Twins impress for Lady Manners in schools comp

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Matlock Table Tennis League Round-up by Brian Croasdale

Should they be so inclined, the Whitworth Table Tennis Academy twins Krya and Alice Rodgers can have a great future ahead of them in the game.

Playing for Lady Manners School in the Derbyshire School Games Table Tennis competition, Alice came third and Kyra got silver in their respective events, an excellent result for the young girls.

Hopes Fulfilled are blessedwith having players of the fighting quality of Dr Mike Douglass and Phillip Fisher and both needed to be on form against the CCC.

DaveKelly had taken all his matches but a resolute performance from the pair meant they contained the visitors and only went down 6-4 and that was in the deciding doubles.

Vulnerability in table tennis is always seen as a weakness but I think it is a strength. You get hardened to everything and although not wanting to give anything away it can be exhausting but is essential to success.

Take Division One side Balls of Fury for example. For a second week they were without Eddie Parks and had to again call on the services of young David Molyneux who, like his previous outing, delivered brilliantly.

Playing against the Detonators he again won two matches beating both Ashley Emery and the experienced Mick Bunting in the side’s 7-3 loss to Detonators.

For all the concerns over Rowsley 14 and their current form, this week they pulled Whitworth 1st back a notch or two by beating them 6-4 at Rowsley.

Sam Perry showed his class by amazingly travelling from Birmingham, winning all three of his matches and setting off back to the Midlands all in the space of an hour. With Jamie Smith also winning his three matches it was left to Geoff Gill (1) to add some respect to the scoreline.

You wait all season for a good match then four come along all at once. Rapid Fire beat Crich St. Mary’s 7-3 with David Molyneux beating Steve Howard, Cavaliers’ had a pulsating 8-2 win over Thorntons Sports, LiverPooles convincingly won 10-0 over Wessington and Still Hoping’s overcame Strutts Strikers 6-4. Wherever you looked there was quality.

To say JTO are bottom of Division Two would spoil their fun but fun JTO certainly are, despite Sam Allen giving an inspired performance in winning all his matches in a superb 5-5 draw against Pommy A.