Promising table tennis junior Jake Ferrell prevailed in a seven-set thriller over fellow teenager Harrison Grimshaw to win Albany Table Tennis Club men’s singles club championships this month.
Ferrell cruised through the men’s singles semifinal against Vince Hilder without dropping a set while Grimshaw defeated veteran Peter Muller in five sets in his semifinal, to set up an all-teenage final.
In an extremely tight tussle, Ferrell prevailed in a marathon seven-set final, defeating Grimshaw 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 12-10, 10-12, 9-11, 11-3.
Despite dropping the first set and entering the last set of the match having lost the last two sets to Grimshaw, Ferrell held his nerve to win his first club championship.
The 15-year-old said he was “rapt” to win the knockout championships.
“I have played (Harrison) heaps of times,” Ferrell said.
“He has been to nationals so it’s a pretty good achievement.
“I got pretty nervous before the final game but I got five or six points ahead and steadied from there.”
Rising ladies’ player Jenni Grimshaw produced another impressive performance to win the ladies’ singles club championship over Elaine Clementson in four sets.
Grimshaw dropped just one set on her way to victory, winning 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9.
While in the junior singles club championships O’Shaye Morrison proved too strong for Kye Paunich in another marathon final that lasted seven sets.Morrison eventually won five sets to two but only after the pair traded sets for the first four games, Paunich tiring as the match wore on finally succumbing 8-11, 10-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 14-12, 11-9.
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