West Bridgford Table Tennis Club is a growing success

The WBTTC, twinned with Keyworth TTC, is a truly inclusive club where players of all ages, abilities and additional needs who come to together for fun and to achieve their potential.

Under the watchful eyes of coaches Gordon Fearn, Matt Richardson, Tim Bridle and Phil Lewis, the club has grown from strength-to-strength and since September, entering a National Junior League team and two National Cadet League teams.

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In January the club saw its players compete for the titles of “Best in Nottingham” at Nottingham’s Closed Table Tennis Tournament. The annual tournament for all age groups to enable mixed play, the handicap event is especially great fun to watch and participate.

There were many great games and achievements (full list below) with Fred Jones winning the Handicap Singles, James Harvey winning three titles; the Division 2 singles, doubles with G Goodwin and another doubles with Dylan Merkelt.

However, the moment that captured the hearts of all to become most memorable match was Dom Hubner in Division 3.

Dom is a delightful and fun loving soon to be 16-year old-character who happens to have additional needs, is immensely competitive and being six foot five inches – his reach can cover all the angles in table tennis.

 

To set the scene, all the finals were playing and many finished in three or four sets, and in Dom’s case after a close few sets he was two down looking to become runner up.

He began to find a way to turn the match around.

As the other finals started to finish, the whole tournament’s attention was drawn to the Division 3 final as Dom made it 1-2 where the first to 3 sets wins.

The characteristic West Bridgford camararderie and support which had been there throughout a successful day, lifted the atmosphere of the hall and Dom levelled the score 2-2.

In another close set, Dom narrowly took it and won to cheers and applause where he raised his eyes and hands to the ceiling, having lost to his opponent in the Notts League weeks before, for his first tournament win; then slowly bent over to lay across and kiss the table.

Well done to all that played across Nottingham, you each helped start 2019 with a bang.

Singles:
James Harvey Won Division 2, U15 semi finalist, U18s Semi finalist
Dom Hubner won Division 3, Handicap Match 1/4 finalist,
Finlay Hood was U21s runner up,
Dylan Merkelt semi finalist in U21s, U18s Semi finalist, Handicap Match 1/4 finalist
Jacob Dixon U21 1/4 finalist, U15 1/4 finalist, Handicap Match 1/4 finalist
Fred Jones Handicap Match winner, U12s runner up, U15s 1/4 finalist,
Daniel Richardson U12s 1/4 finalist,

Doubles:
Drawn Dounles winners James Harvey & G Goodwin
U18 winners James Harvey & Dylan Merkelt
Fred Jones and Jacob Dixon reached semi finals
Adam Staiger-Grant & Dom Hubner 1/4 finals