Don Hobbs
Don Hobbs

RYDE A THRASH NEWPORT VICS BUT HONOURS EVEN IN OTHER DIV 1 GAMES

It was a week of close matches in Division 1, except for Ryde A’s drubbing of Newport Vics B, who were at the end of another 10-0 defeat. 

3rd-placed Shanklin Warriors met Ryde Rivals in a tight match, despite the Raider’s Alex Rorke winning all 3 of his games.  Shanklin’s Don Hobbs had to fight hard in all his games, losing to Rorke in 4 sets and Timothy Giles in 5, but then beating Mike Prior in 5. The Rivals won the doubles easily, culminating in the match ending in a draw.

2nd-placed Ryde Royals met Newport Vics A in an exciting, close fought match, with Vic’s Dave Hilliam player of the match, winning all three of his games.  Vic’s John Cornforth was also on form, winning two games, although the Royal’s Ricky Lock took him to the final set.  Lock also won 2, with a victory over Vic’s Paul Freeborn.  Vic’s went into the doubles leading 5-4 and after a long thrilling game of five sets, the Royals pair of Lock and teammate Timothy Giles took the final set with ease and the match ended as a draw.

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Ryde A are firm favourites to take the title, with a 9-point lead at the top, but the battle for second place is tight between Ryde Royals, Shanklin Warriors and Ryde Raiders.

Division 1

Wroxall A 5 Ryde Rivals 5
Newport Vics A 5 Ryde Royals 5
Ryde A 10 Newport Vics B 0
Ryde Raiders 5 Shanklin Warriors 5
John Cornforth
John Cornforth

Shanklin Skuas are creeping up on Havenstreet Loco’s lead at the top of the Division Two table, with now only 4 points between them.

Both teams had a good week with Havenstreet beating Undercliff Belters 7-3 and Shanklin winning 8-2 against Ryde Rangers.  Havenstreet’s Graham Evans and Shanklin’s Spike Hughes were players of the match for Havenstreet and Shanklin respectively, and are high in the averages table on 94% and 85% respectively.

Division 2

Havenstreet Locos 7 Undercliff Belters 3
Ryde Red Kites 7 St Lawrence Lizards 3
Ryde Rascals 8 Ryde Relics 2
Shanklin Skuas 8 Ryde Rangers 2

Only 2 matches were played in Division 3, with top of the table Newport Vics C taking on Ryde Rookies and winning 7-3.

The Rookies’ unstoppable Ryan Cates continued his excellent form winning all his matches in style, although Vics new signing Paul Lewis took him to 5 sets and pushed him all the way.  Shorwell A and Ryde Rustics now tie in 2nd place after Shorwell’s 7-3 win over Ryde Rockets.

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Division 3

Ryde Rockets 3 Shorwell A 7
Ryde Rookies 3 Newport Vics C 7

Handicapped Pairs Tournament

Handicapped Pairs Players - Martin And Lewis Johnstone
Martin and Lewis Johnstone

The annual Handicapped Pairs tournament was held on 4th February at the Island Table Tennis Centre at Smallbrook, with around twenty pairs participating.

The four semi-finals were the most exciting matches of the evening, with both being narrowly decided after five sets.

Nicky Dando and Bryce Wilson were just beaten by the father and son team of Martin and Lewis Johnstone. In the other semi-final, there was also a close fought match with Derek Pittard and Tom Flood narrowly beating Lee Orton and Ethan Millward.

The final match of the tournament will be played on the Association’s Final Night at Smallbrook on 17th April.

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