Owen and Castle win final places in veteran singles

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THE first of three parts of the Herefordshire County Table Tennis Championships were contested by 32 players at Queen Elizabeth Humanities College in Bromyard.

All the events were started in Round Robins to give every player plenty of competition play.

In the veteran singles, Mark Owen and Andy Castle will contest the final after semi-final wins over Nigel Foreshew and Jason Million respectively.

In the Restricted competition - for those who have not won the Singles or Restricted titles in the last 5 years – No 1 seed, Brian Kitchener had to retire due to a shoulder problem, leaving the field clear for Harry Jutle and Richard Maddrell to win through to the final places.

In the doubles, nine pairs played in three groups of three before the knock-out phase where holders Castle and Owen and Paul Oatley and Steve Brown will contest the final.

The Super Veterans final will be between Paul Oatley and Trevor Davies while the Cadet competition was completed on the day.

In the semi-finals, Matt Knight beat Harry Hales and Jake Price beat Kyle Day with Knight going on to win the keenly-contested final.

In the Junior quarter-finals, Elliot Volpe beat Harry Hales, Dylan Day beat Zoe Castle, Jake Price beat Charlie Shave and Matt Knight beat Matt Jones with Volpe and Knight going on to earn the final places.

In the junior doubles, the pairs are drawn on a handicap basis and Dylan Day and Matt Jones met Charlie Shave and Harry Hales and Elliot Volpe and Sam Williams met Matt Knight and Jamie Milnes. In the final, Day and Jones beat Volpe and Williams to take the trophy.

The second part of the Herefordshire championships, the senior competitions takes place on March 16, starting at 9 am, with the finals night, also at QE College, on Friday, March 28, starting at 7.30 p.m. Spectators are welcome and admission is free at both events.

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