Sefton Youngsters Dominate County Table Tennis Trials

Sefton players wowed the Lancashire Officials at the County table tennis trials held at Preston last weekend. The boys and girls nominated by the Southport League took the competition by storm and several are guaranteed to represent Lancashire in county matches later this year. I think that the most exciting aspect of the new rankings is that nearly all the players taking part have at least two more years in the under 18 age group and some have even more. This bodes well for table tennis in the area as the sport has seen an upsurge in players in recent years and most of these players are juniors that have taken the sport up for the first time.

The players took second and third places in the Under 18 Boys event, an unbelievable first, second and third in the Under 15 boys event, fourth and fifth in the Under 18 girls event and second, third and  sixth in the under 15 girls event.  As can be seen on the final rankings below the lists are dominated by Southport players. Particular mention must go to Robert Barker who came runner up in the under 18’s and was winner of the under 15’s whilst still only 12 years of age. He must surely be one of the best prospects the League has at the moment and there are several more not far behind ready to make the same breakthrough.

The standard of play of those that did take part in the trials is a just reflection of the coaching that is taking place in Sefton and the hard work and dedication of the players together with the support of parents and other family members. The players were also complimented on their behaviour on and off the table and their sportsmanship during play. It would appear that the Southport League is definitely setting the standard for the whole county where junior table tennis is concerned.

Under 18 Boys Results

2       Robert Barker                     Southport

3       Joe Mullin                          Southport

6       Jack Dempsey                   Southport

10      Craig Lowe                        Southport

11      Joel Webb                         Southport

12      Jonny Cummins                 Southport

13      Mathew Cranney                 Southport

14      Sam Gittins                        Southport

15      Matthew Laird                    Southport

19      Tom Miller                          Southport

21      Liam Shaw                         Southport

30      Cameron Lawrenson           Southport

31      Stefan Schober Thomson      Southport

Under 15 Boys Results

1      Robert Barker                       Southport

2      Tom Miller                             Southport

3      Craig Lowe                           Southport

16    Dominic Greene                    Southport

19    Matthew Laird                       Southport

20    Stefan Schober Thomson      Southport

28    Adam Swift                           Southport

29    Cameron Lawrenson              Southport

31    Matthew Brookfield               Southport


Under 18 Girls’ Results

4     Jess Whittingham               Southport

5     Amy Hutchings                   Southport


Under 15 Girls

2    JessWhittingham                  Southport

3    Amy Hutchings                    Southport

6    Dianielle Taylor                    Southport