Medway Senior & VETS Competition
The postponed Super Vets (over 60) competitions were held last evening - 22nd May 2018 at The Howard. The Sturdee club almost made a clean sweep of the two titles on offer. Unseeded Ted Tydeman won the singles title with a four leg final win over Sturdee clubmate, and fourth seed, Mick Porter. Both players play in the league's second division and earlier ended the progress of seeds from the Premier division. Tydeman ending the challenge of Luton Invicta's third seed Dennis McConkey at the group stage and Porter easily overcoming his Sturedee clubmate and top seed Neil Le Milliere in the semi final. In a great evening for the second division, the biggest shock came at the group stage when Chatham's Phil Humphries ended the challenge of second seed Mick Ling of the Howard club 12-10 in the fifth leg.
In the doubles, the Sturdee club had to take a share of the spoils when the second seeded pair of Porter and Ling took the title with a final win over top seeds Le Milliere and clubmate Peter Stokes.
Medway Junior Competition
The MTTTL Junior Table Tennis Tournament were held (despite snow showers) on Saturday 17th March 2018 with 18 youngsters (15 boys and 3 girls – aged 10-17 years) participating and only two abstentions.
The number of events was simplified (Cadet Singles, Junior Singles culminating in a Junior Doubles) with the aim to maximise the number of games each person played.
In the CADET EVENT without top seed Scarlett O’Neil who was unavailable though illness, it left a very open competition with many close matches. Victory was finally secured by the very talented 12 year old KATIE O’DWYER with narrow wins over second placed LENNON MacLORG, third placed JACK JORDAN and fourth placed SCARLETT LENNON.
In the JUNIOR EVENT it was all about JAKE BUCKLEY the No. 1 seed who dominated only losing one leg in his semi final success over MAX DAY and then continued to beat fellow Premier Division player HARRY JONES (returning from injury) 3-0 in the final. Harry otherwise did not lose a leg although it was close in one winning 20-18 in the third to ALEX LOW in the other semi final.
JACK PERHAM beat LENNON MacLORG (having gained revenge over Katie earlier) in the class 2 Junior final, newcomer LEON ZHANG beat LIAM COAKE in the class 3 Junior final and SAM WHITE defeated SCARLETT LENNON in the class 4 Junior final.
In the JUNIOR DOUBLES EVENT it was a straight knockout from the Quarter Final Stage with the two stand-out pairings of JAKE BUCKLEY/MAX DAY and HARRY JONES/ALEX LOW (the defending champions) meeting in the Final. In a great match JAKE and MAX won 11-9, 8-11, 13-11, 11-8.
There are a number of improving youngsters, so look out for them in the League in the future. Thanks to Malcolm Kay and Roger Chipperfield (who also presented the trophies) for all their help on the day.
The full Roll of Honour for all events can be found below