Table tennis winds up with chocolate wins

September 09, 2017

Geoff Trotter (left) and Reg Dickinson holding their doubles tournament prizes.

Activate Nagambie’s winter table tennis program has now finished up after a successful 15-week Wednesday evening season and with increasing interest in the new over-50s and junior Thursday programs.

The traditional Wednesday night doubles tournament was again a great night with competitors battling it out for fabulous chocolate prizes.

Ten players were graded into teams and played a single round robin format to decide who were the worthy winners of the prestigious end-of-season event.

In the wash up, no team was undefeated and no team went without a win.

In fact, most matches were close-fought affairs with three out of 10 being decided in the fifth set.

From the outset, Geoff Trotter and Reg Dickinson teamed up well.

They were reeling after wins against Trevor Dennis and Mike Thomas and then again against David Branagan and John Bond.

They firmed up as outright favourites after thumping Dave Cotterill and Barb Trainor in straight sets, but then stumbled at the finish line with a marathon five-set loss to Phil Crow and Vonnie Deering.

As Crow and Deering suffered a loss earlier in the draw to Dennis and Thomas, the stage was set for a sudden-death single game to decide the winners.

In a thrilling game fitting of a final, the clash of the titans went down to the wire with the dynamic Trotter-Dickinson team coming out victorious (11-9).

All table tennis programs run by Activate Nagambie are now on hold due to major floor renovations at the Mechanics Hall.

A new season will begin on October 18, including a Wednesday night competition, Thursday morning over-50s social play, after-school coaching clinics for juniors and other events which are in the boiling pot.

Watch this space or look up Activate Nagambie on Facebook.

Alternatively, phone Chris Anders on 0428398026 or Christine Schindler on 0499995380.

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