Amanda Mogey turns up title power
Belfast's Amanda Mogey returned to the winning enclosure with a bang at the Power NI Ulster Open Table Tennis Championships in Lisburn, sharing the top honours with mens winner Miroslav Horesji of the Czech Republic.
Mogey has little more to win in a glittering career which has included three national titles, two Commonwealth Games and raft of other titles, but her youthful enthusiasm in taking the revitalised UIster Open Women's title was impressive, matched only by her 16 year old final opponent, Hannah Lynch-Dawson, who battled all the way to give the capacity crowd a real women's final thriller.
Carlow-based Horesji tookMen's title and £1000 winners cheque, with impressive victories over Chris Doran (England), top seed Gavin Rumgay (Scotland) and finally Ryan Jenkins (Wales).
Leading UK player Jenkins looked as if he had fully capitulated to the left-handed attack of Miroslav in the final, but upped his game when trailing 2-0, much to the approval of the discerning audience, but went down 11-6 in the final set.
Ulster players made a big impact with 200 competitors in action. Title holder John Murphy (Leinster) was taken out by Peter Graham (QUB), with Ashley Givan battling superbly before going down to fellow G2014 team member Mogey who also shared in the Mixed Doubles success while Hannah won in the Women's Doubles and Under 18's
Zak Wilson (Civil Service), as leading Junior, narrowly lost 3-2 to top Scot Rumgay in five sets, while Ashley Robinson, home from Sweden, took Jenkins to five sets in the Men's Quarters; his Irish partner, Paul McCreery (Crossgar) also went down to the Welsh No.1 in the semis.