Colchester Juniors Selected for Essex

Junior Match Secretary Daryl Lott reports on Junior Success for Colchester players.

Three Colchester Juniors Jane Li, Jermaine Fearon and Josh Sidki have been selected to represent Essex II on Saturday 2nd November. Playing in division 1B of the County Championships, they will be facing  Middlesex 2, Surrey 2 and Essex I. Jane is a seasoned county player but selection for Jermaine and Josh followed on from a successful Essex Trials performance by both players.

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Jane Li - will be representing Essex

Because of her National cadet ranking (8) Jane was placed at No. 1 in the Cadets list and 3 in the Junior Girls listing for Essex.

The Essex Trials 2013 held at B.A.T.T.S, Harlow involved 5 Colchester Players throughout several different age groups.

The Saturday groups focused solely on the under 18 boy’s age group. Jermaine Fearon, Josh Sidki and Matt Rodgers all participating in this group. On paper Josh was drawn in a fairly straight forward group, progressing to the top group in the next round with ease without dropping a set!

Jermaine’s group was less straightforward. Jermaine Progressing also without any real trouble without dropping a set although He suffered a scare from Clacton’s rising star Sam Hume. Sam taking Jermaine dangerously close in all 3 sets. Finally it was the turn of Great Horkesley’s Matt Rodgers. Having never played away from the Colchester League this was a step up for him in this age group. Matt rose to the occasion fantastically losing only 1 game in his group, meaning he would qualify for the 2nd group in the next round.  

The final groups included two Colchester players in the top group (playing for positions 1 - 6 on the day) and 1 in the 2nd group (playing for positions 7 - 12 on the day).

Josh stepped up a gear to defeat all the players in the group except 1, his arch rival Jermaine! A match between both plays that was full of quality table tennis, ending in a close 4 set win for Jermaine. Jermaine’s only defeat was to James Knudsen, the talented young player from BATTS. So with Jermaine having lost one and Josh having lost one it was down to Livingstone Nadarajah to try and spoil the Colchester party of a Essex trials 1,2 by beating Jermaine to take second position on the day. The game was dominated by Livingstone’s pinpoint heavy forehand looping and Jermaine’s backhand blocking and counter attacking. The game was a closely competed 4 setter! Ending in an fourth game 11-8 win for Jermaine, securing the Colchester 1,2 on the day.

Meanwhile Matt Rodgers was also about to achieve a great feat, winning all his matches in the group, including 2 notable wins in 3 and 4 games over Sam Hume and Elliot Attrill of Clacton. His games against Sam and Elliot especially showed great signs of maturity, choosing the correct shots to make at the right times. Together with his passion for success and fantastic attitude on and off the table.

The final ranking positions have Jermaine placed 6th and Josh 7th , with Matt Rodgers  earning a well deserved 15th position. This is a great Achievement after only a short while of playing the sport.  A very successful day with much for the players to be proud about

On Sunday it was the turn of the girls and Under 15 boys. Colchester were represented by Lauren James in the U-18 girls and Luke Courtier in the U-15 boys. Both players were up against more experienced players seasoned in competitive play. The first round of matches demonstrated good attitude from both players but also their lack of experience.  The second round of matches saw more success with Lauren being placed 5th in a group of 7 and achieving a county ranking of 16. Luke achieved 2nd in  a group of 6. A tough day of matches for both players but a learning process to take back to the practice table.

Well done to all the players!

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