Week 7 report – 10 November 2018
Littleham have made a small inroad in Holsworthy D's lead in division 2. They squeezed the Vice in a 10-0 grip, while Despicables took two points from the Sutcombe based leaders. The gap is now only two points with each team having played 7 matches. These two teams have now created something of a gap to the chasers.
Messrs Pomeroy, Bellew and Stone didn't have it all their own way against the Vice but won all the important games. Despicables put up a pretty good fight against Holsworthy D - there were plenty of close games – but Dave Sillifant and Brandon Forsyth won all theirs to hold an 8-2 result.
Paddlers' Captain Cooke was in fine fettle against Chulmleigh Chiefs. His unblemished three points were supported by two each from Dave Sweeney and Lindsey Wright. Her game with Joey Butt concluded at 12-14 in the fifth!
In division 1, Misfits are looking strong – three points to the good and a game in hand on Smugglers. Holswothy A pushed Misfits hard and Steve Cragg won a really tight game against Martyn Beer but Daniel Moore was the star player, winning his three.
Nets and Edges have put out a message to Dave Streak. 'Come back, Dave, all is forgiven!' His strong scoring was missed against Spin Doctors. The Edges lost 8-2 – the first defeat this season – with skipper Martin Eyles picking up the two. Michael Sussex was in fine form winning all three and dropping one game all evening.
Smugglers were too strong for Chulmleigh B. Their 8-2 victory came coutesy of three wins from Martin Babulik and two each from Terry Wright and Peter Dunstan.
Balls of Fury and Chulmleigh A shared the points with some fascinating games. Wim Faassen was in great form to win his three, while Jon Taylor had two fine results for the A's. The draw was secured with a Chulmleigh win 11-9 in the fifth game of the doubles.
I was intending this week to put something in about Table Tennis being played by the forces in World War 1. However, I could not find anything at all. Plenty about football, boxing, even Polo. Apparently the game was played by troops in India in late Victorian times, came across to Britain as a parlour game with initial growth - though had become less popular in Britain by the mid 1900's. I was surprised I could find nothing at all though. If anyone fancies doing some finding out, I would be interested in the results.