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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.

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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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Essex Junior Development and Training Squads

Well done all younger players in the county who recently attended Under 13 training at BATTS. Stuart Gibbs (ECTTA Coaching & Development Officer) was impressed by the commitment and effort shown by everyone. We would also like to thank our coaches for the day, namely Martin Cole, Josh Dye and Graham Frankel. Thanks also go to Mel Jones of Rawreth Juniors TTC for help in administration and ensuring that training sessions run smoothly.

Please note that training dates for the remainder of the summer are as follows:

Sunday, 18th May: Essex Junior Development Squad (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, 1st June: Essex Under 13 Training Group (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Sunday, 6th July: Essex Junior Development Squad (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

There will be no training sessions in August. All training sessions will take place at BATTS Table Tennis Club & Sports Centre, Harlow (http://www.batts.org.uk/). We are grateful to the trustees of BATTS for their generous support in providing a venue for our training sessions. An email will be forwarded to all Essex Junior development Squad and Essex U13 Training Group members to remind them about these training sessions. We are aware that our player database requires an update, an exercise that will be undertaken at the start of the new playing season. If any club coaches believe that a member of their club has been omitted from the circulation list, we should be grateful fi they would contact either Simon Lowman (simon.lowman@btinternet.com) or Stuart Gibbs (stuart.gibbs12@sky.com) by email.

We look forward to seeing you all at the three remaining training sessions.

All players should note that the Essex Junior Trials will take place at BATTS on Saturday, 27th September and Sunday, 28th September. The procedure for determining county junior ranking for 2014-2015 and subsequent seasons in currently under review and information will be published prior to the trials taking place. While county rankings are not determined solely by performance in the trials, they are an important factor in determining a young player’s ability. In future seasons, greater commitment to participation in the Essex Junior Trials will be expected and young players will be expected to take part in this event if they wish to secure a county junior ranking or be considered for selection for one of the county cadet or junior teams.

We are delighted to inform our young players that a new Performance Squad will be established in September this year. This squad will target a smaller number of players likely to be selected to represent Essex in the ETTA Junior Inter County competition. This new squad will be coached by Stuart Gibbs. Stuart will be focusing on match play techniques and we are sure that those players invited to join this squad will benefit from his experience of playing our sport at international level.

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LATE WITHDRAWALS LET THE ESSEX JUNIOR COUNTY TEAMS DOWN BADLY

Score Board 2Essex Junior Secretary Arthur Clark, reports on Junior Division 1B matches played on Saturday 29 March 2014.

The final round of Junior Division 1B County Championship matches were played at Cippenham Table Tennis Club on Saturday 29 March where the eight teams in the Division gathered together to complete the matches. With such vast distances between the teams the Division had been split into two more local halves for the first rounds of matches to reduce travelling. Plymouth for Cornwall 1, Devon 1, Dorset 1 and Sussex 2 and Ashford, Middlesex, for Middlesex 2, Surrey 2 and Essex 1 and 2, each team playing three matches. After this first round of matches Middlesex 2 and Devon 1 led the Table with six points each whilst Sussex 2 and Essex 2 were yet to score a point. Cornwall 1 were on the verge of pulling out on the Friday evening when their match Secretary and team driver went down with a serious viral infection but a very late evening offer from a player parent saved that (he managed to get out of working on the Saturday) and the team arrived just as the first round of matches were starting after their very early morning wake up.

On the Essex front Jared and Ella Patel had informed me of their non- availability a month beforehand as had Annabelle Gibson who is currently in South Africa and Ryan Williams who had been banned from playing in all Tournament matches for a period as he had picked up too many yellow cards at recent Tournaments.
Thus the selected teams became Charlie Bates, Jermaine Fearon, Patrick Gilbert (a later replacement), Emily Godfrey and Jane Li for Essex 1 and Josh Sidki, Livingstone Nadarajah, Sam Lowman, Ryan Gooday Tiana Dennison and Stephanie Cross for Essex 2, it being my preference to take four boys for the second team. On the Wednesday teatime I was notified of the withdrawal of Jermaine and Josh and on Thursday teatime came the withdrawal of Livingstone. From frantic phone calls to the other players on the Essex Ranking and Registration Form Luke Jones signified his availability and was promptly selected (thanks Luke) but none of the others could play due to other commitments, including school work for exams, at this late stage. Thus the Essex players who played (and especially me) feel very badly let down about the very late withdrawals (not through illness or injury I am led to believe) and the fact that the Essex 2 team only had 2 boy players will lead to Essex County being fined by the ETTA for being a player short in their four matches.

To get on to the report on the matches played it was always going to be a difficult day for both teams and they would both rely heavily on the girls winning a lot of their matches. This was not to be easy when later analysis showed that that ten of the sixteen girls playing were ranked in the England top 50.

For Essex 1 their first match was against Dorset 1 and Luke, Patrick and Charlie all lost their opening matches 3-1. Luke was closest to chalking up a win in the boys remaining matches when losing 11-8 in the decider with Jacob Elliott. Emily and Jane won all four of their matches against Hannah McErlane and Lily Cherry, although for Emily it was a nail biting 13-11 decider against Hannah. Thus a 6-4 defeat.
Essex 2 had to play the long distance early morning travellers Cornwall 1. Ryan had an excellent five game win over Alex Wright and Alex was to lose only one other match during the day. Sam lost both his matches 3-0. Tiana won both her matches 3-0 but Stephanie lost to the lower ranked Dominique Williams in three 8’s. Match result a 6-4 loss.

In the next round of matches Essex 1 had to play the new leaders of the Division and title favourites Devon 1. Charlie beat both his opponents, Jordon Bone and Nathanael Sheehan 3-0 and 3-1 respectively while Patrick lost to Jordan, ranked 147, in the decider. Both Jane and Emily put up credible performances against England No. 10 Jazmin Johns, Jane losing 9, 9, 10 and Emily 13, -4, 6, 6. Jane went on to beat England No. 30 Beth Wilson 3, 7, 7 whilst Emily lost to her 4, 8, 3. A 7-3 defeat.
Essex 2 played Sussex 2 who had just beaten the previous leaders Middlesex 2. Tiana and Stephanie won both their matches and both will be pleased with their wins over the higher ranked Holly Holder. Ryan came closest to a win when he lost 12-10 in the fourth to William Goodstone.

For the third round of matches both teams had to play the opponents their colleagues had just played. Both Luke and Patrick lost to William in the decider and Luke was unlucky not to get something more from his match with Daniel Pound (England No. 88) when losing 4, 10, 13. When Charlie played him it was nip and tuck before Charlie got home 10, -11, 11, -4, 11. Both Emily and Jane found the Sussex girls harder to beat than Tiana and Stephanie had. Jane and Emily were both taken to a decider by Holly, Jane winning to 7 and Emily to 9. Charlie’s win gave the team the one point they needed to avoid any chance of relegation and Luke just failed to get the team a win when losing that last match to William.

When top, Devon, meet bottom, Essex 2, one would expect a straightforward win. Although the final scoreline was 10-0 it wasn’t quite that way. Samuel Lowman had lost one of his games 16-14 in his 3-0 defeat by Jordan Bone, Stephanie Cross had also lost 16-14 to Jazmin Johns when trying to take that match to a decider and Tiana Dennison, after losing the first two games to 9 to Beth Wilson took the third 16-14 and the fourth to 4 to set up the day’s longest game. 10-4 down Tiana clawed the next six points back and with an attacking game from both players, Tiana saving the majority of match points, the score reached 20-20 before two mistakes gave the match to Beth.

In the final round of matches Essex 1 played Cornwall 1. Jane beat Dominique 3-1 after losing the first game 12-10 and winning the second game to love. She also won 33 of the 38 points played in the match with Paige Baker. Emily also beat Paige but lost to Dominique 11-7 in the decider. Charlie beat James Wright 3-1 and in a very close match with Carl Baldry (ranked 83) just managed to win 7, -11, 12, -7, 10 to get Essex 1 a draw. This was Carl’s only defeat of the day.
Essex 2 played Dorset 1 and lost 7-3. Tiana won both her matches 3-0 one of which was against the slightly higher ranked Hannah McErlane whilst Stephanie, after coming back from 2-0 down lost to her 11-9 in the decider. Both Sam and Ryan had chances to win one of their matches. Sam was 2-0 up against Zac Dowling, then losing the third to 10 and the decider to 8 whilst Ryan, 2-0 down to Jacob Elliott won the next two games 7 and 14 only to lose the last five points in the decider after leading 9-6.

Essex 1
Charlie 5 wins out of 8, sadly Luke and Patrick no wins out of 8, Emily 5 wins out of 8 and Jane 7 wins out of 8. For Luke, who has another year as a junior, I hope he has gained experience from the day’s play and he will still be in line for selection next season.

Essex 2
Sam 0 wins out of 8, Ryan 1 win out of 8, Stephanie 4 wins out of 8 and Tiana 6 wins out of 8.

Over the two rounds of matches Jane won 12 out of 14, only surpassed by the unbeaten England No. 10 Jazmin Johns.

So Essex 1 retain their position in Division 1 but Essex 2 are relegated. We also say goodbye to Emily and Charlie as juniors and thank them for their loyalty and success in the Essex teams over the last few years and wish them success in their adult careers. Thanks also to Simon Lowman for coaching advice to some of the players in the absence of Stuart Gibbs.

Final  Table
  P W D L F A Pts
Devon 1 7 7 0 0 54 16 14
Middlesex 2 7 5 0 2 43 27 10
Dorset 1 7 4 1 2 38 32 9
Cornwall 1 7 3 2 2 38 32 8
Sussex 2 7 3 1 3 33 37 7
Essex 1 7 2 2 3 37 33 6
Surrey 2 7 1 0 6 20 50 2
Essex 2 7 0 0 7 17 53 0

 

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary.

Essex Under 13 Training Group

There will be training for the Essex Under 13 Training Group at BATTS on Sunday, 13th April from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please arrive at 9:45 a.m. for a prompt start. Cost for the session is £5, payable on the day. Please remember to bring a packed lunch and sufficient drink for the day. We look forward to seeing you all at the session!

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Cadet County Championships – Essex v Herts

The adjacent County Cadet Division 1A match between Essex and Hertfordshire was held at BATTS Harlow on Sunday 26 January 2013. All but two of the Division’s matches had already been played and the result of this match would determine positions 3 and 4 in the Table. Herts needed a draw on Sets difference and Essex needed a win. For Essex this would be difficult as the Herts boys were all ranked well above the Essex boys. The match was played on two tables as were all the previous matches in the Division.

In the opening two matches Sam Hume played Herts No. 1, Chris Clifford and Ryan Gooday played George Coulson. Sam lost the first two games 5, 7 but determined play saw him lead 10-6 in the third game but the England No. 41 cadet clawed these points back and also the next two to win the match. Ryan faced the task of playing a player ranked 270 points above him. Having won the first game to 8 Ryan narrowly lost the second to 9 and nothing went right in the third, losing to 2. In the fourth 10-6 down Ryan won the next six points to take the match to a decider. 5-0 down at the change round the Herts coach called a time out at 6-6 to calm down the now anxious George and Howard Grant, the Essex coach, did the same with Ryan 6-10 down Ryan got three points back but lost the next from a net cord. The next two matches were the girls, both won 3-0 Tania Dennison winning against Megan Allaway and Zoe Davies losing to Charlize Uy although at 5-1 up in the second game there were Essex hopes. James Knudsen was no match for the quicksilver Ethan Walsh, the England No. 4 Under 13 ranked player and both representing BATTS in various tournaments, being destroyed 1, 7, 4. However the ever improving Sam kept Essex in the match by beating George 9, 7, 8 after some great attacking rallies by both players.

Zoe and Tania then both won their matches to bring the match score to 4-4, Zoe winning the last half dozen points in the third game to pull back a 9-5 deficit against Megan and Tania defeating Charlize in four after losing the second game from 10-10 to two nets. Thus third and fourth places depended upon the results of the last two matches, James against Chris and Ryan against Ethan. James fared much better in this match, much more his style, just losing the first game 11-9 but taking the second 13-11. Chris, however, upped his game to win the next two 5 and 7 for Herts to secure third place in the Table. Meanwhile on the other table a marathon match ensued. Ryan seemed much more adapted to deal with Ethan’s lighting thrusts and get his own cross table forehand shots in with good effect to go 10-9 up in the first but then lost the next three points. Ethan seemed to be on his way to a 3-0 win after taking the second game 11-6 but Ryan hit back taking the next two games 4, 3 as Ethan got more and more anxious and Ryan’s forehand more accurate. The start of the decider went Ethan’s way and at the change round he was 5-0 up. Two minutes later it was 8-8 and time for the Herts coach, Roger Close, to call a time out. This worked and with Ryan 8-10 down it was Howard’s turn to call a time out. This worked as well as the score became 10-10 but unfortunately for Ryan his next two forehands just missed the end of the table so Herts won the Match 6-4.

A good match and thanks to Howard for coaching the Essex Team in Stuart’s absence due to a Vets British League commitment. Just five points was the difference between a Herts 6-4 win and an Essex 6-4 win and a good overall performance from the Essex Team.

The match between Kent and Middlesex to determine the winner and runner up positions in the Division is likely to be played on Sunday 16 March.

 

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

 

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ESSEX JUNIOR CLOSED 2013 – 2014

SONY DSCThe Essex Junior Closed was held at BATTS Harlow on Saturday 11 January 2014. At the Closing Date there were 62 entries (the reverse numerals figure at the same stage last year) and with the acceptance of late entries the final entry figure was 73 entries as against last year’s 37, ie just on double. It was great to have this number of entrants, the downside being that most events had to start with Groups of three players instead of the four to six range of last year to avoid a late evening finish.

The opening events were the Under 13 Boys and Under 15 Girls events. In the Boys event the only seed in the eight Groups not to win his Group was Eastbury’s Rokas Dedinas, defeated by Havering’s Oscar Terrell, and Rokas then found he had to play the number one seed Rahul Jindal (Mossford) in the first round of the knockout stage, losing 6, 10, 7 to him. Oscar, however, went on to reach the final defeating number 2 seed Morgan Harvey (Clacton) 9, 8, 5 in the quarter final and number three seed Casey Mansfield (BATTS) 5, -8, 5, 9 in the semi. Rahul dropped games in his quarter and semi-finals against Louis Jones and Ali Cangir (both Eastbury) and went on to take the title with an 11, 7, 9 win over Oscar. Only one Group match needed a deciding game, Syed Hussain (Eastbury) clinging on to his seeded position with a 11-6 win after the opening two games with Sean Miley (BATTS) were shared.

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The surprise in the U15 Girls event was Zoe Davies (Southend) loss in Group 2 to Rebecca Lowman (Burnham) 6, -10, 4, -9, 13 in her first match, perhaps a 0910 start was too early for her. Rebecca went on to win the Group with Zoe the runner up. In the other Group match number one seed Gracie Edwards (Clacton) woke up a little quicker after losing her first game to Emily Smith (Southend) to take the next three 6, 10, 6. Emily also lost narrowly 10, 6, 11 to runner up Sarah James. Thus the expected final became the semi final with a rejuvenated Zoe winning a tremendous battle 10, -9, 3, -10, 8. In the other semi Sarah James (Eastbury) beat Rebecca 16-14 in the fourth game to reach the final but lost to Gracie 2, 9, 7.

SONY DSCThere were 13 Groups in the U15 Boys event and the top four seeds all reached the semi finals. Of the top seeds in each Group only Louis Jones (Eastbury) failed to win his Group, losing to Alexander Terrell (Havering).Alexander went on to reach the quarter finals where he lost to top seed James Knudsen (BATTS) 6, 7, 5. However, in a tight match, James then lost to third seed Dylan Dixon (Mossford), Dylan coming back from 2-0 down to win the deciding game 11-7. Dylan had also won the decider in the previous round 11-7 against Southend’s Daniel Payne. In the other half of the draw Sam Hume (Clacton) reached the final without dropping a game and continued this form in the final winning 5, 10, 7. The fourth seed was Numayr Malik (Eastbury) who came back from 2-0 down to beat Casey Mansfield in Round 2 and Jack Stockdale 3-1 in the quarter final.

SONY DSCIn the U18 Girls event with the withdrawal of one girl on the day I changed the three Groups of three players to two Groups of four. Top seed Emily Wood had a disastrous day in her Group and will quickly want to forget it. This left the way open for Zoe Davies to reach the final but only after a last gasp 14-12 deciding game with Emily in the Group. Zoe’s semi final victim was Lauren James (Colchester) 7, 6, 9. who had finished runner up to Gracie Edwards in the other Group after two 3-2 wins over Shannon Conway (Eastbury) and league compatriot Chloe Andrews. The final was another titanic battle only this time Gracie gained revenge for her earlier defeat to Zoe 8, 9, -8, -10, 8.

SONY DSCFor the U18 Boys event there were six Groups. Only seed not to win his Group was Luke Jones (BATTS) defeated by the ever improving Dylan Dixon. Of the four first round matches three of them went the full distance, Sam Hume 7, 8, -8, -11, 5 over Luke including a saved match point, Dylan 5, -8, -5, 9, 10 over Joshua Poland (BATTS) and Daniel Payne (Southend) over Tharujan Sivarajah -4, 10, -9, 6, 9. Three of the four top seeds all reached the semi finals but James Knudsen again lost to Dylan, this time 3-0. Patrick Gilbert (NETTS), who had beaten Sam 9, 7, 11 in the quarters, defeated top seed Livingstone Nadarajah (Eastbury) 11, 5, 9 whilst player of the day Dylan defeated defensive clubmate Navdeep Panesar 6, -8, 6, -8, 8. In the final both players had game points in the first game but thereafter Dylan just kept his nose in front to win 15, 9, 7.

SONY DSCMeanwhile on the other tables the U13 Girls and U18 Girls Restricted Girls events were being played. The U13 was a round robin of four players, Gracie Edwards, Emily Smith, Alana Mansfield (BATTS) and Mia Charles (NETTS). All matches were won 3-0 except for the match between Emily and Gracie which decided the top two positions in the Group, Gracie winning -8, 10, 5, -11, 5. In the Restricted event Emily Wood had to concede her semi final to Rebecca Lowman due to a prior commitment after the earlier Girls events overran their allocated times and in the other Semi Shannon Conway just sneaked past Lauren James -7, 5, -9, 7, 9. The final also went to five games with Shannon just getting home after a fight back for Rebecca 9, 5, -7, -9, 8.

SONY DSCThe last event of the day was the U18 Boys Restricted Singles and three groups. Luke Jones, Patrick Gilbert (a deciding game over Numayr Malik) and Tharujan Sivarajah (a deciding game over James Ashley (Mossford) were the three Group winners. In the final Patrick beat Luke 6, 10, 9

My thanks to Umpires John Jennings and Tom Jones for their stalwart duties and Alan Wood for obtaining such nice trophies. A joy to see so many more entries than the last two years and I think a good day was enjoyed by all. Finishing Group positions and Knockout Stage scores and Results for every event are on the Essex website.

 

Arthur C. Clark
Junior Match Secretary and Tournament Organiser.

 

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ESSEX JUNIOR CLOSED 2 JANUARY 2012

The Essex Junior Closed was held at BATTS Harlow on Bank Holiday Monday, 2 January 2012. Entries were slow to arrive but after an extension to the original closing date, 22 entries at that point, by the time a draw could held there were enough entries to enable the event to proceed and with another couple of entries being accepted over the holiday period we finally reached 43 entries, although organiser Arthur Clark had to reschedule some a further two times to accommodate these entries.

The day started with three events, the Under 13 and 18 Boys Singles and the Under 15 Girls Singles. The U13 event saw top seed Sidney Dorn (Southend) progress to and win the final with consummate ease, only dropping a game in his Group match with Tharujan Sivarajah. In the other half James Knudsen (BATTS) needed four games to get past Alexander Terrell in the semi final.

In the U18 event Alex Hollland (BATTS) progressed similarly to the final although Benjamin Matthews (Southend) took a game off him in their semi final clash. A round earlier Benjamin had been taken the full five game distance before overcoming League colleague Samuel Lowman -6, 4, 7, -14, 4. The bottom half of the draw was notable for the titanic semi final battle between Charlie Bates (Southend) and Robert Shrimpton (Chelmsford), one of a number in various Tournaments this season, which after a number of superb rallies Charlie scraped through 7, -15, 12, 10. In the final an easy 6, 3, 5 win for Alex. All six seeds won their respective Groups.

With Chloe Andrews unable to attend up for the Under 15 Girls this event was contested by five girls. The top three positions in the Round Robin were determined by Jessie Jarvis’s last two matches with Zoe Davies and Shannon Conway respectively where she prevailed 11-6 and an even closer 11-9 in the deciding game against both players, Zoe thus finishing third and Shannon the runner up.

Next events on were the Under 15 Boys and Under 13 Girls. Nothing spectacular until the semi finals where the audience was treated to two great semi finals of contrasting styles. At the same time first game scores were 14-14 on Table 1 and 11-11 on Table 2 and a few minutes later 10-10 on both tables. Samuel Lowman beat James Knudsen 14, 10, 8 in the bottom half semi but the top half semi went the full distance between the two hard hitting clubmates, Livingstone Nadarajah overcoming top seed Kleber Silva (both Becontree) -8, 14, 8, -6, 10. The final was a repeat of the semis where Livingstone eventually overcame Samuel -8, 8, 8, 13 although Samuel had three chances to take the match to a deciding game.

Only three of the original five entrants were able to compete in the U13 Girls event where Jessie Jarvis emerged the winner to add to her U15 event triumph.

The last events were the two Restricted competitions for players who have not played for the County and were not seeded. Boys Group winners were Kleber Silva, Joshua Dye (Mossford), Benjamin Matthews and Jack Crook (Chelmsford) and these four players had comfortable first round wins to reach the semi finals. Pulsating semis which could have gone either way, Kleber beating Benjamin 10, -11, 11, 9 and Jack coming from 2-1 down to beat Joshua (who he had lost to in an U18 Group match at the start of the day) -8, 7, -8, 10, 9. In the final Kleber’s shot power to finish the rallies proved decisive, winning 8, 3, 11, 9.

 We would like to thank our two umpires, John Jennings and Lyndon Griffiths and to County Chairman Ken Field for presenting trophies to all the winners.

Arthur C. Clark
Junior Match Secretary and Tournament Organiser.