by Brian Croasdale
Everyone in local table tennis knows about Richard Tymchek, but does anyone really know about Richard Tymchek?
“I love this competition and I won it a few years ago,” he said as he came off table after repeating the feat with his drawn partner Geoff Gill from Chesterfield.
Held last week, this was the popular Draw Doubles competition at the Cromford Community Centre, which eases the players into the enjoyable summer season yet to come.
The draw was made by young Amy Molyneux, who selected the first round pairings in Group One and Group Two.
In Group One, Tony Gregory would partner his namesake Anthony Gregory from Division Two and David Molyneux would pair up with National League player Andrew Middleton.
The Gregorys proved to strong in this match and won 11-9, 11-4, 11-7.
Pat Thorley, the tournament organiser, drew Jake Miekle from Chesterfield and they also beat David and Andrew 11-6, 14-12, 9-11, 11-3 before they came unstuck against the Gregorys 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8. So by the rules of the competition, David Molyneux and Andrew Middleton were eliminated.
In Group Two, Mick Thorley and Dean Clayton beat Tim Denby and Steve Molyneux in a close four games before losing to the uncomprimising Geoff Gill and Richard Tymchek in three.
Gill and Tymchek made short work of the Denby/Molyneux pairing to also qualify for the semi-finals. Tim Denby and Steve Molyneux were eliminated.
The group stages all completed, this left eight players to contest the semi-finals and then the peculiarities of the competition take over. Just when you have got used to playing with someone, it is all change again as a further draw for partners now takes place.
Pat drew Dean and Tony drew Mick while Jake drew Anthony, leaving the Gill/Tymchek partnership unaltered.
Tony and Mick were unlucky to lose their semi-final against Pat and Dean. They coasted to a two-game lead before their opponents got going.
Then Pat and Dean came from behind, taking the remaining three games to qualify for the final.
In the other semi final, Geoff and Richard cruised to a four-game win over Jake and Anthony, which was probably their hardest match of the night.
Another draw for partners and amazingly the pairings remained the same as Pat and Dean lost to Geoff and Richard 11-5, 11-7, 17-15. This left Geoff Gill and Richard Tymchek as champions and it was well deserved on the night.
It is safe to say I am not a fan of this competition because I don’t believe table tennis should be played this way but you cannot deny it has its attraction. One person who likes it is Richard Tymchek. He is shrewd, decisive and dependable and tactically superb.