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Whitfield, Williams renew partnership as Blake injured out
The local pairing of Fabien Whitfield and Daniel Williams will be the lone men’s team to represent this country at the ninth leg of the Norceca Beach Circuit at Pigeon Island National Park, which serves off tomorrow until Sunday featuring 16 men and 16 women teams.
This after Simon Blake who partnered Williams for most of this year’s tour suffered a dislocated shoulder at last week’s eight-leg of the tour which was held at the US Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, California, San Diego.
In San Diego, Blake and Daneil Williams were 13th placed finishers after they ended with a 2-2 record from their four matches played on Friday and Saturday.
In round-robin Pool H play, the Toco-born duo of Blake and Williams swept Hondurans Luis Coto and Manuel Serrano 21-16, 21-17 but was then beaten by USA-B Nick Lucena and Theo Brunner, 10-21, 14-21 before losing a must-win clash with USA-A duo Tri Bourne and John Hyden 12-21, 7-21.
In their ninth to 16th playoff, they had a default win over USA-3 pairing Will Montgomery and Avery Drost to end the tournament with two wins and as many defeats.
However, their points ratio percentage, compared to the three other ninth to 16th place quarterfinal winners, was only good enough for 13 spot.
Last month in Puerto Rico, Blake and Williams were ninth from 16 teams, while two weeks earlier T&T’s Colin Bernard and Fabien Whitfield had a 0-4 performance in Mexico for 15th spot from 16 teams.
Blake and Williams had a best finish of fifth in the third leg at Campo Marte Park, Guatemala City, Guatemala so far this season while they were 11th out of 16 men’s teams in the opening tournament of the season in Cayman Islands in March, and seventh of 13 teams in the second leg in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, also in March.
In St Lucia, Whitfield and Williams, while they have not competed as a pair this season should have no problems teaming up as they previously played as a team on the circuit for most of three years and created history by taking a first ever medal, a bronze on home soil last year in the 11th and final leg.
For the women’s competition, the local teams of Nancy Joseph and Ayanna Dyette and Pauline Woodroffe and Elki Phillip are registered to compete after missing out on last weekend’s event in the USA due to late registration.
Two weeks ago in Puerto Rico, Dyette and Joseph who were fourth placed finishers twice last year, secured eighth spot from 16 teams at the seventh leg, after they were beaten in their main draw quarterfinal by Canada-A’s Kacie Mac Tavish and Caleigh Whitaker 9-21, 10-21.
The showing by Dyette and Joseph was the best by a T&T women’s team this year and made amends for the 0-5 record by Phillip and Woodroffe in Mexico where they ended 12th of 13 teams.
Phillip and Apphia Glasgow were also 12th in their first tournament of the season, while La Teisha Joseph and Kinesha Marshall were winless in Guatemala after no T&T women’s team participated in the first two events in Cayman Islands and Dominican Republic. Following this weekend’s leg, the tour will journey to Costa Rica (November 20-25) and T&T, from November 27 to December 2.
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