February 2005 News

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Updated 28th February 2005
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RUNNERS-UP SPOT FOR JAMES GOLDSBY-WEST !!!

Congratulations to James Goldsby-West who was runners-up in the Boys Under 15 Consolation Final at this weekends Cirencester 1 Star Open tournament. James had a tough opening group in the main event, matched against players rated well above himself, including one eventual finalist. James took his opportunity in the Consolation event winning through a tough 2nd group stage, making the final in a 3 player playoff. On his way to the final, James beat players well above his ETTA ranking by some good solid defensive play. In the final he lost his opening match to the eventual winner Anthony Howart from Dorset, but won his second match to secure the r/up spot.

Another Morton player, Joe Cheong, finished 5th in the Under 15 category and was an excellent 3rd in the Under 18 event. Joe finished on a high beating the highly ranked Berkshire player, Ben Davis in the final group. After losing the opening 2 games -7, -5, Joe went for broke and attacked everything that came to him to take the next 3 games 11-9, 12-10 and 11-2. This stopped Ben taking the U18 first prize and demoted him to 4th position overall.

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Updated 27th February 2005
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ESSEX 4 STAR, HARLOW - Sat 26th Feb 2005

Joe Cheong was the sole representative for Moreton and Oxfordshire in this ETTA 4 Star event which included England’s current Number 1 and 3 juniors. Joe finished 2nd in his opening group matches, winning 2 from 3. Both wins were against players rated higher than Joe, which enabled him to reach the last 32 in the U18 Open event, eventually losing to Daniel Ress from Essex, 15-17, 6-11, 7-11.

In the Under18 (Banded) event Joe reached the last 16 after some excellent wins, including one against Daniel Gigli. This win was significant because of Daniel’s combination long pimple bat, together with strong forehand loop. This match was won in 5 ends, but a lot of patience was required. A quarter-final place was missed after a 1-3 defeat against Timi Famojuro of Essex