Date(s) - 25/11/2012
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Gateshead Leisure Centre
Tyne Tournament 2012/2013
The 2nd Tyne Team Tournament took place at Gateshead Leisure Centre on Sunday 25th of November. Ten club teams from the Northumberland Leagues fought against each other for the Tyne Team Trophy, with Elmfield Thunder emerging victorious, after a day of hard fought matches.
A Swiss Ladder League format was chosen this season to give all teams more play, and over the four league rounds there were some extremely evenly matched games. Ten of the twenty matches played during the league went to a deciding match. Elmfield Thunder were undefeated in the group stages, finishing on 16 points, only dropping 4 points, with their closest match being against Elmfield Lightning. Defending champions St Gabriels finished in second place on 13 points, just ahead of Jesmond Dene on 12 points. Northumbria University finished in fourth place on 11 points, beating NCBC and Elmfield Lightning to the knockout stages by having won more sets during their matches.
In the first semi final Elmfield Thunder took on Northumbria University, with Elmfield quickly winning 3-0 to progress to the final. In the second semi final St Gabriels had the chance for revenge against Jesmond Dene. With a different team chosen this time, St Gabriels defeated Jesmond Dene 3-1, winning both the mens and ladies doubles matches in extremely close fashion 22-20, 21-19.
In the 3rd/4th place playoff, Northumbria University gained their revenge against a tiring Jesmond Dene team with a 3-1 victory. So to the final, and another rematch, Elmfield Thunder against St Gabriels. Both sides changed their lineups in an attempt to gain a tactical advantage. St Gabriels were first on the scoreboard, winning the mens singles. However Thunder struck back in both of the crucial level doubles matches, winning both in close games and effectively winning the contents. The ladies singles was conceded to Elmfield, resulting in a 3-1 victory.
Elmfield Thunder 3-0 Northumbria University
St Gabriels 3-1 Jesmond Dene
3rd Place Playoff
Northumbria University 3-1 Jesmond Dene
Elmfield Thunder 3-1 St Gabriels