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CI Junior Top 12
It was a tough day for the Guernsey contingent today as the visitors claimed the top 3 places in the CI Junior Top 12:
It was a busy afternoon at the table tennis centre with 10 Under-14 boys and 10 Under-14 Girls playing a round robin.
Veterans Six Nations
There is an important Table Tennis event held yearly which has remained a low profile in the sporting calendar and is in the opposite spectrum of our prestigious youth tournaments, and this is the Veterans Home Countries hosting Ireland, Scotland, England, Jersey, Isle of Man, Wales, and Guernsey.
Senior Group Tournament
Collenette Jones Junior Banded Tournament
British League Round 1
Junior Top 12 Qualification
Junior Top 12 Qualification Selection
Veterans Home Nations
St Pauls Handicap
NatWest International Island Games
Senior Schools International
Senior Schools Selection
CI Championships & Inter Insulars
Jersey may have come away with the overall greater success during the recent annual Channel Island Championships and Inter-Insulars, however it was the Sarnians who experienced the large majority of success across all of the blue riband events contested
Island Games Team Announcement
The following players have been selected to represent Guernsey in the Island Games:
Team Captain: Joshua Butler
Garry Dodd continues to earn strong results in the season which will culminate in the first Natwest Island Games on home soil in 20 years. He took the highest ranked player in the competition to a deciding set during the Men’s Team final and added to that success by emerging victorious in Band 1. He concluded the weekend with another strong showing in the Open.
GTTA Individual Handicap
Primary Schools International
Lions Novelty Doubles
Leading Island players Garry Dodd and Alice Edwards dominated proceedings at the annual Island Championships final night, sweeping up all available titles.
Dodd controlled proceedings during all 3 of his finals and came away with the loss of just 2 sets across the 14 contested. This was finished off in the blue riband Men’s Singles event where he claimed his impressive 11th title, moving him to within just 5 of the record holder, Bert Brenton. His opponent in the final was the rapidly improving second seed Ben Foss, who fought valiantly in defeat. He managed to stay with Dodd during the early stages of the encounter, which is not an easy thing to do and he became the first player to take a set off him in Island or CI Men’s Singles action in 2 seasons. This was achieved in the second end of the encounter which he claimed surprisingly comfortably 11-5. The third end was also closely fought for the early and middle stages, however Dodd, who is ranked in and around the top 15 in England for Senior Men, managed to keep himself composed as he finished off the set 11-9 with a clever serve which deceived his younger opponent. Foss continued to battle despite trailing, however Dodd simply had too much firepower and he took the next 2 ends 11-6, 11-7 to retain his title.
The Men’s Doubles saw him team with Joshua Butler in an event which they had already won together 3 times previously. The pair that has last won the title together in 2017 were always on top against top seeded twins Lawrence and Joshua Stacey and it felt like the opening set was decisive. Dodd and Butler came out on top 14-12 and from there cruised through the next 2 ends. The 4th was another tight one which could have gone either way, however again Dodd and Butler played the big points well to seal it 14-12. This victory made it title number 10 for Dodd in an event where has won the title with 5 different partners.
The Mixed Doubles saw the strong pairing of Dodd and Edwards in action and they romped to a 4-1 win over Joshua Stacey and Dawn Morgan. Stacey and Morgan did well to prevent the inevitable when winning the 4th end 11-7, however the champions raised their level in the next set to close it out 11-6. This result was the first time that the duo had won the title together, however it was also title number 5 in this event for each of them.
Edwards' other events were also extremely fruitful as she mopped up a further 3 titles on the night. This was headlined by her clash with 17-time Women’s Singles Champion Kay Chivers. Edwards herself was a 7-time champion heading into the match and she made no mistakes with a classy straight sets win.
The Women’s Doubles was another fairly comfortable affair as she combined with rising star Shelby Timms to overcome the duo that have won 10 titles together in this event, Morgan and Chivers. Edwards and Timms led throughout and despite dropping the 4th set, won in 5 sets. Edwards final title came in the Restricted Singles. She was a comfortable straight sets winner over Ryan Bichard as she never let last year’s beaten finalist into the contest.
Across the other events, Phil Ogier, Ben Sharp and Aiden Ozanne were multiple winners.
Ogier has been the dominant force in the Over 40’s events and has won them every year since being able to enter them. The former leading Island player and 7-time Men’s Singles champions made it 10 consecutive titles in each event this time out. In the Singles he comfortably blew away surprise finalist Steve Ozanne for the loss of just 12 points, however he had a much tougher test in the Doubles.
Alongside Jez Powell they have been an unbeatable combination in this event, however they were tested by debuting pair Jamie Ferbrache and Andy Gill in this event. Ferbrache and Gill played some strong attacking table tennis throughout which enabled them to open up a 2-1 lead. The 4th set was crucial and it saw the defending champions edge through 13-11. With honors now even the experience and quality of Ogier and Powell shone through as they won the final 2 ends comfortably.
Sharp is one of the leading junior players currently making his mark in the top flight of the Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues and he came away with titles in both of the Under 18 Events. In the Singles he made no mistakes as he ruthlessly dispatched Jayden Tucknott in straight sets. In the Open Doubles he had a much tougher test alongside Connor Powell against Tucknott and James Crocker. The underdogs Tucknott and Powell competed very well and led 3-2. Sharp and Powell did not relent however and closed out the final 2 ends 11-9, 11-7.
Sharp came very close to making it 3 titles but fell in a close encounter to top seed and defending champion Dan Collenette in the Under 21 Open Singles final. Collenette led 2-0 before Sharp took the next 2 ends beyond the regulation 11 points. The 5th set could have gone either way, but it was the elder player who pinched it 15-13 before going on to close out the deciding end 11-7.
Ozanne was the youngest player to experience double success as he picked up the Under 11 and Under 13 Open Singles titles. In the Under 11 event he came through against the talented youngster Luke Evans in an entertaining 6 set encounter, whilst in the Under 13 event he upset the seedings to oust top seed Cameron Powell, also in another entertaining 6 set encounter. In this one he won the 6th end 14-12 to seal the title. He also contested a third final in the Under 15 Boys Singles, however Oskar Cleal was one step too far and the in-form Cleal won in 5 sets.
Timms followed up on her prior success in the Women’s Doubles to pick up her second title on the night with a comfortable straight sets win over Hollie Jenkins in the Under 18 Women’s Singles, whilst unseeded Keira Eldridge did superbly to storm past seeded player Emily Gavey in the Under 15 Girls Singles in 5 sets.
Morgan is one of the most decorated players in terms of number of Island Championships won and she added another this year in the Women’s Veterans Singles. She bounced back very well from losing the opening end comfortably to long time adversary Chivers to win in 5 sets. She was close to making it 2 titles on the night, but she fell against an inspired Gill in the Over 50’s Open Singles. In a repeat of the 2019 final, the outcome was the same, albeit the match a lot closer contested. Gill picked up his 2nd title in this event when he battled back from 3-1 down to edge through over the full 7 sets.
Mark Pipet is another serial winner in the Island Championships and the 14-time Men’s Singles champion made it title number 6 in the Over 60’s Open Singles when he defeated Chivers in 5 well contested sets. The final champion of the night was Keith Opie who picked up his second title in the Over 70’s Open Singles event. He defeated Maurice James comfortably in straight sets.
Primary Schools International
Junior Group Singles
Jack Carrington Singles
Inter Insular Selections
Mark Kilby Hard Bat
Lions Spot for Sport
Bellerive Junior Banded Tournament
Paul Hainsworth’s reputation of being the leading hard bat player in the Island continued Saturday afternoon when he claimed the annual Ping Pong Challenge Open tournament for the third consecutive year. His opponent in the final was a familiar foe in the form of Joshua Stacey, the 2019/20 champion and the individual who has now lost out to Hainsworth in the prior 3 finals, this time missing out 3-1.
Ping Pong Challenge
Channel Islands Top 12
Capelles Ladies Handicap Singles
Sporting Achievement Awards
Capelles Open Singles
Joshua Stacey made the perfect start to the 2023 calendar year by storming to the Capelles Open Singles title with a 4 set victory over 7 time prior winner and top seed Phil Ogier on Monday evening. Stacey, a prior winner of this event himself back in 2016, successfully navigated his way through the event, without dropping a single game en route to the final.
The event was heavily supported by 48 members of the Association, split into 12 equal groups of 4 players. The format for Open tournaments over the past few seasons has typically been groups of 3 players contested as best of 5 sets singles matches in the initial stages, however these groups of 4 contested the matches in a more condensed best of 3 sets format.
Notable omissions from the event included the leading 3 players in the Division 1 averages in the form of Ben Foss, Lawrence Stacey and Alice Edwards as well as Paul Hainsworth and Ryan Bichard, all of whom had been the leading 5 local qualifiers for the upcoming Channel Islands Open Top 12 event.
This enabled a number of other players the opportunity to enjoy deep runs in the event and this was epitomized none more so than 6th seeded Division 2 player Nye Matthew, who reached his first ever Open Tournament semi-final. There were no casualties in the group stages for any of the 12 seeded players, however a few did fall to unexpected defeats and ended up as runners-up in their groups.
9th seed Chas Elliott was the highest ranked player not to top his group. He lost comfortably in straight sets to fellow 2nd Division player Brian Ferbrache. 12th and final seed Jonah Ingrouille had a tough battle in all his group matches. He had successfully ousted Peter Vivian and youngster Ollie Sparks in 3 sets, despite losing the opener in both, but he was unable to get past the tricky returning Craig Dunning, who won in straight sets and was group winner. Ferbrache’s strong evening continued with a hard fought 5 set win over left-handed James Crocker in the opening knockout round, whilst 10th seed Andy Ferbrache ended Elliott’s evening by winning in 4.
Ingrouille also faced off against a fellow seeded player, but he managed to come through in 4 sets in a tight tussle with 11th seed Shelby Timms. Ingrouille continued his strong run when he defeated 7th seed Caden Brouard in the Last 16. Brian Ferbrache’s evening ended in a 4 set loss to 5th seeded Division 1 player Joseph Bourgaize, whilst Andy Ferbrache was edged out by Matthew, who fought back from 2-1 down to win over the distance.
Ogier and Stacey cruised to the semi finals by virtue of straight sets wins over Ingrouille and 8th seed Andy Gill respectively in the Quarters. 3rd seed Jez Powell ended the run of Bourgaize in straight sets, whilst Matthew upset the seeding when he defeated 4th seed Steve Ozanne in 4 sets. Matthew’s strong run ultimately came to an end at the hand of Stacey in straight sets, whilst Ogier was also a straight sets winner over Powell in the other semi final encounter.
The opening end of the final proved to be key and it saw Stacey edge it 12-10. Ogier battled back very strongly to take the next set 11-4, however he was unable to stop the powerful topspin strokes of Stacey, who powered through the following sets 11-6, 11-8 to take the title.
Capelles Handicap Doubles
Top 12 Qualification
Lawrence Stacey (8 wins out of 8)
Alice Edwards (6 wins out of 8)
Paul Hainsworth (6 wins out of 8)
Ben Foss (6 wins out of 8)
Ryan Bichard (4 wins out of 8)
Dan Collenette (2 wins out of 8)
Matthew Casey (2 wins out of 8)
Jamie Ferbrache (1 win out of 8)
Ben Sharp (1 win out of 8)
With action from the domestic Doric Insurance sponsored leagues concluded for 2022, there was just one event left to contest in the calendar year. The event in question was the prestigious Channel Islands Top 12 Qualification event, with the Island’s leading players all vying to get the chance to compete against Jersey’s top 6 players in January at the GTTA centre. The prior staging of the event in January 2022 had been extremely fruitful for the Sarnians as the top 3 spots were claimed impressively on Jersey soil.
The line-up for the qualification event this year was another strong one as it included Alice Edwards, who has returned to competitive action this season, as well as the majority of other leading Island players who compete for the Guernsey sides in the British National Leagues. The notable absences however were Phil Ogier who has been struggling with injury and more unexpectedly Joshua Stacey, who was ill and thus unable to compete at the last minute.
The late withdrawal of Stacey left just 9 players aiming to finish in the top 6 and in the end the 6 qualifiers were largely as expected with the exception of the 6th qualifier. That being said the final order of the qualifiers was outside of the expected outcomes with 4 players finishing higher than their ranking in advance of the event.
2nd ranked player Lawrence Stacey is the defending champion and he gave himself the best possible chance of retaining his crown after an assured evening of play. He joins Jersey star Leon Pierre with an unbeaten record heading into the crunch CI matches next month but was made to work hard in 2 of his 8 encounters. He was joined by Edwards, Paul Hainsworth, Ben Foss, Ryan Bichard and Daniel Collenette as qualifiers.
His toughest match came during his clash with Edwards, in his penultimate match of the night. Edwards looked in absolute cruise control after she emphatically won the opening 2 ends for the loss of just 6 points. Stacey showed superb battling abilities to produce an excellent comeback, winning the final 3 ends all by the narrow score of 11-9.
His other tough affair came a few rounds prior against Bichard, who is showing excellent form so far this season. They had fought out a similarly close encounter in the league a few weeks prior and once more Stacey came through the tight match and took the deciding end 11-7. His other wins were fairly comfortable and he only dropped individual sets to Foss, Collenette and Matt Casey on the way to his perfect record.
The battle for 2nd spot ended out being a three-way tie between the players ranked 1, 3 and 4 for the event, in the form of Foss, Edwards and Hainsworth. Each of these players beat each other which resulted in a countback needing to be done based on sets won in the clashes between each other.
Edwards finished 1 spot higher than her ranking in 2nd place due to her comfortable straight sets win over Hainsworth. She was however defeated by Foss in 5 sets, despite the Division 1 averages leader suffering a minor injury halfway through the final set of their encounter.
4th ranked Hainsworth finished 1 spot higher in 3rd and he picked up his best win of the season during his straight sets triumph over Foss. He navigated an exceptionally tight first set 18-16 before winning the other close games 11-7, 13-11. He was particularly sharp off the forehand wing with some strong attacking topspin strokes.
Bichard qualified 5th which was in line with his ranking. He was a comfortable straight sets winner over all players ranked below him except for Casey, whom he battled past in 5 sets in the final round of the night, in an encounter which he had trailed 2-1.
Collenette was the final qualifier and he defied his ranking of 8, although this was only on countback ahead of 7th ranked Casey. He fell to a surprise 3-2 defeat to Ben Sharp, who finished in 9th spot but defeated Jamie Ferbrache in 4 sets and more crucially came through a humdinger with Casey. Casey looked to be in control in that clash when leading 2-0 and 7-5, however Collenette battled strongly and won the final 3 ends 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 to complete a top-notch comeback.
Casey will also rue his opening round encounter with Hainsworth where he looked in utter control after winning the first set 11-4 and holding a surprise 8-0 lead in the 2nd set. Hainsworth somehow battled back to 8-8 and then saved 2 set points at 8-10 to come back and pinch the set. Casey did regain his lead at 2-1, but Hainsworth again dug in and edged it in 5.
Collenette too was in pole position against Hainsworth in the final round of the night after he edged the first 2 sets by matching 15-13 scores. Hainsworth however again stuck in and battled hard and came through the final 3 sets 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 to complete another escape. Ferbrache played well during the evening despite finishing outside the top 6 and earned a straight sets win over Sharp.
Jersey’s top 6 qualifiers are Leon Pierre, Gregorz Frankowski, Eugene Ellis, Chris Morshead, Alfie Sutherland and Ian Lambert and the action will take place in Guernsey on Saturday 28th January 2023.
Bellerive Junior Banded Tournament
The second Junior Banded tournament of the season took place on Saturday, with the participants all playing in new yellow shirts courtesy of new sponsors Bellerive.
It was a bright day both on and off the table at the Bellerive Junior Banded Tournament and the
The Guernsey Table Tennis Centre was awash with colour as the junior players all sported new yellow t-shirts, courtesy of new sponsors Bellerive and this was matched by some excellent table tennis matches with many showing match maturity beyond their ages.
The tournament saw players compete over 4 bands based on experience and ability. Band 1 was hotly contested as Albie Lihou came out on top, showing good determination in many of his matches, even when trailing on points. A great example of this was his match with Ollie Sparks, who eventually finished third on countback. Lihou was trailing 9-4 in the fifth and final set but composed himself and played some intelligent table tennis to ultimately win 15-13. The group was very open and this was demonstrated by players picking up at least one win. Alex Hutchinson was another players to have a good afternoon and claimed the runner up spot ahead of Sparks.
Band 2 winner Xavier Ingrouille competed in his first banded tournament of the season and took top spot, dropping only one set to third place Luca Sidaner. This group also saw all players pick up at least one win, with the runner-up being left-hander Daniel Read.
Band 3 saw some of the GTTA’s up-and-coming junior girls make their mark against the boys with 12-year-old Ella Le Ber taking first place, displaying possibly the best table tennis that she has ever played. She showed her ability to pick up any loose balls with her forceful backhand winning many crucial points. Second place went to another improving junior female player, 11-year-old Keira Eldridge.
Band 4 saw many players competing for the first time and also saw the players all beating each other. The improving Henry James claimed top spot with seven victories, with newcomer Isla Bretel finishing in 2nd place on countback having beaten Mason Eldridge, who finished 3rd in their head-to-head.
Band 4's Robin Manning won the player of the day award for his positive attitude and good sportsmanship both on and off the table.
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CI Junior Top 12
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