At the 80th Sheffield championships sponsored by Redtooth, Stocksbridge’s Jack Grant claimed his second open singles title following a 3-1 triumph over seventh seed Jake Meikle (Crookes). The 2016 champion accounted for an inform Tim Denby in the quarters and Richard Element in the semi final, whereas Meikle despatched Bill Grant, Simon Pugh and Stephen Horsfield en route to the final. In addition, Grant took his maiden men’s doubles title in tandem with club mate Simon Pugh, with the top seeds outlasting Andy Horsfield and Bill Grant in a straight games final.
In a repeat of last year’s women’s final, Isobel Ashley (Abbeydale) and Zoe Cheesman (Stocksbridge) conjured up another epic encounter which ended in victory for Isobel 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, giving her a fifth consecutive crown. Zoe gained some consolation as she took the mixed doubles title in partnership with Andrew Horsfield beating Amy Humphreys and Tim Denby (Crookes), followed by a women’s doubles victory alongside Amy over Sue Gilroy and Pat Thorley.
Simon Pugh got the better of Stephen Horsfield in the veteran’s final, an event which has become increasingly more difficult to win. In an enthralling dual Pugh prevailed 11-8 in the fifth game.
Bill Grant captured his first super veteran’s title, narrowly taking out the defending champion - David Rayner in another five game epic.
The future of table tennis continues to thrive as evidenced by Noah van Hoorebeek who took the under 12’s title. The much anticipated arrival of Jie Fu Tham (Abbeydale) making his championship debut, produced two titles for the fourteen year old as he claimed the cadets and junior singles crowns with some ease.
Jonathan Blake (Amigos De Ping Pong) came through in the handicap event winning the title over Noah van Hoorebek 21-18.
Other results: Div One singles winner - Simon Pugh; Div Two winner – Orestas Riauba; Div Three winner – Matt Blake; Div Four winner – Jim Pugh; Div Five winner – Rob Vaughan.
Rob Loxley – Press Officer SYCTTA