The Hampshire Closed Tournament was held on 26 February 2014 at Waterside Table Tennis Club and the tournament was a great success for a number of the home players and club members that regularly train at Waterside.
Waterside’s successful season continues to go from strength to strength, with members of Waterside’s teams all making it to the later stages of the competitions.
The Senior Men’s semi-finals featured Wojciech Placek and Phil Handy of Waterside B, and Jimmy Yeung and Ben Cawston who both regularly play and train at Waterside. Jimmy Yeung was in blistering form and too hot to handle for Ben Cawston, making it to the final in three straight sets. The second semi-final was a much closer affair with Wojciech Placek taking the first two sets, before Phil Handy won the last three to reach the final against Jimmy Yeung.
In the final, Jimmy Yeung picked up where he left off in the semi-final by winning the opening set 11-1. Phil Handy recovered to win the second set 12-10, before Jimmy Yeung reasserted his dominance to claim the Senior Men’s title by taking the last two sets.
Phil Handy was not to be defeated on the day though, and with fellow Waterside B team mate Matthew Daish, he managed to take home the Senior Mens Doubles title beating the strong pairing of Chris Butt and John McBeath in five sets. John McBeath is also a member of Waterside and regularly trains with Waterside.
Waterside’s players also had successful runs in the Junior boys singles where Waterside A player Martin Matuzevicius finished runner up to Jimmy Yeung, who took his second title of the day, and in the Cadet boys singles which was won by Waterside E player Artur Caltabiano in convincing fashion.
Artur Caltabiano also made the final of the Junior boys doubles, where he and partner Vincent Cheung met Jimmy Yeung and Chi Lim in the final. The final was a close match, in particular the first and third sets, which could have gone either way. On the day, the victory went to the irrepressible Jimmy Yeung, who completed a personal hat trick with his third title of the day.