06 Jan 2019

The TT Matchplay process got back underway in good style for 2019 at Collyer’s on Friday. All 10 tables were in constant use for two hours, one of them allowing young coach and high level junior player, Jacob Evans, to provide an individual training service for clients keen to improve with focussed support. First client Zaib Rehman-Furs had a great and beneficial time although was inevitably tired at the end of his endeavours.

In the competition arena the players were split into two groups. Jude Lane was the star of Group B winning all of his matches although Billingshurst lad Harry Llewellyn took a set off him and debut dad Brian Cort pushed him to five sets before succumbing drawing on racket guile honed in his squash exploits of the past. Cort senior came second out of eight overall to make a positive mark in his new sport whilst son Adam won three to finish fifth. Steve Ledger won four of his five as further indication of his solid progress, only Lane managing to defeat him although Llewellyn pushed him close in another match that went the distance. Llewellyn had to settle for fourth spot win a 43% win rate although, as alluded above, things could have much better for the left hander but for close margin defeats. Leon Lukose won two and Charlie P beat Bilal Rehman-Furs to condemn the latter to table propping-up status for this week.

Group A had some well contested matches too. Alain Shibu had a much better night than his previous outing winning seven out of 10 including some really good scalps. Alain’s older brother Aalrin normally vies neck and neck with him but on this occasion he was well behind, only winning two. Ian Ford won all of his matches in straight sets but this masks the fact that he was put under pressure by a number of players. At the moment his tricky serve variations are able to dig him out of holes but it won’t be long before this advantage starts to diminish so he should enjoy this edge whilst it lasts. Fellow organiser Tat On Man also won all his games bar the encounter with Ford to finish second, although Rahil Rehman-Furs managed to take him into a deciding third set despite the up and coming youngster having a disappointing night by his standards, only winning two.

Oskar Crook and Matt McAlpine are mates that normally finish close in the standings. On this occasion it was Crook who prevailed with a 38% win rate seeing him through to sixth place whilst Maccer came eight with 25%. Those positions would have been reversed but for Crook winning 2-1 when the two met. Colin McAlpine had a more productive night than his son, winning four, including household bragging rights for the week with a 2-0 win in the race to the Alpine peak. Chris Goodier continued to show his quality by cutting through all opponents 2-0 aside from the top two, to finish third. Goodier is also a good tennis player along with his mate Ollie Pepper and the sight of the two playing their TT match is quite a strange one as they both have a tendency for playing two-handed backhands. Pepper struggled in the ping this week only gaining one win over Aalrin but he has more ability than he realises if he can just make one or two small adjustments in his play. Great to see another local tennis star, Zak Bull, making a TT Matchplay showing too but with one win, over Pepper, out of his eight attempts he also illustrated that the transfer from court to table is not always a straight-forward one to make, although no doubt the Bullster is further up the learning curve as a result of his latest efforts.

RESULTS

GROUP A

 

Oskar

Crook

Matt

McAlpine

Tat

On Man

Ian

Ford

Rahil

Reh-Furs

Chris

Goodier

Ollie

Pepper

Colin

McAlpine

Zak

Bull

Alain

Shibu

Aalrin

Shibu

 

Oskar

Crook

 

2-1

0-2

0-2

-

0-2

2-0

2-1

-

0-2

2-0

W3 - 38%

6th

Matt

McAlpine

  

0-2

0-2

-

0-2

2-0

0-2

-

0-2

2-1

W2 - 25%

8th

Tat

On Man

   

0-2

2-1

2-0

2-0

-

2-0

2-0

2-0

W8 - 89%

2nd

Ian

Ford

    

2-0

2-0

2-0

2-0

2-0

2-0

2-0

W10 - 100%

1st

Rahil

Reh-Furs

     

0-2

-

2-1

2-1

1-2

0-2

W2 - 29%

7th

Chris Goodier

      

2-0

2-0

2-0

2-0

2-0

W8 - 80%

3rd

Ollie Pepper

       

0-2

1-2

0-2

2-0

W1 - 11%

11th

Colin McAlpine

        

2-1

0-2

2-0

W4 - 44%

5th

Zak

Bull

         

0-2

1-2

W1 - 13%

10th

Alain

Shibu

          

2-1

W7 - 70%

4th

Aalrin

Shibu

           

W2 - 20%

9th

GROUP B

 

Charlie Pembroke

Adam

Cort

Bilal

Rehman-Furs

Steve

Ledger

Jude

Lane

Harry Llewellyn

Brian

Cort

Leon

Lukose

 

Charlie

Pembroke

 

0-3

3-0

-

0-3

0-3

0-3

2-3

W1 - 17%

7th

Adam

Cort

  

3-0

1-3

0-3

2-3

0-3

3-0

W3 - 43%

5th

Bilal

Rehman-Furs

   

0-3

0-3

2-3

1-3

2-3

W0 - 0%

8th

Steve

Ledger

    

0-3

3-2

-

3-0

W4 - 80%

3rd

Jude

Lane

     

3-1

3-2

3-0

W7 - 100%

1st

Harry

Llewellyn

      

0-3

1-0

W4 - 58%

4th

Brian

Cort

       

3-0

W5 - 83%

2nd

Leon

Lukose

        

W2 - 29%

6th