Millennium Table Tennis Club hosted the inaugural Robin Aston Memorial Tournament on Saturday 25th November.
The event was greatly supported by the table tennis community and local organisations. The day was something Robin would have been proud of, with participation, enjoyment and raising money for charity at the top of the agenda.
36 players competed during the day, with the pairing of Paul Saunders and Ethan Morgan emerging victorious in the main pair’s event after an enjoyable afternoon’s table tennis.
After successfully negotiating their qualifying group with just one defeat the pair defeated Mike Harrison & Christopher Gorman, then Jack Shardlow and Janet Dunkin to reach the final. Shardlow & Dunkin had beaten Lewis Cox & Mike Starkie in their ¼ final.
In the other half of the draw Andrew Hook & Jeff Ward beat Kamil Szuchalski & Jose Munoz, whilst Peter Harris & Matthew Bryer eased passed Ian Luxford & Bob Dunkin to set up a semi final clash. Harris & Bryer were victorious in the tightest of games, and went in to the final as slight favourites.
However, with Saunders regaining some of his old form, and the ever improving Morgan excelling, the pair speed to a convincing 2-0 win to take the title.
In the consolation event, Ashley Cox and John Cook squeezed past Ian Harrison & Callum Fairbrother to set up a final clash with Cameron Aris & Oliver, who defeated Colin Astbury & Will Heynes in their semi-final. Despite an earlier defeat to the Aris & Oliver, it was Cox and Cook that took the trophy in a close game.
The single point event brought great entertainment to players and crowd, with many surprise results. Jack Shardlow & Michael Harrison beat Marco Parra & Tony Gorman respectively at the ¼ final stage to set up a semi-final. After a long rally Shardlow’s lack of attacking intent cost him, as Harrison picked the winning shot to book a place in the final.
In the other half of the draw surprise package Jose Munoz beat Will Heynes to face Jeff Ward in the semi-final. Ward had beaten Mike Starkie In the ¼ final. Munoz again upset the form book to book his final place. Harrison’s experience came through, forcing the error from Munoz to claim the title.
In the eagerly awaited clash of the day, Gillian & Marie were triumphant in the ‘Aston derby’, coming out winners again Mark & Jeremy. Training for next year’s rematch has already begun.
A fantastic total of £690 was raised on the day, to be split between Millennium TTC and Katharine House Hospice.
Millennium TTC and the organisers would like to thank everyone who played a part in the making the day such a success. Of course the players, supporters, all that sold and purchased raffle tickets.
Particular thanks should go to the following individuals, Ian Harrison & Les Chappell for their behind the scenes support, Louise Hook, Julie Hook, Elaine Cook, Helen Harrison for the off the table assistance and donations during the day, and ensuring every was fed & watered, and bought raffle tickets. John Cook and the members of Millennium TTC for setting up and taking down the equipment.
The following organisations & individuals are also acknowledged for their support and generosity:
Photo’s of the day can be found on the B&DTTA Facebook page