The League held its annual Individual Championships last Sunday at the Forum, Malvern Theatres Over 50 players participated in a range of competitions including Singles, Doubles, and for different age ranges from Juniors to over 60s, and for players of differing abilities.
The Main Singles was won by Craig Preece against Simon Claxton Both players were evenly matched for most of the games However Craig was more consistent in the pressure points towards the end of the games, and clinched victory in 4 games
In the Senior Singles, Craig had a convincing straight 3 game win over Geoff Burford.
In the Main Doubles, Chris Hewitt and Graham Thompson beat Craig Preece and Tomas Borek in a close match that was not decided until 11-8 in the ?fth game Chris and Graham have played together in these Championships for a number of years and this experience probably contributed to their victory
Craig Preece is one of a number of current and past players who have come through the League's coaching program, and who are participating in these Championships These include Alan Goodman, Zoe Snee, and Junior players Dominic Weston, Ben Meredith, Natasha & Thea Snee, and Reece Taylor-Lock. Alan and Reece were involved in the Division 3 Doubles, beating Niel Angell & David Cornelius in 4 games
In the Div 3 Singles, Reece, in one of the closest matches of the day, beat Charlie Burford 13-11 in the ?fth game, much to the delight of the spectators in the gallery
In the Veteran's Singles, for players over 40, Chris Hewitt had a convincing 3 game win over Simon Claxton, and in the SuperVets event, for players over 60, Trevor Davies had an equally impressive 3 game win over Graham Collier.
The Ladies' Doubles, played in a Round Robin format was won by Jude Tyson & Collette James with wins over Anthea Knight & Dina Murdie and Zoe & Natasha Snee, who were runners up.
Anthea Knight was winner of the Ladies' Singles event, with a straight gamers win against Collette James
In the Mixed Doubles ?nal, Anthea Knight & Colin Dolding had a decisive win against Jude Tyson & Graham Thompson
In the Inter Divisional Doubles competition, an event that pairs players from the top and bottom of the League's ranking list, Patryk Kowasz from Division 1 teamed up Jude Tyson from Division 3 to beat Graham Thompson & Ed Palmer in 4 games.
In the Division 2 events, Colin Dolding featured on the winning side in both the Singles and Doubles, with a win over Tomas Borek in the former, and teaming up with Anthea Knight to defeat Jim Ahern & Phil Smethurst in the latter,
The League's thanks go to all our sponsors for their generous contributions. To our principal sponsors, Paperstation Ltd for the Main Singles; Express TV Services for the Main Doubles; Ledbury Exhaust & MOT Centre for the Div 2 Singles; Paytons Quality Solicitors for the Junior Singles; The Meredith Brothers for the Div 2 Doubles; Roy Holland for the Veteran's Singles, and an anonymous donor for the Mixed Doubles.
Thanks are also due to Richard Cullis and his team who ran the event on the day, including Dave Steen, Colin Dolding, Ken Hipwell. Anthea Knight, and Graham Collier Also to the many players and others who helped before and after the event with loading & unloading the vehicle, setting up and positioning tables & barriers, Also a special thanks to Nick Haggar, who effectively gave up his weekend and following monday to drive the vehicle. All can take credit for achieving another successful Championships.
Bill Nelson - Tournament Secretary