TTV Amstelveen performs excellently at Junior ranking tournament
On Saturday the 29th of February the NTTB organized the youth ranking tournament, during the first day of the NK in Zwolle. Many children from all over the Netherlands came there to compete against each other. Supported by brothers, sisters, clubmates, coaches and of course their parents, they made it a great day. All those happy children who simultaneously played on the 40 tables in 5 different classes for the title of junior class champion. Only the 2 players with the highest percentages from their division were selected.
For TTV Amstelveen Jeffrey v.d. Heuvel was invited to play his games in pool E (5th class).
At 8 o’clock Jeffrey got into the car with coach Guus Korper to be in time for the first group match, which despite some nervousness was won quite easily. In the group of 8 players Jeffrey performed great and managed to win all his 7 matches, despite a number of five-setters, so that in the quarter finals he had to play the number 2 from another group.
Jeffrey also won this match by a large margin, which meant that in the semi-finals he had to face Michael Palinckx of TCO 78 from Ossendrecht.
“He doesn’t do anything and only returns the balls”, Jeffrey complained to his coach a number of times. Jeffrey could not play his best game because of the tactics of his opponent and unfortunately lost the match in 3 games and ended up 3rd in a field of 32 selected players. Well done Jeffrey and the beginning of a great table tennis career.
At the same tournament Sebastiaan Bosklopper, who plays seniors at TTV Amstelveen, made his appearance on behalf of Amsterdam ’78. Under the guidance of club coach Henk Hoonings of AMVJ Sebastiaan performed surprisingly well in the A poule (1st class). Despite one defeat in the group matches he made it to the quarter finals where he defeated Noah Colmsee in a long five-setter.
The semi-final against Liam Mohlmann, who started his career at TTV Amstelveen, was breathtaking. After trailing 2-0 in games, Sebastiaan played very well and managed to get to 2-2, after which Liam collapsed and the decisive 5th game went to Sebastiaan with 11-5.
The final against a much stronger player, who lost only 3 games in 10 matches, was unfortunately lost. Sebastiaan can be proud and satisfied with his 2nd place.