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DIETRICH MÖWES IS JUNIOR AND SENIOR TABLE TENNIS CHAMPION

Author: Rudi Saunderson / NTTA, 29/03/17

Season Open 2017 - Group Photo

The 1st open table tennis event of the year, the Season’s Open Championships, took place on 24 and 25 March 2017. There was no shortage of excitement, and it was pleasing to see the high standard of table tennis so early in the year. The number of very young players was probably one of the most important highlights of this event.

The absence of a number of players, especially those from the Hardap Region, was about the only lowlight of the tournament.

The senior men’s event produced table tennis of the highest standard. The number of junior players in the top 8 and top 4 positions was very encouraging. Dietrich Möwes caused the upset of the tournament when he 1st eliminated his nemesis, Heiko Fleidl in the semi-final with 3-0 and then in a high powered, high speed match, won the senior title against the 2016 1st ranked senior player, Wayne Green with a 3-1 victory. Another junior, Yannick Bohn was eliminated by Green in his semi-final match. It is only the 3rd time that a player won both the junior and senior titles at the same event. (The last time being during 1990!!)

Season Open 2017 - u15 Girls

A new age group was introduced, namely the under 13 category. The inaugural singles winners were Raica Coelho and Fortune Hashoongo. Raica upset a number of favoured players to clinch the title, with Tanya Masters in second place. The boys’ event saw the start of a new table tennis rivalry, with Fortune Hashoongo and Maximillian Bock. Fortune had the better of Maximillian on the day and clinched the under 13 title. Maximillian’s coach, however, vowed that he will be back to reverse the scores when they meet again. Under 13 will now become a standard category at future events.

The under 15’s saw the 2016 champion, Nangula Iita continuing her dominance and winning the gold again. Tanya Masters was again in silver medal position. Daneel van der Walt met the under 13 champion, Fortune, in the boys final. Fortune gave his all, but Daneel proved too strong and secured the gold medal, after losing the 1st set.

A number of top players were not available for the junior men under 18’s, but it did not take any of the excitement away as Dietrich Möwes and Kean Tait contested the gold medal position. The 2016 number 1 seed, Dietrich proved too strong for Kean, and secured the top position with a 3-0 win.

The regular finalists, Reese Saunderson and Kaitlyn Beukes, battled for the junior ladies (under 18) title. It was a close affair with Kaitlyn eventually turning the tables on her long-time rival with 3-2 sets victory.

The senior ladies category was contested by all the top senior ladies and the top junior ladies. The evergreen veteran, Christa Mrozek, saw off all her challengers in the play-offs to face junior, Reese Saunderson in the finals. The latter attacked consistently, but could not penetrate through the tight defensive play of the seasoned veteran. Christa won gold with a 3-0 victory over her much younger opponent.

Anyone interested in taking up table tennis may contact the NTTA as soon as possible. This can be done via their website, http://namtta.leaguerepublic.com/, via email info.ntta@gmail.com or Facebook (Namibia Table tennis Association – NTTA).

The next tournament is the Rehoboth Junior Open scheduled to take place on 8 April 2017 in Rehoboth. 

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