Rik James triumphs at Colchester table tennis tournament

Action from Holmwood House School, Chitts Hill, in Colchester at the weekend. Photo: NIGEL BROWN

Action from Holmwood House School, Chitts Hill, in Colchester at the weekend. Photo: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

Rik James won his ninth Colchester Closed tournament at Holmwood House School.

Men's winner, Rik James playing at Colchester

Men's winner, Rik James playing at Colchester - Credit: Archant

With no Jake Collins competing in this year’s tournament, the Men’s Singles was wide open.

The first semi-final was between Andy Warner and Colin Stallwood. After a close first set in which Stallwood won, he never looked like he was going to lose. Even after being pegged back to 2-1, he kept his cool to reach the final.

Gracie Edwards, runner-up in the ladies singles

Gracie Edwards, runner-up in the ladies singles - Credit: Archant

Stallwood’s challenger was James who saw off Richard Hutchinson in four sets.

In the final, James beat an impressive Stallwood in four sets.

Sue Welham in action at Holmwood House

Sue Welham in action at Holmwood House - Credit: Archant


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Last year’s Ladies’ Singles runner-up, Gracie Edwards, was up against Dawn Baldry in the final. In what was one of the closest matches in the history of the competition, Baldry came out on top, beating Edwards 11-9 in the deciding set.

The two losing men from the Men’s Singles semi-finals, Warner and Hutchinson, teamed up to beat Greg Green and Stallwood in the final of the Men’s Doubles.

Sam Hume, retained his junior boys title

Sam Hume, retained his junior boys title - Credit: Archant

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Baldry and Edwards put the Ladies’ Singles behind them to beat Hazel Hume and Sue Welham in four sets and claim the Ladies’ Doubles title. In the Mixed Doubles final, Stallwood and Annabelle Rodriguez beat Warner and Edwards in five sets.

Sam Hume retained his Junior Boys’ title after a classic final involving Suffolk’s No.1 junior, Dan Shelley. Hume was victorious after beating Shelley in five sets. Edwards retained her Junior Girls’ title she had won last year by beating every other competitor in a round-robin group. Edwards also added to her collection by working together with Sam Hume to clinch the Junior Doubles.

However, in a repeat of last year’s Cadet Singles final, Jared Chelski got his revenge over Edwards by causing an upset and claiming the title.

Ken Lewis was victorious in the Division One Singles after beating Ciaran Whelan. The Division Two Singles probably had the biggest shock out of all the Divisional Singles as top seed, Jared Chelski (unbeaten all season in Division Two), was knocked out of the first round by eventual winner Chris Parr. In the Division Three Singles, top seed Ethan Lloyd beat second seed Oliver Fifield to take the title. The Division Four Singles also followed the same pattern after Jamie Morgan beat Chloe Andrews.

Trevor Lloyd beat Warner in four sets to take home the Veteran’s 40+ title. Andy Holmes won both the Veterans 50+ and the Veterans 60+ competitions.

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