MATCH REPORT 10 JANUARY 2016
KINGS SNAP UP ANOTHER CLEAN SWEEP
Following the floods at the NSC matches in the DLP Adapted Bathrooms sponsored Isle of Man Table Tennis League have transferred to Centre 21 and Bemahague School on Sunday and Wednesday evenings respectively. The First and Third Divisions are based at Centre 21 and all Division Two matches will be played at Bemahague but the venue will not be available until 27th January.
This past weekend the Third Division teams were in action. The teachers from King William’s College continue to rule the roost with another 10-0 win which put them eleven points clear at the top of the division with a game in hand. Copy Shop D, who narrowly missed out on promotion in the past two seasons, won emphatically. Consequently, they pulled level on points with second-placed Tower C who were surprisingly held to a draw by fourth-placed Surestrike Ramsey E.
Kings (10) Junior Development A (0)
Tom Keating, Stephen Jelly and Mark Cooper didn’t drop a set against the youngsters from Junior Development. Callan Reed came closest to catching out Cooper. Their first set ended with a tie-break but Cooper came through 14/12, 11/9, 11/8. Louis Faragher got to 7/11 against Jelly and William Shooter went one better by reaching 8/11 against Keating.
Peel C (1) Copy Shop D (9)
Eighth-placed Peel C failed to field a third player so were 3-0 down before they started.
The divisional champion Zac Walker and runner-up Billy Coulter made it 8-0 by both beating Tiernan Garvey and Archie Walter in the singles and the doubles.
Mind-you Coulter was taken to a tie-breaker by Walter and had to come back from 2-1 down in sets in order to beat Garvey 11/6, 8/11, 11/8, 7/11, 11/9. Garvey gained Peel’s paltry point in a straight sets win over Kyle Dodd who had earlier beaten Walter.
Surestrike Ramsey E (5) Tower C (5)
Tyler Hannay and Sally Green both bagged a brace and delivered the doubles for Surestrike Ramsey E. Heather Kennett and her Tower C colleagues all beat Victoria Watson who was making her league debut. Then Margaret Forsyth and Yanchun Wang ensured the draw with wins over Hannay and Green respectively. Wang’s 9/11, 8/11, 9/11, 11/6, 11/9 last gasp victory over Green could prove decisive as Tower C still harbour hopes of bouncing straight back into Division Two.
Copy Shop E (3) Surestrike Ramsey D (7)
Captain Jack Yardley clocked-up his sixth hat-trick of the season for sixth-placed Surestrike Ramsey D.
His grandsons Alex and Dylan lost to Libby Quaggin but did well to subdue both Pat Halliwell and Sophie Sheard. Alex edging a 12/10 final set decider in order to overcome Sheard. The league’s oldest lady player Halliwell displayed her stamina and her delight by steering Sheard to a rare doubles victory 11/9, 3/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/6 against the Yardley youngsters.
Copy Shop F (9) Junior Development B (1)
Seventh-placed Copy Shop F moved up two places as a result of this win over a depleted Junior Development team who were short of players so Chris Holmes (welcome back) stepped in to make up the numbers. Holmes naturally won all three of his matches but the scores did not count. Hence, Cameron Dudley and Leo Doyle were able to record hat-tricks and Josh Dudley added another two points with wins over Victoria Watson and Lily Byrne.