Newton Abbot Table Tennis Club continues to progress well, with continuing growing membership and success in competitions both individually and teams. The Club entered 13 teams, several more than any other club, in the local League for 2019-20 season. 67 registered league players represented our club in the local league.

Another great season for the Newton Abbot TTC teams entered in the South Devon & Torbay Table Tennis League which unfortunately finished prematurely due to the Pandemic.  NA Batmen secured the top spot before the Pandemic struck, and the Buzzards finished runners-up. NA Condors took fourth spot which gave us 3 of the top four teams this season, a brilliant effort. Shaun Gibbs finished top of the averages with his dad, Dennis, in second. Kevin Nicholls, Naomi Jackson, Mark Burridge and Sonja Ryland were all in the top ten. Luke Bennett and Nick Halse would also be in the top ten had they played just one more match. NA Eagles, struck with availability issues, finished a creditable seventh. Condensing the divisions to four rather than the previous five did no favours for our second and third division teams who were pushed up a division and struggled.  The exception being NA Owls who led the third division at shutdown. Josh Redfern and Rowan Bayliss both finishing in the top seven of the averages.  Our fourth division teams, although not at the top, gained valuable experience. Individual performances of note were achieved by Henry Greet, Jasem Abu Ali, Eve James, Michael Bow and Sue Upsdale, with many others performing well at times.

Although not completed due to the pandemic several of our teams performed well in the handicap cups. We had 6 of the last 8 in the Challenge cup – Hawks, Kites, Owls & Condors, with the Eagles and Falcons ready to do battle for a final place. The Kestrels, Kites and Eagles reached the last 8 of the Doubles, with the Eagles again waiting to compete for a place in the final.

My thanks go to all the team captains who sorted out teams and fixtures, helped with transport, supplied refreshments etc. and also thanks to all the players and parents for their involvement.

Newton Abbot TTC players performed well in the Early Season Tournament: Nick Halse just losing out in the final to Lucas Bradshaw in the main handicap event for the Collins Cup, Dan Webster-Hall winning the plate. We dominated the doubles with all the finalists coming from NATTC. Matt Cyron and Bruce Freeman defeating Eve James and Jim McIvor in the final. Dan Webster-Hall won the Excel hard bat shield with an excellent victory over the holder Kevin Nicholls.

Newton Abbot TTC were represented nationally in the Senior British League Division C4. My thanks to Kevin Nicholls for organising the team and representing the club, supported by Jon Cheung.

Kevin Nicholls and Sonja Ryland were regularly part of a Devon ‘A’ Vets team, who competed nationally.

We currently have over 120 players on our attendance register, over half are now representing our club in the local league, with up to 20 regular visitors playing for other clubs in the league but practising with us. The remaining players being youngsters and older folk new to the game, some players returning to the game and many just looking for an active, social evening.  All are openly encouraged to join us.

Members are all kept up to date with news, events and results with the continuation of our Newsletter produced every other month and can also catch up with news as it happens on our Facebook page.

Newton Abbot Table Tennis Club is now well established as an important centre for table tennis in the area.  If you have any comments, ideas, proposals etc. to further improve your experience at your club please share them.

We obviously face difficult times ahead as we attempt to move back on to the table and closer to normality. This will require support, patience and a great deal of effort, so please help get us back on our feet.

Tony Halse

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