The league recommenced after the Christmas break with two man Hanson Panthers of Division 1 being whitewashed by Hanson Pumas 0 – 30, thanks to two sets each from Richard Fettes, Eddie Shoemark and Andy Whitcher.
Similarly two man Hanson Jaguars lost to Hanson ‘A’ 7 – 27 with Peter Henderson and Dan Geary winning two each. Luckily for Jaguars Clive Hacker turned up for a practise and proceeded to beat Steve Rollason three straight, then take both Peter and Dan to four games.
Figheldean went down 14 – 22 to a strengthened Hanson Cougars. Steve Harris (Cougars) stood in at the last minute due to uncertainty as to who could play and despite not having played in Div 1 this season he did exceedingly well to win two. Andy Barnes (Cougars) won his usual three sets whilst Gerry Vaughan played very well to beat Brian Cook 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 9-11. For Figheldean Lionel Coles won two and Julie Dean one, but they lost the doubles to Andy &Gerry 10-12, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9, 8-11.
In Division 2 Test Valley ‘A’ were trounced by division leaders Hanson Lions 0 – 30 with Ross Walkom, Jill Cook and Mike Bonarius all winning their three sets.
3D’s leapfrogged over Pidgeons into second place with a 22 – 15 win over Enham. Three each from Marie Dyke and Nicky Downs together with the doubles got the win for 3D’s. Pete Farmer, Patrick Baker and Roy Horner all won one each for Enham. Marie was forced to work hard to beat both Pete and Roy in five games.
Hanson Kestrals had a good 28 – 4 win over Hanson Falcons. William Cooper (Kestrals) and Mark Pettengell won three each supported by two from Daniel Abbott. Simon Prosser had learned Daniels weakness from the earlier match of the season and used that knowledge to defeat him 6-11, 9-11, 11-10, 4-11.
Andover Table Tennis Association recently held a farewell dinner at the Royal Oak, Goodworth Clatford to say goodbye and thank you to Phil & Jill Cook who are moving to Derby. Phil has been coaching table tennis in Andover for umpteen years (so many in fact none of us know how many) and has always been a dedicated member of the Association. Jill will step down as treasurer having done a splendid job of resurrecting the Associations finances to the healthy state they are in today. After the dinner several of the Committee thanked them both for all that they had accomplished. They were then presented with an engraved glass vase, a bottle of champagne, two picture collages and a large bouquet of flowers.