Winchester Table Tennis League Finals Night

The end of the league season ended with the traditional finals night at Itchen Abbas Village Hall. South Wonston players featured in the U15 & U18 finals. Thanks to Martin Healey for the following reports:

U15: Blake Sanderson beat Ethan Cheung 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8

Ethan has been on South Wonston's books for the past 3 seasons, but only played once in Winchester League, though he has been a part of the Winchester team that's been doing well in the National Cadet (U14) League. Easy to think he might be an easy victim for Blake, who's played over 30 times in Winchester League, mostly in Division 1, and was third on the list of Improvers for the whole League this season. Ethan showed excellent control and some fine attacking shots to both wings, forcing Blake to tangle with the surrounds on a couple of occasions. Maybe it was Blake's greater experience of match-play that made him seem the more likely winner most of the time, but Ethan played strongly throughout and, with Blake, helped to get Finals Night away to a rousing start!  

U18: Jared Schaller beat Dom Goddard 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 

Jared recently became the Hampshire Junior Champion, and is ranked 4th in the county, so Dom would have a mountain to climb if he was to win. As the score suggests, Dom's confidence grew as the match went on and he showed he could hit a big winner as well as anyone, but Jared seemed to know that all he had to do was concentrate on his own game and all would be well.

In addition, South Wonston coach Martin Davey was presented with the Colin Sly (Giantkiller) Cup. With a 22% 'Wins' average, Martyn beat someone on 79%!

Well done to all those that played and helped to make another memorable evening.

Congratulations to the winners and to Martin  

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