Quite a year for Phillip

by Brian Croasdale

Phillip Fisher has experienced a year of devastating contrast in which he suffered the ignominy of relegation from the top flight of table tennis with Rowsley B in Chesterfield, only to join Matlock’s Division Two side Ever Hopefuls, which has proved to be an astute move on his part.

They say that time waits for no man but in Phillip’s case the reality is time must keep up with him.

Take his recent outing. Playing at Turnditch Tigers, he beat Jacob Gunton (one) and Matthew Emmerson (two) in straight games before being faced with the very awkward and experienced Gerald Finney (two). Phillip was 2-1 down before changing his game to take the match 3-2.

Unfortunately, this could not stop his side losing 6-4. A thrilling doubles saw the home side take the win 6-4.

Amid the many games in Division Two this season, the form of Eddie Gregory, the Detonators’ number two, has slipped under the radar. In his recent match, he won all three games in scintillating manner, hardly being troubled.

LiverPooles have their own star in the making with young Jacob Poole (one) who followed up his recent success over Mark Briddon with another scalp, this time beating Anthony Gregory. This could not help his side much as they went down 9-1 to the leaders.

Danny Burton (one), the Fiesteros Reborn number one, must have been wondering just how he is going to rescue his side’s flagging fortunes but the recent transfer of his father Andrew Burton will help.

Unfortunately, Andrew was not available for the match against Cromford CC and his side went down again 9-1 to the regular trio of Dean Clayton (two), Keith Bradshaw (three) and Tony Gregory (three).

As you might expect, there is a palpable sense of energy and positivity in local table tennis. This, I suspect, was the decisive factor in holding a Christmas Handicap Tournament, organised by Mick Padley and played at Cromford.

A good turnout included Geoff Gill the former Matlock champion, John Davies, the Whitworth National League star, Dave Kelly, the current Bonsall National League star, and son Ronan, who currently features for first division side Colin Deaton TTC A and it is not difficult to appreciate the talent on display.

At the semi-final stage, John Davies Scr faced Geoff Gill Scr. In the top half, Andrew Middleton Scr faced Eddie Gregory.

Geoff beat John to avenge his championship defeat while Andrew lost out to Eddie Gregory. This left Eddie to face Geoff in the final. Despite a handicap, Eddie could not cope with the power of Geoff and went down 19-21, 21-16, 18-21.

A truly memorable event, well run by Mick, left everyone looking forward to 2012. with eager anticipation.