The Gloucestershire Schools Individual table tennis championships were held at Waterwells on Saturday 9th January 2016. It was very encouraging as entries had more than doubled from the previous year, with 47 competitors from across the county.
Five very promising players competed in the boys U11s which was played as a round robin event. After 2 hours of play Tom Powlesland, Benjamin Greve & Scott Bramley were all tied on 3 wins each. This meant the countback rule had to be applied resulting in Scott Bramley (Stratton) being victorious and Benjamin Greve (Stone with Woodford) as runner-up.
The boys U13s attracted 16 players, played as 4 groups of 4. In the semis, Stan Shilton beat Theo Laffort and Rhys Havard beat Walter Lovell. In the final Shilton (Maidenhill) proved too strong for Havard (Chosen Hill) winning comfortably in straight sets.
By far the largest event, the boys U16s involved 20 players split into 5 groups of 4. All 4 seeded players progressed to the semi-final stage with relative ease. The first seeing Olly Tyndall (Severn Vale) beating Marcus Holba (Marling) & Shrey Bhardwaj (Pates) beating Owen Havard (Chosen Hill). The final saw Tyndall victorious for the 3rd year running in this age group.
With 4 entrants the boys U19s was also played as a round robin event. With the final match being the decider, Ollie Philp (Archway) was crowned winner leaving Ed Birt (Sir Thomas Rich’s) as runner-up.
The girls U13s saw Anna Maria Besarabova (Ribston Hall) beat Rebecca Greenough (High School for Girls).
As the only entrant in the U19s girls, Emily Philp (Archway) progresses through by default.
All of the winners go through to represent Gloucestershire at the English Schools National Finals at Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton on 23rd April 2016. We wish them every success.
“Thanks to Janie Kirby for being tournament referee, Les Smith (GTTA President) for presenting the trophies and to everyone who helped set up the venue and to those who helped out with umpiring.”
Report submitted by Gary Tyndall.