Press Report 9th Oct


The Albany Florists–sponsored South Devon & Torbay Table Tennis League started this week with a convincing 10-0 whitewash from Torbay Academy 1 over Halwell in the First Division.  The League Champions from 2 years ago, Academy 1’s Kris Piwowar, Patrik Cincala and Daniel Barnett brushed aside previous champions, Halwell, only dropping 4 games. Halwell’s Rod Sugden took Daniel Barnett close, just going down 10-12 in the fifth. The two Newton Abbot sides in Division One both started their campaigns strongly with 8-2 wins, Batmen over Torbay Academy 2, and Buzzards over Brixham Gulls.  Newton Abbot maximums came from Dennis Gibbs, Kevin Nicholls and new boy, Jon Cheung.  An excellent maximum from Adam Shipway of Brixham Sharks, was not enough to secure the win, as Dawlish Aces fought back to share the points 5-5.


N A Batmen, Shaun & Dennis Gibbs v Academy 2, Sam Perkins & Javier Sanchez

N A Buzzards, Kevin Nicholls, Jon Cheung & Tony Halse

There was a fine start to the campaign for NA Eagles in Division 2 as they beat Taverners 8-2. At 2-2, and with Geoff Read having beaten last season’s top of the averages Ed Crawford, and with Martin Dilkes coming out on top over Jim McIvor, Taverners were playing well. But that was as good as it got as the Eagles, with Andy Tyrrell unbeaten won the last 6 sets.

N A Eagles, Andy Tyrrell & Ed Crawford v Taverners, Geoff Read & Martin Dilkes

Division 3 has a déjà vu feel, as last season’s relegated Denbury Tykes started their campaign with a whitewash over Hasbeens.  Two seasons ago Denbury Tykes romped away with the 3rd Division title but struggled at the next level up last season.  However the Tykes should expect a tougher campaign this time as Torbay Academy 4, Brixham Dolphins and NA Hawks all look to have the potential to challenge the Tykes.  The Academy 4 side of Matt Cooper, Ben Hoare & Jakub Piwowar whitewashed NA Falcons, while there were fine 8-2 victories for Brixham Dolphins over Dawlish Diamonds and NA Hawks over Brixham Diamonds .  Tom Mercer & Brian Pengelly secured maximums for the Dolphins, while Ben Swettenham was unbeaten for the Hawks.

Torbay Academy 6 lead Division 4 following an 8-2 win over Dawlish Drifters, with Lucas Bradshaw and Denis Cramond gaining maximums for the Academy side.  The other 3 matches all involving Newton Abbot teams were all close affairs. A Dale Fabian maximum, on his league debut, was not enough to secure victory for NA Ospreys over Torbay Academy 5 as a fine all-round performance from the Academy took the match 6-4.  NA Kites, with Richard Salt unbeaten, took the last doubles to clinch a 6-4 victory over Torres R Us. Jean Neafcy, in fine form for Torre Tigers, saw off NA Owls 6-4.