MATCH REPORT 10TH APRIL 2016
CHAMPIONS COPY SHOP ‘A’ AVENGE THEIR ONLY DEFEAT
Copy Shop A have now won the First Division title for the last six seasons but before the evening third-placed Strathy must have fancied their chances as they are the only team to have beaten the champions this season. Unfortunately for them, history did not repeat itself.
In the Third Division the teachers from King William’s College unexpectedly dropped two points but look likely to finish the season as the only club to win all their matches in the DLP Adapted Bathrooms sponsored Isle of Man Table Tennis League.
Surestrike Ramsey A (6) Tower A (3)
Already relegated Tower A could only muster two players against their fourth-placed opponents who called-up Tim Baker the player/coach for Surestrike’s B team.
Baker appears not to have lost any of his sharpness as he quickly disposed of Mike Bayley and then finished off Paul Kozlowski 11/6 in the final frame.
Both Kozlowski and Bayley beat Rhys Yardley
which highlights the improvement Wael Kassim has made as he beat Bayley 6/11, 11/6, 10/12, 12/10, 11/6 and then narrowly lost to the left-hander Kozlowski.
Strathallan A (3) Copy Shop A (6)
Unfortunately, Strathy could not field a third player so Copy Shop’s substitute Kevin Drewry gained one of the three walkover point after losing to Andy Horne and Julian Briercliffe. Kevin’s son Sean is the divisional champion and senior top twelve title holder so, true to form, he won his two encounters. Briercliffe bounced back to beat Adam Davies who then really raised his game to hoodwink Horne 13/11, 11/5, 9/11, 11/8.
Peel C (2) Kings (8)
Already promoted Kings have hardly dropped a point all season so losing two in one match is a feather in the cap for seventh-placed Peel C. Matthew Crabtree maintained his unbeaten run and Stephen Jelly has still only dropped three points. However, Kings’ new boy’ Christo Roelofse, who made a successful debut last time out, came unstuck against the youngsters Tiernan Garvey and Callan Reed. The writing looked like being on the wall for Roelofse as he then lost the first and fourth sets against Archie Walter but he rebounded to win 6/11, 11/7, 11/6, 9/11, 11/7. Kings took the doubles in three swift sets.
Junior Development B (3) Tower C (6)
Neither third-placed Tower nor their bottom-placed opponents could field a third player so only nine games could be contested. Hard-bat ace Margaret Forsyth won her games in straight sets and guided Heather Kennett to another win in the doubles for the Tower team. However, the youngsters from Junior Development briefly held the lead as Lily Byrne brilliantly beat Kennett 11/5, 11/8, 13/11 in the opening match. Lauren Allwright, recently back from representing the island at the British Primary Schools tournament in Guernsey, played well against Kennett but had to be content with picking up a walk-over point.
Copy Shop E (6) Copy Shop F (4)
Super vet Pat Halliwell survived a marathon match to beat young Scott Horne and went on to hoist her hat-trick for the sixth-placed girls from Copy Shop E. Kitty Thomas, also back from international duty in Guernsey, looked set to match Halliwell after beating Horne and Josh Dudley. Having bossed the first two sets against Josh’s brother Cameron, Thomas ran out of steam and so lost 11/6, 11/4, 4/11, 7/11, 7/11. Cameron went on to beat Sophie Sheard, as did Horne, but Sheard ensured the win for the E team by defeating Josh in straight sets. At the end of the evening the Dudley duo delivered the doubles to disappoint Halliwell and Sheard over five close sets.MALCOLM LAMBERT