by Brian Croasdale
My heart has always been with the past in table tennis and nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing the older players still able compete at the highest level.
Playing every season since the early 70s, Graham Moson’s dazzling technique is an example to all the young players out there who could do well to watch his early ball flat hitting.
This Buxton-based postman will always keep the spectators interested and his first match in the Cromford Summer League was as good as it could get. Facing the leaders Burtons, he had both Andrew and Daniel Burton to play, which would send most shivering in trepidation to a corner.
Not a bit of it here though, as Graham beat both of them, Andrew in five games but Daniel in a more straightforward four games. Good as it was, he could not prevent the Pandy’s losing 3-2.
I remember being somewhat surprised when Stuart Morris made a comeback at the ripe old age of 70-plus but he is proving to be a difficult force to play against.
Still with a 100 per cent record, he did nothing wrong this week either, beating both the May B’s comfortably. Mick Thorley also won his matches but had a slightly more difficult night, being taken to five games in both his sets.
The 14-12, 5-11, 12-10 10-12, 13-11 victory over Sally May showing his determination to do well. The Mikes now take a one-point lead and head the table.
Lucas King already has the aura of a major table tennis player, confident in his ability but humble about his success.
This week against the youngsters from the Whitworth Academy, Stephen Cooke and Eddie Parks, he again was unbeaten, despite a spirited attempt by Eddie, who just lost in five.
A win by Stephen Cooke over Matthew Crowe was the sum total of Balls of Fury’s night and they went down in a convincing 4-1 loss. David Kelly cut a frustrated figure as he left the Cromford Community Centre.
Having just lost both his matches against the Young Guns Tim Denby and Jake Meikle rather convincingly, he was shaking his head with disbelief. Always a force, David’s loss to young Tim Denby in straight games was as unexpected as it was clinical.
The Whitworth had a surprise visitor this week when Jack Rice from Wingerworth came to play with his partner, who was attending Pat Thorley’s Ladies training night.
Always nice to see him and it is hoped Matlock will be able to attract a team from that club this season.
The Winter League entry forms are now available so be sure to grab yourself one from any Committee member you see and please be part of the scene this coming season.