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Suffolk Junior Table Tennis Championships 2019/2020

Sunday 8th December 2019 saw this season’s County Junior Championships held at Stowupland Sports Centre. A total of 34 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 give 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 well contested matches led to semi final matches of Joe Fortnum Adams against Orlaith Burgess and Isaac Kingham against Michael Sulo. The experienced pair of Joe and Isaac won through narrowly and then Joe played very well to take the final 31-27.

The aforementioned Isaac and Michael paired up in the doubles and defeated Jayden Chetty and Arun Maudoo in a very close match.

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

The U11 mixed event went the way of Alexander Graham, who won all of his matches 3-0. Aiva Tendengu was the runner up

The U13 boys event produced a minor upset when Jayden Chetty narrowly defeated 2nd seed Alexander Graham in a great 5 set match. Isaac Kingham proved too strong for Jayden in the final winning in 3 straight legs.

The U13 girls was a round robin event with all 3 girls playing each other. Aiva Tendengu started strongly and never looked back winning both matches. Shannon and Orlaith played a great match for the runners up spot which Shannon took 11-8 in the deciding leg.

The U15 mixed event saw Guy Attew produce a great win against Isobel McGerty to make the semi-final. The final was a fantastic match in which Henry Shaw narrowly defeated Isaac Kingham in the deciding leg. 

The U18 mixed event led to the trophy remaining in the Davies Stokes household for another year, with Luke taking the crown defeating Joe Fortnum Adams in the final.  

The U18 girls event saw Isobel McGerty defeating Lucy Needham in 3 tight 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.

Summary of finals results

U11 Girls – Aiva Tendengu victorious

U11 Mixed – Alexander Graham victorious, Aiva Tendengu runner-up

U13 Girls – Aiva Tendengu victorious, Shannon Heffer runner-up 

U13 Boys – Isaac Kingham defeated Jayden Chetty

11-4, 11-6, 11-8

U15 Girls – Isobel McGerty victorious

U15 Mixed – Henry Shaw defeated Isaac Kingham

11-9, 11-7, 2-11, 8-11, 11-9

U18 Girls – Isobel McGerty defeated Lucy Needham

11-9, 11-9, 11-7

U18 Boys – Luke Davies Stokes defeated Joe Fortnum Adams

11-7, 16-14, 7-11, 11-6

Handicap singles – Joe Fortnum Adams (7) defeated Isaac Kingham (7) 

31-27

Pot Luck Doubles –  Isaac Kingham / Michael Sulo defeated Jayden Chetty / Arun Maudoo

9-11, 11-8, 11-8

Suffolk Senior Table Tennis Championships 2018/2019 Review

Sunday 7th April saw this season’s County Senior Championships held at Stowupland Sports Centre with nearly all of the top ranked Men and Women from the County competing for honours.

In the mens’ singles, for the second year running, youth prevailed over experience and the two top juniors again contested the final. Kian Burgess narrowly defeating James Davies-Stokes in five fantastic legs 13-11, 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 to retain his crown and avenge his defeat to James at the recent Junior Championships. James had earlier defeated former champion Jake Collins in an epic semi-final and a mention too for Andrew Dosher for rolling back the years and defeating Richard Hutchinson in a great quarter final match.

The womens’ singles also produced some amazing table tennis with Alice Flatman capturing the crown defeating Holly McGerty in the final 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 11-5.

Holly got her revenge when teaming up with younger sister Isobel to win the womens’ doubles and the mens’ doubles went to number one seeds Kian Burgess and James Davies-Stokes who retained their trophy.

The mixed doubles event was won by Alice Flatman and Richard Hutchinson defeating Kian Burgess and Lucy Needham in the final. 

The restricted singles (open to both sexes excluding the top 10 County players) produced the closest match of the day with Luke Davies-Stokes (aged 15), holding his nerve to defeat the number 1 seed Charles Fulcher in the final 10-12, 12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8.

In the Handicap Singles all players were given a rating according to ability and played 1 single game up to 31. Alice Flatman (starting on 12) deservedly took the honours by 

defeating Isobel McGerty (starting on 19) in a tense final 31-30, having earlier knocked out both the mens’ finalists along the way.

The results on the day clearly confirmed the progress being made by the junior players who continue to improve and develop under the fantastic tutelage of local coach Aad Kwakkelstein with 12 of the 20 finalists being under 18 years old. 

The future of Suffolk table tennis looks very strong indeed.

Wayne Shaw