Thursday, October 31, 2013
Exe Table Tennis Club held its first tournament of the new season last Tuesday night at Exmouth Community College, writes Richard Wellington.
A junior and an senior ‘split table’ competition, where instead of playing over a net, the two halves of the table are pulled apart by one metre and the game is played over the gap.
Sixteen juniors took part and in the first round all the seeded players won their matches.
There was some great play from newcomers Jared Guy and a hard fought tussle between Adam Jenions and Brad Denham.
Round two saw Matthew Wellington win against Joel Potten in two straight games and Cassian Tushingham beat Hayden Boatman. Conall Jackson was safely through against Yana Tushingham and Melchior Manowski knocked out Jenions.
In the semi-finals, Tushingham took the first game off Wellington 11-7 who fought back taking the second game 12-10 but lost the third game 11-2. Jackson won his first game 11-7, lost the second in a hard fought game 13-15 but won the third 11-6 against Manowski. The finals were hard fought with neither player willing to concede a single point but Tushingham broke Jacksons concentration and won the match three games to one.
Eight seniors took part with three of the top seeded players all going through the first round easily. The game between Wojciech Cyron and Yannick Tushingham was, however, a much closer game, with two games all, the final game was won by Tushingham 11-9.
The semi-finals saw Ashley Vertigan beat Giles Tushingham 11-6, 11-3, 8-11, 11-8. Yannick Tushingham beat club coach Howard Back in three straight games 11-6, 11-9, 11-6.
The finals, between two very evenly matched players, where every point was fought for.
Vertigan took the first 12-10, but then lost the next three games 11-13, 11-13, 6-11 with Yannick Tushingham the overall winner.