Tobago’s Jalen Kerr didn’t drop a set en route to capturing the Boys Under-13 singles title as the curtains came down on the Scotiabank Schools Table Tennis Tournament in Tobago last weekend.
His amazing run continues after capturing his age-group crown in the National Junior Championships and Tobago Open just a few months ago. It’s also easy to forget that he was an Under-13 silver-medallist in this year’s Caribbean Pre-Cadet and Mini-Cadet Championships, in which he also reached the Under-15 finals in both tournaments. The writing, in reality, was on the wall.
He faced a very competent opponent in Nicholas O’Young in the semifinals. Yet despite the latter’s best efforts, and keenly contested sets, Kerr came out victorious 11-8, 11-5, 11-7. In the other semifinal, Nicholas Lee defeated Jamaali Mauge 11-7, 11-5, 11-4. When both boys met in the final, Lee could do little to stop Kerr, who marched to an 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 victory. At the end of the second set, those watching knew the outcome was inevitable.
But Kerr was not the only Tobagonian who achieved a hattrick of titles. In the Girls’ Under-11 category, Bishop’s High School’s Brianna Solomon ripped through the entire field without losing a set to take the title in a round-robin series.
In the Girls’ Under-13 singles, Bishop Anstey High School’s (Port-of-Spain) Imani Edwards-Taylor edged out Bishop’s High School’s Sheneika Collette for the title.
In the Under-9 category, it was an all Tobago affair with all four students competing hailing from Scarborough RC School. Syam Walters had a tough start against Jayshean Baptiste but managed to rally back after losing the second set to win 3-1. Baptiste had to settle for second place.
Bishop’s High School’s ‘A’ also took the Boys Under-15 team crown by beating the ‘B’ team 3-0. Derron Douglas, Messiah Walcott and Kerr all won their individual matches as their school swept the team event.
Next up, the unfinished Tobago Open finals will be hosted at the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua on November 11.