Woodacre is top senior at Admiral Lord Nelson

Dave Woodacre claimed the top prize at the Portsmouth closed table tennis tournament.

Saturday, 19th March 2016, 9:09 am
Dave Woodacre Picture: Mick Young
Dave Woodacre Picture: Mick Young

He won the men’s singles title at the popular event which was held at Admiral Lord Nelson School.

Joining him on the winners’ list was Paul May, who secured victories in the veterans, doubles and mixed doubles competitions.

Geraldine Morle won the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles titles.

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Meanwhile, Dylan Linsell came out on top in the junior event after topping his group which included Billy Blades (runner-up) and Kane Beale.

In the men’s singles, Woodacre sealed the title thanks to a five-set victory over top-seed May.

He won their clash 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 12-14, 11-7, after earlier disposing off Pete Grubb, dad Pete and Mike Cooksley.

May’s route to the final included wins over Roger Winkworth, Ian Brown and Tim Hampton.

In the men’s consolation competition, Beale defeated Blades following three tight legs.

May went into the men’s singles event boosted by overall victory in the veterans tournament.

He saw off the challenge of Cooksley 11-7, 11-6, 14-12 in the final, after seeing off Graeme Smith and Pete Woodacre in the earlier rounds.

Cooksley despatched off Stan Marlow and Plunkett on his way to the final.

May later teamed up with Morle to lift the mixed doubles crown following victory against Brian and Jill Greenwood.

Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles, it was his combination with Winkworth that earned them overall victory.

They beat the Woodacres 13-11, 11-7, 11-4 in the final of that competition.

In the women’s singles, Morle won all of her rubbers in straight games.

Jill Clarke earned the runners-up prize by beating Sandra Collier in five sets and Jill Greenwood 3-0.

The women’s doubles was won by Morle and Greenwood.

They defeated Collier and Clarke 3-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

In the Peter Goldring tournament for non-division one players, Hampton came out on top after seeing off Linsell in the final (11-7, 12-10, 11-5).

Meanwhile, in the fun event of the day – the handicap singles – Winkworth claimed the honours after overcoming Linsell, who was given a seven-point start. He won the final 21-23, 23-20, 23-14.

The day was excellently organised by Steve and Linda Long, with a good hand from Pete Woodacre.