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Hazbeen’s triumph over Stars

Published: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Background from Left – Luc Davis (Vice Captain), Christian Edghill, Brian Jackson. Foreground from Left – Amanda Jackson, Brandon de Montrichard, Marc Pontifex, Justin Sanguinette (Captain).

The Queen’s Park Cricket Club Hazbeen’s squash club are champions of the National Interclub Squash League, following a dominant 5-0 win over the Petrotrin Stars at the Queens Park Indoor Racquet centre on Thursday night.

The group consisting of captain, Justin Sanguinette, vice-captain Luc Davis, Brandon de Montrichard, Christian Edghill, Marc Pontifex, Brian Jackson, and Amanda Jackson dominated the league going undefeated through the five round-robin match-ups and the final.

Following the triumph, Sanguinette told Guardian Media Sport, “The majority of this team had tried together for a few years, to win the League, but could not come out on top, I for one have been trying for quite some time now and it’s a great feeling to keep the trophy in QPCC’s hand’s for a second year in a row.”

On the other hand, captain of the Stars’ Peter Pirtheesingh was humble in defeat saying, “This team has won the tournament more than seven times, we were never whitewashed in a final before, but I was proud of the gusto performance showed by the guys, congrats to the Hazbeen’s on the win.”

It was Brandon de Montrichard, who gifted his team the crucial first point of the night, defeating Star’s John Holley 3-2 in a surprisingly tight encounter. The former national champion, Holley, shocked the QPCC crowd with a dominant performance in the first two sets, winning 9/11 back-to-back, however, as the match wore on, he did as well, and de Montrichard capitalized on the lapse, winning the next three sets 11/3, 11/4, 11/7.

In the second match of the night, Hazbeen’s vice-captain, Luc Davis, cruised to a 3-0 straight set victory (11/8, 11/8, 11/0) over Stars’ Paul de Verteuil, who left a lot to be desired.

On the back of a resounding 2-0 lead, the Hazbeen’s entered the third match knowing that a win would seal the title, and Marc Pontifex answered the calls of the QPCC faithful, edging Stars’ captain Peter Pirtheesingh 3-2.

Pirtheesingh looked to be on his way to a shock upset when he dispatched Pontifex 5/11 in the first set, but Pontifex replied winning the next two sets 11/6, 11/9.

The Stars’ captain would then answer back with a 8/11 fourth set win with his team’s chances on the line, but Pontifex would prove to tough on the night, winning the ultimate set 11/7.

With the title clinched, Christian Edghill and Hazbeen’s captain, Justin Sanguinette turned on the style for the home team, defeating Stars’ Sheldon Skeete and Justin Gillezeau in straight sets 3-0 respectively.

FINAL RESULT

QPCC Hazbeen’s def. Petrotrin Stars 5-0
Brandon de Montrichard def. John Holley 3-2 (9/11, 9/11, 11/3, 11/4, 11/7)
Marc Pontifex def. Peter Pirtheesingh 3-2 (5/11, 11/9, 11/6, 8/11, 11/7)
Luc Davis def. Paul de Verteuil 3-0 (11/8, 11/8, 11/0)
Christian Edghill def. Sheldon Skeete 3-0 (11/2, 11/8, 11/6)
Justin Sanguinette def. Justin Gillezeau 3-0 (11/6, 11/4, 11/5)

JONATHON MATOUK