by Brian Croasdale
The article you are about to read makes no apologies for the euphoria expressed at the exploits of Rowsley Table Tennis Club.
It took just two points of the first Chesterfield District Table Tennis match between Rowsley A and Colin Deaton TTC C for the season to burst into life.
After a below par start in the National League, things settled down somewhat for Mike Bradbury (3). A couple of early points was all that was needed to relieve some of the pressure on Mike, who went on to lead them to an impressive 7-3 win.
A particularly hard-fought match with Deaton star Steve Young (2) was all that was needed to inspire him as he then went on to beat Mick Padley and Stuart Morris (1).
Mike was backed up by Andy White (2), who was in irrespressible form himself and, with wins against Padley and Morris, looked to be back to something like his best form.
A further win by Andy Burton over Mick Padley and with a 6- 3 ead it was only the doubles were left which Deatons conceded to the home side as no further improvement to their points score was possible.
The B team travelled to Chesterfield to play Colin Deaton TTC E side for their first match and came back with a 8-2 win for their efforts.
Phillip Fisher (3) was the star for Rowsley, remaining unbeaten, and his 3-0 victory over Mark Firth (2) was some performance.
Phillip was well backed up by his colleagues Louis Gay (2) and captain Andy Middleton (2) who took comfortable wins over Josh Packwood and Kevin Tann. A good first week then for the Rowsley Club then but as everyone is only to well aware it is just the first week of a very long season.
Also in the second division, Whitworth Table Tennis Club beat Morton Merlins 6-4. Warren Slaney (3) was the star here and he put on a display that suggested that he should be playing at a higher level.
Players are reminded that the Matlock season will begin on the week commencing October 15 and the fixtures are currently being finalised.
Players who wish to know their matches in advance can get hold of me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With an increase in teams, it looks like being a very busy season so players are asked to only postpone matches as a very last resort.
For those of you privileged enough to attend the Liebherr Men’s World Cup in Liverpool’s Echo Arena this weekend, you were lucky to see Ma Long, the Chinese player, who put on a awesome performance, taking the title with 11/4,11/3,11/8,11/9 victory over Germany’s star Timo Boll. I remember a quote from coach Li Fu Jung who said that “positive mentality is winning mentality”.
Matlock has players, not in this class, but we keep trying and that is all you can ask.