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Girls Dominate Team Event in Jersey

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The Natwest Jersey Open, now in its 7th year, attracted its biggest entry ever over this Easter, with high level players from the UK, Turkey and Slovakia. Bournemouth had 2 Women's Teams in the Open Event and Sanja Clements competed too in the mixed Veteran's Team with Jane Vickers. The 2 Women's Teams ended up playing each other in the final with Hannah Hicks and Chloe Thomas beating Tressa Armitage and Sanja Clements 3 -- 0. But the upset of the tournament was in the semi when Tressa and Sanja destroyed the No 1 Seeds, Alice Loveridge and Emma Vickers 3 --1.

Six Nations Singles

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George Downing was the victor in the Junior Boys’ singles following a successful Scottish double over Blair Fowler and Scott Barton in the knockout stages.

Having progressed from his group comfortably with a series of 3-0 wins, Downing was seeded to face Fowler – who had to beat Conor Edwards (WAL) in five games in the quarter-final. The Englishman’s power eventually proved too much for the Scot in a 3-0 (11-7, 12-10, 11-3) win.

In the final he met Barton, who had defeated Sam Mabey (ENG) 3-1 in his semi-final. It was the Scot who started the quickest (and loudest) in winning the opening game 12-10 but after that it was Downing who resumed control, winning the next three games over the battling Barton.

George Downing (ENG) bt Scott Barton (SCO) 3-1 (10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9)

Close to a Double for Finn in Gloucester

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Finn was very close to a clean sweep at the Gloucester Junior and Cadet 2 star tournament held at Deer Park school in Cirencester on Sunday 3rd March 2013.
The Cadet event was up first in the morning followed by the Junior event in the afternoon. Finn was seeded number 2 for this so was hoping to do well.
He cruised through his group with three successive 3-0 victories. In the Quarterfinal’s he played Billy Shilton (Gloucs) winning 3-0 (11, 1, 2) to then take on Oliver Tyndall (Gloucs) (ETTA No.4 U13) which he duly beat 3-0 also (6, 7, 5) to set up a final match with Alex Ramsden the No.1 seed and (ETTA Cadet ranked 16 and U13 No.1). A close match prevailed with Finn starting in a positive manner taking the first two sets 11-8 and 13-11. A bad start to the third set saw Finn lose 3-11 giving Ramsden impetus in the match.

Finn Performs Well at Welsh-Euro Challenge

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Finn was selected to represent an English side in the Welsh Euro Challenge event held in Cardiff on the 16th and 17th February 2013. The team comprised of two Juniors and two Cadets (both a boy and girl for each) and were selected from the South West regional squad by Paul Whiting. George Haskell, Naomi Jackson and Jazmin Johns all from Devon were the other representatives.
An individual and team event took place. The team event was calculated by the individual results.
Play started with the groups on the Saturday to which Finn was grouped with players from Switzerland, Norway and Wales. The top two in each group went through to the semi finals on the Sunday.

Report of the Derby 4 star

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Report by Mike Smith:
The Derby 4 star is one of the prestigious ETTA ranking tournaments in England for Juniors and attracted players from China, Latvia, Poland and Hungary in addition to players from all parts of the UK.
Zac Dowling, Hannah McErlane and Amy Blagbrough of Bournemouth Sports made the long journey to Derby where they all played superb table tennis to jump further up the ETTA ranking lists. Also playing were Jamie Trevillion of Lynwood TTC and Ruth Pickering of Broadstone TTC and Harewood TTC.

Success for George in Home 6 Nations

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In last year's Home Nations the Junior Boys' Singles event was one that England failed to win. Not this year. George Downing cruised to victory over the Scots beating Blair Fowler 3 -- 0 in the semis and Scott Barton 3 -- 1 in the final, to bring the Gold back to England. Throughout the Team and Singles events George remained unbeaten and was not really under any pressure from opponents.

Chloe takes Gold in Sweden

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A great weekend for Chloe Thomas in the final meeting of the Women's Swedish National League, taking her team, Peng Da, to the Swedish Elite Women's Division for the first time ever. The town of Eskilstuna, where her team is based, was the birthplace of Kjell Johansson, former World Champion and had a men's team in the Elite in the 1970's -- Eskilstuna has however never had a women's team in such a privileged position.

BTTA Individual Tournements

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Please see the attached details of the BTTA Individual Tournements.

Bournemouth Sports Players in Action

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The last weekend in February and the first in March saw Bournemouth Sports players in action in a variety of events over the UK. In February Hugo Pang took part in the prestigious Cadet Masters at Burton-on-Trent, where the top 14 cadets all meet each other over 2 days. He went into the tournament at No 5 and came out with a Silver Medal. Although he lost to Luke Savill, the Gold Medallist who had only one defeat to Marcus Giles, Hugo beat Marcus, the No 1 Seed on the first day by a comfortable scoreline of 3 -- 1.

South West Region Young Coach of the Year

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South West Region Young Coach of the Year.
Stephen Foster is the winner of the South West Region ETTA Young Coach of the Year award. Below is a summary of the valued work Stephen does in the Dorset area.

Alongside Stephen individually coaching a lot of Bournemouth’s aspiring Juniors who have soared up the rankings in recent months, he has also made great advances in developing table tennis at Bournemouth University. Here he coaches the University Squad and also runs weekly social sessions. This year The Uni entered the BUCS league again and look to being promoted up a division at the end of the season.
Steve along with his regular work at Branksome and Bournemouth Sports TTC also visits clubs to help them develop. These include Harewood, Ringwood, Waterside and Southampton West.