The 4th of October saw the 7th Bishop Auckland Bribar 2 star take place. A record entry of 86 players from all over the county including Essex and Surrey shows what a reputation the event is getting.
Bishop Auckland club had 21 players with a further 9 Durham players shows how popular table tennis is in the area.
The day started with success in the u11 boys. Leo Pontone justified his 2nd seeding by reaching the final, but not without a hiccup in the group losing to Rayhan Khan which set up a semi-final show down with the top seed Gene McGhee which Leo duly won, before going down in the final again to Rayhan Khan. Luke Mitchell also had success in the u11 plate event coming away as winner, beating Cleveland’s Will Morris in the final. Bishop Auckland player Anya Milne also took home gold, winning the u11 girl’s plate event.
Bishop’s own Peter Smallcombe and Max Duffin reached the last 16 of the u15 boys before going down to 2nd and 3rd seeded players. The plate event saw 5 Bishop players reach the last 16; with Hayden Gilmour doing well to reach that stage in his first event, Luca Pontone went one step further reaching the quarter finals. However the player to watch was Sam Hume, Sam really finding his feet went all the way though the draw to reach the final, where he beat Aaron Radford from Yorkshire 3-0.
Emma Smith continued her improvement to reach the quarter finals of the u15’s plate before losing to the eventual winner.
The u13’s saw 4 Bishop players reach the last 16, With Luca Leo and Alex Robinson all bowing out, Peter Smallcombe continued his form to reach the final before going down to Durham Team mate and top seed Tom Rayner.
The u18 boys saw Jack Jacomb, Rob Renton and Max Duffin all reach the last 16 before going down to seeds. The plate event saw 7 players reach the last 16 with Connor Elston and Sam Hume reaching the quarter finals and Lee Tinkler going one further to reach the Semis. The u18 girls saw Emma and Abbey both lost out in the Semis of the Junior Girls Plate.
For pictures from the day please see the BATTC facebook site here