Closed Tournament 2016/17 - Finals Night
Tuesday 2nd May 2017, Bluehouse Farm.
U21 final - Liam Squirrel beat Peter Windley 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-6
Open singles semi - Keith Adams beat Ian Wall 11-7, 11-5, 11-6
Open singles semi - Reece Seddon beat Kim Shead 11-1, 11-5, 11-6
Mixed Doubles final - Frances Hutt & Paul Sturton beat Sue Hickman & Louis Brown 11-4, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6
Open Doubles final - Bruce Kettle & Kim Shead beat Keith Adams & David Gatheral 11-7 , 8-11 , 8-11, 11-5 , 11-9
Over 60s final - Peter Saunders beat Peter Cranmer 12-14, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-5
Open singles final - Keith Adams beat Reece Seddon 12-10, 11-5, 11-9
Ladies singles Lin Roff (R/up Sue Hickman)
Over 70s singles Dave Carter (R/up Peter Cranmer)
Premier restricted singles Paul Sturton (R/up Peter Windley)
Division 1 singles Peter Cranmer (R/up Trevor Carter)
Division 2 singles Frances Hutt (R/up Paul Franklin)
Handicap singles Paul Sturton (R/up Andy Hart)
Handicap consolation event Charles Yeung (R/up Pat White)
It is pleasing to see growth in the entry numbers; Senior entrants for 2016/17 = 38 (2015/16 = 20).
By the time we have finished Finals night there will have been 125 matches played in 12 events; and this excludes the well subscribed junior events. This does provide some challenges with the venues/scheduling and I hope that all participants enjoyed the event. Please feel free to give any feedback to me (Keith Adams) as we look to improve the event moving forward. My thanks go to the helpers on the various nights - in particular Anton Ranjit-Singh, Keith Cullen, Bruce Kettle, Alan Wood plus all those who lent a hand setting up, putting away and umpiring.
Tuesday 18th April, Bluehouse Farm
Over 60s singles.
This was played in a two group format, and the top two seeds (s1 Pete Saunders, s2 Peter Cranmer) navigated their groups with minimal drama to set up a fascinating final; very difficult to call and a game to look forward to.
Over 70s singles.
Played to its conclusion, this event was very competitive and provided arguably the first ‘upset’ of the tournament courtesy of an inspired Dave Carter. On paper Peter Cranmer was favourite to win this round robin competition. However Dave provided an inspired display of allround table tennis, mixing solid defence with a very mobile and effective attack to defeat both Peter and Dave Kirston, who provided solid resistance against both of his opponents despite emerging winless. Congratulations to Dave Carter, a worthy winner.
Ladies singles was played to a conclusion in a round robin group, and Lin Roff retained her title without dropping an end. This does not tell the full story however, as Sue Hickman pushed Hickman pushed Lin very close in the first two ends before falling 12-10,11-9,11-6. Sue came 2nd in the group to win the runners-up prize.
Thursday 20th April, Selex
Premier Division restricted singles.
This competition was open to players with an up to 67% winning average in the current league season. A group format was used, with 4 seeded players expected to make their way through to the semi-finals. However whilst Paul Sturton and Peter Windley progressed as expected (Paul having been extended to 5 sets by Sue Hickman) the other 2 seeds were eliminated; firstly David Gatheral was defeated by Dave Moles in an extremely close contest (5-11,9-11,11-6,11-4,9-11) and then Garry Hartgrove was defeated by Gareth Davies (10-12,12-10,11-8,11-4).
Paul Sturton then defeated Dave Moles in the first semi final, the match starting very competitively before Paul took control (11-8,9-11,11-3,11-3). In semi final two Peter Windley overcame Gareth Davies in straight sets.
Paul then proceeded to defeat Peter in straight sets (11-8,11-5,11-9) to become the first winner of this new event.
Division 1 singles.
With 5 entrants this was played as a giant round robin format, and Peter Cranmer was completely dominant, winning all 4 of his games in straight sets to claim this title. The battle for 2nd was far from clear cut, with three players (Andy Hart, Justin Davis and Trevor Carter) all winning two matches each. Countback awarded the silver medal to Trevor, with superior game difference.
Division 2 singles.
Division 2 singles was also a 5 player round robin, and was very competitive with most games going to 4 or 5 ends. Buttsbury’s Frances Hutt emerged victorious with a full house of 4 wins, with Paul Franklin securing 2nd - just - courtesy of a 13-11 win in the 5th vs Colin Hart.
This was played as a round robin group, and we will see some first-time appearances at finals night with Frances Hutt and Paul Sturton facing Sue Hickman and Louis Brown after both pairs qualified in relative comfort.
Tuesday 25th April, Bluehouse Farm
Handicap singles attracted 21 entries playing ‘short format’ handicap games to 11 points. Handicaps ranged from -16 (27 points to win a game) to + 5 (6 points to win a game). There were many close games (validating the league's official handicaps) and all three divisions were represented at semi final stage. In the first semi-final Peter Windley was unable to overturn a 5 point starting deficit and Andy Hart progressed to the final.
In the other half Paul Sturton displayed remarkable consistency and triumphed despite the -8 vs +5 starting deficit conceded to Mike Lucey, who had himself reached the semi final stage with wins over Mike Newman (-1) and Bruce Kettle (-14).
The final was an excellent game with Paul just closing out the game 7-11, 12-14 to win his second title of the tournament.
All first and second round losers were entered into a consolation competition which was won relatively comfortably by Charles Yeung, ultimately beating Pat White in the final.
Thursday 27th April, Selex
28 Entries this year. The four top seeds (Adams s1, Seddon s2, Shead s3, Wall s4) have all progressed to the semi-final stage, to be played on finals night, but not without a little drama. Most notably seventh seed Les Hoey went 2-1 up on Reece Seddon in their quarter final, before Reece motored to a 11-9, 4-11,11-7,4-11,3-11 victory. Les himself had survived a tough encounter narrowly beating Paul Sturton in the previous round 11-8,13-11,7-11,9-11,11-7.
In the last 16 there was a classic encounter between 5th Seed Bruce Kettle and the dangerous non-seed Lee McHugh. This went all the way to the wire, Bruce having to adapt his playing style and leave the table to eventually cross the line 8-11,11-8,7-11,11-9,11-8. In the next round Ian Wall ended Bruce’s challenge with a 10-12,11-8,11-4,11-9 win to reverse a recent league defeat. Other notable performances were Peter Windley’s elimination of 7th seed Paul Brown 11-8,11-6,17-19,11-7 and Caroline Cole’s 13-11,11-8,4-11,11-7 win over David Gatheral.
14 pairs. Top seeds were Keith Adams and Babul McLeod, but after Babul had to withdraw at late notice that pairing became Adams and David Gatheral. Seeding predicted that Adams/Gatheral would meet 4th seeds Paul Nicol/Lee McHugh in the semi final, however Ian Wall and Peter Cranmer defeated them convincingly 11-5,11-4,11-6. Ian and Peter them put in another spirited performance but were unable to get past Adams and Gatheral being defeated 12-10,11-7,8-11,11-5. This booked Adams and Gatheral a place in the final.
In the bottom half there was a first round upset as last year’s finalists and 3rd seeds Seddon and Brown were defeated by White and Hoey in an epic encounter 9-11,11-6,10-12,11-6,8-11. Les and Pat were one match away from a finals night appearance but were beaten by number 2 seeds Bruce Kettle and Kim Shead to set up an interesting final, to be played on finals night.
Unfortunately time did not allow for the completion of the consolation singles.
Under 21 runner up Peter Windley and Winner Liam Squirrel
Ian Wall kindly filmed Final's night and has put the footage onto YouTube. They've come out very well and you can view the videos on this link;
Keith Adams, Tournament Secretary.