Table toppers in a North Herts event
Nearly 100 competitors were involved in a prestigious table tennis tournament in North Herts. The North Herts (Ashe Construction Ltd) Banded Two Star Open Table Tennis Tournament at the Hitchin Boys School Sports Centre attracted 96 entrants. Several had
Nearly 100 competitors were involved in a prestigious table tennis tournament in North Herts.
The North Herts (Ashe Construction Ltd) Banded Two Star Open Table Tennis Tournament at the Hitchin Boys' School Sports Centre attracted 96 entrants.
Several had multiple successes including two local league players, Jimmy Walsh of Stevenage and Sandra Harper from Biggleswade.
Walsh was runner-up in two events to Abdul Wuraola from Surrey.
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In the men's open singles, Wuraola won 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7 and in the veteran men's singles, a closer match saw Wuraola, England's veteran number one, victorious by 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 4-11,11-6.
Wuraola also won the men's band one beating Darius Zurowski 11-5, 8-11, 11-1, 11-13, 11-7, making him the most successful competitor of the weekend.
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Harper was defeated in the women's open singles by her Beds county team-mate Sarah Hudson in five exciting games - 6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7.
This was the first time that Hudson had beaten Harper and she was obviously delighted with her success.
In the veteran women's singles, Harper, ranked five in England as a veteran, won the round robin group with her sister Janice Laing as runner-up.
Other multiple successes were Dariusz Zurowski, runner-up in men's band one and winner of the men's restricted singles, Ryan Collins who won men's bands three and four and Remigiyus Petrosius winning men's band five and six.
Of the women, Rachel Greener was winner in the women's band one singles and the under-21 women's singles, with Joy Whitehorn winning women's band two and runner-up in women's band one.
The tournament committee thanked Mick Strode for refereeing the tournament at the last minute due to John Jermyn being unavailable, and the sports centre staff for their invaluable help over the two days.
And Ashe Construction Ltd have provided valuable support of this event since its inception in 2000.
Men's open singles: Abdul Wuraola (Sy) bt Jimmy Walsh (Mi).
Women's open singles: Sarah Hudson (Bd) bt Sandra Harper (Bd).
Men's band one: Abdul Wuraola (Sy) bt Dariusz Zurowski (Mi).
Men's band two: Ray Jordan (K) bt Jake Collins (Sk).
Men's band three: Ryan Collins (Sk) bt Julien Gittens (Y).
Men's band four: Ryan Collins (Sk) bt Emran Hussain (E).
Men's band five: Remigiyus Petrosius (Mi) bt Garry Usher (Y).
Men's band six: Remigiyus Petrosius (Mi) bt Terry Howe (Mi).
Women's band one: Rachel Greener (Du), r-up Joy Whitehorn (Do) - group.
Women's band two: Joy Whitehorn (Do) bt Val Murdoch (Bd).
Women's band three: Stephanie Francis (Do) bt Dipa Tamang (Mi).
Veteran men: Abdul Wuraola (Sy) bt Jimmy Walsh (Mi).
Veteran women: Sandra Harper (Bd), r-up Janice Laing (He) - group.
Restricted men: Dariusz Zurowski (Mi) bt Jerigenius Paramanov (RUS).
Under-21 men: Emran Hussain (E) bt Jonathan Durham (Cv).
Restricted women: Rachel Greener (Du), r-up Sushmita Limbu (Mi) - group.