NMTTC TOURNAMENTS – THE STORY SO FAR
The New Milton Table Tennis Club’s annual tournaments got underway with the Juniors event at the Arnewood School. Sixteen eager youngsters entered this event which nicely lent itself to four groups of four. Not unexpectedly, Matthew Daish won his group without dropping a match and Sammy Thompson came runner-up. Simon Daish repeated his younger brother’s feat whilst Matt Procter came runner-up in their group. Peter Daish followed his brothers’ lead and Ralph Roberts came second to Daish in their group. Finally, Lucy Craddock won her group with Campbell Golding coming runner-up.
In the quarter-finals Matthew Daish saw off namesake Proctor, Peter Daish did likewise to Campbell Golding, Simon Daish beat Sammy Thompson and Lucy Craddock got the better of Ralph Roberts. True to form, Matthew Daish despatched older brother Peter in their semi-final, and Simon Daish denied Lucy Craddock a place in the final. And so Matthew Daish will face big brother Simon in the final.
Next up was the Ladies Handicap Tournament which also took place at Arnewood School. Four ladies took part in this event (Fern Daish, Angela Farmer, Julie Smillie & Sylvia Smith), the first time for years that the club has run a “ladies only”. Angela Farmer playing off +25 won the group by beating Julie (+13) and Fern (+23) in straight sets, only losing to Sylvia (+20) over three sets. Julie also won two by beating Sylvia and Fern, but Sylvia took a set off Julie who therefore had to settle for runner-up. Julie will try to exact her revenge over Angela in the final.
Julie Smillie will play Angela Farmer in the Ladies Singles Final.
The club would love to have more lady players and were really pleased to welcome Angela back after an injury. Any ladies wishing to join our very friendly club should call Julie Smillie on 01425 614784 or club secretary Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.
And then it was the Under 40s Handicap Event down at Mudeford Wood Community Centre in which eight members took part, five of whom were from the Daish family. Matthew playing off +12 was drawn in the same group as elder brothers Peter (+19) and Andrew (+21) as well as a Thai student known to all as “PJ” who was given a handicap of +9. PJ overcame his handicap to emerge as group winner, only losing to Matthew Daish who came runner up.
The second group of four comprised Lucy Craddock and Andrew Stainton, both playing off +25, Simon Daish (+18) and Fern Daish (+23). Simon won all of his matches to win the group including a victory over big sister Fern who eventually went through as runner-up. The semi-finals first saw Matthew Daish get the better of older brother Simon, and then Fern faced PJ. Fern just lost the first set 30-32 but really got her forehand attack going to take the next two 31-25, 31-23 to face little brother Matthew in the final.
The remaining events (Vets Over 40s, Handicap Singles, Doubles, Scratch Singles) will be played out over the next few weeks, culminating in the Grand Finals Night at Mudeford Wood on Monday 24th June.