A full complement of Division 1 matches were played at Smallbrook this week, with the match of the week being between the siblings of Newport Vics B and Havenstreet Sleepers.
Newport’s 21-year-old Anna Joyce, 19-year-old Michael Joyce and 15-year-old Sean Joyce were playing together for the first time. Island Games competitor Anna won all her matches and showed her class and character by managing to come from 2-0 down against experienced Dave Rendle and talented Ollie Staniforth to secure two 5 set wins for Newport.
Youngest competitor Sean won 2 matches but lost out to Havenstreet’s Ollie Staniforth. Michael was unlucky not to win any matches but had some close games against Dave Rendle and Staniforth, although he lost in 3 to Darol Wilson. The doubles went to the line and was ultimately taken by Havenstreet with the combined youth and experience of Staniforth and Rendle.
Title holders Ryde A showed their class once again with an emphatic 9-1 victory against Ryde Royals. The A team’s Island Games star Alex Rorke won all his games without dropping a leg, but Scott Lawson, newly returned to Island table tennis, had to fight all the way against the Royal’s teenager Hugh Idle, and Idle beat Glenn Morley in a top quality 5 setter full of tension and exciting rallies.
Title contenders Shanklin Sharks played Newport Vics A, and there were some closely fought matches as the three Premier League players had to concentrate hard against a quality Newport side. John Cornforth was unlucky not to secure a win for Newport and Paul Freeborn scored a memorable victory against Shanklin’s Tom Johnson, whilst Newport’s Dave Hilliam also beat Johnson. The match ended 8-2 to Shanklin, leaving them four points behind Ryde A at the top of the table.
Newport Vics B were up against Shanklin B – both contenders for the Division Two title. However, despite some close matches, Shanklin’s Tom Waddell and Alan Dennis could not manage a win against a strong Newport team comprising Dave Newnham, Barry Joyce and Michael Jose. Shanklin’s Ted Purvey claimed a 5 set thriller against Jose and the match ended 9-1 to Newport.
Performance of the week was by teenager Ross Holme from newly promoted Ryde Rookies, who managed an exceptional win against experienced ex-Island Games player Maggie Preston of Ryde Red Kites. With super sub Pat Thorley joining the Rookies this week and winning all three, the final score was 6-4 to the Red Kites.
Ryde Revellers made short work of Newport Vics E with an emphatic 8-2 victory which put them into second place in the table, four points behind the family team of the Ryde Rebels, comprising Ethan and Joseph Millward, along with grandad Martin Dove and dad Peter Dove who are alternating playing with the youngsters in their second season in the league. Two more Ryde teams, the Rackets and the Rustics lie a close 3rd and 4th at this early stage of the season.
|Havenstreet Sleepers||5||Newport Vics B||5|
|Ryde Royals||1||Ryde A||9|
|Ryde Raiders||6||Havenstreet Hooters||4|
|Shanklin Sharks||8||Newport Vics A||2|
|Ryde Rascals||4||Freshwater A||6|
|Newport Vics D||3||Rookley A||7|
|Newport Vics C||9||Shanklin B||1|
|Ryde Raptors||1||Havenstreet Locos||9|
|Ryde Rookies||4||Ryde Red Kites||6|
|St Lawrence Lizards||7||Ryde Rebels||3|
|Newport Vics E||2||Ryde Revellers||8|
|Ryde Ramblers||0||Ryde Rustics||10|
|Wootton Wombles||0||Ryde Rackets||10|