Week 28 - End of the Season SandPaper Bat Competition
In a lookback to earlier times the Trimpell Sports and Social club held an invitational Sandpaper Bat Table Tennis competition on Mon 16th April. The rules are a combination of old and new with best of 3 ends played to 11 with traditional bats with no sponge or rubber and just having sandpaper on the surface. All players played in groups with the top 2 from each group going forward to the knock-out stages in the main event with remaining players going to a challenge knock-out competition.
This year’s inaugural competition winners of the main event were Trimpell’s Toby Ellis who beat fellow club member Phil Goymer in the final. In the Challenge competition Trimpell’s Ray Carr who had played with these bats early in his career narrowly beat upcoming Junior Bethany Ellis representing Morecambe B.
In what proved to be a highly popular format a single point competition was held where no warm up net or edges allowed and whoever won the point went through to the next round. In this quick-fire competition Dave Smith, at ease with the speed and trajectory of the bats held out and went on to win in the final against Garstang player Mike Armishaw.
Despite the competitive nature of the players emerging in the latter stages of the competition, the evening proved to be much fun and popular with representation from Trimpell, Morecambe Community High School, 3-1-5 Table Tennis and Garstang along with a club and public audience who all enjoyed the evening.
Prizes were presented at close of play by league secretary and event organiser Carl Stebbing .
Week 27 - Coronation/Riley Cup Finals
Raptors and Morecambe A end Season as Cup Winners
The Riley and Coronation Cup competition Finals bring the season to a close where each competition is played as a series of 9 matches with 2 ends each played up to 21. Each side has five serves each and no requirement to win by 2 clear points. This year we see Ken Richardson’s young Morecambe A side giving the seasoned Trimpell Dragons side a 50 point head start in the Riley Cup competition. The match was evenly matched to begin with Dragons still 41 points ahead after 4 games. Adam Dennison then made short work of Geeza Bilton, clawing back 20 points before Joseph Dennison had a great result gaining another 10 points against Dragon No 1 player Derek Metcalfe. With 3 games to go Trimpell were ahead by 9 points but quick wins in succession for Bethany Ellis against Bilton, followed by Joseph Dennison against Graham White meant Dragons had to keep Adam Dennison in single figures to avoid defeat. The match ended with Morecambe A winning 368 points to Dragon on 340 points.
In the Coronation Cup, Garstang Anihilators had a 35 point advantage over Trimpell Raptors. Raptors wasted no time in recovering the points advantage from Anihilators with wins from Toby Ellis over Matthew Westworth and Paul Stebbing over Mike Armishaw and by the time Dave Gott had won his first game over Tom Clark Raptors were ahead by 19 points. The game went much as expected from this point albeit a notable with for Matt Westworth over Dave Gott giving Anihilators the faintest of chances. The match ended with Raptors winning 321 points to Anihilators 274 points with a game in hand, leaving the handicap committee in crisis as to how to adapt the existing handicap system to counter Raptors dominance in the competition.
The match officials were Graeme Moorby and International referee Robert Williamson. At the end of a well-attended evening the prizes for the Coronation and Riley cups were presented by President David Hughes who also presented the Premier League Title Trophy to Raptors Captain Paul Stebbing.
Week 26 - Coronation/Riley Cup
Title: Stebbing Snr maintains 100% record as Raptors ease into Coronation Cup Final.
This week in the Lancaster and Morecambe Table Tennis League Trimpell City played host to Raptors in the Coronation Cup Semi Final with City gaining a 100 point handicap advantage and hoping to dampen Raptors spirits following their recent success in the Premier League. City were lacking and fell well short on the night with Raptors players Paul Stebbing, Dave Gott and Carl Stebbing taking 42 points apiece with the match ending Raptors 378 with City on 296. For City Adam Ordonez was by far City’s best player contributing 95 points with Dave Smith on 65 and Danny Welbourne on 36.
In an Interesting encounter Trimpell Bulldogs went on their travels to Garstang against the Anihilators side, taking with them a 20 point head start. Garstang Anihilators with Kelly Southward had no trouble in the tie and also go through to the final to play Raptors.
The Riley Cup final will match Morecambe against Trimpell Dragons. In the semis Morecambe's Adam, Joe Dennison and Bethany Ellis beat Garstang C whilst Dragons Derek Metcalfe, Mike White and Geeza Bilton edged out St Lukes E by 7 points in the closest of encounters.
The Finals of both the Coronation and Riley Cups are to be played Mon 9th April at 7.00 P.M at Trimpell Sports and Social Club.
Toby Ellis continued to add to his many trophies and accolades as he picked up the 2018 Preston Sports Achievement and Performance Award in the junior male category at an Awards Ceremony held at The Guild Hall.
Toby then captained his team of Matthew Westworth and Adam Dennison as they won the local Junior League held at The North West Regional Training Centre with Bethany Ellis coming runners up in the Cadet League.
Raptors retain Premier title whilst University teams dominate the Championship!
As the season draws to a close in the Lancaster and Morecambe Table Tennis league we see the conclusion of outstanding fixtures and results.
Trimpell Raptors retained their title as Premier Champions but were pushed all the way in their final encounter of the season against University B. Paul Stebbing took man of the match collecting 9 points closely followed by Toby Ellis with 8. Dave Smith stepped up for Raptors coming away with an unexpected if not anticipated 4 points. For Uni B Matthew George collected 7 points with Elvis Yik Hin Yu and Eden Cheng. Raptors ended the evening winning narrowly 23-22.
Bulldogs’ poor results and form continued as they welcomed St Lukes A in a battle for 5th and 6th. Bulldogs lacked the customary spirit as Chris Knowles and Dennis Hooley both collected easy 9 points each with John Howarth taking 6. Ray Carr returned to Bulldogs with 3 points with Aiden Branch taking 2 and normal top scorer Phil Goymer only collecting a consolation 1 point. St Lukes A went on to win 27-8 pipping Bulldogs to 5th place on games conceded.
St Lukes B had a similar tale and had to overcome Trimpell City in a 7th vs 8th play-off. City not good in a fight couldn’t muster sufficient resistance and went down 26-10. For St Lukes B David Hewitt in a masterclass in attacking play collected all 9 points alongside Tony March who also collected 9 points with Martin Wakelin close behind on 7 points. For City Graeme Moorby put up most resistance by taking 5 points with Dave Smith and Danny Welbourne collecting 1 point each.
Raptors ended the season as easy winner with University B and University A celebrating another successful season coming 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the Championship congratulations go to University Vipers who won the Championship title narrowly over University Pythons in 2nd place. Morecambe A were a commendable 3rd with a young team capable of winning the title but for an exceptionally strong representation from the University teams this year.
Week 24 W/C 5th March 18
Title : St Lukes B in Relegation Battle.
This week in the Lancaster and Morecambe Table Tennis Premiership league we see little activity with only one match recorded!
Garstang Anihilators welcomed understrength St Lukes B with Matthew Westworth and Mike Armishaw both taking man of the match by taking 9 points each with Kelly Southward collecting 6 points in a match won by Anihilators 27-4. For St Lukes Tony March was the only point scorer for the away side collecting 4 points in a result that puts St Lukes B firmly into relegation territory.
Highlights from the Championship Division include Trimpell Dragons Welcoming St Lukes E with Derek Metcalf Mike White and Geeza Bilton taking SEVEN! points each with Dragons winning 24-11. Man of the match was the impressive Tony Luxon collecting 9 points for the St Lukes E side.
St Lukes D welcomed league leaders University Vipers with players Sam Cheung, Oishik Kar and Adam Elahi all taking 9 points each, Uni winning 27-6.
315 Table Tennis welcomed Garstang Bandits with the 315 side being no match for Bandits losing 15-23. Man of the Match was Owen Pye with 9 points followed by Adam Cooper on 6 and Mike Cooper on 5. Bob Quick continues to stand out for the 315 side collecting an impressive 8 points.
Week 23 W/C 26thFeb 18
Week 23 in the Lancaster and Morecambe Table Tennis Premiership league sees a number of catch up games with both Anihilators and Raptors playing multiple matches.
Firstly Anihilators went head to head with Raptors strongest line up of Paul Stebbing, Dave Gott and Toby Ellis. Anihilators Matthew Westworth beat the formidable Paul Stebbing and despite having match point, losing narrowly to former team mate Toby Ellis in 5. Man of the Match was Raptors Toby Ellis with 9 points with Paul Stebbing a surprising 7 points. For Anihilators Matthew Westworth ended the evening with 8 points closely followed by Tom Clark with an impressive 6 points. The match concluded 15-23 in Raptors favour.
In their second match of the evening Anihilators played Bulldogs and with the marked difference in Bulldogs form, Anihilators were in no mood for compassion winning 9-28. Matthew Westworth and Tom Clark were man of this match with 9 points each closely followed by Mike Armishaw with 7. Beleaguered Bulldogs team captain Phil Goymer managed 5 points with Aiden Branch and Dave Smith both taking a point each in a result that takes Bulldogs as low as the recent temperatures.
In Raptors second match of the week Raptors welcomed a Trimpell City side coming off back to back wins. City got off to sluggish start with Paul Stebbing and Dave Gott winning against Ordonez and Moorby despite Moorby’s full use of the table. Understrength Raptors then wheeled out Dave Smith as their number 3 with Smith proving no match for any City players Ordonez Moorby and Danny Welbourne all taking 9 easy points from a Raptors selection choice. Man of the match was Paul Stebbing and Dave Gott both with 9 points with Raptors eventually winning 22-12.
St Lukes C welcomes St Lukes A with Dennis Hooley and Chris Knowles both taking 9 points each for the A team closely followed by Matthew Price with 6. Mike Gregory continues to hit the headlines taking a win over Price for 3 points with David Hewitt starting to hit some form also with 3. The match ended with St Lukes A winning 27 points to 6.