County Championships Press report

County table-tennis championships

The Warwickshire table-tennis championships were held in Warwick on Sunday and Leamington’s father and son, Earl and Laurence Sweeney dominated proceedings. Young Laurence, took the Men’s Singles title from Colebridge’s Navinder Matharu whilst Earl claimed the Restricted Men’s crown at the expense of Hampstead’s Owen Malcolm. The St. Georges duo then joined forces to take the Men’s doubles from Colebridge’s Ian Ferguson and Alan Hewitt. Laurence went on to nail the Junior Boys Singles title, overcoming Sam Henderson of Colebridge but just failed to steer club-mate Charlotte Spencer to the Mixed Doubles title losing the final to Colebridge’s Ferguson and Kate Hughes.

The Women’s Singles was won by Helen Turner of Smithswood, Birmingham who triumphed over Kate Hughes. Kate did take the Women’s doubles, however, when partnering Charlotte Spencer. Rugby pairing Marion Dixon and Jo Outhwaite were runners-up and went on to play each other in the Women’s Restricted Final, Dixon the victor.

The Junior Girls Singles event went to County number 1 Holly Thompson of Phoenix who beat Rugby’s Milly Bradshaw and Thompson also claimed the Girls doubles with Free Church’s Olivia Fletcher, defeating Bradshaw and  her club-mate Emma Kilpatrick. Fletcher went on to take the under 15 title despite her number 3 ranking, Bradshaw her victim. Emma Kilpatrick took the under 13s from Free Church’s up and coming Katie Singleton and there was a healthy entry in the under 11 girls with Free Church’s Milly Green taking the crown over club-mate Amie Goldsmith, both girls having their first taste of competition.

The Cadet Boys also went to the number 3 ranked player with Free Church’s Lee Dorning defeating club mate and County number 1 Timmy Cooper in the semi before seeing off Sam Coombes of Phoenix in the Final. The Under 13 event saw the title claimed by Free Church’s Andrew McIlvaney with Adam Cofler, also Free Church, in runners-up spot. Dorning also took the Boys restricted title against Eathorpe’s George Allison and Millie Lawson of Ambleside, Nuneaton took the Girls Restricted crown over Church’s Alice Todd. Rugby’s Jesse Kendrick-Hill and Matthew Outhwaite  took the Junior Boys’ doubles from Cooper and Dorning.

Michael Browne of Colebridge won the Over 50s Singles from WCC’s Murray Stevenson, John Chandler, Colebridge, took the over 60s in a final against Enigma’s Malcolm Macfarlane and Streetly’s Ray Dixon beat St. Georges Will Fletcher in the over 70s.

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