Alpha President wins gold in All England

L to Right Eugene McKenna and Graham Henderson who won the mens doubles.  Extreme right is Michael Watt who won the mens singles title at the Roadside Motors Ulster Masters. (2nd from right is Brian McKee, former international who competed in the Mixed Doubles 55+). Eugene, Graham and Michael all play at Alpha.
L to Right Eugene McKenna and Graham Henderson who won the mens doubles. Extreme right is Michael Watt who won the mens singles title at the Roadside Motors Ulster Masters. (2nd from right is Brian McKee, former international who competed in the Mixed Doubles 55+). Eugene, Graham and Michael all play at Alpha.

Alpha President Graham Henderson teamed up with former Alpha international Mark Topping to lift the 50+ Mens Doubles title in the prestigious 100th All England Senior Masters at the weekend.

Having battled their way through to the quarter-final with a three set win over top Danish pair Jan Peterson and Jesper Tolman, they still had a lot to do if they were to win the title.

Despite dropping the opening set against the seeded pair from England Donald Burden and Jim Teale, they booked their passage into the semis by winning the next two sets 21-13 21-17.

With Topping now based in Dublin, the former internationals had little time to prepare for the event.

However, they brushed past the top seeds Jon Austin and Mark Golds 21-12 21-16.

Having reached the final, Mark and Graham were never going to throw in the towel against their Indonesian opponents.

The pair were able to turn the clock back and lift the coveted title in England beating the No2 seeds Puryanto Tan and Suganyanto Hadi Wahono 21-17 21-14.