The annual Town Table Tennis championships took place at the Academy earlier this month. The Junior events were held to start the weekend, and these were dominated by Jack Millerchip of Ambleside TT club, who won the U15, U18 & U21 single titles, beating fellow club members in each final. He beat Luke Moore 3-1 in the U15 final, then went on to beat Tom Costall, again 3-1 in the U18 final then rounded off the day with a similar win over Manesh Patel in the U21 final. He also partnered Jamie Jowett in the U15 doubles but they were beaten in the final by Luke Moore and Oliver Costall again by 3-1. Luke Moore also joined Oliver’s brother Tom Costall to win the U21 doubles beating fellow Ambleside club members James Moore and Jamie Jowett 3-1. The U12’s final was also contested by Ambleside players, Tom Hooks and Hayden Robins, and Tom ran out the winner by 3-0.
In the senior events, there were some surprises in the Men’s open singles event, where top seed Paul Calloway of Ajax Wolvey, and last year’s champion Mark Perkins of Stockingford, were both knocked out in the early stages of the competition with Paul losing to Eileen Shaler of NALGO Mira and Mark to fellow team member Kevin Hobley. The final was keenly contested between Ambleside club members, Lee Bennett and Dave Daniels, and Dave took an early 2-0 lead in the final, but Lee hit back to win the next two games, and eventually triumphed in the 5th game to take the Town Champion title for the first time. The ladies singles champion was Eileen Shaler of NALGO Mira with Jackie Flavell of Ajax Wolvey the runner-up.
In the open doubles Dave Daniels partnered fellow Ambleside team mate, Sohail Caratella, to the title beating Paul Calloway of Ajax Wolvey and Mark Rose of Crescent by 3-0, but Mark Rose went on to take the handicap singles title beating last year’s Town Champion, Mark Perkins by 2-1. The handicap doubles final was contested between league newcomers, Garry Rhodes and Steve Crutchley of Stockingford, and Pete White and Steve Brough of NALGO Mira, and the Stockingford duo triumphed 2-0. Paul Calloway had a hand in a number of other finals winning the mixed doubles with Eileen Shaler beating the Wolvey pairing of Pete Morris and Jackie Flavell. He also partnered Tom Hackett in the veteran doubles against the Ambleside pair, Dave Daniels and Paul Ingram who looked to be coasting to victory in the 5th and final game being 7-0 up, only to see their opponents fight back to take the final game 12-10 and the title! Paul Caloway also contested the veteran singles and Over 50’s final against fellow Ajax Wolvey player, Mick Allsopp, but had to settle for the runner-up spot as Mick ran out the winner in both. Finally in the grading events Danny Whittaker won the 40/49 event, and Steve Crutchley won the 50/65 event beating Martin Kimberley of NALGO Mira in the final.
In the week before the championships the Individual handicap knock outs for each division were held and the winner in in Div 1 was Lee Bennett of Ambleside beating Danny Whittaker of Stockingford, in Div 2 Dick Jenkins of Stockingford beat fellow team mate Mark Randle, and in Div 3 Kamla Winfield of Ajax Wolvey beat Steve Crutchley of Stockingford.
Full Results and Scores
12 Singles Tom Hooks beat Hayden Robins 11/3 11/1 11/1
U15 Singles Jack Millerchip beat Luke Moore 11/3 11/8 9/11 11/8
U18 Singles Jack Millerchip beat Tom Costall 11/1 11/5 11/13 11/6
U21 Singles Jack Millerchip beat Manesh Patel 6/11 11/8 11/6 11/9
U15 Dbls Luke Moore/Oliver Costall beat Jack Millerchip /Jamie Jowett 11/9 12/10 1/11 11/9
U21 Dbls Luke Moore/Tom Costall beat James Moore /Jamie Jowett 14/12 5/11 15/13 11/7
Open Singles Lee Bennett beat Dave Daniels 8/11 8/11 13/11 11/8 11/5
Ladies Singles Winner Eileen Shaler r/up Jackie Flavell
H/Cap Singles Mark Rose beat Mark Perkins 7/21 21/15 21/15
Mixed Dbls Winner Eileen Shaler/Paul Calloway R/up Jackie Flavell/Pete Morris
Open Dbls Dave Daniels/Sohail Carratella beat Paul Calloway/Mark Rose 11/8 11/2 11/7
H/Cap Dbls Steve Crutchley/Garry Rhodes beat Pete White/Steve Brough 21/18/ 21/17
Vet Singles Mick Allsopp beat Paul Calloway 11/8 11/8 11/9
Vet over 50 Winner Mick Allsopp R/up Paul Calloway
Vet Dbls Tom Hackett/Paul Calloway beat Dave Daniels/Paul Ingram 11/7 11/8 5/11 9/11 12/10
Grading 40/49 Winner Danny Whittaker R/up Mark Rose
Grading 50/65 Steve Crutchley beat Martin Kimberley 11/5 11/13 11/9 11/7
Generation pairs: Dave & Jamie Jowett beat Richard & Tom Costall
Div 1: Lee Bennett beat Danny Whittaker 21/18, 15/21, 21/19
Div 2: Dick Jenkins beat Mark Randle 19/21, 21/16, 21/19
Div 3: Kamla Winfield beat Steve Crutchley 22/20, 20/22, 21/19