Shottery A issued a clear declaration of intent in their opening fixture of the 2016-17 campaign as they registered a whitewash against Veterans with the loss of just a single game. This was attained by John Hunt but, otherwise, it was all plain sailing for the reigning champions as Gary Stewart, Stephen Foster and Graham Poole each earned trebles.
However, newcomers Henley Pasties could mount a serious title challenge as they introduced themselves to the Stratford league by notching a maximum against Henley A. Mike Evetts dropped a single game to his former team-mate Peter Quince before coming through, while Mike Credland and Jason Rainey were also unbeaten. However the latter was involved in the only set to go to the distance where Quince, who had overcome a two-game deficit, finally lost out 11-13. Henley gave a debut to Molly Eyre who played with some style in what was a difficult first encounter.
Awais Muhammed was was another player making his first appearance and he celebrated with an unbeaten performance for Shottery B when they travelled to Henley B. He also enjoyed success in the doubles with Tim Fell who notched a brace, with Ron Shakesheff gaining their seventh victory. Stuart Latham-Marr won two for the hosts and Robert McCluskey also got on the card. Mark Chase was unlucky not to add to their tally after levelling a two game deficit against Shakesheff before finally being defeated in the fifth.
FISSC began their season with an 8-2 win against Ashorne. Malcolm Smith led the way with an unbeaten performance, although he was taken to a decider by Steve Bolton. Peter Florence and Richard Bennett added braces for the Farmers but neither was able to get the better of Chris Bowles who won both sets over the distance.
Author: Mike Evetts via Stratford-upon-Avon Table Tennis League
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The Stratford Table Tennis League continues to swell, with 15 registered teams competing in the Winter 19/20 season. Sadly, Covid19 has forced the cancellation of the 3 a side league competition this year. On a positive note , Stratford upon Avon Tennis Club has created a socially distanced 2 a side league , which begins this week ( October 19th 2020 ). Hopefully , this encouraging development will be the foreshadow of a return to a full league programme, once it becomes safe to do so.
Stratford upon Avon Table Tennis Club open sessions at the towns centrally located leisure centre are proving to be enormously popular , there is every reason to believe that there is huge potential for further growth of this most accessible of sports.