The 2017 Island Championships are underway, kindly sponsored by La Fraternelle Home Insurance. Updates and results will appear on this page and on Facebook. Schedule of events
Mixed DoublesThe top seeded duo of Joshua Stacey and Dawn Morgan will contest the final of the Mixed Doubles against the number 3 seeds Adam Langlois and Alice Loveridge. Stacey and Morgan eased through against Keith Opie and Kay Chivers 4-0 in the semi final from the top half of the draw. Langlois and Loveridge have not played this season, but they had enough in the tank to get past 2nd seeds Phil Ogier and Sam Kershaw in the other semi final. The finalists let a 3-0 lead slip, but ultimately came through 4-2.
Womens Veterans Singles
Top seed Kay Chivers will face off against 2nd seed Sam Kershaw in the final. Chivers defeated fellow 2nd Division player Sue Ferbrache 4-0 in the semi finals, whilst Kershaw came through a hard fought 5 set encounter against Division 3 player Jenny Powell in the other semi final clash.
Over 50's Open Singles
Number 1 seed Mark Pipet will square off against 3rd seed Carl Le Tissier in the final on Friday evening. Pipet was a comfortable straight sets winner over unseeded Tim Le Page in the first semi final. Le Tissier had a much tougher test in the other semi final, where he came up against 2nd seed Chivers. Le Tissier was bossing the encounter at 3-0 up, but Chivers fought back strongly to force the match to a 7th and deciding leg. Le Tissier regained his form and cruised through the final end 11-5.
The Mens Singles finalists Garry Dodd and Joshua Butler teamed up to reach the final of the Mens Doubles this evening, as the top seeds. They will meet 2nd seeded twins Joshua and Lawrence Stacey in the final to be contested on Friday evening. Dodd and Butler defeated 3rd seeds Phil Ogier and Jez Powell in the semi final stages 4-1, whilst the twins came through against 6th seeds Liam Robilliard and Matt Stubbington without dropping an end.
Top seeds Dawn Morgan and Kay Chivers reached yet another Womens Doubles final after they cruised through against Sue Ferbrache and daughter Sophie in the semi finals. They will meet the unseeded pairing of exiting GTTA development officer Becks O'Keefe and Juliette Yeaman after they put an end to the run of the junior Ridunian pairing of Marli Barker and Amy Wesley in the other semis.
Under 18 Womens Singles
Sunday's action kicked off with the Under 18 Girls Singles and it was a repeat of the Under 15's with Barker and Wesley reaching their 2nd finals. Barker eased past Erin Vaudin in the semis, whilst Wesley cruised through 4-0 against Shelby Timms.
Under 18 Mens Singles
Top seed Ben Foss will meet 2nd seed Ryan Bichard in the final of the other event to be contested on Sunday morning. Foss was in top form after his withdrawal the evening prior and cruised past Ryan Gilson, Billy Ogier and Joseph Bourgaize without dropping a set. 2nd seed Bichard cruised to the semis by beating Robert Naftel and Corey Brouard without dropping a set. Here he faced a tough test against Collenette but managed to come through over 6 sets.
Under 18 Open Doubles
Sunday afternoon saw the turn of the Dennis Lempriere Memorial Doubles tournament, also known as the Island Under 18 Open Doubles. The finalists from the Under 18 Open Singles were playing together and Foss and Bichard duly made their way to the final with 5 set wins over Gilson/Bourgaize and Sharp/Ellis Tomlin. They will meet 2nd seeds Luke Bichard and Dan Collenette who reached the final with a 5 set win over Brouard and Ogier in the other semi final.
Over 70's Open Singles
Sunday evening kicked off with the Over 70's Open Singles and top seed Maurice James made his way to the final where he will face off against 2nd seed Ian Fitchet. James overcame Peter Powell 4-1 in the semi finals, whilst Fitchet cruised past Brian Le Cras 4-0 in the other semi final clash.
Veterans Open Doubles
This was just the 3rd event of the 13 contested thus far where the top 2 seeds did not reach the final. Despite this fact, the number 1 seeds Phil Ogier and Jez Powell did make their way to the final as anticipated. There they will meet 4th seeded Whistlers duo of Kay Chivers and Keith Opie. Ogier and Powell comfortably came past Andy Gill and Ian Le Page 4-0 in the semis, whereas Chivers Opie secured an upset 6 set victory over 2nd seeds Martin Sarre and Dawn Morgan, despite losing the first 2 legs.
Garry Dodd is aiming to pick up his 8th Island Mens singles crown and move outright 3rd in the all time list and he did manage to live up to his seeding in reaching the final. There he will meet the 2015 champion Joshua Butler, who performed very well, despite only being seeded 4th for the event. The event was well supported with a healthy entry of 43 and despite some small resistance, the 8 seeds expectedly made their way into the Quarter final stages. The toughest matches on paper prior to the Quarter finals were for 5th seed Phil Ogier and 6th seeded Lions C team-mate Paul Hainsworth. Ogier came up against the unseeded Liam Robilliard in the Last 16 but played well and came through in straight games, saving a few game points in the 4th, which he took 13-11. Hainsworth had an even tougher test in the Last 32 where he faced off against Alex Robinson, who was also unseeded despite playing at the number 2 spot for Ravenscroft II in British league this season. The first 3 ends were well contested, but Hainsworth did just enough in the end to come through 4-1. The quarter finals were mainly fairly one sided affairs with Dodd coming through against 14 time champion and Whistlers A team-mate Mark Pipet in straight games, 2nd seed Joshua Stacey beating Hainsworth without loss and Butler getting through via walkover over Ben Foss, having comfortably taken the first 2 games for the loss of just 10 points. The final quarter final was by the far the closest match of the competition and it saw 3rd seed Lawrence Stacey edge past Ogier in 7, having trailed 3-2. That was as far as it was to go for Stacey, who was beaten in straight games by the imperious Dodd in the semis. Butler had a tougher clash with Lawrence's twin Joshua, but played the big points exceptionally well and won over 5 ends to reach his 2nd Island Mens Singles finals.
As with the Mens Singles, the top seed duly made their way to the final and the player in question was 15 time champion Kay Chivers, who is expected to add to her tally due to the absence of Dawn Morgan from the singles events at this year's competition. Her opponent in the final is due to be 4th seed Chloe Le Tissier who reached the final despite not having played all season. Chivers eased into the final with straight set wins over Shelby Timms and Charlotte Casey, however Casey fared well and was unlucky not to get anything for her efforts, having held game points in the opener. She had earlier been a comprehensive straight set winner over 3rd seed Paula Le Ber. Le Tissier came through against Alderney's Marli Barker without loss before battling through a see-saw encounter with 2nd seed Sam Kershaw in the other semi final. The game went back and forth before Le Tissier cruised through the deciding 7th end 11-3.
Under 11 Open Singles
Saturday morning and afternoon contained events for the youngest stars of the Association and first event up was the Under 11 Open Singles. In the end it was comfortable for top seed Zaheer Anees and 2nd seed Jayden Tucknott, who each made it through to Friday evenings final. Anees beat Shelby Timms 4-0 whilst Tucknott overcame Harvey Le Tissier 4-0.
Under 13 Open Singles
Top seed Ben Sharp will contest the final against 2nd seed and Division 3 team-mate Caden Brouard. Sharo cruised past Max Burrows in straight sets, whilst Brouard needed 5 sets to come through over Division 4 Lions player Freddie Walker.
Under 15 Boys Singles
Top seed Luke Bichard will meet fellow Lions Division 1 player and 2nd seed Dan Collenette in the final. Bichard had a tricky test against 2nd Division player Corey Brouard, who pegged the top seed back to 2-2, having trailed 2-0. Bichard held his head and weathered the storm well to win in 6. Collenette had no such troubles against Walker in the other semis and came through comfortably without loss.
Under 15 Girls Singles
The remaining event to be contested on Saturday was the Under 15 Girls Singles and it saw success for the seeded pair from Alderney, namely Marli Barker and Amy Wesley. The Ridunian success came when Barker beat Shelby Timms 4-0 and Wesley overcame Tia Timms 4-0.
Under 21 Open Singles
The event which is perceived to be of the next highest quality outside of the Mens Singles fully lived up to expectations with some excellent action on display on Friday evening to kick off the Championships. Twins Joshua Stacey and Lawrence Stacey lived up to their billing as top seeds, but they each had tough tests in the semi finals. Lawrence may have beaten 3rd seed Butler 4-2 in their semi final match, however 3 of his 4 sets came past the regulation distance, the final scores being 14-12, 15-13, 6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 13-11. Joshua had an even tougher test in the other semi final encounter where he needed the full 7 ends to defeat 4th seed Ben Foss. Stacey trailed 3-2 and looked in danger before clinching the 6th and 7th ends 11-7 and 11-9 respectively.
Veterans Open Singles
The other event to be contested on the opening evening of action was the Veterans (over 40) Open Singles and top seed Phil Ogier will meet 2nd seed Mark Pipet in the final. Ogier was in cruise control and did not drop a set all evening, culminating in a straight set win over 3rd seed Jez Powell. Pipet had a much tougher route and came past a dogged 5th seed Martin Sarre 4-2 in the quarters before overcoming 4th seed Andy Gill by the same score in the semi finals.
The league presentation nights were held on 5th and 13th April after the final round of matches in Doric Insurance Leagues. The trophies were presented by Doric Sarre and Martin Sarre of Doric Insurance.
The full set of photos can be found on our Flickr site
The winners were:
Division 1 winners: Lions A (Josh Butler, Ben Foss, Dan Collenette)
Division 1 runners-up: Whistlers A (Garry Dodd, Mark Pipet, Ryan Gilson)
Division 1 averages winner: Garry Dodd
Division 1 averages runner-up: Lawrence Stacey
Players' Player of the Year: Garry Dodd (Whistlers A)
Division 2 winners: Lions D (Jamie Ferbrache, Andy Gill, Ian Le Page)
Division 2 runners-up: Whistlers D (Kay Chivers, Keith Opie, Corey Brouard)
Division 2 averages winner: Jez Powell
Division 2 averages runner-up: Kay Chivers
Players' Player of the Year: Billy Ogier (Ravenscroft Panthers B)
Division 3 winners: Whistlers G (Ellis Tomlin, Tom Hagerich, Jayden Tucknott)
Division 3 runners-up: Whistlers H (Callum Gilson, Caden Brouard, Ben Sharp)
Division 3 averages winner: Ellis Tomlin
Division 3 averages runner-up: Tom Hagerich
Players' Player of the Year: Caden Brouard (Whistlers H)
Division 4 winners: Whistlers K (Shane Cotter, Joe Le Page, Andy Le Page)
Division 4 runners-up: Lions J (Graham Mallett, Janine Mallett, Derek Cave)
Division 4 averages winner: Shane Cotter
Division 4 averages runner-up: Val Guilbert
Players' Player of the Year: Jonah Ingrouille (Lions L)
Division 1 winners Lions A pictured with Martin Sarre
Division 2 winners Lions D pictured with Doric
winners Whistlers G pictured with Martin Sarre
pictured with Doric Sarre
Winners of Players' Player of the year - Billy Ogier, Caden Brouard & Jonah Ingrouille (Garry Dodd was unavailable for photo)
trophies awarded. IPES Forest Gump's Instructors retained the trophy, narrowly pipping C & D Carpenters to the, which went down to the final week. C & D Carpenters showed great improvement this season having finished bottom of the Business League last season.
Steve Ozanne of C & D Carpenters claimed the individual averages trophy with 97% average having lost only one game all season, with Blake Batiste finishing as runner-up, only losing 2 matches.
League Winners: Ipes Forest Gump Instructors
Runners Up: C & D Carpenters
Averages winner: Steve Ozanne
Runner Up. Blake Batiste
Final league table:
The Doric Insurance individual championships for Divisions 1 and 3 were played on Monday night and saw Garry Dodd retain his crown. Dodd was in good form and dropped only 2 games all evening, one to Phil Ogier in the quarter final and the other to runner-up Lawrence Stacey, who he defeated on 11-2 11-9 8-11 11-7 in the final.
The Division 3 title was won by young Ellis Tomlin who has had a superb season. Having defeated Caden Brouard and Shane Cotter en route to the final, he defeated the fast-improving Craig Dunning 11-7 12-10 8-11 11-8 in a tense encounter.
Dan Collenette went home with the GTTA Individual Handicap Singles trophy on Monday evening after a narrow 2-1 victory over Lawrence Stacey in the final. In a see-saw match, the 15-year old was handed a +7 advantage and won 21-14, 16-21, 21-18. The match featured some excellent attacking play and one of the best rallies seen at the Hougue du Pommier for quite some time to seal the title.
A decent entry of 34 players of different abilities started the night in the group stages, which provided many close matches and left the organisers dealing with the mathematical challenges that come with the countback system. The knockout stages were largely dominated by Division 1 players, with the exception of 2nd Division Dave Finn who was in top form and looking a dangerous opponent. Indeed Finn looked likely to progress to the final as he swept past Collenette in the first game of their semi-final 21-5. The younger player was left scampering round the court trying to defend Finn's combination of side-spin and angled returns. However Collenette managed to regroup and change his tactics to good effect and won the next two ends 21-18, 21-16.
In the other semi-final, Ben Foss was looking likely to make yet another tournament final this season, but was ultimately pipped 21-18 in the deciding end by Lawrence Stacey.
Ravenscroft Senior British National League Weekend 4 Report 2016/17 Season
Ravenscroft II - Lawrence Stacey, Ben Foss, Alex Robinson & Paul Hainsworth
Close but no cigar was the overall outcome for the Ravenscroft sponsored Guernsey table tennis teams this weekend in their pursuits of Senior British League titles. With both of the leading teams having taken the honours in their respective divisions last season, the hope was for another year of glory and respective promotions, however whilst the titles may have narrowly eluded the sides, there is still the chance for promotion to higher divisions.
The first team of Garry Dodd, Joshua Butler, Joshua Stacey and Phil Ogier were beaten to top spot by Fusion II in National B-3 in Reading, whereas the second team of Lawrence Stacey, Alex Robinson, Paul Hainsworth and Ben Foss were very unlucky to miss out in National C-4 in Widnes to North Ayrshire II by just 2 points, despite having by far the best record in the Division in terms of sets and games won.
In Reading the side started excellently with a 9-1 win over Kingfisher II, with the only defeat coming for Butler, who missed out to the awkward left hander Hari Gehlot in 5 ends. Gehlot also caused problems for Dodd, but Guernsey’s own left hander came through over the full 5 sets. Ogier was making his season debut and he put in a man of the match performance with a 4 set win over Sam Liu and a comfortable straight game win over Anaya Patel to close proceedings on the encounter.
This set-up a tasty clash against Fusion II, who at the time were level on points, in a winners take all clash. Unfortunately for the Sarnians, the clash did not go to plan and a heavy 9-1 defeat was incurred. Joseph Hee is the stand out player in the division and the defender contributed heavily to the win, beating Dodd in 4, Stacey in straight games and also part of the doubles combination with James Smith that defeated Dodd and Stacey in 5 sets. Ogier was unfortunate not to add to his brace from the morning clash as he narrowly lost out to both Sherwin Ramata and Jamal Dennison over the full 5 sets. In the end it was Stacey that restored some pride for the local side with a comprehensive straight sets win over Dennison.
The encounter with Finsbury on Sunday ended in a surprise 6-4 defeat, with the opposition taking both of the important doubles rubbers. Dodd made no mistakes in the match and came through against both Karim Kassal and Hoang Vu, whilst Butler and Ogier each beat Kevin Kan. A key match within the encounter was between Stacey and Kassal and despite leading 2-0, Stacey was cruelly edged out 16-14 in the deciding 5th end.
The outcome of that match had no bearing on the league table though, as the 2nd position was emphatically obtained with the side in 3rd an incredible 9 points behind.
Over in Widnes at the Halton Stadium, the 2nd and 3rd teams were completing their campaigns with excellent success. The 2nd team knew that the title was out of their hands and North Ayrshire II expectedly won all 4 of their matches, despite being tested by their opposition in all matches. Ravenscroft II did more than enough and evidenced the dominance they have held over the Division this season with 4 utterly decisive victories. This was clear to see as just 1 individual match was lost out of the 40 contested over the weekend.
A 10-0 win was achieved in the opener against then 3rd placed side Ormesby VI and 7 of the matches were won in straight games. Of the 2 games to go the distance, the first saw the debutant doubles combination of Stacey and Hainsworth battling back from a 2-0 deficit to overcome Adam Webster and Rana Rassem, whereas Robinson was tested strongly by the very impressive 11 year old rising talent Benjamin Piggott before taking the decider 11-6.
Ormesby V were the next victims, however the encounter saw the only minor blip for the Guernsey side, a 9-1 win achieved. The only defeat of the weekend came for Hainsworth, who was edged out by the tricky veteran Steve Crosby in 5 sets. Crosby edged the opening 2 ends 12-10, 11-9 and an unreturnable edge and net closed proceedings in each instance. Despite battling back with comfortable 11-5 outcomes in the 3rd and 4th ends Hainsworth was unable to take the decider and went down 11-6. The other 5 set match in the match came between Foss and the vocal defender Ryan Nassau. Nassau edged the first 2 ends 12-10 and it looked like an upset was on the cards, but Foss held his nerve very well and navigated through the remaining 3 sets fairly comfortably.
4th placed side Halton IV and Bishop Auckland were the sides to feel the full force on Sunday, with venue hosts Halton the first to incur a whitewash. There was just the single 5 set encounter in this match and it came between Robinson and the high quality Hungarian Kristof Pinter. Pinter had beaten both Robinson and Foss in the encounter earlier this season and was once more the danger man. Foss had earlier done very well to bounce back from losing the opener to win in 4, but Robinson made an even better comeback by bouncing back from a 2-0 deficit to take the decider 11-4. Stacey had his closest singles match of the weekend in this encounter when he came through 14-12 in the 4th against the erratic Jordan Mcgarry, the same score by which Hainsworth overcame him later in the encounter.
The final side to be brushed was 7th placed side Bishop Auckland and it was achieved in record time. Only 3 individual sets were dropped throughout the match in an apt finish to the season. Stacey dropped the 3rd set of his singles encounter with Lee Tinkler despite being comfortable throughout as was the case for Hainsworth, who dropped the 3rd against Edward Sett, despite leading 10-7. The other set was lost in the second doubles encounter where Robinson and Foss overcame Tinkler and Sett in 4.
An even greater gap to 3rd place was evident here as Isle of Man were 10 points behind in 3rd. Incidentally this was the only Division of all 14 where the team finishing 2nd had a superior sets and games ratio than the champions and the main reason for this was the use of Premier Division player Chris Main for the encounters just against the Ravenscroft backed side. Foss was deservedly presented with the award for most wins in the Division, having won 27 and just losing once to Pinter. Stacey was next best with 26 wins and was unfortunate to have only lost to Main on the 2 occasions they played. Robinson and Hainsworth also had solid records and won 23 of their 28 singles encounters.
Finally there was some success for the Junior developmental Ravenscroft III side of Ryan Bichard, Daniel Collenette, Ryan Gilson and Matthew Casey on the final day of competition. A gritty 5-5 draw was obtained against Bishop Auckland. Casey was the player of the match and he picked up 2 important singles wins. He breezed past Ben Kelly in straight games but left his best to last in the final encounter of the match. He was up against Sett and managed to squeeze through the decider 16-14 to give his side the point. Bichard had given the side the perfect start when he came back from 2-0 down to overcome Tinkler and he secured another 5 set win alongside Collenette in the doubles when they beat Samuel Hume and Kelly 13-11 in the decider. The final victory was obtained by Collenette when he beat Kelly in straight games.
The side came very close to doubling their tally in the afternoon fixture, but were agonisingly edged 6-4 by Ormesby VI. Gilson put in a superb performance consisting of a duo of straight game wins over Rana Rassem and more impressively Chrissy Edwards. Casey defeated Rassem but was unlucky to lose out to Piggott over the full 5 ends. Bichard and Collenette secured another good doubles win over Rassem and Adam Webster over 4 sets.
The Guernsey squad to travel to the 2017 Natwest Island Games has been announced. The Games are being held in Gotland, Sweden, from 24 June to 30 June 2017, with the table tennis events being played at Södervärnshallen in Visby
Ravenscroft Senior British National League Weekend 4 Preview 2016/17 Season
The Islands best table tennis players are returning to British National League action this weekend, where the final round of fixtures from the 2016/17 season will be contested.
The leading Ravenscroft backed outfits are near the top of their respective divisions and each will be looking to achieve the results required to obtain promotion to higher leagues.
Ravenscroft I will be made up of Garry Dodd, Joshua Butler, Joshua Stacey and Phil Ogier and they currently reside joint top of the National B-3 table with Fusion II. The sides are separated by only games difference and it is the Sarnian squad that have the slightly superior ratio.
The second string side on the other hand is in 2nd place of National C-4, despite having the strongest games ratio within the Division. The reason for this discrepancy in the table is largely due to the leading Scottish based side North Ayrshire II’s decision to use the Premier Division player, Chris Main, for both clashes between the sides. Whilst the honours were even during the first clash, a narrow 6-4 defeat was incurred last time out. The team of Lawrence Stacey, Alex Robinson, Paul Hainsworth and Ben Foss will be looking to finish the season strongly with 4 wins and a second placed finish could also lead to promotion.
In National B-3 at the Kingfisher Table Tennis Club in Reading, the top side have an extremely tough start to their weekend, which culminates in what is likely to be a winner takes all clash with Fusion II on Saturday afternoon. They open first up against 3rd placed side Kingfisher II though and the previous meetings between the sides ended in a comfortable 8-2 victory for the Guernsey team. The big top of the table clash in the afternoon will see if the sides can finally be separated, having been level on points throughout the season thus far. Defender Joseph Hee has been the player of the season to date and has lost just 1 single match. In the encounter earlier in the season, he was responsible for 3 of the Fusion rubbers, having seen off Dodd and Butler in singles action on top of also teaming with James Smith to win the doubles match over Dodd and Olly Langlois, also in straight games. Smith and Jamal Dennison were the other players to record wins last time and the strength in depth of the Fusion side will invariably make it a tough clash whomever they field.
Should defeat be avoided in the afternoon clash and a win obtained in the morning, it should be a more comfortable day on Sunday as the final fixtures come against the sides at the bottom of the table, Finsbury and Ellenborough respectively. 9-1 and 10-0 routs were achieved last time and this will be the goal to finish the season in style.
Over in Widnes in C-4, the second team will be looking to end the season with a quad of victories to secure at least 2nd position in the table. They are reliant on top side North Ayrshire dropping points to give them hope of winning the league, however 2nd position is very close to being achieved before the weekend commences, a large 5 point gap being in place between them and 3rd placed side Ormesby VI.
The first clash of the weekend is against the youthful Ormesby side in question and a convincing 10-0 whitewash was achieved on that occasion. The afternoon encounter is against the other Ormesby side (V) and a 10-0 drubbing was also the outcome back in November.
The toughest match of the weekend is likely to come against 4th placed side and venue hosts Halton IV. An 8- win was achieved last time, however there were a lot of hard fought matches in the tough encounter, also back in November. The final match of the season comes against 7th placed side Bishop Auckland and the aim will be for a conclusive win, similar to the 10-0 drubbing from earlier this season.
The youthful Ravenscroft III team will also be competing in National C-4 and will be hoping to get their first points on the board. The team representing the Island this weekend is Ryan Bichard, Dan Collenette, Matthew Casey and Ryan Gilson. Gilson will be making his senior British League debut and the left hander has been showing good signs of improvement of late with his performances in the local 1st Division. The team has been very close to getting results this season and will be looking to achieve this at the final time of asking.
Fourth Weekend Sides
1. Garry Dodd (Team Captain)
2. Joshua Butler
3. Joshua Stacey
4. Phil Ogier
1. Lawrence Stacey
2. Alex Robinson
3. Paul Hainsworth (Team Captain)
4. Ben Foss
1. Ryan Bichard
2. Daniel Collenette
3. Matthew Casey
4. Ryan Gilson
Fixtures (4th Weekend)
Ravenscroft I – National B-3
Kingfisher Table Tennis Club, Reading
18 March 10:30 Ravenscroft I v Kingfisher II
Ravenscroft III – National C-4
Halton Regional Table Tennis Centre, Widnes
18 March 10:30 Ravenscroft III v Halton IV
18 March 14:30 Isle of Man v Ravenscroft III
19 March 10:00 Ravenscroft III v Bishop Auckland
19 March 14:00 Ormesby VI v Ravenscroft III
Another good weekend of table tennis at the Guernsey Table Tennis Centre saw 45 juniors take part in the fourth and final Deutsche Bank junior banded tournament of the season.
In Band 1, Ben Foss took the title with a three-way tie for the runner up spot between Matthew Casey, Billy Ogier and Ellis Tomlin. Casey took second place having had better games difference.
In Band 2, Corey Brouard came out on top winning all 7 games with second place decided by count back between Guernsey’s Callum Gilson and Alderney’s Thomas Cosheril. With Gilson beating Cosheril in round 5 by a 2-0 scoreline he took the runner up position.
Band 3 saw fast improving Sammy Tostevin come out on top winning all his matches, while second place went to Erin Vaudin.
The title in Band 4 went to a player recently selected for the Primary School International in Wales, Jayden Tucknott with the runner up spot going to Henri Whitehorne
Band 5 was also decided on count back between Evan Lesbirel and Alderney’s Courteney Benfield. Both players finished on 7 wins however Evan got the better of Courteney having beaten her 2-0 the narrowest of margins 12-10, 11-9.
Band 6 saw another Alderney player take the title. Sian Craig took top spot despite losing narrowly to Harvey Le Tissier who finished in third position. Runner up went to Bradley Le Noury.
Ben Foss became the 37th different player to lift the Lions Jack Carrington trophy on Monday evening when he overturned a 2-1 deficit to overcome 2009 champion Paul Hainsworth in the showpiece final. The tournament excludes any player to have competed in the blue riband ‘Green Trophy’ Inter-Insular event within the past 2 years and this is a large factor in the open nature of the tournament, owing to the 37 different winners over the 63 year history of the event.
It has also been amazingly 15 years since the title was won in consecutive years and this was achieved by Mark Pipet in 2001 and 2002.
The Green Trophy stipulation prevented current players Garry Dodd, Joshua Stacey and Joshua Butler from entering this season.
The tournament has a history of receiving a healthy number of entries and this season was no different, with a season highest singles tournament entry of 33 players.
The group stages did not produce too many surprises, however the biggest came when 2nd Division player Sam Clark secured a superb 4 set victory over the Whistlers Junior left handed Division 1 player Ryan Gilson. Jez Powell and Andre De Carteret battled out a nervy 5 setter, which the former edged 12-10 and on an adjacent table, there was an excellent showing between 2 of the Island’s younger prospects. 2nd Division player Corey Brouard just about managed to overcome 3rd Division player Callum Gilson 13-11 in the decider, having saved 3 match points from 7-10.
Into the knockout stages and each of the 8 seeded players duly made it through to the quarter finals, with the sole exception being that of number 5 seed Matthew Casey, who was defeated by the in form Clark, picking up his second Division 1 scalp of the evening, also over 4 sets.
There was resistance from the defeated opposition in each of the Quarter finals, however the event went to form and the top 4 seeds in the guise of Lawrence Stacey, Phil Ogier, Hainsworth and Foss made it through to the semis.
Stacey is one of the players to have been selected for the 2017 Green Trophy tussle with Jersey and will be unable to play in the event for the next few years. He looked set to live up to his billing as top seed and reach the final, whilst leading 3rd seed Hainsworth in the semis, having taken the tight openers 12-10, 14-12. Hainsworth though, showed strong resolve on the night and battled back strongly to complete an excellent comeback, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 the scores in the remaining games.
In the other semi final, Foss was competing against 2nd seed Ogier and whilst a tight encounter, another upset occurred and the youngster came through in 4 ends, 11-9, 15-13, 7-11, 11-8.
Hainsworth set the pace in the entertaining final when he took the opener and third games 11-7, however this was matched by Foss who won the 2nd and 4th by the exact same score. Crucially Foss started the decider stronger and he opened up a commanding 6-1 lead to put himself within touching distance of the title. Hainsworth once more showed good fight and managed to restore parity at 6-6. Foss held his nerve and played a few strong points to give himself breathing room once more and he took the crown at the second time of asking to close out the match 11-8 at just after 23:00 at the GTTA Centre.
The next set of Open Singles tournaments to take place are the Divisional Championships, which will take place at the start of April, following which the Island Championships will conclude the season from 21st-28th April.
Before that is the annual Individual Handicap Singles competition, which will be contested on 20th March. It was in fact Foss that took this title last year, beating Joshua Stacey in the final.