There was a packed week of table tennis matches in the Isle of Wight’s Division 1 after the Christmas and New Year break, with some teams in action twice.
Match of the week was between Ryde Royals and Shanklin Warriors, competing for top place in the League. The match was finely balanced and of exceptional quality, with many games going to the full 5 sets. Shanklin’s Hugh Idle only just managed to hold on to his unbeaten record after going 2 sets to one down against experienced former Island Games player Don Hobbs, before pulling it back in the final 2 sets.
Idle’s teammate Conal Howells also beat Hobbs in 5 sets, whilst Ricky Lock beat Shanklin’s Michael Bulpitt in 5.
Shanklin had a chance to gain a draw in the doubles, with the whole match resting on the final set, but the Royals took this to win the match 6-4.
Ryde Royals top the table over Shanklin Warriors by 1 point, with Ryde A in 3rd and with games in hand.
|Shanklin Warriors||10||Newport Vics B||0|
|Ryde Royals||5||Ryde Raiders||5|
|Newport Vics A||6||Wroxall A||4|
|Ryde Rivals||1||Ryde A||9|
|Ryde Royals||6||Shanklin Warriors||4|
Match of the week in Division 2 was between Undercliff Belters and Ryde Red Kites.
Once again the Belter’s Bryce Wilson was Player of the Match, whilst the Red Kites Manfred Gelhard had a good night with 2 victories. Ladies Nicky Dando of the Belters and Maggie Preston of the Red Kites had to play the full 5 sets in all 3 of their matches, both coming out with 1 win each. The match ended in a draw after an easy doubles win for the Red Kites.
|Undercliff Belters||5||Ryde Red Kites||5|
|Ryde Rangers||0||Ryde Rascals||10|
|Ryde Relics||9||St Lawrence Lizards||1|
|Shanklin Skuas||1||Havenstreet Locos||9|
Shorwell A featured in both matches played this week in Division 3, with 2 easy victories putting them into 3rd place in the table.
|Ryde Regals||0||Shorwell A||10|
|Ryde Rockets||3||Shorwell A||7|
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