CTTA SENIOR CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016-17
This is a brief report, with the results of each event, for this year’s Senior Closed, held at the YMCA Sports Centre on Sunday 19th March. Entry was slightly down on last year, with a particularly disappointing turnout by Division 3 players.
This event again produced two excellent semi-finals, with first Sasha Grokhotov beating Nick Mytton and then Dave Harvey coming from behind to beat Li Wei. The final was a repeat of last year’s, and with the same result, as Sasha beat Dave to retain his title.
Sasha Grokhotov beat Nick Mytton 11-8 11-6 11-8
Dave Harvey beat Li Wei 12-10 5-11 7-11 11-3 11-5
Sasha Grokhotov beat Dave Harvey 13-11 11-4 11-8
The final was predictably contested between the top two seeds, who had both reached this stage relatively untroubled.
Final Sasha Grokhotov & Dave Harvey beat Nick Mytton & Craig Witheford 11-6 11-5 11-5
Stella Honey had to fight hard to retain her title, only just prevailing 11-9 in the 5th over Christine Williams in the key match.
There was the usual strong entry for this event, where top seed and last year’s beaten finalist Stella Honey eventually emerged the victor in a long 5-setter against Mike Tyrrell.
Stella Honey beat Otto Klempt 11-6 11-8 11-4
Mike Tyrrell beat Rob Amphlett 11-4 11-4 9-11 11-8
Stella Honey beat Mike Tyrrell 9-11 11-2 11-5 11-13 11-8
A double for Stella Honey who, with Julie Taylor, won the event in which they were runners-up last year.
Final Stella Honey & Julie Taylor beat Otto Klempt & Gabriel Podsiadlo 11-6 14-12 11-7
A lower entry meant this event was run as a round-robin. Not surprisingly, Sasha Grohotov proved too strong for the others.
Winner: Sasha Grokhotov Runner-up: Stella Honey
This was the 3rd consecutive final between these two players - same outcome but Nick did win more points this time!
Final Dave Harvey beat Nick Mytton 11-6 11-9 11-7
The holder Roy Fowler put up a valiant, but ultimately unsuccessful, defence of his title against Gordon Shaw, the outcome of which hinged on an epic 3rd set.
Final Gordon Shaw beat Roy Fowler 9-11 11-7 23-21 11-4
DIVISION 1 HANDICAP SINGLES
Final Josh Allenby beat Chris Lane 11-13 11-3 11-13 11-4 11-4
DIVISION 2 HANDICAP SINGLES
Final Jon Cutler beat Rob Amphlett 11-6 11-1 11-1
DIVISION 3 HANDICAP SINGLES
Final Dou-Dou Liu beat Naz Charania 11-6 11-3 11-7
Finally, the CTTA would like to express its thanks to all those involved in the organisation and running of the tournament, both before and on the day – to the YMCA for the venue, to the volunteer umpires and, not least, to the players themselves.
We hope to see you all at the Presentation and Quiz Evening on Wednesday 5th April at the Cheltenham Civil Service Club.