Jan 092013

The Gloucestershire County Closed Table Tennis tournament was held at Deer Park School, Cirencester on Sunday 6th January. There was a good turnout this year and the standard of play was excellent.

The U13s was won by up and coming youngster Olly Tyndall, with Alex Roberts as runner-up. The Boys U15 saw some upsets in the semi-finals, leaving Owen Berry and Jamie Theyer to fight for the top spot. In a tightly fought match Owen Berry emerged the victor in the 5th set (8/11, 11/4, 11/9, 7/11, 11/2). The Boys U18 had 12 entrants and after some hard fought games the final was between Olly Tyndall and Ben Roberts. At 2 sets a piece it was all down to the last set which Tyndall won (12/14, 11/7, 9/11,11/0,11/7) and retained his position as Gloucestershire’s top junior. The girls U18s was won by Emily Philp with the runner up Rachel Johnson. The U18 Boys doubles competition resulted in Olly Tyndall and Billy Shilton beating Ben Glover and Jamie Theyer in a 4 set final.

10 ladies entered for the Ladies Singles; there were some lively matches, with Ann Barnes running out the winner and Mel Boulton taking the runner up spot. In the Veteran Ladies the winner was Carol Philp and the runner up Janie Kirby. The Ladies Doubles was won by Mel Boulton and Ann Barnes with Janie Kirby and Lesley Slack taking the runners up spot.

The Mixed Doubles was between 8 pairs and after some challenging games the winners were Ann Barnes and Bill Dawe who fought off Lesley Slack and Russell Hayward in 4 sets (12/10, 11/5, 9/11, 11/5) in the final.

The 12 pairs of players in the Men’s Doubles had some cracking games along the way and resulted in the thrilling final. Dave and Mike Harvey were worthy winners over Bill Dawe and Martin Gunn.

The Minor Singles (not Division 1 players) was hotly contested and saw Joe Ansley beat Craig Smart in the final.

The semi finals of the Veterans saw the top 4 Gloucestershire men fighting for a place in the Final. Darren Griffin beat Bill Dawe in 5 sets, and Martin Gunn beat Dave Harvey in 4 sets, leaving Griffin and Gunn to fight out the top spot. Griffin was the winner in a hard fought match with some entertaining play from both players (10/12, 11/9, 11/8, 13/11).

In the Masters competition Gordon Shaw was the winner over Tom Watmore.

The Men’s Singles competition was a tightly fought set of matches with father and son Dave and Mike Harvey facing each other in one semi final – Dave winning in 4 sets; and the other semi was between old rivals Darren Griffin and Bill Dawe. In a tight match, Griffin was the victor in 5 sets and went on to meet Dave Harvey in the final. Harvey won the first set, Griffin the next 2 and Harvey took it to 2 all with everything to play for in the 5th. Griffin was 9 – 4 up and must have had his sights set on another County title – however, Harvey upped his game to beat Griffin 13 – 11 to take the top spot in Gloucestershire at this season’s County Closed tournament (12/10, 3/11, 4/11, 11/7, 13/11).

Clare Bell

Event Winner Runner-up
Men’s Singles Dave Harvey Darren Griffin
Minor Singles Joe Ansley Craig Smart
Ladies Singles Ann Barnes Mel Boulton
Veteran Men Darren Griffin Martin Gunn
Veteran Ladies Carol Philp Janie Kirby
Masters Singles Gordon Shaw Tom Watmore
Junior Boys (U18) Olly Tyndall Ben Roberts
Junior Girls (U18) Emily Philp Rachel Johnson
U15 Boys Owen Berry Jamie Theyer
U15 Girls No contest
U13 Boys Olly Tyndall Alex Roberts
U13 Girls No contest
U11s No contest
Ladies Doubles Ann Barnes/Mel Boulton Lesley Slack/Janie Kirby
Men’s Doubles Dave Harvey/Mike Harvey Bill Dawe/Martin Gunn
Mixed Doubles Ann Barnes/Dave Harvey Lesley Slack/Russell Hayward
U18 Doubles Olly Tyndall/Billy Shilton Ben Glover/Jamie Theyer

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