Whilst travelling back from this weekend's Welsh Euro Challenge I had the opportunity to reflect upon some of the performances I witnessed. Obviously my attention was focussed fully upon our up and coming Welsh players and there were a number of lessons to take from this event that will hopefully become a fixture in the annual events calendar.
For me, there were a number of stand out performances of which I would like to highlight two. Firstly, Nicole Hall gaining victory against her Welsh counterpart Beth Roberts. Matches against your native rivals always provide an added edge and Nicole showed a great deal of courage and fight to ensure that she gained the win. Very impressive.
Day 2 of the Welsh Euro Challenge saw the final matches in each age category played with some fantastic play on show.
The cadet boys’ event finished with Callum Evans reaching the final where he lost out to Scotland’s Chris Wheeler 3-0, 11-9 11-7 11-4 to earn the runner up spot. Jac Jenkins finished in 5TH place in the cadet event after winning both his matches on the second day.
England and Norway lead the team standings after Day 1 with Luxembourg, Wales A and Scotland just behind
In the cadet boys section Jac Jenkins lost out to Finn Morgan Bayliss (England) and Adrian Wetzel (Norway) and will play for 5-8 places tomorrow. Callum Evans did make it through to the semis beating Schambourg (Luxembourg) and Foss (Guernsey). He will play Bayliss in the semi finals whilst Chris Wheeler (Scotland) will play Wetzel in the other half
The cadet girls weren’t kind to Welsh girls Charlotte Slye and Soffi Jenkins with both unable to get the wins they craved. They will both have to settle for 5th or 6th spot at best tomorrow.
Nicole Hall blew her opponents away with 3 top wins (against Jackson of England, Horgen of Norway and Brunner of Switzerland). Beth Roberts will have to play Nicole in the semi finals as she made 2nd spot in group 2 losing to top placed Lorella Mezzapesa.
Ryan Oyler extended Scott Barton to the 5th but that loss meant he had to settle for 3rd spot in the group and will play for places 5-8 tomorrow. Chris Griffiths however ran away with top spot in his group and will be a semi finalist tomorrow at 10am
Entry form attached for the Under 11 & 13, Over 50, 60, 70 singles
Sunday 24th March 2013
Sport Wales National Centre
see the full list of junior and senior results plus league tables attached
B-batt 1 were crowned the new champions on the Junior Boys British League after an enthralling weekend of table tennis. A run of three wins and two draws in the second weekend left it mathematically impossible for OLOP Impact to catch their rivals and allowed Bbatt to write themselves into the history books. The first shock of the weekend came before a ball had even been played when Bbatt’s star from the first weekend, Sam Mabey, was deemed unavailable due to illness. Yet any potential difficulties did not come in to fruition, with their 3-3 draw with St. Mary’s Prem 4 Sport their only slip up before going up against their only realistic challengers in OLOP. The game ended 3-3, a result that gave OLOP a form of consolation that their efforts had deserved over the season. However, their 5-1 loss to Bbatt in the first weekend proved the difference between the sides as Bbatt never surrendered their lead from that point.
The challenge was tough as there were so many world ranked players on show. Our Welsh representatives were Steve Jenkins, Dean Cundy, Dan O'Connell, Angharad Phillips, Chloe Thomas and Megan Phillips. We couldn't register a win in the strong groups as we saw Vladimir Samsonov and Yang Xiaoxin claim top spots in their respective events
Take a look:
Please see the attached report and the final places from last weekend's EUpal Dragon event in Cardiff
place number name
1st 42 Wrexham Lge
2nd 56 Wayne Ford
3rd 57 Peter Higgins
1st 66 Ron Davies
2nd 1 Norma Wright
3rd 79 Dave Treharne
1st Prize £35 2nd Prize £25 3rd Prize £10
Cheques in the post...
Please see a full list of the winners and runners up from last weekend at the Cardiff Grand Prix
Congratulations to open winners Paul McCreery and Angharad Phillips