Colquhoun Trophy Tournament for South West Schools
Marlborough College, 6th March 2022
Jamie McManus reports: Sunday 6 March saw the first playing of the Colquhoun Trophy tournament for two years, as players from Blundell’s, Marlborough, Sherborne and Winchester came together for an excellent day of Singles. Particular thanks are owed to Tom Kiggell and Marlborough College for being so hospitable, the warming cooked lunch provided by our hosts being a very significant improvement on the usual packed lunch solution.
In the U18 competition, Blundell’s players Ed Swarbrick and Felix Stone impressed despite the long car journey from Tiverton before losing out in the quarter-finals to Chris Lee and Archie Todd-Leask, while Felix and Archie’s 12-10, 2-11, 11-8 match was one of the highlights of the day. Henry Akerman, having lost out to Adam Kiggell in the main competition, would also find the Blundell’s pair tough opposition in the Plate but won through in both games to take the honours. Meanwhile with things having gone to seeding in the main draw, Chris Lee and Kaito Brenner found themselves in a hard-hitting and competitive final, which eventually went Chris’s way 11-7, 11-9.
There were no significant upsets in the U16 competition as Winchester’s Anthony Cloke Browne and Jeffrey Chan won through to the final; but Kai Neu impressed in making the semi-finals, and a Plate format that guaranteed all those involved at least 4 matches across the day was won in the end by Aneesh Kulkarni once he had overcome a succession of his Wykehamist peers. The main final between Jeffrey and Anthony was a match of two halves. Jeffrey raced into the lead and was 11-6, 10-7 up before Anthony really found his footing to turn things around and win 6-11, 12-11, 11-0.
Preliminary round: E Swarbrick (Blundell’s) bt V Simpson (Marlborough) 15-0
Quarter-finals: J Lee (Winchester) bt Swarbrick 11-1, 11-2; A Todd-Leask (Marlborough) bt F Stone (Blundell’s) 12-10, 2-11, 11-8; A Kiggell (Marlborough) bt H Akerman (Winchester) 11-5, 11-3; K Bremner (Winchester) bt R Stratton (Marlborough) 11-4, 11-1
Semi-finals: Lee bt Todd-Leask 11-6, 11-4; Bremner bt Kiggell 11-7, 11-2
Final: Lee (Winchester) bt Bremner (Winchester) 11-7, 11-9
Plate: 1st Akerman; 2nd Stone; 3rd Swarbrick
Preliminary round: R Zhou (Winchester) bt R Beard (Sherborne) 15-7; T Miers (Winchester) bt B Aubury (Winchester) 15-6; K Neu (Marlborough) bt G Bowden (Winchester) 15-6; A Kulkarni (Winchester) bt C Casben (Marlborough) 15-1
Quarter-finals: A Cloke Browne (Winchester) bt Zhou 11-1, 11-4; Miers bt S Woodford (Marlborough) 11-8, 11-4; Neu bt A Upton (Sherborne) 11-2, 11-5; J Chan (Winchester) bt Kulkarni 11-3, 11-4
Semi-finals: Cloke Browne bt Miers 11-2, 11-4; Chan bt Neu 11-2, 11-2
Final: Cloke Browne (Winchester) bt Chan (Winchester) 6-11, 12-11, 11-0
1st Plate: 1st Kulkarni; 2nd Zhou; 3rd Woodford
2nd Plate: 1st Bowden; 2nd Aubury; 3rd Casben
Super Plate Final: Kulkarni bt Bowden 15-6