ANDY BROWN WINS THE MICK DENNIS TROPHY AT HIS FIRST ATTEMPT
The Mick Dennis Trophy is a memoriam for an ex-player for Hucknall 50+ who was so passionate about the game; his mother brought a trophy (a very large trophy) to carry his name on. And requested it was open to Division 2 players over the age of 50.
With 5 times winner and current holder Steve Scott not eligible as he was promoted to Division 1 this season it was open for a new name on the title and 40% of eligible players took up the invitation for a good competitive night’s table tennis. Andy Brown who was unbeaten all night deserved the title on his first attempt, just making the age restriction by 23 days turning 50 on December 8th 2015.
The night started with 3 groups of 4 playing in a round robin format the winners of each group all winning their 3 matches were Andy Brown, Jim Westwood and Mark Sansom, and the Runners up in each group winning 2 of their matches were Adrian Smith, Dick Johnson & Andy King.
These 6 went into another Round Robin format in 2 groups of 3, top 2 from each going to the Semi-Finals. Andy Brown once again won his matches not losing a leg and won his group, so it was between Jim Westwood and Andy King for the second spot and in a very tight game Andy King just came through (9-11, 11-5, 12-10).
In the second group all 3 participants won 1 game 2-0 and lost 1 game 2-0 so it went down to points difference, Dick Johnson won the group with +5 points, and with just 1 point difference Adrian Smith got second place with -2 points vs Mark Sansom’s -3 points, agonisingly close to lose out by 1 point for Mark.
The Semi-Finals saw two Semi-Finals of team mates with Dick Johnson playing Andy King both players for Hucknall 50+ and Andy Brown and Adrian Smith both players for Ravenshead Angels.
Andy King beat Dick Johnson 3-1 in a close encounter (15-13, 11-9, 10-12, 11-2) first 3 games could have gone either way, but Andy was too strong in the fourth and took the match. In the other Semi-Final this was even closer , Adrian Smith took a 2-1 lead but Andy Brown came back strong and took the final 2 games (11-9 & 11-7 ) to book his place in the final.
Andy Brown beat Andy King 3-0 (11-9, 13-11, 11-6), but the final was much closer than the score line suggests and was a real spectacle for the people who stayed to watch the final and finished off a great night of table tennis.
Full list of results on the night att Mick Dennis Results 2016