On Sunday 1st March the third Open junior table tennis tournament of the season since September was played at Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth.
Players from Devon dominated the titles with Plymouth’s Holly Smithson winning the Under 11 event, her third title in as many weeks which underlined her top 10 under 11 national ranking. Gemma Kerr who also trains at the Plymouth Talent Development Centre who after a string of excellent results recently jumped to number 8 in the girls under 12 national ranking list beat friend and rival Emily Haskell from Okehampton in a high quality under 13 girls final but Emily took revenge in the girls under 15 event beating Gemma and reaching the final but found Torbay’s Holly Johns too good in the final. Jaz Johns won the under 18 girls title beating Beth Wilson in the final.
The boys events were hotly contested with twenty entering the under 11 boys event with local rivals Dylan Tynan from Falmouth now nationally ranked at number 5 challenging Avon’s Louis Price nationally ranked 8 in another quality final, but this time Louis prevailed and also contested the under 13 final with Plymouth Talent Development squad player Ben Edmunds. Louis was in a determined mood and took the under 13 boys title to complete his double.
Torpoint’s Harry Nicholls won the Under 15 boys final with Brixham’s Josh Millman runner up and Carl Baldry from Bodmin beat Jordan Bone in a high quality under 18 boys final all of whom train at the Plymouth Talent Development Centre under the watchful eye of Table Tennis England coach Paul Whiting who was delighted with the progress of all the squad players who overcame a large entry of players from all over the country.
JOOLA Plymouth table tennis club has a fast growing reputation of organising successful nationally acclaimed competitions which is attracting more and more players from all over the country.
London based York Gardens table tennis club brought a strong squad of players to the city and club coach Phil Sangchin highly endorsed the event who said “after such a long trip a fantastically organised competition with plenty of matches and a very warm welcome. What more can we ask for. We are already planning to bring a larger squad to the final Plymouth Junior tournament of the season in May”
The search continues for more city youngsters who would like to play table tennis with regular talent identification and coaching sessions taking place across the city. New junior sessions are being planned across the city due to demand with sessions at the new Plymouth School of Creative Arts & Stoke Damerel Community College starting soon to add to the thriving sessions already taking place at Eggbuckland Community College, St Boniface College, Plymstock School and Coombe Dean School. Table Tennis England are also delighted to announce a further junior session at the Plymouth Life Centre on Saturday mornings which will commence in late April.
JOOLA Plymouth table tennis club would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Devonport Royal Dockyard Trust for its initial financial support which enabled the club to embark on an ambitious far reaching grass roots programme which has enabled thousands of children now to play table tennis across the city. The search however continues for future champions so if you are interested in playing feel free to contact Kevin Buddell on 07836 550308 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.