Eastern Valley League Tournament 2016 - Update 1

After the first 2 weeks of the Eastern Valley League Tournaments, Division Two Singles has reached the final and Division One Singles has reached the Semi-final stage.

In Division Two the final will be played between Mike Blatchford (Cwmbran Panthers) and Wayne Ford (Cwmbran Fellows).

In the group stages there was a surprise win for Callum Hunt (Blaenavon Bulldogs) over the 5th seed Howard Gaut (Cwmbran Panthers). Generally the results in the groups went with the seedings, although Matthew Cullingford  and Marta Morris overcome higher ranked opponents to reach the knockout stages. Round One and the quarter finals all went with the seedings, which gave a semi-final lineup of Blatchford v Lincoln Alford (Blaenavon Bulldogs) and Ford v Yuri Cherkasenko (Cwmbran Panthers). Both semi-finals had similar outcomes with Blatchford and Ford winning their first 2 sets quite comfortably. However, Alford and Cherkasenko fought back well to win the third set before losing tight 4th sets.

In Division One the Semi-final line up will be Lee Thomas (Cwmbran Colts) v Tony Collins (Cwmbran Aztecs) and Chris Price (Bristol Nomads) and Roger Grech (Cwmbran Blues).

In the group stages there was a shock when 3rd seed Mark Farrow (Cwmbran Blues) failed to progress to the knockout stages after losing to both Louis Price (Bristol Nomads) and Eric Turner (Ymca Preachers). Perhaps the signs were there when he struggled to overcome Howard Gaut from Division Two in 5 sets. The other quarter finalists were as expected although David Lloyd (YMCA Preachers) can consider himself unlucky not to have progressed after titanic matches in his group. He took the number one seed Lee Thomas (Cwmbran Colts) all the way before losing in 5 sets and then again went down 13-15 in the 5th set against his namesake David D Lloyd from Bristol Nomads. The quarter finals again went according to seedings, however, Grech had a close match against young Louis Price before winning in 5 sets. The other results saw Thomas beating Claire Flannagan (YMCA Preachers); Collins beating Turner; Chris Price beating David D Lloyd.

Remaining matches in the Div. One and Div. Two tournaments will be held on finals day on 12th April.

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