Table Tennis by Paul Myers
The 2008/09 Aldershot and District League Table Tennis Season is up and running after the summer break.
In Division Two Farnborough Tennis B and Tennis C made the perfect start both winning 10-0. Tennis B whitewashed Ash D with Hartles, Dickson and Barson all in treble form whilst Tennis C battered club-mates Tennis E with Taylor, Newbold and Bredin all unbeaten on the evening. Ash C trounced Fleet CC A 9-1 with Alan Gess and Nigel Care in hat-trick form. Fleet's Dave Joyce beat Martin Gilbey (2 wins) 11-9, 11-6 and 11-5 to stop the drubbing. Bourne A edged a 6-4 win against Frimley B in what was a very tight affair. Pete Good was the man of the match with a hard fought treble for the losing side with Paul Creamer and Andy Barnard both in double form for Bourne.
In Division One Broadmoor A back in the league after a year out got their season off to a winning start with an 8-2 victory against Cody A. Clive Banham and Barry Morton grabbed trebles for Broadmoor who will no doubt be making a push to lift the Division One crown which they didn't defend last season. In the other two top division matches played Shackleford edged out Tennis A 6-4 and Ash A drew with Ash B. Dennis Perrett took the honours winning all three for Shackleford with Simon Turner chipping in with two, in reply Dave Hewitt bagged a brace for the tennis men. Ash B stormed to a 5-1 lead against their A side but the A's fought back to win the last four sets to share the spoils. Dave Halfpenny, Dave Gilham, Ross Saxby and Chris Hazelhurst all won two each on the night with the most notable performance coming from Dave Gilham who beat Ross Saxby 12-10, 4-11, 12-10 and 13-11.
In Division Three Tennis F and Tennis G kept up their clubs great form with 9-1 and 8-2 wins respectively. Tennis F trounced Kingfisher A 9-1 with trebles from Peter Killick and Graham McCulley. Derek Read prevented the whitewash with an amazing comeback in his five setter against Roger McCulley (2 wins). Having lost the first two games 11-6 and 11-3 Read then fought back to win 11-8, 12-10 and 11-7 for a remarkable win. Tennis G beat Cody D 8-2 thanks to a Paul Shakespeare treble and doubles from Ray Eason and Keith Johnson. Frimley C beat Bourne B 7-3 with Rob Brittain in hat-trick form whilst Ash F beat Ash G by the same margin with Sandy Simpson winning all three. Kingfisher B drew with Cody C in which Karim Lawji won all three.
Tennis H got their Division Four campaign off to the perfect start with a 10-0 win against Kingfisher C in which John Page, Kerry Bennett and Paul Jarvis were all unbeaten. There were also easy wins for Cody E and Fleet CC C who both won 9-1 against Ash J and Ash K respectively. Norrie Short and George Brown were both in treble form for Cody E with Josh Taylor winning a single to save Ash J's blushes. Roy Chittenden and Kevin Bissell were unbeaten for Fleet CC C in their win against Ash K in which John Davis beat John Allen ( 2 wins) to prevent the whitewash. Farnham Cohesion a new team to the league just lost out in their first match losing 6-4 to Ash H. Terry Kavanagh was the star man winning all three with Ray Mears bagging two for Ash in reply Chris Secker and Dean Robertson won singles and Dong Ming Lau a brace for the Cohesion's. Finally Frimley E and Fleet CC B fought out a draw. Stephen Bridle and John Ball won two each for Frimley E as did Mark Holbrook and Andy Blunden for Fleet.