The Portsmouth Secondary School (PSS) maintained its grip on the Secondary Schools Table Tennis Championships, organized by the Sports Division, making a clean sweep in the team events on Wednesday (8.02.12).
They won Boys Under 14, Under 16 and Under 20 and Girls Under 14, Under 16 and Under 20. The North Eastern Comprehensive School the only other school to put in a serious challenge came second in all of the categories.
In the qualifying rounds for the girls open singles, Phibbisha Joseph (PSS), Alliya Prince (PSS), Trice Dorsette (NECS), Markisha Letang (PSS), Abena James (NECS), Kerris Albert (PSS) and Jose Thomas (NECS) had qualified for the top eight positions.
Briel Thomas (PSS), Akeva Leblanc (PSS), David Joseph (PSS), Jaheel Lewis (PSS), Travis Daniel (PSS), Akim St Louis (NECS), Presley Telemacque (NECS) and Vaundy Paul (PSS) had qualified for the quarter finals in the boys open singles.
On the final day, 2011 Girls Open Singles Champion Phibbisha Joseph bowed out in the semi finals to Kerris Albert also from the PSS 11 – 8, 11 – 6.
While Trice Dorsette of North Eastern Comprehensive School (NECS) came from one set down to win Markisha Letang of Portsmouth Secondary School (PSS) 2 – 11, 11 – 7, 11 – 7. In the Girls Final, Kerris Albert won Trice Dorsette 11 – 7, 7 – 11, 11 – 7, 11 – 7.
In the Boys Semi finals Briel Thomas and Chea Seaman, both of the PSS met in the first semi final while Travis Daniel of PSS came up against Kendel Jeremy of NECS. It turned out to be an all PSS Boys Final as Briel Thomas won easily over Chea Seaman 11 – 3, 11 – 9. Travis Daniel had a much tougher fight, winning Kendel Jeremy 7 – 11, 11 – 8, 11 – 9. In an exciting all PSS final, National Player Briel Thomas lost to a more determined Travis Daniel 6 – 11, 11 – 8, 7 – 11, 11 – 9, 11 – 9.
The three day tournament exposed talented players in both the boys and girls categories and gave the other schools that were not represented in large numbers an opportunity to see the high standard of play at the two major schools with organized Table Tennis programs. The Sports Division would like to compliment the PSS and NECS for their success and the SMA, DGS and PCSS for their participation and at the same time encourage the other secondary schools to develop table tennis programs, to give their students another option of participating in the only indoor sport that the Sports Division offers in its program.
Sports Officer (South)