Steven Foster - Bournemouth & District Champion

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

By Geoff Ware
Eighteen year old Steve Foster that also hails from the Bournemouth Sports Club and yet another prodigy of the Sports club coaching staff headed by Rowden Fullen, was the star of the show in completing a brilliant hat trick of results in taking all the Men’s main three titles.
The premier division final between Mark Butler (ranked 104 in England) and Steve Foster (over 300 places lower in ETTA Men’s rankings) was on paper a stroll in the park for the ultra experienced Butler. However as we saw earlier in the evening in the Women’s Singles, it’s all about what happens on the night, and the progression made by the younger players. Right from the start of the final Steve was totally in the zone and was eager to impress the audience. Belying his much lower ranking status and experience over his opponent, Steve always looked the stronger in the many awesome topspin rallies and weathered the storm of backhand bullets and tough spin serves Butler continued to deliver. The match was a dream for any neutral supporter and inevitably went to a fifth set. Foster took an early lead by the end turn, and despite a determined and sustained challenge by Butler, Steve took the title and the final set 11-9, punching the air with sheer delight.

Steve enjoyed a glory night to savour with a trio of titles that also included the Bournemouth Closed beating brave finalist Su West, and then completed his perfect performance by giving a 9 point start up to 31 in the Handicap final against Danny Allen.

Premier Division Steve Foster (BmSports) beat Mark Butler (Merton)
11-5, 5-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9.
Closed Mixed Singles. Steve Foster beat Su West
11-2, 11-5, 11-5.
Handicap Singles. Steve Foster beat Danny Allen (Merton)
31-18, 31-25.