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Specsavers Youth Games

posted 16 Jun 2019, 13:38 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 Jun 2019, 14:26 ]

After 3 weeks of coaching, 18 children from various island schools came together to represent their districts in the Specsavers Youth Games table tennis event on Saturday 15th June.

Team West narrowly pipped St Peter Port to the title, while St Sampson's won the Fair Play award. Thanks to the coaches and volunteers for their help.




Results   |   Photos

Senior Schools Selection

posted 18 May 2019, 04:56 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 18 May 2019, 04:58 ]

The GTTA Junior Selection Committee have selected the following players to represent the island in the upcoming Senior Schools International: 

Under 18 Boys A: Ben Foss, Dan Collenette

Under 18 Boys B: Ryan Bichard, Matthew Casey
Under 18 Girls: Leah Moore, Tia Timms
 
Under 16 Boys A: Corey Brouard, Caden Brouard 
Under 16 Boys B: Callum Gilson, Jonah Ingrouille

Under 16 Girls A: Amy Wesley, Melissa Johns  
Under 16 Girls B: Marli Barker, Erin Vaudin

Under 14 Boys A: Ben Sharp, James Crocker 
Under 14 Boys B: Jayden Tucknott, Evan Lesbirel

Under 14 Girls A: Shelby Timms, Megan Simonet 
Under 14 Girls B: Courtney Benfield,  Hollie Jenkins                                         Four of the players selected for the tournament                 


The tournament is being hosted in Guernsey this year, with visiting teams from England Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man, between Friday 28th and Sunday 30th June.

Mark J Kilby Hard Bat Tournament

posted 14 May 2019, 15:42 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 May 2019, 15:15 ]

Paul Hainsworth’s decade of dominance in the annual Mark J Kilby Memorial Hard Bat Trophy tournament culminated with his 9th win in the past 10 years on Monday evening when he overcame 2019 Island Games player Joshua Stacey in straight sets in the final.

Hainsworth’s only defeat in this event came in the 2015 event where he was beaten by the leading player in the Channel Islands, Garry Dodd, with this 9th victory making him the winner of a quarter of all tournaments contested, the first taking place in 1984.

The tournament is traditionally the curtain closer of the domestic table tennis season and serves as more of a fun tournament for the members, whilst still remaining highly competitive. This is done by the usage of old style hard ‘pimple’ bats being provided to all players for use throughout the tournament. The bats also remain the same side of the table, meaning each match requires players to use both bats on the designated table. The previous scoring system of 21 points is also used and this year also saw the return of 5 serves each, with the tournament having been run with the current table tennis system of 2 serves each for a number of years. The final change from the normal game is the inclusion of the use of the 38mm ball as opposed to the current 40mm ball that is used for all local, national and international table tennis competitions. The purpose of the tournament was to take away any advantages gained by any of the numerous rubbers available for use, which are now more varied within the modern game and also to create the opportunity for any player to win an Open tournament.

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.

The event has been well supported by the Guernsey Table Tennis Association Members for the past 36 years and this season was no different with a healthy entry of 24 competitors all relishing the opportunity of trying their luck with the hard bats.

The majority of the top Island Senior players were in the draw and this included Gibraltar 2019 Island Games duo of twins Joshua Stacey and Lawrence Stacey as well as Hainsworth and Dan Collenette. All of these players managed to navigate the group stages as group winner along with regular hard bat specialist and 2016 runner-up Chas Elliott and a surprise package in the form of junior Caden Brouard. Another surprise qualifier was social league player Wendy Le Cras who managed to defeat Juliette Yeaman on her way to finishing runner-up in Group C.

Hainsworth was the most comfortable victor in the Quarter final stages, but he was given a good test by Division 2 player Steve Ozanne, with a lot of quality rallies and shots displayed by both players. Elliott was another comfortable straight sets winner over Brouard, whilst Josh Stacey overcame a close first game to get the better of fellow Division 1 player Ryan Gilson 2-0. The remaining quarter final clash was an epic encounter between Lawrence Stacey and Collenette. Stacey started strongly and his 8-0 lead in the opener gave him the breathing space required to seal it. Collenette battled back strongly and took the second 21-17, but found himself in big trouble whilst trailing 18-14 in the decider. The younger player battled back and held a match point at 20-19, but this was saved by a fortunate edge by Stacey. Collenette held his nerve here and sealed it 22-20.

Collenette is the only local player to have defeated Hainsworth with a sandpaper bat when he beat him in the final of the inaugural Mick’s Ping Pong Challenge back in February and he would have been confident again going into their semi-final clash with the hard bats. The encounter was an excellent one which contained a lot of lengthy rallies, with both players looking to get onto the offensive with their forehand strokes. Hainsworth was not to be denied on this occasion however and ultimately had too much firepower and won in straight sets.

On the adjacent table, Stacey reached the final after battling past Elliott in straight sets by the score of 21-15, 21-19.
The final was a repeat of the previous 2 seasons and Stacey, who had come agonisingly close to winning the title last year, made a terrific start with some awesome forehand winners. This enabled him to hold the lead for the majority of the first end, however from around 12-12, Hainsworth raised his game and this enabled him to take it 21-13. The second game followed a similar pattern with the scores remaining close during the early stages, however Hainsworth again raised his level and a weary Stacey fell away 21-10.


Island Games Team Announcement

posted 6 May 2019, 16:01 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 7 May 2019, 15:17 ]



The GTTA Senior Selection Committee have selected the following players to represent Guernsey in the upcoming Island Games in Gibraltar:  

Team  
Garry Dodd
Lawrence Stacey
Joshua Sacey
Ben Foss
Dawn Morgan
Paula Le Ber
Sam Kershaw
Daisy Kershaw
 
Non-Playing Captain  
Alex Robinson

Team Manager  
Derek Webb


It is a team which mixes youth with experience and Guernsey will look to defend the team title in Gibraltar, having won gold at the last three Island Games in which table tennis was played - Gotland 2017, Jersey 2015 & Isle of Wight 2011.

Garry Dodd leads the charge in the men's event, playing in his 6th Games and looking to add to his 5 gold medals previously earned. Also selected are recent Island Men's Singles champion Lawrence Stacey and twin brother Joshua as well as 17-year old Ben Foss, playing in his 2nd Games after an impressive debut in Gotland.

For the women, veteran Dawn Morgan will look to set more records as she competes in her 11th Games, having so far racked up 27 medals including 7 golds. She is joined by Paula Le Ber, who has been in fine form in the league this season and is playing in her first Island Games since 2011.  The mother-daughter combination of Sam and Daisy Kershaw have also been selected, with Daisy earning an excellent silver medal in the Women's Doubles two years ago.

Development Officer

posted 6 May 2019, 04:34 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 6 May 2019, 08:52 ]

Table Tennis Development Officer, Otilia Badescu, has finished her contract and is leaving Guernsey.  The GTTA were unable to agree terms of a continuation contract and whilst we would have liked to retain her services for the next three years, Otilia has decided to return to the mainland to join her husband. 

The Guernsey Table Tennis Association would like to thank Otilia for the last 2 years, especially her commitment to fostering table tennis in the island and bringing on many junior and senior players with her expert knowledge and coaching ability.

The session times and structure of junior training next season are being formulated and will be communicated to all existing players and parents in due course.  For new player enquiries please contact Derek Webb on derekwebb@cwgsy.net or contact us via social media. 





Divisional Championships

posted 4 May 2019, 14:34 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 5 May 2019, 10:29 ]

Division 1  

Lawrence Stacey capped off a highly successful season by adding the Division 1 Championship title to his trophy haul.  Recently crowned as Men's Singles Island Champion and with his Whistlers B team having claimed the Division 1 title, Stacey claimed the domestic treble with victory over brother and doubles partner Josh in the final.


The top two seeds came across some stern tests along the way as Lawrence was pushed hard by top Division 2 player Jez Powell in the quarter final, nearly going 2 games down before rallying to win 7-11, 14-12, 11-7, 13-11.  The best match of the evening was between Player of the Season winner Dan Collenette and Paul Hainsworth.  Collenette made a sluggish start but fought back impressively from 2 games down to win 16-14 in the deciding end. The match between former teammates was an excellent spectacle between two open attacking payers and featured plenty of expansive topspin rallies and counter loops with neither player looking to go on the defensive.


Having performed heroics in the quarter final, the speed of Lawrence Stacey was too much for his younger opponent in the semi-final as Collenette went down 3 games to 1.  In the other semi-final, Josh Stacey survived a fightback from Over-40s champion Phil Ogier, eventually winning 13-11, 12-10, 3-11, 7-11, 11-9.  The last match was a predictably close affair between two players who have competed countless numbers of finals over the years, but it was Lawrence who took the initiative after the first two ends were shared and came out winner 13-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6 to claim his first Division 1 Singles title.




Division 2   

Jez Powell only lost one Division 2 league match all season and underlined his ability with a win in the final over Kay Chivers. While the seeded players all progressed through their respective groups, there were some fascinatingly close battles in the knockout rounds. Particularly impressive was 17-year old Billy Ogier, who knocked out the dangerous Steve Ozanne by 3 games to 1 and then fellow junior Callum Gilson before eventually succumbing to Powell 3-1 in the semi-final.  Earlier Gilson had claimed his own notable scalp in 4th seed Tim Le Page, with his powerful backhand attack proving too much for his opponent. In the other half of the draw, Andy Ferbrache also upset the seeding by knocking out Martin Sarre in 4 games to unexpectedly reach the semi-final.  Although he claimed one end against Chivers, the 7-time champion came through 3-1.  The final was a tense affair as both players were conservative in their shot selection in fear of making mistakes.  It was Powell who opened up more effectively though and claimed the first two games by the narrow margins of 12-10 and 11-9 before playing more expansively to win the third game 11-6 and with it the Division 2 title.

 




Division 3

Hot favourite Stuart Sarre was crowned as Division 3 champion though he was pushed all the way by the experience of Brian Le Cras.  There were some notable absentees on the night including league winning St Pauls B players Craig Dunning, Derek Carter and John Wills which opened up the chance for others to shine. 

 

Le Cras had only come runner-up in Group C after being defeated by Mick Ingrouille but recovered from this to progress through and defeat Shelby Timms 3-0. His next opponent was Ravenscroft Panthers' in-form Mark Windsor but Le Cras overcame a late fightback from Ravenscroft Panthers player to progress 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6.

 

Ingrouille's night came to an end at the hands of the impressive Darren Sarre, with Darren then being drawn against brother and teammate Stuart in the second semi-final, eventually losing in straight games.

 

Stuart Sarre continued where he left off from the semi-final and looked to be in cruise control in the final with his powerful forehand loops providing an effective source of points.  However the experienced Le Cras changed his tactics to good effect and forced a deciding end. Sarre managed to recompose himself and his attacking game came good to win the 5th end and with it the Division 3 title 11-5, 10-12, 6-11, 11-3, 11-7.



Division 4

The Division 4 tournament proved to be a battle between youth and experience as both semi-finals pitted an Island Under-13 player against opponents who have been playing for decades.  Both these matches and the final proved to be very evenly balanced as Shelby Timms continued her recent fine form with an impressive win against Val Guilbert, coming back from 2-1 down to win 11-5  in the 5th end.


On the adjacent table, Island Under-13 champion Jayden Tucknott also had a difficult opponent in the form of Rose Powell. This time it was Powell who came out on top with her excellently controlled, close to the table play proving too much for the junior. Any bookmakers would have found it hard to call the final and both players went toe-to-toe in a match with some great rallies.  However it was Timms who claimed the title in the end, with her powerful forehands proving a useful weapon with the final score being 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11.




Results


Division 1   |   Division 2   |   Division 3   |   Division 4   


Inter Insulars 2019

posted 30 Apr 2019, 13:18 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 30 Apr 2019, 13:35 ]

Jersey  52 - 58  Guernsey  

Guernsey retained the sought-after aggregate trophy following a full day of action at the Geoff Reed table tennis centre on Saturday. The 58-52 triumph at the FB Fields location was the first time Guernsey have clinched the aggregate on Jersey soil since 2009. The previous 2 attempts in Jersey were agonisingly lost 56-54, so it was a moment to savour for the large Guernsey contingent that made the trip across the water.
Peter Powell collects the Aggregate Trophy from JTTA President Paul Routier on behalf of the Guernsey team
(Picture courtesy JTTA)

Despite the overall aggregate win, Jersey regained the showpiece Green trophy event that they had last won in 2015 after they battled back from 4-3 down to edge it 6-4.

The absence of the best player in the Channel Islands, Garry Dodd, from the Guernsey team due to ineligibility following his relocation to the UK gave Jersey the opportunity they needed and they duly converted.

Guernsey’s team of Lawrence Stacey, Joshua Stacey and Ben Foss gave a very strong account for themselves and will feel hard done by to not come away with at least a draw. They led throughout the tie prior to the surge from the Caesareans at the end.

Lawrence made the perfect start to the night by defeating CI Men’s Singles Champion Mariusz Cieminski in 4 sets, avenging his defeat from the previous evening, before the impressive Luc Miller dispatched Foss in straight sets. Joshua got the Sarnians back in front with a 4 set win over Gosselin, before Miller produced another comprehensive performance, outgunning Lawrence in straight sets. Joshua put Guernsey in the lead for the 3rd time due to an excellent 5 set win over Cieminski, courtesy of some excellent backhand topspins.

The doubles was a crucial rubber and the Jersey duo of Miller and Cieminski edged past Lawrence and Foss 11-8 in the deciding end. Foss put Guernsey within touching distance of retaining the trophy when he earned an excellent straight sets win against Gosselin in his maiden Green outing, before Grantham College Table Tennis Academy player Miller added his 3rd consecutive straight sets win of the night over an out of sorts Joshua.

Lawrence was up next against Gosselin in a crucial encounter. Lawrence had beaten Gosselin twice during the Jersey Open which took place the previous weekend, however the Jerseyman fired himself up and battled back strongly from losing the opening end to narrowly edge through.

Foss gave his best efforts in the final rubber against Cieminski, however he went down 11-9 in the 4th set of a very closely contested encounter.

Guernsey’s aggregate success from the entire day was attributable largely to the excellent effort of the Senior players. Of the 60 points available from these events (including the Green), Guernsey took a whopping 45 of them.

The Women’s Margaret trophy was a particular highlight as a crushing 9-1 win was obtained. Dawn Morgan and Kay Chivers both excelled and won all of their matches against Kay Lefebvre, Irene Bree and Kathryn Silcock, whilst Paula Le Ber overcame Silcock on top of earning her first ever win against Lefebvre in 5 sets. She was unfortunate to miss out in 5 sets to Bree, despite coming back from 2-0 down to force a deciding end.

Over 60’s earned themselves a matching 9-1 win as the team of Chivers, Chas Elliott and Keith Opie overcame the Jersey side of Lefebvre, Paul Routier and Mick Molyneux.

The Over 50’s side of Mark Pipet, Andy Gill and Tim Le Page went one better with a 10-0 whitewash over Eugene Ellis, Rob Blackmore and Mark Liron, however star player Ellis was unfortunately required to retire from his matches after tearing his calf muscle during his opening match whilst leading 2-0 against Gill.

The Over 40’s side of Phil Ogier, Jez Powell and Gill came through 7-3 against Ellis, Mario Martinka and Blackmore. Powell starred on this occasion as he won all his matches which included a superb 3-1 win against Ellis.

Finally on the Senior side, the Under 21 squad of Ryan Bichard, Dan Collenette and Matthew Casey earned a hard fought 6-4 win against the Jersey team of Miller, Alfie Sutherland and Thomas Cotillard. Miller proved ruthless once more with an unbeaten match which gave Jersey the 4 rubbers, however the Guernsey trio all powered past Sutherland and Cotillard to make sure of the win.

The Under 11 and Under 13 Open events were dominated by Jersey and won 9-1, however there were still some strong performances from the Guernsey players including a solid win for Shelby Timms in the Under 13 level and Jayden Tucknott, who earned the Junior player of the weekend award from the JTTA.

The Under 15’s of Ben Sharp, Caden Brouard and James Crocker were very unfortunate to miss out 6-4 in a match where Caden Brouard won twice, Ben Sharp once and an impressive doubles win for the duo against Leon Pierre and Max Roche. James Crocker came so close to defeating Noah Risby, but he failed to convert on 4 x match points whilst leading 2-0 and 10-6, with Risby battling back to win in 5 sets.

The Under 18 Girls squad of Alderney players Marli Barker, Amy Wesley and Melissa Johns were also narrowly edged out 6-4, whilst the Under 18 Boys of Foss, Collenette and Casey lost 7-3 to a Jersey team inspired by another Miller master class and supported well by Pierre and Sutherland.

The Green trophy may have been lost, however Guernsey will see the welcome return of Dodd for the Island Games in Gibraltar where they look to defend their Gold medal won in Gotland, whilst Jersey too will be strengthened by the inclusion of Jordan Wykes.


Further photos (courtesy of JTTA)

CI Championships 2019

posted 30 Apr 2019, 13:03 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 30 Apr 2019, 13:41 ]

Jersey came away with more individual CI table tennis titles than Guernsey for the first time since 2015 when action concluded on Friday evening at the Geoff Reed table tennis centre in Jersey. 
Jersey took 13 of the 20 titles on offer, however the Sarnians managed to walk away with 3 of the 5 flagship trophies on the night.

Prolific CI title winner Dawn Morgan was responsible for all 3 of these crowns as she walked away with the Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles crowns as well as adding a 4th title on the night in the Women’s Veterans Singles.

Her victories in the main blue riband events were all fairly comfortable. She breezed past Irene Bree in straight sets to clinch her 18th CI Women’s Singles title and alongside Kay Chivers romped to a 4-0 win over Bree and Kay Lefebvre, also her 18th title in this category and 6th alongside Chivers.            Dawn Morgan and Josh Stacey claimed the Mixed Doubles title

The mixed doubles crown was clinched alongside Joshua Stacey where the duo defeated Lefebvre and Tyler Gosselin in 6 sets. This too was her 18th title in this category.

The Women’s Veterans clash against Lefebvre however was an extremely tough match and Morgan needed to be at her best to overturn a 3-0 deficit before winning 11-9 in the 7th and deciding leg.

There was disappointment in the 2 x blue riband men’s events as Jersey took both of the titles. Lawrence Stacey and twin Josh lost out in a tight 6 set Men’s Doubles clash to Mariusz Cieminski and Gosselin, whilst Cieminski battled past Lawrence by the same score in the Men’s Singles. Stacey trailed 3-0 and did well to battle back to 3-2 before going down in the 6th. He will rue missed chances, particularly the 3rd end when he held a few game points.

Phil Ogier has been another regular CI title winner and he added another Veterans Open Doubles crown to his collection alongside Jez Powell. The duo won their 6th consecutive title at this level when they overcame Eugene Ellis and Mario Martinka in straight sets. He had no answer to Ellis in the Veteran’s Open Singles on this occasion as Ellis powered through 4-1 in an impressive display of attacking table tennis.

The penultimate title won by Guernsey was in the Under 18 Boys singles as Ben Foss battled past Leon Pierre over 6 sets. Foss was unable to add to his tally on the night though, as he lost out to Pierre 4-1 in the Under 21 Open Singles and Pierre was again his nemesis in the Under 18 Open Doubles, where a 4-1 defeat was inflicted alongside Matthew Casey by Pierre and Alfie Sutherland.

The 7th and final title claimed by Guernsey was by Paul Hainsworth in the Restricted Open Singles. The tournament is open to players aged between 21 and 40 with the caveat that entrants have not played in the Green trophy Inter-Insular clash within the past 2 years. Since inception of the CI trophy back in 2016, it has been won by a player that had actually played in the Green event the same year. Olly Langlois claimed it in 2016, whilst Cieminski and Gregorz Frankowski each overcame Hainsworth in the previous 2 years. The trend was broken this year as Hainsworth was only a reserve for the Green. He defeated Jersey’s own Green reserve and Gibraltar 2019 Island Games team member Jack Mills 4-0 to clinch the title.

Keith Opie came the closest to making it 8 titles for the visitors as he narrowly lost out 4-3 to JTTA president Paul Routier in the Over 70’s Open Singles final.

League Presentations

posted 20 Apr 2019, 08:15 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 21 Apr 2019, 06:42 ]

The Doric Insurance leagues have now come to a conclusion, with the annual presentation evenings being held this week.  Congratulations to all the prize winners!
For the full photo gallery, visit our Flickr sitephotos courtesy of Mark Windsor & Peter Vivian



Division 1 
Winners:  Whistlers B (Lawrence Stacey, Matthew Casey, Ryan Gilson)
Runners-up Lions A (Ben Foss, Ryan Bichard, Jamie Ferbrache)
Averages winner Lawrence Stacey
Runner-up Josh Stacey
Players' Player of the Year Dan Collenette
     

Division 2 
Winners:  Lions D (Tim Le Page, Carl Le Tissier, Steve Ozanne
Runners-up Whistlers D (Kay Chivers, Keith Opie, Ben Sharp)
Averages winner Jez Powell
Runner-up Kay Chivers
Players' Player of the Year Paula Le Ber


Division 3
Winners:  St Pauls B (Craig Dunning, Brian Le Cras, Derek Carter, John Wills)
Runners-up Ravenscroft Panthers D (Mick Ingrouille, Mark Windsor, Rob Vile)
Averages winner Craig Dunning
Runner-up Stuart Sarre
Players' Player of the Year Oscar Pearson


Division 4
Winners:  Whistlers I (Max Burrows, Andy Le Page, Joe Le Page)
Runners-up Lions K (Val Guilbert, Diane Le Page, James Le Tissier)
Averages winner Max Burrows
Runner-up Jayden Tucknott
Players' Player of the Year Max Burrows


Division 1 winners - Whistlers B

Division 2 winners - Lions D

Division 3 winners - St Pauls A

Division 4 winners - Whistlers I

Island Championships Finals

posted 31 Mar 2019, 14:28 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 17 Apr 2019, 13:23 ]

The 2019 Island Championships came to a close on Friday night with one of the closest Men's finals in living memory as Lawrence Stacey claimed his first Men's Singles title, holding off the challenge of Ben Foss 4-3.  Dawn Morgan claimed her 21st Women's title on the adjacent table, defeating long time rival Kay Chivers 4-0.

Some selected images are below, but the full gallery of photos is available on the GTTA Flickr site, courtesy of Mark Windsor.  Also thanks to all the umpires, officials and helpers that made the Championships a success.

The trophies were presented by Jan Hawke from La Fraternelle.  The GTTA would like to thanks La Fraternelle for their continued sponsorship of the Island Championships




Ben Foss may have fallen just short in his attempts at clinching the flagship Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles crowns during the recent Island Championship Finals night, but he was one of the big winners in the other events he competed in.

He picked up 3 Island titles comprising the Under 18 Men’s Singles, Under 21 Open Singles and the Under 18 Open Doubles. His opponent in each of the singles clashes was Dan Collenette, who has been in a rich vein of form this season, in particular the second half. Each of the matches were hard-fought, but Foss was too strong and ended out taking both matches 4-0. The Under 18 Open Doubles also saw Foss on the opposite side of the table to Collenette and the outcome was again straight sets, the team of Foss and Ryan Bichard getting the better of Collenette and his partner Billy Ogier.

Dawn Morgan was the biggest winner of all in terms of Island Singles titles in 2019 as she added a further title to the showpiece Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles. This came in the Women’s Veterans Singles where she edged the 6th end of a tight clash with long-time rival Kay Chivers 12-10. She was however unable to complete an unbeaten evening and clean sweep of titles due to her surprise defeat in the Over 50’s Open Singles final to Andy Gill. Gill played his best table tennis of the season to blow Morgan away with consistent attacking strokes off both the forehand and backhand wings which led to a mightily impressive straight sets win.

Phil Ogier has been utterly dominant in the Over 40’s category since his inclusion. 6 years competing has led to 6 titles in each of the Over 40’s Open Singles and Over 40’s Open Doubles events. His victory in the singles came against doubles partner Jez Powell in 5 sets, with the duo later combining to pick up their 6th straight crown together courtesy of a 5 set win against Mark Pipet and Tim Le Page.

Kay Chivers picked up the Over 60’s Open Singles title to add to her Women’s Doubles crown. She emerged a surprise 5 set winner over top seeded 1st Division player Mark Pipet, whilst there was a new name on the Over 70’s Open Singles title for just the second time since 2008. Ian Fitchet has long dominated the event where he had won the title 10 times out of the last 11 occasions. He was however unavailable for finals night and this led to top seed Keith Opie picking up the title following a 5 set win over former Association president Ken Falla.

Paul Hainsworth has experienced good success in the Restricted Open Singles category, which was started 6 years ago. This category is for players between the age of 21 and 40 that have not competed in the Green trophy inter-insular event over the past few years. This year for example it would have prevented Joshua and Lawrence Stacey from entering. He followed up on this and underlined his top seeding courtesy of a straight sets win over the popular debut finalist Jamie Ferbrache.

At the younger end of the scale the titles were shared between a number of upcoming talents. Jamie Regan was the winner of the Under 11 Open Singles crown as he defeated Remi Tomlin in straight sets. Jayden Tucknott continues to improve and he picked up his first Island title when he won the Under 13 Open Singles title against Shelby Timms in 6 sets. Ben Sharp has had a strong season in the 2nd Division and he backed up his top seeding in the Under 15 Boys singles event to defeat 2nd seed Caden Brouard in 6 sets. This followed his Under 13 success last year. Sisters Tia and Shelby Timms were the final winners in the Under 15 and Under 18 Girls categories respectively. Each defeated the top seeded player Erin Vaudin in the finals. In each instance the score was 4-2 in favour of the Timms siblings.

The Channel Island Championship finals will be contested at the Geoff Reed table tennis centre in Jersey on the evening of Friday 26th April. The evening is expected to be finished with the usual blue riband Men’s and Women’s Singles clashes. Lawrence Stacey will be looking to win his first CI Men’s Singles title when he comes up against Mariusz Cieminski, whilst Dawn Morgan will come up against the young Jersey player Irene Bree.




  

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