Stocksbridge star wins Sheffield mens singles table tennis championship for seventh time

Stephen Horsfield allows himself a little smile after winning the mens singles final against his Stocksbridge Rugby team mate Matt Kenny, left, in the final.
Stephen Horsfield allows himself a little smile after winning the mens singles final against his Stocksbridge Rugby team mate Matt Kenny, left, in the final.
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It was seventh heaven for Stephen Horsfield at the Sheffield championships at the English Institute of Sport.

The Stocksbridge Rugby ace etched his name into the history books, becoming the first player ever to win the open singles on seven occasions.

Isobel Ashley retains the women's singles title

Isobel Ashley retains the women's singles title

On his way to the title he overcame Mo Khan; five times champion Mark Short; the defending champion Matt Dodds and team mate Matt Kenny in the final by three games to one.

It was an exceptionally strong field which the England ninth ranked veteran negotiated with power, guile and remarkable stamina.

Horsfield added the men’s doubles title to his immense collection of silverware in partnership with Short, with a 3-1 win over Dodds and Dave Thompson.

Isobel Ashley (Abbeydale) retained her women’s singles crown with a 3-0 win over Vulcan’s Judy Walker.

Isobel also doubled up alongside Matt Dodds to take their first ever mixed doubles title, with a win over Redtooth’s Luke Tattersall and Judy Walker.

Tim Dyson (Vulcan Redtooth) became a double champion taking his first veteran’s crown, beating Stephen Horsfield 3-1 in the final. Earlier he partnered Simon Pugh (Stocksbridge) to take the veteran’s doubles title with a win over Shaun Bibby (Abbeydale ) and Richard Lightowler (Crookes).

A new under 12’s champion was crowned in the form of Adam Szabo (Scorpions) who edged out Luke Burgess (Topspin Terriers) in an epic final which went the distance.

The cadet singles was won by Joe Saxton (Dore & Totley Sparrows) and the junior singles by Abbeydale’s Tim Denby.

Cliff Glaves snr (Redtooth) retained his super veterans crown at the expense of Steve Lyons (Piranha) in a lengthy contest which was decided over five ends.

* Full report and results on a two-page picture special in Friday’s Grass Roots, free inside The Star.