Horsham Spinners TTC Circuit May 2014
27 players took part in the 2nd Horsham Spinners Circuit of the
2013-14 season on 24th May at Forest School. All told this is the 7th circuit of
the season, with there having been 1 in Eastbourne, 1 in Littlehampton and 3 in
K2 Crawley. The 8th & final circuit of the season will again be at Horsham
Spinners TTC on Saturday 21st June 1-5.30pm. The players were split into 4 bands
(A-D). One pleasing statistic to note is that all but one player won at least
one match on the day.
Band A: Cuffe Duffs Up The Opposition
Veteran combination bat player, Liam Cuffe of Horsham TTC proved too strong
for the rest of the field, only conceding 1 end all afternoon, which was to
Horsham Spinners TTC player, Freddy Goodall. Tom Kinga of Crawley TTC was the
runner-up, losing to both Cuffe and Goodall. Goodall, however could not manage
to pick up any other wins, going down in 5 ends to both of his fellow Horsham
Spinners TTC junior members, Will Michell and Anish Padalkar. Bartek Ratkiewicz
came third, losing only to Kinga & Cuffe, therefore finishing on the same
no. of wins as Kinga, but as Kinga won when they played each other, the silver
medal went to him. Ryan Darwen (Bognor Regis TTC) fared the best of the juniors,
as he won 3 matches to finish fourth, although he did take Kinga to five and was
himself was extended to five by Michell.
Band B: Marvellous Marsden
As in Band A there was a clear winner in Band B, with Ruth Marsden (K)
carrying all before her. One of her toughest matches was against brother Luke,
who was one of only 2 players to get a game off her, the other being Adam Boxall
(Horsham Spinners TTC). Reece Packham (Horsham Spinners TTC) was the dark horse
of the event, as he unexpectedly took second place, with four unexpected wins.
Kyo Kaneko, also of Horsham Spinners TTC, came third with 3 wins, with two close
encounters of the fifth kind vs club mate Boxall and vs Jago Manning-McGeorge
(St. Michael’s). There was a three way count back between Boxall
Manning-McGeorge and Luke, which had to be decided on points won, as they all
won the same number of ends! Luke came out on top in the count back.
Band C: Zach Attack
Favourite Zach Hodges (Horsham Spinners TTC) did win the 7-player group,
but not without a shock 3-1 loss to club mate George Allan, whose consistent
pushing and blocking style proved difficult. Allan also had a good win over the
improving Owen Brown (Horsham Spinners TTC). Hodges defeated Luke Darwen 3-1
(Bognor Regis) in the decisive match, which decided the group winner. They both
ended on 5 wins, but Hodges got the gold, by virtue of defeating Darwen. Matt
Weller (Horsham Spinners TTC), who finished third, did extend Hodges to the
fifth end. Ollie Thorne also of Spinners, who finished 4th lost in the deciding
game to three players: Darwen, Weller and Brown. Ollie Michell of Horsham
Spinners TTC, who had done so well to win the Band B at the recent Crawley
circuit, had an off day and ended up in 7th place, despite getting a win over
Allan, losing to both Weller and Brown in 5.
Band D: Double Hat Trick For Triccas
There were 5 Horsham Spinners TTC players plus Andrew Harrison (Southwater
Junior Academy TTC) and Abigail Aynsley (Shelley School TTC) in this band. The
winner was Adam Triccas (HSTTC), who won all 6 of his matches, including
recovering from a 0-2 deficit vs club mate, Edward Cozens. There was a three way
count back situation to see who would receive the silver medal, as 3 players won
4 matches each. Harrison was the surprise package of the event, emerging as the
runner-up on count back, as he has had less formal coaching than his opponents
and is younger and also it was his first ever tournament. Cozens, who beat
Harrison in 5 sets, got 3rd place and Louie Harris 4th. Nathan Warburton-Hume
was involved in 2 five-setters with Heron Way school friends Harrris and Josh
James, losing to the former and beating the latter.
Final Placings:
Band A:
1) Liam Cuffe (Horsham TTC)
2) Tom Kinga (Crawley TTC)
3) Bartek Ratkiewicz (Eastbourne Borough TTC)
4) Ryan Darwen (Bognor Regis TTC)
5) Will Michell (Horsham Spinners TTC)
6) Anish Padalkar (Horsham Spinners TTC)
7) Freddy Goodall (Horsham Spinners TTC)
Band B:
1) Ruth Marsden (Byng Hall TTC)
2) Reece Packham (Horsham Spinners TTC)
3) Kyo Kaneko (Horsham Spinners TTC)
4) Luke Marsden (Byng Hall TTC)
5) Jago Manning McGeorge (St. Michael’s TTC)
6) Adam Boxall (Horsham Spinners TTC)
Band C:
1) Zach Hodges (Horsham Spinners TTC)
2) Luke Darwen (Bognor Regis TTC)
3) Matt Weller (Horsham Spinners TTC)
4) Ollie Thorne (Horsham Spinners TTC)
5) George Allan (Horsham Spinners TTC)
6) Owen Brown (Horsham Spinners TTC)
7) Ollie Michell (Horsham Spinners TTC)
Band D:
1) Adam Triccas (Horsham Spinners TTC)
2) Andrew Harrison (Southwater Junior Academy TTC)
3) Edward Cozens (Horsham Spinners TTC)
4) Louie Harrris (Horsham Spinners TTC)
5) Nathan Warburton-Hume (Horsham Spinners TTC)
6) Josh James (Horsham Spinners TTC)
7) Abigail Aynsley (Shelley School TTC)
Author: via Horsham Spinners Table Tennis Club
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