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The East Midlands Inter-Regional Boys and Girls Qualification Tournament for Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 15s takes place at Draycott TTC, Derby Road-New Street, Draycott, Derbyshire, DE72 3NJ on Saturday 1 April, 2017 (Closing date Sunday 12 March, 2017).

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Corby Smash Junior 1 Star Tournament

The latest Table Tennis England approved Junior 1 star tournament produced another day of fantastic table tennis with players from as far afield as Devon, Wales and Yorkshire travelling to the North of Northamptonshire to test their table tennis skills.  However, by the end of the day it was two of Corby Smash’s own junior players who were left fighting it out to take the honour of under 18 champion with brothers Adam and Sam Wilson both making their way to the final.

Curtis Sage (Devon) was the top seed in the under 18 event but found himself in a tough group which included Abin Islam (Northants).  With both players winning their opening two matches 3-0, they faced off to decide the winner of the group.  Three very close ends later and it was Islam who claimed the victory 12-10, 12-10, 14-12 to take pole positon and push Sage into second place.  Isobel Mcgerty (Suffolk) claimed third place in Group A when she edged out Alex Cochrane (Northants) 11-8, 10-12, 10-12, 11-9, 13-11 with both players going into the consolation event.

Morgan Day-Davies (Wales) was the number two seed and she claimed the top spot in Group B after coming through two close four set games against Natasha Johnston (Notts) and Tyler Hillery (Northants) respectively after first seeing off Elliott Jones (Wales) 3-0.  Hillery claimed the number two spot in this group, pushing Johnston and Jones into the consolation event.

Group C was the only group that saw all the matches decided in straight games with Northants Adam Wilson (seeded 3) scoring three straightforward wins to take top spot.  Lewis Hillery (Northants) finished second with Cameron Leighton (Yorkshire) and Chloe Pryke (Cambs) finishing third and fourth respectively.

Group D saw Northants Sam Wilson claim first place, dropping just one game against Arjun Arora (Middlesex),  Arora took second spot in this group despite dropping games in his matches against third place Katie Chistoforou (Lincs) and fourth placed Matthew Pryke (Cambs).

At the quarter final stage, the match of the round saw Sage fight back from 2-1 down to defeat Day-Davies 11-9 in the decider and progress to the semi-final stage.  Islam claimed a 3-1 win over Tyler Hillery, with Adam Wilson following suit in his match with Arora which meant that Sam Wilson was the only person to win his quarter-final in straight games with his victory over Lewis Hillery.

Into the semi-finals and top seed Sage saw his title challenge ended with a 3-0 loss to Adam Wilson.  On the adjacent table, Sam Wilson defeated Islam by the same scoreline to ensure the two brothers from the host club would meet in the final.  Adam took the first end 11-9 but from then on it was plain sailing for Sam, wrapping up the next three sets 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 to take the gold medal.

The under 18’s consolation event saw Cameron Leighton and Katie Christoforou progress to the final which Leighton won 15-13, 11-7, 11-9.

With six athletes signed up for the girls under 15 event, this section was run on a round robin basis and proved to be an extremely close event as six of the clashes went the full five sets, eight of the matches went to four sets with only one match decided in straight games.  Top ranked Morgan Day-Davies opened up with a tight 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-13 to debutant Katie Christoferou but this was to be her only defeat as she saw off the challenges of Scarlett Anders (Middlesex), Natasha Johnston (Notts) and Chloe Pryke (Cambs) with 3-1 victories before despatching Isobel McGerty (Suffolk) 3-0 in her final match.  Newcomer Christoferou’s sole defeat came against Johnston, who in turn suffered just one loss to Day-Davies which left all three players tied with four wins each so the countback rule was initiated to determine the winner.  After some quick arithmetic, Day-Davies was announced as the winner with Christoferou in second and Johnston third.  The other three players in the group all won one match each with McGerty beating Anders, Pryke defeating McGerty and Anders eclipsing Pryke.

Twelve boys competed to take the crown of under 15 champions with Kamran Bastani (Cambs) the top seed, Arjun Arora (Middlesex) at number two, Bedfordshire’s Neelan Pillai seeded third and Matthew Pryke (Cambs) seeded fourth.  Bastani and Arora were both untroubled as they topped their respective groups with ease but Pillai was shocked by the host club’s Lewis Hillery (Northants) and had to settle for second place in his group.  Pryke eventually topped his group too but only after surviving a five set thriller against Alex Cochrane (Northants).

Bastani maintained his fine form in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Elliott Jones (Wales) but there was drama in the other three quarter-final matches as they all went to a dramatic fifth set decider.  Number four seed edged out Pillai 12-14, 11-9, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9.  At the same time, Arora was scraping through 12-10, 10-12, 11-13, 11-5, 13-11 against Josh Yarrow (Warwicks).  Not to be outdone, the clash between Hillery and Cameron Leighton (Yorks) was just as close with Hillery taking it 11-9, 4-11, 13-11, 9-11, 13-11.

Both semi-finals, although won in straight games were very tight matches too but with Arora taking out Hillery 11-9, 13-11, 11-8 and Pryke upsetting the seeding to knockout Bastani 11-9, 11-9, 11-9, this set up another thrilling final between the boys from Middlesex and Cambridgeshire.  Arora took the first 11-9, only for Pryke to level with a 13-11 scoreline.  Arora again took the upper hand with his own 13-11 game but Pryke squared the match once again with an 11-9 score.  The fifth set was another close game but it was Arora who finally managed to get some daylight between the two tremendous combatants to take the decider 11-8 and claim the title in what was a fantastic under 15 competition.

The under 15 consolation final was another tight match with Jenson Moreno defeating Cochrane 8-11, 12-10, 16-14, 11-9 to take the prize.

Kamran Bastani made up for his disappointment in the under 15s by claiming the under 13 crown with style.  After strolling through his group with 3-0 wins over Jamie Anderson (Northants) and Moreno, he swiftly despatched Cochrane in the quarter-final stage and Ed Brown (Leics) in the semi-final.  In the other side of the draw, Cameron Leighton survived a scare in his group match against Isobel McGerty before comfortably winning his quarter-final and semi-final matches against Elliott Jones and Neelan Pillai respectively.  In the final, it was Bastani used his extra experience to great effect to record an 11-6, 11-6, 3-11, 11-6 victory.

The under 13 consolation final featured Scarlett Anders and Sullivan Rymarz with the formal claiming the victory with a 3-0 success.

 

The next Junior 1 star tournament to be held at Corby Smash Table Tennis Centre is on Saturday July 2nd.

TOURNAMENTS TO ENTER

Date

Tournament

Address

18 March 2017

Milton Keynes Cadet and Junior 2*

Milton Keynes TTC, 14 Winchester Circle, Kingston, Milton Keynes MK10 0BA

1/2 April 2017

Regional Qualifiers

TBA

8 April 2017

County Closed (Under 15)

Weavers Leisure Centre, Weavers Road, Wellingborough, NN8 3JQ

9 April 2017

County Closed

(Under 18)

Weavers Leisure Centre, Weavers Road, Wellingborough, NN8 3JQ

22/23 April 2017

Cippenham 4* Cadet and Junior

The Westgate School, Cippenham Lane, Slough, Berks SL1 5AH

13 May 2017

Milton Keynes 2* Cadet

Milton Keynes TTC, 14 Winchester Circle, Kingston, Milton Keynes MK10 0BA

10/11 June 2017

Cippenham YPSF Cadet and Junior

The Westgate School, Cippenham Lane, Slough, Berks SL1 5AH

 

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