Since the inception of the UK team event championship in 2015 at Heckmondwike, Yorkshire Phoenix have always held a strong tournament. The table tennis centre with its bright lights and intimate surroundings has always proved a popular venue and this was no exception.
Players travelled from Manchester (Blanchard) Liverpool (Daly, Matthews, Len) and Ireland (Farrell) to play on the pitches at Yorkshire.
Ruby Matthews, one to watch in the future offered a strong challenge and was very unlucky not to take home more than the U9s trophy on the day,. In a well fought battle she was unlucky to concede four goals to her dad Cayne who played well in the early rounds.
Seasoned players like Mike Burns and Brian Daly, Mike Parnaby and Andy Boyer made it a tough competition throughout. Craig Hewards FISTF balsa army almost did enough to win but Mark Farrell the coolest head on the day flew back to Ireland the victor.
A genuinely enjoyable competition with everyone playing with a great spirit.
The team event in June is a great chance to get involved and continue a run of fantastic events. Please get in touch with Yorkshire Phoenix if you would like to be part of our next event.
Highlights of the games on the day
Boyer 4 t price 2
Farrell 2 0 blanchard
Martin b 3 parnaby 2
Cayne 4 1 ruby
Mark 2 1 mike burns
Brian Daly 2 1 Martin B
Winner – Mark Farrell
Runner Up – Craig Heward
Third – Brian Daley
Under 16s – Thomas Price
Under 9s Ruby Matthew
1. Mark Farrell (Ireland/Yourkshire)
2. Craig Heward (England/Yorkshire)
3. Brian Daley (England/Yorkshire)
4. Mike Burns (Scotland/Yorkshire)
5. Martin Blanchard (England/London & Essex)
6. Len Parsons (England/Merseyside)
7. Brian Kinrade (Isle of Man/Moralzarzal)
8. Thomas Price (England/Kent Invicta)
9. Andrew Garbutt (England/Lincoln)
10. Andy Boyer (England/Yorkshire)
11. Brett Price (England/Kent Invicta)
12. Cayne Matthews (Wales/Manchester)
13. Mike Parnaby (England/NETFA Brigantes)
14. Ruby Matthews (Wales/Manchester)