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Much attention will be paid to Shae Martin.
Much attention will be paid to Shae Martin.

The stage is all set for the island’s best junior badminton players to do battle when the finals of the 2013 Dacosta Mannings National Junior Badminton Championships serve off tomorrow at the Barbados Community College starting at 10 a.m.

The four weekend long competition will culminate with many of the remaining titles up for grabs with the most anticipated matchup being the Under-19 Boys singles title where D’Andre Thorpe will clash with Sabeel Foster.

Much mystery surrounds this match as the tall, imposing Thorpe and diminutive Foster have not met each other recently in competition so it is difficult to call a winner.

Thorpe has had a relatively easy road to the final having dismissed his last opponent to advance while Foster’s semi-final went down to the wire when he upset his longtime doubles partner Cory Fanus.

Doubling up

Regardless of the result the eventual winner will have the opportunity to double up in the Under-19 Boys doubles title final where Thorpe will partner with Derion Hurley and Foster will pair with Fanus.

Shae Martin by the end of the day could very likely be the most decorated winner. Having already won the Under-17 singles title he will seek to also become the Under-15 singles champion when he faces off against the dynamic Jehu Gaskin. Afterwards, Martin will partner with Gaskin in the final of the doubles competition against Kodie King and his partner Khamal Scantlebury.

He will then have another chance within the round-robin mixed doubles with partner Amanda Haywood who could win her third title as she would have already secured her Under-15 and Under-17 singles titles respectively. Martin and Haywood are the current silver medallists within the CAREBACO region and therefore start as the heavy favourites being a cut above the other pairs of Jaleel Arthur/Onika Moe and Jospeh Tseu/Gabrille Croney.

An all family affair will see Keenan Scantlebury play his brother Dominick Scantlebury to become the Under-11 singles champion. Both brothers topped their respective zones to advance to the final by dominating their competitors. After they establish who is the more dominant of the two they will return to team up to play against Harrison Griffith and Aiden Woodvine.

The last doubles match-up will see the teams of Joshua Archer/Shomari Smith versus Aren Cupples/Jothathan Gardiner in the Under-13 Boys title game. Immediately after the conclusion of the championships, national junior coach Shakeira Waithe will set her sights towards preparations for the 2013 CAREBACO Championships to be held in Puerto Rico in the first week of September.

LINE -UPS FOR 2013 DACOSTA MANNINGS NATIONAL JUNIOR BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Singles Under 11 Boys Final

Keenan Scantlebury vs Dominick Scantlebury

Under 15 Boys Final

Shae Martin vs Jehu Gaskin

Under 19 Boys Final

Sabeel Foster vs D’Andre Thorpe

Doubles Under 11 Boys Final

Keenan Scantlebury/ Dminick Scantlebury vs Harrison Griffith/Aiden Aoodvine

Under 13 Boys Final

Joshua Archer/Shomari Smith vs Aren Cupples/Jothathan Gardiner

Under 15 Boys Final

Jehu Gaskin/Shae Martin vs Kodie King/Khamal Scantlebury

Under 17 Mixed (Round Robin)

Jaleel Arthur/Onika MoeJospeh Tseu/Gabrille CroneyShae Martin/Amanda Haywood

Under 19 Boys Final

D’Andre Thorpe/Derion Hurley vs Sabeel Foster/Cory Fanus†††††

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