It was a large entry with 53 players divided between the four divisions and played on 11 tables at Hitchin Table Tennis Centre.
In the Premier Division Luke Walsh beat Stuart Mylrea and Jimmy Walsh beat Adam Choi to make a father v son Final. Jimmy managed to gain the title beating son Luke –4,11,4,9 in a brilliant final. Luke (16) has been picked to represent England in the International Schools to be held at the Isle Of Man at the end of June.
Division 1 was another trophy for the Walsh Family. Ethan Walsh beat Steve Sullivan and Richard Baker beat Nick Theobald to reach the final where youth overcame experience with Ethan winning 7,9,–9,11. Ethan will be 11 years old in May, ranked 10 in the Under 13 boys in England and is now sponsored/managed by Django Fung, snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan’s manager.
In Division 2 Arto Viravorian beat Paul Murdoch and Pete Sliney beat Richard Pettengell with number 1 seed Arto beating number 2 seed Pete –9,–9,9,5,12 in the Final.
Division 3Chris Hart beat Ian Foxley and Steve King beat Richard Hart to reach the Final. Unseeded Steve beat Chris –6,3,–5,11,6 to take the title.
North Herts Closed Veterans Tournament
28 men played in 8 groups.Stuart Mylrea and Richard Baker were semi-finalists.Andy Merritt and John McCance played a close final with John McCance winning in 5 legs –7,7,11,–7,11.
Consisted of Jan Laing,Carol Norman and Karen Wrigley in 1 group. Jan won the group with a good match against Karen which she won in 5 legs –9,2,10,–9,5