Burgess Hill 2 Star May 2014
Burgess Hill 2 Star Report:
Gozcu Gets Gold, Silva Snatches Silver
58 players took part in the Burgess Hill 2 Star
on 18th May at the Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill. There were five age
categories U10s, U12s, U14s, U16s and U18s. The next Burgess Hill 2 Star is on
8th June and the form is available on the Table Tennis England website.
U10s: Nikit Nails It
There were eight U10s in a round robin group (all playing each other). Most
of the matches were 3-0, but Rahy Premji (Mi) was involved in the only two five
game matches and lost both of them to Horsham Spinners TTC players Louie Harris
and Max Mildren. Young Harry Yip (Horsham), who turned eight in February and was
the youngest entrant, excelled to win four matches in his first ever competition
and he finished in fourth place. Second seed, Nikit Sajiv (Sy) topped the group,
beating top seed, Felix Thomis (Bk) 3-0. Thomis got the silver medal and Harry
Filson of Horsham Spinners TTC got the bronze, losing to both Sajiv and Thomis
U12s: Chamdal Champion
There were 16 players in the U12s in four groups. There were no major
surprises in the groups, with all of the seeds topping the groups. There was
only one upset in the quarter finals, as Sajiv again defeated Thomis, this time
in five games. However Sajiv was knocked out by top seed Reece Chamdal (Ox) in
straight sets. Second seed, Zaiim Premji (Mi) also progressed to the final with
a win over the third seed, Ryan Darwen (Bognor Regis) 3-1. Chamdal was too
strong for Premji in the final winning 3-0. Darwen defeated Sajiv in four to
take the bronze medal. In the consolation final Eugene Armah (Mi) comfortably
beat London Academy club mate, Patricia Ianau (Mi).
U14s: Joy for George
There was a massive entry of 32 players in the U14s, split into eight
groups. Two of the eight seeds failed to win their group and one had a close
call. George Coulson (He), the fifth seed, had to fend off a five-set challenge
from Alistair Smith (East Grinstead) to win Group 5, while Darwen overcame
seventh seed, Theo Achampong (Mi) over five ends, to win Group 7 and Premji
toppled George Long (Mi) in four to win Group 8. There were no unexpected
results in Round 1, with all group winners progressing to the quarters, where
upsets came in thick and fast. Firstly top seed Reiss Vydelingum (K) fell to
Premji 11-9 in the fifth, while Coulson triumphed over the slightly higher
ranked Harry Nicholls (Co). Then impressively sixth seed, Dexter Sherin (Lewes)
knocked out third seed, the diminutive Jamie Liu (Bk) in straight sets. Second
seed George Hazell (Horsham) wasted no time in disposing of Darwen. Coulson
brought Premji’s impressive run to an end in a comfortable semi-final, whereas
Sherin extended the favourite Hazell to the fifth set before succumbing. Hazell
easily beat Coulson in the final. Sherin won the bronze with a very easy win
over Premji. Ryan Barnett (Mi) was too strong for Rokas Dedinas (E) in the
consolation final.
U16s: Kleber Cleans Up
There were 22 entrants in this event in six groups. Fifth seed Will
Goodstone (Eastbourne) was the only seed to come unstuck, as he lost to
Nicholls. However, although Sherin defeating Vydelingum in Group 6 was an
expected win in a junior event, such as this one, had it been in a cadet event
like the U14s, it would have been a very good win. Sherin continued his good
form into the quarter finals with his best win yet-a 3-0 win over no. 3 seed,
Jake Mitchell (Sy), who is over 260 points above him. The other quarters
produced expected wins for Shaquille Webb-Dixon (Sy), the top seed over
Vydelingum, Eren Gozcu (Mi) over Nicholls and Kleber Silva (E), the no. 2 seed
over Goodstone. Gozcu did well to extend Webb-Dixon to five ends, but faltered
in the fifth. The final was a four set win for Silva. Gozcu beat Sherin in four
for the bronze medal. Joe Worskett (Horsham) clinched the consolation with a
final win over Milan Sajiv (Sy) by 11-9 in the fifth.
U18s: Gozcu Gets Gold, Silva Snatches Silver
There were four groups of three in the U18s. The groups went as planned and
all the top four seeds negotiated the quarter finals with ease to get to the
semis. Webb-Dixon and Gozcu met again, but this time Gozcu came out on top
having lost the first two ends. The other semi was another five gamer with Silva
seeing off Mitchell. Gozcu breathed a sigh of relief as he snatched the win in
the closest final of the day 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9. The third/fourth
place play-off was equally close with Webb-Dixon overcoming club mate Mitchell
14-12, 7-11, 14-12, 13-15, 11-9. The consolation was won by Numayr Malik (E) in
three close games over Freddy Goodall (Horsham Spinners TTC) 11-9, 16-14, 12-10.
Final Results:
1st: Nikit Sajiv (Sy)
2nd: Felix Thomis (Bk)
3rd: Harry Filson (Sx)

Main: Reece Chamdal (Ox) beat Zaiim Premji (Mi) 11-9, 11-7, 11-5

Consolation: Eugene Armah (Mi) beat Patricia Ianau (Mi) 11-7, 11-5, 13-11


Main: George Hazell (Sx) beat George Coulson (He) 11-7, 11-1, 11-8

Consolation: Ryan Barnett (Mi) beat Rokas Dedinas (E) 11-2, 11-9, 11-6

Main: Kleber Silva (E) beat Shaquille Webb-Dixon (Sy) 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9
Consolation: Joe Worskett (Sx) beat Milan Sajiv (Sy) 11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9
Main: Eren Gozcu (Mi) beat Kleber Silva (E) 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9
Consolation: Numayr Malik (E) beat Freddy Goodall (Sx) 11-9, 16-14, 12-10
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