Ricky Lock - Ryde Royals


Ryde A continue their dominance in the Isle of Wight Table Tennis League Division 1 with a 9-1 victory over the siblings of Newport Vics B. However, Newport’s 15-year-old Sean Joyce gained a notable scalp with a 5-set victory over Roger Nevell.

Ryde Royals met Ryder Raiders in a close and hard-fought encounter. The Royals’ Conal Howells and Ricky Lock were unlucky to gain only 1 win, but teenage star Hugh Idle took all 3 of his games comfortably. The doubles decided the match, with Idle and Lock joining up to win a 4-set thriller against the Raiders Mike Prior and Timothy Giles. The match ended 6-4 to the Royals.

Division 2

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A full complement of matches was played and match of the week was between Shanklin B and Ryde Red Kites. The match went on late into the night with almost all games going to 4 or 5 sets. Going into the doubles the score was 5-4 to Shanklin but the experienced pairing of Ryde’s Maggie Preston and Manfred Gelhard told against Shanklin’s Alan Dennis and Garry Thorp and the match ended in a draw.

2 newly promoted teams, the teenagers of Ryde Rookies and the rather older Ryde Raptors met in an enthralling match. The Raptors gained a 6-4 victory with an emphatic doubles win after some classic singles encounters.

Newport Vics C stay in contention for the title after a 7-3 victory over fellow contenders Shanklin B, with Newport’s Trevor Percival player of the match after 3 emphatic singles wins.

Division 3

Ryde Rebels and Ryde Revellers continue to dominate as both took an 8-2 victory over Ryde Rustics and Wootton Wombles respectively. The Revellers Alan Burch and Rebels Peter Dove top the players’ averages with 100% each at this early stage of the league.

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Division One 

Newport Vics A 7 Havenstreet Sleepers 3
Ryde Royals 6 Ryde Raiders 4
Newport Vics B 1 Ryde A 9

Division Two

Havenstreet Locos 8 Ryde Rascals 2
Rookley  A 3 Newport Vics C 7
Shanklin B 5 Ryde Red Kites 5
Freshwater A 8 Newport Vics D 2
Ryde Rookies 4 Ryde Raptors 6

Division Three

Ryde Revellers 8 Ryde Rustics 2
Ryde Rebels 8 Wootton Wombles 2


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