Rampant Guyana retains Senior Caribbean Squash title


2022 has been a remarkable year for the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) as they have won both the Junior and Senior Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Championships while some players have produced note-worthy performances at international competitions.

Just a month after regaining the Junior Championship crown, the Seniors went to Jamaica and retained their overall title on Saturday.

The men’s team defeated the hosts 3-2 with Alex Arjoon, Jason-Ray Khalil, and Samuel Inc-Carvalhal delivering the all-important wins for the Guyanese.

Arjoon defeated Julian Morrison 11-6, 11-3, 11-5, and Jason-Ray topped Tahjia Lumley 11-9, 5-11, 16-14, 11-5.
However, it was Ince-Carvalhal’s five-set marathon with Stephan Morrison, which sealed the deal for Guyana. The young Ince-Carvalhal, just back from the World Juniors in France, came from behind and won the grueling contest 11-13, 8-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-2.

Caribbean Under-19 champion  Shomari Wiltshire pushed 10-time senior champion, Chris Binnie,  but went down 8-11, 2-11, 8-11 while Daniel Ince lost 7-11, 5-11, 10-12 to Bruce Burrowes.

For the females, their triumph was more straightforward as they whipped Jamaica 5-0 led by Caribbean champion Ashley Khalil who defeated Mia Todd 11-4, 11-2, 11-5.

Taylor Fernandes, Akeila Wiltshire, Ashley DeGroot, and Abosaide Cadogan also produced very convincing wins for dominant Guyana.

Team captains Alex Arjoon and Ashley Khalil with the championship trophy

Additionally, Ramon Chan-A-Sue played unbeaten to win the men’s 40+ while Tiana Edwards finished second in the female category.

Brian Young was fifth in the 50+ while Michelle Low was third.

Those accolades add to Ashley Khalil’s gold in the women’s singles in which Fernandes was second followed by DeGroot and Akeila Wiltshire.

Additionally, Nyron Joseph and Jason-Ray won gold by defeating Barbadians Khamal Cumberbatch and Shawn Simpson 11-10, 11-10, while Ashely  Khalil and DeGroot topped Caymanians Jade Pitcairn and Michaela Rensburg 11-6, 11-8, for the second doubles gold for Guyana.

However, in the mixed doubles, Ince and Fernandes went down to Cayman’s top mixed doubles duo of Marlene West and Cameron Stafford 3-11, 7-11.

Next year, the Junior Championships are scheduled for St. Vincent and the Grenadines while the Cayman Islands are expected to host the Seniors.

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