JOOLA Plymouth Table Tennis club have demonstrated that old players don’t fade away – they go on to win national titles.
City veterans Paul Whiting, Paul Giles, Mike Short and Kevin Buddell travelled to Doncaster to compete in the final weekend of the Veterans’ British League.
More than 150 players competed, with the Plymouth team starting the weekend in fourth place in Division One. Short became an early casualty with an injury which forced him out of the weekend so it was up to Whiting, Giles and Buddell to take on some of the best players in the country.
Giles excelled on day one when he remained unbeaten, with all three playing their part in beating a strong Blackpool side - who were title favourites- 5-1.
They finished day one with three wins out of three and climbed to second in the table.
Day two saw them celebrate another win which meant they took the lead in the division with one match remaining.
In the final round of matches a win would give them the title, but Giles felt the pressure, losing his first and only match of the weekend.
However, Whiting (above) won his two matches with Buddell winning the deciding rubber, giving JOOLA Plymouth the Veterans’ British League Division One title.
This weekend it is the turn of the juniors, who will attempt to emulate the veterans when they travel to RAF Cosford to compete in the final round of matches in the Junior British League.
The boys – Jordan Bone, Josh Millman and Harry Nicholls – are top of the table in their maiden year in Division Four, only one point ahead of a strong Welsh team.
Meanwhile, the JOOLA Plymouth senior squad of Dom Sussex, Harry Cutler, Toby Mattacott and Mike Griffiths are top of Division Two South, two points ahead of London Academy with only four matches remaining.
They travel to Southampton on March 28 and 29 to try and win the title.
TABLE Tennis England have approached JOOLA Plymouth to host a full England junior squad training camp next week at Eggbuckland Community College.
The Table Tennis England Plymouth Talent Development Centre is fast becoming a centre of excellence in the country with many young born and bred Plymouth players from the ages of eight to 17 now ranked in the top five of the region in both boys’ and girls’ categories.
England junior squad training matches will be held next Wednesday (18).
TODAY, more than 250 players will descend on Plymouth to compete in the Devon Schools Table Tennis Championships.
The under-11 events will take place from 10am at Plymouth League HQ at Desborough Road while the under-13, 16 and 19s will compete at Eggbuckland Community College.