Table tennis topics by Rob Loxley
By any standards, Redtooth’s David Rayner has an exceptional record of achievement in the Sheffield table tennis league spanning six decades. David’s remarkable collection of singles and doubles titles began in 1969 with victories in the junior boys and the youth’s singles events. He went on to collect six men’s singles titles, four youths titles, three junior boys crowns and eleven doubles championships.
Last week he featured in a tough top flight fixture against Northern General ‘A’ by registering his first hat trick of the campaign, comprising wins over Sarah Short, Lance Webster and Lourence Lewis-Hanna. Redtooth took both points with a 7-3 score line courtesy of two wins each from Josh Walshe and Chris Cattell.
Current top flight leaders Crookes ‘B’ also gained a 7-3 success at the hospital as they faced a strengthened Northern General ‘B’ which included new recruit Ernest Mpundu, who finished on a maximum. However, Jake Meikle, David Eckl and Theo Cordara all ended with braces with victories over Orestas and Martynas Riauba.
Eckart Lange was named “player of the match” thanks to a terrific treble for Hallam Grange ‘B’ in the Division Three encounter with leaders Hallam ‘A’. Despite Eckart’s efforts, Calvin Clarke, Pete Mannion and Peter Polacek defeated Ian Folger and James Ferguson to claim six sets and the doubles and collect both points.
Following another upbeat performance at Shiregreen ‘C’ in Division Four, Abbeydale’s Sarah Thorne (12/15) moved into third place in the leading scorer’s list. “Player of the match” Sarah accounted for Ryan and Pete Henger and Rob Hulubei and teamed up with Thomas Lee to capture the doubles in a drawn encounter. Hulubei and Pete Henger responded for the hosts with braces.