George Downing


Danny Burns

After their success in the team event, the Isle of Wight Table Tennis team started their bid for medals in the singles and doubles at the Island Games in Gibraltar this week.

First up were the group stages, where Temeesha Hobbs made it through to the knockout rounds in the Women’s Singles without dropping a set.

In the Women’s Doubles, Temeesha joined up with Anna Joyce and finished joint top of the group with 2 other teams but went out of the competition on countback of the number of sets won.

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Alex Rorke, Simon Proffitt, Danny Burns and George Downing also all made it through their groups in the Men’s Singles and Doubles, with Downing saving 6 match points in his singles game against his opponent from Menorca, which he finally won 18-16 in the last set. The Mixed Doubles also saw the 2 Island pairings go through.

After an exhausting 11 hours contesting the group stages, Thursday proved just as tiring with a number of knockout games to play before the semis and finals today (Friday). To compound matters, at this stage, the singles matches were contested as best of 7 sets, instead of the usual 5!

First up was the Men’s Singles, with Danny Burns making it through to the last 16, but losing out against Gary Dodd from Guernsey. However, Island number 1 George Downing won all his games with ease to make it to the semi-finals to meet Dodd and hopefully gain revenge.

In the Women’s Singles, young Temeesha Hobbs battled through 6 tiring sets against home favourite Meenal Viz to make it into the quarter-finals, where she now played in an exhausting 7 set match against a fierce Greenland opponent. Despite a heroic performance Hobbs was beaten in the final set.

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Next up was the Men’s Doubles, where Simon Proffitt and Alex Rorke were unlucky to lose out in a close 5 set encounter with a quality Cayman Islands pair, and did not progress to the quarter-finals.  However, Danny Burns and George Downing made it through to the semis without dropping a set, where their opponents will be Jersey.

Last up was the Mixed Doubles, where Burns and teammate Anna Joyce were unlucky to lose out to a quality Jersey pair. Downing and Hobbs lost only 1 set on their way to the semi-finals, where their opponents will be Gotland.

The Island Table Tennis team are poised to bring home up to 3 medals, and are looking forward to the final day of competition with confidence and belief after their brilliant performances throughout these games.

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