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Table Tennis: BATTS host successful Under-17s Open Tournament

Sport / Mon 29th Jan 2024 at 09:03am

THE BATTS Under 17 Open Tournament fully lived up to expectations. All 48 players arrived in good time, many of them early to warm up.

Lots of exciting play throughout the day and it was great that so many stayed on to watch the three great finals.

Special congratulations to all the prize winners.

The overall winner was Pablo Ramirez Rioja who defeated Alexander Graham in the final. Pablo, not yet 13, shows enormous promise for the future. He defeated the top seed Dimitar Dimitrov in the semi-final.

Dimi, still only 10, is another young player with a great future ahead. Alexander is always a tough opponent and had a fine run, beating the number two seed James Donald in the other semi-final. In Band 2, Melisha Anthony edged past Marcel Ngongala in five sets. Achieving her victory by defeating all nine boys she played, it makes me wonder when there will be a revision of the nonsensical and outdated ranking system which continues to operate with 8 separate sections.

The Band 3 final was an all-Greenhouse affair with Mason Neil victorious against Nathaniel Nwaordu.

A spokesperson said: “I am so grateful to our team of helpers, who enabled the tournament to run smoothly: Neil Brierley for his support in all sorts of ways, James Pettigrew acting as referee and calm efficiency on the control desk, our umpiring team of Lin Roff, Jackie, Mario Ioakim, Carl Johnson, Alan Burnett and of course Sharon who worked tirelessly serving her excellent meals and refreshments all day.”

Report by Graham Frankel

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