Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Norwich and District Table Tennis League held their 2012 Junior Championships last month with a healthy entry of over 40 players.
In the under 11 mixed singles Naphay Boonyaprapa overcame his brother in the semi-finals before beating Louis Moyes in the final 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7.
However, Naphat couldn’t repeat his success in the under 13 competition, losing to Oscar Moyes in the final, 11-4, 11-3, 11-4
The final of the under 15 mixed singles saw a battle of the Moyes, with Oscar coming out on top against Louis, 13-11, 11-4, 13,11.
Rhiannon Evans cruised to victory in the under 18 junior girls singles winning all four of her matches whilst in the boys event Jordy Gabriel overcame Chris Cockburn in the final.
The two finalists however teamed up to take victory in the mixed doubles event, beating Oscar and Louis in the final while Josh Baker won the handicap singles, beating Rhiannon Evans.
In the National Junior League, Wensum TTC’s team of Jordi Gabriel, Stephen Harsley and Chris Cockburn were placed in the top division for the final two days of competition, along with Draycott A, Rugby, Werrington Aces, Draycott B and Harborough.
They ended the first day in third place with Jordy Gabriel impressing by winning nine out of his 10 matches.
On day two, the team put in an excellent performance but it wasn’t quite enough to emerge out of the group as they finished in third place.
In the National Cadet League Wensum TTC travelled to Wellingborough to compete in Division Two.
The day started well with Wensum recording victories over Westfield (4-2) and Milton Keynes (6-0). Their third game was against favourites Harborough, and despite losing 4-2 Wensum put up a strong showing, Oscar Moyes and Louis Moyes each winning a game. The day concluded with a 4-2 victory over Bedford Modern and a 5-1 victory over Draycott. Wensum finished day 1 in second place.
A week later, Wensum travelled back up to Wellingborough and they gained a 5-1 win over Bedford Modern followed up by another 5-1 success against Draycott.
Defeat to Westfield followed before a 6-0 thrashing of Milton Keynes. In the final match Wensum needed to pick up two games against Harborough to clinch second place.
However, they slumped to a 6-0 dfeat meaning Westfield achieved second place.
Despite an ultimately disappointing result the young squad can be proud of their efforts and the experience will stand them in good stead for the future.