VETERANS TOURNAMENT 2019
Andy Trott's name was etched onto another trophy as he regained his Veterans Top 12 title.
The event was brought forward from February to September to help select county veterans sides.
Trott won all five group games in a dominant display at Westfield Table Tennis Club before beating Vidal Graham 3-1 in the semi-final.
That set up a winner-takes-all clash against Roumen Stefanov and it was Trott who powered home 11-5, 11-8, 11-2.
Stefanov was fortunate to make the final after an enthralling win over John Fuller in the semi-final.
Fuller, who was unbeaten in a second group made smaller by the late withdrawal of Gary Pells, was coasting as he moved into an 11-5, 11-1 lead.
Stefanov levelled the scores but the defensive Fuller blew five match points to lose 13-11 in the decider.
The Kettering Town man came third after Graham withdrew from the final placings positional match.
Henry Arthur came but will rue what might have been after losing 3-2 to both Fuller and Graham in the group stage.
He claim a scalp in the fifth/sixth place play-off when he beat February's champion Nigel Metcalfe, who had a disappointing day, 3-1.
Martin Hall came seventh with Ian Baldock winning the ninth/tenth place play-off after surprising Matt Rushton in five ends.
1. Andy Trott
2. Roumen Stefanov
3. John Fuller
4. Vidal Graham
5. Henry Arthur
6. Nigel Metcalfe
7. Martin Hall
8. Graham Taylor
9. Ian Baldock
10. Matt Rushton
11. Scott Dixon
Denise Jacobi won the Veterans Ladies event at the first time of asking after winning all four of her matches.
Reigning champion Maxine Shears pulled out at the last minute and Jacobi, who plays for Burton Baptist, took top spot with the loss of just one end.
She took home the Little Trophy, named in honour of the much-loved county stalwart Clem Little who died in 2016. Clem's husband Trevor was on-hand to present the trophy.
Christine Scaysbrook took second place after edging out Corby Smash's Brigitta Palinkas 3-1.
Clare Coles came fourth but was the only player to take an end from the champion Jacobi as Deirdre Kiziak came fifth despite a great fight against Scaysbrook.
1. Denise Jacobi
2. Christine Scaysbrook
3. Brigitta Palinkas
4. Clare Coles
5. Deirdre Kiziak
VETS TOP 12
Nigel Metcalfe overcame a group stage defeat to claim the Northamptonshire Veterans Top 12 title.
Seeded third, Metcalfe came second in his group of six after losing 3-1 to Steve Silk.
He fought past Kettering Town club mate John Fuller 5-11, 11-8, 11-8-, 11-8 to earn a shot at revenge against Silk in the final.
And with the day's play taking its toll, Metcalfe blew his rival away 11-1, 11-4, 12-10 to take the trophy home.
Silk had survived a scare against Henry Arthur in the semi-final, who saw chances come and go in a five-end defeat.
Arthur eventually came fourth after losing to Fuller in the third place play-off hampered by injuries.
Chris Haynes came fifth after demolishing Mike Hawes with Matt Rushton beating Ray Kingston in the seventh place play-off.
Ian Baldock pipped Martin Hall to ninth with Steve Kendall avoiding the wooden spoon by beating David George in his last match.
1. Nigel Metcalfe
2. Steve Silk
3. John Fuller
4. Henry Arthur
5. Chris Haynes
6. Mike Hawes
7. Matt Rushton
8. Ray Kingston
9. Ian Baldock
10. Martin Hall
11. Steve Kendall
12. David George
The Veterans Ladies event only had three players after Deirdre Kiziak was forced to withdraw due to illness.
All three matches went to four ends with Maxine Shears victorious, beating both Brigitta Palinkas and Clare Coles.
Palinkas had earlier beaten Coles, finishing second.
1. Maxine Shears
2. Brigitta Palinkas
3. Clare Coles