Iwtable Tennis 27 (f 12)
Alex Rorke - Ryde Raiders


Division 1 of the Isle of Wight Table Tennis league provided 2 high-quality close matches again this week.

First Newport Vics B met Ryde Rivals with most games going to 4 or 5 sets. The Player of the match was Ryde’s Martin Johnstone, but Newport’s Rob Warren took him to 5, only losing in the final set at deuce. Ryde’s Darol Wilson overcame Newport’s Barry Joyce for the first time and was unlucky not to win 2 games. Ryde took the doubles to win the match 6-4.

The other close match was between Ryde Raiders and Wroxall A. Ryde’s Alex Rorke was the player of the match with straight 3-set wins in all his games. Rorke’s teammate Timothy Giles was on top form too, with 2 victories. The match rested on the doubles with Giles and Rorke having no trouble in taking it in 3 sets to win the match 6-4.

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Ryde A top the table with Wroxall A in second place, but 14 points adrift.

Division 1

Newport Vics B 4 Ryde Rivals 6
Ryde A 8 Newport Vics A 2
Ryde Raiders 6 Wroxall A 4
John Penny 3
John Penny – Undercliff Belters

There was a packed schedule this week in Division 2 with some teams playing 2 matches to make up for postponed games.

Shanklin Skuas had 2 wins, 10-0 against Ryde Red Kites and 6-4 against Ryde Rascals, to take them to third in the table behind Havenstreet Locos and Ryde Relics.

St Lawrence Lizards met the Undercliff Belters, with the Belters Bryce Wilson taking Player of the Match after winning all his games convincingly, a just reward for many hours of practice. Teammate 84-year-old John Penny had some hard matches, with 2 going to 5 sets; 1 culminating in his first victory in Division 2, and the other he lost by the closest of margins.

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The match ended in a 7-3 win to the Belters after a 3-set doubles victory by Wilson and teammate Nicky Dando.

Division 2 

St Lawrence Lizards 3 Undercliff Belters 7
Ryde Rascals 4 Havenstreet Locos 6
Ryde Relics 7 Ryde Rangers 3
Ryde Red Kites 0 Shanklin Skuas 10
Shanklin Skuas 6 Ryde Rascals 4

Only 2 matches were played in Division 3 this week, with Newport Vics C winning comprehensively against Ryde Regals. Newport’s new player Paul Lewis was named the Player of the Match.

Ryde Rustics beat Shorwell A 8-2 and lead the table over Newport in second place.

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Division 3

Newport Vics C 10 Ryde Regals 0
Ryde Rustics 8 Shorwell A 2

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