JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
COUNTY RANKED PLAYERS SHOW QUALITY IN ANNUAL TOURNAMENT
Apart from defending Champion, James George, the Aylesbury Junior Tournament had a completely different player mix compared to last year. New players included Aylesbury’s Chloe Cox, Nathan Jones and Richard Wheeler along with Oscar Hofhansl, Callum York, Asher Levinson and Marlie Gregory from the Cadets. Jack Bacon and Jean-Paul (JP) Yoxall from last year were joined by Pranav Gudipati from Chesham.
James in his last year in the Juniors had his work cut out by Jack Bacon and they both went through to the knockout stage. JP, Marlie, Pranav and Nathan joined them. James saw off Marlie’s challenge but the draw brought Jack against JP and they put on a fine display of attacking play, Jack storming into a two set lead. JP pegged it back to 2 all and then they battled tooth and nail until Jack won 16-14 in the fifth set. This brought him up against Pranav who had dispatched Nathan, but here Jack held his own, just losing the second set 17-15, but taking the third set, 12-10. Pranav won in the end to face James in the final. The spectators were entertained by some flourishing attacking play from the County under 18 number 2 (James) and Pranav who is County number 3 in the rankings. Whilst both players like to attack and the left-handed James brings a different aspect to the game, both were able to push and pry for the right ball to attack. James went into a two set lead, after deuce in the first game, then Pranav upped his play to take the third set. James is noted for his calm approach and he came back to quell the Chesham charge winning 11-7 to take the Juniors Title for the fifth time in a row.
CADET and RIDDELL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
From an original entry of 31 youngsters across The Aylesbury Vale, this year’s Riddell Cadet Championships proved to be an enthralling evening at Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Association on 23 January, proving that Junior Table Tennis is flourishing in Bucks.
20 players competed in 5 groups of four. With last year’s winner Alfie Lyons missing, a new champion was crowned. The potential amongst the younger combatants was exciting to see with two players from each group proceeding to the knockout stage. Chesham, taking part for the first time, provided strong players in Saarthak Kesarwani, Edward Overy and Aarav Koteshwar. Oscar Hofhansl, Maxim Plumridge, and Luke Riley represented Aylesbury together with new players, Dylan Morley, Lukas Schroder-Martin and Dan Meadows-Taylor. Quainton provided Callum York and Asher Levinson. It was again exciting to see three strong girl players competing at this level, with Gabriella Tonev, Aliya Power and Marlie Gregory to the fore.
From the groups, Saarthak powered through against Luke, Oscar won comfortably against Dan, Aarav had to work hard in 5 sets to overcome Gabriella, Aliya beat Callum in 4 tough sets and Edward beat Marlie. Saarthak had a closer game against Oscar, albeit winning in 3 sets, to move into the final. Aliya had to go to 4 sets to overcome Koteshwar to play Edward for a place in the final. Edward proved just too strong and faced Saarthak in an all Chesham final. Being a year older, Saarthak used his stronger play to take the Riddell Trophy in three sets
James George and Alfie Lyons (Tring Club) did Aylesbury proud in the highly competitive zonal round of the Carter Cup at Corby. In addition to ourselves, Watford, Wembley & Harrow and Central London fielded teams of 2 players each.
We comfortably beat Watford 5-0, the weakest side, but lost 4 -1 to Central London (James getting a useful 3-2 win). We also lost 5-0 to Wembley and Harrow but the defeats don’t tell the full story as actually both boys took games off the opposition and there were a number of very narrow game losses. Fair to say we competed markedly better than the efforts of two and three years ago so great progress has been made.
Well done James and Alfie.
BERKHAMSTED SCHOOL WIN UNDER 11's
Greenway Primary from Berkhamsted proved the class outfit of the event as they won all three matches on their way to the title.
They defeated Earls Hall Primary from Westcliff on Sea 6-2, St Peter’s CE Academy (Nottingham) 8-0 and St Bede’s Junior (Widnes) 7-1.
Earls Hall won their other two matches 8-0 against St Peter’s and 7-1 against St Bede’s to finish in second place.
But it was the race for third which proved exciting as St Peter’s and St Bede’s drew 4-4. With the game scores also level at 16-16, it came down to points. There were just two separating the teams as the verdict went 299-297 in favour of St Peter’s. It was harsh on St Bede’s, who four times battled back to level in that final match.
For the winning team, Gabriella ‘Bella’ Tonev said: “It feels good, it hasn’t sunk in yet. Mr Lewis and Mr Loczy believed in us and said if you put your mind to anything, you can achieve it. We stayed positive and good support helped us to win.”
Lilly Atkin gave up the chance to be bridesmaid for a family friend, but was travelling to the reception with her trophy. She said: “It was worth it!”
Winning squad: Aliya Power, Gabriella Tonev, Lilly Atkin, Sophie Mabbs.
TRING YOUNGSTERS STAR
Two juniors, Gabriella Tonev and Aliya Power, who attend the Monday coaching sessions run by the Tring Table Tennis Club. are part of a Table Tennis team of four for their school, Greenway Primary & Nursery School, Berkhamsted.
They are entered, for their age group, in the Butterfly National School competition under the auspices of the English Schools Table Tennis Association [ESTTA].
They have won through three previous rounds, and on Saturday 3 February they won the regional round at Bristol to qualify for the National finals to be held at Hinkley Leisure Centre, Leicestershire on 10 March 2018.
Tring TTC and ADTTL wish Gabriella and Aliya the best of luck on that day - and also extend it to the other two members of the team as well.
CADET/JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS see below for knockout scores
JAMES AND ALFIE TAKE TITLES
From an original entry of 30 youngsters across The Aylesbury Vale, this year’s Junior and Riddell Cadet Championships proved to be an enthralling evening at Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Association on 31 January.
The Cadets provided the largest entry with 25 with last year’s champion, Alex Wood, now too old and only being able to contest the Junior Title this year. His Tring clubmate, Alfie Lyons, was the undoubted favourite having missed last year’s competition. The potential amongst the younger combatants was exciting to see with 7 groups playing round robin games to determine which two could proceed to the knockout stage. The Tring Club had the strength with John Paul Yoxall and Alfie moving smoothly into the final. All the other knockout players will improve for future years with Oscar Hofhansl, Maxim Plumridge, Jonny Webb, Valentino Wright, Jaydon Hedges and Luke Riley all impressive. It was also exciting to see three girls competing at this level, with Gabriella Tonev, Aliya Power and Marlie Gregory to the fore.
Alfie faced John Paul in the final and proved to be too strong with a three set win to take his first Riddell Cadet Title.
In the Junior event Alfie was also very strong eclipsing Marlie and Alex Wood to reach the final where he faced James George for the second year running. James had warmed up with testing encounters against Oscar and John Paul. In the final Alfie raced into an 8-2 lead tempting us to think that he might do the double. James remained cool and fought back just losing 11-9. He was again behind in the second set but caught Alfie on deuce and then eased through 12-10. It was an exciting attacking match up and James changed his game to put Alfie under pressure when trying to put his shots away. James managed to take the next two sets 5 and 8 to take his 4th Junior Title in succession. The final was as good as will be on show in the Seniors Tournament and both boys are congratulated on giving us a brilliant display of modern table tennis.
We held one Consolation event for the Cadets with James Passmore beating Bowden Plumridge 11/7,10/12,11/3.
RIDDELL KNOCKOUT TABLE
John Paul Yoxall
John Paul Yoxall
John Paul Yoxall
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JUNIOR KNOCKOUT TABLE
John Paul Yoxall
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RIDDELL TROPHY 2017
TRING’S ALEX WOOD TRIUMPHANT
The Aylesbury Table Tennis League held its Cadet (under 15 years) Championship at The Quarrendon Centre on Weds March 8th. 18 young players from the Bierton, Quainton, Quarrendon and Tring Clubs competed enthusiastically for two and a half hours for the Steve Riddell Trophy.
The outstanding players in the group stages were Jack Bacon (Quarrendon), Alex Wood (Tring) and Oscar Hofhansel (Bierton). The hardest group to qualify from involved Jaydon Hedges (Tring), Luke Riley (Quarrendon) and Loui Bowman (Tring). Jaydon had to play his best table tennis to overcome Luke and progress to the semi finals. But he and Jack Bacon went out in the semi finals leaving Oscar Hofhansel and Alex Wood to battle out the final. This was hotly contested with Oscar winning the first leg, although Alex fought back to take the next two. A determined Oscar came back from 10 – 7 down in the fourth to win. The fifth leg was fought tooth and nail with Alex finally triumphant 13 – 11 to maintain the Tring Club’s hold on the trophy.
It was a brilliant evening of fine table tennis from all the competitors capped with a superb display from the finalists. Congratulations to our 2017 Riddell Champion, Alex Wood.
ADDTL Junior Table TennisChampionship 2017
Tring Players star at The Aylesbury Junior Table Tennis Tournament held on 8th February 2017
The Quarrendon Centre was delighted to welcome Players from around Aylesbury as far as Tring to compete in the annual Aylesbury League Junior Tournament.
It was particularly pleasing to watch the Youngsters playing the game as it should be played; competitively and with good grace.
The support of Parents and Guardians for the evening was very pleasing
2 competitions were held;
There was a good mix of player abilities and ages and all matches were hard fought but, the main Competition, was dominated by the Players from Tring who all appeared in the main Competition Semi-finals
The Competition Proper commenced with Group Stages and thence to a straight “knockout”
The Group Stage Winners; James George, Thomas Ludlow, Valentino Maifre-Wright and Alfie Lyons went forward (together with Runners Up) to the knockout stage (Quarter finals) where: -
James George beat Joel Miller;
Thomas Ludlow beat Jack Bacon
Jean-Paul Yoxall beat Valentino Maifre-Wright;
Alfie Lyons beat Gianluca Maifre-Wright.
The Semi Finals featured: -
James George who bettered Thomas Ludlow
Alfie Lyons who overcame Jean-Paul Yoxall
Which; in turn led to an all Tring Final
Last year’s Winner James George (Tring TTC) again dominated and ran out the Winner against Alfie Lyons (also of Tring TTC)
The Consolation Competition, as may be expected, was contested by players who are relatively new to Table Tennis but who each graced a lively competition with Luke Riley too strong for newcomer Marlie Gregory and Joel Miller ran out the stronger against Richard Wheeler
In what was a fairly close Final: - Luke Riley overcame Joel Miller
Finally, League President Rob Sargeant presented the well deserved awards
Many thanks to the Tournament Organiser, Brian Whitehead.
Finalists James George on left (winner) with Josh Edworthy (runner up)
JAMES COMPLETES THE DOUBLE
The Annual Under 18 Junior Competition was held at Quarrendon & Meadowcroft Community Association last Wednesday 9 March 2016, where Cadet Champion, James George, defended the trophy that he won last year.
His opponent from last year’s final, Josh Edworthy, was making his last attempt to win the title before reaching 18 years of age. He made his way resolutely through his opposition joining his Sports team mate, Dom Palmigiano and Alfie Lyons from Tring in the quarter finals. Plaudits go to Tom Ludlow, James Massa and Jack Bacon for reaching the quarter finals also where James George was afforded a bye. Here James Massa fought back from two sets down to beat Dom Palmigiano, but Alfie had three close sets to overcome Tom. Josh defended well to stop the hard attacking Jack Bacon to then face James Massa in the semi final. Alfie had to meet his club mate, James George, in the other semi.
James Massa was in good form as he took a set off Josh before going down but Alfie fought tooth and nail taking a two set lead against James George. James used his experience to dig in and fight back taking the last three sets.
The repeat of last year’s final between Josh and James swung one way then the other with both protagonists exploring each other’s weaknesses. First James had success with Josh unable to hit cleanly when needed. In the second set Josh discovered the shots and levelled the sets, only for James to change the play and go 2-1. Josh rethought his strategy and pulled out a comeback 11-8 to once again level the sets. A resolute approach from James turned a 4-2 deficit in the fifth set into 11-6 and victory for the second year. It was a worthy final and a good advertisement for Junior Table Tennis.
In the consolation event Liam O’Callaghan overcame Adi Roy and Jack Clark in some very close and long encounters to take a well deserved win.
Many thanks go to The Organiser, Brian Whitehead, for an enjoyable event.
STEVE RIDDELL CADET TROPHY
JAMES GEORGE RETAINED THE STEVE RIDDELL TROPHY
For scores see below
There were fourteen youngsters under the age of 15 contesting the Steve Riddell Cup at Quarrendon Community Association on 24 February, a larger entry than seen in previous years. Last year's Champion, James George, faced challenges from his Tring Club players along with the Quarrendon group and James Massa from Sports.
From the group stages it was pleasing to see the new boys, Valentino and Gianluca Maifre-Wright and Nathan Jones win through to the quarter finals along with James George, Alex Wood, George Leaver, Jack Bacon and James Massa. Valentino faced favourite James George and won the third leg 11-6 in losing 3-1, Gianluca lost to James Massa, Jack Bacon smoothly progressed beating Nathan and Alex Wood pipped George Leaver.
At the semi final stage, two seeded players were included to make two semi final groups and here the current league players showed their ascendency. James George had Alfie Lyons and Alex Wood to beat to reach the final and although they both pushed him close he finished the games without dropping a set. In the other group Ted Holland proved too good for James Massa, but it took 4 sets to beat Jack Bacon who clearly made things uncomfortable with his all out attacking style.
The final saw James George win fairly comfortably in the end against Ted Holland to retain the Steve Riddell Cadet Trophy for another year.
In the Consolation event Luke Riley beat Yusuf Azram and Joel Miller beat Richard Weeler to meet in the final. Here Luke won in three sets and was rightly very pleased with his win.
Thanks to Brian Whitehead, The Organiser, for a brilliant tournament.
The Steve Riddell Trophy - ADTTL Cadet Championship 2016
12 entrants joined the Group Stage.
Group winners were James George, Alex Wood, Jack Bacon and James Massa.
Group winners and runners up then entered the knockout stage.
James George beat Valentino Maifre- Wright 2 / 2 / -6 / 1; Alex Wood beat George Leaver 2 / 8 / 10
Jack Bacon beat Nathan Jones 4 / 5 / 5; James Massa beat Gianluca Maifre-Wright 3 / 2 / 3
With the late arrival of two players the semi finals became semi final groups
S/F Group 1 : George beat Lyons 6 / 11 / 9; Lyons beat Wood 5 / 6 / 2; George beat Wood 6 / 7 / 10
winner James George, runner up Alfie Lyons
S/F Group 2 : Holland beat Bacon 8 / -7 / 7 / 9; Massa beat Bacon 9 / 9 / 4; Holland beat Massa 9 / -7 / 12 / -4 / 10
Winner: Ted Holland, runner up James Massa
CADET CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL : James George beat Ted Holland 8 / 4 / 9
JAMES GEORGE RETAINED THE STEVE RIDDELL TROPHY
S/F 1 Joel Miller beat Richard Wheeler 2 / 5 / -7 / 3; S/F 2 Luke Riley beat Yusef Azram 6 / 8 / 6; FINAL Luke Riley beat Joel Miller 4 / 5 / 8