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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)
31-30

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

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