Team Handicap Doubles Champions H20 Rowhedge H
Following their entry into the Colchester and District Table Tennis League the St James club have made quite an impression none more so than their ‘D’ who completed a Division Four and Minor Cup ‘double’. They eased passed Pegasus F in the final 5-0 with John Fenton, Russell Hillier and Colin Beaumont all unbeaten.
H20 Rowhedge controversially selecting Alan Burgess to play in both Kiltie and Intermediate Cup finals duly won both. Their ‘A’ team were 6-3 winners over their ‘C’ team who put up a stiff fight. After partnering his father, Phil to a first doubles win Mark recorded victory over Burgess but Steve Joslin stood firm, undefeated, supported by Michael Andrews they completed their own Division One and Kiltie Cup ‘double’ also.
Once again the Intermediate Cup Final produced the closest finish on the night with Pegasus A, as last year finishing runners up in a thrilling match. Alan Burgess led the way unbeaten for H20 Rowhedge B as his team won 5-4 but there was a sterling effort from Steve Noble despite playing with a suspected trapped nerve winning both his singles for Pegasus as his team came up just short. Brian Spellor and Andrew Harvey completed the winning Rowhedge team.
Tollgate A won their first silverware in their second season beating H20 Rowhedge F 6-3 in the Team Handicap Final. Richard Baxter was their star player, unbeaten in all but one of his singles in the competition. He was supported by Greg Green and Allan Smith who both won one apiece as their team won all three doubles on the night. A special mention for Rowhedge skipper Nigel Claydon who won both his singles including inflicting Baxter’s only defeat.
It was a shame that Pegasus F lost their third player before the start of the Team Handicap Doubles Cup. This meant that H20 Rowhedge H were home and dry before the match started but thanks to Helen Woolnough who deputised as a guest player (she was ineligible having played for Pegasus E) the match was still played with Rowhedge technically winning 7-2. The successful Rowhedge team were Oli Reynolds, Lajos Zsisku and Adam Cuthbert.
At the recent Colchester AGM the prestigious junior awards were both shared. The much improved Jermaine Fearon from H20 Rowhedge, following his successes in the Colchester tournament and England under 12 Champion Jane Li of Tollgate were joint winners of the Len Barton Award. Both represented the town with aplomb in the Essex Inter-League. Michael Burrows of H20 Rowhedge and Dan Rhodes of the Gilberd School were joint recipients of the Florence Birbeck award, both showing great promise for the future. The Myrtle Fisher award went to Greg Green of the Tollgate club as he stepped down from his post as Junior Match Secretary over the past three years, making him the first person to win all three awards.