Table tennis news – Rob Loxley 13 November 2017

The English Institute of Sport hosted the second round of matches in the Sheffield table tennis junior league, when almost one hundred young girls and boys assembled to do battle, under the guidance of Phil Wright and Fay Buchan.

In Division Five, the Birley boys of Vulcan ‘D’ continued their impressive junior league debut season, cruising to a 7-3 victory over Wadsley Bridge ‘D’. Travis Hextall-Smith, Joe Stamforth and Emmerson Hodson each notched braces, however Wadsley’s Ethan Lynn stole the show with a noteworthy maximum. Ten year old Ethan (pictured) is a product of the Wadsley Bridge junior initiative which is marshalled by Rod Bly and supported by two time Sheffield singles champion Trevor Williams.

The “Birley boys” finally came unstuck when they faced the unbeaten Division Five leaders “Colin Deaton TT” as they endured a 1-9 reversal.

Abbeydale Falcons overturned the “Hawks” with a 7-3 Division Five win during which Henry Burrows, Emma Ryalls and Finlay Fairfax each scored twice, with Emma partnering Finlay to success in the doubles. Ben Pakenham faired best for the “Hawks” with a brace.

Division Two strugglers Abbeydale Panthers picked up two useful points in a pair of drawn encounters. Vulcan ‘B’s Woody Boon featured for the debutantes with a hat trick which was supported by solo performances by Jack Bourne and Gareth Pang. The Panthers struck back with braces from Varun Prakash and Jaydon Keonethorn, who then paired up to take the doubles. Jaydon scored twice against the “Blade Runners” and received support from Sarah George and Varun who both won solitary sets. Sarah and Jaydon went on to win the doubles. Joe Gamblin starred for the “Blade Runners” with a treble which was backed up by a Ruben Gladwin brace.

Phil Wright’s son Tim (Abbeydale TTC) became the latest UKCC level one coach when along with nineteen other students, he qualified under the tutorship of Sally Shutt and Chris Parker at the Institute of Sport. The course which leads to a fully licensed qualification was also passed by Abbeydale’s Zoltan Kulics, Simon Ryalls and Harry Sheen. Wadsley Bridge’s Trevor Parsons and Steve Cross were also successful as were Vulcan’s Vicky Johnston, Lewis Powell-Pepper and Rob Loxley. Craig Hastie (Scorpions), Dave Aspinall ( Hallam Grange) and Mazaffar Hussain (Sheffield United Community Foundation) completed the roll of successful local candidates.
Rob Loxley Press Officer South Yorkshire CTTA