Youngsters impress as they reach latter stages of Grand Prix

The latest round on the Blackpool Seasiders Stiga 2* Grand Prix took place at Halifax TTC recently and proved to be a fine event for local youngsters although non were able to take top spot.

Yorkshire players were able to fill six of the eight quarter final places and Halifax players four of those eight as Sam Clayton, Marcus Reynolds, James Foster and Matthew Stephens all qualified from the group stages and first round of knockout.

Clayton was first up in his quarter final and eased passed fellow Yorkshire representative Morgan Burton as he qualified for the semi final.

He was joined by Marcus Reynolds who accounted for fellow Halifax player James Foster 11-9 10-12 11-5 11-6 and Matthew Stephens also made the semi finals with a win over another Yorkshire player James Rule 9-11 11-7 11-5 11-7.

The first semi final saw top seed Tom Hill of Cheshire ease past Clayton 11-2 11-3 11-8.

In the other semi final Reynolds beat second seed Stephens in a thrilling set that could have gone either way and saw Stephens take the first two games before being overhauled by third seed Reynolds 9-11 11-13 11-6 11-8 11-10.

Hill was obviously the form player of the tournament and easily beat Reynolds in a one sided final 11-7 11-7 11-6 to take the title.

Halifax TTC are once again trying to raise funds by holding a 12 hour table tennis marathon at the Centre, with a target of 200 games. The event will take place on Saturday 28 April from 9am - 9pm. Everyone is welcome to come and play within those times and complete as many games as possible.

The centre is trying to raise £500.00 which will be match-funded by the Community Foundation of Calderdale, to raise a total of £1,000.00 towards our ongoing development, especially for disadvantaged and special needs children.

Any donations you can contribute between now and April 28 will be much appreciated.

There are sponsorship forms available at the Table Tennis Centre (cafeteria) which you can use, or you can simply leave any donations with the Duty Holder or any Committee member.

Please contact Alan Dickinson 01422 374853 or at the centre 01422 341200 for more details

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HxTTC Grasshoppers C (D Briggs 2, H Chambers 1, C Sherratt 1) 4 HxTTC Popp A (C Pollard 3, T Allington 1, P McMullen 1) 5

Sowerby 1 (D Hartley 1, R Walker 0, S Whitwam 2) 3 HxTTC Evergreens (J Reynolds 2, M Higgins 3, D Lewis 1) 6

Greetland Social B (S Rathmell 3, M Fowler 3, K Johnson 0) 6 HxTTC Tradesmen (A Shaw 1, Matt Knapton 1, Mark Knapton 1) 3

Old Town Hares (C Edens 3, P Ward 0, J Harris 3) 6 HxTTC Oakland Raiders (S Horrocks 1, T Hemingway 1, R Wright 1) 3

Sowerby 1 (R Walker 0, P Schofield 0, S Whitwam 2) 2 HxTTC Oakland Raiders (S Horrocks 2, D Whiteley 3, R Wright 2) 7

Greetland Social B (C Lowson 3, S Rathmell 2, M Fowler 3) 8 HxTTC Evergreens (M Curry 1, D Lewis 0, S Caulfield 0) 1

T (M Reddy 1, G Taylor 1, L Harris 1) 3 Old Town Hares (C Edens 3, J Harris 3, S Rothwell 0) 6

xTTC Popp A (T Allington 1, K Fearnley 2, P McMullen 0) 3 Greetland Social B (M Fowler 3, S Rathmell 1, C Lowson 2) 6

HxTTC Rams (A Cowburn 0, D Mann 1, P Davies 1) 2 BT (L Harris 3, M Reddy 3, G Taylor 1) 7

Sowerby 1 (R Walker 1, P Schofield 0, S Whitwam 2) 3 HxTTC Grasshoppers C (B Chapman 2, H Chambers 2, D Briggs 2) 6

HxTTC Dolphins (K Scott 1, D Scott 0, E Greenwood 2) 3 HxTTC Evergreens (J Reynolds 3, M Curry 1, D Lewis 2) 6

BT (L Harris 2, M Reddy 2, G Taylor 2) 6 HxTTC Tradesmen (Mark Knapton 0, Matt Knapton 2, S Drake 1) 3

HxTTC Central 1 (M Pinnell 1, T Whiteley 3, S Thomas 2) 6 HxTTC Oakland Raiders (T Hemingway 1, D Whiteley 2, R Wright 0) 3

HxTTC Central 2 (D Blackburn 2, D Harwood 1, S Caulfield 2) 5 HxTTC Evergreens (J Reynolds 2, D Lewis 1, M Higgins 1) 4

Sowerby 1 (R Walker 3, D Hartley 2, S Whitwam 2) 7 HxTTC Rams (A Cowburn 0, D Mann 1, P Davies 1) 2

P W L Sets

Old Town Hares 24 21 3 150

Greetland Social B 23 19 4 135

HxTTC Oakland Raiders 24 16 8 128

BT 22 15 7 123

HxTTC Popp A 22 16 6 113

HxTTC Grasshoppers C 23 11 12 109

HxTTC Central 1 21 14 7 109

HxTTC Tradesmen 23 8 15 94

HxTTC Central 2 23 10 13 91

HxTTC Evergreens 23 6 17 82

HxTTC Dolphins 24 3 21 77

HxTTC Rams 23 6 17 67

Sowerby 1 23 3 20 62