2016/17 Season Weeks 1 - 7
Match Reports – Division Three
Glossop Bandits F 1 v 9 Chinley
This was our first match of the season with our newly-formed team and we were expecting a very tough match from a very strong opposition. Steve played the first match and scored our only point of the evening. However, the whole team played really well and took two of the matches to 5. The overall score doesn’t reflect the enthusiasm and passion shown by all the team’s players. Although we are a full team of juniors, apart from myself, we all played with confidence and a very positive attitude. We are looking forward to a return match from these opponents. My team will only get stronger as we grow in confidence, and we hope we can get some good results from our debut season. Just like to say a big thanks to Richard, Jane and James for a really enjoyable evening and the true sportsmanship that they all showed throughout the match - and also for their support with the umpiring as this was a new experience for our team.
Strines Dragons 3 v 7 Hollingworth Hares
The Dragons always start the season with the ambition to chase promotion; here they received an early reality check from Hares side who had been relegated. Eddie Seville won all three matches for the visitors - not an unusual occurence - but Ian Wilson, who was guesting for the Hares, proved that a hip replacement is no barrier to playing. His awkward style gained 3 wins with varying degrees of ease, beating John and Adrian in 4 and Gordon in 5. The Hares won the doubles, leaving Fishers without a win. Early days!
Hollingworth Methodists 5 v 5 Hollingworth Veterans
Hollingworth D 5 v 5 Hollingworth Hopefuls
An enjoyable evening as always. Colin Laxton won all his three for the Hopefuls, and also won the doubles with Alan Smith. Alan won one. For the D team, Ken and Tony won two each, and Carl won one.
Chinley 5 v 5 Strines Dragons
A very enjoyable match with lots of close games. A first win for little Joseph Cooper.
Strines Dragons 6 v 4 Hollingworth Hopefuls
Always an enjoyable evening against the Hopefuls. A first win of the season for the Dragons was brought about by a return to form for Gordon, who won three, and Adrian, who won two. They combined to win the doubles. The 6 - 4 scoreline doesn’t reflect the fact that only one match was decided in three games.
Hollingworth D 8 v 2 Hollingworth Veterans
A great night’s entertainment, with Ade - as usual - having a major input. Despite his recent knee surgery and limited mobility he gave a really gutsy display of table tennis. Norman’s defensive strength won him 3 out of 3, whilst young Rob Smith did his dad proud with some great attacking play, beating D’s No.1 in 5. Well played.
Alistair and Tony’s game was a real battle, and the 20 - 18 fifth game could have gone either way. Brilliant. Carl was also on form, losing narrowly to Alastair before gaining revenge in the doubles as well as winning two of his singles in style. Very enjoyable - we look forward to the return match.
Hollingworth Vets 10 v 0 Glossop Bandits F
An excellent match between the Veterans and the youngsters. The future looks bright based on the performances of Max, Archie and Luke.
Strines Dragons 3 v 7 Hollingworth Veterans
A very enjoyable and very competitive evening of table tennis where the score does not fully reflect what went on. Of the seven matches won by the Veterans, three were decided in 5 games, and the other four in 4.
Hollingworth D 8 v 2 Glossop Bandits E
There were some close and hard-fought games in this match. Tony Yorke-Robinson had a great match against John Jepson, with some great attacking play from both sides. Also Carl Leonard ‘v’ Andy Robinson, with Carl winning in the fifth. John and Andy won one each for the Bandits. For Hollingworth, Tony and Carl won three each and Ken Handley won one. The doubles went to five with Tony & Carl ‘v’ John and Andy. Hollingworth won 11 - 9 in the last game.
Chinley 3 v 7 Hollingworth Hopefuls
A very nice game as long as you were Hollingworth.
Glossop Bandits F 3 v 7 Hollingworth Methodists
Match 3 for our new team. Some great success tonight - our youngest team member, Connor, played for the first time and won two games, showing great enthusiasm and a very positive attitude. Archie and Luke scored their first points of the season, Luke winning two and Archie one. A great team achievement to see steady progress being made week by week. Great sportsmanship from the Methodists. Our thanks for their help and support during the evening.
Hollingworth Hares 4 v 6 Glossop Chinley
As usual, Graham had too much class for the ‘ageing hares’ and coasted to three victories. Jane shows great promise and I am sure she will win plenty of games in this division. She played well in partnering Graham to a doubles win. The real star as young Joe who won two of his singles, including a five game thriller against Mike. The standard in the third division is definitely going up - good to see.
Glossop Bandits E 3 v 7 Glossop Bandits F
Excellent evening - everyone enjoyed the matches. Good to have younger players scoring matches - well done!
Strines Dragons 10 v 0 Glossop Bandits E
A successful evening for the Dragons, with half the matches decided in straight games. For the visitors, Andy Robinson provided most resistance, losing in five twice and in four once. An enjoyable evening.
2016/17 Season - Weeks 8 - 16
Hollingworth Hares 7 v 3 Hollingworth Methodists (week 7)
Three five-game thrillers - the story of the night. Peter proving too good for Eddie and Mike in the fifth. Also, Paul edging out Mandy in a very close contest. Congratulations for the ‘new boy’ for the Hares, Paul Darwin, who collected the first wins of his competitive Ping Pong career.
Glossop Bandits F 0 v 10 Hollingworth D (week 7)
A great effort tonight by the young lads but they were given a lesson in how to play table tennis by the very experienced opposition players. The ages of all three of our players added together didn’t add up to the age of their youngest player! Great fun was had, and total respect was shown by the lads. The older experienced players were very helpful and sporting in trying to give advice and tips to the younger team. A great effort, and a couple of the matches went to 4 games. Keep trying and working hard lads, and keep up the positive attitude.
Hollingworth D 3 v 7 Strines Dragons
Strines Dragons proved too strong for us on the night. Pat Downs, John Ashworth and Adrian Bellis won two each for Strines, and Tony Yorke-Robinson won all his three singles for Hollingworth. John and Adrian won the doubles from Ken Handley and Tony to end the evening winning 7 - 3.
Hollingworth Vets 9 v 1 Hollingworth Hopefuls
Lots of nets, edges and ceilings! A very enjoyable evening.
Hollingworth Methodists 7 - 3 Chinley
Both teams played well, with lots of close games.
Hollingworth Hopefuls 4 v 6 Hollingworth Methodists
We played well.
Strines Dragons 10 v 0 Glossop Bandits F
I’m afraid the Dragons ate the Bandits for dinner! This was a very one-sided evening with only two matches going to 4. This is early days for Bandits F and their youngsters will improve as the season progresses.
Hollingworth D 8 v 2 Chinley
Young Joseph Cooper was on fine form, winning two of his three matches. He has the shots, and is fast - he is one to watch. Tony Yorke-Robinson won his three for Hollingworth, with Ken Handley and Carl Leonard winning two each. Tony had a tough match against Joseph which Tony won in the fifth. James Krassowski and Joseph gave Tony and Carl a hard time in the doubles but Tony and Carl won 11 - 9 in the fifth.
Glossop Bandits 0 1 v 10 Hollingworth Hares
A really enjoyable match against very experienced opponents. All the lads played well, and Archie took his match against Ian into a fifth game. Max played really well and took a game off Ian as well. Connor, who is our youngest player, did brilliantly and was unlucky not to win a game. His effort and attitude was brilliant and he will only grow stronger and more confident the more matches he plays in. The Hares all said it was great to see the young players coming through, and that they all played well. Thanks to the Hares for making it a great evening. Well done again to our young team. Archie enjoyed playing his granddad, Alan Fishwick.
Hollingworth Veterans 5 v 5 Hollingworth Methodists
An honourable draw on a balmy winter’s evening. The highlight was a five-game thriller between David and Kass.
Hollingworth Hares 9 v 1 Strines Dragons
The final scoreline does not reflect the closeness of some of the games - especially the two ‘five-setters’ between Mike and Gordon, and Fishers and John.
Strines Dragons 6 v 4 Chinley
When Graham is playing for Chinley it all becomes a question of whether everyone can beat the other two and pick up the doubles. As Graham played in the doubles, that was a bridge too far. Suffice it to say that we all beat the other two with varying degrees of difficulty.
Glossop Bandits E 0 v 10 Hollingworth Veterans
A very friendly evening!
Hollingworth D 2 v 8 Chinley
The latest team to join our Division proved to be a good one. Mike Davis and Debbie Kruger each won their three singles, and Mike’s son Aidan won one. Tony Yorke-Robinson and Norman Clegg won one each for Hollingworth. Mike and Debbie won the doubles against Tony and Norman.
Glossop Bandits F 4 v 6 Hollingworth Hopefuls
A really great close-fought match against the Hopefuls. Connor, our youngest player fought hard and earned his first point for the team. Billy played out of his skin and managed to win all three of his matches, narrowly defeating Hugh in a really tough match. Then he had a fantastic match against Alan, eventually edging it in five games. Archie tried really hard and played very well. The attitude was again very positive and confident, and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all. Thanks to the Hopefuls for all their advice to the young lads, and for the lovely comments they made about them. Looking forward to our return match at Hollingworth. Well played everyone.
Hollingworth Methodists 5 v 5 Glossop Bandits C
Evenly matched - good games.
Hollingworth Veterans 7 - 3 Hollingworth D
A close, enjoyable match. Plenty of good banter.
Strines Dragons 4 v 6 Chinley B
The decision to allow Chinley B to play the second half of the season was a sound one as they will strengthen the League. Whether they will still be in Division Three at the end of the season is a moot point. Certainly they played well to beat us, but there were few easy games all night. An enjoyable evening.
Hollingworth D 4 v 6 Hollingworth Methodists
A good night’s entertainment, and good to see such promising youngsters playing for the ‘Methodists’. Matt had two good wins, and James made a promising debut with plenty of good shots. The match between the two No. 1s was a good battle, with Peter maintaining his excellent record of wins. Well played
Hollingworth Hares 8 v 2 Stanley Square A
Stanley Square came out comfortable winners with Hardwick and Hilton both winning three, and Royle winning two.
Glossop Bandits A 1 v 9 Hollingworth Hopefuls
A good night - enjoyed by all.
Glossop Bandits F 0 v 10 Hollingworth Veterans
A great evening against the Veterans. Some really great matches and rallies, and great points scored. It appears that most members of both teams got new bats for Christmas, and everyone was very confident playing with them. Great attitude again from the young lads who all played well. Max took two of his singles to 5, eventually losing both 2 - 3. But in his last match against David he went 2 - 0 up before David’s skill and experience finally shone through to take the match. The whole of the Vets. team were absolutely fantastic to play against, and kept all the young lads amused with their jokes and funny quotes. The final score doesn’t reflect the effort shown but it was a great evening. Thanks to Alastair, Adie and David.
Hollingworth Veterans 3 v 7 Strines Dragons
Can’t ever remember playing in such a long match. It finished at 10.35pm from a 7.30pm start, with 46 out of a possible 50 games played - 7 matches going to five! Very enjoyable but the Vets. need to talk to themselves about losing so many 5th games.
Strines Dragons 7 v 3 Hollingworth Methodists
A much shorter match than our previous one, with 6 matches being decided in three games. Pete Kelly won two matches for the visitors and he and Matt Parkes combined to win the doubles. For the home side John and Adrian won two matches each, with Gordon picking up three.
Hollingworth Hares 7 v 3 Hollingworth Veterans
Some very hard-fought games, especially the Mike ‘v’ Alastair match.