Buddells shine at class second Woolwell Open at Eggbuckland
FATHER and son combination Kevin and Ollie Buddell had a day to remember at a major table tennis tournament in Plymouth.
Kevin, one of the organisers of the Woolwell Open, which attracted some of the UK's top players, reached the final of the veterans' competition.
He was only stopped by former European youth runner-up and UK veteran number one Mike O'Driscoll.
Meanwhile, Kevin's son Ollie won the event's under-18 competition, beating Jordan Bone in the final.
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Kevin was pleased with his own and his son's performances as well as the success of the Open, which Woolwell Table Tennis Club were running at Eggbuckland Community College for the second year.
He said: "For my sins, I reached the final of the veterans' event, against Michael O'Driscoll.
"I was pleased, but it was 3-0 to Michael and tough going."
He added: "It was a fantastic event and enjoyed by everybody who took part."
Woolwell Table Tennis Club player Richard Marshall claimed a worthy scalp in the last 16, defeating England number 11 Damien Nicholls to reach the final eight, where he was knocked out by England number five Chris Doran.
And city and South West coach Paul Whiting played extremely well against the eventual winner of the tournament, Scotland number one Colin Rumgay, despite losing 3-1.
City Paralympian David Wetherill, who has represented Great Britain in the Beijing and London Games, got through to the final rounds, but was knocked out in his group.
Rumgay walked off with the winner's cheque for £1,000.
As well as the prize for the winner, Woolwell stumped up £400 for the runner-up and England nunber three Darius Knight and £250 for the third-placed player, England number eight Matt Ware.
Kevin Buddell said the prize money for the winners matched that of the English Closed Championships, a national tournament.
He said: "We reckon we are probably going to make a small loss on the tournament, somewhere between £600 and £800.
"But really, considering the number of top players we had at the tournament, I think that's value for money.
"It was staged really well, there were no glitches and everything went according to schedule.
"We were offered the chance to stage an England international which would have cost us £9,000, which we thought too much of a risk for a small club.
"But with our tournament, we had top players who wanted to come here and people could chat to them and get their autographs and get up close to what was going on. Where else could you get that?
"The top players have already said they want to come back next year, so hopefully it's going to be on the diary."