2013 Town Championships
In the annual town table tennis championships held over the weekend, it was a good day on the Sunday for Paul Calloway of Ambleside Club as he triumphed over another Ambleside player, Sohail Caratella in the open singles final, winning in good style with a 3-1 win, but it did not stop there as he went on to partner his team mate, Aaron Riley in the open doubles final, and once again came up against another Ambleside pairing, Arun Jogi and Jess Birbeck, and this time did not drop a game winning 3-0. This was still not the end for Paul as he went on to also win the over 50’s singles event against Pete Jamieson of NALGO, which he won 3-1, although one game was closely contested with Paul eventually winning 18-16. In the veterans events Ambleside’s Arun Jogi beat team mate Alan Jenkins 3-1, and Alan also had to be satisfied with the runner-up spot in the veterans doubles , as he and Allan Marley of the Fire Brigade were beaten by Rob Whittaker of Stockingford and Pete Jamieson in another hard fought match winning 3-2. Ambleside had another success in the handicap events when Aaron Riley beat Steve Brough of NALGO in the singles final 2-0, and Steve then went on to partner Matt Jackson of Ambleside in the doubles final, but came up against father and son, Rob and Danny Whittaker of Stockingford in a well matched game which went to deuce in the third game with the father and son duo eventually triumphing 23-21 to take the match. Steve Brough did triumph in the end though as he took the gradings (50-65) final by beating team mate Martin Kimberley 3-1, and in the 40-49 grading event Derek Thompson of Wolvey beat former team mate Roger Hill of Stockingford in another closely matched final 3-2.
The junior event was held on Saturday and there was an excellent turnout from the youngsters of Ambleside and Crescent with Ambleside having another good day winning 4 of the 5 events, and Crescent taking the other event. Aaron Riley held on to his single event titles winning both the U21 and U18 events, with a repeat of the U21 final last year when Aaron played team mate Matt Jackson running out a 3-0 winner, and then went on to meet Akbar Razak of Crescent in the U18 final beating him 3-1. Aaron also partnered team mate Harrison Allwood in the U21 doubles against Crescent team mates Munir Ahmedabadi and Luqman Ghivalla and the Ambleside pairing ran out 3-0 winners. The U15 doubles final was an all Ambleside event with Ed Platts and Harry Lawson beating brothers Tom and Oliver Costall 3-0, and not to be outdone Harry’s twin sister Millie triumphed in the U15 singles final beating Yakub Patel 3-1. Finally, the U12 final was contested between Yakoub Ahmedabadi of Crescent and Oliver Costall of Ambleside, and Yakoub didn’t drop a game to take the match 3-0.
Divisional Knock Outs
In the same week the divisional knock outs for each team took place and this time Crescent had the upper hand taking 2 of the 3 divisional titles.
The Division 1 final was contested between Ambleside team mates Bill Rowley and Aaron Riley with Bill triumphing 2-1.
The Division 2 final was between Crescent team mates Asif Patel and Akbar Razak in a good match with Akbar beating Asif 2-1 to take the title.
In Division 3 the final was again contested by players from Crescent, Imran Vorajee and Mohammed Rashid in a very close match with Imran winning 2-1.