2014/15 SeasonStowmarket Leopards 8 v 2 British Sugar Defenders : 11/03/2015 : Ian Bridgeman
The opening game in this match between Stowmarket Leopards and British Sugar Defenders, was the first of the evening's 5 setters, with Nik key coming back from being 1-0 down to eventually beat Marcus Hammond by 3-2. The next two games were comfortable home wins, this was followed by a match between Pete Bernard and Nik Key, this time Nik took the first set but it was Pete that won the next 3 so after another convincing home win by Marcus over Anthony Pateman the Leopards were 4-1 ahead at the half-way mark.
The next game between Chris Smith and Pete Kemp was another 5 setter, Chris won the first, Pete the next 2, Chris then fought back to take the match into a fifth set but this time it was Pete Kemp for the Defenders who came out on top. Pete Bernard, on top form this evening, never looked in any trouble against Anthony. Then it was Chris against Nik in yet another 5 set match, Nik won the first 2 sets comfortably before the tables were turned with Chris winning the next 3, to make it another victory for the home side.
In the final singles of the evening Marcus beat Pete Kemp in straight sets. Which left only the doubles and, surprise surprise, this turned into the fourth 5 set match of the night. The home pair of Marcus and Chris took on Pete Kemp and Anthony. Defenders were twice ahead before Leopards won 2 back to back sets to end up winners.Despite not winning any matches Anthony had another good evening in his first season for Defenders and will be one to watch in the future.
Stowmarket Pumas 9 v 1 Riddlesworth : 18/02/2015 : David Gough
It’s always interesting when the two top teams in the division play each other and so it proved with no fewer than 4 tense 5-setters, 3 of them decided by the narrowest 2 point margin in the 5th.
The Pumas hopes to consolidate their lead at the top were in doubt when their (and the division’s) top player, Malcolm Collins, reported being ill. Their first backup player was also too ill to play so a third was on standby. However, Malcolm did turn up, looking a whiter shade of pale.
First up was Andy Bennett against Trevor Cottee, usually a good match and this proved to be no exception. Andy took the first 2 sets and looked to be in command but Trevor started going for a few more shots and took the next two, 14-12 in the 4th game. The last game was equally tight, Andy just edging it by the same score.
Malcolm shrugged off his illness to win all 3 of his matches in straight games but was relieved not to have to play a 4th game when he edged Trevor in their 3rd game, yet again by 14-12.
The 3rd match was almost a rerun of the first, David Gough winning the first 2 games, Graham Richards the next two before David G edged the decider by 2 points.He had another 5 setter with Trevor C and, at 9 all in the 5th, it was anyone’s guess which way it would go. Fate decided, in the form of a net ball just trickling over to give Trevor the match.
The doubles was the other 5 setter, again going to the Pumas with a 10-12 game and a 13-11 game along the way. So the final score of 9-1 to the division leaders in no way reflected the closeness of the tie.
Stowmarket Leopards 0 v 10 Stowmarket Pumas : 14/01/2015 : Pete Bernard
A strong looking Pumas side of Gough, Collins & Davies faced a reshuffled Leopards team of Bernard, Redit & Stokes, due to the absence of those Leopards hoping for a game for Ipswich in the FA Cup.
All night the Pumas looked worthy of their top ranked position in the division, even against an improving Leopards side. With the exception of Mel Redit’s plucky 5-set loss to David Gough, the Leopards were cruelly tamed and only managed to win 1 other set all night.
A night to remember for the Pumas; a night to forget for the Leopards - time for the Leopards to retreat, lick their wounds and come back fighting.
And Ipswich lost…
Thurston Victors 4 v 6 Stowmarket Leopards : 01/12/2014 : Ian Freeman
This was a close enjoyable match won 6-4 by the Leopards. Player of the match was Ian Freeman who won all his 3 games. However he was pushed hard by Ian Bridgeman who took him all the way to a 5th set.
Katie Meadows won a very close 4 setter with Pete Bernard to give her her first win in the league this year.
Keith George played with a painful hip yet still managed to win 2 of his games against Katie and Alan Baxter. We all wish him well with his hip operation and hope he will be back playing soon.
Stowmarket Pumas 9 v 1 British Sugar Blades : 26/11/2014 : Terry Betts
As anticipated, the match between two teams battling to remain in touch with the League leaders produced an entertaining, determined, yet sporting encounter.
Paul Davies got Pumas off to a flyer in a thrilling match with Martin Haines. With both players using control and forehand top spin to good effect, Paul took the first game comfortably. Martin got on terms in the second, but Paul’s consistency got him home in four sets.
Next up was Malcolm Collins v Martin O’Leary – with both players maximising their use of service and control close to the table, it resulted in an entertaining struggle with Malcolm’s greater variation and consistency getting him home in three sets.
Andy Bennett extended the Pumas lead with a straight sets victory over Mo Dada with a combination of patient control against the Dada spin and some devastating topspin winners. In another three setter, Martin Haines was unable to cope with the cross court service and power of Malcolm Collins, as Pumas increased their lead.
After losing the first leg to Paul, a determined Mo Dada fought back well to take the second, but then went 2-1 down before stretching Paul to go down 11-9 in fourth leg. Three more comprehensive 3 set victories for the Pumas (Andy B v Martin Haines & Martin O’Leary, Malcolm C v Mo Dada) left the 8-0 scoreline not reflecting the effort and determination being put in by the visitors.
The next match illustrated this when Paul faced Martin O’Leary. Paul took the first leg 11-3 – patiently coping with Martin’s close to the table style and topspin shots and getting a greater percentage of his own topspin winners. Back came Martin taking the second leg 13-11 with some superb close control and excellent forehand winners. Paul clawed back the lead in the 3rd leg, but Martin was not done and took legs 4 & 5 with some great table tennis to finally get a point on the board.
After that marathon it was no surprise that Andy and Malcolm would comfortably wrap up an enjoyable evening taking the doubles against a tiring Martin O'Leary and Mo Dada.
Rougham Rangers 8 v 2 Stowmarket Tigers : 20/11/2014 : Steve Coombes
The game between Rangers and Tigers must have had the lowest average age of a game in division 2 this season, with five players aged 17 or under, and Luke Davies Stokes one of the youngest to play in the division.
The first game saw Jack Sansom take on Holly McGerty, this was a fairly tight game apart from the second set, Jack ran out the winner 14-12,11-1, 11-9.
The second game saw Adam Coombes take on Nick Samson in what proved to be one of the best games of the evening with Adam coming out on top 3-1.
It was then the turn of young Luke to play Aston in another good game Aston won 3-1, with Luke playing very well.
The game between the players with the highest averages for their teams saw Adam take on Jack, which was an all out attacking game which Adam won 3-0.
The rest of the games saw Rangers build up a good lead, but were all tight games, with Luke taking a game off Adam much to his delight.
The doubles saw Adam and Aston take on Nick and Jack Samson, this ended up 3-1 to Rangers, taking the score to 8-2, on a entertaining night played in a great spirit.
British Sugar Blades 8 v 2 Thurston Victors : 29/10/2014 : Martin O'Leary
A well contested match that produced a slightly flattering score line of 8-2 in favour of the Blades.
Colin Davies picked up his first hat trick of the season and the highlight being the excellent 4 set win in a tight match with Ian Freeman of Thurston the score being 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8.
Martin O’Leary & Martin Haynes also recorded win doubles for the Blades and then teamed up to win the doubles in a tight 4 set match against Katie Meadows and Ian Moffat 11-13, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9.
Ian Freeman won two of his three games for Thurston who competed well throughout the evening.
Stowmarket Leopards 6 v 4 British Sugar Defenders : 15/10/2014 : Pete Barnard
After an agreed change to the running order, the match started with 2 consecutive games for Nik Key. In his first he gained an initial 2-0 advantage over Leopards’ Pete Bernard, but Pete’s fight-back led him to a match point in the fifth set. Unable to convert the match point he eventually lost to Nik 13-11 in the final set. Keith George was up next against Nik Key and although the games were all close run affairs, Nik triumphed 3-0; giving the Defenders a healthy 2-0 lead.
Chris Smith then took on Peter Kemp, but after one game apiece Chris subsequently went down 3-1 thereby extending the Defenders lead to 3-0.
A Leopards renaissance ensued with five wins on the bounce. First, a victory for Pete Bernard over Roy Pettit, Chris Smith then vanquishing Nik Key, and a closely fought epic five-set win for Keith George over Peter Kemp, with both players demonstrating a wide range of offensive skills.
Chris Smith then went on to defeat Roy Pettit and Keith George followed with a win over the same opponent, making it 5-3 to the Leopards. Next up was the battle of the Peters. Peter Kemp overcame Peter Bernard in another five-set match to raise the possibility of a draw if the Defenders could win the doubles match.
However a Leopards victory was guaranteed after Smith/Bernard beat Kemp/Pettit 3-1 for an overall 6-4 home win.
Stowmarket Pumas 5 v 5 Riddlesworth Hall : 01/10/2014 : David Gough
This match was about a fascinating battle of styles, more than simply a case of better players beating weaker players. A late withdrawal left the Pumas having to field a not fully fit Terry Betts, who began the match against his long time friendly foe Trevor Cottee, whose heavy topspin attacking game was too much for the injured Betts.
Next up was Pumas' newest player Paul Davies, whose patient pushing game provided an interesting contrast against Scott Boast's fast hitting. A close game it was too, the pendulum swinging both ways before Boast clinched it in the 5th.
Riddlesworth stormed into a 3-0 lead when Graham Richards won 3 close sets against David Gough. Davies finally got Pumas started, winning another close 5-setter against Cottee, before Richards restored the gap against Betts.
Gough started the comeback losing only 15 points to Boast, followed by Davies who overcame Richards in 4 sets. The latter, who had benefitted from a series of net cords and edges against Gough, was on the receiving end on this one.
Cottee's spinny serving helped claw one back before Betts showed his mettle defeating Boast in another 5 set battle after the latter came back from 2-0 down. Finally Pumas evened the match with Gough & Davies beating Cottee & Richards in the doubles.
Stowmarket Leopards 6 v 4 Bury Normans : 19/03/2014
The night began with the Leopard's Chris Smith taking on Goran Gelevski from the visiting Normans. The difference in styles made this particularly watchable with the defensive Smith chopping and floating the ball back to the all out attack of Gelevski. On this occasion it was defence that came out on top, Smith winning 3-0.
The next 3 matches went to the visitors; with Roger Whomes a comfortable victor over Ian Bridgeman and then, in a tense 5 setter the consistency of Neil Talbot proved too much for Mel Redit, who at one point was 2 games to nil ahead. Another close match followed with Gelevski beating Bridgeman 3-2.
Smith then got one back for the home team by beating Talbot before Redit lost in 4 to Whomes. At this point things were looking bad for the Leopards who were 2-4 down to one of the few teams below them in the League.
However, things started to pick up for the Leopards with Bridgeman beating Talbot and then came the surprise of the night with Redit defeating an increasingly tired looking Gelevski, Smith rapidly dispatched Whomes to extend his run of unbeaten matches to 18.
This left just the doubles with Bridgeman & Smith playing Talbot and Whomes. In this match we saw a different side of Smith... if the ball was there to be hit, he hit it - Hard! Bridgeman & Smith were 3-0 winners making the final match score 6-4 to Leopards.
Riddlesworth Hall 2 v 8 British Sugar Blades : 16/03/2014
This rescheduled match, played at Great Barton on the warmest day of the year so far, proved to be closer than the scoreline indicates.
Scott Boast, after a tentative start, played exceptionally well against Colin Davies with aggressive attack, counter hitting & good footwork paying dividends & resulting in a five set win. Unfortunately he was on the receiving end of the same type of play against Mo Dada who took the ball early & found good angles & then forced into errors by Ray Stapleton`s heavy back spin defence, losing both games in three. John Bryant started well against Stapleton going 2-1 up before again succumbing to the latter`s obdurate defence & then lost to both Davies & Dada despite picking up a set from each. Trevor Cottee opened with a win against Dada in three, his attacking game having the edge & then losing to Stapleton in four, sometimes hitting long in a game where the Blades player took the speed off the ball. The final singles between Cottee & Davies with their technically superb attacking games very much in evidence could have gone either way but was secured by Davies 13-15 in the fifth. The away pairing of Davies & Stapleton then took the doubles against Boast & Cottee in straight sets to take the match 2-8. An enjoyable fixture as always.
Rougham Rangers 8-2 Bury Normans : 07/11/2013
This was a game that had the experience of Normans facing the youth of Rangers, with Rangers oldest player a mere 16 years old.
The first game saw Peter Fordham rolling back the years to beat Tommy Robinson 12-10, 11-9, 11-3, Tommy’s attacking play was not a match for the superb defending of Peter.
In the second game Adam Coombes took on Roger Whomes, this again was a game where attack met defence, with Adam winning in four sets 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 16-14.
Adam Reeve then took to the table, taking on Peter, this was Peter's best game of the night, winning in four sets 11-3, 11-7, 3-11, 11-4.
With the game swinging one way then the other Neil Talbot took on Tommy, with Tommy producing some excellent play to win 11-9, 11-5, 11-8.
Next game up saw Adam Reeve take on Neil, in this game Neil began to play very well, but Adam came back to win in four sets 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7.
In the game between Tommy and Roger both players went full pelt for a win with Tommy playing some of his best TT this season to win 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10.
The unbeaten Adam C then faced the unbeaten Peter this was always going to be the big game of the evening which resulted in a great 5 set game with the classic defence v attack, with Adam running out the winner 6-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6.
In the game between Adam R and Roger again it was a 5 set game with Adam coming back from 2 down to win 3-11, 11-13, 11-2, 11-7, 11-7.
The final singles game saw Adam C play Neil, this was Neil's best performance of the season taking Adam to a 5 set thriller, before Adam squeezed home 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6.
In the doubles Adam C & Tommy won 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 12-10 to give Rangers an 8-2 win, this was a fine game between two different styles of defence and attack, played in a good sprit.
Stowmarket Pumas 8-2 Thurston Victors : 23/10/2013
Stowmarket Pumas extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard earned victory over Thurston Victors. The visitors started strongly with Mick Beale comfortably taking Dave Gough in four sets after Dave won the first game. Pumas roared back with Andy Bennett against newcomer Ashton Dyson, Andy took first two legs at 11-4, but a determined Ashton came back to take the next 11-9. Then after an exciting battle in the next leg, Andy closed out to win 12-10. Terry Betts put the Pumas in front with a straight sets victory over Ian Freeman 11-5, 11-3, 11-8. Back came Mick Beale with a surprisingly comprehensive three set victory over the inform Andy Bennett 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 to level the match. In a somewhat nervy match between Dave Gough and Ian Freeman, Dave battled out a 15-13 first leg victory before gradually gaining control to win the next two at 8 and 6.
Terry Betts extended Pumas lead with a four set victory over Ashton Dyson 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4. Andy Bennett and Ian Freeman played out a hard fought four sets with Andy getting home 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 14-12. The singles matches ended with two cracking five setters, both going to the Pumas. In the first Terry and Mick traded the first four legs full of close table combinations of spin and power, then in fifth leg Terry built up a 5-1 lead and took the game 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6. In the final singles Dave met Ashton Dyson, who was clearly gaining in confidence from his earlier performances and Ashton took first leg to 6, Dave replied by taking the second, but Ashton again took the next at game 4 and then took a commanding lead in fourth leg only for Dave to show great determination to level it with a 12-10 leg victory. Then in the final tense leg Dave held his nerve to take the game at 11-9. On the night the experienced doubles pairing of Terry and Andy were too strong for Mick and Ashton as the
Pumas wrapped up a 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-6 victory in what was a competitive, but highly enjoyable evening’s table tennis.
Stowmarket Leopards 4-6 Rougham Rangers : 09/10/2013
After a 2 week break, Leopards were back in action with a home match against Rougham Rangers. Leopards took the first match with Ian Bridgeman beating Graham Self. Rangers immediately turned the match around with wins for the two Adams - Coombes and Reeve in their opening matches against Mel Redit and Pete Bernard respectively.
This proved to be the story of the night and with only the doubles remaining Rangers were leading 6-3 and the Adams were undefeated. Not surprisingly then, the doubles pairings were Adam Reeve and Adam Coombes for the Rangers against Leopards Pete Bernard and Ian Bridgeman. The first game went 11-8 to Leopards but Rangers turned it round to win the next 11-6. The third game proved to be the closest but Leopards won again 14-12, the fourth game finished 11-8 to the Leopards giving a surprise victory to Bernard and Bridgeman.
Final score for the night Leopards 4 Rangers 6
British Sugar Blades 8-2 Rougham Rangers : 25/09/2013
British Sugar Blades welcomed Rougham Rangers for their opening match of the season. The first game saw a close match between Mo Dada of the blades who managed to beat Callum MacIntyre in 5 close sets 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9.
Macintyre then got Rougham's first point of the night with a straight sets victory over Martin Haines 11- 4, 11-8, 11-5. Martin O’Leary beat MacIntyre comfortably in 3 straight sets 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.
Mo Dada continued his good form against young Adam Reeve winning a close 4 set match 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 as his consistent hitting was too much for Reeve. Dada ended with three wins beating Graham Self 11-6, 11-8, 11-9.
Adam Reeve got Rangers second point of the match with a hard fought 5 set victory in the game of the night the scoreline being 13-15, 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 8-11. However he could not find the same level of performance against O’Leary losing 11-3, 11-6, 11-4.
Martin Haines got his first point of the season with a 3 set victory over Graham Self 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 and O’Leary also won in 3 against Self who played much better than the score showed 11-9, 11-6, 11-6.
Dada & O’Leary then teamed up to beat Reeve & Self in the doubles 11-6, 11-2, 9-11, 11-7 to complete an 8-2 win for the Blades.
From then on Beale employed his pen holder style to good effect to beat Nik Key 11-8, 11-6, 11-13, 11-5, and Kemp 11-4, 11-6, 11-9. Unfortunately for Victors Freeman lost to both Harman and Key in four legs which left the match score at 6-3 in favour of the Defenders going into the final doubles. This proved to be the tightest contest of the evening with with Harman and Key going into an 11-9, 11-8, lead but being pegged back by Beale and Freeman 7-11, 9-11. The Defenders pair were then too strong and took the deciding leg 11-5 to give their team an overall 7-3 victory. This matched the result achieved by Bury Crusaders who remain joint leaders along with Defenders.