A large number of players attended the league tournament held at the EPIC last Sunday, run by the E Port/ Chester TT club which is based at the Stanney Leisure Centre, and using the tables, nets etc purchased with a Sports England grant to promote the game in the area.
The men's singles has reached the semi finals stage, and surprisingly favourite and current Wirral champion Jonathan Taylor will not feature at Groves on the 22nd as he was knocked out in the quarters by Mark Pugh, the no 5 seed. He is joined by Aaron Beech. Shaun Hall and student Joe Killoran in what promises to be table tennis of a very high standard. Killoran will face current ladies champion Hannah Winfield in the under 21 final , and Hannah also features in the ladies final where she will be challenged for her title by Lynsey Pellew from the Groves club.
Lancashire veterans number 1 Brenda Buoey teams up with Lola Roberts in the doubles and faces Lynsey and Linda Powell and the mixed final features Beech/Buoey, the number 1 seeds and challengers Neil Powell/ Pellew.
To complete a very busy evening Pellew has also reached the division 2 final where she meets top seed Phil Hough in an all Groves club encounter.
Steve Tibbett of Barrow accounted for favourite Chris Walker in the division 3 semi and now faces another Saughall opponent in Robin Arrich.
Terry Marshall had a terrific win over Barrie Russ in the Over 60s and is joined in the semis by Barry Hough who defeated last seasons champion Alan Rigby. Top seed Ray Worthington and wily campaigner Alf Perry complete the line up.
Mark Pugh is favourite for the Veterans but faces stiff opposition in the semis from fellow town players Worthington, Tomasz Halucha and Rob Wylie.
Finals night is at the Groves club Tuesday April 22nd beginning at 7 30, everyone is welcome.