Four of our players competed in the Burgess Hill 2 Star at the weekend. Early in the morning Danny Klinger and Jared Hon played the U14’s with Danny having to settle for progressing to the consolation event while Jared went to the main draw having taken 2 wins in his opening group. Danny played well in the Consolation event going through to the semi-final before going out tp Matthew Davies. Jamie Klinger battled but the U14 and U13 events were probably tougher than the U15’s on this day. Jamie went through to consolation event too finally going out to Owen White. Jared reached the quarter final of the U14 main event before succumbing to Ty Dennis Thompson who was having a storming performance only losing to Harry Yip (No.1 seed) all day.
In the U13’s Jared safely negotiated his group before meeting William Saint whom he had earlier beaten in the U14 event. On this occasion William came out on top with a determined performance to avenge his earlier defeat. Thomas Agombar emerged from the group stage of the U12’s to meet 2nd seed Yiannis Kazantzidis who proved just too strong but a very good performance from Thomas.
Danny Klinger who had felt somewhat low after his U14 event must have felt a lot better when the U15’s was played. Danny qualified from his group including an exciting 5 set battle with Owen White from neighbouring Dorset. His reward was a place in the U15 main draw and a clash with another Dorset player Jed Brackenridge. The match with Brackenridge was quite different from the match with the other Dorset player with Danny very dominant, taking a 3-0 win. In the semi-final Pranav Gudipati put the brakes on Danny’s charge towards the medals but it was a strong performance. There was however still the chance of a bronze medal and Danny faced Dorset opposition once again. Owen White whom Danny had beaten in the group stage was the opponent in the 3rd place playoff. Owen put up a strong resistance but Danny was not to be denied and bagged himself a medal.
Coach Ken Macleod was satisfied with everyone’s performance and said that several learning points had been made and progress achieved.