24 Nov 2019
12 players entered the Horsham District Secondary Schools U18 Individual Table Tennis Championships on Friday at Collyer's. There were some fabulous games played, a third of them going to a deciding set. Tanbridge lad Freddie M ended up to of the pile. Benefiting from a first round bye he ended Weald pupil Jude L's hopes in straight sets to lay up a semi with schoolmate Rahil RF which he proceeded to win with surprising ease. The Fredster's opponent for the final was another Wealder, Chris G, who had also negotiated his semi against Alain S (Forest) without trouble and indeed had had more difficulty in his quarter-final versus tennis playing pal Ollie P (Weald).
If the semis were perfunctory then at least the best of seven set final proved suitably competitive. Fred got out of a first game pickle to deuce and then established a 3-1 lead before Chris sneaked the fifth. He couldn't maintain the pressure though as Freddie took the sixth with a measure of comfort to claim the title.
Rahil RF won the battle of the vanquished semi players, himself and Alain S, but it was borderline providing all the excitement that their semis had lacked by going to 11-9 in the seventh. Well played to Forest's Logan N for achieving fifth with an excellent last match and last gasp deciding set victory over Jude L. Alrain S also walked a tightrope in his final match seeing off Ollie P with a 13-11 deciding set scoreline.
Four players got knocked out in the first round but provided some brilliantly entertaining matches in their round-robin group to decide the placings 9-12. All six matches extended beyond three sets and three of them went the full distance. Harry L (Weald) prevailed with three wins followed by Steve L (Tanbridge) who he beat in four. Younger whizzkid Zaib RF (Southwater JA) nudged past the fast improving Adam H (Forest) to take third spot, 11th overall.
|Freddie M||W||Freddie M||11||11||11||Freddie M||11||11||11||Freddie M||13||11||9||11||11||11||Freddie M||1st Place|
|BYE||Jude L||5||7||9||Rahil RF||6||5||9||Chris G||11||6||11||7||13||7||Chris G||2nd Place|
|Jude L||W||Alrain S||6||8||9||Alain S||5||6||5|
|BYE||Rahil RF||11||11||11||Chris G||11||11||11|
|Alrain S||11||11||11||Alain S||11||11||11||Rahil RF||6||11||11||11||10||6||11||Rahil RF||3rd Place|
|Steve L||7||4||6||Logan N||8||9||9||Alain S||11||5||8||8||12||11||9||Alain S||4th Place|
|Rahil RF||W||Chris G||11||11||12||9||13|
|Harry L||5||4||10||Alrain S||8||11||11||7||10||Jude L||11||9||11||5||11||9||6||Logan N||5th Place|
|Alain S||11||11||12||Jude L||11||8||7||11||12||Logan N||5||11||7||11||6||11||11||Jude L||6th Place|
|Logan N||11||9||11||11||Logan N||11||11||10||11|
|Adam H||4||11||5||9||Ollie P||9||9||12||8|
|Ollie P||W||Alrain S||11||9||11||9||13||Alrain S||7th Place|
|BYE||Ollie P||6||11||7||11||11||Ollie P||8th Place|
|Zaib RF||6||3||8||9-12 PLACES GROUP|
|Zaib RF||11||10||6||11||8||Harry L||9th Place|
|Steve L||9||12||11||9||11||9-12 PLACES GROUP||Steve L||10th Place|
|Harry L||11||8||11||10||11||Zaib RF||11||12||7||11|
|Adam H||9||11||9||12||9||Adam H||8||10||11||8|
|Steve L||12||8||13||11||Harry L||11||6||11||11||Zaib RF||11th Place|
|Adam H||10||11||11||9||Steve L||6||11||8||8||Zaib RF||12th Place|