Ella Barnard was a double winner as Norwich took home two trophies from the Centenary English Leagues Cup Competitions finals, sponsored by Rocca Creative.
Barnard joined Lauren Charles to seal the JM Rose Bowl for women on Saturday, before teaming up with Eva Eccles to take the Bromfield Trophy for Junior Girls on the Sunday.
The Senior men’s Wilmott Cup went to Stockton, while the Carter Cup for Junior Boys was won by Plymouth.
The competition was held at Draycott & Long Eaton TTC and saw the first ELCC champions crowned since before the pandemic, in 2019.
31 of the 32 finalists played – Stockton had to withdraw from the JM Rose Bowl because of a positive covid test. In total, 107 teams entered the zonal stages from which the finalists qualified.
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Stockton, runners-up twice previously, finally took the spoils with a final defeat of Plymouth.
Plymouth put the first point on the board as Dominic Sussex defeated Tom Rayner 3-2 (12-10, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8), but Joe Ferguson restored parity with a 3-1 (12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6) victory over Olly Cornish.
The two Stockton players then teamed up to take the pivotal doubles in a fifth-set decider – the winning margin 3-2 (6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6) and it was left to Ferguson to overcome Sussex in three (11-6, 11-9, 12-10) to take the title.
Leeds beat Wembley & Harrow A 3-1 to take the bronze medal as Simon Noutch claimed a double against Costas Papantoniou and Agnelo Naik and combined with David Thompson to win the doubles. Naik had made it 1-1 by defeating Roman Doryn.
Final standings: 1 Stockton, 2 Plymouth, 3 Leeds, 4 Wembley & Harrow A, 5 Norwich A, 6 Leamington, 7= Guildford A and Guildford B (play-off not played).
JM Rose Bowl
Lauren Charles and Ella Barnard teamed up to beat Liverpool 3-0 as the JM Rose Bowl went East.
It was a relatively routine victory which was begun by Charles’ 3-1 (11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5) victory over Claire Peers.
Barnard extended the lead with a 3-0 (11-9, 11-3, 11-5) win over Gemma Grant and the doubles was the clincher as Norwich took it 3-1 (11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8).
The bronze medal went to Plymouth (Yuki Gresswell, Rachel Trevorrow and Emily Haskell) thanks to a 3-0 victory over Leicester.
Final standings: 1 Norwich, 2 Liverpool, 3 Plymouth, 4 Leicester, 5 Halton, 6 Worthing, 7 Wembley & Harrow.
Ella Barnard won her second trophy of the weekend as she struck gold with Eva Eccles – the Norwich team defeating Halton in the final.
It was Barnard who started things off with a 3-1 (11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3) win over Niamh Scarborough, and Eccles then also won in four, defeating Jessica Morris 3-1 (2-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-3).
The doubles went the distance but it was the Norwich pair who came from behind to win it 3-2 (11-6, 9-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7) to seal the gold.
Derby won the bronze courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Loughborough in the play-off. The winning team was Connie Dumelow and Naomi Coker.
Final standings: 1 Norwich, 2 Halton, 3 Derby, 4 Loughborough, 5 Plymouth, 6 Liverpool, 7 Great Yarmouth, 8 Luton
Olly Cornish and Herbie Sage took the cup back to Plymouth, as Cornish made up for a silver medal in the Wilmott Cup the previous day.
Cornish struck first in the final against Birmingham as he emphatically overcame Wajid Wafiq 3-0 (11-4, 11-1, 11-1), but Nathaniel Saunders hit back for the Midlanders by defeating Sage 3-1 (11-7, 11-3, 11-13, 11-5).
The doubles saw Plymouth go back in front with a three straight (7, 7, 7) victory, and Cornish then won the battle of the earlier victors to see off Saunders 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-2).
Nottingham’s line-up of James Harvey and Fred Jones won the bronze medals by defeating Glossop in the play-off for third and fourth positions.
Final standings: 1 Plymouth, 2 Birmingham, 3 Nottingham, 4 Glossop, 5 Wembley & Harrow A, 6 Wembley & Harrow D, 7 Norwich, 8 Southport
ELCC Committee Chair and Administrator, Mike Smith, said: “Overall, a great atmosphere and a lot of very competitive matches played in good spirit on behalf of their leagues
“One highlight was an exceptional group match in the Bromfield with Norwich just edging Derby but there were many other excellent matches in all competitions
“There were many players who shone but player of the weekend must be Ella Barnard who won for Norwich in both the JM Rose Bowl and the Bromfield Trophy followed closely by Olly Cornish of Plymouth with a win in the Carter and runner-up in the Wilmott.
“Many thanks to Draycott and Long Eaton TTC for hosting, to the organising team from the ELCC Committee and to the umpiring team.”