For the fourth consecutive year, the New Milton Table Tennis Club ran a Summer Pairs competition at the Mudeford Wood Community Centre from late May until the end of August. In table tennis terms a Pair is a 2-player team and this event was open to club members and non-members. There were seven teams entered in total; each team being named after a historical or contemporary fighting force, with each team playing each other twice.
One point was awared for each end won up to 11. The final match score was calculated by totalling the number of sets won by each team over the duration of the evening.
And so the teams of Vikings, Airmen, Saxons, Soldiers, Sailors, Romans and Marines battled for supremacy throughout the summer with the Vikings emerging as victors and the Airmen as runners-up. The Vikings comprised husband & wife combo John and Norma Millward and up-and-coming youngster Jack Trafford who managed to accumulate 141 points between them. The Airmen piloted themselves to second place on 124 points, and were represented by club secretary Bev Scott-Johns, Simon Golding, Mike Roberts & Gerard Redman along with Peter Daish and Clive Pitts who only played one match each.
The other placings in descending order are Saxons (112 points), Soldiers (106 points), Sailors (99 points), Romans (94 points) & Marines (92 points).
In the photo, Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns presents the Sandy Fagan Memorial Trophy to two of the Vikings, Jack Trafford and John Millward. Sandy was a former club secretary and leading light in the club for many years who sadly passed away in November last year.