Treble chance for Le Fondré (10)

TABLE tennis players young and old battled through to the finals of the Investec Island Championships over the weekend.

Ten-year-old John Le Fondré will play in the Island Championships U15 final this Saturday
Ten-year-old John Le Fondré will play in the Island Championships U15 final this Saturday

Competition was as keen as ever and there were many great matches played at the Geoff Reed Centre in St Clement.

Ten-year-old John Le Fondré had a fine victory against second seed Alfie Sutherland in the under-15 semi-finals, which he won 4-2 in a closely-fought match.

Le Fondré took the ball early and with Sutherland standing back from the table, Le Fondré just picked him off.

Le Fondré will now meet last year’s Channel Islands U13 champion Leon Pierre in the final, at FB Fields on Saturday.

It will be a busy day for Le Fondré as he will also contest the U11 and U13 finals.

Meanwhile Sutherland regained his composure to defeat Jacob Gosselin in the U18 boys’ semi-final 4-3, having initially thrown away a 3-0 lead.

Sutherland will play David Quinn in the final after Quinn progressed courtesy of a 4-0 success against Pierre.

Island Games coach Tyler Gosselin, who on Thursday won through to the men’s singles final, booked a place in the U21 final after he proved too strong for his younger brother Jacob.

The pair produced some spectacular rallies with Tyler being successful 4-0.

Pierre was left to rue his missed opportunities to close out the match against Quinn in the other semi-final, have led 3-1 before slipping to a 4-3 defeat.

In the Open U11 and U13 competitions, the much fancied Taylor Roche and Le Fondré went through to the finals but only after some extremely competitive matches against Liliana Andrade and Hannah Silcock in the semi-finals.

As expected, champion Irene Brée reached U18 girls’ final, where she will oppose U11 player Liliana Andrade.

The youngster had a great semi-final against Hannah Silcock before winning 4-2. Four of the games went to deuce (10-10) with Andrade winning the fourth game 19-17.

Bruce Gallichan and Eugene Ellis will meet in the O40s and O50s finals while Gallichan faces Martin Tupper in the O60 final, after the latter registered a 4-2 semi-final success against Mick Molyneux.

Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championships are being played on Thursday from 7 pm.

All singles and doubles finals are on Saturday, between 10 am and 3 pm, and spectators are welcome.

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