The 2018 Romford Championships were held on Sat 28th April and Sunday 29th and Thursday 10th May (Hard Bat). Turnout was good with over 50 players attending the 6 events, results as follows:
This event saw a very high quality turnout with 8 previous winners, R.Jermyn 3 times winner and J. Dye the last losing finalist.
Some very tight hard fought matches in the groups and leading to the Semi Finals where Paul Whatton put up a good fight against R. Jermyn eventually losing 11/3, 1/11, 10/12, 4/11 and Josh Dye had a comfortable win against Matt Spero winning 11/3, 11/5, 11/9. The final brought back previous finalists Richard Jermyn and Josh Dye with the younger Josh proving too strong on the day with some scintillating back hands winning 6/11, 11/9, 7/11, 5/11 WINNER JOSH DYE
This again saw some previous winning pairing and some new exciting pairings taking part. Groups generally saw the main seeds go through with a semi final line up of No 1 Seeds Spero/Whatton v No 5 Seeds Seddon/Akata and No. 6 Seeds Kimm/Lewsey v No 7 Seeds Penrose/Osborne. Two excellent matches with an abundance of both attacking and defending with favs Spero/Whatton winning an extremely good match 13/11, 10/12, 15/13, 5/11, 11/5 and another very exciting tight match with Penrose/Osborne beating previous winners Kimm/Lewsey 6/11, 11/13, 11/9, 9/11. Final was just as good as the semi's with 2 very attacking pairings seeing the under dogs beating No1 seeds 11/9, 4/11, 13/11, 9/11, 8/11
A first try using the 365 ranking system as the base for the handicaps, hopefully evening out the play. Turned out to be very tough for the Div 1 players, although we still saw Gary Lewsey make the QF and Lee Noakes make the S/F. With Lee going out 31/29 to Patricia Jarzabek and Peter Trew beating the junior Alfie Horan 31/28. As both players had high handicaps it was agreed that they would start 2-0 up to 31 with Peter too strong for Patricia winning 31/23. Both players kindly donated their £100 winnings to a family member of Peters multiple scelrosis charity.
A good turnout with 23 players taking part. Group winners went with the seeds with the exception of group 8 where R. Sood finished above No. 3 seed Hamza Amode. Semi finals saw Daniel Wills beat the No.1 seed C.Green with some superb attacking play 11/7, 3/11, 11/9, 11/4 and No 7 seed Jewells Uddin won a great 5 setter v Michael Rowe 11/8, 8/11, 7/11, 11/6, 12/10 setting up a great final with the attacking of Daniel and defending of Jewells, and a surprise saw the more fancied Daniel lose in a hard battle 3/11, 7/11, 14/12, 11/6, 9/11 WINNER JEWELLS UDDIN
MINOR (DIV 3)
A great competition with a few old boys (Colin Sherrin) and a few juniors (Rahul, Ben, Alfie) taking part. The youngsters led the way in one half with Rahul in great form as was Oscar Spencer meeting in one S/F and the other half saw the slightly older contingent with Colin Lane v Rohit Sood. Rahul Dasgupta beat Oscar Spencer 11/7, 11/7, 11/7 and Rohit Sood beat Colin Lane. Final saw a fantastic match with Rohit winning the first 2 11/6, 11/9, with Rahal fighting back 11/7, 11/9 and Rohit coming back to win final set 11/8 WINNER ROHIT SOOD
24 players took part, giving 8 groups of 3 with winners and R/U's going through to last 16
There was some unbelievable table tennis considering the bats and players who hadn't ever played with them before, but most groups saw favourites going through to next round. On run up to semi finals we had a few very good games with Reece Seddon beating Sanga Quamina 11/9 in 5th, Bradley Ireland beating Albert Francis 11/8 in 5th, Tony Bonnici beating Paul Jones 11/9 in 5th, Dave page beating Chris Herbert 11/9 in 5th and Reece Seddon beating Lee Noakes 11/5 in 5th .
Semi Finals - Reece Seddon beat Oliver Oxland 8/11, 11/6, 9/11, 11/10, 11/9 and Bruce Kettle beat Dave Page 11/8, 11/5, 7/11, 11/4
Final Reece Seddon v Bruce Kettle - Great match with some long attacking and defending rallies but young Bruce just had the edge over the very young Reece winning 11/9, 11/6, 11/9 WINNER BRUCE KETTLE
A big thanks to all the organisers and helpers setting up the tables, taking down the tables, collecting results, umpiring and so on......
We will be sending out a survey on the championships allowing our members to comment on what's good and what's not and how we can improve for 2019.