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Essex county coaching session continues against the odds !

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On the 30th November 24 juniors with 4 coaches and 3 sparing partners attended the coaching session lead by Essex Stalwart John Mansfield . The session was without Stuart Gibbs and both National junior league and national cadet league taking place it was thought we would have to cancel the session . But with some hard work from the counties clubs and coaches the session continued .
The players spend 5 hours working on footwork and speed as well as looking at some serve and return options.  Players were able to make use of multi-ball training and had the chance to benefit from practice with the adults who kindly gave up their time.  The session finished with a competitive team event.
Aside from the coaches (John ,Jason, Graham and Josh)  and sparring partners, sincere thanks should go to Batts for hosting as usual and to Neil B , Mel Jones and Paul Jeffery for their assistance on they day.
There was a great atmosphere around the session no doubt to John’s amazing sense of humour and I hope that we can keep this great momentum up .
The other sessions will be by invitation only so keep working hard and I will be looking forward to seeing you at the next session .
Thanks
Josh
The National Championships 73

A LOSS, A DRAW AND A WIN FOR THE ESSEX JUNIOR SECOND TEAM

REPORT ON THE JUNIOR DIVISION 2D MATCHES PLAYED ON SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014 

The first round of Junior Division 2D matches were played at Cippenham TTC on 15 November. With only seven teams in the Division, two of whom, Surrey 2 and Essex 2, were relegated from Division 1B last season. One team would have a bye each round. For the opening round of matches this would be the Surrey team and unfortunately Bedfordshire would be a girl short in their matches. Close matches ensued with two thirds either 6-4 wins or draws. All matches were played on two tables.

The Essex second team for the day was Sidney Dorn, Ryan Gooday, Justin Jeffery, Stephanie Cross and Zoe Davies. Original selection Luke Jones played for the first team the week before and stood down for this day.

Essex’s first match was against Oxfordshire. Sid came back from 2-0 down to number two Simon Price, ranked 226, but finally lost 11-9 in the decider whilst on the other table Justin lost to the opposition number three Fabian Avdifferen 10, -9, 10, 2, an encouraging start for him in his first match for the County. With the girls next on Zoe (ranked 75) had to come back from 2-0 and a match point down to Vicky Coll (87) to win -7, -8, 10, 2, 9 and Stephanie (the highest ranked girl on the day at 22) beat former school colleague Kristelle Brook (47) 3-1. Oxon won the next two matches, Ryan losing to No. 1 Erik Wahlgren 3-0 and Justin to Simon 3-1. Stephanie beat Vicky 3-0 comfortably but Zoe lost to the higher ranked Kristelle by three 8’s. Sidney lost to Erik 3-0 but Ryan (295) beat Fabian 3-0 so the team lost 6-4.

In the second round Essex had Bedfordshire to play, whose top two boys were ranked 63 and 186. Ryan and Justin were outplayed by the opposition 1 and 3, Matthew Evans and Owen Hewett respectively, both losing 3-0. Stephanie and Zoe both had easy 3-0 victories over Rebekah Barry. Ryan had a good win over Owen after losing the first game to 3 he came back strongly to take the next three games 10, 8, 9. Sidney lost 3-0 to Ed Simms and by three 8’s to Matthew. While in the last match Justin lost to Ed 5, -13, 5, -11, 6 to leave the match a 5-5 draw.

In the last round of matches Essex 2 had Sussex 3 to play, a similar scenario to the previous Saturday when it was Essex 1 v Sussex 2. Essex won the first four matches, Sidney beating Will Goodstone (153) 9, 11, 2, an excellent win since Will had played for Sussex 2 the previous week beating Luke Jones and narrowly losing to Ryan Williams, Justin a nice 3-0 victory over Ellis Crockford. Stephanie had to work hard for her 3-0 win over Evie Quiroga (94) and Zoe even harder for her excellent 10, -3, 8, -8, 8 win over Bethany Pemberton-Hill (40). Ryan then lost to Dexter Sherin 3-1, the third game 12-10 loss appearing pivotal, whilst Justin lost to Will 3-0, just not able to take the match to a fourth game. Zoe then lost to Evie, ranked 19 places below her, 9, -3, 10, 8, outpaced and unable to slow the match down. Stephanie, won the first game 11-9 but lost the second game to Bethany 14-12, then won the next two 4 and 3 to ensure that Essex at let got a draw. With Sidney losing to Dexter after taking the first game 12-10 it was left to Ryan to beat Ellis 3-0 for the Essex win.

An encouraging day for the four players playing at Junior level for the first time, Ryan having played for the second team at the end of last season and I am sure that they all benefitted from the advice from Coach Stuart Gibbs.

The next round of matches will be at BATTS on Saturday 7 February with four rounds of matches to be played but Essex will have a bye in the third round of matches.

Current Table after the first round of matches is:

P W D L F A Pts
Berkshire 3 2 0 1 23 7 4
Oxfordshire 2 2 0 0 12 8 4
Surrey 2 2 1 1 0 15 5 3
Essex 2 3 1 1 1 15 15 3
Sussex 3 3 0 2 1 14 16 2
Bedfordshire 3 0 2 1 11 19 2
Wiltshire 2 0 0 2 0 20 0

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and
Junior Division 2D Organiser.

The National Championships 73

A Good Win for Essex Juniors

REPORT ON THE JUNIOR DIVISION 1B MATCHES PLAYED ON SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014

 With the Junior Division 1B again spread across the Country from Essex to Cornwall it was originally proposed to split the Division in half as last season to reduce travelling for the first round of matches. However as Table Tennis England had taken both London area venues for Premier County matches no other venue could be found for the eastern half so Hampshire offered their new Winchester venue. Some two weeks beforehand the Middlesex second team withdrew from the Division as they now had no one to organise and look after their team so there were now only seven teams in the Division. The Westgate venue was a nightmare to find, even for those with sat-navs, through the town centre one way streets and a lack of direction signs and street nameplates. With Jermaine Fearon not answering to the invite to play for the first team, Luke Jones accepted the promotion invite.

Essex’s first match was against a Kent team who had been relegated from the Premier Division last season and with the team of boys they had a clear intention to get back into the Premier Division. Tom Windram, James Smith and Ben Foster won all six matches against Ryan Williams, Sam Hume and Luke Jones with Sam the only one to take a game off their opponents. In the Girls matches Jane Li beat Becky Hancock 3, 5, 3 whilst Tiana Dennison defeated her 6, 3, 18 from 10-8 up and at least ten match points before clinching the match. Against Evie Foster Tiana lost 9, -9, 9, 9 whilst Jane, 27 points below Evie in the Ranking List held a match point in the fourth game before losing 10, -7, -8, 10 , 9. An 8-2 defeat.

Essex had a bye in the second round, they should have been playing the Middlesex team.

In the last round of matches Essex 1 had Sussex 2 to play, a must win if Essex were to avoid relegation. Not a good start with Sam losing to the Sussex No. 1 George Hazell 13, 4, 10. On the other table in the contest of the No. 3’s Luke had a comfortable victory over Scott Covey 6, 7, 9. Jane and Tiana then won their matches to put Essex 3-1 up against Alice Hazell (three 5,s) and Emma Sheen (11, 9, -10, 9) respectively. Ryan then squeezed home against William Goodstone 11, 9, -10, 9 and Sam a more dramatic win over Scott. At two games all Sam found himself 10-6 down in the decider. But Sam is a fighter and four points later the match had swung and Sam quickly took the next two points for a great win. Then with two easy wins for the girls the match was won. Ryan beat George 3-0 but Luke lost the last match of the day 5, 9, 9, to William.

Current Table after the first round of matches is:

P          W         D         L          F          A          Pts

Hampshire                  3          3          0          0          27          3        6

Dorset 1                      3          2          0          1          17        13        4

Kent                             2          2          0          0          16          4        4

Essex 1                       2          1          0          1          10        10        2

Devon 2                      3          0          1          2            8        22        1

Cornwall 1                   3          0          1          2            8        22        1

Sussex 2                     2          0          0          2            4        16        0

The final round of matches will be held at Cippenham on 7 March 2015 when Essex will play, Hampshire, Dorset 1, Devon 2 and Cornwall 1.

 

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and
Junior Division 1B Organiser.

ETTA Championships

ESSEX CADET AND JUNIOR INTER LEAGUE 1 NOVEMBER 2014

ESSEX CADET AND JUNIOR INTER LEAGUE 1 NOVEMBER 2014

Report from Arthur C. Clark 

The Essex Cadet and Junior Inter league competitions for Season 2014/2015 was held at BATTS Harlow on 1 November 2014. Four Essex Leagues took part in the Junior event, Burnham, Chelmsford, Clacton and Southend following the withdrawal of Colchester three days beforehand. Three teams, Harlow 1, Harlow 2 and Southend took part in the Cadet event after Burnham also withdrew three days beforehand. Thus there were three rounds of matches to be played for each event against the original five rounds for the Junior event. All matches were played on two tables. Apologies to the Clacton Team who were unaware that the match start for the junior Teams had been put back from 9.30am to 11.00am as their players did not receive information on the late change. The Junior format was four players with each player to play two singles and one doubles thus giving a ten match format whilst the Cadets format was three players, nine singles.

 

CADETS

 

The round one match was between Southend and Harlow 2 which Southend won 9-0, all matches three straight. Reece Griffith-Harris, Daniel Zeffie and James Goddard all conquering against James Crisford, Ben Sivathanu and Diesel Harvey

 

The two Harlow Teams then met one another in the second round match with George Campbell and Harry Blayney winning all their matches for the first team although Harry had to come back from 2-1 down to beat Diesel Harvey. Jack Crisford was the first team’s other player

 

Thus the final round match between the two winners would determine the destination of the Title with Southend team holding a three point advantage. Reece, Daniel and Ryan Williams (no not the Essex Junior No. 1 player) all winning two each but none could get the better of Harlow’s George Campbell. The 6-3 win gave Southend the title.

 

TABLE

P          W         L          Pts

Southend         2          2          0          15

Harlow 1          2          1          1            9

Harlow 2          2          0          2            3

 

SOUTHEND TEAM

Cadet winning Inter League team , Southend. Players Reece Griffith-Harris,Daniel Zeffie, Ryan Williams and James Goddard.

JUNIORS

 

Most of the Junior teams seemed to have had problems with the end of the School half term holiday week and players not available resulting in the withdrawal of Colchester and Burnham struggling to find only three players. Southend had brought four cadets with them so they loaned Burnham a player each round for experience at the older level.

 

In the opening matches Southend had a 7-3 win over Burnham, Richard Jovic two wins over Robbie Appleton, 12-10 in the fourth game and Botond Mezo 3-0 and Rebecca Lowman an excellent win over Adam Hill 13-11 in the decider. Justin Jeffrey the only player to win both his matches in Southend’s 7-3 win. In the other opener Chelmsford beat Clacton 8-2 , Sam Hume achieving Clacton’s two points with wins over Ryan Gooday and Daniel Berry. The three matches going the full distance all went Chelmsford’s way, both doubles and Gracie Edwards’ defeat by Daniel. Chris Denyer and Peter Windley won their matches against Kevin Olano and Tom Wilkin fairly comfortably.

 

The second round of matches saw comfortable wins for Clacton over Southend , 9-1 and a whitewash 10-0, 3-0 wins  for Chelmsford against Burnham. Southend’s sole win was for Justin Jeffrey over Gracie.

 

In the last round of matches Chelmsford quickly won the four matches against Southend by 3-0 margins that they needed to take the title although Justin fought hard in going down 11, 6, 10 to Daniel. Chelmsford went on to win 10-0 as did Clacton in their 10-0 win over Burnham to give them the runners up position.

Sam Hume, Chris Denyer and Peter Windley the three players to remain unbeaten.

 

TABLE

P          W         L          Pts

Chelmsford     3          3          0          28

Clacton            3          2          1          21

Southend         3          1          2            8

Burnham         3          0          3            3

 

CHELMSFORD TEAM

Junior Winning Inter League Team, Chelmsford. Players Ryan Gooday, Daniel
Berry, Chris Denyer and Peter Windley.

The winners and runners up trophies were presented on the day by Eric Todd..

Arthur C. Clark

Essex Junior Match Secretary

 

Essex Junior Coaching and Development Programme 2014-2015

Essex Coaching and Development Programme training sessions will be held at BATTS, Harlow on the following dates:

12th October 2014
30th November 2015
11th January 2015
22nd February 2015
22nd March 2015
26th April 2015
24th May 2015
21st June 2015

Please note that these training sessions are by invitation only. Invitations will be forwarded to parent of selected players by email. If you require any further information, please contact either Stuart Gibbs (stuart.gibbs12@sky.com) or Simon Lowman (simon.lowman@btinternet.com). As always, ECTTA are grateful to BATTS for their generous support in hosting training sessions.

ETTA Championships

Essex Development Squad Training

Bats on Table

Josh Dye reports on the Essex training.

Essex junior coaching continues to move forwards with the Development Squad meeting on Sunday 6th July at BATTS. With County Coach Stuart Gibbs on a well deserved holiday a handful of volunteers helped run a 5 hour training session which looked at footwork, anticipation and service practice before finishing with some match play.

Many thanks to John Mansfield Paul Morris, Howard Grant, Dave Bowles, Martin Edwards, William Do, Reece Seddon and Mr Multi-Ball Graham Frankel for their time and effort. I would also like to thank Ann Lowman who not only manned the cafe all day but provided valuable help throughout.

There continues to be a good atmosphere within the squad and credit should go to Stuart Gibbs and Simon Lowman who instigated these sessions.

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Len Hoffman, Essex Life Time Achievement Award

Len (seated) surrounded by players ready for the presentation

Len (seated) surrounded by players ready for the presentation

On April 5th 2014, a packed Saturday morning @ the Mossford Table Tennis Club, Junior Section’s Meeting, at the Palmer Academy, saw the Essex County Table Tennis Association present Mossford’s legendary Len Hoffman with a Life Time Achievement Award.

There to join Len in his celebrations, were former International ranked Juniors and Seniors who Len coached: the Juniors of the impressive Mossford TTC; the Officials and helpers of the Mossford Table Tennis Club.

Len’s former pupils included Stuart Gibbs (former England No. 2 at Junior and Senior Levels and Vets No 1: Stuart reaching the last 16 of the World Men’s Singles), Skylet Andrew (former England Junior and Senior No 1; Skylet a Commonwealth Men’s Doubles winner)) and former Junior Internationals: Alex Abbott, Maxine Abbott and Leon Smith.

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Hosting the Presentation were Mossford stalwarts David Humble and John Spero, together with key Mossford members: Phil Ashleigh, Tony Cantale and 18 year old Josh Dye.

From the Essex Committee were Essex President Stuart Gibbs, Essex General Secretary Jayne Johnson and myself.

Jayne and I arrived at 10.15 and the Hall was full of activity. The Mossford youngsters were all playing. Stuart, Skylet, Alex, Maxine and Leon were all knocking with the youngsters: a great atmosphere.

The Mossford Coaching Team, were all coaching and in the middle, was Len Hoffman, running a contest for the children, oblivious to what was about to happen.

With the Interval looming, David Humble called for everyone to gather around the area where Len was sitting. Dave introduced myself with some very nice words and I said some fitting words for the Lifetime of devotion to Junior coaching of Len, spanning an amazing 65 years.

I commented on Len’s Lifetime of Coaching and the high standards that those present today had reached: from Len’s early days with Chester Barnes and Stuart Gibbs, to the next generation of Skylet Andrew, Alex and Maxine Abbott, Shelley Ruocco and Grant Solder and many, many more. In his younger days, Len also coached Football and coached Harry Rednapp and Frank Lampard senior. Much of this information came from an article that Mossford’s John Spero had written for a Presentation last year that the Mossford Table Tennis Club made to Len: an amazing lifetime commitment to the enjoyment and skills of so many young people.

A nicely engraved Glass Tankard on a nice stand was presented to Len by Stuart Gibbs. Stuart added his appreciation: giving us all an insight into the fun times they all had as youngsters learning Table Tennis with Len and how much enjoyment they have all had throughout their lives. For many, success at the highest level: all emanating back to the early efforts of Len in creating a lasting interest in Table Tennis. Len as always was totally modest, accepting his Award with a warmth that everyone loved and eager to get back to the Tournament he was running during the Mossford Morning session

Stuart then passed the floor over to Skylet Andrew to heap more praise on Len. Skylet delivered a most exhilarating chat; joining Stuart in attributing much of his success in life, to those early days with Len. Skylet had the youngsters laughing as he recalled some of his young experiences. Skylet then went on to say how table tennis had played a major part in equipping him for the successful career he has had so far, attributing much of this to Len Hoffman.

After, Skylet joined the children and gave them some lessons on serving with his legendary high ball throwing: Skylet had the youngsters laughing, given them high fives once they had mastered his serves, with his help. He had the total attention of everyone; the sheer enjoyment was clear on all the youngsters’ faces.

Our thanks to the very successful organisers of the Mossford Table Tennis Club

And our thanks to Len Hoffman, the likes of which may never be seen again: an amazing Life Time Commitment to the enjoyment of youngsters: possibly thousands.

Ken Field
Chairman
Essex County Table Tennis Association
14th May 2014

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2014-15 County Championships

Next season’s County Championships Divisions are now online. Find the full set of 2014-15 divisions here:  This opens as a PDF document.

Essex have 10 teams entered for next season:-

Senior division 1B Essex 1, Avon, Buckinghamshire, Devonshire 1, Hertfordshire,  Middlesex 2 and Surrey 1.

Senior division 2D Essex 2, Hampshire, Kent 2, Surrey 2, Sussex 2, and Sussex 3.

Junior division 1B Cornwall 1, Devonshire 2, Dorset 1, Essex 1, Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex 2, Sussex 2.

Junior division 2D Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Essex 2, Oxfordshire, Sussex 3, Surrey 2, Wiltshire.

Cadet division 1B Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire 1, Buckinghamshire 2, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent 2, Middlesex 2, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey 2.

Veterans division 1B Berkshire 1, Dorset 1, Essex 1, Kent 2, Middlesex 1, Surrey 1, Sussex 2, Wiltshire 1.

Veterans division 2A Cambridgeshire 1, Cheshire 2, Durham, Essex 2, Norfolk 1, Northamptonshire 1, Northumberland, Yorkshire 3.

Veterans division 2B Bedfordshire 1, Buckinghamshire1, Devonshire 1, Essex 3, Hertfordshire 2, Oxfordshire 1, Somerset 1, Surrey 2.

Over 60′s Premier division  Cheshire 1, Essex 1, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire 1, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Sussex, Yorkshire 1.

Over 60′s division 1B Berkshire 1, Berkshire 2, Buckinghamshire, Essex 2, Hampshire, Hertfordshire 2, Kent 1.

 

 

 

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DENYER FULFILS HIS DESTINY

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Table tennis star James Denyer has fulfilled his destiny by becoming the Clacton League’s Mens Champion, aged just seventeen years.

At the 2014 Closed Championships held last weekend at the Clacton Coastal Academy Sports Hall, Denyer took the Mens Singles title by overcoming reigning champion Kevin Gowlett, thus avenging his defeat by the same player in last season’s final.

After a sluggish start in which he looked well below-par, Denyer raised his game to produce a succession of un-returnable winners to gain the upper-hand. And although Gowlett, true champion that he is, rallied in the fourth set, Denyer eventually triumphed 6-11, 11-4, 11-2, 12-10, a well-merited success for one of the most gifted junior players to emerge from the Clacton League in recent years.

The dropped set against Gowlett in the final was the only one he’d lost in the whole competition, having eliminated John Pattrick, Colin Webber and Colin Stallwood in three-straight.

As last year, Colin Stallwood and Greg Green – both talented players in their own right and both ex-champions – fell at the semi-final stage, although this year it was Denyer who beat Stallwood and Gowlett who eliminated Green.

Quarter-finalist Gary Cattermole had two memorable matches, scraping past Felipe Rodriguez 11-7 in the fifth in Round Two before pushing Gowlett all the way before losing by the same score, 11-7 in the fifth, this after being ahead in the final set.

Gary Stallwood enjoyed a good event, topping his Group that included Martin Edwards, and then beating Jason Gale 11-7 in the decider and Mark Gale 11-6 in the decider before losing to Green in the quarter-finals.

Denyer followed his success in the Mens Singles with three more winners’ trophies.

The Mixed Doubles saw the pairing of Denyer and Gill Locke retain the title they’d taken for the first time in 2013.

In the final they faced second seeds Colin Stallwood and Annabelle Rodriguez who’d won this event in 2009 and who’d been runners-up in 2010 and 2011. But Denyer and Locke would not be denied, winning 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11 in an entertaining match, this after being 10-6 up in the fourth set and squandering four match-points.

It was not surprising that Denyer made a clean sweep of the Junior events but, in the process, he created a small piece of Championships history.

In the absence of Sam Hume, Denyer was the hottest of hot pre-Tournament favourites to take the Junior Singles title – which he did despite a committed and bravura performance from second seed Elliott Attrill, a performance which augurs well for his own table tennis future.

In the final Denyer’s undoubted class shone through to win 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9. The victory means he becomes the only player in the sixty years of the event to have won it five times.

The losing semi-finalists were the Brotherhood J team-mates Tom Wilkin and Kelvin Olano, Olano another to put up a good show against Denyer before losing 11-6, 12-10, 15-13.

Denyer made it a fourth title when, combining with Attrill, he took the honours in the Junior Doubles. But once again the runners-up were not out-fought, Kelvin Olano and Morgan Harvey showing unexpected confidence before the favourites took the title 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9. It was a first Clacton Closed title for Attrill.

The best final of the Tournament was the Mens Doubles and it so nearly produced a fifth trophy for Denyer.

Denyer and Felipe Rodriguez had been runners-up in 2012 but were winners for the first time last year – and they were determined to retain their crown.

In the final they were matched against the new pairing of Greg Green and Colin Stallwood – and what a classic match it turned out to be, the closest of the Championships. The encounter see-sawed all the way through, with all four players on top of their game and displaying excellent form.

The end was a nerve-jangler but Green and Stallwood, 5-1 down at the change-over in the fifth set, fought back to win the title 12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 15-13.

The event had produced some excellent matches throughout, Green and Stallwood eliminating second seeds Peter Burrows and Kevin Gowlett 11-8, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3 in the semi-final whilst Denyer and Rodriguez, in a repeat of last season’s final, had defeated Gary Cattermole and John Pattrick 11-0, 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 11-6 in their semi-final.

Paul Hume and Sam Hume also played well and were on the cusp of an upset, testing Burrows and Gowlett in the quarter-final before the more experienced duo won 11-8, 7-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-7.

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It was a fourth Mens Doubles title for Green – a winner with Gary Young in 2010, 2011 and 2012 – and a fifth for Stallwood, who’d won it with Iain Vine in 1991, 1993 and 1995, and Martin Hogg in 2008 and 2009. But it was a first title for the two of them playing together as a pair.

The Ladies’ events proved a triumph for Gill Locke who added two more trophies to her Mixed Doubles’ success.

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In a repeat of the 2009 Ladies Singles final she beat twice-champion champion Annabelle Rodriguez 11-4, 11-9, 11-7, the younger player never able to get enough consistency or confidence to trouble the experienced Locke. It was a third Ladies Singles title in a row for Locke and her fourth in total.

Sandie Isaac, last year’s beaten finalist, again played well, getting through the Group stage at the expense of Isabel Barton before losing to Locke in the semi-final.

Twelve-year old Gracie Edwards showed great promise, heading her group and giving Rodriguez a stern semi-final test before Rodriguez took it 11-9, 11-8, 13-15, 11-13, 11-6.

The Ladies Doubles looked something of a formality for Gill Locke and Annabelle Rodriguez who’d won the title for the last two years against Sandie Isaac and Sue Welham

This year their final opponents were the scratch partnership of Sandie Isaac and Gracie Edwards but the unfancied pair put up such a show that the favourites showed visible signs of nervousness at five-all in the fifth set. But their experience eventually won the day, Locke and Rodriguez emerging as relieved 11-3, 7-11, 12-10, 12-14, 11-7 winners.

It was an excellent performance from Isaac and Edwards, their uninhibited hitting so nearly causing the shock of the Tournament.

Neither of the top two seeds made it to the final of the Veterans Singles which was contested between third-equal seed Peter Burrows and the unseeded John Pattrick.

An up-beat Burrows reached the final by defeating Colin Webber 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 before eliminating top seed and reigning champion Kevin Gowlett 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 in the semi-final.

Pattrick, after topping his Group, struggled to get past Dave Martin 10-12, 11-2, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 in Round One of the Knock-Out stage before an inspired performance dismissed second seed Colin Stallwood 14-12,11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8 from the proceedings. And if this was not surprise enough, Pattrick went on to defeat third-equal seed John Andrews 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8 in the semi-final.

The final was a see-saw affair and it seemed at one stage as though Pattrick might cause yet another surprise. But Burrows prevailed 11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-1 to regain the title he’d previously won in 2008.

Special mentions should go to Colin Dearman who disposed of the fancied Alan Burgess 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 in Round One, and also to Mark Gale, who topped a Group that included his Walton C team-mate Derek Willis and then defeated John Hobson in Round One.

The Super-Veterans Singles went strictly by the seedings with the top four players – Alan Burgess, Derek Willis, Paul Meikle and Colin Dearman – making it to the semi-finals, the top two seeds – Burgess and Willis – contesting the final, and top seed Burgess taking the crown.

In a final of contrasts, Burgess defeated newcomer Derek Willis 11-8, 11-7, 11-7, his canny looping and destructive winners trumping Willis’ dogged defence. It was a third success in this event for Burgess, a previous winner in 2008 and 2010.

But Paul Meikle had so nearly spoiled his party, taking the eventual champion all the way in the semi-final before Burgess took it 10-12, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7.

Gary Stallwood had previously featured in four Division Two Singles finals, losing in 1990 and 1996 but winning in 2006 and 2008.

As favourite this year, he was expected to make it three successes – which he duly did by defeating his Windsor Ravens’ team-mate John Harvey in the final. Stallwood began slowly but his aggressive attacking eventually won the day 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6.

Nevertheless, it was a fine performance from Harvey, playing in his second Clacton Closed final having been runner-up in the Division Three Singles six years ago.

Among the unexpected results in this event, Sandie Isaac enjoyed a close 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8 victory over her Brotherhood F team-mate and third-equal seed Elliott Attrill before losing to Stallwood in the semi-final, whilst Allen Denyer beat Barry Allen in Round One before a determined performance eliminated second seed Frank Burbidge 6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7.

Gerald Batt upset the form book in the Division Three Singles when he beat top seed Morgan Harvey 11-9, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9 in their semi-final but the final proved a bridge too far for the likeable Brotherhood H man.

In another final of team-mates, Batt lost 11-5, 11-1, 11-3 to Graham Parkes, a well-deserved success for Parkes who thus repeated his triumph of 1989 in the same event.

The absence of seeds in the Restricted Singles adds to its unpredictability and this year’s event proved no different.

The final was contested between Paul Hume – a winner over John Barton and Jason Gale in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively – and Gary Stallwood who’d enjoyed good victories over Paul Meikle and Dave Martin at the same stages.

In another final of contrasting styles, the languid Hume proved too good for the left-handed looping Stallwood, Hume winning 11-6, 11-4, 11-8.

Dave Martin was involved in two close matches in the early rounds of this event, defeating John Harvey 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-9 in Round Two before winning his quarter-final against Mark Gale 8-11, 11-6, 14-12, 10-12, 14-12.

For the unassuming Hume, the Restricted Singles was a fourth different Closed Trophy in three years, having won the Division Three Singles and the Junior Doubles in 2012, and the Division Two Singles last year.

Once again the League is indebted to Paul Newbould Planning and Building Design Services who were the main sponsors of the Championships for a twenty-first year.

Thanks also go to the sponsors of the individual events – Ken Green (Mens Singles), the Skelmersdale Centre (Ladies Singles) and John Houghton (Division Three Singles).

2014 CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Mens Singles : J Denyer beat K Gowlett 6-11, 11-4, 11-2, 12-10.

Ladies Singles : G Locke beat A Rodriguez 11-4, 11-9, 11-7.

Mens Doubles : G Green/C Stallwood beat J Denyer/F Rodriguez 12-10, 9-11, 6-11, 11-4, 15-13.

Ladies Doubles : G Locke/A Rodriguez beat G Edwards/S Isaac
11-3, 7-11, 12-10, 12-14, 11-7.

Mixed Doubles : J Denyer/G Locke beat C Stallwood/A Rodriguez 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11.

Veterans Singles : P Burrows beat J Pattrick 11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-1.

Super-Veterans Singles : A Burgess beat D Willis 11-8, 11-7, 11-7.

Junior Singles : J Denyer beat E Attrill 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9.

Junior Doubles : J Denyer/E Attrill beat K Olano/M Harvey 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9.

Division Two Singles : G Stallwood beat J Harvey 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6.

Division Three Singles : G Parkes beat G Batt 11-5, 11-1, 11-3.

Restricted Singles : P Hume beat G Stallwood 11-6, 11-4, 11-8.