2019 National Championships Roundup: UK and Ireland

Liam Pitchford shows his class in Nottingham (Photo: Alan Man)

With nationals weekend drawing to a close for another year we roundup the big stories from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

England

Liam Pitchford was crowned Men’s Singles champion of England for the fifth time, storming to a 4-0 victory over six-time winner Paul Drinkhall in the final.

Over in the Women’s Singles tournament Maria Tsaptsinos achieved a shock title win, dethroning three-time champion Tin-Tin Ho to lift the trophy for the first time.

Wales

Charlotte Carey and Callum Evans retained their spot on the top step of the Women’s and Men’s Singles podiums respectively at the 2019 Welsh National Championships in Cardiff.

Showing exactly why she’s the country’s No.1, Carey needed just five games to see off up-and-coming star Anna Hursey while Evans beat Dean Cundy in straight games.

Another title for Charlotte Carey (Photo: ITTF)

Scotland

Gavin Rumgay once again demonstrated his dominance in Scotland, defeating Colin Dalgleish at the final hurdle of the Men’s Singles event to collect his 14th title in the category.

However, surely the star of the show was Rebecca Plaistow who took home silverware in the Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles events.

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Owen Cathcart took the plaudits in the Men’s Singles draw, claiming his first success in the singles tournament with a strong outing against Gavin Maguire.

Sophie Earley came away with her first senior Women’s Singles trophy at the nationals and also proved successful in the Mixed Doubles and Under 21 Women’s Singles competitions.

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