The Bury St Edmunds & District table tennis championship took place on the 25th of March 2012 at King Edward VI School with 33competitors taking part in the day’s events.
The day started with the Handicap singles. At the semi-final stage the first match saw two Rougham players Paul McGerty and BradleyTroughton playing for a place in the final, McGerty’s experience gave him the edge to win 2-0 and progress. The other semi-final was a matchup of two Bury club players from division one, with Joe Easdown beating Tony West 2-1 to progress to the final. With McGerty having a point’s head start Easdown was unable to overcome the difference, with McGerty taking the Handicap trophy 2-0.
The men's singles competition started with 8 groups containing one seeded player, with the top two players in each group progressing to the last 16 draw. All eight seeds topped their group. Notable wins in the group stage were Will Hall gaining a 3-2 win over number 3 seed Andy Dosher and division two players Paul McGerty and Calum Macintyre overcoming division one opponents to finish second in their respective group. The last 16 saw 2 seeds beaten, with the consistent Paul Evans beating number 7 seed Mark James 3-2 and the attacking Will Woods beating number 8 seed Dominic Melero 3-1.
In the last 8 number 4 seed Lee Balaam came through a tough draw against number 5 seed Jack Anthony 3-0, to meet number 1 seed Tony West in the semi-final. The most competitive game of the last 8 was between Andy Dosher and number 6 seed Bob Harman, with Harman coming through 3-1 to meet number 2 seed David Unwin in the semi-final.
In the first semi-final West dropped his first and only leg of the singles event to Balaam, winning 3-1 to progress through to the final, the second semi-final also recorded a 3-1 score line with Unwin overcoming Harman. The final between the top two seeds went to form with West comfortably taking the men's title 3-0.
The cadet’s singles saw 5 entrants in a group format, Harvey Dinkele won all 4 of his matches to take the cadets title. The runner up position went to Bradley Troughton on legs count back as both he and Jack Samson won 2 and lost 2 of their 4 matches.
The junior singles event started with three groups containing one seed, with the winner of each group progressing to a final group of 3. In the initial group stage number 1 seed Jack Anthony had a tough match against George Kizis coming through 11-8 in the deciding leg to record a 3-2 victory and top his group. A similar situation faced number 2 seed Will Hall who won the deciding leg 11-7 against Andrew Baxter to record a 3-2 win and top his group. Unseeded Will Woods followed up his good performance in the men's singles to defeat number 3 seed Joe Easdown 3-1 in four closely fought legs to top his group. In the final group results went to form with Jack Anthony winning the junior singles title and Will Hall receiving the runners up trophy.
The 2 player singles event was a group of four, with Jack Samson winning all 3 of his games to take the winner’s trophy ahead of his father Nick Samson who won 2 out of his three games.
In the division 2 singles competition there was an open draw with no seeds. The game of the opening round was between Riddlesworth Hall team mates Nigel Bowen and John Bryant with Bowen taking a 2-0 lead only for Bryant to pull back to 2-2, in the deciding leg Bowen regained the initiative to come through 11-7. Bowen faced another tough match in the semi-final just being edged out 3-2 by the handicap winner McGerty. In the other semi-final two of the leagues' young up and coming players met with Harvey Dinkele winning 3-1 against Gabriel Storey to go through to the final. The final was a very close match with Dinkele recovering from 2-1 down to win the deciding leg 11-9 to record a 3-2 victory over McGerty and add the division 2 title to the cadets he had won earlier in the day.
The veteran’s singles event went to form with the top four seeds progressing to the semi-finals. Number 1 seed Tony West overcame 4th seed Bob Harman in 3 close games 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 to progress to the final. The second semi-final was another high quality match between number 2 seed David Unwin and number 3 seed Andy Dosher, with Unwin winning in 4 competitive legs 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, and 11-9. In the final Unwin performed very well to take a leg of the men’s winner West but lost 13-11, 11-7, 7-11 and 11-4, with West adding the Veterans singles to the men’s singles titles.
The restricted event had an open draw with no seeds. In the top half of the draw the outstanding performer was Will Woods recording wins against Harvey Dinkele, who had already won two events, and Phil Sinclair and Nicholas Anthony who both had higher league averages than Woods. The bottom half of the draw saw an upset with Division two player Calum Macintyre overcoming division one opponent Martin Chamberlain in four legs to progress to the semi-final where Macintyre was beaten by Joe Easdown in 3 legs. The final between Woods and Easdown pitted two of the leagues young and ever improving players, Woods took a commanding lead winning the first two legs 11-2, 11-2, only for Easdown to fight back taking the next two legs 11-8 and 17-15 to force a deciding leg. Woods held his nerve to come through 11-8 and take the restricted singles title.
The men’s doubles saw the men’s singles winner and runner up Tony West and David Unwin join forces to comfortably win the men’sdoubles event, beating Dominic Melero and Mark James in four legs 11-6, 7-11, 11-6 and 11-5 in the final.
Many thanks to all who took part helping make the day such a success. Special thanks go to Maurice Fearn for helping manage the control desk throughout the day and to those people who kindly helped set up and clear away the tables and surrounds which is always greatly appreciated.