Championships

Suffolk Schools Individual Championships Results. Feb 2016


EventGoldSilverBronze
Under 11 BoysMcKenzie Lowe
Clifford Road Primary
William Bettley
Culford School
Henry Shaw
Bealings Primary
Under 13 BoysLuke Davies Stokes
Debenham High
Leo Saiu-Bell
St Louis Middle
Albert Roberts
Hartismere School
Under 16 BoysKian Burgess
Sir John Leman
James Davies Stokes
Debenham High
Jack Pengelly
Kesgrave High
Under 19 BoysDaniel Shelley
Ipswich School
Jack Samson
Suffolk One
Efan Akbarpour
Alexander's College
Under 11 GirlsIsabel McGerty
Barnardston Hall Prep
Tilly McLoughlin
Orwell Park School
Eva Asemota
Bealings Primary
Under 13 GirlsMaddie McLoughlin
Isabel Bettley
Culford School
Lucy Curtis
Ormiston Endeavour Academy
Under 16 GirlsHolly McGerty
Samuel Ward Academy
Georgina Lister
Castle Manor Academy
Hannah Page
Farlingaye High School
Under 19 GirlsNatalie Wills
Ipswich HS for Girls
Megan Bollen
Stowupland High
Not contested

Suffolk County 2015/16 Veterans 'Closed' Table Tennis Championships. Jan 2016


Sunday’s event pitting the County’s best Veteran Table Tennis players against each other for the eight titles that were up for grabs certainly didn’t disappoint and witnessed a good number of excellent matches and a major upset in the over 40’s men’s singles event, plus other seeding upsets along the way.
The event was held at the Britannia Table Tennis Club in Ipswich.
Proceedings started with the Handicap Singles where players played one game up to 31 points and amazingly six of the matches went to the final point as in this event it was the first to 31 points with no two clear point gap as in the standard game.
By 31 – 30 all in the first round Sean Gridley beat Wayne Shaw, Rex Manning beat Phil Sinclair, Nigel Hodder beat Richard Hutchinson and Jason Annal beat Ian Brown.
Bob Harman in the Semi Final just got the better of Andrew Warner 31 – 30 while Zoltan Barabas beat Rex Manning 31- 24.
In the Final Barabas started -10 to Harman’s +3 and caught up around the half way stage but it was toe to toe as amazingly the players got to 30 all and in a tense final point it was Barabas that edged home.
Wayne Shaw unfortunately pulled out due to injury early on so there were four groups of four players in the Men’s Over 40’s Singles with two in each group going through to the quarter final.
No one would have predicted the number one seed Zoltan Barabas not qualifying from his group but that is what happened, Barabas having beaten Sean Gridley, who had earlier beaten Bob Harman, lost a cliff hanger to Michael Wright in five sets having had a number of match points in the fourth set, and the delight for Michael was clear to see, in the last two matches it was still possible for any two players to go through, however Wright beat Gridley and Harman did what Wright did, beating Barabas ,and from 0-2 down, so Harman qualified as the group winner with Wright second.
In group two Andrew Warner and Andrew Dosher both accounted for Colin Bennett and Andrew Holmes and in the battle for the top spot Warner came out top 3-1, with Bennett winning against Holmes 3-0.
In group three Dave Unwin was unbeaten and was joined by Rex Manning who in a seeding upset beat Jason Annal 3-1, Manning also accounted for Dave Fiddeman, Fiddeman also beat Annal who was seeded above him.
In group four Nigel Hodder and Richard Hutchinson were unbeaten until their match having accounted for former Suffolk Closed over 40’s Champion Ian Brown and Rob Wood, in a gripping match Hutchinson came from 0-2 down to beat the defending Champion at deuce in the fifth set in yet another seeding upset, Brown accounted for Wood 3-1.
In the first Quarter final Harman come from 0-2 down to equate against Dosher before the later’s good start in the final set saw him home, Hutchinson was too good for Manning 3-0 and Unwin and Wright played a five setter which Wright won in the decider, in the final quarter which was a repeat of last year’s final between Warner and Hodder, it was three time Champion Warner that triumphed 3-1.
In the Semi Finals Dosher and Hutchinson continued their rivalry and ultimately it went the distance, and a good start in the decider was the only difference as Dosher got home, in the other semi final, Wright made things difficult for Warner and in the fourth set Warner managed to come from behind and take the game 3-1.
The Final was the final match of the day and with both players heavily involved in many matches during the day it wasn’t the great match it could have been as Warner won in straight sets over Dosher to take this title for the fourth time.
In the Over 50's Men's Singles event the seeding upsets continued as Bob Harman came from behind to beat Andrew Warner 3-2, while Dave Unwin overcame Colin Bennett, Andrew Dosher overcame Ian Brown 3-1, with Nigel Hodder beating Andrew Holmes 3-2.
Doubles pairing Dave Unwin and Bob Harman met in the Semi Final with Harman a 3-2 winner while Dosher came from a set down to beat Hodder 3-1.
The Final fluctuated as Dosher led 1-0 in games only for Harman to lead 2-1 then back to 2-2, and in the final game it seemed Harman would take the title as he led by a number of points, but a good come back from Dosher saw him take the title at deuce.
The Over 60's Final was a round robin affair and after beating both John Seabrook and Phil Sinclair, Ian Brown and Bob Harman played to decide the title, it was Harman's another chance at a title and he took the first set, but Brown hit back to take the next two, Harman responded with the fourth set and led 10-5 in the decider but Brown wouldn't give up and saved match points to eventually win 13-11.
In the Restricted Singles Rosemary Curtis beat Rex Manning in the first round 3-0 for an excellent win, Curtis lost 3-0 to Ian Brown in the following round.
In the Semi Finals Michael Wright was taken to four sets by Andrew Homes, while Ian Brown was a 3-0 winner over Colin Bennett.
The Final between Wright and Brown was a 3-0 victory for Wright but the first two sets were won both by just two points.
The Over 40's Ladies Singles event was between defending Champion Sonja Talbot and Rosemary Curtis and with the first three sets all being won by two points is was Curtis that emerged a 3-1 winner.
Talbot though walked off with a winners medal as she teamed up with Hodder to beat Curtis and Warner in the Mixed Doubles Final, while Hodder and Warner beat Unwin and Harman in the final of the men's doubles, Harman and Unwin had earlier beaten the number two seeds Barabas and Dosher.
Bob Harman had to be the unluckiest player playing in this event as he was runner up in four events and had a good shout in three of them.
Men's Over 40's Singles
Semi Finals
Andrew Dosher beat Richard Hutchinson 9 -10 8 -5 6
Andrew Warner beat Michael Wright 7 -4 9 8

Final
Andrew Warner beat Andrew Dosher 4 9 8

Woman's Over 40's Singles
Final
Rosemary Curtis beat Sonja Talbot 9 -9 10 8

Over 50's Men's Singles
Final
Andrew Dosher beat Bob Harman 3-2 (full score not available)

Over 60's Men's Singles round robin
Winner Ian Brown, Runner up Bob Harman
Restricted Singles
Final
Michael Wright beat Ian Brown 9 9 7

Handicap Singles
Final
Zoltan Barabas beat Bob Harman 31 - 30

Mixed Doubles
Final
Sonja Talbot and Nigel Hodder beat Andrew Warner and Rosemary Curtis 3-1 (full score not available)

Men's Doubles
Final
Andrew Warner and Nigel Hodder beat Bob Harman and Dave Unwin 3 7 -8 8

Suffolk County 2015/16 Junior 'Closed' Table Tennis Championships. Dec 2015


Sunday 22nd November 2015 saw this season’s County Championships held at Stowupland Sports Centre. We had a very strong entry of 36 participants competing for Under 11, 13, 15, 18 honours as well as participating in a couple of all inclusive events; Handicap Singles and Pot Luck Doubles.
The latter 2 events gave the less experienced players the opportunity of beating their higher rated opponents in the Handicap, and to play with the more experienced players in the doubles.
In the Handicap Singles all players were given a rating according to ability and played 1 single game up to 31, and despite valiant performances by Harry Gill (18) and Josh Barnard (9), unfortunately the 2 best players on the day contested the final. The latter saw James Davies-Stokes (-2) play superbly to defeat Kian Burgess (-5) by 31-28 and end Kian’s hopes of a threepeat handicap victory.
The Pot Luck doubles was typically close and impossible to call, with over half of the total matches in the event going to a deciding 5th set. However, the in-form pairing of likely lads – Luke Davies-Stokes and Lewis Roberts were too strong for the field and defeated Dan Shelley and Lucy Needham in the final. A word here for Lucy who, despite only playing for 6 months, carried her more experienced partner through the early rounds. A similar mention also is given to Matthew Birch, who played with great spirit, skill and enthusiasm and would surely have progressed further had his vastly experienced partner (Kian Burgess) been able to serve on the table at a vital stage.
The age-categorised events, allowed players to compete against their peers, to crown the top players in Suffolk.
The U11 boys was won by the unseeded Lewis Roberts in spectacular fashion without losing an individual leg. He defeated McKenzie Lowe in the final, who had himself battled through a tight semi-final, defeating Henry Shaw in 5 legs.
McKenzie had another tough semi-final in the U13 boys, this time against the number 1 seed - Luke Davies-Stokes. The latter was rather fortunate to come through this one winning 3-1, though all 3 winning legs were deuce games, which could have gone either way. In the final, he demonstrated his class with a clinical 3 leg victory over Albert Roberts.
The U13 girls had 3 entrants playing in a round robin format. Lucy Needham acquitted herself well but the key match in the end went to Lucy Curtis, who came back from the brink of defeat at 2-1 down to defeat Isobel McGerty in the fifth.
All four seeds progressed unscathed into the U15 boys semi-finals, though Luke Davies-Stokes was pushed all the way by a rejuvenated Thomas Clarke. James Davies-Stokes show-boated his way to a straightforward defeat of younger brother Luke and Kian Burgess dispatched Josh Barnard without breaking a sweat. The final, though very close early on, saw Kian victorious in 3 straight legs.
Another round robin in the U15 girls led to Riya Kumar holding on to the title she won last year without losing a leg. Lucy Curtis confirmed her superiority over Isobel McGerty finishing in the runner-up position.
The U18 girls event had 5 very strong competitors, playing in a round robin group. Holly McGerty came out on top, winning all matches and only dropping 1 leg along the way. Katharine Shaw was the runner-up, narrowly defeating last years winner, Natalie Wills who in turn won a very close match against Hannah Page by 11-8 in the fifth to claim 3rd place.
The last event of the day put the flagging energy levels of the U18 boys to the test. Jack Samson warrants a word for a battling victory in the decider over Josh Barnard in his quarter final before giving Kian Burgess a scare in the semi-final finally going down in 4 legs. The other semi was a jittery affair with James Davies-Stokes scrapping to a 3-1 victory over Dan Shelley. The final had Kian and James play out their third final contest of the day, which Kian saw out most comfortably, by 3 straight legs.
A final mention for the superb umpiring skills displayed by Bob Watts throughout the day and for the tireless help of trainee umpire Aron Jordan.

Summary of finals results
U11 Boys - Lewis Roberts defeated McKenzie Lowe - 11-4, 11-9, 11-9

U13 Girls - Lucy Curtis victorious, Isabel McGerty runner-up

U13 Boys - Luke Davies-Stokes defeated Albert Roberts - 11-8, 11-3, 11-5

U15 Girls - Riya Kumar victorious, Lucy Curtis runner-up - 11-9, 12-14, 11-5, 11-8

U15 Boys - Kian Burgess defeated James Davies-Stokes - 13-11, 15-13, 11-2

U18 Girls - Holly McGerty victorious, Katharine Shaw runner-up

U18 Boys - Kian Burgess defeated James Davies-Stokes - 11-8, 11-5, 11-5

Handicap singles – James Davies-Stokes (-2) defeated Kian Burgess (-5) - 31-28

Pot Luck Doubles – Luke D-S/Lewis Roberts defeated Dan Shelley/Lucy Needham - 11-6, 11-3, 11-8

Suffolk County 2015/16 Veteran 'Closed' Table Tennis Championships. Nov 2015


Sunday’s event pitting the County’s best veteran table tennis players against each other for the eight titles that were up for grabs certainly didn’t disappoint and witnessed a good number of excellent matches and a major upset in the over 40’s men’s singles event, plus other seeding upsets along the way.
The event was held at the Britannia Table Tennis Club in Ipswich.
Proceedings started with the handicap singles where players played one game up to 31 points and amazingly six of the matches went to the final point as in this event it was the first to 31 points with no two clear point gap as in the standard game.
By 31 – 30 all in the first round Sean Gridley beat Wayne Shaw, Rex Manning beat Phil Sinclair, Nigel Hodder beat Richard Hutchinson and Jason Annal beat Ian Brown.
Bob Harman in the semi final just got the better of Andrew Warner 31 – 30 while Zoltan Barabas beat Rex Manning 31- 24.
In the final Barabas started -10 to Harman’s +3 and caught up around the half way stage but it was toe to toe as amazingly the players got to 30 all and in a tense final point it was Barabas that edged home.
Wayne Shaw unfortunately pulled out due to injury early on so there were four groups of four players in the Men’s over 40’s singles with two in each group going through to the quarter final.
No one would have predicted the number one seed Zoltan Barabas not qualifying from his group but that is what happened, Barabas having beaten Sean Gridley, who had earlier beaten Bob Harman, lost a cliff hanger to Michael Wright in five sets having had a number of match points in the fourth set, and the delight for Michael was clear to see, in the last two matches it was still possible for any two players to go through, however Wright beat Gridley and Harman did what Wright did, beating Barabas ,and from 0-2 down, so Harman qualified as the group winner with Wright second.
In group two Andrew Warner and Andrew Dosher both accounted for Colin Bennett and Andrew Holmes and in the battle for the top spot Warner came out top 3-1, with Bennett winning against Holmes 3-0.
In group three Dave Unwin was unbeaten and was joined by Rex Manning who in a seeding upset beat Jason Annal 3-1, Manning also accounted for Dave Fiddeman, Fiddeman also beat Annal who was seeded above him.
In group four Nigel Hodder and Richard Hutchinson were unbeaten until their match having accounted for former Suffolk Closed over 40’s Champion Ian Brown and Rob Wood, in a gripping match Hutchinson came from 0-2 down to beat the defending Champion at deuce in the fifth set in yet another seeding upset, Brown accounted for Wood 3-1.
In the first quarter final Harman come from 0-2 down to equate against Dosher before the later’s good start in the final set saw him home, Hutchinson was too good for Manning 3-0 and Unwin and Wright played a five setter which Wright won in the decider, in the final quarter which was a repeat of last year’s final between Warner and Hodder, it was three time Champion Warner that triumphed 3-1.
In the semi finals Dosher and Hutchinson continued their rivalry and ultimately it went the distance, and a good start in the decider was the only difference as Dosher got home, in the other semi final, Wright made things difficult for Warner and in the fourth set Warner managed to come from behind and take the game 3-1.
The final was the final match of the day and with both players heavily involved in many matches during the day it wasn’t the great match it could have been as Warner won in straight sets over Dosher to take this title for the fourth time.
In the over 50's men's singles event the seeding upsets continued as Bob Harman came from behind to beat Andrew Warner 3-2, while Dave Unwin overcame Colin Bennett, Andrew Dosher overcame Ian Brown 3-1, with Nigel Hodder beating Andrew Holmes 3-2.
Doubles pairing Dave Unwin and Bob Harman met in the semi final with Harman a 3-2 winner while Dosher came from a set down to beat Hodder 3-1.
The final fluctuated as Dosher led 1-0 in games only for Harman to lead 2-1 then back to 2-2, and in the final game it seemed Harman would take the title as he led by a number of points, but a good come back from Dosher saw him take the title at deuce.
The over 60's final was a round robin affair and after beating both John Seabrook and Phil Sinclair, Ian Brown and Bob Harman played to decide the title, it was Harman's another chance at a title and he took the first set, but Brown hit back to take the next two, Harman responded with the fourth set and led 10-5 in the decider but Brown wouldn't give up and saved match points to eventually win 13-11.
In the restricted singles Rosemary Curtis beat Rex Manning in the first round 3-0 for an excellent win, Curtis lost 3-0 to Ian Brown in the following round.
In the semi finals Michael Wright was taken to four sets by Andrew Homes, while Ian Brown was a 3-0 winner over Colin Bennett.
The final between Wright and Brown was a 3-0 victory for Wright but the first two sets were won both by just two points.
The over 40's ladies singles event was between defending Champion Sonja Talbot and Rosemary Curtis and with the first three sets all being won by two points is was Curtis that emerged a 3-1 winner.
Talbot though walked off with a winners medal as she teamed up with Hodder to beat Curtis and Warner in the mixed doubles final, while Hodder and Warner beat Unwin and Harman in the final of the men's doubles, Harman and Unwin had earlier beaten the number two seeds Barabas and Dosher.
Bob Harman had to be the unluckiest player playing in this event as he was runner up in four events and had a good shout in three of them.
On the 29th of November it is the second Britannia Senior Super Series of the season which is also being held at the Britannia Table Tennis Club, entry forms can be found on the Table Tennis Ipswich website at www.britanniatabletennisclub.co.uk.
Men's Over 40's Singles
Semi finals

Andrew Dosher beat Richard Hutchinson 9 -10 8 -5 6
Andrew Warner beat Michael Wright 7 -4 9 8
Final
Andrew Warner beat Andrew Dosher 4 9 8
Woman's over 40's singles
Final

Rosemary Curtis beat Sonja Talbot 9 -9 10 8
Over 50's men's singles
Final

Andrew Dosher beat Bob Harman 3-2 (full score not available)
Over 60's men's singles round robin
Winner Ian Brown Runner up Bob Harman
Restricted singles
Final

Michael Wright beat Ian Brown 9 9 7
Handicap Singles
Final

Zoltan Barabas beat Bob Harman 31 - 30
Mixed doubles
Final

Sonja Talbot and Nigel Hodder beat Andrew Warner and Rosemary Curtis 3-1 (full score not available)
Men's Doubles Final
Andrew Warner and Nigel Hodder beat Bob Harman and Dave Unwin 3 7 -8 8

Suffolk Schools Championships. Jan 2015


The Suffolk Schools Individual Table Tennis Championships took place on Sunday 25th January 2015 at the Suffolk County Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland. Sixty boys and twenty nine girls from all over the county participated and the play was of a high standard in all events.
The Boys under 19 event was contested by five players in a round robin format, with Alex Horscroft ( Samuel Ward Academy) retaining his title and narrowly beating his twin brother Sam (Samuel Ward Academy ) into Silver position. Third place went to Jack Samson. ( Suffolk One.)
Another round robin contest ensued in the Girls under 19 event with three entrants. The top two were county ranked so play was of a high standard, Hollie McGerty (Samuel Ward Academy) beat Megan Bollen (Stowupland High) three games to one to take Gold. Anais Coccoli (Alexanders) won the Bronze.
There was a record twelve players in the under 16 girls and seven of them had a county ranking making this a close fought contest. The top two in each group went through to the semi finals and the winners Georgina Lister ( Castle Manor Academy) faced Jessica Pengelly ( Kesgrave High) in the finals. Georgina beat Jessica giving her first place and Jessica second. Katharine Shaw (Ipswich HS for Girls) beat Hannah Page (Farlingaye High School) to take third.
The standard of play in the under 16 boys continues to improve and the final was a rematch of last years event with number one seed Kian Burgess (Sir John Leman) facing number two seed Daniel Shelley ( Ipswich School). This was one of the best games of the day with both players producing exciting attacking play and long rallies. Kian proved more consistent overall and beat Daniel three games to one. This is the fourth year running that Kian has taken the title in his age group. Isaac Cunningham( King Edward VI BSE) beat Alex King to take Bronze.
Seventeen boys took part in the U13 competition and James Davies-Stokes ( Debenham High) who has really improved over the last year won in three straight against Jack Pengelly (Kesgrave High). Third place was awarded to another much improved player Clarke Derrett (Kesgrave High) who beat Thomas Clarke ( Northgate High) in a five game thriller.
The under 13 girls was a straight final with only two entrants and Lucy Curtis ( Ormiston Endeavour Academy) beat Saffy Ludham (St Joseph’s College) to take gold and improve on her second position last year.
Competing for the Boys under 11 were twenty five boys, each wanting to win. Several of these younger players are now receiving coaching in clubs and this is certainly reflected in the standard of play. The youngest entrant of the day was only seven. The winner was Luke Davies Stokes ( Stonham Aspal Primary) who had a close fought final against Harry Gill. ( Heath Primary) Third place went to Albert Roberts (Mellis Primary)
Finally Isobel McGerty (Barnadiston Hall Prep ) aged only nine beat Tilly McLoughlin (Orwell Park School) to take gold. Tilly is a keen tennis player and adapted her tennis skills to the table tennis game with ease. Third place went to Freya Milton.( Britannia Primary)
Congratulations to all the winners who will now represent Suffolk in the National School's Finals at Tipton on 25th April.
EventGoldSilverBronze
Under 11 BoysLuke Davies-Stokes, Stonham Aspal Primary Harry Gill, Heath Primary Albert Roberts, Mellis Primary
Under 13 BoysJames Davies-Stokes, Debenham High Jack Pengelly, Kesgrave HighClarke Derrett, Kesgrave High
Under 16 BoysKian Burgess, Sir John LemanDaniel Shelley, Ipswich SchoolIsaac Cunningham, King Edward VI
Under 19 BoysAlex Horscroft, Samuel Ward AcademySam Horscroft, Samuel Ward AcademyJack Samson, Suffolk One
Under 11 GirlsIsobel McGerty, Barnardiston Hall PrepTilly McLoughlin, Orwell ParkFreya Milton, Britannia Primary
Under 13 GirlsLucy Curtis Ormiston, Endeavour AcademySaffy Ludham, St Joseph's CollegeNot contested
Under 16 GirlsGeorgina Lister, Castle Manor AcademyJesssica Pengelly, Kesgrave HighKatharine Shaw, Ipswich HS for Girls
Under 19 GirlsHolly McGerty, Samuel Ward AcademyMegan Bollen, Stowupland HighAnais Coccoli, Alexanders College


Suffolk County 2014/15 Under 11, Under 13, Cadet and Junior 'Closed' Table Tennis Championships. Dec 2014


An elite group of table tennis juniors and their support teams arrived at Stowupland Sports Centre for the annual Junior Championships on 7th December 2014.

In all 34 participants, starting as young as 8 years of age, competed fiercely throughout the day for Under 11, 13, 15, 18 honours as well as in a couple of all inclusive events; Handicap Singles and Pot Luck Doubles.
The latter 2 events gave the less experienced players the opportunity of beating their higher rated opponents in the Handicap, and to play with the more experienced players in the doubles.

In both these events the star of the show turned out to be Luke Roberts, who without having had much coaching or experience, demonstrated a very competitive spirit and fought his way into the final in both events.

In the Handicap Singles, where all players were given a rating according to ability and played 1 single game up to 31, the semi-finalists were Sam Horscroft (2) versus Luke Roberts (26), and Hannah Page (16) versus Kian Burgess (5). These led to a Luke versus Kian final, which Kian won 31-28.

The Pot Luck doubles had some tremendously tight encounters with Dan Shelley and Lucy Curtis coming back from 2-0 down against Hannah Page and Jack Pengelly, to be victorious in the first round and subsequently making the final. The other half of the draw produced a fine semi-final contest with Alex Horscroft and Luke Roberts finally getting the better of Riya Kumar and James Davies Stokes 14-12 in the fifth. The final was an equally tight affair, again finishing deuce in the fifth, but this time it was Dan and Lucy who held their nerves and took the title.

The age categorised events, allowed players to compete against their peers, to crown the top players in Suffolk.

The U11 saw a number of new entrants, many playing in their first County Championships – namely Kit Barton, Patrick Jones, Jamie Hyde, and Ivan Sanchez and all competed well. However, the hot favourite for this event, Luke Davies Stokes, was too strong for all and took victory without dropping a leg in any of his matches, dispatching Henry Shaw 3-0 in the final.

The U13 saw all the seeded players progress smoothly through their groups but there was nearly a massive upset when McKenzie Lowe narrowly lost to number 1 seed Thomas Clarke 16-14 in the fifth having held match points. Thomas subsequently progressed to the final where he met Clarke Derrett, who had earlier knocked out U11 champion Luke Davies Stokes in 3 straight legs. The final saw a much improved Clarke overpower Thomas to take the title 3-1.

In the U15 girls final Riya Kumar defeated Hannah Page 3-1 showing greater levels of consistency and control.

The U15 event produced another upset with the number 3 seed, Alex King, unable to progress through his group, leading to Josh Barnard and the in-form Clarke Derrett progressing to the quarter finals, where they were joined amongst others, by the two top seeds Kian Burgess and Dan Shelley. The latter 2 players both made their way to the final, but not without a massive scare for Kian who fought back from 2-0 down, finally getting the better of James Davies Stokes, in a great match. This final was always destined to be close, and so it proved, with Dan finally coming out victorious 13-11 in the fifth.

The U18 girls event had 5 very strong competitors, playing in a round robin group so they all played each other. Natalie Wills had a big scare in her first match, narrowly defeating Hannah Page 11-9 in the fifth, but then proceeded through the rest of the group with relative ease to take the title undefeated. Jessica Pengelly took the runners up spot following a hard fought victory against Katharine Shaw, 14-12 in the fifth.

The last event of the day gave the opportunity for the rapidly improving U15 brigade to try to challenge for honours against the more seasoned professionals in the U18 boys – namely the Horscroft brothers, Alex and Sam. All groups went to form and eventually the aforementioned clashes were set up at the semi final stage with Dan Shelley competing against No 1 seed Alex Horscroft and Kian Burgess playing No 2 seed, Sam Horscroft. In both matches, youth put up a good fight but eventually experience prevailed, setting up a Horscroft finale. The latter produced the final shock of the day with Sam playing superbly to defeat Alex 3-0.

A final mention for the superb umpiring skills displayed by Bob Watts throughout the day.

EventWinnerRunner upScore
U11 Boys SinglesLuke Davies StokesHenry Shaw11-4, 11-6, 11-3
U13 Boys SinglesClarke DerrettThomas Clarke11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3
U13 GirlsLucy Curtis
Cadet MixedDaniel ShelleyKian Burgess11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11
Cadet GirlsRiya KumarHannah Page11-9, 12-14, 11-5, 11-8
Junior BoysSam HorscroftAlex Horscroft12-10, 14-12, 11-5
Junior GirlsNatalie WillsJessica Pengelly
Pot Luck DoublesDan Shelley/Lucy CurtisAlex Horscroft/Luke Roberts7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11
Handicap SinglesKian Burgess (5)Luke Roberts (26)31-28

Suffolk County 2013/14 Under 13, Cadet and Junior 'Closed' Table Tennis Championships. May 2014


The Suffolk Under 13s, Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships were held at the Britannia Table Tennis Club, Ipswich over the weekend of 17/18th.May 2014. The entry was down as a number of the older players were missing as the event unfortunately clashed with exams. Despite this it was a high quality field in all the events. The calendar is so full now with tournaments and representational matches that it is hard to find a date suitable to all.
The star of the weekend was Kian Burgess, County number 1 at Under 13 and under 15, who won two events and was runner up in three others. In the Boys' under 13's he beat James Davies Stokes in three straight games. James has been playing for less than 2 years and is improving fast - he will be a major contender across the events next year if his progress continues at a similar rate.
The Girl's Under 13 winner was Riya Kumar who has steadily improved over a number of years. The runner up was a new player, Lucy Curtis, who at only 10 years of age has a few more years at this age group.
There was a surprise in the Boys' Under 15s in that Daniel Shelley beat Kian Burgess for the first time. They have often had epic matches in the past but sadly this was not one of them with Daniel running out a very easy winner in three straight. Kian was to get his revenge the following day in the Junior Boys but more of that later. These two are deadly rivals on the table but off it are friends with Daniel seen more than once advising Kian when he was playing someone else.
Katharine Shaw, County number 1 at Girls' Under 15, was carrying a shoulder injury which prevented her from playing her natural topspin attacking game but despite this she took the runners up spot with Holly McGerty coming out as victor in the final. The first game was highly competitive with it going to five deuces before Holly took it 16-14. She then took the next two 11-7, 11-4.
In the Boys' Under 18 event Kian Burgess renewed his rivalry with Daniel Shelley in the semi final with one of the best matches of the weekend with both players playing quality attacking shots well into the fifth set before Kian took it 6-11, 11-2, 7-11, 14-12, 11-8. In the other semi final Joshua Baker beat Jack Pengelly who had beaten a more highly ranked player, Alex King, in the group stages to get to the semi. In a very creditable performance Jack took a game off the older and much more experienced player. In the final Kian lost to Joshua in four games with each one hotly disputed. Kian later took his revenge by beating Joshua in the Open Singles.
The Girl's under 18's was won by number 1 Natalie Wills and runner up was Jessica Pengelly.
The final event of the day was the Pot Luck Doubles which was won by Alex King & Holly McGerty who came out on top in a very close contest against Kian Burgess & Hannah Page 3-11, 11-7, 10-12, 1-8, 11-8.
EventWinnerRunner up
U13 Boys SinglesKian BurgessJames Davies Stokes
U13 GirlsRiya KumarLucy Curtis
Cadet BoysDaniel ShelleyKian Burgess
Cadet GirlsHolly McGertyKatherine Shaw
Junior BoysJoshua BakerKian Burgess
Junior GirlsNatalie WillsJessica Pengelly
Open SinglesKian BurgessJoshua Baker
Pot Luck DoublesAlex King and Holly McGertyKian Burgess and Hannah Page

Suffolk Schools Championships. Feb 2014


The Suffolk Schools individual Table Tennis championships on 9th.February 2014, held at the Suffolk County Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School, attracted entries from all over Suffolk and the play was high calibre across the events. The most successful school was Samuel Ward Academy, Haverhill, who provided the gold and bronze in the Boys' Under 19 and the gold in the Girls' Under 13.
The highest standard of play was in the Boys' under 19 event which was contested by seven players playing in a round robin format. This produced 21 matches of very good table tennis with Alex Horscroft (Samuel Ward Academy), Under 16 champion last year, proving the most consistent and was an emphatic winner in that he beat the other six contestants including his twin brother Sam (Samuel Ward Academy) who took the bronze. Silver was taken by Gracjen Sen (Castle Manor Academy) improving on his bronze of last year. All three medalists attend schools in Haverhill.
BU19 - Sam Horscroft (Samuel Ward Academy) - Bronze, Alex Horscroft (Samuel Ward Academy) - Gold, Gracjen Sen (Castle Manor Academy) - Silver.
The Under 19 girls' was won by Emma Baker (Ipswich High School for Girls), beating Megan Bollen (Stowupland High School) 11-7, 11-5, 11-0. Emma's powerful drives to Meagan's backhand proving to be decisive.

GU19 - Emma Baker (Ipswich High School for Girls) - Gold, Megan Bollen (Stowupland High School) - Silver.
The Under 16 girls' was contested by five players who all are county ranked so once again it produced high calibre competition. Katharine Shaw (Ipswich High School for Girls) coming out ahead of Natalie Wills (Ipswich High School for Girls) - last year's champion. The match between the two was close with Katharine edging it over 4 games. Katharine is another player who had won last year in a younger age.

GU16 - Natalie Wills (Ipswich High School for Girls) - Silver, Georgina Lister (Castle Manor Academy) - Bronze, Katharine Shaw (Ipswich High School for Girls) - Gold.
Harvey Dinkele (King Edward VI) was never pushed in the Boys' Under 16 winning all his matches in three straight. In the final he was up against Alex Finding (Royal Hospital School) with both players having been winners in previous years at younger age groups with Alex having been champion in the Boys' Under 13 on two occasions. However on this occasion he came up against a player at the top of his game and Harvey won easily 11-5, 11-2, 1-7. The bronze medal match featured two boys from Northgate High and was a much closer and exciting match. Alex King came out on top over fives games of alternating fortunes with the last and deciding game going to deuce. The scores were 11-4, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10.

BU16 - Alex King (Northgate High) - Bronze, Alex Finding (Royal Hospital School) - Silver, Harvey Dinkele (King Edward VI) - Gold.
The Boys' under 13 standard has improved considerably over the years but for the second year running the gold went to top seed Kian Burgess (Benjamin Britten High, Lowestoft) who beat the number two seed Daniel Shelley (Ipswich School) with the bronze taken by Thomas Clarke (Northgate High). The final produced what was probably the match of the day with both players at the top of their game playing exciting attacking play and long rallies. Daniel really pushed Kian to the limit but Kian proved to be the most consistent over five sets coming out victor 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6. This is the third year running that Kian has taken a title and the second in this age group.
BU13 - Daniel Shelley (Ipswich School) - Silver, Thomas Clarke (Northgate High) - Bronze, Kian Burgess (Benjamin Britten High) - Gold.
The under 13 girls' went to form with gold going to the number one seed Holly McGerty (Samuel Ward Academy) and Isabel Jones (Farlingaye High) taking silver and the bronze went to Eleanor Macfadyen (St Albans Catholic High).

GU13 - Isabel Jones (Farlingaye High) - Silver, Holly McGerty (Samuel Ward Academy) - Gold, Eleanor Macfadyen (St Albans Catholic High) - Bronze.
The largest entry of the day was in the Boys' Under 11 with 31 competing for the medals. Many of the players are relatively new to table tennis and this proved a great experience for them and it is hoped that as they move on to secondary education that they will continue playing and we will see them for many years to come. As has been reported in the higher age groups above many winners have played in previous years and are winning events. The early interest can encourage players to join clubs where they get good coaching. This is the case for almost all of the medalists who almost certainly would not have achieved this standard without that coaching. The winner, Logan Trinder (Orford County Primary) is one who has played in previous events, from when he was 8 years old, and clearly benefitted from the experience. He had a close fought final against Nathan Castle (South Lee School) winning out 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7. Bronze went to Daniel Young (Claydon Primary).
BU11 - Nathan Castle (South Lee School) - Silver, Daniel Young ( Claydon Primary) - Bronze, Logan Trinder (Orford County Primary) - Gold.
Finally, Emma Rawnsley (Britannia Primary), playing in her first schools' competition won the Girl's under 11s in yet another very close final beating Lucy Curtis (Dale Hall County Primary) 11-8, 11-8,3-11, 7-11, 11-9. The bronze went to Isabel McGerty (Barnardston Hall Preparatory), sister of Under 13 champion Holly, narrowly defeating Phoebe Haynes (Britannia Primary) on deuce in the fifth. The two matches for the medals were being played on adjoining tables and it was hard to decide which one to watch as they were both so close.
GU11 - Isabel McGerty (Barnardston Preparatory School) - Bronze, Emma Rawnsley (Britannia Primary) - Gold, Lucy Curtis (Dale Hall County Primary) - Silver
All gold medal winners now go on to the National Schools' finals being held at Doncaster on 26th April 2014. Four of the champions have been to the nationals at least once so know what to expect which is a very high class of competition.
EventGoldSilverBronze
Under 11 BoysLogan Trinder, Orford County PrimaryNathan Castle, South Lee SchoolDaniel Young, Claydon Primary
Under 13 BoysKian Burgess, Benjamin Britten HighDaniel Shelley, Ipswich SchoolThomas Clarke, Northgate High
Under 16 BoysHarvey Dinkele, King Edward VIAlex Finding, Royal Hospital SchoolAlex King, Northgate High
Under 19 BoysAlex Horscroft, Samuel Ward AcademyGracjen Sen, Castle Manor AcademySam Horscroft, Samuel Ward Academy
Under 11 GirlsEmma Rawnsley, Britannia PrimaryLucy Curtis, Dale Hall County PrimaryIsabel McGerty, Barnardston Hall Prep
Under 13 GirlsHolly McGerty, Samuel Ward AcademyIsabel Jones, Farlingaye HighEleanor Macfadyen, St Albans Catholic
Under 16 GirlsKatharine Shaw, Ipswich HS for GirlsNatalie Wills, Ipswich HS for GirlsGeorgina Lister, Castle Manor Academy
Under 19 GirlsNot contested


Delighted Dosher wins Suffolk County Veteran's title. Nov 2013

The Suffolk County 2013/14 'Closed' Veterans Table Tennis Championships took place at the Britannia table tennis club in Ipswich on Sunday 24th.November 2013.
The turn out saw a total 21 players competing for the six titles on offer, and included two Lowestoft players from the North of the County for the first time in many years which was warmly welcomed, the remainder of players coming from the Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich leagues & area's.
The day started off with groups for the main title on offer, the over 40 veteran's singles. There were four groups of four players, the top two of which went through to the quarter final section.
In group one top seed Andrew Warner was briefly troubled by Lowestoft's Martin Peek who took the first set in a lively encounter, however Warner re grouped and despite a good showing from Peek, Warner took control to win 3-1. Warner also beat the other players in group to win outright, however the second seed in the group Michael Wright recent conqueror of Jake Collins in the Senior County closed couldn't follow that form up as the vastly improving Jason Annal went one better than at the Senior closed when Wright won the restricted to reverse the score and won in a five set thriller. Annal showed consistent form to win his match against Peek to qualify in second spot.
In group two second seed and recently crowned English hard bat Champion Richard Hutchinson won all his games, with Malcolm Collins giving him the hardest group game losing 3-1, Lowestoft's Paul Wright upset the seedings by beating Collins 3-0 to qualify in second spot as Colin Bennett was unable to register.
There were no upsets in group three as Both Andrew Dosher and Dave Unwin beat Dave Fiddeman and Dave Halliday, with Dosher topping the group courtesy of a tight five end victory over Unwin.
In Group four the biggest shock of the day was former Veteran's over 40 champion Andrew Holmes who wasn't seeded beating both Charles Fulcher and Gary Young to top the group, and in the battle to qualify for second spot Young easily overcame Fulcher 3-0.
In the quarter finals Warner faced Lowestoft's Paul Wight and showed some trademark shots to go 2-0 up but found the going tough in the third as Wright hit back with some style to take it at six, however in the fourth Warner re-established his grip to see it out 3-1. The crowd then saw a cliff hanger between Dave Unwin and Andy Holmes. Unwin led 2-1 and 9-3 before Holmes made a stunning comeback to win it at duece and in a fitting climax, Unwin scrapped home 11-9 in the decider. The third semi on paper should have been a tighter affair but Young's lack of match play showed and he went down convincingly 3-0 to Dosher. Annal caused his second seeding upset of the day by taking out the scalp of the defending Champion Hutchinson in some style with power top spin drives to deservedly win 3-1.
In the first Semi Warner won a tight three set match over Unwin, while in the other Semi Annal made the running in the first set against Dosher only to be piped at the end, from there on Dosher was in charge winning 3-0
Recent history between the two finalists and the seedings suggested another title for former multi Champion Andrew Warner while Andrew Dosher had been in three finals since 06 without taking the title. In the first set Warner made a good start as Dosher made a number of unforced errors and trailed 7-4 and 10-7. Dosher though saved three set points and stole the first set which was pivotal. Warner ran away with the second 11-2 and it then looked ominus for Dosher. However, aided by some sound advise from County colleague Hutchinson, Dosher tactically let Warner attack only occasionally going for outright loops to force his opponent around the table where it was Warner that was making mistakes, and it was Dosher who won the third set. In the fourth set a 3-0 lead quickly evaporated for Warner as the fourth set took on the same pattern as the third with Dosher taking his first Veteran's over 40's title at the age of 51.

In the over 50's veteran's singles, (first round no groups) Andy Holmes and Phil Sinclair played a five setter as Sinclair came back from 0-2 down before Holmes won 11-7 in the decider, Holmes reward was a quarter final with Dosher the later winning 3-1. Dave Unwin in the other half over came former over 50's Champion Ken Lewis 3-1 after losing the first set.
In the semi final Dosher overcame Malcolm Collins 3-0 while Unwin beat Fulcher by the same margin.
The final like their earlier group match went the distance, with Unwin blasting away off both wings and Dosher trying to block his opponents power. In the final set an 8-5 lead for Unwin was pegged back to 9-9 as Dosher saved four match points before Unwin took his fourth match point to take his first Suffolk County veterans 50+ title.

In the over 60's veteran's singles semi finals Dave Halliday and Phil Sinclair played a thriller which fluctuated as Halliday came from a set down to lead 2-1 before Sinclair found another gear to take it 3-2. Ken Lewis had a surprisingly easy match with Terry May restricting is opponent to just nine points winning 3-0.
The final was a tight affair for the first three sets as Sinclair led Lewis 2-1 but a great start aided by some excellent hitting saw Sinclair take the title for the first time and add to the two restricted titles he won in the past 10 years. A superb effort from Sinclair as not only was he not seeded but he also had to play a qualifying round on route to victory.

The Handicap event (one set to 31 points) was a Lowestoft showcase resulting from the organizing team having had no idea of the strength of players from this area and Paul Wright and Martin Peek were clearly much better than their handicaps suggested.
Some earlier highlights in this event were Dave Halliday's [+7] 31-29 victory over Gary Young[ -3], while Colin Bennett [+8] just edged out Malcolm Collins [0] also 31-29.
Paul Wright and Marin Peek dully made it through to the final with Peek on a slightly worse handicap [+18] to Wrights [+20] but in a totally absorbing game it was Peek that edged it 31-29.
In the veteran's restricted singles event, Martin Peek and Paul Wright found themselves paired in the first round and played a classic five set thriller, this time Wright emerged victorious 11-8 in the decider the previous four sets all being won by the closest of margins. This event also included the championships only lady competitor, Rosemary Curtis who was unfortunate to be drawn against the higher ranked Colin Bennett and although Rosemary played well, she was unable to defeat Bennett who was enjoying a run of fine form. Ken Lewis defeated Phil Sinclair 3-0 in their quarter final and then played an epic in the semi against Jason Annal, Lewis led 2-0 and an upset looked on the cards with Annal looking desperate, however perhaps a combination of Lewis being tired having played many games on the day and a more controlled attack saw a come back from Annal winning the fifth 11-5.
In the other semi Colin Bennett was too strong for Dave Halliday winning 3-0. In the final Jason Annal was hoping to go one better than at the Senior closed and just edged the first set at duece, Bennett fired up ran away with the second but Annal went for big shots in the next two legs which mostly went on and he ran out a deserving winner 3-1.
In the doubles event the main upset was that of Michael Wright and Collin Bennett beating number two seeds Charles Fulcher and Andrew Dosher 3-1 which was fully deserved, they played the number one seeds in the final Andrew Warner and Richard Hutchinson and shared the first two sets, and after just edging the third sets, Warner and Hutchinson ran away with the fourth set to claim the title.

Veteran's over 40's Singles:
Q/F
Andrew Warner beat Paul Wright 9 6 -6 7
Dave Unwin beat Andy Holmes 7 -7 8 -10 9
Jason Annal beat Richard Hutchinson 8 -4 17 5
Andrew Dosher beat Gary Young 6 9 6

S/F
Warner beat Unwin 9 8 11
Dosher beat Annal 8 7 6
Final
Dosher beat Warner 11 -2 5 7

Veteran's over 50's Singles:
S/F
Andrew Dosher beat Malcolm Collins 6 8 10
Dave Unwin beat Charles Fulcher 3 7 4
Final
Unwin beat Dosher -7 8 9 -4 12

Veteran's over 60's Singles:
S/F
Phil Sinclair beat Dave Halliday 9 -9 6 -8 4
Ken Lewis beat Terry May 7 1 1
Final
Sinclair beat Lewis 8 9 -11 1+

Veteran's Restricted Singles:
S/F
Jason Annal beat Ken lewis -10 -9 3 8 5
Colin Bennett beat Dave Halliday 6 12 6
Final
Annal beat Bennett 10 -2 4 7

Handicap Singles:
S/F
Martin Peek +18 beat Andrew Warner -6 31 - 6
Paul Wright +20 beat Ken Lewis +12 31 - 24
Final
Peek + 18 beat Wright +20 31 - 29

Veteran's Doubles:
S/F Andrew Warner / Richard Hutchinson beat Gary Young / Ken Lewis 9 4 10
Michael Wright / Collin Bennett beat Charles Fulcher / Andrew Dosher 8 7 -6 9
Final
Warner / Hutchinson beat Wright / Bennett -9 4 12 4

SCTTA 2013/14 Veterans 'Closed' Championships - PREVIEW. Nov 2013

The 2013/14 Suffolk County Veterans tournament will be taking place on Sunday 24th.November 2013 at the Britannia TTC's Defoe Road dome, the 'home' of table tennis in Ipswich, and frequent host to this competition.
Two players will be looking to go one better than in last month's county senior tournament.
Mike Wright will need to further his 'giant killer' reputation if he is to stop number 1 seed Andy 'Wobbly' Warner taking the 40+ title, both players having been drawn in the same group. With Hutchinson, Dosher and Young the second, third and fourth seeds respectively, the prospect of another scintillating days table tennis at the dome is high, particularly given Fulcher, Unwin, Collins senior and Wright M make up the top eight players in the tournament, and Annal, Holmes, Halliday, Bennett, Lewis senior and Fiddeman along with Lowestoft's Peek and Wright P all capable of causing major upsets are included in the line-up.
In the restricted singles it will be Jason Annal seeking to go the one better. Top seed in this event, Jason will be looking to secure his first county title having been runner-up in last month's senior restricted event, and looks likely to face Halliday, seeded two, in the final. However, with Bennett and Sinclair completing the seedings, sole lady competitor Rosemary Curtis, May, Fiddeman and Lewis senior all present, the top seeds are all certain to come under pressure and face stern opposition.
Main contenders in the 50+ event are Dosher, Fulcher, Unwin and Collins senior, though with the quality of the other players in this event including the stalwart campaigners Halliday, Holmes, Seabrook, Sinclair and Lewis senior, relative newcomer to the county, May along with Tomes both making their debuts in a county tournament, intriguing individual contests are guaranteed.
Halliday, arguably the most experienced player in the whole championships is firm favourite to take the 60+ title, but even he is unlikely to find it easy with Lewis senior a previous holder of 40+, 50+ and 60+ titles, Sinclair, Seabrook, and May all capable of winning this event.
The doubles event will be contested by nine quality partnerships and looks certain to produce doubles table tennis of the highest standard, with the championships top two seeds, Warner and Hutchinson partnership seeded one, potentially facing the partnership of the championships numbers three and five seeds, Dosher and Fulcher, seeded two, in the final.
The handicap event continues to fulfil a reputation of providing highly interesting as well as competitive, entertaining table tennis, each round being contest over one game, first to 31 points deciding the winner, with the draw having paired the championships number one seed Warner [-6] v Seabrook [+16], and championships number six seed, Unwin [-1] v Tomes [+22], and numerous other highly intriguing pairings.
Full details of the draw for all the championship events are available on the Britannia website :
'Click' the following link.......... www.britanniatabletennisclub.co.uk
Play is scheduled to commence at 9am, spectators are welcome.

Wright's Seeding Upsets Spree Ends Jake's Domination. Nov 2013

The Suffolk County 2013/14 'Closed' table tennis championships which took place at Stowupland on Sunday 27th.October 2013 did indeed produce the scintillating table tennis predicted in the championship 'preview', and more besides.
There was top class table tennis action from the start as play got under way with the Men's and Ladies singles groups.
In the Men's group1, having recovered from a two game deficit against Jason Annal, Nigel Hodder recovered to win 3-2 only to lose 3-1 to Gary Young, and with Ryan Collins heading the group undefeated, it was Young who progressed to the quarter finals as group runner-up.
In group2, Paul Broxton's 3-2 win over Rui Campos saw him safely though as group runner-up together with the undefeated, and defending Men's singles champion, Jake Collins.
Andy Warner seeded 3 romped through group3 with consummate ease, though for group runner-up Richard Goodhand, progress to the quarter finals was more of a struggle, his qualification courtesy of a tight fifth game 8 win against Colin Bennett.
Group4 produced four major seeding upsets. Michael Wright and Jimmy Farrow seeded 12 and 13 respectively both inflicted defeats on Andy Dosher seeded 5, and with Farrow also defeating number 4 seed Richard Hutchinson, and Wright having beaten Farrow, the forth seeding upset when Dosher beat Hutchinson resulted in Wright and Farrow progressing to the quarter finals.
In the quarter finals, it was relatively straight forward for the top two seeds Jake and Ryan Collins, though Farrow did take a game off Ryan, but Wright continued to impress by inflicting a further seed upset by ousting 6 seed Richard Goodhand 3-1. In the other quarter final, contrary to recent results when these two have met, Warner seeded 3 had no problem in beating 6 seed Broxton in three straight.
The first semi final was predictably dominated by top seed Ryan Collins sheer power, Warner simply unable to counter Collins angled heavy top spin drives, Collins progressing to the final. The second saw brother Jake Collins seeking his place in what would be a fourth consecutive Men's singles final. However, Wright continued with his determination to cause seeding upsets to match Jake all the way, taking deserved games leads at 1-0, and 2-1, and from 9 all in the fourth, took the next two points to succeed in pulling off the biggest seeding upset of the day, and almost certainly the biggest upset in a Suffolk County championships for many years, beating Jake 9,-9,9,9 bringing to an end Jakes run of three consecutive titles and domination of this event.
As he had in the semi finals, Ryan Collins was quick to take control in the final with repeated devastating powerful top spin forehands, and coupled with the effect of the exertions of the day on Wright increasing clear to see, Ryan ensured there were to be no further Wright 'giant killings', taking the title in consummate style with a thoroughly deserved victory in three straight.
Seeding upsets having by now become an established feature of this championships continued in the Ladies single group games when County number 5 Rosemary Curtis came from 2-1 down to beat County number 4 Clair Westlake game 8 in the fifth. Rosemary went on to contest the Ladies final against County number 1 Aimee Sparkes, and although it was Aimee who claimed the ladies title in three straight, all three games were close, clearly illustrating that Rosemary is firmly back on the County scene after a long absence. County junior, Natalie Wills competed in this senior event and will have no doubt benefited from the experience despite being unable to upset her more mature opponents.
Whilst Wright being the top seed in the Restricted singles event reduced the possibility of still further seeding upsets, it certainly didn't eliminate them. Phil Sinclair survived a scare winning 3-1 after going a game behind to junior Thomas Ellingham making his debut in a senior event, and then beat the higher ranked Rosemary Curtis 3-1. Rob Wood beat David Fiddeman at deuce in the fifth, but undoubtedly the biggest upset in this event was when Mark James enjoyed a superb 3-2 win over the much higher ranked Farrow. James then accounted for Rob Wood before narrowly losing out 2-3 to Jason Annal in a close and hard fought semi final. Annal had previously beaten Ken Lewis in a dour quarter final contest 3-2 after Lewis had fought back from a 2-0 deficit. In the other half of the draw, top seed Wright progressed safely though to the final with a 3-1 quarter final win over Sinclair, and then beating Farrow by the same scoreline in the semi final after Farrow had beaten Colin Bennett in a quarter final which had produced a number of superb rallies providing highly entertaining quality table tennis to delight the onlookers. In the final when Wright recovered after losing the first game to take a 2-1 lead, it appeared he had the upper hand. However, Annal held his nerve and kept his game together, something for which he is not renown, continuing to play controlled table tennis and deservedly level at 2 games all. Wright however was enjoying a superb run of form and despite a spirited effort from Annal it was Wright who took the deciding game at deuce and with it the restricted title.
Although a senior championships, an Under 21 event is included to encourage the involvement of the up and coming juniors enabling them to gain valuable experience at a higher level. Kieran Bean demonstrated the expertise and experience which he has gained from his regular attendance at local coaching by remaining unbeaten, though he was taken all the way in the final eventually winning 3-2 against the comparative youngster Natalie Wills who similarly demonstrated just how much she too has benefited from the availability of regular local coaching. Even younger, Thomas King together with the championships youngest competitor Alex King will also no doubt both have benefited greatly from their County senior tournament debuts.
Natalie Wills was also involved in the Ladies doubles final partnering Rosemary Curtis, losing out to the more experienced pairing of Aimee Sparkes and Clair Westlake.
In addition to taking both Ladies singles and Ladies Doubles titles, it was Aimee with partner Jake Collins who having missed out on an opportunity to make it four consecutive Men's titles, together succeeded in winning their fourth consecutive Mixed doubles title by beating Ryan Collins and Clair Westlake in a compelling final which ended at deuce in the fifth.
This completed a hat-trick of titles on the day for Aimee, with the unstoppable Jake Collins completing a pair of doubles titles by also winning the Men's doubles with brother Ryan, defeating the experienced Warner and Hodder partnership in the final in three close fought games, this being a fourth consecutive Men's doubles title for the brothers.
It was the youngsters who once more enjoyed success in the Handicap singles with Thomas Ellingham avenging his earlier defeat in the restricted to Phil Sinclair by beating him comfortably to reach the quarter final before losing narrowly to Rob Wood. But it was Alex King who effectively stole the bragging rights by taking the illustrious scalps of both Collins brothers to reach the Handicap singles final, losing narrowly in the final to none other than Kieran Bean.

Suffolk Cadet and Junior Championships. April 2013

Report courtesy of Steve Branton.
The 2013 Suffolk Junior and Cadet Championships were held on Sunday 14th April at Stowupland Sports Centre. On what proved to the warmest day of the year outside so far, the 36 players entered into the 10 events managed to turn up the heat inside and provide parents and spectators with some enthralling match play.
Also evident was the benefit being reaped by the Ipswich Table Tennis Leagues Junior coaching policy, with over half the players from Kesgrave and Britannia TT clubs making up the entry, this contrasting with a few years ago where numbers were typically around 10%.
Before covering the triumphs of the day, thanks must be given to Michael Wright and Pauline Branton who manned the control desk throughout the day keeping a tight ship required to finish the 120 matches on time, Ken Lewis (Suffolk Chairman) for presenting the trophies, Tony Moonie for advice on running tournaments at Stowupland and not forgetting all those who helped with the numerous umpiring duties, not least of which is Bob Watts (county Umpire) who umpired almost non-stop throughout.
Early starts were required for the U13 Boys and Girls, with entry numbers dictating a straight knockout competition for the Boys, whilst the Girls battled through a 5 player round robin. Kian Burgess matched his seeding as number two, reaching the U13 Boys Final. Number one seed Alex King however ran into trouble against Rory Holland in the Quarter finals, who then into turn lost to Daniel Knight in the Semi Finals. The resultant final was the first of a number of finals during the the day that had the control desk checking the clock, time and time again as two closely matched players took it to the wire, Daniel Knight squeezing through in the fifth 12-10.
First round losers of the U13 Boys were entered into a Consolation Singles competition, Clarke Derrett winning over Thomas Clarke in four close games.
The Girls U13 round robin was won by Holly McGerty who won all four of her matches, closely followed in second place by Riya Kumar whose only loss was to Holly.
The Cadet Girls Trophy was played through two groups of three, with the top two going on to play in the Semi Finals. The group results matched up number one seed Natalie Wills against Ellen Pengelly, while Ellen's twin sister Jessica was to play Katherine Shaw. Katherine showed her strength by not dropping a game to reach the Final. However, Natalie was made to fight all the way by Ellen, eventually winning 3-2 in games. The Final between Natalie and Katherine pitched two players against each other who over the season have been team mates representing Suffolk both in Junior and Cadet County matches and also in the Ipswich League, or on opposite sides on the table in League and Club Championship competitions. Recent form has seen a shift in the balance of power between the two this season in favour of Katherine; however it was Natalie who edged the final game of five and with it the trophy.
Suffolk Cadet Boys played out almost to all the seeding places, Alex King, seeded one succeeding in making it to the Final and Kian Burgess, seeded two, also reaching the Final, this time getting past Daniel Knight in the Semi Final to whom he had lost to in the U13s. The Final swung one way then the other, Kian taking first blood only for Alex to peg him back taking a 2-1 lead in games, and Kian finally triumphant in winning the last two games, game six.
The Cadet Boys Consolation trophy saw Cain Derrett emulate his younger brother in the U13 Consolation by winning the Final against Thomas Ellingham.
With sixteen players entered into the Junior Boys event, four groups of four provided no surprises in those going through to the Quarter and then Semi Finals. The age group was significantly different from previous years with only four ranked players out of the top nine entering. Haverhill's Horscroft brothers, Samuel and Alexander provided the opposition against Ipswich Championship Junior finalists Will Hall and Elliot Branton. Will showed his intent by beating Samuel in three, whilst Alexander pipped Elliot in a closely fought first game 14-12, followed up with the second game and although Elliot fought back to take the third game 11-5, Alexander secured a place in the Final by taking the fourth. The Final proved to be a tight affair with not much to split the pair, Will just edging it 2-1 going into the fourth game. It was at this point that Alexander discovered his forehand rubber had started to part company with the blade, a bat only bought the day before. A brief discussion, followed by a quick fruitless search for glue meant Alexander had to continue the rest of the match trying press the rubber back on between points. Will didn't let the disruption disturb his concentration and took the fourth game and with it victory to win his first trophy of the day.
Four girls entered the Junior Girls event which was played in a round robin. Two matches were notable in the group, one was between sisters Ellen and Jessica Pengelly which would ultimately decide who was to finish third in the group. Ellen stormed into a two game lead only for Jessica to fight back and take it to a fifth game but was unable to continue it into the fifth as Ellen took the final game. The other match was a other matchup between Katherine Shaw and Natalie Wills and it was to prove decisive in the winner of the event. Again Natalie was able to make her point winning in three straight using some telling backhand side spin blocks against Katherine's drives.
The Open Singles played out much to the seeding of the players, almost identical to the Junior Boys Semi Finals with the exception of pitting Will Hall against Alexander Horscroft and Elliot Branton against Samuel Horscroft. Will Hall's good play saw him easily into Final and then to win the Final against Samuel and pick up his second trophy.
The Pot Luck Doubles always provides a bit of fun, and these Championships were no exception, U13 players Daniel Shelley and Jack Pengelly put their heart and soul into all their games much to the enjoyment of the spectators and their effort was rewarded with a Final against Harry Williams and Will Hall. The fairy tale was to end there however as Will aided by Harry kept it tight and produced a commanding win. This gave Will his third title and perhaps the only clean sweep in recent years.
EventWinnerRunner upScore
U13 Boys SinglesDaniel KnightKian Burgess11-9,11-9,6-11,9-11,12-10
U13 GirlsHolly McGertyRiya KumarRound Robin
U13 Boys ConsolationClarke DerrettThomas Clarke11-7,11-9,12-10,11-9
Cadet BoysKian BurgessAlex King11-8,8-11,9-11,11-6,11-6
Cadet Boys ConsolationCain DerrettThomas Ellingham8-11,11-5,11-13,11-6,11-9
Cadet GirlsNatalie WillsKatherine Shaw11-4,10-12,17-15,9-11,11-7
Junior BoysWill HallAlexander Horscroft11-5,10-12,14-12,11-5
Junior GirlsNatalie WillsKatherine ShawRound Robin
Open SinglesWill HallSamuel Horscroft11-3,11-5,10-12,11-3
Pot Luck DoublesWill Hall and
Harry Williams
Daniel Shelley and
Jack Pengelly
11-6,11-1
Trophy Winners and Runners-up, presented by Suffolk Chairman, Ken Lewis.
Photos of the venue...

Suffolk Schools Championships. Feb 2013

Report from Tony Mooney
Tournament Organiser

The Suffolk Schools Individual Table Tennis Championships, held at the Suffolk County Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School, attracted over 120 entries from all over Suffolk which was up from the 79 who played last year. The most successful school Ipswich High School for Girls who provided the champions for the girls' under 13 and under 16. In addition, Emma Baker will represent the county and the national championships in April alongside her two fellow pupils. Emma was the only entrant in the under 19's event but given that she won the under 16's last year there was every chance that she would have done well if she had any competitors this time.
This year for the first time table tennis was part of the Suffolk Schools Games, an event that was introduced in 2012 and was inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As such, medals were up for grabs at gold, silver and bronze. The standard of play is improving year on year and 17 of the medalists are also know to play outside schools in their local clubs, evidence of progression and the benefits of being part of a club that provides coaching and competitive play opportunities.
The highest standard, not surprisingly, was in the Boys' under 19 event where the semi-finalists were of the highest calibre. Last year's winner Gracjen Sen (Castle Manor Academy, Haverhill) came up against an in form Will Hall (West Suffolk College) who won very convincingly in straight sets 11- 7, 11-2, 11-6. In the other semi Jack Anthony (King Edward VI, Bury St Edmunds) had an equally emphatic win 11-7, 11- 5, 11-7 against Rhys Davies (Castle Manor Academy, Haverhill). Rhys was the under 16 champion of 2012 so in the semis here two past champions of the same school were knocked out although Gracjen did go on to take the bronze in the third and fourth place play off. This set up a final that proved to be hard fought battle that saw Jack Anthony, who plays with the pen holder grip favoured by many of the Chinese, producing some vicious topspin to beat Will Hall 12-10, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9. This was the first win for Jack in this age group but he had won both the under 13's and under 16, on more than one occasion over the years.
The under 16 girls' was contested by five players only. There had been 10 originally but for various reasons they had to withdraw. Natalie Wills (Ipswich High School for Girls) came out ahead of Megan Bollen (Stowupland High) with Natasha Clark (Farlingaye High) taking the bronze. Natalie is another winner over different age groups over the last 4 years - in fact she is yet to lose a Suffolk Schools championship.
The final of the Boys' under 16 was a very close contest between twin brothers, Alex and Sam Horscroft (Samuel Ward Academy, Haverhill). They may be twins but the will to beat the other was clear for all to see. Sam took the first game quite easily 11-5 with Alex taking time to settle. The second game was the same score but this time to Alex who then just about managed to maintain control to win the next two games 11-9, 11-8.
The entry for the Boys' under 13 was over 40 and produced a high class of play from the groups through to the knockout stage with the gold going to second seed Kian Burgess (Benjamin Britten High, Lowestoft) who beat the number one seed Alex King (Northgate High Ipswich) with the bronze taken by Kieran Farrer (Royal Hospital School). Kian is yet another player who has taken a title at more than one age group, last year it was the under 11's.
The under 13 girls' went to form with the number one seed Katharine Shaw (Ipswich High School for Girls) defeating Georgina Lister (Castle Manor Academy, Haverhill) 11-5, 11-7, 11-9 with third place taken by Jessica Pengelly (Kesgrave High).
It was second time lucky for Kamier Azvine (Bealings School, Little Bealings) who last year was runner up to Kian Burgess. He deservedly won against some strong competition, beating Jack Pengelly (Dale Hall Primary, Ipswich) in the final 12-10, 6-11, 8-11. The bronze went to Thomas Clarke (Sidegate Primary, Ipswich).
Finally, Zoe Balaam (Needham Market Middle), playing in her first schools' competition won the Girl's under 11s. The silver went to Amber Graham and bronze to Isabel Jones, both from Bealings School. Zoe didn't have it all her own way as she was taken to five games by both Amber and Isabel.
All winners now go on to the National Schools' finals being held at Doncaster on 20th April 2013. Four of the eight champions have been to the nationals at least once so know what to expect which is a very high class of competition.
EventGoldSilverBronze
Under 11 BoysKamier Azvine, Bealings SchoolJack Pengelly, Dale Hall PrimaryThomas Clarke, Sidegate Primary
Under 13 BoysKian Burgess, Benjamin Britten HighAlex King, Northgate HighKieran Farrer, Royal Hospital School
Under 16 BoysAlex Horscroft, Samuel Ward AcademySam Horscroft, Samuel Ward AcademyShared: Harvey Dinkele, King Edward VI, Toby Lister Draper , Claydon High
Under 19 BoysJack Anthony, King Edward VIWill Hall, West Suffolk CollegeGracjen Sen, Castle Manor Academy
Under 11 GirlsZoe Balaam, Needham Market MiddleAmber Graham, Bealings SchoolIsabel Jones, Bealings School
Under 13 GirlsKatharine Shaw, Ipswich HS for GirlsGeorgina Lister, Castle Manor AcademyJessica Pengelly, Kesgrave High
Under 16 GirlsNatalie Wills, Ipswich HS for GirlsMegan Bollen, Stowupland HighNatasha Clark, Farlingaye High
Under 19 GirlsEmma Baker, Ipswich HS for GirlsNot contested Not contested


Youngsters ensure 2012/13 County Closed Championships a success.. Nov 2012

It must first go on record that Jake Collins' Table Tennis achievements continue to provide interesting reading, now with yet another consecutive County Closed Championships Men's Singles, Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles, three more titles to his name, an unbeaten three year run of truly staggering proportions. However, setting aside the entitlement to the accolades rightly attributed to Jake's superb continuing success, it is the achievements of the youngsters in the most recent 2012/13 Closed Championships which took place last Saturday [3rd.November] at Stowupland High School which are to the fore.

Natalie [left] the youngest competitor, and Sandra [right], presented with their Runner-up trophies by John Andrews[centre] ETTA Eastern Region Development Officer. Notwithstanding that there is an Under 21 event included, 14 year old Natalie Wills in the Ladies Doubles final made her debut appearance in a senior championship partnered by Sandra Balaam making a welcomed return to the county scene, and with Suffolk's rising international star 15 year old Lucy Zhu winning the ladies singles and featuring in four finals in total, along with a number of outstanding individual successes against more experienced opponents for County Junior number one, Jack Anthony, the limelight was effectively and justifiably taken away from Jake.

Lucy Zhu, Ladies Champion, presented with her trophy by Mark Dare. Is this the first of many, and is Lucy the youngest? The up and coming Lucy Zhu, already a familiar face on the international scene, faced an experienced campaigner Aimee Sparkes in the Ladies Final after both players had come safely through the group stage despite facing tough challenges from Sandra Balaam, Rosemary Curtis and the Championships youngest competitor, Natalie Wills. Experience counts for little in a final when nerves take over, and it was a very nervous start which saw Aimee unable to cope with the speedy youngsters consistent back hand and hard hitting forehand. When the second went the same way, although Aimee recovered to get to deuce in the third, it was a case of too little too late, and Lucy deservedly claimed her first of what could well become many Ladies Singles titles.
The record books are currently being consulted to see whether or not Lucy at the tender age of just 15 is indeed the youngest ever holder of a Suffolk Ladies Singles title.

This championships also had its fair share of surprises and shock results ensuring that interest and enthusiasm was maintained throughout the day and top class Table Tennis was in abundance for the spectators.

In the Men's Singles, Paul Broxton provided further evidence to confirm that he is one of the most improved players in the county by beating the nationally ranked number 76 and Championships number two seed, Ryan Collins. It wasn't just a win, but inflicted an extremely rare three straight defeat on Ryan who accumulated only 19 points in the contest indicating just how good a win for Paul this was. With Broxton unbeaten in the group it meant that Collins was consigned to runner-up meaning that he would invariably now meet brother and Number one seed Jake in the Semi Finals, bringing to an early end any possibility of a repeat of last year's epic final. Mark James can count himself unlucky being included in such a tough group having taken games of both Paul and Ryan, and losing narrowly to Ian Brown at deuce in the fifth, with Ray Zhu completing the group unable to make any impression in such illustrious company.
The group involving Number one seed and holder of the title, Jake Collins resulted unsurprisingly in he and Richard Hutchinson, a former holder of the title progressing to the knockout stage, though another of the youngsters, Keiran Bean did manage to take a game off Jake. Similarly, Number three seed Andy Warner together with Wayne Shaw came safely though their group, though were pushed hard by Jimmy Farrow and David Fiddeman. Furthermore, with Shaw the victor at deuce in the fifth over Warner to inflict a seeding upset, both went into different halves of the Quarter Finals than otherwise would have been the case.
It certainly was not easy for fourth seed Gary Young who was taken all the way by Bob Harman, and when he then lost to Andy Holmes who had himself already lost to a superb performance from youngster, Jack Anthony, it appeared Young was in trouble. However, his win over Harman proved crucial, as finishing with two wins each, Young and Harman both went through as group winner and runner-up respectably.

Jake Collins Men's Singles Champion, presented with his trophy by John Andrews, ETTA Eastern Region Development Officer. The Men's Quarter Final results followed the form book creating Semi Final contests of truly differing styles. In one, the dynamic attacking capabilities of both Jake and Ryan Collins produced a highly entertaining thriller which went all the way, whereas in the other, the defensive style of Richard Hutchinson contrasted with the back of the court counter attacking of Andy Warner. Jake took victory over Ryan after twice coming back from a game down, and after winning the first against Hutchinson, Warner then fought back from two-one down taking the two final ends by virtue of his infamous backhand kills.
On a previous occasion when Jake Collins and Andy Warner faced each other in a Final, the outcome was an absolute classic. Jake had obviously learned from this and took the initiative from the start, and although Warner retrieved in impeccable manner, he was unable to respond to Collins sheer power, and having lost the first, the second proved even easier for Collins who closed out the match taking the closer third to secure a well deserved third consecutive Men's Singles title.

Richard Hutchinson, Veterans Champion, presented with his trophy by John Andrews, ETTA Eastern Region Development Officer. Titles do not tend to come singularly when Jake is around, and this Championships was to prove to be no different, Jake completing a stupendous hatrick winning not only the Men's Singles, but also adding the Men's Doubles with partner brother Ryan, and Mixed Doubles with partner Aimee Sparkes, same three titles as in the last three consecutive County Closed Championships. Whilst there were no major upsets in the Veterans 40+ group matches, Bob Harman's defeat of Ian Brown meant he would meet the number one seed and defending title holder, Andy Warner, and this was to prove to be key to how this event would progress. Harman is a totally different type of player to ardent defender Brown, and whilst Warner seldom looses to Brown, Harman proved to be a much more difficult Quarter Final opponent. Albeit with Warner struggling with a knee injury, a major upset followed, Harman progressing in three straight to the Semi Finals. The second seed, Gary Young in his first Veterans championship, won his group with consummate ease, but having beaten Fiddeman in the Quarter Finals was up against an in form Richard Hutchinson in the Semis, and it was Hutchinson who reached the Final of this event, surprisingly for the first time. Having proved a difficult opponent to many throughout the day, Harman was no match for Hutchinson who dominated from the start to secure his first Veteran's title.

Other events saw unlucky exits for Sandra Balaam and Lucy Zhu from the Senior Restricted Singles both eliminated by countback from groups where all players finished winning one each, Ian Brown 'sharing' the honours with Ian Brown, Holmes winning their contest in the Veteran's 50+ event whilst Brown took revenge in the Veterans Restricted Singles, and Phil Sinclair narrowly losing out to Sandra Balaam in the same event along with Sean Gridley at the hands of Jimmy Farrow. Enjoying much deserved success in arguably one of his better Championships to date, Rui Campos defeated both David Fidderman and Ian Brown on route to the Senior Restricted Final against his Men's Doubles partner Andy Holmes whom he beat with apparent ease. In the Doubles they reached the Semi Finals before losing to the eventual winners.

Jack Anthony, Under 21 Champion, presented with his trophy by Mark Dare. It is simply not possible to end a report on an event such as this without mention of the Under 21 event in which although the experienced players dominated against the comparatively inexperienced Tom Banham, Keiran Bean and Natalie Wills, all three to their credit provided stern opposition. Having already beaten Jack Anthony in the group stage, Lucy Zhu went into the Final a clear favourite against Jack, but when Jack pinched the first game at deuce after Lucy had lead for most of it, it was clear that Jack had no intention of suffering a second defeat to Lucy on the same day. Game two progressed with open rallies and Lucy levelled taking the second also at deuce. Jack dominated the third, but again Lucy pulled back taking the fourth to force a deciding fifth end to the delight of the spectators. Jack held his nerve, made fewer errors and consistently counter hit winners way back from the table eventually taking the final game to win an enthralling and highly entertaining match which provided top class Table Tennis from both youngsters, a credit to them both, hugely appreciated by the onlookers, and ensuring that these Championships will be remembered not only for the quality performances of the Senior and Veteran contestants, but also for the first class performances of the potential County Senior players of the future.

Championship 'Role of Honour':
Men's Singles [semi-finals] :
Andy Warner beat Richard Hutchinson 8, -4, -8, 9, 8
Jake Collins beat Ryan Collins -3, 13, -10, 4, 7
FINALS:
Men's Singles : Jake Collins beat Andy Warner 6, 4, 9
Ladies Singles : Lucy Zhu beat Aimee Sparkes 2, 6, 14
Senior Restricted Singles : Rui Campos beat Andy Holmes 5, 5, 10
Under 21 Singles : Jack Anthony beat Lucy Zhu 10, -10, 8, -7, 5
Men's Doubles : Jake & Ryan Collins beat Gary Young & Andy Warner -8, 9, 4, 5
Ladies Doubles : Lucy Zhu & Aimee Sparkes beat Sandra Balaam & Natalie Wills 3, 4, 3
Mixed Doubles : Aimee Sparkes & Jake Collins beat Lucy Zhu & Ryan Collins 7, 6, -1, -6, 9
Veteran's 40+ Singles : Richard Hutchinson beat Bob Harman 7, 6, 3
Veteran's 50+ Singles : Bob Harman beat Ian Brown -9, 7, 7, 10
Veteran's 60+ : Ian Brown beat Phil Sinclair 5, 4, 11
Veteran's Restricted Singles : Jimmy Farrow beat Andy Holmes : 4, 5, 10
Veteran's Doubles : Gary Young & Andy Warner beat Sandra Balaam & Ian Brown 11, 7, 9
Handicap Singles : Bob Harman[+14] beat Ray Zhu[+22] 31-23


County Senior & Veteran's 2012/13 'Closed' Championships preview. Oct 2012

The Suffolk County Senior and Veteran's Table Tennis Championships will be taking place this coming Saturday [3rd.November 2012] at Stowupland High School.
In the Men's Singles, top 2 seeds, Jake and Ryan Collins look to be favourites to provide a repeat of last year's final, though with Andy Warner and Gary Young seeded 3 and 4 respectively, along with Wayne Shaw, Paul Broxton, Richard Hutchinson and Jack Anthony all entered, and Jimmy Farrow, Ian Brown, Andy Holmes and in form Rui Campos also included in the line up, some intriguing contests with top quality table tennis is almost guaranteed.
Aimee Sparkes, last year's runner-up will be hoping to go one better in the Ladies Singles with last year's winner being ruled out owing to work commitments, but Aimee certainly won't have it easy with Lucy Zhu, now a Junior international, and Sandra Balaam and Rosemary Curtis returning to the county scene and current County Cadet number 1 and Junior number 2, Natalie Wills, completing the ladies line up.
The Senior Restricted Singles event is probably the most difficult to predict, though with the fast improving county Junior number 1 Jack Anthony having recently had a dream senior British League debut seeded 1, perhaps he stands out if by only a close margin from Andy Holmes, Jimmy Farrow and Lucy Zhu, seeded 2, 3 and 4 respectively. With the likes of Ian Brown, Sean Gridley, David Fiddeman, Rui Campos, and Sandra Balaam along with Mark James and others also in contention, this event is certain to produce a number of interesting contests.
The Handicap Singles whilst essentially a 'fun' event is nevertheless always hotly contested, and with last year's winner Jake Collins with the most punishing handicap [minus 15], he will be hoping to avoid young Natalie Wills [25]. Should the two meet then the start score will be minus 15, plus 25, and with the first player to 31 points the winner, Jake would have a mountain to climb. Jake is certain therefore to have his fingers crossed when the names are drawn out of the hat!
The Veteran's 40+ Singles appears to be wide open with 'crowd pleaser' and number 1 seed Andy Warner playing though struggling with injury. However, he will still be the player to beat, and Gary Young seeded 2 in his first season as a veteran will certainly be looking to provide an upset as will Wayne Shaw and Richard Hutchinson who complete the seedings in this event. Ian Brown and Andy Holmes, both previous winners, and Jimmy Farrow are also capable of providing the seeds with a few problems and cannot be ruled out, and waiting in the wings will be Sean Gridley, Ray Zhu, Sandra Balaam, David Fiddeman and Bob Harman, all looking to make their mark. The Veteran's restricted singles event winner looks likely to come from Holmes, Farrow, Brown or Gridley, though the two lady competitors in this event, Rosemary Curtis and Sandra Balaam, along with Phil Sinclair are all capable of having success against any one of them, so this could perhaps be the event where the biggest surprise occurs.
Other events include Doubles, Veteran's 50+ and 60+, and an Under 21, so all in all a full day of scintillating Table Tennis is certainly in prospect.
With in excess of 150 individual contests scheduled over 13 events, it looks set to be a very long day for the competitors who have to arrive at 8.30am for an early 8.45am championship start with finals of all events programmed to commence at 6.30pm.
Spectators are welcome throughout the day completely free of charge, and light refreshments will be available at reasonable cost.

Suffolk 2011/12 Cadet & Junior 'Closed' Table Tennis Championships. May 2012

Report courtesey of Tony Money.
The Suffolk Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships, held at the Suffolk County Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School, attracted entries from all over Suffolk . However, a number of the older players were missing as the event unfortunately clashed with exams. The championship had previously been scheduled for earlier in the year but had to be postponed as the intended organiser, Peter Avenell, sadly died suddenly in January.
There were a number of stars on the day led by England international Lucy Zhu, Mickfield, who won three of the eight events contested. Predictably she took the Under 15 and Under 18 Girls' Singles beating Natalie Wills, Woodbridge, in the first and Emma Baker, Haughley Green, in the second both in straight sets. Both of her opponents played valiantly but neither could live with the consistency nor power of Lucy's top spin game added to her much greater experience. Lucy had a much tougher time in the Open Singles where she came up against Jack Anthony's powerful penholder grip game in the semi. All the games were close with Lucy taking the first game 11-9 but Jack fought back to take the second 11-7. This just served to spur Lucy on winning the third to 7 to set up a great fourth game which seesawed constantly with Lucy taking it 15-13 to set up a final against Sam Horscroft who had beaten his twin brother, Alex, in the semi. This proved to be another closely contested match with Lucy taking it 6-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9.
The Horscroft twins, from Haverhill, were involved at the later stages in all the events that they played in with Alex winning the Under 15 Boys and Sam the runner up in the same event but also in the Open Singles and Under 18 Boys. The twins played each other three times with Sam taking this competition within a competition 2-1 but ironically it was only Alex who came away with a title.
The other events were just as hotly contested with Adam Reeve, Great Barton, coming out ahead of Alex King, Ipswich, in the Boys' Under 13. Katherine Shaw came out on top against Ellen Pengelly, Ipswich, in the Girls' Under 13 and in the final event of the day Jack Anthony, Chevington, beat Sam Horscroft to take the Under 18 Boys' title. Jack won in three straight but this does not reflect how close the match actually was with Sam pushing him all the way taking two of the games to deuce. The scores were 12-10, 11-4, 16-14.
The surprise star of the day was 10 year old Kian Burgess from Lowestoft. Until a few weeks before the event Kian had not even played in a club let alone received any coaching. His playing experience had mainly been playing with his dad Paul in the family garage. Many of the players he was up against on the day had been playing competitively for a while as well as receiving coaching. He entered three events, Boys' Under 13, Boys' Under 15 and the Open Singles and in all he qualified from the group stages to reach the knockout phases reaching the semi final in the Under 13's. He has much natural ability and is now receiving coaching so is a player to look out for in the future.

Under 13 Boys
Adam Reeve beat Alex King
Cadet Boys
Alex Horscroft beat Sam Horscroft
Junior Boys
Jack Anthony beat Sam Horscroft
Open Singles
Lucy Zhu beat Sam Horscroft
Under 13 Girls
Katherine Shaw beat Ellen Pengelly
Cadet Girls
Lucy Zhu beat Natalie Wills
Junior Girls
Lucy Zhu beat Emma Baker


Suffolk Senior County Closed Championships 2011/12
29th Jan 2012


The annual Suffolk Senior County Closed Table Tennis Championships held at Stowupland on Sunday the 29th of January were a rousing success and more than lived up to expectations.
In the Women Singles the number one and two seeds both made it through to the final, number two seed Clare Lowe came through comfortably against Claire Westlake in her semi but Aimee Sparkes seeded one had a scare against Sonja Talbot losing the first set before coming through 3-1.
In the final it was Aimee that looked more comfortable earlier on and she took the first leg and had game points for a two love lead as Lowe held on to take the second 16-14, again it was Sparkes looking more comfortable in the third winning it and Lowe managed to get a decent lead in the fourth before Sparkes got back to deuce and in a tense few points Lowe just pinched the set, Lowe opened up a good lead in the decider which gave her the confidence to get her powerful forehand in which up until then Sparkes hadn't allowed and it was telling as Lowe conceded just three points in the final set to take the Suffolk title she last held as a 17 year old back in 1995, Sparkes can count herself a little unlucky as she had looked more likely a winner until the deciding set.
In the Mens Singles there were four groups of six players and with two players qualifying from each group for the main draw it was far from certain who would qualify.
As it turned out only seventh seed Nigel Hodder failed to get through from the top seeds.
Placed in Group two he understandably lost to the highest ranked player Ryan Collins, however two deuce in the fifth loses to Malcolm Collins and Michael Wright meant it was Collins senior that qualified in second place as he comfortably beat Wright 3-0 in their game.
In Group One Ian Brown was the only player to take a leg off the number one seed Jake Collins as it was largely routine for him. In the battle for second spot Andrew Holmes came so close to beating former champion Andrew Dosher as he led 2-1 in games and was within points of winning before losing, Dosher taking the second qualification spot with four wins.
Group Three saw the top two players in the group having their match decide who would qualify as winner and runner up as Andrew Warner and Richard Hutchinson played out a five setter with Warner the winner. Earlier number one ranked junior boy Jack Anthony had pushed Hutchinson so close in their game before losing.
In Group Four the two highest seeds came through, however Gary Young seeded four for the event lost to sixth seed Wayne Shaw 3-1 as both player won their other games so Shaw finished top, both players found the going tough against the dangerous Richard Goodhand who took Shaw to eight in the decider.
In the Quarter and Semi Finals only Malcolm Collins in losing 3-1 to Warner in his quarter expended his opponent, all other matches were 3-0 except for the quarter final between Shaw and Hutchinson as Hutchinson conceded after the first set.
Jake Collins was clinical against Andrew Warner as was Ryan Collins against Wayne Shaw in their semi's meaning for the third time in four years the brothers would go head to head in the final.
If anything it was even more of a cliffhanger than in 2009 when Jake won for the first time.
Last season's Men's Singles were disappointing for Ryan as he was well below par but he looked solid in the earlier rounds this year and made an excellent start as both players went for it from the onset and it was elder brother Ryan that took the first set, in set two both players again were trading their best shots and Ryan despite holding game points for a 2-0 lead was just eclipsed by Jake 15-13. Clearly the tension was getting to both players as words were also traded between them which just pumped them up more, set three was a see saw game as Ryan got a good lead, however Jake is cool personified under pressure and reeled off some superb power drives to take it 11-9, in set four Ryan's serve and follow up put him well ahead and he took it 11-8.
In the final set Ryan had the better earlier exchange and he led 5-2 and 6-3, but again Jake responded like the true champion he is rallying superbly when under pressure and coming up with shots off both wings, Jake turned it around to take the title for the second successive year and third time in four years, Ryan though will undoubtedly feature in this final again like his brother if both players stay keen and are happy to represent the county in the coming years as they are still only 20 and 21.
In the Restricted Singles Michael Wright got revenge over Malcolm Collins for his Mens group defeat winning 3-1 to set up a semi final match with Richard Goodhand, Goodhand though has twice won this event and has had a couple of very good years in the Ipswich League and despite winning the first set easily Wright was comfortably beaten in the next three games, Paul Broxton in his semi came from 2-1 down to defeat Andy Holmes.
The final was a little disappointing as Broxton like a number of players was unable to read the different spin and pace on his opponents combination bat and despite taking the second game to deuce it was Goodhand who emerged a comfortable 3-0 winner.
Claire Lowe added the Ladies Doubles title to her Ladies Singles as she teamed up with Sonja Talbot to beat Aimee Sparkes and Clair Westlake 3-0, while Sparkes got a winners medal as she teamed up with Jake to win the mixed doubles title beating Warner and Lowe in the final also 3-0.
In the Mens doubles final the brothers Collins were pushed to a fifth set by Warner and Young and it was only in the deciding set that they looked comfortable as they took it 11-4.
The Under 21 Singles saw Jack Anthony again perform with considerable stature against reigning champion Jake Collins and although he lost 3-0 all games score were respectable.
The Handicap Singles was the only event that Jake Collins didn't win that he entered for, (unlike last year when he won all five) however brother Ryan was on hand to make it a family sweep of medals as he comfortably sweep aside Andrew Warner in this one game of up to 31, Warner couldn't have given any more on the day reaching three finals but being runner up in all of them.
At the start of the day a minutes silence was observed for Peter Avenell Suffolk's County Coach who tragically suffered a heart attack and died earlier in January.

Womens Semi Finals
Aimee Sparkes beat Sonja Talbot -9 8 6 7
Claire Lowe beat Clair Westlake 2 7 5

Womens Final
Claire Lowe beat Aimee Sparkes -9 14 -9 10 3

Mens Quarter Finals
Jake Collins beat Gary Young 2 2 9
Andrew Warner beat Malcolm Collins 9 -9 5 6
Wayne Shaw beat Richard Hutchinson 1-0 up and Hutchinson conceded
Ryan Collins beat Andrew Dosher 4 2 11

Mens Semi Finals
Jake Collins beat Andrew Warner 8 7 4
Ryan Collins beat Wayne SHaw 6 6 7

Mens Final
Jake Collins beat Ryan Collins -10 13 9 -8 8

Restricted Singles Final
Richard Goodhand beat Paul Broxton 7 10 3

Under 21 Singles Final
Jake Collins beat Jack Anthony 8 7 9

Handicap Singles Final
Ryan Collins beat Andrew Warner 31 - 21 ( -10 -6 )


Suffolk County Senior 'Closed' Championships Preview. Jan 2012

The Suffolk County Senior 'Closed' 2011/2012 Championships are taking place at Stowupland Sports Centre this Sunday, 29th.January from 9am.
A total of 31 players, a record in recent years, have entered and with eight tropheys up for grabs there are 144 games due to be played on the day.
In the mens singles there are four groups of six or more players and with qualification to the main draw for just two, all groups contain players who could beat players ranked higher than them in the event, all of which makes it very exciting for the spectator.
Group two has Nigel Hodder, Mal Collins and Michael Wright in with number two seed Ryan Collins. Wright beat Hodder in the Suffolk closed vets event a few months ago while Mal Collins 'combination bat could cause trouble to all, so there are four potential qualifiers, and group three has Suffolk junior Jack Anthony, Paul Broxton, four times champion Richard Hutchinson and Andrew Warner all hoping to qualify. In Group four Gary Young will have to face three unorthadox players in Wayne Shaw, Richard Goodhand and Ken Lewis, and in group one any two from Ian Brown, Andy Homes, Andrew Dosher and Jake Collins (the number one seed) are likely to qualify.
In the womans singles Aimee Sparkes and Claire Westlake play each other in group one and it should be a thriller in group two as Claire Lowe, Sonja Talbot and Junior Lucy Zhu fight out for the two qualifying places.
In the restricted singles the top four seeds Paul Broxton, Richard Goodhand, Andy Holmes and Mal Collins could find a stiff challenge from Ian Brown, Mark James, Michael Wright and Ken Lewis.
The doubles seedings have thrown up two potential semi final clashes between the Collins brothers and Hodder and Shaw, while Hutchinson and Dosher could face Warner and Young.
The handicap singles, the under 21 singles, the ladies and mixed doubles make up the remaining events and it all starts from 9am going on untill the early evening.
All spectators are welcome and admission is free.
Report coutesey of Andrew Dosher

Suffolk Veterans County Closed Championships 2011/12
20th Nov 2011


The 2011/12 Suffolk Veterans Closed Championships took place at the Britannia Dome on Sunday 20th November with all the top seeded players on parade, and with six events there was plenty to play for.
The Handicap Singles kicked off the day giving players of all standards a chance. Ken Lewis played some of his best Table Tennis in years beating Andrew Dosher 31-24. However, it was Ian Brown that shone the brightest in this event beating on route to the title Andrew Warner, Charles Fulcher, Ken Lewis and finally Bob Jennings.
The main Singles event the Over 40's started with a round robin section to determine entry in the main draw and it was Ken Lewis again who showed some top form to take top seed Andrew Warner all the way just losing a cliff hanger 7 in the final game. Lewis though carried on playing well to upset higher seed Dave Unwin to qualify with Warner.
In Group Two both Richard Hutchinson and Charles Fulcher remained unbeaten until their game which saw another five set thriller as Hutchinson came back from 7-3 down in the fifth to win the group.
Group Three saw Brian Amos push Dosher all the way before going down, he also lost to Wayne Shaw. In the deciding match Shaw overcame Dosher 3-1.
In the only major group seeding upset Michael Wright played superbly to beat Nigel Hodder 3-1 for first and second place in Group Four.
The main draw didn't disappoint as Fulcher took the first leg against Warner in their quarter who then equated and saved a game point in the third before winning 3-1, while Dosher managed to beat Wright 3-0 in their game, Hodder showed his best form to beat defending champion Shaw 3-0 and Ken Lewis lost 3-2 to Hutchinson.
In the first semi final Warner versus Dosher had many great rallies but it was the number one seed Warner who endured 3-1, while in the other semi Hodder's serve and flat hit was too much for Hutchinson as he won 3-0.
A few weeks ago in the Ipswich league Hodder won 3-2, this time Warner prevailed in the final by the same score to win the title for the third time.

All other events were a straight draw apart from the Over 60's Singles.
In the Over 50 Singles Final Nigel Hodder made it two from two as he defended the title he won last year at the first time of asking against Ian Brown.
In the Restricted Singles Dave Unwin playing in these championships for the first time in years avenged two earlier loses on the day to take the title beating his Over 40's group conqueror Lewis in the Semi's and his Over 50's Semi Final victor Brown in the final by 3-2.
The Doubles produced a classic Semi Final match between number one seeds Warner and Hutchinson against Dosher and Fulcher as the former seemed to have it in the bag at 2-0 and 8-4 up but some inspired play brought Dosher and Fulcher back to 2-2 all and 8-4 up before a last gasp effort got Warner and Hutchinson home.
In the Final Warner and Hutchinson played number two seeds Hodder and Shaw and did well to get back to 2-1 and it was a tense fourth leg as Hodder and Shaw held out to take the title.
The notable winners from this years event were Ian Brown who won two events and finished runner up in two others plus Nigel Hodder who beat two higher ranked players to get to the final of the Over 40's Singles, also winning the Over 50's Singles and the mens Doubles. Andy Warner won the main singles event the Over 40's and got runners up in the Doubles, while Ken Lewis Britannia and Suffolk Chairman showed much better form than of late beating Bury Star Dave Unwin in the over 40's to qualify for the main draw and getting close to wins over a number of higher ranked players.

Over 40's Semi Finals
Andrew Warner beat Andrew Dosher -10 5 6 9
Nigel Hodder beat Richard Hutchinson 9 10 8
Final: Warner beat Hodder 6 -8 -10 5 3

Over 50's Singles
Nigel Hodder beat Ian Brown 10 9 9

Mens Doubles Final
Wayne Shaw / Nigel Hodder beat Andrew Warner / Richard Hutchinson 5 9 -9 10

Restriced Singles Final
Dave Unwin beat Ian Brown -12 8 -9 5 3

Over 60 Singles Final
Ian Brown beat Ken Lewis.

Handicap Singles Final
Ian Brown beat Bob Jennings 31 26
Report courtesy of Andrew Dosher.

Suffolk Senior County Closed Championships 2010/11
6 Feb 2011


Sunday's gathering of Suffolk's best Table Tennis players proved a feast to the spectator amid numerous high quality matches and some major seeding upsets.
It was an excellent turn out as all but one of the top 10 ranked male players featured and all the leading ladies were present.
The day started with the Handicap Singles and doubles matches, the handicap was one game up to 35 points with the best players starting from as high as -10 and others as low as +27 and the handicaps seemed to be well judged as no fewer than nine games were decided on deuce, amongst the pick were Aimee Sparkes +13 win over Ken Lewis +19, Andrew Dosher's +8 win over Lee Barnes -3 and eventual winner Jake Collins who had along with brother Ryan had the hardest handicap of all -10. Testimony on how well Jake is playing showed by him beating a player with a +33 start in David Fiddeman he also beat Dosher who had a +18 better score, unfortunately after all this his final opponent Keiran Hills had to concede.
In the Men's Doubles the major upset was that of defending champions Gary Young and Nigel Hodder losing in the Quarter Finals to first time pairing Wayne Shaw and Andrew Dosher 3-1 with Shaw in fine form, in the Semi's Dosher and Shaw faced former champions Gary Bloomfield and Richard Hutchinson and Shaw changing back to a pimpled bat seemed to go against the new pairing as they lost 3-1, in the other Semi Ryan and Jake Collins shared a tense first four legs with Andrew Warner and Lee Barnes before securing the final set with ease, the final was a comfortable 3-0 win for Collins and Collins over Hutchinson and Bloomfield.
Unfortunately the Ladies Doubles final was a walk over for Aimee Sparkes and Clair Emmerson over Sonja Talbot and Lucy Zhu.
In the Mixed Doubles Semi's Jake Collins and Aimee Sparkes overcame Nigel Hodder and Sonja Talbot 3-0 while Ryan Collins and Clair Emmerson beat Andrew Warner and Lucy Zhu 3-1.The Final was a 3-1 success for Jake and Aimee.
In the Under 21 Singles Ryan and Jake Collins won all their group matches so their final game determined the championship which turned out to be a surprising comfortable win for Jake 3-0.
In the Restricted Singles the major shock was that of number six seed Michael Wright losing to Tim Diss 3-2, Diss did incredibly well to come back from 1-2 down, another upset was that of number three seed Malcolm Collins losing to Ken Lewis. In the first semi Andrew Dosher had to hang on against Aimee Sparkes winning 3-1 but Sparkes had several game points in the first and fourth sets, while Richard Goodhand was far too strong against Andy Holmes in their semi winning 3-0.
The Final was all about the second set which Goodhand led 10-6 after having won the first easily, Dosher recovered to win it but like so many people struggled with his opponents combination bat which has short and long pimples, he lost the third set easily and won the fourth comfortably and at 9-4 up Dosher seemed to be home but a last fury of points saw Goodhand draw level before Dosher edged it 11-9.
The Ladies Singles was a group event containing four players and with all matches played bar one Lucy Zhu had to beat Aimee Sparkes by any score to take the title, Lucy who had beaten both the top two Suffolk ladies in the County Championships in November had beaten Clair Emmerson but lost to Sonja Talbot in her previous games, while Aimee was unbeaten, Lucy started well and took the first set 11-5 but the number one seed rallied strongly and won the second set to 3, in the next two sets Aimee confirmed her status as Suffolk's leading lady yet again winning 7 and 8 though Lucy is obviously a name for the future.
In the Men's Singles there were eight groups of three players with the top two going through to the last 16.
The only group upset was that of 10th seed Andrew Dosher in beating 7th seed Nigel Hodder in one of the best games of the day, Dosher saved three match points in the fourth set amid long rallies and spectacular flat hits from Hodder. Hodders reward for coming second in the group was a first round tie with 2005 Champion Lee Barnes, in possibly the game of the day, Hodder recovered from 0-2 down to comprehensively win the next two sets before entertaining the spectators with a thrilling final set where he held a match point before Barnes secured a famous win.
Elsewhere, in round one Michael Wright put behind him his early Restricted loss by coming from 0-2 down to beat four time champion Richard Hutchinson, and Goodhand this time beat Dosher in five sets.
In the Semi's Lee Barnes stunned the audience beating former champion Ryan Collins 8 5 and 9 to book his place, while Andrew Warner who has had a decent record against Jake Collins pushed the youngster and was at deuce in the third set before losing and eventually bowing out 3-1 in a close game.
In the Final the first set was close between Jake and Lee as the crowd were treated to a number of fine shots and rallies however after taking the first leg 11-9 Jake moved into cruise control and making seemingly effortless shots he stormed towards his second Senior title with scores of 8 and 3 in fact Jake Collins won all five of the titles he entered for to add to his top 16 title from a fortnight ago.

Scores from Stowupland

Mens's singles semi final's:
Lee Barnes beat Ryan Collins 8 5 9
Jake Collins beat Andy Warner -8 5 10 8

Final:
Jake Collins beat Lee Barnes 9 8 3

Womens Singles:
Aimee Sparkes won all three of her group games to win the title

Mens Doubles Final:
Ryan and Jake Collins beat Richard Hutchinson and Gary Bloomfield 7 5 6

Mixed Doubles Final:
Jake Collins and Aimee Sparkes beat Ryan Collins and Clair Emmerson 4 12 -6 6

Ladies Doubles Final:
Walkover to Clair Emmerson and Aimee Sparkes V Sonja Talbot and Lucy Zhu.

Restricted Singles Final:
Andrew Dosher beat Richard Goodhand -5 12 -6 6 9

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