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County Closed

R&HTTC members dominate the Gloucestershire County Closed
By Clare Bell, edited by Ann Barnes

The Gloucestershire County Closed Table Tennis tournament was held at Deer Park School, Cirencester on Sunday 6th January 2013. There was a good turnout this year and the standard of play was excellent.

Rudford and Highleadon Table Tennis Club members featured in 11 of the 14 finals being victorious in them all.

The U13s was won by up and coming youngster Olly Tyndall (R&HTTC) (pictured left with Graham Slack), with Alex Roberts as runner-up. 

The Boys U15 saw some upsets in the semi-finals, leaving Owen Berry (R&HTTC) and Jamie Theyer to fight for the top spot.  In a tightly fought match Berry (right) emerged the victor in the 5th set (8/11, 11/4, 11/9, 7/11, 11/2).  The Boys U18 had 12 entrants and after some hard fought games the final was between Tyndall and Ben Roberts. At 2 sets a piece it was all down to the last set which Tyndall won (12/14, 11/7, 9/11,11/0,11/7) and retained his position as Gloucestershire’s top junior.

The U18 Boys doubles competition resulted in Tyndall and Billy Shilton (pictured below) beating Ben Glover and Jamie Theyer in a 4 set final.

10 ladies entered for the Ladies Singles; there were some lively matches, with Ann Barnes (R&HTTC) running out the winner and Mel Boulton (R&HTTC) taking the runner up spot. The Ladies Doubles was won by Mel and Ann (right) with Janie Kirby and Lesley Slack taking the runners up spot.

The Mixed Doubles was between 8 pairs and after some challenging games the winners were Barnes and her partner Bill Dawe (pictured below left), who fought off Lesley Slack and Russell Hayward in 4 sets (12/10, 11/5, 9/11, 11/5) in the final.

The semi-finals of the Veterans saw the top 4 Gloucestershire men

 fighting for a place in the Final. Darren Griffin (R&HTTC) beat Bill Dawe in 5 sets, and Martin Gunn beat Dave Harvey (R&HTTC) in 4 sets, leaving Griffin and Gunn to fight out the top spot. Griffin (pictured right) was the winner in a hard fought match with some entertaining play from both players (10/12, 11/9, 11/8, 13/11).

The 12 pairs of players in the Men’s Doubles had some cracking games along the way and resulted in the thrilling final.  Dave and Mike Harvey (see left) were worthy winners over Bill Dawe and Martin Gunn. 

In the Masters competition Gordon Shaw (R&HTTC) was the winner over Tom Watmore.

The Men’s Singles competition was a tightly fought set of matches with father and son Dave and Mike Harvey facing each other in one semi-final – Dave winning in 4 sets; and the other semi was between old rivals Darren Griffin and Bill Dawe. In a tight match, Griffin was the victor in 5 sets and went on to meet Dave Harvey in the final.  Harvey won the first set, Griffin the next 2 and Harvey took it to 2 all with everything to play for in the 5th.  Griffin was 9 – 4 up and must have had his sights set on another County title - however, Harvey upped his game to beat Griffin 13 – 11 to take the top spot in Gloucestershire at this season’s County Closed tournament (12/10, 3/11, 4/11, 11/7, 13/11).

Full results for the 2012-3 season:



Runner up

Men’s Singles

Dave Harvey

Darren Griffin

Minor Singles

Joe Ansley

Craig Smart

Ladies Singles

Ann Barnes

Mel Boulton

Veteran Men

Darren Griffin

Martin Gunn

Veteran Ladies

Carol Philp

Janie Kirby

Masters Singles

Gordon Shaw

Tom Watmore

Junior Boys (U18)

Olly Tyndall

Ben Roberts

Junior Girls (U18)

Emily Philp

Rachel Johnson

U15 Boys

Owen Berry

Jamie Theyer

U15 Girls

No contest


U13 Boys

Olly Tyndall

Alex Roberts

U 13 Girls

No contest



No contest


Ladies Doubles

Ann Barnes/Mel Boulton

Lesley Slack/Janie Kirby

Men’s Doubles

Dave Harvey/Mike Harvey

Bill Dawe/Martin Gunn

Mixed Doubles

Ann Barnes/Dave Harvey

Lesley Slack/Russell Hayward

Boys U18 Doubles

Olly Tyndall/Billy Shilton

Ben Glover/Jamie Theyer