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2nd World Ping Pong Qualifier - Preview

posted 19 Nov 2015, 07:35 by The GTTA   [ updated 19 Nov 2015, 10:28 ]
Paul Hainsworth 2015-11
Paul Hainsworth with one of the hard bats that will be used in the Cl World Ping Pong Qualifier on Saturday
Paul Hainsworth is not the
type to big himself up, but when it
comes to playing table tennis with
a simple hard-bat with no mysterious
rubbers, he is very adept at
the game.
So adept, in fact, that this time
last year he went all the way to
the final of the inaugural Ravenscroft
CI World Ping Pong Championship
qualifier.
Ultimately, Jerseyman Eugene
Ellis got the better of him in the
final, but for edition two of the
32-man tournament, Ellis is absent
and Hainsworth could be
considered Saturday's pre-event
favourite.
After this week's draw for
the group stages, the bashful
Hainsworth was not getting carried
away with his chances.
'It's a pretty tough draw, to be
honest. There are quite a few
handy with the sandpaper bat. It's
quite tricky,' he said of a draw

which has seen him grouped
alongside the likes of Jerseyman
Jack Mills, the highly-experienced
Dawn Morgan and hard-bat specialist
Charlie Elliott.
The top four from each of the
four eight-strong groups go forward
to the straight knockout
stages and just about the time
Guernsey FC and Guernsey Raiders
kick off their matches, the
best of five final will be under way
at the impressive GTTA Centre.
'Across the groups we have
a good mix of players and and
groups B and C look quite strong
and group D is quite open,'
Hainsworth said.
'We don't know how strong
Chris Morshead [of Jersey] is going
to be, but he is a renowned
defender with normal rubbers, so
he could be tricky.
'If I had to name a dark horse
perhaps I'd say Chris.'
Derek Webb, the GTTA president,

agrees that Morshead could
be the unknown factor.
'We don't know anything about
Morshead, other than that he lost
to Eugene Ellis in their own hard-bat final.
'We didn't seed him because we
wanted to reward those who did
well last year.'
Among those rewarded are
Guernsey number one Garry
Dodd, who this spring won the
annual Mark Kilby Hard-Bat
Tournament. Webb expects both
Hainsworth and Dodd to make the
semis.
'Adam Langlois played very well
last year and he can't be ruled out,
while Alice [Loveridge] has never
played in the hard-bat, so she is an
unknown.'
Play starts at 9.30am and runs
through to about 2pm.

Picture and Report courtesy of
The Guernsey Press