Top players dig deep to win in the Fun-88 sponsored IOM Table Tennis League.
Division one: Copy Shop A (78) top the league with Travellers A (72) in second place with a game in hand, followed by Arbory (63) with two games in hand. Division two: Peel A (96) are at the top followed by Tower B (87). Travellers B (82) slip into third place. Division three: Play It Forward A (124) extend their lead to 19 points at the top followed by Travellers D (105) in second place, closely followed by Ramsey D (93) who have two games in hand. Division four: Copy Shop E (83) extend their lead over Ramsey G (73) followed by Peel E (58) in third place.
Copy Shop A (8) Tower A (1)
Given that Copy Shop are positioned at the top of Division one and Tower are at the bottom, this was no easy match for them. Tower fought hard and took two games to fifth set deciders, two games to the fourth set and held on for four tie breaks. Sean Drewry and Paul Corran won hat-tricks and Adam Davies won two games for Copy Shop’s eight points. Tower’s David Parsons continues his recent run of good form, won one game in a fifth set decider 6-11 and kept his team from a whitewash.
Travellers A (7) Ramsey B (2)
With some passionate passages of play, both teams fought hard in this fixture. Four games were settled in the fifth set and there were no less than seven tie-breaks! Scott Lewis won a hat-trick for Travellers and team mates Mark Townsend and Malcolm Cummings won two games each. For Ramsey, Chris Holmes and Chris Holland won one game each, both in fifth set deciders.
Strathallan (5) Ramsey A (4)
In this mid-table battle, there were some outstanding individual performances, especially from the Ramsey captain Adam Teare. Ramsey also had one step-up player in their team from D2. Strathallan needed a good result from this fixture to stay safe, Julian Briercliffe won two games without losing a set and Wayne Taylor won two, both of his in fifth set deciders. Andrew Patterson won one game to add to their tally and and claim the win. Ramsey’s Adam Teare won a hat-trick, in his game against Briercliffe, he was two sets down, dug deep in the third set to win and went on to win the next two sets and take victory in the fifth. Rhys Yardley won one game for their four points.
Peel A (5) Copy Shop B (5)
With one epic game decided in a fifth set tie-break, four fifth set deciders and eight tie-break sets, this match could not have been closer! Peel’s Malcolm Lewis just about won a hat-trick, in one of his games he was losing 0-2 and 6-10 down in the third set against Malcolm Lambert but dug deep to win the third set 12-10 and went on to win the game in a fifth set tie-break 13-11! Peel’s other two games were won by Stuart Mason and the pairing of Malcolm with Stuart for the doubles win. For Copy Shop, Malcolm Lambert and Ewan Watterson won two games each and Rob Sim won one game for their five points and the draw.
Travellers B (10) Copy Shop C (0)
Despite some spirited play from Copy Shop, with four games settled in the fourth set and one settled in the fifth, their efforts were were unsuccessful converting any of their games into a win. They suffered a whitewash by the Travellers team who were Mike Dunning, Nathan Evans and Paul Mathieson-Nelson, Mike and Nathan paired up for the doubles win.
Desmonds Douglas A (10) Travellers C (0)
In this fixture the scoring from both teams was very close. With three fifth set and two fourth set deciders, it was unfortunate for Travellers that they could not convert any games to a win and prevent their whitewash. The Desmonds Douglas team were Jim Travers, Russell Kent and John Callow, Jim and Russell paired up for the doubles win.
Travellers D (4) Ramsey E (6)
In a very hard fought match, there were nine tie-breaks, four fourth set and two fifth set deciders, with strong individual performances the final result could have easily gone either way. For Travellers, Rob Wright won two games and Alan Harding won one game, Maurice Campbell and Alan paired up for their doubles win. William Dalugdugan won a comfortable hat-trick for Ramsey, Matthew Bell won two games and Frank Feeney won one game.
Tower C (8) Ramsey F (2)
This was a comfortable win for the Tower team against a weakened Ramsey who played with one step-up player from D4. Barry Jenkins won a hat-trick for Tower, Mike Chapman and Margaret Forsyth won two games each and Margaret with Barry paired up to win the doubles. The resistance from Ramsey came from Nathan Walker who won two games.
Play It Forward A (9) Peel C (1)
The result in this match was not a surprise given the league positions of both teams, however there were some exceptional passages of play with four tie-break sets and one fifth set decider, Peel were unlucky to pick up any more points than they did. Play It Forward’s Brandon Montgomery and George Tsioutsioulis both won hat-tricks and step-up player Zoltan Daniel won two games. For Peel, young William Shooter saved his team from a whitewash and won one game.
Ramsey D (10) Play It Forward B (0)
With the exception of two fifth set deciders and one fourth set decider, this was a fairly one-sided match in which Play It Forward were unfortunate not to come away with a solitary win and prevent their whitewash. The Ramsey team were Glen Callow, Charlie Callow and Sally Green, Glenn and Charlie paired up for the doubles.
Desmonds Douglas B (4) Peel D (6)
In this mid-table fixture, only two games were settled in three sets, the rest were in four sets with six of them decided in tie-breaks. Peter Russell, Jo Healey and Richard Hill all won one game for Desmonds Douglas and Peter with Jo paired up for the doubles win and their four points. For Peel, Ronan Thompson and Vlad Lannin both won hat-tricks for their six points and the win.
Peel E (10) Junior Development North (0)
With the exception three games, from which the JD North team were able to win three sets, this was a one sided match which resulted in their whitewash by the Peel team of James Devereau, Suvi Shaw and Miltos Proxatakis, James and Miltos paired up for the doubles win.
Copy Shop E (6) Ramsey G (4)
The final score for this top of the table fixture reflects the close league position of both teams. Mike Levine won a hat-trick for Copy Shop and team mates Daniel Levine and Corbyn Schade both won one game each, Daniel and Mike paired up for the doubles win.From Ramsey it was Lisa Lord and Wilma Dalugdugan who both won two games each for their four points.
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Five player Debut at the Halton Two Star Table Tennis Tournament
On the weekend of Saturday 11th January 2020, a party of twelve young table tennis players travelled to Halton in Widnes to take part in the two star event. The first medals to come our way were in the under 21 event, Sonja Shaw took Gold by beating Silver placed Libby Quaggin in the final 11/8, 9/11, 11/7, 13/11.
Jake Morris took home two medals, Silver after coming runner up in the under 11 boys and Gold when he beat team mate Amit Lanin in the final of the under 13 boys plate, 12/10, 2/11, 11/7, 9/11, 11/8.
Amit took part in his first off island trip and played extremely well in the Cadet boys event when he beat team mate William Dalugdugan in the quarter final but couldn’t do enough to get through to the final and had to settle for his one Silver medal from the under 13 boys.
Ronan Thompson also made his way to the semi final of the under 13 boys but couldn’t do enough to make it through to the final.
Sonja Shaw continued her good form after making it through her group in the Junior girls but was knocked out in the next round. Meanwhile Libby and Lauren made their way to the final of the Junior girls plate event, where Libby took Gold this time leaving Lauren to pick up the Silver medal 11/3, 11/, 11/7.
Suvi Shaw, another one of our young players making her debut in off island tournaments, brought home a silver medal after losing a tight fifth set decider in the plate for the under 13 girls 8/11, 11/8, 11/8, 9/11, 9/11.
Good performances from Francesca and Megan Lord, Wilma and William Dalugdugan and Harry Stennett during their matches, added to the days performances and the team came home with 8 trophies.
Thank you to KPMG for their support in providing funding for our developing juniors.