A strong field featuring over 4O players produced some scintillating table tennis with the finals night this coming Tuesday May 9th at Groves set to be a perfect climax to an intriguing tournament. Proceedings start at 7 30.
Men's singles groups were tough indeed with at least one featuring 3 Premier players, the standard was that high. Some top players fell by the wayside at the knock out stage and Simon Jones produced a terrific performance to eliminate previous holder Aaron Beech in the quarters and is now joined in the semis by top two seeds Shaun Hall and Joe Killoran together with the enigmatic Malcolm McEvoy a former county champion.
The men's doubles finals features the top two seeds, with Shaun and Rob Wylie edging out Simon and Cheshire Veterans County player Ken Connor 11 9 in the 5th, and they will meet Aaron and Joe who are possibly the slight favourites.
Ken has consolation in the fact that he reached the Veterans final following a nail biting 5th game against Rob Wylie, the latter having previously had a tremendous victory in the quarters over top seed Mc Evoy. The other semi features holder Mark Pugh and Pulfords Simon Jones and will be played on finals night.
Holder of the 60s tournament Ray Worthington outpointed Dave Terry 3 1 in the semis and will face Mike Phelan who fought hard to defeat in form Roger Lee of the Newton club.
Lynsey Pellew- Nabbs retained her singles title in a round robin format with Saughalls Polina Petrova runner up. Lynsey then paired up with mum Linda to take the ladies doubles title once again , and to complete a fine day for her she claimed the mixed with partner Keith Bartlett over possible favourites Mark Pugh and Linda Powell.
Divisional finals were of a high standard with Jens Andersen proving too strong for in form Andy Moulton in division 2 , both players having performed to a high standard in the open singles . Newcomer Paul Curley deservedly took the division 3 title from fellow Barrow teammate Gary Owen and once again proved their strength by taking higher ranked players close in the tournament.