Birmingham Mail Column October 19th 2011

Bob Browns almost-legendary table tennis column has made a welcome re-appearance in The Birmingham Mail in recent weeks. 

This weeks column largely consisted of news that has already appeared on this website, however, there is fresh information that is of interest to Colebridge members, so it is reproduced here , in Bobs' matchless prose , with his permission . Thanks Skip.


AMANN Ubhi secured a magnificent hat-trick as Colebridge Aces stunned champions Hamstead A in the Premier Division of the Birmingham Table Tennis League.

The reigning Warwickshire Closed champion was unstoppable in beating Steve and Lester Bertie and Nabil Khalfey. Hamstead were strongly fancied to retain the title and this reverse is a stunning blow to their hopes so early in the season.

The Colebridge teenager is continuing to make his mark on the national scene, winning his graded event at the recent Bristol Open.

He has also teamed up with his coach and mentor Ian Ferguson to play for Nottingham-based Draycot & Elgre in Division Two of the British League, winning seven out of eight in the opening weekend at Manchester, helping Draycot to top place after the first set of matches.

Ferguson has tipped an England top-20 ranking for the dynamic 18-year-old attacking star from Acocks Green.

Aces have won all three matches in the Birmingham League so far, against Hamstead, Colebridge Braves and Sutton and have been greatly strengthened by the return of Navinder Matharu after three years at Nottingham University.

Matharu beat Steve Bertie and Khalfey against Hamstead and is showing brilliant early-season form.

Old stager Edward Lynn chipped in with a crucial win over Khalfey to secure the points, against a club where he is resident coach. 

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