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Blackpool Closed Championships 2010

(February 12, 2010)

New Champions for the top titles

Men's Singles Champion; Graham Coupe ( Carleton )
In an absorbing competition Graham Coupe ( Carleton ) took on the best players in the Blackpool League and won his first men's singles title with a three sets to love victory over last years champion Les Richmond ( Carleton ). The match was attack versus defence and on this occasion the latter won through. Les was hampered with an earlier groin injury but this does not detract from an excellent performance from Graham. Well done to both players especially Graham on his first his title. Dave Marsland ( SSTTC ) and Jon Ash ( Ansdell ) were the semi final losers .
Ladies Singles Champion; Christine Appleby ( Prebond )
Christine was ladies champion in 1986/87 and has returned to table tennis this year to again win the Ladies Singles. In a round robin group Christine out fought Alison Lincoln, Emily Ross and Alwyn Burrough. Emily was runner up beating Alison in a close encounter. Christine beat all the opposition with a very sound performance, well done. The young and up and coming ladies now have an ideal role model to follow and aim to beat in the forth coming years. 
Veteran's Singles Champion; Jon Ash ( Ansdell )
Jon after a few years away from the sport took on a very good field of veteran's and won through to the final with some convincing victories In the final he met Carleton stalwart Martin Ireland. Martin unfortunately sustained a hamstring injury during the second set and had to withdraw. A disappointing end to the veteran's competition but well done Jon on your achievement. Losing semi finalists were Phil Crankshaw ( SSTTC ) and Graham Coupe.
Junior Singles Champion; Alex Tyson ( Carleton )
Alex Tyson a recent recruit to the Carleton team this season beat last years champion William Ross in a tight but controlled match, three sets to love. Well done Alex but I am sure William will be gunning for him next year. Another junior to excel this year was Ryan Harding who took Alex to a five set thriller in the semi final. The other losing semi finalist was Emily Ross whose game is progressing every week. Well done to all the juniors that entered this year, a total of 21 the best for several years.
Handicap Singles Champion; Les Richmond ( Carleton )
In a competition which started with 39 entries and lots of exciting table tennis, it was Les Richmond, Blackpool's most consistent and talented player who won the title this year. Les beat a young and promising junior Alec Whittaker from the Blackpool Table Tennis Club. The match was a five set cliff hanger with Les winning the final set 11. 9 and over coming a handicap of minus 9. Well done Les and Alec although I think this marathon had something to do with Les's later stress injury.
Men's Doubles Champions; Brian Oldfield ( SSTTC ) and Ian Kitson ( Carleton )
Last years champions Martin Ireland and Stuart Walker were unable to defend there title due to Martins earlier injury in the veterans final so we had a new line up in this years final. Brian Oldfield and Ian Kitson took on Dave Marsland and Jon Ash in a very close match with the above pair winners by three sets to two. Losing semi finalists were Gary Keenan ( Carleton ) with Kieron Beswick ( Norcross ) and Graham Coupe with Phil Crankshaw.
Ladies Doubles Champions; Alison Lincoln and Christine Appleby
Alison and Christine teamed up for the first time in competition and beat Alwyn Burrough and Emily Ross to claim their first title. Well done to both pairs. 
Mixed Doubles Champions; John Lynch ( Fleetwood Bowling Club ) and Christine Appleby
Last years champions Les Richmond and Alwyn Burrough took on John Lynch and Christine Appleby in a classic mixed doubles the latter pair proving victorious over five sets. Well done to John who had his first venture in this competition and to Christine who with this title achieved a treble on the day. 
Handicap Doubles Champions; James and Robert Garbett ( Knott End Squash Club )
This final brought together the brothers Garbett combination from Knott End Squash Club and two Premier players Gary Keenan and Phil Crankshaw. The handicap of a + 8 start proved too much for the Premier lads and James and Robert ran out winners 11-7 11-5 11-6. Well done to the two young brothers who at this rate will both be contenders for the junior title next year.
On a final note I would like to thank all the officials on the day and all the players who turned out in much higher numbers this year, making the day a resounding success. 
Mick Parker - Tournament Organiser

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