Home Sports ANSA McAL Handicap tournament underway
Be it a first-rate player or those fairly new to the game, the squash playing field was levelled Tuesday evening, as the ANSA McAL-sponsored Handicap Squash tournament was served off at the usual spot, the Georgetown Club, Camp Street.
The ANSA McAL Handicap tournament will see participation from approximately 35 players of varied age and ability. The large pool of players will be divided into two categories: Category A and Open, after which the winners will have bragging rights and tangible prizes.
In a teaser of what to expect in this year’s competition, a statement from the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) highlighted some players to look out for throughout the weeklong event.
“With many of the junior players on an uphill move, players such as Samuel Ince-Carvalhal, Gianni Carpenter, Michael Alphonso and Nicholas Verwey will be vying in the Open Category against seasoned players Deje Dias, Nicholas Narain and Javed Rahaman. Category A will hail a new champion as one of the younger players will have the chance to take home the trophy this year with the one to watch in this category being top seed Zachary Persaud,” the statement explained.
Given the nature of the tournament, the handicap points will even out the playing field and see some players enduring long rallies to climb the point deficient they will be awarded. Both categories will no doubt boast some outstanding squash. Matches will be the best of 3 games and will play to 15 points.
While the tournament commenced at the Georgetown Club venue, the matches will continue there for the remainder of the week, with the action serving off from 06:00h on weekdays. There will be an afternoon and evening session on Saturday, while the finals are expected to be contested on Sunday morning from 11:00h.