The Hinckley Senior Table Tennis Championships took place over three nights last week. On Tuesday and Wednesday at Cat Social Club, Desford, eight events were decided. In the Colin Gallagher Singles Alex Westerby had a good run, firstly overcoming the experienced Bryan Moylan in a close four set match before seeing off Tony Nixon in the semi-final again in a four set match finally winning 11-9 in the fourth. Unfortunately he met his match in the final when Colin Goodman showed good form winning the fourth set 14 -12 to claim the trophy.
The was a large entry in the Handicap singles, Goodman again featuring in the semi-finals losing out to Dan Hogan, with Adam Pettitt overcoming Andy Spring in three sets despite his 6point handicap. Hogan with and 8 pts handicap overcame Pettitt in two sets to take the title.
The Handicap doubles saw last season’s winners Chris Thomas and Ben Bennett lose in a close final 21-15, 21-14 to Ian Heavey and Hogan, who was taking his second trophy of the evening.
The Hard Bat competition saw A Pettitt overcome Hogan by 21-12 to clinch victory.
The Ladies final saw Jackie Flavel overcome rival Sue Wright in a four set match to claim the top spot.
The J&J Pinchess Cup, graded event went to Dael Sidwell who beat Sue Wright 13-11 in the third set of the match. The Russ Pettitt graded event was won by Edward Brown who beat C Goodman 11-5 in the fourth set to win the title.
On the Thursday the play moved to the George Ward Centre in Barwell for the Open Singles, Open Doubles and Vetts singles, the event attracting the largest entry for some years with most of the top players attending. In the Vetts singles a number of matches went all the way to five sets before being decided. In the first round R Pettitt finally defeated Barry Taylor in a five setter 14-12, 11-9, 14-16, 9-11 & 11-9. In the semi-finals we saw brother Bob and Danny Whittaker up against each other, this was again a five set match with younger brother Danny winning 11-9 in the fifth to reach the final. The other semi was also a five set affair between Jason Woodfield and Clive Stretton, with Stretton just proving to strong in the fifth set. The final between team mates D Whittaker and Stretton saw Whittaker comfortably take the title in a three set game.
The Open doubles saw last season’s winners, father and son combination of A&R Pettitt hold on to their title defeating J Woodfield and Harry White in a four set final.
The Open Singles saw last season’s runner up have a couple of close matches, his game with Mark Perkins going to five before White secured victory 11-8 in the fifth. He was not quite so fortunate in his semi-final when he was up against last season’s winner A Pettitt losing 15-13 in the fourth set to Pettitt. In the other semi-final there was a real battle between J Woodfield and D Whittaker withy Woodfield taking it 11-6 in the fifth set.
The final saw last season’s winner Adam Pettitt overcome Jason Woodfield in straight games to retain his title.