Andrew Rushton wins STIGA Blackpool 3 Star Open
Andrew Rushton receiving the winner’s trophy and a cheque
for £295 from Blackpool TTC Chairman Mick Parker
At the STIGA Blackpool 3 Star Open Championships, which were held at the popular Blackpool Sports Centre over 9/10 April, players from all over Britain and overseas were in attendance to give a top class display of Table Tennis.
Australian William Henzell headed the line up with England International Andrew Rushton from Manchester the main challenger. Warwickshire’s Kelly Sibley, who recently competed in the European Championships, was the top woman with Hungarian Barbara Kiss the other main seed. Lancashire’s Lindsey Thornton was unseeded but went down in the quarter-final to Yorkshire’s Joanna Roberts.
Women's Singles winner Barbara Kiss receiving the winner’s trophy
and a cheque for £180 from Blackpool TTC Chairman Mick Parker
England International Kelly Sibley had a tough match against Yorkshire’s Joanna Roberts in her semi-final encounter winning in 3 straight but all three games were tight.
Liverpool’s Chris Ford ended a very successful day by winning the veteran’s singles over Oxford’s Jeff Rigby in straight games. He had earlier beaten top ranked Bryn Drinkhall from Cleveland in the quarter-final of the main event. Drinkhall made amends in the under-21 event when he beat Chris Brown of Cornwall and Kelly Sibley overcame Cheshire’s Karen Shepherd in the under-21 womens.
Blackpool’s Stuart Walker appeared in the men’s singles band 6 and excelled to reach the final where he went down to Yorkshire’s Sean Madden 8 in the deciding game.
Mens Singles: Andrew Rushton bt William Henzell 9,8,2.