Thirty-three players were at the club on Sunday for their final attempt this season at Wales’ popular junior competition before the Dragon moves into a summer hibernation, ready to return in September.
For the second month running the under 9s title was to be claimed by a Dragon debutant as Rhonnda TTC’s Jayden Picton held off Cardiff’s Toby Harwood on his way to total victory. Jayden was later congratulated by two-time Welsh Mens champion Stephen Jenkins, who used his twitter account to praise the youngster’s hard work in training. Claiming the runner-up spot for the third time in his Dragon career was meanwhile Toby Harwood, edging closer to taking the top prize for himself.
There were no Cardiff City players in the under 11s, leaving Evan Parsons, Elliot Jones, Lewis Parker and Joseph James to battle it out in a four-way competition. In only his second Dragon appearance it was Lewis Parker who emerged victorious, bettering his third place finish in April to win his first tournament title.
Moments after confirming victory in the under 11s, the ambitious Lewis Parker was again in action for the under 13s event. Lewis finished a highly respectable joint-thirteenth in a competition which this month featured a massive twenty participants. David Avery was to finish top of the large under 13s pile, building on the runner-up prize he won in May and beating off stiff competition from former champion Anthony Fazio on his way to the crown.
When Anthony last won the under 13s competition in February, Jac Morris had been seventh. Fast forward four months and steadily improving results for Jac have seen the player close the gap on the top spots, finishing joint third in June for Jac’s highest ever finish in the Dragon. Jac was to share third with another club member, Tom Lam, finishing in the top three for the third month on the bounce.
The under 15s competition that closed the day was once again claimed by David Avery, who once again stepped from runner-up to champion in June after last month losing out to the now ineligible Dan Jones. Jacob Young meanwhile seized his chance to occupy the vacated runner-up spot; a position the player had previously occupied through December and January last winter. Completing the top three in his second event of the day was Anthony Fazio, further proving the young player’s potential by topping his fifth place finish last time to breach the top three of the under 15s at just eleven years old.
With the impending school holidays and the close of the table tennis season, the Dragon Tournament will not be held during July and August. There is no date set yet for the return of the Dragon to Wales come September, but prospective players and parents should get in touch with the club if they wish to be notified of upcoming competitions.
You can find out more about the Table Tennis Wales Dragon Tournament by clicking here.
The full results for the June competition are available below. To see past results go to the League Tables section of the website.