Press release 15 May 2019

Northumberland County Table Tennis Association held its an annual awards evening on Friday 10 May at Goals, Newcastle. Awards were given to the winners and runners-up in each of the league’s five divisions; and to the winners and runners-up from the recent Northumberland Closed and Northumberland Junior tournaments.

Graeme Barella won the Northumberland Closed Open Singles title for the fourth year, beating Chun Yin Yu in the final and was awarded the Alan Morpeth Memorial Cup.

Lynne Herrington won the Northumberland Closed Women’s Singles for the 13th time and was awarded the Philomena Clark Memorial Cup.

Andrew Wilkinson won the Northumberland Closed Veteran’s Singles for fourth time in a row.

Graeme, Lynne and Andrew all won the same competitions in the Sunderland Table Tennis League Closed competition making it a clean sweep for them in the local competitions.

For the Northumberland Junior Tournament Adam Webster won the Junior Singles for the fourth time in a row and was awarded the Norman Moore Memorial Cup; Ethan Brown won the Cadet Singles for the first time and was awarded the Harry Dignan Cup.

The Northumberland league Premier division winners were NESLC Eagles who won the title for the first time since the 2011/12 season. The team was Andrew Wilkinson, Steve Penman, Eddie Smith, Jim Stamas, Richard Wilson and Martin Schapira.

Matfen Senators won the First Division winners trophy and are promoted to the Premier Division for the first time; the team was Alex Holiday, Neil Forsyth and Stephen Oxley.

Division Four winners and winners of the Aubrey Drapkin Cup were Tyneside C; the team was James Moore, Paul Conn and Leo Conn.

The league management committee makes two special awards at the evening to young players who have impressed the committee with their performances and their enthusiasm for the sport. This year the Most Promising Young Player award went to Sara Haddi; and the Most Improved Young Player award went to Oliver Ho. Oliver and Sara both represent Cramlington Table Tennis Club.

Premier Division winners – NESLC Eagles – Richard Wilson, Jim Stamas, Gareth Pearson (NCTTA Chairman), Steve Penman and Andrew Wilkinson
First Division winners – Matfen Senators – Neil Forsyth, Stephen Oxley, Alex Holliday, Gareth Pearson (NCTTA Chairman)
Fourth Division winners – Tyneside C – James Moore, Paul Conn, Leo Conn, Gareth Pearson (NCTTA Chairman)
Northumberland Closed Tournament Open Singles Winner – Graeme Barella and Gareth Pearson (NCTTA Chairman)
Northumberland Closed Tournament Women’s Singles Winner – Lynne Herrington and Gareth Pearson (NCTTA Chairman)
Northumberland Closed Tournament Veterans Winner – Andrew Wilkinson and Gareth Pearson (NCTTA Chairman)
Northumberland Junior Tournament Cadet Singles winners – Ethan Brown
Most improved young player – Oliver Ho and Gareth Pearson, NCTTA Chairman
Most promising young player – Sara Haddi and Gareth Pearson, NCTTA Chairman

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