League Report 24/03/2011 Tournament Report 1

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Mebs Virani
Fri 25 Mar '11 @ 9:30am

CANTERBURY & DISTRICT TTA PRESS REPORT 24/03/2011

The Canterbury Closed Tournament took place last Sunday and provided plenty in the way of exceptional table tennis and few surprises.

In the Open Singles,six of the top eight seeds reached the quarter-finals,with the exception of Dean Harris,who was eliminated by a rampant Azim Griffith in 3 sets,while James Glass survived a deuce game in the 4th set against Mebs Virani to win in 5 sets.
In the quarter finals Glass continued his amazing run to knock out current holder Peter Roberts in a blazing 5 setter,while Phil Morford went through Barry Chapman in 3 sets.
Ron Rowley came from a set down to emphatically go past Mike Howard while Griffith had a scintillating game against number two seed,Ian Mileham,before succumbing in the final set against the former champion.
Glass maintained his commanding form against Morford in the semis,taking the first two sets comfortably but hung on in the final set to win 12-10,while an inspired Rowley raced to a 2-0 lead against Mileham but the latter powered back to take the next two sets and in a sparlking deciding set it was Rowley who made the running to win 11-7.
Glass began the final against Rowley in positive fashion,moving to a 11-8 win in the opening set but Rowley regained his focus to level in the second,11-8 and his positive approach in the third yielded a 11-4 win. Glass took advantage of Rowley’s lacklustre performance in the 4th set,11-7 and it was he who started the brighter in the 5th set against a weary Rowley and finally shattered Rowley’s hopes of the title with a 11-7 win and a first title.

The Ladies singles saw holder Tina Stewart move to the final while her opponent,Pauline Howard had to survive a 5 setter against Linda Wickings before emerging winner,11-6.Mrs Stewart retained her title without problem in 3 sets.

In the Ladies doubles,Mrs Stewart partnered Jenny Hogben to win both their round robin games to win the title,while Linda Wickings and Jill Weaver took runners up spot by beating Mrs Howard and Heather Robertson in their round robin game.

All the top eight seeds in the Mens Doubles reached the quarter-finals but top seeds,Dean Harris and Peter Roberts,lost at this stage in 4 tight sets to Andy Cannon and Andy Roberts,while John and James Glass proved to be a slight pain to Morford and Smallman in the first 4 sets before the latter duo got the decider,11-8.
Cannon and Roberts failed to capitalise on their success,losing in 3 sets to Morford and Smallman while Barry Chapman and Virani brushed past Howard and Chris Hearn in 3 sets.
Chapman and Virani sped away to a 2-0 lead in the final against Morford and Smallman,but the latter clawed their way back to win the next two sets,11-9,11-7,before Chapman and Virani regrouped to stamp their authority to seal the dcider,11-5 and the title.

The Over 60’s competition saw David Cue beating Arthur Martin to reach the final while Roy Coles had to see off Eric Cawkill in 5 sets and John Wickings in 34 sets to reach the final.
Cue took the opening set against Coles in the final but the latter kept Cue at bay to take the next 3 sets and the title.

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