Week 11, last but one in the series, brought a few surprises, including the first appearance this series of Martin Adams, and new member Justin Mead, who returns to table tennis after quite a long break.
Eduard Caliman had a super match with Djordje Milovanovic with some great shots from both players and exciting rallies. One shot in particular stood out (Ed successfully retrieving a low ball deep from the left hand side of the table and skimming it over the net which looked almost unreturnable from the umpires chair). The end result was a win for Ed (7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6).
Shortly after that we had Martin Adams and Hari Gehlot playing on Table 1 and Ian Girdler and Daniel McTiernan on Table 2, with some excellent rallies on both tables.
In the consolation event this week, Rick Leachman made it to the semi-final, dispatching Katie Shepherd and then Colin Dyke in 4-game match (11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9) with some extended rallies between the pair.
In the final of the main event, Ian Girdler and Hari Gehlot battled it out over 5 games, Ian taking the first end 11-9, then Hari taking the next two ends 11-3. Ian then fought back and took the 4th game 11-6, and the deciding game, 11-8.
Ian retains the top spot and has slightly extended his lead over team mate Hari to 64.5 points. Hari is 104.5 points ahead of Martin Gunn and Daniel Moses has overtaken Yeqin, to sit in 4th place, 111 points behind Martin.
With double points on offer next week in the final, it will be all to play for!
Main Event. Last 16:
Eduard Caliman bt Steve Miller 4, -9, 7, 5
Djordje Milovanovic bt David Joyce 5, 14, -7, 12
Hari Gehlot bt Justin Mead 6, 5, 7
Martin Adams bt Marcel Witte 2, 2, 5
Daniel McTiernan bt Luca Bianchi 9, 2, 1
Ian Girdler bt Grant Wheatley 5, 2, -11, 5
Richard Rosinski bt Bernhard Schnederle -5, 12, -9, 9, 9
Martin Gunn bt Daniel Moses -8, 12, -8, 6, 8
Eduard Caliman bt Djordje Milovanovic -7, 10, 6,6
Hari Gehlot bt Martin Adams 8, -7, -6, 7, 6
Ian Girdler bt Daniel McTiernan 5, -10, -10, 8, 9
Martin Gunn bt Richard Rosinski 8, 3, 9
Hari Gehlot bt Eduard Caliman 7, 9, -8, 5
Ian Girdler bt Martin Gunn 9, -8, -9, 8, 3
Ian Girdler bt Hari Gehlot 9, -3, -3, 6, 8
Steve Miller bt Rick Leachman 5, 4, 3
Marcel Witte bt Trevor Organ 6, 5, 9
Marcel Witte bt Steve Miller -7, 10, 5, 6
For more photos of the event, view our Gallery.
Please note that from 20th July, all competitions at Kingfisher, including the remaining Grand Prix Final, will be played with the new plastic balls.
Kingfisher Grand Prix runs for 12 consecutive weeks from Monday 18 May.
· Entrants must register on the night by 7:30pm.
· 50p entry fee per week payable on the night.
· Straight knock out competition with a random draw each round.
· Consolation event for first match losers, so everyone is guaranteed at least two matches.
· Points system for both winners and losers.
· Weekly league tables and regular write-ups.
· Losing players to umpire.
· Prizes for various categories of members.
· Friendly atmosphere with nibbles for all.