Bellingdon’s Lee is 2017 Champ
Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Association hosted the Aylesbury Annual Table Tennis Championships on Sunday 26 February. The event attracted top players in the local league with 2015 winner Dave Ralls from Quainton looking to add to his tally. However his route to the final was not smooth, first having to overcome Haddenham’s Ben Rolfe in 5 sets, where he was 2-1 down before smashing his way through to meet club mate, James McCafferty. Knowing each other’s game inside out this was never likely to be an easy match. It was fast and furious, both players looking to take the quick third ball route and went to 5 sets with Dave victorious 11-7.
Alan Cherry, winner from 2012, had fought his way to the semi final encounter with Dave and this was a similar type of match although Dave seemed in full flow when 2 sets up. Alan levelled then lost 11-7 in the fifth.
Meanwhile Lee at the other end of the draw had moved effortlessly through to the final taking Clive Westbury, James George and Stuart Brown all in three sets. The final was set to be a fast flowing game with little time for strategy and Dave took a one set lead (only the second set that Lee had lost all day, having lost one set to Ben Rolfe in the group stage). Lee then managed to put Dave’s low, flat, hard hits under pressure and gradually assumed domination to win 3-1.What a grand final and Congratulations to Lee, our 2017 Singles Champion.
Lee and Stuart Brown took the doubles final frightening their opponents. Tim Cheek and Mike Wilkins with a 11-0 first set win. Tim and Mike were playing together for the first time whereas Lee and Stuart regularly play for their club, so it was understandable that Tim and Mike would need time to find a strategy, evidenced by 12-10 third set loss. Well played Stuart and Lee.
In the Vets and Super Vets things were dominated by Mike Wilkins and Alan Cherry who played each other twice, once in the final of the Super Vets and then in the semi final of the Vets. Alan won the final of the Super Vets in 4 sets but Mike had learnt enough to extend him to 5 sets in the semi final encounter. Alan turned up the pressure at deuce in the fifth set to win 12-10. This had left Tim Cheek having to wait for a long time to play Alan in the final of the Vets. Although Tim fought hard he was unable to prevent Alan winning in four sets. Congratulations to the winner of both competitions, Alan Cherry.
NEW DIV THREE CHAMP-DAVID BARNACLE
Past champions, Phil Blind, Paul Unwin and Brian Whitehead joined 13 other competitors from Division Three to compete for this year’s Title. Favourite this year was top player Martin Taylor from Rivets and he together with Quarrendon’s Craig Saunders, Bucks’ David Barnacle and Tring’s Andrew Bramwell moved into the knockout stage as Group Winners. Runners up Paul Unwin (Quainton), Phil Blind (Sports), Wanda Heppenheimer and Brian Whitehead, both Bucks, joined them to fight for the Title.
The exception to the expected successful group winners was David Simpson but he was placed in a strong group where Martin Taylor and Paul Unwin prevailed. David, however, achieved some success by beating Derek Marlow in the consolation final.
Martin moved into the semi final by beating Wanda to play Phil Blind who had knocked out strong player, Andrew Bramwell. Here Phil continued in sublime form to overturn expectations beating Martin 3-1 and deuce in the fourth leg to go into the final. In the other half of the draw David Barnacle recorded a 4 set victory against Paul to face strong second favourite, Brian Whitehead who had struggled to fend off Craig in 5 sets, having been 2 sets down. Against David, Brian faced another torrid close game but this time he went two sets up, both 11-9. David turned the tables winning the next two sets 11-9 but then seemed down and out at 10-6 in the fifth. With intense concentration he pulled back the deficit and won 12-10 to go into the final.
Phil had been beaten in league matches against David and was searching for a way to counter his steady spin shots. He struggled, however, to put David under any pressure and slipped away in three sets, losing 11-9 in the third. Congratulations to David Barnacle who is our new Division Three Champion for 2016.
DIVISION TWO TOURNAMENT – 2016
MARTIN GILLETT TAKES THE DIV TWO TITLE
A reduced but very strong entry to this year’s Division Two Tournament took place at Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Association on 20 April. Nine players in three groups contested for places in two semi final groups. Top seed Olu Sokoya (Sports) beat David Shapter and Martin Gillett, both from Bucks, to qualify and Martin won two close sets against David to finish runner up. In the other groups Frank Beck (Tring) topped Group 2 followed by Ken Hill (Bucks) despite a strong 5 set contest with Brill’s Pete Nicholson. Pete Edwards from Sports won group 3 beating both Bucks players, David Bradbury and Gerry Saunders with David runner up.
Going into the semi final groups Pete overcame club colleague Olu in 5 sets and Bucks Stalwart, Ken Hill also in 5 sets to meet Martin Gillett in the final. Martin had gradually improved his game with a strong 4 set win against Frank Beck and three sets against David Bradbury. The final was hard fought with Pete taking an early one set lead. Martin levelled and then followed two sets of point for point play with Martin easing ahead 14-12, 12-10 to take this year’s Title. Congratulations go to both players for producing a close game of high standards.
Gerry Saunders won the plate beating David Shapter 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9.
DIVISION ONE TOURNAMENT – 2016
BRADLEY DOES IT
This year’s Division One Tournament attracted 15 entries and proved to be highly competitive with some top class table tennis. Last year’s Champion, Duane Brooks, was favourite having lost only once in the season to Bradley Matthews from Sports. The players were placed into 5 groups with two to go into a knockout but there was an upset when James George from Tring beat Duane in the opening game with a good attacking game in 4 sets. James then had to fight hard to beat Bucks player, Steve Rycraft in 5 sets to win the group. Duane qualified for the knockout in second place.
Other top seeds, Atif Kaudri and Bradley Matthews ( both Sports), progressed without difficulty but Mike Aistrop (Quainton) lost to Gordon Whitehead ( Tring) to qualify as a runner up. Jock Campbell, David Badham (both Sports), Clive Westbury and Tony Wheeler both Longwick made up the numbers for the knockout. Mike made short work of Tony and Clive was much too sharp for David. Young James George earned a semi final place with a fine win against Jock but Bradley was pushed all the way by Mike winning 11-7 in the fifth set to meet James. Bradley was still recovering from the battle with Mike and let James in with a first set win. He then took control to win 3-1 to go into the final.
In the other half of the draw Clive continued in blistering form against Gordon, winning in four sets. Atif faced his only league conqueror, Duane, and lost in three close sets. Duane then faced Clive in the semi final and must have been concerned from their recent league meeting when Clive pushed him to 5 sets. However, Duane won 3-1 to play Bradley in the final. Bradley was taking time to settle in all his games and lost the first two sets without venturing to make Duane work. In the third set he changed his style bringing more top spin into play and eventually levelled the match. The final set was a high class affair with Duane tightening his game to counter Bradley’s attack and Bradley being less adventurous. At 10-8 Bradley made a hurried shot into the net to give Duane hope, but then remembered the shot that was productive, a back hand loop which Duane pushed long to hand the Title over to Bradley for 2016.
It was a skilful final between two Premier standard players and the competition as a whole was enjoyed by all participants.
In the Plate Dom Palmigiano faced his Sports team mate, Josh Edworthy in the final, another good match up which Dom won.
AYLESBURY HANDICAP 2016
TIM TAKES TITLE
This year’s Table Tennis Handicap Tournament at Quarrendon attracted 32 entries from across the 4 Divisions of the Aylesbury League. Group games produced 4 Premier players among the 16 in the first round. Of these Quainton’s Chris Weatherby and James McCafferty moved into the Quarter Finals at the expense of Pete Edwards and Craig Saunders despite their points advantage, only to meet each other. They put on a terrific display playing off equal handicaps with Chris triumphant 22-20,20-22,21-19. Chris then met Dom Palmigiano from Sports who had earned his place in the last 16 by winning his group ahead of Atif Kaudri. Dom had beaten Jock Campbell and David Barnacle before then hitting hard against a weary Chris to reach the final. He then had to wait to see who would win through from the bottom half of the draw. Here his team mates Josh Edworthy and Bradley Matthews had success against Terry Lau and Tim Sallis. But their success then ended with Josh losing to Tim Cheek who had the highest handicap and Bradley lost to Dave Bradbury who was playing superbly. Dave used his forceful forehand to take the first leg against Tim, but Tim with a 13 point deficit to overcome ground out wins in the remaining sets to meet Dom in the final. Dom benefited from an 11 point start but couldn’t maintain his attack against a varied and thoughtful spin game that Tim employed. Tim won 21-16, 21-17 to take the 2016 Handicap Title.
CRAIG WINS FIRST TITLE BUT ALAN TRIES TO SWEEP THE BOARD.
Craig Brown (Bierton)
Alan Cherry (Bierton)
Andy Misseldine & Darren Palmer (Haddenham)
Alan Cherry & Craig Brown (Bierton)
Alan Cherry (Bierton)
Alan Cherry (Bierton)
Mike Atkinson (Sports)
The Annual Table Tennis Championships at Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Association attracted over 30 players this year including defending singles champion from Quainton, Dave Ralls. The higher ranked players in the singles groups moved easily into the knockout stage with past champions Alan Cherry and Andy Misseldine favourites to meet in the final. There were some close encounters in the early rounds with Bellingdon’s Jim Welch needing to go into 5 sets to defeat Tring’s rising star, Matt George. Darren Palmer from Haddenham was similarly pushed hard by Quainton’s James McCafferty only winning 13-11 in the fifth set. The upset of the day was a 4 set victory for Champion Dave Ralls against Haddenham’s best player, Andy Misseldine. Dave then faced Bierton’s Craig Brown who he defeated in last year’s final. This time, at semi final stage, Craig put more spin into his play and managed to win in 4 sets. In the other half of the draw Bierton’s Alan Cherry beat Stuart Brown (Bellingdon), then Tim Cheek (Sports) and Darren Palmer to face his team mate in the final. The first two sets went Craig’s way both 11-9, then Alan tightened his game to draw level. The fifth set was touch and go, but Craig kept his cool and triumphed 11-9 to win his first Aylesbury Title.
Previously Alan and Craig were runners up in the doubles where Andy Misseldine and Darren Palmer triumphed for the first time as a partnership. Having been runner up twice, Alan Cherry played his way through the Veterans and Super Veterans events displaying amazing stamina and intelligent match play. He defeated his team mate, Mick Wilkins twice, and in the final overcame four times Super Vet Champ, Mike Atkinson who had earlier put out Dave Wackrill, winner for the past three years. The Veterans event was a testing affair with Andy Misseldine (winner in 2014 and 2015) having reached the final some time earlier. He had a long wait while Alan prevailed against Mick Wilkins and Darren Palmer, so it was no surprise that he took time to reach his best form, duly losing the first set. He levelled 11-8, and then followed a frantic attack, defence and counter attack with Alan winning 17-15, 12-10. It was a terrific worthy final to bring the day to a close.