The veterans tournament circuit rolled into Preston last weekend for the Northern Masters table tennis competition and for Steve Kosmowsky from Dewsbury Tog, it was a great start to his first event in the over-70s.

Steve has been a regular competitor through the different age groups and has been reasonably successful.

He was unseeded in Preston in the singles and had a tough start in Group Five along with the number five seed Herbert Neubauer from Switzerland.

Steve beat him in four games and made the knock-out stage as group winner.

The second day saw Steve begin his singles quest with a 3-2 win over Ron Bennett. He then faced number four seed Barry Hill from Dorset and came from 2-0 down to win in five games.

Next up was top seed Brian Hill from Lincoln in the semi-final and once again Steve had to come from behind, taking the last two games 11-9,11-9.

His opponent in the final was number six seed Maurice Newman from Leicester and Steve was a convincing 3-0 winner to make it a fantastic start to his first 70s event.

Keith Powell, from Hermits, continued his dominance in the over-80s. He won the doubles with Mike Meredith and took the singles without dropping a game, beating Meredith in the final.

Bradford League results

Division One: Pudsey A 4 Hermits A 6, Highdale A 10 Unity B 0, Heckmondwike 5 Dewsbury A 5.

Division Two: Baildon A 6 Pudsey B 4, Embassy Yeadon C 10 Fastbats 0, Hermits C 8 Hermits B 2, Hermits D 0 Embassy Yeadon D 10, Hermits E 1 Highdale B 9.

Division Three: Hermits F 8 Baildon C 2, Pudsey C 7 Hermits G 3, Thornbury A 6 Hermits H 4.

Division Four: Baildon D 10 Baildon E 0.