L.E.S. Cup 3 - 2009/2010
Champion: Franck "Spin" Raharinosy
Runner-up: John "Sandpaper" Laramie
The L.E.S. Cup final, one of the biggest NYC ping pong events of the year, took place this last Saturday, January 23 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center in the Lower East Side. A huge crowd turned out for an incredibly exciting display of ping pong skills and upsets.
In the first round of play, the two time L.E.S. champion, Andy “Pupa” Fontanez beat me, your Gossima blogger, in two very close games of 11-9, 11-9. Franck Raharinosy, from Spin New York, beat Pupa in the next quarter-finals round, and went on to face two more tough opponents, chopper Perry Chen in the semi-finals, and sandpaper player John Laramie in the finals, to ultimately become the new L.E.S champion. John Laramie looked strong throughout the night and will definitely be a big contender for the L.E.S. Cup 4 next year. A number of players brought their "A" game to the table, including Mikal Cook, Ben Stone and Khairi Mdnor. Ben Symth, the organizer of the event, came on strong in the first round of matches, beating James Leet. In the quarter-final rounds, Perry Chen looked relaxed as usual, but just barely beat Ben Symth in what was the most exciting match of the evening (9-11, 11-8, 11- 8)
Congratulations to Franck Raharinosy for his L.E.S. Cup win. Joshua Griffler (aka Griff) did an amazing job as the master of ceremonies. A huge thanks to Ben, Alex, Damian, Kevin and the rest of the Grand Opening crew for Pong and the L.E.S. Cup 3. I look forward to Pong 4, next year.here.
Hundreds of people came to see the L.E.S cup and sadly some people had to be turned away at the door because of overcrowding. Grand Opening made a formal apology this morning to anyone who couldn't get in to see the L.E.S. Cup because of capacity issues.
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