Match Report

The latest combatants to arrive at Fortress Miners were from the outposts of Standish with two of their players making the new season's début. After having two previous late nights , the Dragons thought they were in for another when 14 games were played in the first three sets.
First up, Capo Chris had a great tussle with the consistent Paul Foster to take the match in five games. Chaddy took on a ring rusty Paul Siney to win 3-1 and The Owdmon cruised to a two nil lead against Terry only to switch off ( or perhaps the batteries were failing) and only scraped through 12-10 in the fifth. The score could have been different but for the succession of nets by Owdmon, to leave Terry, to put it politely, exasperated!
From then only one more set was to go to five and this was the doubles where the Leythers ( and a Wigginer) were trying to break their doubles duck for the season. After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory to lose 10-12 in the first and then getting battered in the second, a renaissance occurred and the next three went to Dragons for their first doubles points of the season.
9-5 to Dragons after three had become 9-8 when Paul F beat Gary 3-0 but the difference was restored when the in form Capo Chris did not drop a game against Terry, who by now had steam emanating from his ears as a result of the seemingly endless bad run of nets and edges against him.
The Owdmon was too quick for Paul S to win in three but then Terry overcame his misfortunes with the net and beat Gary in the same score. The Owdmon must have had his batteries recharged because he never let Paul F get a look in to cruise to a very comfortable 3-0. In the final set of the night, Paul S restored some of his own faith by beating Capo Chris 3-1 to leave the final score 22-16 to Dragons for their first win of the season.

Following his visit the day before to Brighton Table Tennis Club, where he imparted his words of wisdom (or not!), everyone expected Jeremy Corbyn to turn up for the after match pastie and pints. Perhaps the ( we'll nationalise them when (IF!!!!) we get in) trains let him down because it was a politician of a different hue who hove into view, in the not inconsiderable form of the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson himself, who after downing a Pimms said - "Ping pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th. century and it was called Wiff-waff. And there, I think, you have the difference between us and the rest of the world. Other nations, the French, looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to have dinner. We looked at it and saw an opportunity to play Wiff-waff." 
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