Thanks to Malcolm for this report:
Ian Talbot won his first Titan Club Singles Title when he beat the defending champion Lindsay Ward in the final 4-3 (2-11 9-11 13-11 8-11 11-8 11-7 11-8) After being down 1-3 Ian became more relaxed and adopted a more aggressive approach as he sensed that Lindsay’s attack was waning. Ian’s previous best result was runner up to Depak Patel in 2007. Ian has won the Titan Doubles on 4 occasions (2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007) and the Over 40 Singles twice (2004 & 2006).
Ian had been a leading Wellington junior and he won the Wellington Primary Schools Boy’s Singles (1966), the Wellington Secondary Schools Junior Boy’s Singles (1967) and the Hutt Valley Open Under 18 Boy’s Singles (1971). He stopped playing in 1975 and did not resume playing again until 1995. Recent successes include winning the Wellington Open Over 40 Singles the last 2 years.
In the Club Doubles Depak Patel/Elias Villanueva beat Keith Aldersley/Paul Brown 3-1 Lindsay Ward retained his Over 40 Singles when he beat Bryan McConnochie 4-3 (11-9 9-11 9-11 11-9 9-11 12-10 11-5). Bryan held 2 match points at 10-8 in the 6th game when Lindsay called a time out. Lindsay then slowed the game down and won the next 4 points to take the game and then ran away with the 7th game to take the match. Jack Blackmore won the Over 80 Singles beating Norman Bishop 3-1 (12-10 11-6 7-11 11-5).
The Titan Club Championships were only started in 1994. Lindsay Ward has won the most singles (7). Ian Talbot and Malcolm Wong share the most doubles wins (4). The Club Singles and Doubles winner are listed below:
Singles Doubles 1994 Nha Nguyen Not held 1995 Malcolm Wong Win Nguyen & Jake Yang 1996 Nha Nguyen Danny Lam & Jake Yang 1997 Nha Nguyen Matthew Hobbs & Malcolm Wong 1998 Win Nguyen Malcolm Wong & William Yang 1999 Win Nguyen Malcolm Wong & William Yang 2000 Win Nguyen Nha Nguyen & Win Nguyen 2001 Lindsay Ward Malcolm Wong & William Yang 2002 Lindsay Ward Philip McConnochie & Jens Schuering 2003 Catherine Zhou Chris Talbot & Ian Talbot 2004 Lindsay Ward Bryan McConnochie & Ian Talbot 2005 Lindsay Ward Robert Chung & Bryan McConnochie 2006 Lindsay Ward Chris Talbot & Ian Talbot 2007 Depak Patel Chris Talbot & Ian Talbot 2008 Depak Patel Nha Nguyen & Lindsay Ward 2009 Lindsay Ward Depak Patel & Raewyn Young 2010 Lindsay Ward Nha Nguyen & Lindsay Ward 2011 Ian Talbot Depak Patel & Elias Villanueva