Busy week for Matlock’s table tennis players

Technique: Coach Sam Perry keeps a close watch on the forehand technique of young player Jacob Poole, 13, at the Table Tenis Taster Session, the Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale.
Technique: Coach Sam Perry keeps a close watch on the forehand technique of young player Jacob Poole, 13, at the Table Tenis Taster Session, the Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale.
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By Brian Croasdale

THIS week saw the inaugural coaching course at the Whitworth Academy. the quarter-finals of the Blair Cup, several league matches and the Whitworth National League side in action down in Wellingborough.

England star Sam Perry took time out from his busy schedule to run the coaching course, with over 20 players from Matlock and Chesterfield crammed into the Whitworth Sports Hall.

It was a long but enjoyable day and there is a very real chance of Matlock entering its first ever National League junior side next season.

In the Blair Cup Turnditch Tigers were the first side to reach the semi-finals after a 5-4 victory over Pommy.

Gerald Finney made the result possible for Turnditch by winning his three matches comfortably.

Matthew Emmerson (2) also played well for the visitors but with Pommy inexplicably leaving out their star Mick Shimwell they were always going to be up against it.

In Division One, Rowsley 08 continue to dominate, beating Fiesteros Reborn 7-3. Warren Slaney was absent due to illness but still the Rowsley side was to strong for the Fiesteros team who had Daniel Burton again showing his credentials.

Rowsley Scorpions beat Cylinder Cougars from Chesterfield 6-4. For Cylinders Geoff Gill showed the local critics just how it is done in an awesome display that has the visitors nearly reeling.

Division Three saw Matlock Maruders beat Whitworth 1st 3-2, Luke Harris and Connor Davies both taking a match each but neither could cope with the find of the season, David Tomlinson, who was again unbeaten.

This weekend’s results will haunt our National League side forever after two separate 118-mile trips.

While making an attempt to move on from the experience, captain Andy Middleton made no attempt to disguise that his disappointment was still raw.

The only result the side came out with any credit in was the 4-4 draw with Woodfield UK Deaf but as a major overhaul to the side is due this summer we look for better things next season.