Capelles Open Singles

posted 13 Jan 2021, 14:07 by GTTA   [ updated 13 Jan 2021, 14:08 ]

Ben Foss continues to build his senior-level trophy cabinet knowing that the big one – an Island Singles title – may not be too far away on the horizon.
(Report courtesy Guernsey Press)

Before gunning for a maiden Island Championships men’s crown in April, the youngster opened his year with a successful title defence at the Capelles Open. But it was as close as ever.  Foss ended his night with two five-set thrillers, culminating in a shootout with top seed Lawrence Stacey.

Lawrence, in turn, went under the cosh in the quarter-finals after a mix-up with entries caused an uncharacteristically early meeting with twin Josh. There, Lawrence edged a bumper opening set 16-14 after seeing the unseeded island champion coming back at him, then the latter rattled off two 11-8s to steal the initiative. Form-man Lawrence held his nerve to edge the next two sets and book a semi spot, where he beat Paul Hainsworth in four ends.
Yet an entertaining battle of youth versus experience on the adjacent table was taking centre stage. Foss burst out of the blocks in set one against Phil Ogier, a six-time Capelles champion between 1999 and 2005, before the veteran pegged him back. The second told a similar tale but Foss just came out top this time, and after two more alternating outcomes and some showy ranged rallies, a decisive fifth end beckoned. 
That was when Foss’s survival instinct kicked in and he romped to an 11-5 victory.
Now for Stacey versus Foss – a familiar, but always nail-biting, rivalry. Foss kept his momentum to dominate the first set 11-4, only for Lawrence to restore parity with a stronger second. What started as a blow-for-blow third set turned into one-way traffic as Foss broke from 3-all to 11-4, though Lawrence kept his cool to flip this result in the fourth.

A decider resulted. The clock was ticking on and the post-Christmas break fatigue was rising, but Foss shot off to break five clear. Lawrence capitalised on a series of errors, though, to salvage a deuce situation. After both parties dropped key points amid the mounting tension, Foss pinched a critical rally and moments later sealed a 14-12 victory.

‘It feels good to win this one,’ he said after adding a second Capelles title to his two Whistlers successes. ‘I played pretty well.

‘I was a few points up in the fifth but Lawrence played it back, and 10-all to 12-all were quite shaky points – no one really won a point, we both just lost them. [The 13th] was quite a big one to win and probably gave me the momentum to get over the line.'

He added in reference to a season still clouded by Covid concerns and with Guernsey ace Garry Dodd still inactive out in Sheffield: ‘Island Champs is the main one I have in mind and it would be nice to get that.’

The night concluded with the award of the Hard Luck trophy for the 2019-20 season which went to Lawrence Stacey, with runners-up being Ryan Gilson and Ben Foote.

Mark Kilby Hard Bat Singles

posted 15 Dec 2020, 03:17 by GTTA   [ updated 16 Dec 2020, 14:33 ]

A table tennis season would not feel complete without the staging of one of the more popular tournaments on the local calendar and Monday evening saw the Mark J Kilby Memorial Hard Bat Trophy contested for, the final of the re-arranged tournaments from the COVID struck 2019/20 season.

The tournament is always fairly open due to the ‘level playing field’ nature of the competition which is largely as a result of every player using the same pimple bat throughout the evening, including a switch of bats between ends.

Despite this fact, the players to reach the final were the 2 most decorated of this form of the game, with an incredible 16 titles shared between them in the past 27 years. The recent form player in this event Paul Hainsworth picked up an incredible 10th title in 11 years after battling through a hard-fought encounter over 7-time champion Phil Ogier.

The tournament itself is a throwback to the olden days in that as well as the pimple bats being used, the previous scoring system of 21 points is used. The other notable difference is that the old 38mm ball is used as opposed to the current 40mm ball that is used for all local, national and international table tennis competitions.

Mark Kilby was a talented young table tennis player who tragically passed away in the early 1980’s. Mark’s parents Barry and Val arranged to have his table tennis bat dipped in silver and mounted as the trophy for the winner of the newly launched tournament when it was first contested in 1984. They come down to the centre each year to watch the annual event and also present the trophy at the climax of the tournament.

As noted previously the event is a popular one and is always well supported by the Guernsey Table Tennis Association Members and it was no different this time with a bumper entry of 33 competitors all relishing the opportunity of trying their luck with the hard bats across 11 groups.

The tournament can throw up some unexpected results, however the initial group stages did not yield many shocks with all of the expected higher Division players qualifying as either group winner or group runner-up. Caden Brouard did however push leading 1st Division player and runner-up in this event for the past 3 seasons, Joshua Stacey to a third and deciding end before being edged 21-18. The youngster still managed to qualify as runner-up due to his straight sets win over fellow junior Shelby Timms.

The first round saw a few notable scalps Brouard was the first to obtain one due to his impressive straight sets win against Martin Sarre. Oscar Pearson had a good win of his own over Craig Dunning in straight sets, whilst Chas Elliott defeated 1st Division player Steve Ozanne. It was a good evening for the young players and Jayden Tucknott started his impressive run at the tournament with a 2-1 win over the tricky Steve Martin. 

The youngers continued their strong march with another pair of scalps in the Last 16. Brouard was a comfortable straight sets winner over a quality hard bat player in Derek Webb, whilst Tucknott went one better with a superb 2-1 win over 1st Division player Ryan Gilson, who is also very adept in this form of the game. The other notable clash in this round saw Lawrence Stacey defeat fellow Division 1 player Sam Clark 2-1 in a high-quality encounter.

Brouard and Tucknott met in the Quarter finals and it was a good match which ended as a narrow 3 set win for Brouard. A repeat of the previous 3 finals saw Hainsworth brush past Josh Stacey, Ogier ended the good run of Pearson in straight sets and Ben Foss battled past Lawrence in 3 sets.

Foss started his semi final strongly against Hainsworth and led throughout. This included the only set points of the night against the champion, who managed to sneak it 24-22. The early stages of the 2nd remained tight before Hainsworth put together a strong finish to take it 21-14. Brouard’s excellent evening could not enable him to get past the extremely steady defensive abilities of Ogier who won comfortably.

Despite Ogier’s excellent record at this event, this was the first time he was competing in this tournament since 2011. There had been no signs of rust in him reaching the final with a paltry 11 points the most he had conceded in any leg on the way.

The first point of the final set the tone for the rest of the match as it was a lengthy rally with Hainsworth playing rolled forehand attacking strokes and Ogier retrieving well from the back of the court. Hainsworth opened up a large lead and looked comfortable during the early stages but was unable to fully pull away and in the end closed out a tight 21-17 end. Ogier started the second with strong intent and led for the majority of the first half of the set. Hainsworth pulled it back and it remained back and forth for the remainder. Hainsworth had too much firepower in the end and closed the match 21-18 at the second time of asking and concluding table tennis action for 2020.

The Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues re-commence on Wednesday 6th January 2021.

Junior Group Singles

posted 5 Dec 2020, 13:12 by GTTA   [ updated 16 Dec 2020, 13:47 ]

The GTTA Junior Group Singles tournament saw some subtle changes for the 2020 edition and attracted a healthy entry of players from across the different junior coaching groups. The age range spanned from 7 to 17 years old on a busy Saturday afternoon of action at the Table Tennis Centre.

It was 14-year old Jayden Tucknott who claimed the title for the second year in a row with an excellent victory over the experienced Jonah Ingrouille in the final, 14-12, 11-7.  Both players came through tough semi-finals with Ingrouille fighting back from one game down to defeat Erin Vaudin 2-1, while Tucknott beat Robert Naftel in two deuce games. 

Another alteration was the addition of a plate competition to increase the number of matches for those players who did not progress through the group stage.  This provided a good opportunity for new players to gain more match experience and was won by the improving under-11 Alex Hutchinson, who overcame Albie Lihou 11-4, 11-4.

Island Championships 2020 - Day 4

posted 17 Nov 2020, 14:23 by GTTA   [ updated 18 Nov 2020, 14:14 ]

The final day of the rearranged 2019/20 Island Championships ended with the Men's and Women's Doubles where familiar faces emerged as victors from the respective packs.

Men's Doubles:         Joshua Stacey & Lawrence Stacey bt Ben Foss & Ryan Bichard    Full results
Women's Doubles:   Dawn Morgan & Kay Chivers bt Paula Le Ber & Shelby Timms       Full results

Men's Doubles
Top seeds Joshua and Lawrence Stacey retained the title that they clinched for the first time last season after coming through a hard fought 5 set encounter against 2nd seeds Ben Foss and Ryan Bichard. There were a number of high quality rallies in the match and despite Foss and Bichard edging the 4th end 16-14, the Stacey twins held their nerve to take the 5th end and title 11-9. 

Josh and Lawrence had earlier dispatched 3rd seeds Phil Ogier and Jez Powell in straight sets, whilst their closest match of the tournament came in the opening round where they needed 6 sets to get past Andy Gill and Jamie Ferbrache.

Foss and Bichard had not dropped a set until the semi finals, but overcame 4th seeds Paul Hainsworth and Liam Robilliard at this stage over 5 sets . The 3rd end proved pivotal in the affair as the 2nd seeds edged it 16-14 whilst the match was delicately poised at 1-1.

Women's Doubles
Dawn Morgan and Kay Chivers won their 6th consecutive and 9th overall Women's Doubles crown after defeating the second seeded pairing of Paula Le Ber and Shelby Timms in the final. The outcome was 5 sets in favour of the experienced duo, however that does not tell the full story of what was a hard fought game, where the underdogs played some excellent table tennis. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th ends were all settled past the regulation 11 points, however it was the champions who had the better run in these games, taking 2 of them 12-10 and 14-12 and losing just the second end 14-12.

In the semi finals, Morgan and Chivers defeated Charlotte Casey and Erin Vaudin in straight sets, whilst Le Ber and Timms defeated Juliette Yeaman and Amy Wesley in 6 sets.

Thanks to sponsors La Fraternelle for their continued support of the Island Championships and to all the spectators who came down to support the players over the weekend. Special thanks to Lionel Jones, Ian Fitchet, Andy Gill, Becks O'Keefe and Ben Foote for running the various events across the 4 days of action as well as the International Umpires who volunteered to officiate: Derek Carter, Peter Dean, Steve Martin and Tina Pipet.

Island Championships 2020 - Day 3

posted 15 Nov 2020, 14:47 by GTTA   [ updated 17 Nov 2020, 14:57 ]

The penultimate day of action from the 2019/20 Island Championships was another busy day, with a further 7 events contested.  This culminated in the afternoon with the entertaining Mixed Doubles event, the first flagship open doubles event of the Championships thus far.

Afternoon Session
Mixed Doubles:  Phil Ogier & Sam Kershaw (3) bt Paul Hainsworth & Charlotte Casey       Full results

Mixed Doubles
The Mixed Doubles event threw up a surprise in that there was always going to be a new pair on the trophy before the event started as whilst a number of entrants in the tournament had won the title before, none of the combinations playing alongside each other had won as a pair before.
The event also threw up some unexpected results as it saw the final being contested between last year's defeated finalists and 3rd seeds Phil Ogier and Sam Kershaw against the unseeded combination of Paul Hainsworth and Charlotte Casey.

In a topsy-turvy final, it was Ogier and Kershaw that increased their level from 2-2 as they powered through to clinch their maiden title over 6 ends.

Earlier they had picked up the first big surprise of the event by defeating top seeds Josh Stacey and Paula Le Ber in straight sets.

Hainsworth and Casey had also done it the hard way as they started with a 5 set win over 4th seeds Kay Chivers and Keith Opie before defeating Carly and Jayden Tucknott in the Quarter Finals in straight sets. Their semi final encounter saw another upset, as they overcame 2nd seeds Ryan Bichard and Dawn Morgan over 6 well contested sets.

Morning Session
U18 Men:         Ellis Tomlin (1) bt Caden Brouard                                                            Full results
U18 Women:    Erin Vaudin bt Melissa Johns (2)                                                             Full results
U18 Doubles:   Ben Sharp & Caden Brouard bt James Crocker & Jonah Ingrouille    Full results
O40 Singles:    Phil Ogier (1) bt Mark Pipet (2)                                                                 
Full results
O40 Doubles:   Phil Ogier & Jez Powell bt Keith Opie & Kay Chivers                           Full results
O40 Women:    Dawn Morgan (1) bt Kay Chivers (2)                                                       Full results

Veterans Open Singles (Over 40's)
Phil Ogier had earlier seen further success in the Veteran's Open Singles where he dispatched 2nd seed Mark Pipet over 5 sets to clinch his 7th consecutive title in this event.
He had earlier picked up a straight sets win over 3rd seed Jez Powell, whilst Pipet defeated the unseeded Craig Dunning in 5 sets in the other semi-final.

Veterans Open Doubles (Over 40's)
Ogier made it 3 titles on the day due to triumph in the Veteran's Open Doubles alongside Jez Powell. They defeated the unseeded duo of Kay Chivers and Keith Opie in straight sets in the final.

They had beaten Derek Webb and Andre Bichard in 5 sets in the first semi final, whilst Chivers and Opie had earned themselves an impressive 5 set win over Andy Gill and Ian Le Page to add to their even more impressive 5 set win over 2nd seeds Dawn Morgan and Martin Sarre in the Quarters.

Women's Veterans Singles (Over 40's)
Dawn Morgan picked up her 3rd title of the 2019/20 Championships by winning the Women's Veteran Singles. In picking up her 10th title in this category, she also levelled affairs in total title wins with her opponent on the day, Kay Chivers.

In a repeat of the Women's Singles final from the night before, she matched the feat of winning over 5 sets.
Morgan had beaten Jenny Powell in straight sets in the first semi final, whilst Chivers had a battle against Sam Kershaw, but won in 5 sets.

Under 18 Women's Singles
Erin Vaudin got her hands on the Under 18 Women's Singles title after she beat 2nd seed Melissa Johns over 6 sets in the final. She had narrowly come short last season when she lost in 6 sets to Shelby Timms.

Johns had earlier put in a strong performance to defeat Timms in straight sets, whilst Vaudin had defeated Tia Timms in straight sets in an earlier round.

Under 18 Men's Singles
Top seeded Ellis Tomlin picked up the Under 18 Men's Singles title thanks to a straight sets win over unseeded Caden Brouard in the final.

Tomlin had earlier needed 5 sets to get past James Crocker, whilst Brouard had held his nerve excellently in an epic encounter with second seed Ben Sharp. Brouard had led 3-1 before Sharp forced the match into a deciding end. The deciding end could have gone either way, but Brouard held tough and clinched it by the narrowest of margins 12-10.

Under 18 Open Doubles
Brouard's strong day was rewarded with a title in the Under 18 Open Doubles alongside Ben Sharp. The top seeds never looked in doubt and they defeated second seeds James Crocker and Jonah Ingrouille 4-0 in the final.
Crocker and Ingrouille had earlier avoided a scare as Max Burrows and Erin Vaudin were comfortably leading 3-1 before the seeds won the remaining 3 sets 11-9, 12-10, 11-3.

Island Championships 2020 - Day 2

posted 15 Nov 2020, 14:38 by GTTA   [ updated 17 Nov 2020, 15:04 ]

The second day of the Championships on Saturday saw the largest schedule of events, with a whopping 8 of the total 20 contested.  
This culminated with the flagship Men's and Women's Singles events during the evening, in a fitting way to end the day's action.

Evening Session
Men:            Joshua Stacey (2) bt Phil Ogier (3)        Full results
Women:      Dawn Morgan (1) bt Kay Chivers (2)      
Full results

Men's Singles
After an evening of entertaining encounters, the largest draw of the Championships ended with a new name on the trophy. 2nd seed Josh Stacey was the player to come through as victor by battling past 7 time former winner Phil Ogier over 6 sets. Stacey had previously reached the Men's Singles final in 2015 when he lost out in 4 close sets to Joshua Butler, but this time around he made no mistake with some excellent attacking strokes, many of which came off the bounce as counter top-spin strokes.

Stacey had enjoyed a comfortable run up until the final, just dropping a single end to Steve Ozanne in his first match of the evening. He defeated the in-form Sam Clark in straight sets in the Quarter finals before producing an excellent performance to dispatch 4th seed Ben Foss in straight sets in the semi finals.

Ogier also navigated his way to the final with relative ease as he reached the semi-finals without having dropped a set, overcoming 7th seed Matthew Casey 4-0 in the quarters. His opponent in the semi finals was 5th seed Paul Hainsworth and after a few tight deuce games, he powered through over 5 sets.

Hainsworth had minutes prior produced the shock result of the Championships thus far due to his lengthy 7 set triumph over the number 1 seeded defending champion and in-form player Lawrence Stacey.

Elsewhere in the draw, there was a notable scalp for Clark against 8th seed Tomlin over 5 sets which prevented all 8 seeds reaching the expected quarter final stages. Surprisingly there was only the 1 match previously noted which reached the full 7 sets, however 6th seed Ryan Bichard needed 6 ends to get past Andy Gill in the Last 16.

Women's Singles
There was a familiar feel to the final as it came between the 2 most decorated winners of this event in the form of 21-time champion Dawn Morgan and 18-time champion Kay Chivers.
It was the top seeded Morgan who made it title number 22 after she overcame Chivers over 5 sets. Chivers had earlier come through a closely contested 5 set encounter with 4th seed Charlotte Casey, whilst Morgan was a comfortable straight sets winner over Becks O'Keefe in the other. O'Keefe had picked up a nice win of her own in the Quarter finals where she battled back from 2-1 down against 3rd seed Paula Le Ber to win in 6 sets, with the decisive 6th ending with an incredible 19-17 scoreline.

Under 11:             Oskar Cleal (1) bt Cameron Powell (2)        Full results
Under 13:             Oskar Cleal (2) bt Jack Gilbey (1)                
Full results
Under 15 Boys:   Ben Sharp (1) bt Jayden Tucknott (2)          
Full results
Under 15 Girls:   Shelby Timms (1) bt Emily Gavey (2)           
Full results
Over 50:               Dawn Morgan (1) bt Mark Pipet (2)              
Full results
Over 70:               Terry Trustum bt Ken Falla                            
Full results

Under 11 Open Singles
Number 1 seed Oskar Cleal made the perfect start to his day by winning the Under 11 Open singles title courtesy of a 5 set victory against 2nd seed Cameron Powell. The duo had picked up 4-0 wins over the unseeded pair of Luke Evans and Barnaby Groves respectively.

Under 13 Open Singles
Cleal continued his excellent form by capturing a further title in the Under 13 Open Singles event. He was even more dominant in this as he did not drop a set during his win over top seed Jack Gilbey in the final. Gilbey had earlier battled past 4th seed 
Jamie Regan in 6 sets, whilst Cleal had beaten Alex Hutchinson in straight sets.

Under 15 Girls Singles
Top seed Shelby Timms picked up her first title in this category after her straight sets victory over 2nd seed Emily Gavey in the final. The win saw her replicate her elder sister Tia who had won the title in this category last season.

Under 15 Boys Singles
his Under 15 Boys singles crown by defeating 2nd seed Jayden Tucknott 4-1 in the final.Top seed Ben Sharp successfully defended 
Sharp and Tucknott had earlier earned matching straight sets wins over fellow seeded players Alex Paul and Connor Powell respectively.

Over 50's Open Singles
Earlier in the day, Morgan had been busy winning another title, with her triumph in the Over 50's Open Singles being her second in this category and her first since 2015.

She had a tough affair with second seed Mark Pipet in the final, but held her nerve well in battling back from a 2-1 deficit to win over 6 sets. She had endured a similar battle in the semi finals against 3rd seed Andy Gill, in what was a repeat of the final from last season. This was also won over 6 sets following the first 4 ends being shared. Pipet defeated 4th seed Martin Sarre in other semi final in straight sets, although 2 of these ends were won 12-10 and 15-13.

Over 70's Open Singles
It is an extremely rare occurrence to have not one, but 2 unseeded players in the final of any Island Championship event, however Terry Trustum and Ken Falla made sure of this happening in the Over 70's Open Singles event after each had upset the seedings in the semi final rounds.

With neither player having clinched this title before, there was always going to be a new name on the trophy and it was Trustum who came through strongly in 5 sets, having dropped the opener. Trustum had knocked out top seed Keith Opie in 5 sets in the semi final, whilst Falla edged past 2nd seed and prolific 10 time winner Ian Fitchet over 6 sets in the other, 12-10 the narrow margin in the decisive 6th set.

Island Championships 2020 - Day 1

posted 14 Nov 2020, 08:07 by GTTA Secretary   [ updated 17 Nov 2020, 15:04 by GTTA ]

The opening night of action from the Championships saw the turn of the Under 21 Open Singles, the Over 60's Open Singles and The Restricted Open Singles (over 21 but under 40).  Ben Foss, Mark Pipet and Paul Hainsworth ended as the victors on the night, with each adding a further title in these categories to their existing repertoire

Under 21:      Ben Foss (1) bt Ryan Bichard (2)            Full results
Restricted:    Paul Hainsworth (1) bt Sam Clark
           Full results
Over 60:        Mark Pipet (2) bt Kay Chivers (1)
            Full results

Under 21 Open Singles
Foss won his 3rd consecutive Under 21 Open Singles title after overcoming his Lions A team-mate and 2nd seed Ryan Bichard in the final. The final was a quality affair and Bichard played some good table tennis during the 6 set defeat. Bichard had kept his hopes his alive by battling through the 5th end 15-13, however Foss regrouped well and closed out the 6th end 11-5 to win 4-2.

Foss had earlier beaten 3rd seed Matthew Casey 4-0 in the semi finals, whilst Bichard bounced back from losing the opening end to defeat the unseeded Ben Sharp over the course of 5 sets.

Earlier in the tournament Sharp had earned a surprise straight sets win over the 4th seeded Junior CI Top 12 champion Ellis Tomlin, whilst 2nd Division player James Crocker came through the closest match of the tournament over Connor Powell in 7 sets. Jonah Ingrouille also gave 1st Division player Ryan Gilson a good battle, before the left-hander came through 11-9 in the 6th.

Over 60's Open Singles
Mark Pipet has not played competitive table tennis this season, but he showed his quality by picking up his 3rd title in this category over the past 4 years. His opponent in the final was top seed and defending champion Kay Chivers, who is the only player to have beaten Pipet in this event, in the final of the event last year. Pipet was always ahead and 12-10 results in his favour in games 2 and 4 gave him a strong 3-1 advantage. Chivers battled hard to pinch the 5th 14-12, but Pipet made no mistakes in the 6th, comfortably taking it 11-3.

Pipet had earlier seen off 4th seed Chas Elliott 4-1, whilst Chivers dispatched Mark Windsor in straight sets in the other semi final, having received a walkover against 3rd seed Ian Fitchet in the Quarter-finals.

Restricted Open Singles (21-40)
This event excludes players to have competed in the Green trophy inter-insular clash over the past 2 seasons, so this ruled out Josh and Lawrence Stacey from competing this season.

Top seed Paul Hainsworth continued to show his dominance in this event by picking up his 6th title in this event, following its introduction 7 seasons ago. He competed against fellow Lions C team-mate Sam Clark in the final and won in straight sets. Hainsworth had earlier earned comfortable straight set wins over fellow Division 1 players Steve Ozanne and Charlotte Casey and lost just 46 points during the 12 sets contested during the night.

Clark did excellently to make the final as this started with a 4-1 win over Paula Le Ber in the prelim round before a 5 set win over the former GTTA Development officer Becks O'Keefe in the Quarter-Finals. His best win however came in the semi finals, where he earned a super 7 set win over 2nd seed Jamie Ferbrache. Ferbrache held a match point in the 6th end whilst leading 3-2, but Clark saved that en route to taking it 12-10 and then played some strong table tennis in the decider to win it 11-6.


The Island Championships are traditionally the curtain closer on the league season and usually contested during March or April each year. The draws had all been completed and programmes produced and the Championships for the 2019/20 season were scheduled to commence on 20th March 2020 before these plans were scuppered due to the lockdown enforced in Guernsey during March.

Guernsey have been and remain to be in a very fortunate situation in that all Island sport has been able to re-commence and largely run with little to no change.This has enabled the GTTA to make the decision to still hold the Championships for the 2019/20 season, albeit a lot later than normal and actually part way through the 2020/21 season.

Another significant change is that there will be no CI Championships contested with Jersey for the 2019/20 season due to them being unable to hold their Island Championships due to the COVID-19 circumstances in the Island. The schedule for the Championships is very tightly packed and sees all 20 events contested over 4 days between Friday 13th November and Monday 16th November 2020.

Whistlers Open

posted 27 Oct 2020, 14:51 by GTTA   [ updated 28 Oct 2020, 14:36 ]

Ben Foss has retained the Whistlers Open title with a thrilling 3-2 win over in-form Lawrence Stacey in the final.

The Whistlers Open is one of the newer tournaments in the GTTA calendar, having only started in 2003, but the trophy already has an impressive list of island table tennis greats engraved with the likes of Mark Pipet, Phil Ogier, Garry Dodd and Alice Loveridge featuring as past winners. 

A new format was being trialled by Whistlers Club this year with a 3-player round robin instead of the usual 4 players with the top 2 from each group progressing. Although this produced some interesting matchups, the 9 seeded players all progressed with relative ease, the biggest shock being that Division 1 player Sam Clark was knocked out by the improving Brandon Ferbrache from Division 3. In the round of 16, veteran Chas Elliot produced a marvellous performance against Ryan Gilson before eventually losing 12-10 in the final game, the veteran's hard bat style rubbers and powerful backhand proving a stern test for his young opponent. 

The quarter and semi-finals all proceeded as expected, and while top seed Lawrence Stacey looked in good attacking form to beat Phil Ogier 3-1, 2nd-ranked Josh Stacey went down to Foss 13-15, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6.

The final saw Lawrence Stacey, whose sole win in this tournament was in 2013 at the relatively young age of 17, against Foss who claimed the crown last season. It was Foss, still in the groove from his semi-final win, who came out of the blocks quickly and cruised through the first game and then took a healthy lead in the second. The variety of 3rd-ball attacks and powerful forehand loops was causing Stacey issues, but an edge ball stemmed the tide. Foss' confidence seemed to vanish as he went down 11-9 and then in the subsequent game 11-5. Had bookmakers had been in attendance, Stacey would have been at very short odds to wrap up his 3rd consecutive senior tournament victory in this new season, but Foss showed remarkable resolve to make the comeback. A combination of self-composure and renewed attacking vigour saw him claw his way back from a 4-point deficit to take the match to a deciding end. An equally topsy turvy final game ensued, with rallies becoming more tentative as both players tried to reduce the number of unforced errors, but ultimately it was Foss who ground out the win 11-6, 9-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9.

CI Junior Top 12 Qualification

posted 13 Oct 2020, 15:32 by GTTA   [ updated 18 Oct 2020, 14:25 ]

The Channel Island Top 12 events are well known in the local table tennis scene as being notoriously difficult to win but Ellis Tomlin made a good start in his last year as a junior player, topping the Guernsey list on Tuesday evening. 

The qualification event pits the top 10 ranked Guernsey junior players against each other in a 9-match round robin which then determines the top 6 players who will take their results forward to face the top six from Jersey. In this Covid-19 affected season, the date to play the Caesareans is not yet scheduled, but the GTTA committee decided to play the qualification tournament in its usual October slot as it provides good competitive practice for the elite junior group, even if the full tournament cannot be completed due to travel restrictions this season. 

Eighteen-year old Tomlin was in determined mood from the off, brushing past young Connor Powell and Erin Vaudin early on before dropping his first game against in-form Jayden Tucknott but recovering to win 3-1.

Meanwhile on an adjacent table, James Crocker was providing the main entertainment for the spectators as early on he found himself 0-2 behind against both Amy Wesley and Jonah Ingrouille before mounting stirring comebacks on both occasions. He then lost 3-1 to 3rd seed Caden Brouard before pulling off the shock of the night with a marvellous 3-2 win over 2nd seeded Ben Sharp. The slow left-hand side spin of Crocker caused Sharp problems and disrupted the 15-year old's usual flowing attacking game and although he went 2-1 behind, Crocker showed his increasing maturity in winning 11-6, 4-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9 

Sharp and Tomlin both won their remaining matches, although Brouard provided a stern test to both, and set up an exciting winner-takes-all finale with the clock fast approaching 10pm. Tomlin attacked from the start and was clinical, despite having just played 8 matches in 3 hours. He sealed a relatively comfortable victory against his weary looking opponent 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 and with it an excellent 100% record. Sharp had done enough for 2nd place on countback over the reliable and understated Brouard, while Crocker can be delighted with his evening's work in finishing in an excellent 4th place, only losing 2 matches. 

Melissa Johns also has a rewarding night, and her positive playing style earned her an excellent win over fellow Ridunian Amy Wesley and eventually finishing in 7th place. Tucknott clinched the final qualification position and demonstrated his attacking prowess against his more experienced opponents, particularly in a thrilling match against Sharp in which he narrowly went down 3-2.

Vaudin finished in 8th place, just ahead of Wesley, while in 10th place, Connor Powell acquitted himself well in his first major competition. His creditable performances earned him one win, attacking well on his forehand to come back from 0-2 down to defeat Vaudin in 5 games.

Final Standings (amended 15-Oct due to error in original results)
1. Ellis Tomlin
2. Ben Sharp
3. Caden Brouard
4. James Crocker
5. Jonah Ingrouille
Jayden Tucknott
Melissa Johns
Erin Vaudin
Amy Wesley
10. Connor Powell

Junior Top 12 Qualification Selection

posted 9 Oct 2020, 13:00 by GTTA   [ updated 9 Oct 2020, 13:01 ]

The GTTA Junior Selection Committee have chosen the following players to compete in the Junior Top 12 Qualification:

    Ellis Tomlin
    Ben Sharp
    Caden Brouard
    Jonah Ingrouille
    Amy Wesley
    James Crocker
    Melissa Johns
    Jayden Tucknott
    Erin Vaudin
    Connor Powell

The event will be held on Tuesday 13th October at 18:30 at the GTTA Centre, spectators welcome.

Erin Vaudin

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