Jersey entered the Home Countries Veterans Championships for the first time at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff on 7-9 September, 2018. Entrants were from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man and Guernsey. The 60's Team entrants for Jersey were Kay Lefebvre, Paul Routier and Martin Tupper.
We had good success, especially Kay who won Silver medals for both the individual singles and doubles. The team did well in beating Guernsey and the Isle of Man and also a close 4:3 loss to Wales.
This was a new competition in memory of Geoff Reed and took place at the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre (GRTTC). All donations went to EYECAN (formerly the Jersey Blind Society).
Last night, Eugene ‘Yogi’ Ellis rolled back the years to win the inaugural Magicball Cup by defeating Tyler Gosselin 3-0 (14-12, 11-6, 11-8) in the final. The Magicball Cup a new competition held by the Jersey Table Tennis Association in memory of the late Geoff Reed as a curtain raiser for the new season. Why Magicball? Firstly Geoff already has a table tennis centre named after him thanks to his generosity in securing the premises at FB Fields and secondly, Magicball was the theme tune for the 1997 World Table Tennis Championships held in Manchester and was a favourite of Geoff’s. The nature of the competition was competitive but friendly, with players of all ages and abilities from across the Association drawn into 9 groups with the winner and runner up from each advancing to the knockout rounds.
The competition was quite open with Liliana Andrade, Kathryn and Hannah Silcock leading the way for the junior girls into the knockout rounds, Hannah narrowly missing out on the opportunity for a place in the quarter finals. The quarter finals saw Martin Tupper edge past Mick Molyneuax to secure a semi final berth against Tyler Gosselin who overcame Chris Pursley. In the bottom half of the draw the Association’s new President, Paul Routier MBE, missed out against Jack Mills for a place in the semis against Yogi who beat David Le Clercq in his quarter final. Tyler won his semifinal to set up a final against Yogi. It was almost as if it were scripted for Yogi to reach the final of the Magicball Cup as Geoff had been his coach, mentor and friend, with Yogi having won numerous Island and Channel Island titles over the years at both junior and senior level with Geoff in his corner coaching him. Despite the fine efforts of Tyler, nothing was going to stand between Yogi winning the trophy, with all present recognising the symbolic nature of Yogi’s win and a fitting way to start our new season. The Investec League starts on 1 October 2018.