Archive for December 2016

Merseyside Disability Table Tennis Grand Prix 2016

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Over 35 players from throughout Britain participated in the Merseyside Para Open, a national disability grand prix event run by Greenbank Sports Academy on 3rd and 4th December.

Ranking points gained at this event contribute towards the national ranking list.  Players participating included current Great Britain Para Pathway and Development Squad members Thomas Matthews, Lucie Bouron, Daniel Bullen and Fliss Pickard.

Merseyside based athlete Tony Edge (1984 Paralympic Silver medallist and 1991/92 English Open Winner) had a good 3-0 win over Thomas Matthews (Wales) in the final of Mixed Class 1-3 singles.

Greenbank’s Sport Development Manager, Mark Palmer (2 x Paralympian) also showed his experience by winning 3 Golds over the weekend.

Mark said:

“It is great for Greenbank to organise national events. This gives disabled players the opportunity to play in a competitive environment,  which really helps them to develop their skills.

It’s fantastic to see new young players coming through, as well as experienced players like Tony Edge still competing and succeeding”.


 Class 1-3   Mixed Singles

Runner Up: Thomas Matthews (Wales)
Winner: Tony Edge (Widnes)

Class 4-5 Singles

Runner Up: Daniel Bullen (St Neots)
Winner: Mark Palmer (Chester)

Class 6-8   Singles

Runner Up: Ryan Henry (Ardrossan)
Winner: Alex Bland (Yorkshire)

Class 9-11 Singles

Runner Up: Tam Eastwood (Wales)
Winner: Joshua Morgan (Wales)

Junior Singles

Runner Up: Ryan Henry (Ardrossan)
Winner: Alex Bland (Yorkshire)

Ladies  Open

Runner Up: Tamer Packford (Blackpool)
Winner: Fliss Pickard (Burnley)

Class 1-5 Wheelchair Doubles

Runner Up: Thomas Matthews/Callan Hall (Wales)
Winners: Mark Palmer (Chester) / Daniel Bullen (St Neots)

Class 6- 11 Standing Doubles

Runner Up: Ryan Morton (County Durham) /Ryan Henry (Ardrossan)
Winners: Tam Eastwood/Joshua Morgan (Wales)

Class 1-5 Wheelchair  Singles Open –  Band A

Runner Up: Daniel Bullen (St Neots)
Winner: Mark Palmer (Chester)

Class 1-5 Wheelchair  Singles Open –  Band B/C

Runner Up: Sam Cothers (Belfast)
Winner: Andrew Green (Billingham)

Standing Open – Band A

Runner Up: Alex Bland (Yorkshire)
Winner: Josh Morgan (Wales)

Standing Open – Band B/C

Runner Up: Ryan Morton (County Durham)
Winner: Tam Eastwood (Wales)

Merseyside Schools Wheelchair Basketball Tournament 2016

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Tournament winners, Alt Bridge School

Tournament winners, Alt Bridge School

The first Merseyside Schools Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, involving forty children from four schools (Sandfield Park, Woodchurch High, Lansbury Bridge and Alt Bridge) took place at Greenbank Sports Academy on 28th November.

Tournament winners Alt Bridge A remained unbeaten throughout and beat Woodchurch High 6 vs 0.

Kerri O’Reilly, a member of staff from Alt Bridge said:

“The children have really enjoyed the competition and look forward to experiencing using the wheelchairs at future events.”

Organiser Steve Sullivan added:

“A big thank you to the students from Greenbank College and LJMU who helped the tournament to run so smoothly.”

Schools Power Hockey Tournament 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Winning team SFX in power hockey chaiirs

Winning team from SFX

Eight teams from six local schools; Broadgreen International; Woodchurch High, Sandfield Park (A&B teams), St Francis Xavier, Lansbury Bridge (A&B teams) and Cavendish took part in exciting Power Hockey Tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 24th November.

The tournament, which involved disabled and non-disabled children competing as team mates was closely fought.

The tense final involved rivals Broadgreen International and St Francis Xavier.

St Francis Xavier were the eventual winners, with a close 6 vs 5 score line.

Power Hockey Player Liam Ashton, who is a pupil at Broadgreen International School said:

“I love playing power hockey!! As an electric wheelchair user, I have very limited opportunities to play competitive sport. Power hockey is really fast and full contact, so it’s great fun, plus I can play it with my non-disabled friends. I’ve come to the tournament today with three friends from school and it’s a brilliant feeling to be part of the team.

I come to Greenbank on Wednesdays from 5 to 6pm, every week to play.

What we really need is to get more disabled people playing power hockey and create a league. Eventually, I would like it to be a Paralympic sport – it’s my ambition to play power hockey at the highest level and represent my country.”

Sport Development Officer Pete Wyman added:

“To develop the sport and offer the opportunity for more disabled people to play power hockey we need funding to buy more chairs, which cost £4000 each. Call me on 07733 930221 if you can help.”