Devon Junior Table Tennis Tournament
On Sunday the 3rd of July, Joola Plymouth hosted the Devon Junior Table Tennis Tournament at Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth. The day saw over 50 young players, from all across Devon, compete in an exciting day of matches.
The day began with the competition for the Mixed Doubles title. The team work of the Okehampton brother and sister duo Edward and Emily Haskell was just too much for the other players, beating Plymouth’s Jamie Roberts and Holly Smithson in a hard fought final. For the Boy’s Doubles final, Edward Haskell, now partnering Daniel Kerr, played the final match against fellow Plymouth Talent Development Centre players Joshua Millman and Uther Kingdom. After an exciting final match, Josh and Uther could not match the team work of Ed and Dan who took the title. Finishing the doubles for the day saw Emily Haskell and Plymouth’s Gemma Kerr take on Mari Baldwin from Okehampton with Exeter’s Lara Gimbuta for the Girl’s Doubles title. The partnership of Emily and Gemma could not be beaten, winning them the final doubles title for the day.
Beginning the singles matches saw the youngest players of the day competing for the Boy’s and Girl’s under 11 titles. The boy’s final saw Plymouth’s own Ethan Nankivell pitted against Torbay Academy’s Jakub Piwowar in a closely fought final, unfortunately Ethan could not match Jakub who took home the title. With a great turnout of ten girls competing for the under 11 title, it was Plymouth’s own Erin Richards playing in the final against Exeter’s Lara Gimbuta. Erin fought hard against Lara but just missed out on the title, taking home the commendable runners up position instead.
The next set of matches saw the girls and boys competing for the under 13 titles. The boy’s final saw Okehampton’s Luke Bennett take on Herbie Sage from Torbay Academy, it was Herbie who came out on top to win the title. The girls match saw an all Plymouth final with Holly Smithson playing against Gemma Kerr in the final. Gemma, ranked 2nd in England in the under 13 category was too much for Holly, beating her for the title.
For the boy’s under 15 title saw a hotly contested competition with 17 entrants fighting for the title. After many exciting matches, it was Uther kingdom taking on fellow Plymouth Talent Development Centre player Leon Zacharkiw with Uther taking home the title. The girl’s games saw under 13 winner Gemma Kerr take on Emily Haskell in the final match, Gemma proceeded to win the match and take home her second singles title of the day.
To end the day, we saw the oldest players playing for the under 18 titles. In the boy’s game, Edward Haskell took on Joshua Millman in a close final match with Edward winning 12- 10 in the fifth game. Keeping it in the family, Edward’s sister Emily competed in the girl’s under 18 final against Zoe Bennett from Okehampton. Emily managed to beat Zoe taking home the final title of the day.
Well done to all the players that took part in the competition and for making it an exciting day of match play.