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Jamaica out of Caribbean Table Tennis Team Championships

By Gerald Reid
Observer writer

Monday, September 24, 2018

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JAMAICA'S men's and women's teams were eliminated from the 2018 Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation Team Championships at the National Arena yesterday.

Those qualifying for today's semi-finals from the men's competition are Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago from Group One, and the Dominican Republic and Barbados from Group Two. For the women's competition, the qualifiers are Trinidad and Tobago and Puerto Rico from Group One, and the Dominican Republic and Guyana from Group Two.

Trinidad and Tobago will play Guyana, while Dominican Republic will take on Puerto Rico in women's team action starting at 9:00 am today, while the men's semi-finals will see Guyana facing Barbados and Dominican Republic going up against Trinidad and Tobago, starting at 10:00 am.

The finals of the women's competition will be played at 3:00 pm, while the men's final will start at 4:45 pm. The opening ceremony will precede the finals at 2:00 pm.

Meanwhile, the Jamaican teams managed only one win and two losses each in the preliminary rounds in their respective groups. The men's lone victory was against Martinique — 3-0 — while the women had a hard-fought 3-2 win over the same opponents.

The men's team lost 0-3 to The Dominican Republic and 1-3 to Barbados, while the women lost 0-3 to Dominican Republic and Guyana.

Head coach of Jamaica's teams Satoshi Takashima said the men's match with Barbados was very tough as it was crucial for a place in the semis.

“If we had been 2-0 up against Barbados we would have qualified, but we lost the opening game with Simon Tomlinson going down 2-3. Kane Watson played well as he concentrated nicely to level the tie 1-1,” Takashima said.

He said if the Jamaican players were experienced enough they possible could have won, but Barbados are a very good team and they played extremely well.

According to Takashima, the women's did fairly well considering that they are mainly high school girls. “These girls don't have the experience, but they should train five days a week if they are to improve, but they look good for the future.”

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