Amiri Hoare takes Don Omario Cup 2017
Saturday April 8, 2017
The 2017 – 5th Annual Don Omario's TOP 32 18UNDER CUP took place this Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the BES Auditorium, "the home of table tennis".
The TOP 32 best 18UNDER junior players started out in a Double Elimination Format event with defending Champion and #1 ranked junior, Taye Parkinson; 2014 junior player of the year, Latrell Solis; and 2016 BNE National Champion, Devesh Hukmani all included in the list of participants.
Taye Parkinson being the defending champion is looking for his second win this year towards keeping the coveted cup. Winning three years in a row will do just that. He would face stiff competition however, as all the juniors are hungry for the cup as well. Games were expected to be really heated and competitive. Other top juniors seeking out the cup included Rohit Pagarani, 2016 National’s finalist, and Amiri Hoare who made the finals at this very event last year.
Taye Parkinson being the number one seed and defending champion sat atop the main draw with his greatest rival, Devesh Hukmani opposite him on the other side of the draw. This match up was highly anticipated for the finals, as both athletes finished 1st in the RF&G National Ranking Tournament just three weeks prior in the A and B divisions respectively.
On the road to the finals Taye defeated Daryl Palacio (3 – 0), Goran Gabourel (3 – 0), Latrell Solis (3 – 0), before losing to Amiri Hoare in the match leading into the finals. Amiri’s quick change ups and superb placement proved to be too much for Taye, and so Amiri sent Taye to the loser’s bracket winning 3 games to 1.
Devesh Hukmani defeated Abigail Thurton (3 – 0), Rohit Pagarani 3 – 2, before losing to Amiri Hoare in similar fashion 3 games to 0. In an attempt to try and make it back into the finals he pulled out some of his best shots and managed to overcome Kevin Chen (3 – 1) in his first match in the loser’s bracket. He then played Latrell Solis, but lost 2 games to 3, leaving Devesh with Fourth Place for this event.
Taye and Latrell then played for a spot in the finals. This time the tides had turned. Taye could not overcome Latrell so easily as he did in their first meeting. Latrell continued to pressure Taye with his powerful topspins and aggressive game and this kept Parkinson on edge. Latrell secured his spot in the finals winning 3 games to 2 over Taye Parkinson, leaving Parkinson with third place.
The finals was set. Amiri Hoare and Latrell Solis would have to battle it out for the prestigious Don Omario Cup. The match showcased some excellent play. Amiri completely dominated the first half of the match, winning the first two games and found himself off to a great start in the third set as well. Latrell would not let Amiri close off the match so easily however, pushing the match to a fourth set, and then eventually to a fifth set. This effort by Latrell at an epic comeback however, proved too tiring for Latrell Solis. Amiri, aware that his opponent began to succumb to fatigue, tried drawing out the points longer to further breakdown his opponent. This ultimately proved successful for him, gaining him the victory and this year’s Don Omario Cup.
The final results were as follows:
1st – Amiri Hoare
2nd – Latrell Solis
3rd – Taye Parkinson
4th – Devesh Hukmani
Trophies and the Championship CUP were presented to the winners on behalf of the Sponsors "Travellers" by BTTA President Tux Vasquez and Female National Team Coach, Juana Barbara.
The BTTA also took the opportunity at this event to present the 2016 Player of the year Award. The player of the year is chosen each year by a designated committee and is chosen based on an athlete’s overall performance both locally and abroad, likeability, sportsmanship, and how active they are with events hosted by the association. The winner for 2016 is Devesh Hukmani. The award was presented to him by BTTA president, Tux Vasquez, on behalf of 2016’s Sponsor Creative Marketing. As player of the year he was also presented with the BTTA’s Educational Assistance Award which is a scholarship of $1000 BZ dollars. This is also provided by the Sponsor Creative Marketing.
CONGRATULATION to the winners and a special THANK YOU to the event’s Sponsor "Travellers" for their continued sponsorship and support in the development of table tennis in the junior players. Also a big THANK YOU to Creative Marketing for being 2016’s Player of the year and Scholarship Sponsor.
THANK YOU also goes out to all the players, parents, spectators and organizers of this event.
"the development continues......!!"
Taye Parkinson, Devesh Hukmani, Daryl Palacio, and Su Sen Wins 2017 1st RF&G National Ranking Tournament!!!
Sunday March 12, 2017
The 2017 RF&G 1st National Ranking Table Tennis Tournament concluded this weekend in dramatic fashion with some nail biting finals played by several rival competitors. Over 80 matches were played in A, B, C, and Women categories with over 30 players in participation.
The day ended with the following Results: