21 Sep Fusion Juniors Dominate London in Season’s First Tournaments
In an excellent start to the season, Fusion players dominated London’s tournaments.
In the first weekend of contests, The Fusion players descended on London Academy on the 1st of September. All the players were excited to play their first tournament of the season after a good summer of training. Their preparation was rewarded with success in all events. After a slow start, Tiana Dennison was victorious in lifting the under 18 girls title, defeating Federica Bonato in the final. Lois Perryman’s performance was also outstanding on the day and only halted by Tiana in the semi-finals.
In the boys, Ben Hee rose up to do the double in the under 18s and under 15s. He was on a high after defeating Lewisham’s Joshua Bruce, also from fusion, in a hotly contested under 15s final. He then went on to reach the finals of the under 18s where he met his brother, again proving victorious. Other notable Fusion performances include 11-year-old Ty Dennis, who got to the final of the under 18 boys consolation finals and there were also notable wins from Daniel Nzekwe, Jaden Ahluk and Darius Xavier who took a win off teammate Joseph Hee. Without exception, all the players performed well and were a credit to Fusion Table Tennis Club.
In the first Four Star tournament of the season held at Greenhouse Crest Academy in Neasden on 15th September, it was the turn of James Smith to come out on top for Fusion. In the Junior Boys Singles final, he beat Sam Wilson, the player he had previously lost to in the singles final at the same event last year.
In the team event, Fusion defeated Greenhouse Academy, the team to beat, on the way to winning the Junior Boys event. The team of James Smith Joseph Hee and Ben Hee proved too tough for the competition and they won the finals 3-0.
The Cadet Singles were hosted at Greenhouse on the Saturday. There were two fusion boys playing in this event and they both progressed through to the final where Ben Hee became champion the second weekend running after beating Joshua Bruce in a close encounter that went the full five sets. Ben Hee had a difficult road to the match, with a great win over man to beat, Louis Price in the semi-finals. But the surprise performance of the day was surely fellow finalist Joshua Bruce, who played spectacularly well to beat the England number 5 ranked Cadet player Felix Tomms andWelsh number 1, Louis Evans.
Speaking with Joshua after, he said he was happy to have played so well and that he’s already reached one of his goals for the season and he hopes he can continue to perform at this level.
Fusion Juniors will be the team to beat at the next 4-Star Tournament when they head to Stockton at the end of October.