Clean sweep for impressive Ryan

THIS season's Ipswich Closed Table Tennis Championships witnessed a first as Ryan Collins won every event he entered, which has never been done to anyone's knowledge.

THIS season's Ipswich Closed Table Tennis Championships witnessed a first as Ryan Collins won every event he entered, which has never been done to anyone's knowledge.

Last season's Ipswich top 12 and Britannia Open winner Collins triumphed in the men's singles, men's doubles, junior singles, junior doubles and mixed doubles.

In the men's singles he didn't drop a set en route, and when you consider his opponents were three-time champion Andrew Dosher, Norwich star Adam Giggley and two-time Ipswich champion and current top 12 champion Andrew Warner, this sums up his potential. The feeling is that he can get better, which is good news for Suffolk, but not so good for other players hoping to win titles.

In the men's singles there were some tough clashes early on as Dosher overcame Andy Homes 3-0, while Suffolk No. 8 Nigel Hodder had chances to beat Giggley, just going down 3-1 after taking the first set easily. Charles Fulcher also had chances to beat Dave Cole before going down 3-1 in their last 16 clash.

In the quarters Jake Collins stunned Dave Cole 3-0, while Hutchinson just didn't seem to get his usual range against Giggley and Warner was too strong for Fulcher. Ryan Collins overcame Dosher, despite a couple of excellent close last two games.

In the semi-finals Ryan went to new heights in totally out playing Giggley, and although Giggley had a game point in the third set, Ryan always seemed to raise his game when challenged on the day.

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Equally Warner played superbly against Jake to win 3-1 in their semi-final.

In the final Ryan eased through the first against Warner and at 10-4 in the second seemed to be home, but Warner started to find some form with his long-range retrievals and got back to deuce, only to serve off at the vital time.

In the third set Warner played sharper and took a 9-4 lead. However Ryan fought back and showed why on current form he is the best player in Suffolk as he dug deep to play some breathtaking power shots to reel off seven points in the trot and take what could be the first of many singles titles.

In the Women's Singles, Aimee Sparkes eventually toppled her rival Vicky Gray in a tight five-setter to take her second Ipswich women's crown.

Aimee then doubled up with Ryan to take the mixed title, while Vicky Gray and Sonja Talbot won the women's doubles.

Vicky deserves credit for her efforts as she has recently come back from a forced lay-off.

Ryan won the junior singles in a round robin, beating both Barnes and Jake 3-0 while Sian Cooke added the Ipswich singles title to her Junior Suffolk title.

In the Premier Singles final, Ashley Phillips beat Malcolm (Daddy) Collins.

A date to watch out for is the Britannia East Anglia Top 16 invitation tournament

It is taking place at the Britannia club on April 22 and is open to any players of British National League level and above.

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