This year’s IOMTTA prize presentation evening was held at The Crescent Hotel in Douglas on Friday 23rd May. There were few surprises as the winners of most of the trophies are known in advance but there are some discretionary awards and this always causes an element of expectation, and no doubt a few friendly side-bets, amongst those who try to guess the likely recipients.

Probably the most poignant presentation was made to Tim Baker by his mother Nola who was delighted to present Tim with The Gordon Baker Trophy for service to table tennis. It was fitting that Tim should receive the award which commemorates his late father who was a prominent player and supporter of island table tennis.

Tim has continued the family tradition and is our diligent and inspirational league secretary. He also founded the Ramsey club which meets on a Thursday at Ramsey Grammar School. Such has been its success that, with the help of a generous donation from The Isle of Man Lions Club, they have recently increased the capacity from four to five tables which are also available for the school to use. There are now around 30 regular players aged 7-14 coached by Tim and assisted by Rhys Yardley. The practice is obviously paying off because the North team were victorious at the Manx Youth Games.

It was great to see Jean Looker in attendance accompanied by her granddaughter Charlotte who played in the league before she went off to university. They were there to present the Malcolm Looker Memorial Trophy to Copy Shop’s Sean Drewry who had won the Junior Top 12 competition this season. Malcolm, who passed away in 2012, was also a Copy Shop player and would have approved that his name will from now on be linked with this competition as he loved to coach juniors.

The Glyn Gilbert Trophy went to the veteran of the year Maurice Campbell who in turn presented the divisional trophies to the winners. Former island international players John Shooter and Gary Proctor helped bestow the remaining trophies including the Greystone LLC sponsored Island Closed Championship shields most of which went to the defending champion and current island number one player Ronan McDonnell. The full list of award winners is shown below:   

2013/14 Table Tennis Competition Winners

 Division 1 Champions

Copy Shop A

 Division 1 Runners up

Arbory A

 Division 2 Champions

Travellers B

 Division 2 Runners up

Zurich Spinners

 Division 3 Champions

Travellers D

 Division 3 Runners up

Peel C

Fun Doubles Winners

Ronan McDonnell & Margaret Forsyth

Fun Doubles Runners Up

Paul Corran & Pat Halliwell

Harold Wilcock Hard Bat Champion

Mark Johnson

Harold Wilcock Hard Bat Runner up

Malc Lewis

Top Twelve Tournament Champion

Ronan McDonnell

Top Twelve Runner up

Paul Corran

Most improved player

Harry Walters

Ronnie Clough Trophy (Best junior newcomer)

Sasha Thomas

Tony Brown Trophy (Best average in 3rd div)

Kevin Drewry

Gordon Baker Trophy (contribution to TT)

Tim Baker

Glyn Gilbert Trophy (veteran of the year)

Maurice Campbell

Maria Bubb Trophy (best under 11 girl)

Freya Melvin

Men’s Singles Over 60 Champion

Malc Lewis

Men’s Singles Over 60 Runner up

Graham McFarlane

Men’s Doubles Over 40 Champions

John Magnall & Andy Horne

Men’s Doubles Over 40 Runners up

Tim Baker & Julian Briercliffe

Men’s Doubles Over 50 Champions

Malc Lewis & Steve Curtis

Men’s Doubles Over 50 Runners up

Graham McFarlane & Andy Horne

Divisional Championships

Division 1 Singles Champion

Mark Johnson

Division 1 Singles Runner up

Ronan McDonnell

Division 2 Singles Champion

Malc Lewis

Division 2 Singles Runner up

Rhys Yardley

Division 3 Singles Champion

Kevin Drewry

Division 3 Singles Runner up

Juan Moore

Island Closed Championships

Sponsored by Greystone LLC

Men’s Singles Champion

Ronan McDonnell

Men’s Singles Runner up

Paul Corran

Men’s Doubles Champions

Ronan McDonnell & Hadyn McLarney

Men’s Doubles Runners up

Julian Briercliffe & Andy Horne

Mixed Doubles Champions

Maggie Mulhern & Hadyn McLarney

Mixed Doubles Runners up

Kerenza Baker & Tim Baker

Island Junior Championships

Sponsored by Greystone LLC

Under 12 Singles Champion

Freya Melvin

Under 12 Singles Runner Up

Zac Walker

Under 14 Singles Champion

Juan Moore

Under 14 Singles Runner Up

Nathan Evans

Under 16 Singles Champion

Sean Drewry

Under 16 Singles Runner Up

Keeran Chan

Under 18 Singles Champion

Ronan McDonnell

Under 18 Singles Runner Up

Sean  Drewry

Junior Girls Singles Champion

Kerenza Baker

Junior Girls Singles Runner Up

Freya Melvin

Malcolm Looker Memorial Trophy

Junior Top 12 Champion

Sean  Drewry

Junior Top 12 Runner Up

Hadyn McLarney

Author: via Isle Of Man Table Tennis Association
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