Following Halton Table Tennis Club becoming a Table Tennis England Talent Development Centre the second in a series of tournaments has been held sponsored by Runcorn Rotary.

There was a good entry with contingents from North East, Yorkshire and North Wales travelling to the Select Security Stadium Widnes.

As an experiment Under-21 events were included for the first time, which was popular. The referee was Karen Tonge MBE, IR; and the finals were umpired by Jordan Abbott, Jordan McGarry and George McDonnell, County Umpires from Halton TT Club.

This second event was a success for eight members of the Halton Talent Squad with Thomas Naylor and Niamh Scarborough losing in the Under-13 Boys’ and Girls’ consolation events; Ruby Bennett runner-up in Under-15 Girls’ consolation and James Courtney winning the Under-18 boys’ consolation.

Robyn Cosgrove won the Under-21’ Girls main event and was runner up in Junior Girls’ event to Alice Dillon of Lancashire. Anais O’Connor won the Junior Girls’ Consolation and was runner-up in Under-15 Girls’ to Alice Dillon who also did a double.

The Under-13 Boys’ went with the seeding, with Rhys Davies Formby TT Club beating beat Adam Szabo (Yorkshire) and in the final of the Under-15 boys’ lost out to Kieran Wardell.

Harry Watson of Halton narrowly lost in the semi-final of the Under-15 Boys’ to the eventual winner and No 1 seed Kieran Wardell (5, -3, 4, -6, 4) and in the Under-18 Boys’ lost to Joshua Harland, again the No 1 seed.

However, Joshua lost in the all-Cleveland final to second seed Samuel Kwan. This gave Samuel a double has he started the day winning Under 21-Boys’ against Zac Cantor.

Jordan McGarry Halton lost in the semi-finals of the Under-21s to Zac Cantor (7, 2, 7); both are members of Halton Senior British League teams. Yameen Al-Dahiri from Formby TTC beat Halton’s George McDonnell in the Under-21 Consolation.

The Awards were presented by Ros Gregory who is President Elect of Runcorn Rotary Club.

Junior Boys’ winner Connor Whitehead with runner-up Daniel Olsberg (left) and Runcorn Rotary President & Referee Karen Tonge MBE


Under-21 Boys’ Singles
Winner: Ryan Lunn (Halton TTC) beat Daniel Olsberg (Lancashire) -6, -7, 2, 9, 6
Consolation Winner: Tom Ray (Halton TTC) on group countback beat Matthew McCarthy (Halton TTC) by 5pts when three players tied.
Junior Boys’ Singles (U18)
Winner: Connor Whitehead (Halton TTC) beat Daniel Olsberg (Lancashire) 4, -11, -10, 2, 7
Consolation Winner: Matthew McCarthy (Halton TTC) beat Thomas Peake (Cheshire) 5, -9, 4, 4
Junior Girls’ Singles (U18)
Winner: Alice Dillon (Lancashire) beat Helena Dicken (Derbyshire) 9, 7, 4
Consolation Winner: Anais O’Connor (Cheshire)
Cadet Boys’ Singles (U15)
Winner: Harry Watson (Halton TTC) beat Rhys Davies (Lancashire) -6, 6, 6, 5
Consolation Winner: Liam Bibby (Halton TTC) beat Joshua Divinagracia (Yorkshire) -6, -8, 9, 8, 7
Cadet Girls’ Singles (U15)
Winner: Alice Dillon (Lancashire) beat Jasmine Williams (Hampshire) 9, 2, -11, -7, 9
Consolation Winner: Genevieve Holchacks (Lancashire) beat Elizabeth Poyner (Cheshire) -7, -6, 9, 11, 10
Under-13 Boys’ Singles
Winner: Rhys Davies (Lancashire) beat Adam Szabo (Yorkshire) 7, 7, -7, 6
Consolation Winner: Lennon Maughan (Yorkshire) beat Thomas Naylor (Cheshire) 5, 7, 5
Under-13 Girls’ Singles
Winner: Anna Green (Nottingham) beat Genevieve Holchacks (Lancashire) 10, 8, 6
Consolation Winner: Amy Mold (Durham) beat Kate Watkinson (Lancashire) 9, 4, 9
Under-11 Boys’ Singles
Winner: Harry Yip (Sussex) beat Jake Hewitt (Yorkshire) 5, 4, 3
Consolation Winner: Adam Dennison (Lancashire) beat Max Spruce (Halton TTC) 5, 5, 3
Under-11 Girls’ Singles
Winner: Anna Green (Nottingham) beat Bethany Ellis (Lancashire) 4, 8, 9

Ryan Lunn, Under-21 winner
Liam Bibby, winner of the Consolation Cadet Boys’