|Nordhorn Brettchen Open 2012 at 05.05.2012|
|Franz-Josef Hürmann with the first title defense at the Nordhorn Brettchen Open
Nordhorn (HH). After eleven changing victors Franz-Josef Hürmann from TTF Bönen succeeded in the twelfth edition of Nordhorn Brettchen Open, the oldest hardbat table tennis tournament in Germany, a direct title defense in the main class for the first time. The long been strongest German hardbat player prevailed as in the last year in the final against his doubles partner Ulrich Watermann from SC Bad Salzuflen.
Here the former first division player Hürmann remained ultimately unchallenged as in all previous matches and secured his fourth individual title in Nordhorn with the 3-0 win. On the third place with Christian Reinike from SC Union Emlichheim came the last year's winner of the Men II competition. The doubles final won Hürmann then along with Watermann in their fifth common final for the third time. Here in four games Damian Kleinert (Jugend 70 Merfeld) and Jürgen Lohrie (SV Stikelkamp) had done strong resistance.
In the men II competition for players from the district and county level two hardbat veterans won the race among themselves. Tore Schwefer (DJK Gravenhorst) by his 3-1 victory over Reinhold Nüsse (Spvgg Brandlecht/Hestrup ) made that also in this class the tournament victory went to North Rhine-Westphalia. The third-ranked junior player Fabian Veldboer by the host TTC Eintracht Nordhorn had several veterans behind, who still early in their career began with the simple pimpled rubber racket - as was customary for all players at that time. Two of them, Johann Bartels and Rudi Knospe (TTC Eintracht Nordhorn) came in doubles to rank 2, where they were beaten only by Reinhold Nüsse/Fabian Veldboer.
In the junior level both titles remained in Nordhorn. Steven Pertsch of SpVgg. Brandlecht/Hestrup won the singles and on the side of Christian Uebbing the doubles in the final against the Schüttorf B-cadet Noah Mozgovykh, who for the first time took part at a hardbat tournament as did his doubles partner and teammate Alexander Liedtke.
The very good response from the youngest table tennis players lets hope that the spread of hardbat table tennis will continue in Germany. Coming soon more hardbat tournaments follow in Demmin, Berlin-Tegel, Mettingen near Osnabrück, Kassel, Cologne and in Waltrop.