SHAUN LIFTS TWO ST DENYS TROPHIES!
I asked Shaun how he got on at the St Denys Open last Sunday (10th February) and he casually informed me that he won both the “Open” and “Handicap” titles. Being the “shrinking violet” that he is, I had to prise some details from him which I am delighted to share with a wider audience. Well done Shaun!
A long established Southampton based tournament, the St. Denys Open took place last Sunday 10th February at Testwood Sports College, Totton, home of Waterside TTC.
New Milton TTC’s chairman Shaun Newcomb was this year’s winner of both the main “Open” event and the Handicap competition. In the Open, having only lost one match 1-3 to Ross Lingard of Southampton West TTC in the initial round robin group stage, Shaun progressed through the following rounds, including beating both Barry and his daughter, former Hampshire ladies champion Jennie Dobson on the way, only to meet Ross again in the final; this time the result went Shaun’s way with a 3-0 win.
Although tight games, in the Handicap competition Shaun won all his group stage matches in straight sets and went on through the quarter and semi-finals to beat Southampton West’s Andy Creighton in the final.
Organiser of the first St. Denys Open in 1991 and still in that role, Barry Dobson was first inspired to run the one day competition in the name of his own club, following playing in the ESSO Table Tennis Club’s tournaments in the1980s and early ’90s. Barry quipped “In all those years, I’ve never won it” – though he has won the handicap event twice and the drawn doubles an outstanding ten times with ten different partners! While not making the final this year, Barry and his doubles partner had the satisfaction of ending any ideas Shaun had of a triple success by beating him and his partner in the first round!
The ESSO TTC’s event was held at the ESSO Fawley Sports & Social Club in Holbury and Barry thought it would be a good idea to have a similar tournament in the Southampton area, inviting friends from ESSO and other clubs from the Southampton league. While called an “Open” tournament (as it was open to people outside the St. Denys club) the tournament remains an invitation event, with players selected up to and including Division 1 standard. Initially held in the Millbrook church hall, then for many years at the Redbridge School, the tournament moved to Waterside’s facility at Testwood four years ago.
Incidentally, In the late 1990’s ESSO TTC had to find a new venue and was later to become Waterside TTC, initially playing in St.Andrew’s Church, Dibden Purlieu before moving to their “state of the art” facility in Totton.