Rising National Star Holly sweeps all before her

Rising national star Holly sweeps all before her

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: February 19, 2015

By STEPHEN DIXON Sports Writer

  • NET GAINS: Charlie Dalton from Elburton Primary plays Keiran Davy from Knowle Primary. (Left) Elburton Primary's Ollie Cornish. And (top) the Devon schools individual table tennis championships field

  • NET GAINS: Charlie Dalton from Elburton Primary plays Keiran Davy from Knowle Primary. (Left) Elburton Primary's Ollie Cornish. And (top) the Devon schools individual table tennis championships field

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PLYMOUTH played host to the Devon schools individual table tennis championships – and Montpelier's Holly Smithson became the headline act for the fast-growing event.

Smithson – now ranked 12th in the country for her under-11 age group – swept to victory without dropping a set throughout the tournament.

More than 230 competitors travelled to Eggbuckland Community College and Plymouth District League Headquarters on Desborough Road to contest the titles for the under-11, 13, 16 and 19 age groups.

Okehampton's Luke Bennett came out on top of the fiercely competitive tournament – getting the better of 31 other entrants to become under-11 boys' champion.

The event that attracted the most entrants was the under-16 boys category with 72 players travelling to Plymouth from around the county to compete.

Ed Haskell, from Okehampton, came out on top, fending off Stover's Kelvyn Cheung in the final.

Sisters Holly and Jaz Johns from Kevics, in Paignton, were crowned winners of the under-19 and under-16 categories respectively.

And Jordan Bone defeated Ollie Buddell in a closely-fought under-19 men's final.

The under-13 girls final pitted close friends Emily Haskell, from Okehampton, and Notre Dames' Gemma Kerr against each other. And Haskell emerged victorious.

The under-13 boys' competition was won by Tavistock College's Ben Edmunds who defeated Cameron Brooking in the final.

Event promoter Kevin Buddell was delighted with the occasion, praising the spirit in which games were played throughout the tournament.

"All the matches were played with great sportsmanship," said Buddell.

"Many of the players were playing in a competition for the first time.

"And it was great seeing more than 50 entries in the under-11 event alone travelling to Plymouth from across the county.

"Devon table tennis certainly is in good shape."

Buddell wanted to pass on his thanks to those who helped the tournament take place.

He said: "Thanks must go to event organiser Graham Pearson, Bev Townsend of Eggbuckland Community College, who tirelessly assists with the administration of the event and JOOLA Plymouth's team of volunteers, who were on hand to assist.

"Thanks also go to Les Cole and Tony Powlesland from the Plymouth & District league who assisted in the running of the under-11 event."

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