Prince William School’s Mack Holman produced the shock of the day on match day two of the Kettering and District Junior Table Tennis League, sponsored by Corby Smash Table Tennis Centre (www.corbysmashttc.co.uk). Playing in Division A in the Year 9 and above competition, in his first match of the day he took Jacob Tattersall, the Northants Under 15 County Champion, to a deciding set before suffering a narrow 3-2 defeat. Then after heavy defeats to County players Adam Wilson and Lewis Hillery, he picked up a major scalp with a 14-12, 11-2, 6-11, 11-8 win over Tyler Hillery. Tyler is currently a member of the all-conquering Corby Smash C team that are running away with the Kettering Senior League Division 3 title and has picked up wins against many players on the national junior ranking list, so this was without a doubt the result of the day. Adam Wilson won all his matches for the loss of just one set (against the fast improving Lewis Hillery) to top the table. The battle for second place was between Tattersall and Lewis and this time it was Lewis that came out on top to claim the spoils with a 3-2 victory, leaving Tattersall in third place. Holman finished fourth which means Tyler Hillery will be relegated to Division B for match day three on April 22nd.
Prince William School pupils Tom Clark and Josh Dodd both stood out in Division B of the Year 9 and above competition and so the result between the two was always likely to have the ultimate say in who took top place in this division. After both players had won their opening match against Matteusz Potrykus and Callum Donaldson respectively, the two Oundle based players went head to head and in a very tight match it was Clark that ultimately emerged the victor with a 3-1 win. Clark would end the day unbeaten with four wins from four matches played to finish top of the table and earn promotion to the top division with Dodd claiming second place. Callum Doanldson (2 wins) finished third followed by Jordan Gray in fourth and Potrykus in fifth.
In the Year 8 and below competition, Division A consisted of four players who all play competitive table tennis already, either in Kettering Senior League or in the National Junior League. As such, this was a very competitive division with three of the six matches played all going to a deciding fifth set. Nathan Dixon was involved in all of them, starting off with a victory over Sullivan Rymarz and then following up with victory over Nick Preston-Jones. In his final match he was up against Alex Cochrane who had won both his games 3-0 and was the favourite going into this match but Dixon produced his best ever table tennis with a level of consistency he had not previously displayed to upset the odds and win 11-5, 10-12, 3-11, 11-7, 12-10 to top the group. Cochrane finished in second place with Rymarz third and Preston-Jones fourth.
In Division B of the Year 8 and below age group, it was the first match that was to prove the difference between winning the group or finishing second. This honour eventually went to Samuel Tattersall who after defeating Ethan Wordley 3-2 in the first match, would go on to win all three of his games to win the division and promotion to Division A. Wordley tasted success in his two other matches to finish second with Ryan Fisher third and Ethan Hunt fourth.
Three out of the four players in Division C of the Year 8 and below age group all won two matches each which meant the final placings had to be decided using the countback ratio method. After the tournament organiser had performed the necessary arithmetic, it was Thomas O’Callaghan who emerged as the winner and with it, promotion to Division B. Sonny Jordan took second place with Callum Fisher (who had defeated O’Callaghan) finishing third and Thomas Knox in fourth place.
Overall, this was another excellent afternoon of table tennis with all players showing fantastic sportsmanship. Matchday three (the final matchday) on April 22nd promises to be an exciting and interesting day and will decide the final placings for all competitors. Many thanks to Corby Smash Table Tennis Centre for their ongoing support of this developmental league.
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