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Three Germans coming for squash


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Three Germans are among 43 overseas players competing in the BCQS Jammin Barbados Squash Masters tournament starting on Wednesday at the Barbados Squash Club, Marine Gardens.

Guenter Branz and Peter Van Heiss will play in the Over-45 category while Christian Broecker will play in the Over-55 in the annual competition which has attracted more than 90 entrants.

It is first time the competition will have participants from Germany. The other overseas players are from England, Scotland, New York, Canada, Germany, Norway, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Competition will be in the men’s 35-44, 45-54, 55-64 and Over-65 age groups. There will be an open Over-35 women’s section.

In the 35-44 section, local boys Andy Gill and Mark Gilkes will be the top seeds. Karen Meakins, who has been given permission to play in this group to prepare for World Masters, can give some tough competition in this section.

The 45-54 division, one of the larger sections, will be highly competitive because of the many new faces. Local boys Marlon White and Tony Mackenzie are seeded one and two, respectively. 

Mark Sealy, who won the competition last year, will miss this year due to family commitments.

In the 55-64 section, English players Daniel Wolfson and Shiv Pabary are seeded one and two. This section has the greatest overseas representation and looks like there could be several upsets. 

Nine-time Barbados national champion Rudy Goodridge will be fighting for honours.

In the Over-65 section, last year’s winner Errol Pilgrim will be the No. 1 seed. David Spink will be in the No. 2 spot.

Among the women’, national player Lilianna White, who won this section last year, is defending her trophy. Another national player, Lynn De Cambra Mcleod, will be seeded at No. 2.

The tournament gets going at 10 a.m.

In addition to BCQS International, the other corporate partners are Jammin Cruises, Ganzee, DG Leacocks, Roberts Manufacturing, Courtesy Rent-a-Car and Ocean Fisheries. (PR)


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