Closed Championships 2007

William Maybanks retained his Men's Singles crown with an exciting victory over his Apollo club teammate Costas Papantoniou in the Wembley & Harrow Table Tennis League Championships finals at the Harrow Leisure Centre on 22 February. The 15 year-old won on his fifth match at 14-12 to win by three games to one.

William, preferring to use the back of the court to blunt his opponent's attacking strength, made good use of his powerful and consistent backhand to keep Costas in check. Watched by a large crowd, including including Honorary Harrow Alderman Keith Toms, the finalists maintained the high standard of the tournament with an explosive match. After William took the first game, Costas hot back with the second. William won the third, but was 1-7 down in the fourth, before clawing back to deuce and eventual victory.

William was also successful in winning the Neil Stratton Memorial Junior Boys' final with victory over the much-improved Rafi Marom by three games to nil. But he missed out on a hat-trick of titles when he came a cropper in the Men's Doubles. He and partner Stuart Seaholme fell victim to a spirited performance by Lee Dredge and Gary Morgan, who won by three games to two. It was Gary's first win in six doubles finals, and made up for a defeat to Costas in the final of the Veteran Men's event.

Sally Bax repeated her feat of 2006 by winning a hat-trick of titles. The Sudbury Hill player defeated Hilary Birmingham twice, in the final of the Ladies' and Veteran Ladies' singles events. Then she teamed up with Stuart Seaholme in the mixed doubles to defeat the unfortunate Hilary and Ian Mablin.

In other finals, Dipan Shah beat Roly Stanbridge to win the Intermediate Singles, Mahesh Shah beat David Flynn in an exciting Minor Singles final, Charleigh Kirby beat Eman Hussain in the Junior Girls' Singles and Ryan Maynard beat Paul Erdunast in the Cadet Boys' Singles.

Thanks are due to Steve Dunn for another well-organised event and to Duncan Cogger and the staff at the Harrow Leisure Centre for their help on the day.


Men's Singles:

Semi Finals
William Maybanks (Apollo) beat James Sprackling (London Progress) 11-9, 13-11, 11-9
Costas Papantoniou (Apollo) beat Lee Dredge (Vagabonds) 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 13-11

William Maybanks beat Costas Papantoniou 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 14-12

Ladies Singles:
Sally Bax (Sudbury Hill) beat Hilary Birmingham (Headstone) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9

Mens Doubles:
Gary Morgan and Lee Dredge (Vagabonds) beat Stuart Seaholme (Vagabonds) and William Maybanks 13-11, 11-7, 8-11, 6-11, 11-3

Mixed Doubles:
Sally Bax and Stuart Seaholme beat Hilary Birmingham and Ian Mablin (Eastcote) 11-9, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7

Veteran Mens Singles:
Costas Papantoniou beat Gary Morgan 11-3, 11-9, 11-7

Veteran Ladies Singles:
Sally Bax beat Hilary Birmingham 15-13, 11-9, 11-4

Intermediate Singles:
Dipan Shah (Headstone) beat Roly Stanbridge (Apollo) 11-7, 11-8, 11-4

Minor Singles:
Mahesh Shah(Lowlands) beat David Flynn (Eastcote) 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5

Junior Boys Singles:
William Maybanks beat Rafi Marom (London Progress) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9

Veteran Ladies Singles:
Sally Bax bt Hilary Birmingham

Junior Girls' Singles:
Charleigh Kirby (WHTTC) beat Eman Hussain (WHTTC)

Cadet Boys Singles:
Ryan Maynard (WHTTC) beat Paul Erdanast (WHTTC)


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