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