BELIZE CITY, Sun. Aug. 13, 2017–The 2017 Brodie’s Annual Strong & Weak Doubles Table Tennis Tournament took place this past Sunday, August 13, at the BES Auditorium, the home of table tennis.
Competing in a Double Elimination format, 13 Strong & Weak Doubles teams began competing for this year’s title. Last year’s winners, Carlos Cui and Terry Su could not form a pair this year, as Terry has grown significantly into a strong player of his own.
Terry instead played this year with close friend Kelly Liu in a mixed-double pairing. They made quite the run, going all the way to the semis, beating out HIrthik Bhojwani and Mohit Vanjani, (3-0), Amiri Hoare and Denzel Young, (3-1), and Juana Machado and Gabrielle Gabourel, (3-0). They were then slated to play against Taye Parkinson and Goran Gabourel. They lost (1-3) and were sent down to the losers’ bracket.
Taye Parkinson and Goran Gabourel made their way to the finals undefeated by beating out Jaylen Nicholson and Parin Thadani, Yasser Musa and Andrew Jaramillo, Wilber Bientz and Abigail Thurton.
Another impressive run was made by Jofny Paguaga and Rohit Pagarani. They won their first match against Latrell Solis and Jai Chawla, (3-1), but fell short in the second round to Juana Machado and Gabrielle Gabourel, losing 2 games to 3. They then fought their way back through the losers’ bracket, making their way to the finals by overcoming Aya Kubota and Sarai Paguaga, Amiri Hoare and Denzel Young, Wilber Bientz and Abigail Thurton, Devesh Hukmani and Mihir Karnani, and then deafeating Terry Su and Kelly Liu.
The final was then set between Taye Parkinson & Goran Gabourel and Rohit Pagarani & Jofny Paguaga. Rohit and Jofny would need to win twice in order to be crowned champions. The first finals turned out to be an intense match, which played out down to the wire. Rohit and Jofny were down two sets, before slowly making their way back into the game, and eventually winning 3 games to 2. They then had to do it again, as that match resulted in the first loss for Taye and Goran. They would need two losses to be knocked out in this double elimination tournament.
The 2nd final was set, but it seemed the rigorous climb back to the top for Rohit and Jofny proved too much. The final match was definitely a match of endurance and cunning to finish the points as early as possible. Taye and Goran executed a rather impressive game that proved too much for their opponents, and they won 3 games to none.
The final results follow: 1st – Taye Parkinson and Goran Gabourel; 2nd – Rohit Pagarani and Jofny Paguaga; 3rd – Terry Su and Kelly Liu; 4th – Devesh Hukmani and Mihir Karnani.
On hand to deliver the trophies and gift items were BTTA director Yasser Musa and BTTA coach Juana Barbara Machado on behalf of the event sponsor, Brodies.
Trophies and gift cards were presented to all the winners.
Congratulations to all the winners, and a big Thank You to the sponsors, Brodies.
Thank You also goes out to all the players, participants, spectators and organizers of this year’s event.
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