Mor­ri­son works over­time for first se­nior ti­tle

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

FOR­MER JA­MAICAN and Caribbean junior squash cham­pion Ju­lian Mor­ri­son broke through to claim his first se­nior ti­tle when he won the Liguanea Club Open on Satur­day night.

In an ex­plo­sive five-game fi­nals match, Mor­ri­son stopped sea­soned cam­paigner O’neil John­son, but the veteran didn’t go down with­out a fight.

Un­daunted by the fact that Mor­ri­son was the favourite, John­son served no­tice that it would be a hot con­test when he won the first game. Mor­ri­son ral­lied to win the sec­ond and pull even, only to have John­son come back and take the third.

The young­ster dug deep to blast back and take the fourth game. The fi­nal game went right down to the wire, but the ris­ing squash star kept his head to win 19-21, 21-20, 19-21, 21-18, 2120.

MORE CON­FI­DENCE

“This is pretty good be­cause it gives me more con­fi­dence play­ing at the se­nior level, which will help me now that I’m on the pro tour where I’ll have to play top play­ers,” said Mor­ri­son, re­flect­ing on his first se­nior ti­tle. He re­cently joined the Pro­fes­sional Squash As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA).

In an­other ex­cit­ing match, An­drew Levy beat Greg McClure 3-2 to win the con­so­la­tion plate.

Liguanea Club Gen­eral Man­ager Gor­don Ed­wards said Mor­ri­son’s win brought the week­long tour­na­ment to a sat­is­fy­ing con­clu­sion.

“We had great matches and

good-qual­ity squash all week, but it was good to see Ju­lian Mor­ri­son, a young player who we have watched grow up,

come through and win his first se­nior ti­tle,” Ed­wards said.

The tour­na­ment was spon­sored by To­tal, UHY Daw­gen,

Avis, Life­span, KLAS ESPN Sports FM, Epic Tech­nolo­gies, Ja­maica Bis­cuit Com­pany and Cari-Med.

CON­TRIB­UTED

For­mer Ja­maican and Caribbean junior squash cham­pion Ju­lian Mor­ri­son (cen­tre) ac­cepts the cham­pion’s tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Liguanea Club Open Squash Tour­na­ment on Satur­day night. Mor­ri­son beat O’neil John­son 19-21, 21-20, 19-21, 21-18, 21-20 to win the tour­na­ment and claim his first se­nior ti­tle. Liguanea Club ex­ec­u­tives Ka­di­ene Dun­can­son (left), sales man­ager, and Gor­don Ed­wards, gen­eral man­ager, made the pre­sen­ta­tion.

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