Reading Closed Championships
This season's Closed Championships were held over the weekend of 11/12th February at two venues:
Sat 11th February 2017 (Senior & Veteran events) - at Reading Blue Coat School (VENUE)
Sun 12th February 2017 (Junior events) - at Cippenham Table tennis Club (VENUE)
Wendy Porter, Tournament Organiser
** see below for links to the full sets of results **
** see GALLERY page for photos
Report on Senior & Veteran Events
The Senior events were held at Blue Coat School in Sonning which proved to be an excellent venue. It was comfortably able to hold 8 tables which meant all the senior events could be completed in one day, rather than needing a weekend as in previous years.
Wendy Porter put in a huge amount of time and effort to prepare the venue and the draws for the 11 events, as well as running the tournament on the day – and this despite the fact that her first grandchild was due to be delivered that day!
Unfortunately there were no entrants for the Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles or Mixed doubles (apart from Wendy) so these events could not be run. For the other events, there were the inevitable late withdrawals, but this did allow some of the late entrants to be given entry in to some of the events.
This year’s Championships were run using some computer software which is specifically designed for sports tournaments. It included online entry for all events, which seemed to work well and allowed everyone to see who was entering each event on the days before the entry deadline. Once the seeding, the draws and the scheduling for each event had been completed, the new software also enabled this information to be made visible on the tournament website. This meant everyone could see the approximate timings of their scheduled matches and who their opponents would be.
As the events progressed throughout the day, the results were entered on the tournament software and periodically uploaded to the tournament website – so those competitors with smartphones (and those interested at home) could see the event results almost as they happened, see how each event was progressing and see who their next opponent would be.
After a withdrawal allowed Hari Gehlot’s late entry to the tournament, he won the Mens singles after being 2 games down to Krasi Ivanov in the final. Hari also beat Ian Cole to win the final of the Veterans Singles and Wendy Porter to win the Senior Veterans event. The Mens Doubles saw unexpected winners as Jon Willis and Marc Brent beat all of their opponents without losing an end, including Ian Cole and Joe Barraclough in the final. Melvyn Lovegrove took the Over 60s title having played a total of 18 matches throughout the day, while Eric Holmes (who played 14 times himself) finished his day by winning the final of the Ping Pong event.
Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up in each of the events, who are listed below, and thanks to everyone who came along and took part. Please look at the tournament website to see details of all the events that were run – the draws, the scores and all the associated statistics.
Due to having to vacate the venue by 5:30pm, the main finals could not be staged, which was a shame, but I don’t think it spoilt the day for anyone.
What did become apparent during the day was that some matches were being delayed by one or two people who seemed to be playing in every event! This caused some scheduling problems, so in future years the organisers may need to consider restricting the number of events a person can enter.
Many thanks to the various volunteers who helped on the day and ensured the venue was cleared on time. Special thanks to Emma & Joe Barraclough, who stayed late on Friday evening getting everything in place and arranging the refreshments, and to Duncan Groves who helped Wendy with match management and covered for her when she was playing.
But most of all, our thanks go to Wendy for everything she did to ensure the Senior and Junior events all ran so well at the weekend, when I know she would rather have been with her family.
Report on Junior Events
The Junior tournament was held at Cippenham TTC on Sunday 12th February. It was an early start, but everyone turned up on time and the tournament started promptly at 9am. There was a good turnout with 23 players competing across the six events.
Wendy Porter did a great job of organising the tournament and the whole day ran very smoothly. The new method of running the tournament using the Tournament software was a success: entering results and uploading them to the Tournament website was a simple process and it was helpful to be able to see the draws and timings ahead of the day. The added bonus for someone like myself, who unfortunately had to leave just before the semis and finals were played, was that I could log on later from home and find out who had won.
Some great table tennis matches were played throughout the day. There were several well-fought five set matches and a few games that went in to the high teens before a final result was reached. What also stood out was the great sportsmanship shown amongst all the players throughout the day.
Congratulations to the winners of the events: Joe Barraclough (U21s and Junior Boys), Jamie Barlow (Cadet Boys and U13s), Johnson Xu (Youth Division) and Joe Barraclough/Adam Winterbottom (Junior Boys doubles). Well done to all runners-up (Jamie Barlow, Johnson Xu, Ralph Philips, Mo Cook, Dylan Cook and Rayaan Asghar/Jamie Barlow), and to everyone who took part in the day. A special mention goes to Rishika Desai who was the only girl to enter the tournament and therefore didn’t have a girls singles event to take part in, but she competed with true fighting spirit in all the boys events.
Many thanks to the various volunteers who helped on the day. Emma Barraclough, Emma Cook and Dan Cook who helped Wendy with keeping all the matches on track, and to the Juniors and parents who offered to umpire games throughout the day.
A big thanks to Wendy Porter who organised the event and worked tirelessly on the day, but must have been just secretly raring to get away to see her newly born first grandchild who’d arrived at 6pm the day before. Congratulations Wendy!
Roll of Honour
|Mens Singles||Hari Gehlot||Krasi Ivanov|
|Mens Doubles||Jon Willis & Marc Brent||Ian Cole & Joe Barraclough|
|Veteran Singles||Hari Gehlot||Ian Cole|
|Senior Veteran Singles||Hari Gehlot||Wendy Porter|
|Over 60s Singles||Melvyn Lovegrove||Nick Lean|
|Division 1||Krasi Ivanov||Ian Cole|
|Division 2||Nigel Keedy||Zdzislaw Jerzmanski|
|Division 3||Lee Calcutt||Igor Sremac|
|Division 4||Marc Brent||Zoltan Keleman|
|Division 5||Jordan De Ste Croix||Clive Gold|
|Ping Pong||Eric Holmes||Harry Munro|
|Youth Division||Johnson Xu||Dylan Cook|
|U13 Boys Singles||Jamie Barlow||Mo Cook|
|Cadet Boys Singles||Jamie Barlow||Ralph Philips|
|Junior Boys Singles||Joe Barraclough||Johnson Xu|
|Junior Boys Doubles||Joe Barraclough & Adam Winterbottom||Rayaan Asghar & Jamie Barlow|
|U21 Singles||Joe Barraclough||Johnson Xu|
View all the Results
The draws and results for all events can be seen on the Tournament Website for each day: