Table Tennis Scotland hosts its biggest domestic tournament of the year at Bell’s Sports Centre as the top players in the country go head-to-head at the 2017 Scottish National Championships. Matches start at 10am and it’s free admission for spectators.
All roads lead to Perth for what promises to be an action-packed day with 5 national title on the line. In the men’s singles eleven-times Scottish Champion Gavin Rumgay (pictured) is out to equal Euan Walker’s record 12 singles’ titles. The London-based player returns to his home city as number one seed for the men’s singles as he closes in on Walker’s landmark. The Scottish number one beat David Hannah’s ten titles last year and has set his sights on claiming the record for himself next year.
Rumgay’s hopes have been boosted by the absence of Scottish number two Craig Howieson with a shoulder injury but Robert Gordon’s University student and number two seed Colin Dalgleish remains a threat.
In the women’s singles, Kilbirnie’s Rebecca Plaistow (pictured left) is out to repeat her remarkable achievement last year of winning both senior and junior titles. Plaistow faces a considerable challenge on Saturday with established Scottish international players Linda Flaws from Shetland and Perth’s Gillian Edwards also vying for the title. The junior competition takes place on Sunday, also at Bell’s Sports Centre.
This weekend’s event is part of the first-ever Team Scotland series which brings together 17 Scottish national championships across 12 Commonwealth Games sports.
Table Tennis Scotland President, Stewart McGowan, who also hails from Perth will be tournament referee for a remarkable 25th time and commented: “The nationals are the highlight of our domestic calendar and I expect all the titles to be keenly disputed. There is added incentive this year with the Commonwealth Games in the Australian Gold Coast just around the corner in 2018”.
Play starts at 10am with the group stages in the men’s singles followed by the women’s singles group stages from 12 noon. That’s followed by action in the men’s and women’s doubles plus mixed doubles. The finals take place from 2pm onwards.
Admission is free for all spectators!