The first London Ranking Tournament of the new season at London Academy was another full house. Moreover, Band One went international for the first time.
In what was surely the strongest field yet in the London Community Ranking Tournaments, Band One literally sizzled with international talent. No less than four female players of international standing participated at the top level.
However, 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 finally halted by the highly talented Bogdan. The true winners, however, were everyone of the twenty players that made up Band One, each one of them presenting the tournament with wonderful displays 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 should be another full house. You can book online here, the tournaments tend to sell out quickly, so if you intend to enter we suggest you do so fairly promptly.
A big thank you to Bhavin and the entire team at the London Academy for all of their hard work. The london Ping ranking tournaments could not have happened without their massive contribution. We like to extend a particular thanks to their coaching team for organising their primary school players into a Band 6b event.
If you know of a club or school who would like to host London Ranking tournament we would love to hear from you.