League Cup Finals

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

Excellent results for Bournemouth players over the weekend of 7th and 8th June in Wellingborough. The Bournemouth League was the only Association in the country to have teams in all 4 finals and came away with medals in 3 of these events. Pride of place must go to Chloe Thomas and Linda Hales who dominated the Rosebowl on the Saturday, to take gold in the women's tournament. In the group stage they beat Bracknell/Wokingham and Cambridge both 4 -- 1 and Leamington Spa 3 -- 2 to set up a final against last year's holders Leeds. Many spectators expected a tough match but Bournemouth cruised to gold 3 -- 1, even though Leeds fielded former England player Joanna Roberts. Chloe only dropped one end all day, winning all other matches to nil and was ably supported by Linda; in addition the pair haven't lost a doubles in either the preliminary rounds or the final and just got better and better as the tournament progressed.
Stephen Foster and Nathan Bingham also progressed to the final in the Wilmott Cup, winning their group, beating Grimsby/Cleethorpes 5 -- 0 and Leeds 4 -- 1: the final game however against Leamington Spa was a real nailbiter with Nathan just managing to pip Lawrence Sweeney in the 5th to give Bournemouth a 3 -- 2 victory. However in the final against North Herts they came up against Luke and Ethan Walsh in blistering form and had to settle for silver, losing 1 -- 3.
On the Sunday Amy Blagbrough and Chloe Cass represented Bournemouth in the Bromfield Trophy. We should bear in mind that they are both still cadets (next year too) and playing in the U18 Junior event. The winning team Derby which fielded Amy Humphries, England 13 Junior and Diana Rusinova from Latvia (who played in the recent World Championships in Japan) demonstrated the strength of the girls. Although the Bournemouth girls lost 0 -- 5 to Derby and Hull and a close 2 -- 3 against Kettering, they managed to beat Leamington Spa 4 -- 1 and sneaked the Bronze Medal on countback by the odd set! Particularly satisfying was the performance of Chloe Cass, who despite her limited experience showed little sign of nerves, played above herself and took many much older players very close.
In the Carter Cup Hugo Pang and Zac Dowling were unfortunate to be drawn in by far the strongest group. The North Herts team, which had won the men's the previous day, were comprehensively destroyed by Sheffield 4 -- 1 in their first match. Both teams were in Bournemouth's group! Hugo and Zac beat Cambridge 5 -- 0, but then lost to North Herts 1 -- 4 and to eventual winners Sheffield 2 -- 3. This left them playing off for 5/6 place where they beat Hull 3 -- 1 to take a creditable 5th place.
All in all a very satisfying weekend with medals of every colour but above all demonstrating that Bournemouth has one of the strongest leagues in the country and a good spread of top players at all ages.