Canterbury Closed Tournament - 15/01/2017

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John Metcalfe
Fri 27 Jan '17 @ 6:48pm

Report - Canterbury & District Table Tennis Association Tournament Sunday 15 January 2017
Players and spectators were treated to an entertaining and enjoyable day at the Canterbury & District Table Tennis Association tournament held at Canterbury Christ Church University Sports Centre.
The early stages of the men’s singles were played in 18 groups each consisting of 3 players which allowed the opportunity for players of all abilities to pitch their skills against higher ranked opponents. Fast improving 12 year old Lewis Marsh, who plays for Chestfield Warriors in the third division of the Canterbury league, took full advantage of these group arrangements by claiming the scalp of a premier division player and progressing to the next round. Simon Hillier (Hoath) played exceptionally well with some hard earned victories to reach the semi-final where he finally succumbed to Ray Jordan (Iron Room – Boughton Aluph).
Phil Thomas (Hoath), having beaten Barry Chapman (Hoath) in the other semi-final, and Ray Jordan contested a high quality men’s singles final with both players displaying their full range of attacking and occasional defensive shots in an enthralling match. With the score locked at 2 sets each, the fifth and final set proved to be a tense affair with both players spurning good opportunities to establish their authority, but Phil Thomas finally edged his opponent and the match by winning the final set 11-9 to retain the title.
Initial stages of the ladies singles were also played in groups, but had the added spice of two players who had recently moved into the area. Newcomer Crystal Tseng (Blean), surprised Tina Stewart (Faversham) by winning their semi-final. Michelle Kingsland (Iron Room) and Linda Wickings (Chestfield Warriors) contested the other semi-final with the former winning in 5 sets. The ladies final produced an intensely competitive and close 5 set marathon, with Michelle Kingsland running out the winner 11-9 in the fifth set and also retaining the title.
The doubles events are always keenly contested and this year was no exception with a number of matches going the full 5 set distance.
Harry Law (Faversham)/ Joe Britnell (Chestfield Warriors)) unexpectedly reached the men’s doubles final having disposed of the strong Ray Jordan/Phil Saxby (Iron Room) pairing in the semi-final and played Phil Thomas/Barry Chapman, who had beaten Ian Mileham (Hoath)/Ron Rowley (Herne Bay) in the semi, in the final. A number of forehand winning shots proving decisive in the Law/Britnell pairing closing out the match by 3 sets to 1.
The ladies doubles was won by Michelle Kingsland/Crystal Tseng having come top of a 3 pairing round robin event with Tina Stewart/Tracey Dealey (Blean) runners up.
Tina Stewart/David Jeavons (Hoath) proved too strong for Linda Wickings/Barry Chapman in the mixed doubles final with a straightforward win.
Divisional singles results:
First Division – Winner Nico Waters (Faversham), Runner Up Bob Edwards (Herne Bay)
Second Division – Winner Crystal Tseng, Runner Up Thomas Kwok (Blean)
Third Division – Winner Harry Hutchingson (Faversham), Runner Up Lewis Marsh
Fourth Division – Winner Jack Roberts (Hoath), Runner Up Jan Aldridge (Chestfield Warriors)
A consolation singles event for mens and ladies groups non qualifiers was also contested with Bob Edwards defeating Paul Walmsley (Chestfield Warriors) in the final.
The Alan Hayes Merit Award (for the performance of the day) goes to an exhausted Crystal Tseng.
The veterans and over 60’s tournament events will be held on Sunday 9th April 2017 (9 am start) at the Chestfield Warriors Club, Unit 33a, Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate (behind Tesco), Milstrood Road, Whitstable, CT5 3PS. Entry forms are available from Peter Chapman (chapman39@yahoo.com).
The junior tournament will also be held at the Chestfield Warriors Club on Sunday 26th March, with a finals night at the same venue on Friday 31st March.
For further information on these events, the Association, local table tennis and coaching, visit www.canterburytt.co.uk.

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