Torkington and Hough shine in table tennis championships

Emma Torkington and Charlie Hough
Emma Torkington and Charlie Hough

The first event the Handicap Singles was played in eight groups of four players with top two winners in each group into the knockout and finally to the semi finals.

Marcin Andrzejewski and Samantha Monk saw the first semi going to Samantha with the second semi between Vincent L’Estrange Chairman of the league and Tommy Worley one of the youngest in the league going the way of Vincent.

The final between Samantha Monk and Vincent L’Estrange went all the way with Vincent winning 11-9 in the fifth to clinch the trophy for the first time.

In the veteran singles semi final’s Andrew Sharland defeated Fred Bodeau and Dennis Hayden defeated David Champneys.

With Andrew defeating Dennis in the fifth to win the veteran trophy for the third time.

The junior event saw sixteen players fighting it out in groups of four. No upsets on the way with the top seeds making it to the semi finals.

The first semi saw the number one seed, Luke Gallagher defeating Charlie Hough

The second semi had defending champion Ben Worley defeating an under the weather Bertrand Siu to make the junior final against his team mate Luke Gallagher.

The Final an exciting fast attacking match saw Luke defeating the holder Ben to become the new junior champion.

The junior consolation final was also a fast attacking game with Oliver Neil and Ryan Taylor showing just how good our juniors are with Oliver the winner 13-11. 9-11, 11-7, 11-7. over Ryan.

Pick of the quarter finals in the main singles event was the match between former junior champion Michael Bridger and present junior champion Luke Gallagher which went to the wire in a top notch table tennis match with Luke winning in the fifth.

The first of the singles Semi final saw Luke Gallagher losing to England player Emma Torkington with Emma needing all her experience to win in the fifth.

Singles Champion Marc Burman was the other semi final winner proving too strong for David Champneys.

In the final Marc had to call on all his experience to defeat Emma in four sets to take the singles crown for the seventh time. Quote from Marc, with standard of young players coming through I think this may be the last time I win this trophy.

The consolation singles was won by Lynne Trussell who defeated Bob Watson.

The Final event of the day the doubles saw fifteen year old Charlie Hough losing his doubles partner through injury and couldn’t believe his luck when Emma Torkington offered to step in as replacement.

Emma and Charlie swept all before them to reach the final against Marc Burman and Lynne Trussell and Emma enjoyed her revenge over her coach Marc Burman as with her partner Charlie they defeated Lynne and Marc to take the doubles title.

The league’s thanks go to Lyle Cyster tournament secretary for the superb running of the event.

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