Many members of Winchcombe Table Tennis Club (including Graham Chandler and Andy East) have recently returned from another successful tour of Dublin to meet our friends from York Road Table Tennis Club. This was a follow up from the 2016 fixture where York Road travelled to Winchcombe to battle for the newly presented Trophy. It's wonderful to note that this is biggest amount of players / non-players that we have taken. The link between York Road Table Tennis Club appears to strengthening year upon year.
The majority of players arrived to the Tablot Hotel Stillorgan on Thursday 20th April to make the most of the many delights of Dublin City. Some players decided to see the sights (Guinness Factory, Teeling Distillery, Dublin Zoo), a couple had arranged to play golf and a handful decided to relax and takes things easy in preparation for the main event on Saturday.
Once again, there were many incredible matches and closely fought battles. It was evident that there were some tired faces from some players who took full advantage of the hotel's bar the previous night. Fortunately, the quality of their table tennis didn't suffer (massively). One particular highlight of Saturday's matches, was both Svilen Andreev and Matthew Hartwell beating their top ranking player, Connor Gallagher who is one of Ireland's most promising Junior Players.
Overall, Winchcombe managed to defend the trophy for a second consecutive year by beating the home team. York Road have yet to beat Winchcombe on the table, however each year, the score line becomes closer and closer.
The four day trip was concluded with a meal between the two clubs where the trophy was officially presented to Winchcombe. It was lovely to end the visit with an abundance of drink, great food and even better company. It gave both British and Irish to interact and share many wonderful memories. The night closed with speeches from both parties and Keith Ferguson formally welcomed York Road Table Tennis back to English shores in 2018. We can't wait!