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Report – Suffolk Senior Closed Table Tennis Championships 2021/2022

Having missed most of the 20/21 season due to Covid outbreaks, Sunday 7th March saw the resumption of the County Senior Championships held at Stowupland Sports Centre for 21/22 season. We had 25 entrants competing over 7 events with a spread of ages between 12 and 77.

In the Mens singles, the current crop of outstanding youngsters filled 5 of the 8 quarter final places, with one of those, Luke Davies-Stokes going on to defeat James Skilleter in the final. James had previously knocked out number one seed Kian Burgess in a tight semi-final.

The womens’ singles was contested within a round robin tournament which saw reigning champion Alice Flatman retain her crown with an unbeaten display. Isobel McGerty narrowly defeated Clair Westlake in a great match to claim the runners-up position.

Alice and Clair went on to retain the womens’ doubles title and the mens’ doubles went to number one seeds Kian and Dan Shelley.

 

A very even mixed doubles event saw number 1 seeds Luke Davies-Stokes and Isobel McGerty justify their seeding defeating strong pairs Alice / Paul Broxton and Clair / Alex Attew.

Having missed most of the 20/21 season due to Covid outbreaks, Sunday 7th March saw the resumption of the County Senior Championships held at Stowupland Sports Centre for 21/22 season. We had 25 entrants competing over 7 events with a spread of ages between 12 and 77.

In the Mens singles, the current crop of outstanding youngsters filled 5 of the 8 quarter final places, with one of those, Luke Davies-Stokes going on to defeat James Skilleter in the final. James had previously knocked out number one seed Kian Burgess in a tight semi-final.

The womens’ singles was contested within a round robin tournament which saw reigning champion Alice Flatman retain her crown with an unbeaten display. Isobel McGerty narrowly defeated Clair Westlake in a great match to claim the runners-up position.

Alice and Clair went on to retain the womens’ doubles title and the mens’ doubles went to number one seeds Kian and Dan Shelley.

A very even mixed doubles event saw number 1 seeds Luke Davies-Stokes and Isobel McGerty justify their seeding defeating strong pairs Alice / Paul Broxton and Clair / Alex Attew.

The restricted singles (open to both sexes excluding the top 10 County players) produced a final between Alexander Graham and Ian Brown. At over 6 times Alexander’s age, Ian fought valiantly, but could not contain the youngster who went on to win in 4 close legs.

In the Handicap Singles all players were given a rating according to ability and played 1 single game up to 31. Alexander starting on 14, had a great run through to the final where he finally succumbed to the experience and trickery of James Skilleter who started on 10.

Full credit to all the entrants, who behaved with great sportsmanship throughout, and contributed to a fantastic days table tennis.

Summary of finals results

Mens Singles
Luke Davies-Stokes defeated James Skilleter
11-4, 11-8, 11-9

Womens Singles
Round robin event
Alice Flatman victorious, Isobel McGerty runner up

Mens Doubles
Kian Burgess /  Dan Shelley defeated James Skilleter / Dan Taylor
11-6, 11-4, 11-1

Womens Doubles
Alice Flatman / Clair Westlake defeated Isobel McGerty / Sylvia Kenyon
11-9, 11-6, 11-9

Mixed Doubles
Luke Davies-Stokes / Isobel McGerty defeated Clair Westlake / Alex Attew
11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 16-14 

Restricted singles Alexander Graham defeated Ian Brown
10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9

Handicap singles
James Skilleter (10) defeated Alexander Graham (14)  
31-26

Obituaries -January 2022

Peter List

Peter List in 1986
The Club was sad to hear of the recent death of Peter List age 91. Peter was a founder member of the Stowupland Club in 1959 and represented the Club in the Stowmarket and District Table Tennis League for many years, playing for Stowupland Skylarks and Stowupland ‘B’. He helped with coaching the juniors at Stowupland and was a member of the Club and League committees until the League ended and the Stowupland and Stowmarket Clubs merged in the 1990’s. Several of our current Club members will remember Peter well.

Simon Doney

The Club was also sad to hear of the death,  on December 7th, 2021, of Simon Doney, at the young age of 49.
Many remember Simon’s warm good nature (and tricky spin) in Monday morning sessions at St. Peter’s Hall.
   Other commitments prevented his continuation on Mondays, while some of us would occasionally catch a brief word with him on a Friday evening on his way to play badminton at Stowupland. We missed him at table tennis.
Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family.