Report – Suffolk Junior Table Tennis Championships 2021/2022

Sunday 30th January 2022 saw this season’s County Junior Championships held at Stowupland Sports Centre. A total of 27 entrants competed for Under 11, 13, 15, 18 honours as well as participating in a couple of all inclusive events; Handicap Singles and Pot Luck Doubles.

The latter 2 events offer the less experienced players the opportunity of beating their higher rated opponents in the Handicap, and to play with the more experienced players in the doubles. 

In the Handicap Singles all players are given a rating according to ability and play 1 single game up to 31. Many tight matches prevailed but ‘unfortunately’ most of the more experienced players still won through to the latter stages. (The organiser has noted that the handicaps given to those players will have to be much harsher next year!) The final went to Isaac Kingham (-5) who defeated Henry Shaw (-3) in a single point decider 31-30.    

Luke Davies Stokes was well supported by his younger partner Ashkan Talebpour to get to the final of the pot-luck doubles but they lost out to Jamie Bennett and Shannon Heffer in a well fought match.

The age-categorised events, allow players to compete against their peers, to crown the top players in Suffolk.

The girls’ events all went the way of the higher seeded player with Samantha Rupapa (U13’s), Shannon Heffer (U15’s) and Isobel McGerty (U18’s) all winning in straight sets.

The U11 was a mixed event and produced some of the most entertaining matches of the day. Great credit to all the players for their swashbuckling styles and attacking intent. Ruby Melero won the group following an epic 14-12 victory in the deciding leg against Nathaniel Mashonganyika, who became the runner up.

The U13 boys event went the way of the seedings with Alexander Graham winning all his matches and Zygis Kaminskas securing the runners up spot.

Fourteen entrants in the U15 boys event, starting in groups to see who progressed, was eventually whittled down to the top seeds who produced an excellent final with Isaac Kingham defeating Alexander Graham.

The U18’s also started in groups, which saw Alex Attew defeat the 4th seed Joe Fortnum Adams. Alex progressed through to the semi-final where he then took the scalp of 2nd seed Isaac Kingham in a fantastic semi-final coming back from 2-1 down to win 11-8 in the decider. Not to be outdone in the performance stakes, another amazing semi-final was taking place on the adjacent table where Henry Shaw also came back from 2-1 down to eventually defeat top seed Luke Davies Stokes 13-11 in the deciding leg. These 2 matches were amazing demonstrations of the progress made in Suffolk table tennis in recent years. The final saw Henry restrict the attacking opportunities of Alex to run out the winner in 3 straight legs.

Congratulations must go to all the players for their sportsmanship throughout the day and their assistance in ensuring the smooth running of the tournament. Also a huge thank you to all the players and parents who stayed on to watch and admire the skills on display during the final matches. The support given to the players was very much appreciated.

Summary of finals results

U11 Mixed – Ruby Melero victorius, Nathaniel Mashonganyika runner up

U13 Girls – Samantha Rupapa defeated Ruby Melero
11-5, 11-3, 11-4

U13 Boys – Alexander Graham victorius, Zygis Kaminskas runner up

U15 Girls – Shannon Heffer defeated Samantha Rupapa
11-3, 11-9, 11-4

U15 Boys – Isaac Kingham defeated Alexander Graham
11-5, 11-5, 11-8

U18 Girls – Isobel McGerty defeated Shannon Heffer
11-8, 11-9, 11-3

U18 Boys – Henry Shaw defeated Alex Attew
11-6, 12-10, 11-9

Handicap singles – Isaac Kingham (-5) defeated Henry Shaw (-3)

Pot Luck Doubles –  Jamie Bennett & Shannon Heffer defeated Luke Davies Stokes & Ashkan Talebpour
8-11, 11-6, 11-8

Report – Suffolk Veterans Table Tennis Championships 2021-22

Sunday 23rd January saw this season’s County Veterans Championships held at Britannia Table Tennis Club in Ipswich. A total of 18 entrants competed for over 40’s men and women singles honours, over 60’s mens singles honours, over 40’s mixed doubles, the Restricted singles (top 10 ranked veterans excluded) and a Handicap Singles where all players are rated beforehand according to their ability and compete in games up to 31, where the players start on their rating.

The mens over 40’s event had a minor turn up when Steve Holland came through in two very close matches against 4th seed Andrew Dosher and Sean Gridley to win his group, eventually reaching the semi-final. All other groups and knock out matches went to seedings, with Andrew Warner winning a closely contested final in 5 legs.

The over 40’s Womens title and over 40’s mixed doubles both went to top seeds in the categories; Alice Flatman defeating Clair Westlake and Andrew Warner and Richard Hutchinson defeating Ian Brown and Ken Lewis.

Rob Wood had an excellent run in the over 60’s defeating Ken Lewis in his group and progressing to the final where he lost to top seed Andrew Holmes.

The restricted singles had many of the closest matches of the day, with 6 of the 9 knock out matches going down to the deciding leg. Derek Wood kept his nerve and composure the best prevailing in a tight final against Ken Lewis. 

The handicap singles saw Rob Wood continue to thrive with a comfortable defeat of a labouring Ken Lewis in the final.

Summary of finals results

Over 40’s Men – Andrew Warner defeated Richard Hutchinson
3-11, 13-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9

Over 40’s Women – Alice Flatman defeated Clair Westlake
11-8, 12-10, 11-6

Over 60’s Men – Andrew Holmes defeated Rob Wood
11-6, 11-6, 12-10

 Over 40’s Mixed Doubles – Andrew Warner / Richard Hutchinson defeated Ian Brown / Ken Lewis
11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9

Restricted Singles – Derek Wood defeated Ken Lewis
11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9

Handicap Singles – Rob Wood (17) defeated Ken Lewis (15)