Luke is club champion

Former Scotland Head Coach, David Fairholm with Luke Hennessey (left) and Louis Myatt (right), the finalists in Penicuik Table Tennis Club's Handicap Singles event

Former Scotland Head Coach, David Fairholm with Luke Hennessey (left) and Louis Myatt (right), the finalists in Penicuik Table Tennis Club's Handicap Singles event

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Penicuik Table Tennis Club held their annual championships at Ladywood last weekend and the format of last year was repeated with the tournament run on a handicap basis.

In the first group stages, the tone for the event was set as number 1 seed Colin Green played against young Louis Myatt - Louis playing off +7 held a 20-0 advantage in a race to 24 - no real surprise then as he comfortably won in straight sets.

The main casualties of the first round were Iain Johnstone (-8) who lost out to Hannah McDonell and Louis McLeod, and Phil Daly who failed to get out of his group as Greig McDonell and Stewart Hennessey progressed.

The last 16 threw up some interesting ties - Louis Myatt continued to take out some experienced players as first he accounted for Abby Wighton beofre defeating last year’s runner-up, Greig McDonell in the quarter finals. Also progressing to the semi-finals were Millie Bennett, Luke Hennessey and Louis McLeod, all youngsters who play for the Club in Division 4 of the Edinburgh & Lothians League.

In the first semi-final Luke faced Louis McLeod and Louis looked like he might spring a surprise but just fell short losing out in four ends. In the other semi-final Louis Myatt took on Millie who must have started favourite after the confidence of a straight sets victory in the league the previous week. In front of a large crowd, Millie’s nerves seemed to got the better of her and from 9-5 down in the first end, Louis never looked back as he won in straight sets.

The final was between Louis and Luke - team mates from Division 4 with Luke giving a three point advantage to Louis. Luke had lost to Louis in the Edinburgh Championships earlier in the season but put that defeat behind him as his consistent play got the better of his slightly younger team-mate. Whilst Louis had a chance in the third end, Luke never really looked in trouble as he comfortably won in three ends.

The losers in the first group stages played off in groups in the consolation Singles Event and a hard fought competition ensued. Phil Daly and Craig Johnson (battled through to the final where Craig couldn’t quite get to grips with Phil’s left handed style losing out in straight sets.

The Ballot Doubles Event threw up some interesting pairings - progressing through the groups and then the knockout stages to the final were Iain Johnstone paired with Stewart Hennessey who met Colin Green and Mark Mackay. The final was an entertaining and tight affair which went the distance - Iain and Stewart held their nerve for an 11-8 win in the deciding set. Well done to all who took part in an entertaining day.