Bucks Closed Championships - 1 December 2018
Triple crown for Robert
The Bucks Closed Championships came to Cippenham on the first day of December and what a success they proved for members of the host club!
Star of the show was undoubtedly Robert Hansell, a key member of the Cippenham team in the Senior British League for very many years, who won all three titles open to him - the Men's Singles, Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles. In the blue riband event, the Men's Singles, Robert won his sixth such title by beating Dave Croucher in the final and then teamed up with the beaten finalist to win the Men's Doubles. There was more Cippenham interest in the latter event as the beaten finalists in that were the Cippenham junior pairing of Shae Thakker and William Fricker.
It was no less a success story for Mary Heffernan, who has joined the Cippenham team for the Veterans' British League this season. Partnering Robert Hansell in the Mixed Doubles, they beat Shae Thakker and Sue Hayes in an all-Cippenham final by the narrowest possible margin of 12-10 in the deciding game. Mary also tasted success against Sue to capture the Ladies' Singles crown and the two of them teamed up to reach the final of the Veterans' Doubles where they were beaten by Dave Croucher and Tim Cheek.
The event was organised by Ken Phillips, Chairman and Head Coach of Cippenham Table Tennis Club.