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.