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Woodfield Senior Closed Championships 2014

On Saturday 27th September Woodfield held it first Senior Closed Championships in many years. Open to all Woodfield members, this event attracted 28 men and 3 ladies .

Matches commenced in groups of 4 progressing to the knockout stages.  In the Quarter finals Steve Horton the No 1 seed faced Boguslaw Okonek and was pushed all the way winning 11 – 6 in the 5th game. In the second Quarter final Pat Glynn faced a determined and in form  Nick  Gilmour , with Pat scraping through in an even closer match winning 13 – 11 in the final game. Next match on was Jody Bevington against Steve Robinson. Robinson was rumoured to be in good form and this proved to be the case, with Steve causing an upset winning 11 – 4 in the 5th . Last Quarter was between Chris Tarr and Jason Thompson. This was a cagey match with play even at 1 game all with the 3rd game proving to be crucial, Tarr having chances to go 2 – 1 up, but he was unable to convert and lost the end. This proved to be crucial with the momentum swinging  toward Thompson who took the win with an 11-7 fourth end.

At the Semi Final stages Steve Horton faced Pat Glynn and came through in straight sets winning 11- 7 11 – 5 11- 4. In the other Semi final Jason Thompson the no 2 seed faced the dark horse of the competition Steve Robinson who had already beaten the no 4 seed Tom Savary and the highly rated Jody Bevington. Could he do it again ?  Not this time losing a mammoth battle in the final game 11-5 .

In the final, the match swung back and forwards with both players sharing the first 2 games. Thompson managed to secure a close 3rd game 11 – 9 . In the 4th game it was again very close  until the end of the game when Thompson managed to get ahead and held a match point for the title at 10 – 9 .  Steve Horton known for his dogged determination was not going down without a fight, coming back to win the fourth 12 – 10 . As throughout the match it was a battle to the end with Steve Horton winning the title 13 – 11 in the final game.

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Cadet and Junior National Finals 2014

On the 22nd and 23rd of November, over 200 young players from all over England went to Preston to compete in the biggest Junior and Cadet event of the season.  The event was held at the UCLAN sports centre (University of Central Lancashire)

On Saturday, the junior event took place and Woodfield player, Charlotte Bardsley who at 12 years old was hoping to improve on her progress of last year. She duly did that by qualifying out of her group, though she had almost topped the group when she just missed a match point by an inch against the number 5 seed in the 3rd end. Finally losing that match in 5, she took a lot of positives away from the match and with an impressive display of very quick counter hitting she knocked out the number 7 seed, which set up a match against Tin Tin Ho in the last 16. Despite losing in 3, playing Tin Tin was a great experience for Charlotte and she was happy to hit some winners against the world number 53 Junior.

On Sunday, Jack Wood and Joey Chen joined Charlotte in the cadet competition. Jack was at his first nationals and had a tough set of group matches. However he played very well with some long and exciting rallies. He had good battles against much higher ranked players and often took the ends to deuce. However in the end he was not able to get to the next round, but will have taken a lot of good experience from the matches.

Joey was placed in the number 1 position in group 18 and produced some good table tennis against some very spirited players to top his group. This set up a match against a highly rated young Yorkshire player. Joey was able to overcome the difference in ranking and ran out a relatively comfortable 3-1. However his next match in the round of 16 was going to be much tougher, playing the number 6 seed. From 2-1 down, Joey took the match to the 5th end, where he just lost out 11-9.

In the girls cadets, Charlotte was placed in group 6 where she topped that group with 3 wins out of 3, despite having to play a tricky match against the competition giant killer from Hull who then went on to take out the number 2 seed in the last 16. After a long day, Charlotte was eventually stopped in the quarter finals where she came up against the very strong number 1 seed and top English cadet. She has another 2 years left in the cadet competition so she is hopeful of progressing even further next time.

All three players from the club acquitted themselves very well in what was a very big national tournament.

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Cadet Winner

Charlotte Bardsley pulled off a great string of performances to take the Stockton 4* Cadet title.  This year the cadet competition included the top 11 English cadets plus strong players also from Wales and Scotland. After topping her group, Charlotte then went through the next 4 knock out rounds, just dropping two games along the way. The final was played against the England number 2 and Charlotte produced a focused and controlled effort to take a tight game with a 3-0 victory. 

Charlotte Bardsley
Charlotte Bardsley
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Cadet Finals Qualification

Jack Wood successfully battled his way through the West Midlands regional qualifiers to make the National Cadet Finals in November. With 18 cadets in the qualifying tournament and only 4 places available, the competition at Wood Green Academy was not going to be easy. However after coming first in his group, Jack then went into the play-off for the top 6 positions.  Jack held his nerve and pulled off a great 5 end win against the number 2 seed from Warwickshire. This meant that by the end of a long day, he and two other players had scored 4 victories and 1 defeat in that top group to seal their places at the finals. Jack will be joining Joey Chen and Charlotte Bardsley at the event which is being held at the University of Lancashire in Preston.

Jack Wood
Jack Wood
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New Rankings Cadet and Junior National Finals

The new season rankings  were recently published. Two Woodfield Junior players are doing well. Joey Chen is now in the top 20 Cadets and Charlotte Bardsley leads the England U13 table. With these rankings both Joey and Charlotte have already now qualified for the Cadet National Finals held at Preston in November. Charlotte has also qualified for Junior Nationals with her Junior ranking.

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Charlotte Under 12s National Champion

Charlotte Bardsley says she is proud to have won her first national title after battling back from the brink of semi-final elimination to take the Under-12 girls’ singles trophy on a day all four top seeds triumphed in the U11-U14 Nationals.

Woodfield TTC player Bardsley was in top form as she marched into the last four in Doncaster without dropping a set.

Charlotte Bardsley - Under 12's National Girl's Champion
Charlotte Bardsley – Under 12’s National Girl’s Champion

But the top seed found Alice Dillon a different proposition as the Lancashire player quickly opened up a 2-0 lead.

Bardsley rallied to edge a nervy third end before pulling ahead impressively to clinch the tie 3-2 (6-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5).

Her final performance against Middlesex’s Amelia Chan was full of control by comparison as she maintained a steady advantage throughout.

Having taken the first two games, the top seed let a solitary match point slip in the third before finally sealing her title in the fourth to close the event with a 3-1 (11-7, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5) win.

“I feel really happy and proud,” said Bardsley. “I thought I was buried in the semi-final, but when I won the third set I got my confidence back and focused a bit more.

“I think to win a title you need determination, hard work and being able to listen, and I’m grateful to my coach and parents as well.”

Her final opponent Chan had previously overcome her own five-end battle in her quarter-final with Danielle Kelly but despite that win and a 3-0 semi-final triumph over Katie Holt, she was unable to match Bardsley at the final hurdle.

See a full write up of the event here