Tushingham is Christmas Tournament winner

PUBLISHED: 12:04 20 December 2011

Junior Winner - Yannick Tushingham

Junior Winner - Yannick Tushingham

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The Exe Table Tennis Club held its annual Christmas tournament last week.

This year it was decided to play ‘split table’ - normal table tennis rules, but the net is removed, and the two halves of the table are pulled apart by two metres. This allows for more equal game play between all abilities.

Twenty three juniors fought it out in groups of three, playing best of three games up to 11 points, with the top two in each group going through to the knock out competition.

All the experienced players made it to the final 16, but competition favourite Sam Richards was knocked out in the first round by Hannah Sharpe.

Matthew Wellington and Ross Buckler were casualties of round two whilst new player, Conall Jackson, played exceptionally well, but was knocked out in round three.

The final game between Hannah Sharpe and Yannick Tushingham was hard fought but the latter secured the match, winning two games in a row, 11-6 and 11-5.

Fourteen adults with mixed table tennis abilities played in the knock out competition. With all the seeded players going through to the semi-finals, except for club chairman Howard Back who lost in round two to Giles Tushingham.

Martin Atkin beat Paul Humphries to go through to the finals and Giles Tushingham beat club coach Mike Naylor.

The final was hard fought, but Tushingham prevailed, winning two straight games, 11-4 and 11-6.

On the night, certificates were awarded to junior players Ross Buckler, Matthew Wellington, Cassian Tushingham, Tallulah Bodenhan and Charlotte Vessey for achieving their Butterfly Skills Bronze Awards.

For the award, they each had to demonstrate several table tennis discipline’s including correct throw of the ball when serving and accuracy of forehand and backhand shots straight down the table and diagonally across the table.

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