P.S.U.K National Table Tennis Championships 2018
Ian Ferguson continued to break records at the 2018 National Police Table Tennis Championships adding a further two trophies to his long array of National titles. The West Midlands Police Forensic Scene Investigator, partnered PC Paul Du Cros to a first ever Veterans Doubles title, beating the number two seeds and 4 time previous winners Ian Marshall and Neil Harris (West Yorkshire Police) 3-1 in the final.
The due who first paired up together in 2006, winning the Men’s doubles title, had only played together once before prior to this years championships, so it was an even greater achievement considering it had been so long since the left and right handed combination had competed together.
Ferguson then made it a memorable double as he took the Veterans singles title at his first ever attempt, beating reigning champion Ernest Mpundu (South Yorkshire Police), again with a 3-1 score line. Ferguson was yet to drop a set in the run up to the final, having impressive 3-0,wins over Winston Wong (Met Police), Adam Ellis (Nottinghamshire Police) and number 3 seed Graham Slack (Gloucestershire Police) in the semi final.
However, the treble proved just out of reach as Ferguson bidding for his 7th Men’s singles crown, lost out by the narrowest of margins 11-9 in the 5th and deciding set to reigning champion and number one seed Kieran Smith (British Transport Police). Smith himself took to social media after the final to pay tribute to Ferguson (some 17 years his senior), saying how Fergie was “an incredibly talented player” and how the match “could have gone either way”.
Ferguson now has an incredible 16 National titles to his name and will hopefully be selected to represent the The British team at next years U.S.P.E Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. With PSUK representatives threatening to withdraw the Table Tennis team from U.S.P.E competition, should they not allow support staff to compete, Ferguson may get to play in his first ever U.S.P.E tournament, having been selected as the teams coach at the previous 3 tournaments due to not being eligible to compete, being a Scenes of Crime Officer.
“I would love the opportunity to compete in Slovakia” stated Ferguson. “I have captained the British team for over a decade in the European 6 Nations event, but to play in the U.S.P.E championships would be a real honour”.
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