End of an Era at Chelsea Academy
First London Ranking Tournament of the season is another full house. Band One goes international!Jon Kaufmann – 3rd November 2019
In what was surely the strongest field yet in the London Community Ranking Tournaments, Band One literally sizzled with international talent including no less than four female players of international standing. But in the end it was two London based players; Bogdan Postudor and three times winner from the London Academy, Gabriel Achampong who clawed their way to the final.
In a thrilling match Gabriel was to see his winning run halted by the highly talented Bogdan, but the true winners were everyone of the twenty players that made up the Band One event, each one of them presenting the tournament with such a wonderful display of explosive table tennis.
But being a community tournament first and foremost, every game in every band is a celebration of community table tennis, and every player’s contribution is regarded as of equal value. That is the ethos of London Ping and given that the last five tournaments have all been sell out events, one can only conclude that the London Ping tournaments are filling a significant vacuum in the Capital’s table tennis calendar.
The London Ping roadshow rolls on to the magnificent Greenhouse Centre in Marylebone next month (17th November) and judging from past experience, this will be another full house. Online bookings are open on our website, londonping.co.uk so if you intend to enter we suggest you do so fairly promptly.
A big thank you to the London Academy for hosting the first tournament of the season and a special salute to their coaching team for organising their primary school players into a Band 6b event. And don’t forget, if you know of a club or school who would like to host London Ranking tournament we would love to hear from you.