Goan Association UK Table Tennis tournament – October 7th 2023
Today the Goan Association UK Table Tennis Championship took place and we had 30 participants across singles and doubles that took part in the tournament.
Excitement and enthusiasm for the tournament was infectious. Glyn and Andy who were seeded players played very well winning the Men’s doubles whilst newbies from Hounslow Myron and Hadlee gave the champions a run for their money however had to settle as Men’s doubles Runners Up .
Glyn also won the prestigious Men’s singles with Hadlee, who wasn’t short of passion as Men’s runner up. Below is an photograpgh from the tournament.
The other participants played like professionals and displayed good sportsman spirit and teamwork. Lloyd Lobo and his entourage did a wonderful job in making the Goan Association and me look good with a well organised tournament. Richard too helped as a match referee for the championship matches.
Eleven teams took part in this annual indoor event held at the ATC Hall in South Wimbledon. The Tournament was opened at 12.00 noon by Jacinto Fernandes who has been organising this event for the last thirty years. The atmosphere was noisy but friendly with fierce rivalry between the teams.
The proceedings were interrupted for a moments silence to remember those Trook players that passed away, particularly Peter Mendes and Claude Santimano. The marathon event finished at about 11.00pm and the winners were Greg’s Five (see photograph of Gregg receiving trophy from Flavio Gracias) with worthy runners-up being Lisboa. Bosco Saldanha, the Vice-President, thanked Jacinto Fernandes for organising the event and the players for taking part. He presented the trophies to winners and losers and the floating trophy, donated by Bonnie De Souza, was presented by the man himself.
The Golden Jubilee Trook Tournament next year takes place on Sunday 30th October 2016 and Jacinto confirmed that it will be the final event for him.