Brother and sister dominate county titles

BROTHER and sister duo Martin and Rachel West produced some quality attacking play at the Suffolk Junior Table Tennis Championships.

BROTHER and sister duo Martin and Rachel West produced some quality attacking play at the Suffolk Junior Table Tennis Championships.

The siblings, who play at both the Stowmarket and Bury Table Tennis Clubs, have worked hard at their games and, in a very short time span, have become accomplished players.

Playing at the County Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School, Martin took both the boys' under-18 and under-15 title, while Rachel claimed the girls' under-13 title and under-15 runners-up spot.

Not content with that medal haul, the family members then joined forces to come through three matches and win the doubles title.

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The boys' U15 competition produced some tight finishes; Aston Dowdy (Ipswich), No.2 seed George Kizis (Bury) and Rory Penman (Ipswich/Stowmarket) progressing through with West to contest the semi-finals.

The semis then went to seedings as No.1 Martin and Kizis coming through fairly comfortably to contest the final.

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Throwing caution to the wind both players went for all out attack, producing some fine rallies. West proved to be a little more consistent however and came through to win in four engrossing sets.

In the girls' under-13 competition, Rachel West comfortably beat off all opposition in the round robin format, Alice Leather (Bury) taking the runners-up spot.

In the girls' under-15 event, only two entries were received so this went straight to a final between Becky MacIntyre (Stowmarket/Bury) and West. In an extremely close encounter both girls attacked the ball, however MacIntyre came through to win in four tight sets.

The largest entry came in the boys' under-18 event, although some players were playing up out of their age group.

Both George Kizis (Bury) and William Vale (Bury) cruised through to win their groups, while Martin West (Stowmarket/Bury) and Aston Dowdy (Ipswich) came through as runner-ups respectively.

West and Kizis then won through to contest a gripping final, which went right to the wire. West, having lost comfortably to Kizis in the group stages, proceeded to go 2-1 down, however fought back to take the fifth set 16-14.

The final event was the girls' under-18 competition. This round robin event saw county No.1 Sian Cook (Ipswich) dominate her group with measured use of attack and spin, winning all her matches comfortably to beat Becky MacIntyre into runners-up spot.

In the Boys Under 13, No.1 seed Rhys Davies (Haverhill), Alasdair Penman (Stowmarket), William Hall (Bury St Edmunds) and Elliot Branton (Ipswich) came through their groups to contest the semi-finals.

A very close encounter between Rhys and Elliot saw Rhys coming through into the final to meet William Hall who won out over Elliot in three straight sets. In the Schools Championships two weeks previously both Rhys and William came through to contest an outstanding final with the attacking style of William just edging out defender, Rhys - this time the result was completely reversed with Rhys winning comfortably in three straight sets.

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