Scarborough 1 Star report
Scarborough Premier Club held its first 1 Star Junior tournament on Sunday 7th October. There were 36 entries from the northern region, from Durham, Hull, Scarborough, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Thirsk and Nottingham. The day was a great success as all the events ran smoothly and there were some quality matches from the young players. Scarborough was well represented and had successes on the day.
In the under eleven event there were only two girls. Mia Longman and Livvy Miners, both from Scarborough. Livvy played well against her more experienced opponent, but Mia was just too strong in the end. The girls then also played in the boys event and Mia beat Seth Holland (Stockton), Prateek Sai Divarkarla (Hull) and Sebastian Swift (Hull) in her group and only lost one to Ethan McAndrew (Keighley). Mia then played number one seed Abraham Sellado (Bradford) in the semi-final, but was beaten in three sets. Sellado had won the group that included Scarborough pair Livvy Miners and Toby Ward. Livvy came out on top in the match between the two. Ethan McAndrew made it to the final to meet Sellado. There were some fantastic rallies, but most of them went the way of Sellado who won in three. The plate event saw Seth Holland beat Divarkarla in three sets.
Disappointingly the under 13 girls event only had three entries. Katie Robinson (Scarborough) Mia and Phoebe Tomlinson (Nottingham). Katie was beaten by both girls and this meant the final was effectively between Mia and Phoebe. In a great match that went to five sets Phoebe managed to defeat her opponent 11-4 in the fifth set.
The girls again joined the boys in their under 13 event. Mia won one match in her group, but this meant she was in the plate event. She then beat Louis Fell (Scarborough), Divarkarla and Daniel Escreet (Scarborough). Daniel had earlier beaten Divarkarla in the group and then in the plate beat Zach Wood (Scarborough) coming back from two sets down to win 3-2. He then beat Sebastian Swift in four sets to reach the final. The main event was dominated by Hull players, having all four semi-finalists. Luke Hodgson beat Jake Hewitt in one semi and Luke Lowther beat Lennon Maughan-Staves in the other. In an incredibly close final Lowther came back from 2-1 down to win 16-14 in the fifth set.
With only Katie Robinson and Phoebe Tomlinson in the under 15 event it was a straight match which Phoebe won in three sets for the title. In the main event another Hull player, Ehsan Jawadi was the eventual winner despite being taken to five sets by Maughan-Staves in the final. Jake Hewitt and Ethan Brown (Tyneside) were the beaten semi-finalists. Sam Lowe (Scarborough) was disappointed not to emerge from his group into the main draw. He found himself in the plate event, but made no more mistakes and took the title by beating Callum Parnaby (Beverley), Callum Smith (Grimsby) and Inne McFadzean (Halifax) in the final. Jack Louth (Scarborough) beat Joel Smith (Grimsby) to come 4th in his group. In the plate he lost to Joel’s brother Callum in five sets.
In the under 18 boys Jawadi was again at the forefront. He was pushed hard in the semi-final after cruising through his group only losing two sets. Ethan Brown took Jawadi to a fifth set, but the Hull player took it 11-5. In the final he beat Hull teammate Ashton Innes in four. Jack Louth had some close losses in his group followed by an incredibly close five set defeat to Matthew Pearson (Durham) in the plate. Sam Lowe lost to the same player in his group as he had earlier in the day. Again in the plate, he reached the final, but was not up to challenging David Porubiak (Hull) losing in three sets.
Everyone seemed to have a fun day with some new Scarborough players in the tournament. A big thanks to all those who assisted in making the day a success. There is another of these tournaments on the 25th May 2019. We are hoping there will be even more Scarborough players involved and a much stronger girl’s entry next time. Entry forms are available from the centre or online on the Table Tennis England Website.
Finally huge congratulations to Scarborough umpire Lester Smith who was presented with his International Umpires badge on the day.
Under eleven girls – Mia Longman
Under eleven boys – Abraham Sellado
Under eleven plate – Seth Holland
Under 13 girls – Phoebe Tomlinson
Under 13 boys – Luke Lowther
Under 13 plate – Mia Longman
Cadet girls – Phoebe Tomlinson
Cadet boys – Ehsan Jawadi
Cadet Plate – Sam Lowe
Junior boys – Ehsan Jawadi
Junior plate – David Porubiak