett overcame a stern challenge from Beverly Howell-Mayers 13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9 in an intriguing contest. (PH)