Shaun Bibby, the captain of the South Yorkshire county senior’s team has announced that the opening round of matches will take place at the Draycott club - Derby on Saturday 2nd December. Bibby is assembling a squad which he believes will challenge for promotion from Division Two ‘A’ – the third tier of the county championships competition. Bibby commented “we have in South Yorkshire a wealth of table tennis talent, and we will field a strong team which I believe will make the leap forward”.
Stephen Horsfield has returned from Guernsey with a clutch of medals following his triumph at the veteran’s (over forties) six nation’s championships.
England’s ninth ranked veteran struck gold in the team event with a 4-1 victory over Ireland. Stephen again teamed up with England number two – Andy Trott (Northants) to face Ireland in the doubles final, which the English pair won to pocket a second gold. In a match that went the distance, Stephen claimed silver in the singles event, narrowly losing out to Ireland’s number one – Daryl strong.
In the first round of matches in the British veteran's league held at the Derby arena, some of our leading local players were in action for "Redland Bats" in Division 2A. Scorpions' Shaun Bibby went undefeated with 6/6 and Andrew Horsfield (Stocksbridge) returned with a creditable 7/10. Redland are placed third in a division where the top two are promoted.
Janet Adams is set to make a welcome return to the Sheffield table tennis league in the colours of Rotherham Scorpions. As a student at Sheffield University, Janet Deakin competed at the highest level and took back to back Sheffield women’s singles titles in 1983 and 1984. After capturing the women’s doubles title with Melanie Seaton in 1982, she partnered Josette Ryalls to victory in 1984 and 1987. Saint Albion’s Neil Bailey won his solitary men’s singles title in 1982 and she teamed up with him to take the mixed title in the same year. Janet is currently ranked eighth in the England veterans women’s list and will be a tremendous asset to the Scorpions club.
Robert Loxley Press Officer - South Yorkshire County TTA