evening of Friday 11th April. All 29 tables were in use with 66 junior players
involved in the 2 Star age group events, 29 adults involved in the Senior and
Veteran Team events and a further 11 players playing in the non-ranking
‘Circuit’ event. This event is held every year on the eve of the VETTS Southern
Masters. The organisers of this event kindly allow us to use the venue in return
for help with set-up and set-down of the equipment. So thanks to VETTS for
making the event possible. This year saw the biggest entry in the 5-year history
of the event with all age groups and standard of player catered for. In fact,
despite the huge venue, we could not have coped with many more players.
was won by Mahmood Kelani (K), who beat top seed, Anish Padalkar (Sx-Horsham
Spinners TTC) 11-9 in the fifth. Pint-size Harry Filson, also of Horsham
Spinners TTC extended Padalkar to five sets and came third in the group of five.
Group 2 was won by unranked William McCarthy (K), who beat second seed, Roddy
McGillivray (Sx-St. Michael’s TTC) in three close games. McGillivray beat Felix
Thomis (Bk) in the deciding set to come second in the group. Padalkar proved too
strong for McCarthy in the semi-final, winning in straight sets, but Kelani had
to withstand a comeback from McGillivray in the other semi, only winning 11-7 in
the fifth. The final was a repeat of the group match between Padalkar and Kelani
and had the same result, only this time it ended even more dramatically, with
Kelani winning 15-13 in the fifth game! McCarthy repeated his straight sets
victory over McGillivray for the bronze medal. Filson won the consolation event,
beating Morgan Steel (Sx-Goring TTC) for the second time that day.
James Smith (K). The top six seeds won their groups with relative ease, but seed
number seven, Alice Hazell (Sx-Horsham TTC), was made to work by eight seed,
Will Michell (Sx-Horsham Spinners TTC), only coming through 11-9 in the fifth.
There were no upsets in round 1, but Hazell continued to live on the edge with
another 11-9 in the fifth victory, this time over Tim Walters (K). The top three
seeds negotiated the quarter finals in straight sets. Smith beat Charlie Hough
(Sx-Warden Park TTC), Reiss Vydelingum (K) beat Hazell and Jamie Liu (Bk) beat
Hammad Ansari (K). However, in the battle between seeds 4 and 5, it was the
lower ranked Bertrand Siu (Sx-Warden Park TTC), who emerged victorious 15-13 in
the fifth vs Ryan Darwen (Sx-Bognor Regis TTC). The semis went to the higher
ranked Smith over Siu & Vydelingum over Liu, both in straight sets. The
biggest upset of the tournament came in the final with Vydelingum beating Smith,
who was a whopping 550 points above him 3-1. Liu beat Siu comfortably for the
bronze medal. Rokas Dedinas (E) beat Greenhouse Eastbury club mate Ali Cangir
(E) in the consolation final.
their groups, but third seed Marcus Bracey (Sx-Lancing TTC) was extended to the
fifth set by Hamza Ansari (K). Worthy of mention is the fact that unranked Ollie
Guile (Sx-Brighton City TTC) beat Sussex County Cadet Team Player, Ryan Heselden
(Hollington TTC) and went 2-1 up over another Sussex County player, Alistair
Smith (East Grinstead TTC). The top four seeds won their quarter finals with the
closest contest being Bracey’s 10-12, 11-8, 13-11, 11-8 win over Ben Worley
(Sx-Horsham Spinners TTC). The other results were George Hazell (Sx-Horsham TTC)
beating Smith, Dexter Sherin (Sx-Brighton City TTC) knocking out Hamza Ansari
(K) and Josh Gallen (Bk) defeating Anthony Atkins (Sy). The semi finals were
both in straight sets with top seed Hazell taking out Sherin and second seed
Gallen putting out Bracey. Gallen upset the seedings in the final winning a
comfortable 3-0 match. The bronze medal went to Sherin by default, as Bracey was
still playing in the U18s and did not have time to play the third place
play-off. Kangmin Heo (Sy) won the consolation event with a walkover in the
final vs Tyreek Edwards (Sy), who had to leave early.
evening continued, with all four seeds topping their groups, but fifth highest
ranked player, Bracey took fourth seed Sam Liu (Bk) to the fifth game. In the
quarters, seeds 1, 2 and 4 all made it through to the semis, with no. 1 seed,
Dan Pound (Sx-Horsham Spinners TTC) beating Will Goodstone (Sx-Cavendish TTC),
no. 2 seed Gus Thomis (Bk) putting an end to Lewis Kean (Sy) and Liu putting
Richard Pelc to the sword. However Bracey upset no. 3 seed Jake Mitchell (Sy) in
three close games 12-10, 11-9, 13-11. The semis were both decided 11-6 in the
fifth with the top seed prevailing over Liu and Bracey getting another
unexpected win over Thomis. Pound won a closely contested final with some long
exciting rallies 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8. Emma Sheen (Sx-Brighton City TTC) won
the consolation event at the expense of James Boltwood (Sx-Littlehampton TTC),
whom she had already defeated in the group.
1 was won by top seeds, Morpeth (Luke Savill (K) and Tyla Anderson (Mi)). Second
place went to Bognor Regis TTC (Jarek Klamut (POL) and Miles Ross (Sx).
Interestingly Ross lost the third game to Anderson 38-36! Klamut had a good win
over Alex Forshaw (Sx) of Crusaders and Ross beat Dean Rose (K). Finsbury 1
(Fabien Mauroy (K) and Kevin Kan (Mi)) won Group 2, with Patriots (Alan Taylor
(K) and Paul Waumsley (K)) taking the runners-up spot. Taylor pushed the much
higher ranked Mauroy to the fifth set though. In Group 3 Brighton City could
count themselves unlucky to come bottom of the group, as having been all square
after two matches with both of their opponents, they lost the toss on both
occasions, meaning the lower ranked David Pringuer (Sx) had to play the deciding
singles in both cases and he lost on both occasions. Tim Holtam (Sx) was
undefeated, including beating the higher ranked Billy Ho (Ha). The Tactical Tic
Tacs (Ho and Ed Slot (Ha)) won the group with MACBUG (Petar Tancevsky (K) and
Miroslav Danadzhiev (K)) coming second. Group 4 was just two teams and Finsbury
2’s (Patrick Green (K) and Sam Do (Mi) both beat Fusion’s Steve Hirst (K), whose
partner failed to show up.
position in the groups. In the Band A semi-final Morpeth beat Finsbury 2 2-0,
but Green did well to take England no. 2 cadet Savill to five sets. There was an
upset in the other semi, with Ho and Slot beating the higher ranked Mauroy and
Kan. In the final Savill beat Ho 3-1 and Anderson defeated Slot 3-2 for the gold
medals. Finsbury 1 beat Finsbury 2 3-1 in the third/fourth place play-off, but
Do got a good win over Kan. Patriots won Band B and Crusaders won Band C.
singles per match. Hastings Old Boys (Paul Barry and Dave Butler) were very
clear winners and impressively won a total of 36 ends without conceding a single
end. The silver medals went to Alan Stone (Sy) and Richard Hazell (Sx). Crawley,
made up of Fawzi Yousif (Sx) and Lynne Trussell (Sx) came third on count back.
They drew with KA (Andrew Hancock (Sx) and Keith Barber (Sx)), but had a
slightly superior games difference.