Closed Championships February 2015

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Finals results

Men's singles  

Semi finals: Mitchell Jones (Lowlands) beat Kiran Chidambaram (Eastcote) 11-5, 12-10, 11-9

Mohammad Owadally (Vagabonds) beat Lucas Papantoniou (Apollo) 9=11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9

Final: Mitchell Jones beat Mohammad Owadally 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6 

Men's doubles  

Mohammad Owadally & Stuart Seaholme (Vagabonds) beat Costas Papantoniou & Lucas Papantoniou (Apollo) 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10

Mixed Doubles:-  

Fanny Speck & Kiran Chidambaram (Eastcote) beat Hilary Birmingham (Headstone) & Ian Mablin (Eastcote)

Veteran men's singles  

Costas Papantoniou (Apollo) beat Jojo Senorin (Vagabonds) 11-9, 6-11, 11-2, 11-9 

Intermediate Singles:  

Ajay Gohil (Eastcote) beat Sammy Kaye (Maccabi) 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-2

Minor singles 

Inti Suddiqui (Vagabonds) beat Maurice Naughton (Vagabonds)  

Junior boys’ singles  

Bartiomej Rzasa (Falcon) beat Branislav Živković (Lowlands) 10-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 15-13 

Junior girls’ singles:-  

Mya Sultan (Greenhouse CCA) beat Khadeejah Yasin (Greenhouse CCA) 

Junior boys' doubles  

Branislav Živković & Sirat Ahmed (Lowlands) beat Sammy Kaye & Joe Kaye (Maccabi) 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7

Junior girls' doubles

Heena Malik & Khadeejah Yasin (Greenhouse CCA) beat Humaira Khan and Khawla Yasin (Greenhouse CCA) 11-6, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9

Cadet boys’ singles  

Sammy Kaye (Maccabi) beat Judah Jackson (Maccabi) 13-11, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9

Cadet girls’ singles  

Sarah Mengbistab (Greenhouse CCA) beat Mya Sultan (Greenhouse CCA) 

Tony's Finals Night report

The night started with Cadet Boys Singles and Junior Girls Singles on 2 tables. The Cadet Boys final was a great one. Sammy Kaye won the first game 13-11, Judah the next two – 12-10 and 11-8 and led in the 4th game initially, but Sammy managed to power back to win 11-8. The decider was tense and Sammy managed to edge it 11-9. The Junior Girls final started promisingly for Khadeejah Yasin who won the first game 15-13 and looked to repeat the upset win over Mya Sultan, but experience prevailed and Mya won the next three games to take the title.

The first Men’s Singles Semi-Finals saw Lucas Papantoniou start brightly winning the first game 11-9. Mohammad Owadally took the next three to advance to the final. The Junior Boys Singles Final was another thrilling affair. Branislav Živković won the first and third games 12-10 & 11-7 respectively and Bartiomej Rzasa won the other two 11-9 and 11-6. The fifth game was a tense affair, Branislav leading throughout, somehow Bartiomej summoned a last ounce of effort to win it and the title 15-13. This was followed after a short break by the Junior Boys Doubles Final with Branislav & Sirat Ahmed facing the Kaye brothers, Sammy & Joe. Sammy & Joe had been in last year’s final and led 2-1. However, it was not to be their night and Branislav & Sirat won the next 2 games 11-9, 11-7 to take the title.

The second Men’s Singles Semis saw Mitchell Jones power his way through beating a valiant Kiran Chidambaram 11-5, 12-10, 11-9.

Junior Girls Doubles – Heena Malik & Khadeejah yasin prevailed over Humaira Khan and Khawla Yasin, 3-1. The last match before the interval, the Intermediate Singles, was another nail biter. Unfortunately Sammy Kaye could not repeat his antics of the Cadet Boys event and lost to Ajay Gohil in the 5th game 2-11, after clawing his way back into the match winning games 3 & 4.

After the presentation of trophies by Doreen Stannard, President of Table Tennis England, and a refreshments interval, the Men’s Doubles were played on a single table. Mohammad Owadally & Stuart Seaholme traded the first 4 games with Lucas & his dad Costas Papantoniou. The fifth game seesawed and Stuart & Mohammad nicked it 12-10 to give Stuart another title in 50 years of playing in these championships. Well done.

The Veteran Men’s Singles saw Costas win the title for the eleventh time, beating Jogenes Senorin 3-1.

Finally the 80+ audience witnessed an exuberant Mitchell Jones play high quality table tennis to become the Men’s Singles Champion. He beat Mohammad Owadally 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6.  

Tony's Qualifiers report

Men's Singles

On Monday 9th February the Wembley & Harrow TTL Closed Championships began with the Men’s Singles part 1. The proceedings commenced with Group 6 playing on 2 tables. The group comprised of Gary Morgan (S8), Paul Kumaraswamy, John Figg, Roger Pyle, & Piotr Borkowski. Both of the 2 five-setters in the group involved Roger Pyle. He lost to Piotr Borkowski in closely fought match 15-17, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 & 8-11 and later beat Gary Morgan seeded 8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-4, 5-11. 11-3. Gary had won all his other matches. Both Piotr and Roger had also won 3 and lost one, so the group winner was decided on count back. Gary’s win-loss differential was 8, Piotr’s was 5 and Roger’s was 6. So Gary went through as winner and Roger as runner-up.

Group 5 began with Jojo (S3) starting brightly, leading Kevin Hill 2-0 and then came off the rails losing 2-3 to Kevin. This group had a similar 3-way tie with Kevin losing to league new-comer Kiran Chidambaram in 5 games, 8-11 in the 5th game. Kiran in turn lost to Jojo in 5 games, 9-11 in the 5th. On count-back, Kiran emerged as the group winner and Kevin was runner-up.

Mohammad Owadally (S6) and Radovan (S3) won their respective groups with ease. Pawel Zoldak and Mariusz Wiejak were runners-up respectively. The last 16 line-up was as follows:

Mohammad Owadally v Kevin Hill

Roger Pyle v Radovan Zivkovic

Kiran Chidambaram v Mariusz Wiejak

Pawel Zoldak v Gary Morgan 

The 1st two of the matches were closely fought, with Mohammad winning 3-1 (11-6, 12-10, 11-13, 15-13). Radovan beat team-mate Roger 3-2 (10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7). Kiran & Gary won their matches 3-0. Quarter-final 1 pitted Mohammad against Radovan and Gary against Kiran. Mohammad was on fire and won his match 3-0. Gary and Kiran traded a game each before Kiran took control and won the next 2 to progress to the semi-finals. 

Day 2, part 2 of the Men’s Singles started in what seemed to be a sedate manner. No major issues or upsets in Group 2, though there were two five-setters. Nicusor Pupaza was involved in both. Unfortunately, he lost both, against Stuart Seaholme and Sullivan Morais respectively. Group 1 had Tony Dias leading in the 5th game against Leslie Samuels 8-4 and inexplicably lost 10-12. Costas Papantoniou won the group and Leslie was runner-up.

Group 8 had some cracking matches between the youngsters Mitchell Jones, Lucas Papantoniou, & Sammy Kaye. In the first match Sammy led Mitchell (S2) 2-1 before experience and powerful play from Mitchell saw him win 3-2. Lucas had a tough match against Bharat Malde who after being 0-2 down, brought the match level 2-2. Lucas prevailed in the 5th game winning 11-6. The other 5 setter was Mitchell against Lucas. Again, Mitchell found himself 1-2 down, but managed to win the next 2. Mitchell was winner of the group and Lucas runner-up.

Jeremy Banks was a comfortable winner of Group 7 and Marek Kasperek the runner-up.

The last 16 matches were as follows:

Costas Papantoniou v Marek Kasperek

Lucas Papantoniou v Laikram Persaud

Jeremy Banks v Stuart Seaholme

Leslie Samuels v Mitchell Jones

Costas & Mitchell won their matches comfortably. Lucas after being 2 sets down to Laikram, and seeming on his way out managed to nick the third 14-12, and this sparked a revival. He went on to win the next 2 to set up and encounter with his dad. Jeremy was 2-1 down against Stuart, but managed to win the next 2 to face Mitchell Jones in the quarter-finals.

Two great quarter-final matches – both youngsters emerging victors. Lucas caused the upset of the day beating dad Costas 3-1 (11-8, 11-9, 2-11, 13-11). For the 3rd time in the day, Mitchell found himself 1-2 down and again turned things round and won 3-2.

So, the Semi-Finals line up has Mohammad Owadally playing Lucas Papantoniou and Mitchell Jones against Kiran Chidambaram.

Junior events

Top Seed Lucas Papantoniou withdrew earlier in the week. There were no major upsets in the group matches, with all the seeded players coming through.

In the preliminary knock-out rounds Josh Amanor beat Abdiaziz Jirde, Usama Waheed beat Momn Abdelaziz, Paul Toader beat Turshven Morgan, and Phillip Essandoh beat Jeffery Musah. Josh Amanor then continued on to the semi-finals, with victories over Thevian Loganathan and Marius Flore. Joe Kaye beat Mahmoud Azdaahmad whilst Bartiomej Rzasa beat Usama Waheed to face Joe in the Quarter-finals. The match went to the deciding game. Joe was in the driving seat through the earlier part of the 5th game and had 2 match points but nerves got the better of him and he lost 10-12. Bartiomej beat Josh 3-0 to reach the finals.

In the bottom half, Sirat beat Paul Toader and Harry Wilcox to get through to the semi-finals. Meanwhile Sammy Kaye beat Kaine Joseph and in the quarter-finals faced Branislav Zivkovic who had beaten Phillip Essandoh. The match between Sammy & Branislav went to the deciding 5th game, where the game swung one way and then the other, with Branislav just nicking it 13-11. In the semi-finals Sirat was 2-1 up and had 6 match points. But he could not get the point he needed and Branislav went on to win the game and the match swung his way and he won the fifth game to go through to the final.

Top Seed Sarah Menghistab had withdrawn from the Junior Girls event and the groups progressed to the semi-final stage where Mya Sultan beat Khawla Yasin and faces Khadeejah Yasin who beat Heena Malik.

The Junior Boys Doubles sees top seeds Sammy and Joe Kaye face Branislav & Sirat Ahmed in the finals and Junior Girls, Heena Malik & Khadeejah Yasin play Humaira Khan & Khawla Yasin.

Men's Doubles

The Men’s Doubles Group 2 started with a 5 setter. Unfancied Ron Bryant & his partner Nikunj had the number 3 seeds sweating in the 5th game. Stuart Seaholme and Mohammad Owadally just edged it 18-16. In Group 1 Gary Morgan and his scratch partner Laikram Persaud gave the top seeds and defending champions Roger Pyle & Mitchell Jones a run for their money, winning the first 2 games. The champions from last year worked hard and won the next 3.

In the other groups, the seeds progressed without any hiccups. In the quarter-finals Roger & Mitchell played Avinash Purayil and Sullivan Morais winning 3-0. Owadally & Seaholme beat Radovan and his son Branislav 3-0. Gary Morgan and Laikram Persaud were made to work hard for their win by Piotr Borkowski and Nicusor Pupaza, winning 3-1 (13-15, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8). Similarly Costas & Lucas Papantoniou were made to work hard beating Marek Kasperek and Pawel Zoldak 3-1 (11-8, 8-11, 11-1, 11-8)

In the semi-finals Costas & Lucas beat Gary & Laikram 3-0. The other semi-final was a repeat of last year’s semi-final though the result was a reversal. Roger & Mitchell played Stuart & Mohammad. The defending champions found themselves 1-2 down and managed to win the 4th game with a determined attack. They led 8-4 in the decider, and then a run of 4 consecutive points saw the third seeds draw level. The next 2 points went the champions’ way, but Stuart and Mohammad managed to nick the next 2 and went on to win-12 in a very tense battle over the last 6 points.

Mixed Doubles

Kiran Chidambaram and Fanny Speck were undefeated in the round robin event. Runners-Up were Ian Mablin and Hillary Birmingham were runners-up. Kiran and Fanny were stretched in their final match against Sue Merican and John Figg who took them to a decider.

Veteran Men's Sinlges

The Veteran Men’s Singles had 8 groups. In Group 1 top seed Costas Papantoniou was taken to a 5th game decider by defensive player Ajay Gohil. Both progressed to the next round. Group 2 saw a battle between Roger Pyle and Dumitru Toma, with Roger winning the decider 15-13.

Group 4 witnessed 2 five-setters and 1 four-setter. Bother the 5 setters involved Radovan Zivkovic, who won both beating Ian Mablin and Leslie Samuels in the fifth 11-6 & 11-7 respectively. Ian finished runner-up in the group beating Leslie 11-7, 11-3, 4-11, 11-6.

In Group 5 Jeremy Banks won all his 3 matches and Bharat Malde won 2 both in 5 games, over Mihai Burciu and Steven Pascoe. The other group’s matches proceeded without any surprises. In the last 16, Roger Pyle, Jojo Senorin & Laikram Persaud had comfortable wins. Radovan had a closely fought match against Tony Dias winning 3-1, Costas Papantoniou beat Darren Reece 3-1, and Gary Morgan beat Trafford Coker 3-1. Dumitru Toma beat Stuart Seaholme in 3 very close games and so did Jeremy Banks when he played Ajay Gohil.

In the quarter-finals Roger Pyle started brightly winning the first game against Costas, but the wily veteran won the next 3 to advance to the semi-finals. Jojo beat Laikram in 3 very close games, Jeremy & Gary had 3-1 wins over Dumitru and Radovan respectively.

The top two seeds, Costas & Jojo were in outstanding form in the semi-finals winning in 3 straight games to set up an exciting clash on finals night.

Minor Singles

Two groups competed and in Group 2 David Greaves started with a close 5 set win over Maurice Naughton. The group finished with a 3 way tie between David, Maurice and Simon Coleman, each with 2 wins. On count-back Maurice emerged as winner with David finishing as runner-up. Inti Siddiqui won Group 1 with Sue Merican the runner-up. The semi-finals were pretty one sided with Inti and Maurice facing each other in the final. Inti won the final in 3 straight games to become the Minor Singles Champion.

 had a similar match against LCNL’s Paul Kumaraswamy winning 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, and 11-5. The semi-finals had two 5 setters, with Zanuncio beating Aslam and Josh Banks losing agonisingly 10-12 in the 5th game to Bizgan.

It has been an encouraging championships so far, especially witnessing the younger talent emerging. Plaudits should go to coaches Ashley Stokes, Jason Sugrue and Radovan Zivkovic for their efforts in getting their youngsters to participate.

Cadet events

Two groups competed and in Group 2 David Greaves started with a close 5 set win over Maurice Naughton. The group finished with a 3 way tie between David, Maurice and Simon Coleman, each with 2 wins. On count-back Maurice emerged as winner with David finishing as runner-up. Inti Siddiqui won Group 1 with Sue Merican the runner-up. The semi-finals were pretty one sided with Inti and Maurice facing each other in the final. Inti won the final in 3 straight games to become the Minor Singles Champion.

Intermediate Singles

In the group matches, young Sammy Kaye beat Steven Pascoe in 5 closely fought games 13-15, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 in the deciding match in the group. In Group 8 Hussein Juma beat Steve Dunn 11-5 in the decider to finish second. Albert Wood had a 5 set battle with Inti Siddiqui in group 3. Ron Bryant beat Trafford Coker seeded 6 13-11 in the decider to win the group. The shock of the group stage was the elimination of 8th seed Nitin Rajdev losing to youngsters Daniel Reece ( 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 6-11,5-110 and Joe Kaye (11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 5-11) in Group 6. Joe beat Daniel to win the group.

In the last 16, Nikunj Patel beat Hussein Juma, Sammy Kaye beat Hasan Siddiqui, Albert Wood beat Daniel Reece, Trafford Coker beat David Flynn, Ashraf Miah beat Joe Joslin, Joe Kaye beat Inti Siddiqui, Ron Bryant beat Sue Merican, Ajay Gohil beat Steven Pascoe. The quarter-final stage saw unseeded youngster Sammy Kaye beat top seed Nikunj Patel, whilst his brother Joe beat Ashraf Miah the 4th seed. Trafford Coker beat Albert Wood and Ajay Gohil beat Ron Bryant. Sammy Kaye continued his winning streak beating Trafford in 4 games to set up a clash with Ajay who beat a very tired Joe Kaye.

Tony Dias

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