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Mebs Virani
Thu 29 Mar '12 @ 6:14am

CANTERBURY & DISTRICT TTA PRESS REPORT 29/03/2012

At the tournament top seed in the Veterans singles,Ian Gordon negotiated his way to the semi-finals without difficulty only to withdraw from his game against Peter Roberts.
The latter had seen off tricky opponents Dennis Cannon and Mike Howard in consecutive rounds and found himself in the final.
In the other half of the draw,third seed Ian Mileham pulled out of the event without playing a match.
His potential quarter final opponent,Barry Chapman,scratched from his quarters game against Ricky Kay,while second seed,Phil Morford,came through a testing quarters tie against Ron Rowley in 4 sets,swept aside Kay in straight sets to set up a final against Roberts.
Morford won the first set 11-8 but Roberts hit back powerfully in the next set,11-2.
He extended his lead with a 11-5 win the third but Morford refused to cave in and responded with a 11-6 win.
The final set saw little to separate the two players and it was Roberts who scraped through 13-11 to lift the title.

The Veterans doubles saw top seeds,Gordon and Chapman coast their way to the final with straight sets wins over Cannon and Goodall and Hearn and Howard.
Current holders and second seeds,Rowley and Roberts,had a near horriying opening round match against Tina Stewart and Ian Blogg.
The holders lost the first two sets,but managed to claw their way back in the next three sets for a 5 set win.
4th seeds,Smallman and May,were dealt a blow by the unlikely duo of Farouk Karim and Derek Smith.
The seeds lost a 5 set marathon in the decider,11-5
Smith and Karim could not repeat their success against Roberts and Rowley,losing in 3 sets.
The final saw Rowley and Roberts in total control,romping to a 3 sets win and the Vets Doubles title

Top seed in the Division 1 singles,Mike Lee,strolled through his first match but then found himself two sets down against Peter Chapmam in the semi final.
Lee rallied in the next set but Chapman took the 4th set for a place in the final.
Second seed,Derek Smith,needed to dig deep to get past Roy Coles in 5 sets,but faced more problems against the wizardry of Brian Kennett.
Smith lost 5-11 in the deciding set to send Kennett into the final.
Chapman made a disastrous start in the final,losing the first two sets,but came back strongly in the next two,but Kennett had the last word,winning the final set,11-3 to take the title.

The final of the Division 2 singles was contested between Connor Russell and Jake Coombs.
Russell weathered a 5 set tussle against Russell Swain,but Coombs had to work harder,needing 5 sets to get past Richard Bothamley and a further 5 sets to overcome Nigel Stansfield.
Russell was in commanding form in the final,moving to a 4 sets win for the Div 2 title.

The Div.3 singles saw Jacob Midson knock out top seed Kell Davies to set a final against Adam Jones,who had previously endured a 5 setter against Jenny Hogben.
Midson recovered strongly after losing the opening set to Jones to win the next 3 sets and the Div 3 title.

4th Division singles favourite,Lara Rodday,eased into the final with comfortable victorioes,but 2nd seed,Jaki Fok was ousted by Ethan Braden in 4 sets at the semi-final stage.
Braden opened determinedly against Rodday in the final,taking the first two sets.
Rodday briefly responded with the 3rd set,but Braden held off her challenge in the 4th set to seal the 4th Div title.







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