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Dodd far from done after claiming title number nine

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A RELOCATION to Sheffield was not enough to stop Garry Dodd from capturing the Channel Islands Top 12 title for an impressive ninth time.

The CI Open Top 12 medallists: (left to right) Mariusz Cieminski (bronze), Garry Dodd (gold) and Josh Stacey (silver). (Picture by Mark Windsor, 23734042)

Dodd earned the prized silverware once again, having dominated the competition for the best part of a decade now, as he extended last month’s perfect record against local opposition with a flawless six wins against Jersey on finals day.

Yet the star left-hander was only part-joking when he suggested that his work is only half done in the annual tournament.

‘Number nine. I want to set a record which is never going to beaten, I’m aiming for about 20 titles – that’s realistic, isn’t it?’ he chuckled after dropping just three sets across both fixtures.

On Saturday at the GTTA Centre, with his confidence buoyed by a month of training with GB’s para-elite at the English Institute of Sport, Dodd was not to drop a single set other than in the final showdown against Mariusz Cieminski.

After winning the first two sets with few hiccups, he blundered on several occasions and slipped down 8-11 to the determined Jerseyman in the third.

But he was quickly back up again – blaming a bit of complacency – as he reversed this result in the follow-up set, celebrating his 11th and final victory after an over-shot serve from his opponent.

  • More in Monday's Guernsey Press.

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