Suffolk Junior Table Tennis Championships 2018/2019​

Sunday 27th January 2019 saw this season’s County Junior Championships held at Stowupland Sports Centre. A total of 43 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 gave 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 were given a rating according to ability and played 1 single game up to 31. The handicap king, Kian Burgess, won the event for the 4th time in 6 years, despite a prohibitive -12 starting point. In total, over the 6 rounds he amassed 258 points, conceding only 18. Astonishing levels of determination and skill. 

The aforementioned Kian in combination with Finlay Andrews went all the way to the final in the pot-luck doubles but lost out to Guy Attew and Joseph Kulesa in a well fought final.

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 the seedings with Isaac Kingham defending his title against Alexander Graham.

The U11 girls event saw Aiva Tendengu victorious with good friend Shannon Heffer runner up in an emotional match.

The U13 mixed event also went the way of the seedings with Henry Shaw defeating Isaac Kingham in the final.

Orlaith Burgess scared off all other opposition and was the only entrant in the U13 girls event.

The U15 mixed event produced one of the matches of the day when Henry Shaw defeated McKenzie Lowe in an epic semi-final match. Number 1 seed Luke Davies Stokes defeated Callum Barrett in other semi and went to win the final for the third year running.

The U15 girls produced an upset when Lucy Needham defeated top seed Isobel McGerty. This was the third time they had played each other during the day and Lucy finally got the result she wanted.

The U18 boys event resulted in a fantastic final to watch when for the 4th consecutive year, James Davies Stokes took on Kian Burgess. Unlike the previous 3 years however, James was more dominant and came out on top in 5 blistering legs to take home the crown.

The U18 girls event had 3 strong competitors playing a round robin event. Isobel McGerty won both her matches without losing a leg and Lucy Curtis narrowly defeated Lucy Needham to be runner up.

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 defeated Shannon Heffer

U11 Mixed – Isaac Kingham defeated Alexander Graham 11-6, 11-8, 11-6

U13 Girls – Orlaith Burgess victorious

U13 Boys – Henry Shaw defeated Isaac Kingham  11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7

U15 Girls – Lucy Needham defeated Isobel McGerty   15-13, 11-5, 12-10

U15 Boys – Luke Davies-Stokes defeated Henry Shaw  12-10, 11-5, 14-12

U18 Girls – Isobel McGerty victorious, Lucy Curtis runner-up

U18 Boys – James Davies-Stokes defeated Kian Burgess:

10-12, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4

Handicap singles – Kian Burgess defeated Callum Barrett 31-23

Pot Luck Doubles –  Guy Attew & Joseph Kulesa defeated Kian Burgess & Finnlay Andrews 11-8, 9-11, 11-5

National Cadet and Junior County Table Tennis Championships, 2018

Suffolk Cadets team, 20-10-2018
Luke Davies-Stokes (far left in photo) led the cadets and also played in the Juniors along with his elder brother, James, who won all of his 6 matches without losing a set.

Surrey and Middlesex 1 seek to return straight back to the Premier Division.
The first rounds of County Cadet Division 1A matches were played on Saturday 20 October 2018. Relegated from the Premier Division last season were Surrey 1 and Middlesex 1 and they both showed that they were determined to return straight back. 

However only one team can be promoted from the Division so it will be all to play for in the round two matches particularly as they have to play one another in the opening match.

For this first round of matches the Division was split in to two halves, the eastern half Essex, Middlesex 1, Middlesex 2 and Suffolk to play one another at NETTS, Earls Colne whilst the southern half of the Division, Surrey 1, Surrey 2 and Sussex 2 played one another at Graham Spicer, New Malden. Sadly, at the last minute, the two Middlesex teams found themselves with only one girl player for each team.

In the opening round of matches at Earls Colne Middlesex 1 played Suffolk. Despite being a girl short they won seven of the eight matches played, Suffolk’s Luke Davies-Stokes defeating the higher ranked Barney Mindlin 3-1 in the last match. Best match looked to be the girls match between Scarlett Anders and Isobel McGerty with Scarlet winning the deciding game 11-7. In the Essex v Middlesex 2 match it was Daniel Young’s last match 3-1 win over the much higher ranked Jenson Moreno that gained Essex the 6-4 win. Lucas Aulnette won both his matches for Middlesex 2.

For the second round of matches the two Middlesex teams had to play one another. The second team’s Lucas would have been pleased with his win against Charlie Nabarro after losing the first two games 10 and 9. The Middlesex 1’s 7-2 win reflects that each team were a girl short. The match between County neighbours Essex and Suffolk was the longest of the day timewise after four of the first five matches went to a deciding game with Suffolk winning three of those four. Daniel, by winning the last match, and Maliha Baig won both their matches in gaining the draw for Essex and Luke his two for Suffolk.

In the last round of matches Essex played Middlesex 1. Jesse Bath won his opening match against the much higher ranked Charlie Nabarro 3-0 but that was the only match that Essex won on the table. Best match was that between Maliha and Scarlett which Scarlett won in the deciding game of an all action match to retain her unbeaten status for the day. The final match was between Suffolk and Middlesex 2. Brandon Sangchin won both his matches for the Middlesex team against the higher ranked McKenzie Lowe and Luke and Suffolk won the rest for an 8-2 win, the highest winning score of the day.

What a difference at the Graham Spicer Centre where all three matches ended in 9-1 wins.

The first match was between Surrey 1 and Surrey 2. Ojasvii Borah would be pleased with his performance for the second team winning his opening match against Mikaeel Toosy 5, -11, 12, 15 and taking Ollie Maric-Murrey to a deciding game in the final match of the match. Other than that the first team showed no mercy to their second team, only one of the other eight matches needing a fourth game.

The next match was between Surrey 2 and Sussex 2.and this time it was Surrey 2 who won 9-1, only Sacha Ward gaining a 3-0 win over Lena Mitchell for the Sussex team. She was close to a second win taking Lucy Adams to a deciding game as was Max Wilson in the last match against Ojasvii.

The final match was between Surrey 1 and Sussex 2. Sussex had lost the first six matches all 3-0 until Deniz Dinc stemmed the flow with a five game win over Emily Cheung. In both their matches Ollie and Henry Maric-Murrey and Yuvathi Kumar were unbeaten.

The final round of matches will be played at BATTS Harlow when there will be four rounds of matches to play. Currently scheduled for Sunday 31 March but could be switched to Saturday 30 March if the scheduled Premier British League match becomes an away fixture.

Arthur C. Clark

Essex Junior Match Secretary and Cadet Division 1A Organiser.

Suffolk Cadets are currently 3rd iin the table with 3 points, with Surrey 1 on 4 points and Middlesex 1 on 8 points