Last season’s Isle of Wight Table Tennis Association champions, Ryde A, showed their class last week with new team members Scott Lawson and Glenn Morley both winning all their matches against the Havenstreet Sleepers in Division One.
The Sleepers’ Ollie Staniforth managed a win against Ryde’s Roger Nevell, but was unlucky not to gain a set off Lawson in a close-fought match. Ryde A took the match emphatically by 9 games to 1.
Meanwhile, Shanklin Sharks took on Newport Vics B, comprising siblings Sean and Anna Joyce, along with Anna’s Island Games teammate, Danny Burns. There were some exciting 5 set thrillers between Anna and both Tom Johnson and Mike Bulpitt, with the Sharks players coming out on top.
Young Sean and Shanklin’s Don Hobbs contested another tight 5 setter with Hobbs holding on to take the match. Burns won all 3 of his games with only Hobbs troubling him, and joined up with Sean to take the doubles against Johnson and Hobbs, with the match ending 6-4 to Shanklin.
Match of the week in Division Two was between league newcomers Freshwater A and newly promoted Ryde Raptors. Freshwater compromise a former Division One player, Division Two player and a former Division Three player, giving an interesting mix to their team.
This was a close and hard fought match with the lead changing places many times with the result ultimately resting on the doubles between Freshwater’s Rob Warren and Matt Mair against Spike Hughes and Trevor Jones, which Freshwater won in a 4 set thriller to take the match 6-4.
Young Joseph Chapman who has moved up from Division Three with the other teenagers of Ryde Rookies gave an impressive performance beating Havenstreet Locos Mike Lee and taking last season’s best Division Two player, Ian Loosemore, to 5 sets. The Locos won the match 9-1.
The players of Ryde Rackets drew on their years of experience to gain an unexpected draw against St Lawrence Lizards, newly relegated from Division Two, with the Lizards Derek Pittard player of the match winning all his games with ease.
Ryde Rustics experience also told as they beat Newport Vics E 6-4, but the Vics new player Mike Duffy had a good win in his first league match beating seasoned veteran Pauline Rorke in 4 sets.
|Newport Vics B||4||Shanklin Sharks||6|
|Ryde A||9||Havenstreet Sleepers||1|
|Havenstreet Locos||9||Ryde Rookies||1|
|Rookley A||7||Ryde Rascals||3|
|Ryde Red Kites||0||Vics C||10|
|Shanklin B||10||Vics D||0|
|Freshwater A||6||Ryde Raptors||4|
|Ryde Revellers||10||Ryde Regals||0|
|Ryde Rustics||4||Newport Vics E||6|
|Ryde Rackets||5||St Lawrence Lizards||5|
|Ryde Rockets||8||Wootton Wombles||2|