In a lookback to earlier times the Trimpell Sports and Social club held an invitational Sandpaper Bat Table Tennis competition on Mon 16th April. The rules are a combination of old and new with best of 3 ends played to 11 with traditional bats with no sponge or rubber and just having sandpaper on the surface. All players played in groups with the top 2 from each group going forward to the knock-out stages in the main event with remaining players going to a challenge knock-out competition.
This year’s inaugural competition winners of the main event were Trimpell’s Toby Ellis who beat fellow club member Phil Goymer in the final. In the challenge competition Trimpell’s Ray Carr who played with these bats early in his career narrowly beat upcoming Junior Bethany Ellis representing Morecambe B.
In what proved to be a highly popular format a single point competition was held where no warm up net or edges allowed and whoever won the point went through to the next round. In this quick-fire competition Dave Smith, at ease with the speed and trajectory of the bats held out and went on to win in the final against Garstang player Mike Armishaw.
Despite the competitive nature of the players emerging in the latter stages of the competition, the evening proved to be much fun and popular with representation from Trimpell, Morecambe Community High School, 3-1-5 Table Tennis and Garstang along with club and public spectators who all enjoyed the evening.
Prizes were presented at close of play by league secretary and event organiser Carl Stebbing .