CLEAN SWEEP FOR PHIL DAISH-HANDY!
The Annual Tournaments of New Milton Table Tennis Club have been taking place over the past few weeks and culminated in the Grand Finals Night at the Grange School, Somerford. Phil Daish-Handy won all three of his eligible singles events, including one title defence, and even helped to win the doubles title.
His first win came in the Under 40s final where he took on brother-in-law Simon Daish, who came runner-up last season. Daish-Handy had to give away an 11 start but overcame the handicap to win in two straight sets 21-16, 21-17.
He successfully defended his Handicap Singles title in which he had to give away a 15 start to Ian Linney. Daish-Handy caught up in the first set 15-15 to win it 21-16 then went on to win the second set 21-19 to retain the trophy.
His next final was Doubles event in which he had been drawn with Sylvia Smith who won it last year with Russell Wilson. They had to give a 5 start to Malcolm Floyd & Ben Greene but this was quickly overcome to win in two straight sets 21-15, 21-15.
Now on a roll, Daish-Handy met up with another brother-in-law in the Open Singles final, this time fellow Premier team mate Matthew Daish who won the title last year. Daish-Handy gave no quarter and won the first set 11-2, and although Matthew got more into his stride in the second, big brother-in-law took it 11-6. The third set was worthy of an exhibition match with some fantastic exchanges but Daish-Handy won it 11-9 to take the prestigious title.
Matthew Daish didn’t go home completely empty-handed as he got the better of older brother Peter Daish in the Junior final. In a fairly close encounter Matthew took the first two sets 11-9 and 11-7, then Peter rallied to take the third by 11-9. Matthew wasn’t having any more nonsense and took the fourth 11-7 to claim the title.
Club chairman Steve Hemmings had missed out on three titles at the recent Bournemouth & District tournaments so he was really fired up for his only tilt at a club title, the Over 40s, especially as he came runner-up last year. He had to give a 14 start to Paul Nelson, but Hemmings won in straight sets 21-16, 21-19 having caught up at 17-17 in both sets.
Club Welfare Officer Lynn Willrich won her first club title as she took on last year’s runner-up Sylvia Smith in the Ladies Handicap Singles. Lynn had a 1 point start against Sylvia and really surprised herself to win it it in two straight sets 21-20, 21-17 to take the title.
Thanks to Club Secretary and Tournament Organiser Bev Scott-Johns for yet another set of very well organised and enjoyable tournaments. Bev is a Table Tennis England qualified Tournament Organiser and County Umpire, both skills being very much in evidence during the tournaments.