20-04-2013 Finals Night

Post date: Apr 21, 2013 9:45:1 PM

Garry Dodd and Alice Loveridge were the winners of the showpiece Men's and

Women's Singles events on an evening where 19 Island Championship finals

were contested.

For both players, this was their 6th title, with Dodd's being his 6th


Dodd's final against Phil Ogier saw a display of unrelenting dominance from

the CI number 1. He was on top throughout the encounter and never looked

like losing during either of the 4 legs played. His offense was too great

for Ogier who was regularly forced away from the table as Dodd sprayed the

ball to all positions with ease en route to victory.

Earlier on Dodd had picked up the Mixed Doubles and Men's Doubles titles.He partnered Dawn Morgan in the former and they dispatched Ogier and SamKershaw in clinical fashion without loss. The outcome of the Men's Doubleswas exactly the same with Joshua Butler showed his rapidly improving gameduring the pair's straight game win over Scott Romeril and Jez Powell.Loveridge had only entered the Women's Singles event due to Universitycommitments and she made no mistake in picking up her 6th title. Morgan was

her opposition in the final and the force of Loveridge's attacking game was

far too much for the Whistlers player who went down comfortably in straight


Morgan herself certainly had an excellent evening despite losing to

Loveridge. She was the most represented player on the night, appearing in 5

finals. On top of the Mixed Doubles success, she also collected the

Veteran's Women's Singles and Women's Doubles crowns. The Singles resulted

in an easier than expected 4-0 win over Kay Chivers and it was Chivers that

Morgan teamed with in the Women's Doubles. Here they squared up against

Paula Le Ber and Sam Kershaw and the odds were heavily stacked in the

2-time champions favour. The underdogs fought exceptionally well and put in

one of the performances of the evening, despite losing in a 7th and

deciding leg. Morgan's other final was in the Veteran's Open Doubles

alongside Martin Sarre in a match that resulted in a 5 game defeat at the

hands of Mark Pipet and Phil Hunkin.

Pipet and Hunkin had earlier met in the final of the Over 50's Open Singles

and it was Hunkin that surprised the favourite Pipet, winning in 5 games

and lifting the title for the first time.

Pipet was not to be denied an individual title though as he he clinched the

Over 40's Open Singles title after an epic clash with Jez Powell. The pair

had played each other in the opening round of the Men's Singles just 1 week

reserved and the outcome there was a Pipet 14-12 victory in the deciding

7th game. It looked at one stage that Powell would gain revenge when

holding 2 match points at 10-8 in the 7th, however the 14 time Men's

Singles champion had other ideas and used all of his grit and experience to

restore parity at 10-10. Here it looked like Pipet would win the following

point when a loose ball was available for a forehand smash. This led to one

of the shots of the evening as Powell smashed the ball back onto the table

from the deep. Unfortunately for Powell he could not follow up on that

point of brilliance and agonisingly went down 13-11.

Ian Fitchet was the main benefactor in the remainder of the Veteran's

events as he picked up a double that included the Over 60's Open Singles

and the Over 70's Open Singles. In the former he walked away with a 5 game

win over GTTA President Derek Webb, however it was the latter encounter

that held more talking points. His opponent in the final was Ken Falla, who

incredibly was making his Island Championship Final debut after numerous

years and attempts. The match was well contested and it looked like Falla

was on the comeback trail when he fought back from 0-3 to 2-3. Fitchet kept

calm and won the important points to ensure the title was his in the 6th.

The Junior events on the evening produced some excellent table tennis and

served as a great example of the future of Guernsey Table Tennis. Starting

at the youngest end of the scale, Luke Bichard was a comfortable 4-0 winner

over Ellis Tomlin in the Under 11 Open Singles.

The Under 13 Open Singles was another brilliant encounter and included Ben

Foss and Jack Ives, who were both recently member's of the British Primary

Schools Championship bronze medal winning team. Foss has held the upper

hand over Ives during their past few encounters and was favourite for the

win. Alderney's Ives was not about to lie down and he started superbly

opening a 3-1 advantage. Foss, who picked up an individual silver medal in

the aforementioned Primary Schools Championships is known for digging deep

and fighting until the very end and he was determined not to go down in his

only final. He battled back well and managed to win in 7 after some high

quality table tennis from both players.

Ives was also a finalist of the Under 15 Boy's Singles in the opening

session of the night. Top seed Sam King has had 1st division experience

locally this season and had too many weapons for the Ridunian, winning in

straight games.

The Under 18 Boy's Singles was picked up by Joshua Stacey after his

straight game win over Alex Robinson. Robinson has had success over Stacey

during the season, however the older player raised his level for the

occasion to ensure victory was his.

Joshua also combined with twin Lawrence to win the Under 18 Open Doubles

crown. They defeated Robinson and Butler in an entertaining 7 game

encounter with some nice rallies and general play.

The twins were involved in one other final and this was in direct

competition as they faced each other in the Under 21 Open Singles. Matches

between the pair in the past have always been closely contested and this

was no different. The advantage went back and forwards and predictably

resulted in a 7th game decider. It was Lawrence who came out on top on this

occasion, edging it 11-9.

The remaining finals saw the best Junior Girls in the Island in

competition. Such is the strength of Chloe Le Tissier and Cleo Rosumek,

that they were the finalists of the Under 15 Girl's Singles and the Under

18 Girl's Singles.

Remarkably enough the finals followed an almost identical pattern as Le

Tissier picked up both titles courtesy of 6 game wins. In both Rosumek had

held numerous game points in the 6th ends to force deciders before Le

Tissier dug deep and fought back to take them in deuce.

Next weekend will see the turn of the Channel Island Championships and

Inter-Insulars in Jersey. Friday evening will see the Individual CI

Championships contested where the winners of the above events will come up

against their Jersey counterparts. On Saturday the Inter-Insular team event

matches will be played and the highlight of all 11 will be the Green Trophy

which features each Island's top 3 male players. Other than the Green, the

aim for both Islands will be to pick up the aggregate trophy which is an

overall tally of all 110 matches over the 11 team event matches.

The action will take place at the Jersey Table Tennis Centre at the FB


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