Nordhorn Brettchen Open 2006 at 17.06.2006

Holger Pfeiffer dominates Germany's oldest hardbat tournament

Nordhorn (HH). In the sixth implementation of Nordhorn Brettchen Open, the oldest hardbat table tennis tournament in Germany, there was once again a new title holder. In the third attempt this time with Holger Pfeiffer a league player of the Hanoverian TTSG Wennigsen succeeded who in his table tennis competitions otherwise not uses the simple pimpled rubber bat. This also applies to his teammate Kai Friedrich, who was beaten only in the final as two years earlier.

After injury-related cancellation of last year's winner Franz-Josef Hürmann the two players from Wennigsen ran from the beginning towards the club internal final. Both remained unbeaten in their group matches and had to break little resistance in the semi-finals. While Pfeiffer at least gave a game against the previous year's fourth Ulrich Watermann (TTSV Schloss Holte-Sende), Friedrich came to a straight 3-0 against the French Hardbat specialist Francis Leibenguth (MJK Nomade Vandoeuvre). In the final Pfeiffer crowned his appearance in Nordhorn with his 3:1 with the second victory of day, because earlier he already had won the doubles along with Friedrich over Watermann/Leibenguth.

In the men II competition for amateur hardbat players from district leagues the local actors dominated. Nils Ballast (Spvgg. Brandlecht-Hestrup) won this after a hard fight against Jan Giebel (SV Bad Bentheim), while his team-mate and last year's winner Reinhold Nüsse came in as third. However, in doubles Nüsse won the tournament after rank 2 in the previous year this time on the side of Michael Keil (TTC Blau-Weiß Grevenbroich), who thus completed his first hardbat tournament at once successfully. Individual winner Ballast missed the double victory on the side of his teammate Frederik Beckert only very narrow 10:12 in the fifth game.

Without losing a single game Christian Reinike by the host club SV Eintracht Nordhorn in the men's III remained in front of his teammate Marco Knospe. In the junior class, the brothers Robert and Lukas Bäumer (Cheruskia Laggenbeck and BSV Ostbevern) together won the doubles and Robert in front of Lukas also the singles competition.

With a total of only 25 starters, mainly from Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, the response this time remained far behind expectations. The Nordhorn hosts saw the cause primarily in the soccer World Cup running for a week in Germany, which has obviously held away more table tennis player from participation than they had accepted beforehand. Next year, the tournament will also be placed again closer to the end of the league matches.