Kings A 3-7 IBM A
Two of the League's strongest players, Tressa Armitage and Ed Slot, were ranged against each other here, with Ed finishing ahead in 3 straight games in the Singles, but with Tressa
sharing in IBM A's Doubles win. Both players won their other 2 Singles.
IBM B 7-3 Kings C Paul Martin of Kings C is making a speciality of doing well against IBM B - he won 3 against them for the second time this season, a feat he hasn't achieved against anyone else this season!
IBM B are respectably placed in mid-table and are by no means a pushover.
Owslebury 4-6 IBM C Owslebury continues to battle on with the barest bones of a team, thanks to the ravages of injury and ill-health. 3 wins for Martin Healey of IBM C.
The highlight of the evening
was when Vas Shcherbinin smashed what looked like a winner, it hit the edge of Martin Woolf's bat, spiralled up to within inches of the 10 metre-high roof of
the IBM Sports Hall, still spinning viciously, landed on Vas's side of the net and then span back over it, completely unreachable.
Please watch this space for the latest updates on future plans for the League, following the
disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
At a committee meeting on 3 July 2020 it was agreed not to make any decisions about next season
until a later date, when the situation becomes clearer for all concerned. However it was clear that
the season would NOT start in September; it is more likely to be a shorter season, eg with just one
home and one away fixture starting in January 2021 and no doubles games involved. Plans can start
to be made once individual clubs are able to establish the viability of their teams, taking into account
risk assessments, ongoing government regulations, venue availability and - most important of all â€“
the health and safety of the players who wish to play.
With the 2019-20 season suspended on 16 March 2020, the Committee agreed the following:
Outstanding matches and play-offs will NOT be played.
Cup competitions for the year are null and void.
Final league positions to be based on average points per match, hence
League results are as follows:
S Wonston A
Five Tees D
Five Tees A
Five Tees B
S Wonston B
Five Tees C
Arrangements for presentation of trophies still to be made.
Promotions, demotions and league structure will be decided once it is known what clubs,
teams and players are available and when the next season can safely and viably begin.
We hope soon to be able to announce dates to look forward to for next year's Tournament
Heats and Finals Night.
I'm very sorry to tell you that Des Hall passed away recently. Sincere condolences are offered to his family, especially his wife June and son David.
Des was on the Committee for many years, filling the role of Chairman, President and League Secretary - and maybe more! - at various times. When the then League Secretary Doug Balchin, another great pillar of the League, died suddenly in mid-season in the late 1980s, Des at once volunteered to pick up what was a demanding role, and the League continued without missing a beat.
Des was always very enthusiastic about table tennis, and always there when you needed him. As far as I was concerned, Des and Doug Balchin were to a large extent what made the League tick, over a good number of years.
Des last played in the League in 2008, for Owslebury.
Hampshire Table Tennis Association is in great need of help following the recent sad deaths of the President (Brian Lamerton)
and Chairman (David Turner).
Please read Derek Seager's letter in which he describes what the HTTA does, and how YOU can help!
IBM Sports Hall closing time
Please note that the closing time for the IBM Hursley Sports Hall is 10:00 pm. This has been the case for the past year, but it's
now being enforced more firmly.
This will necessitate using two tables, and starting the final Leg by 9:30 pm. Please make every effort to have at least 2 players
ready to play at 7:30 pm, as required by the
Winchester League Regulations.
While many of us might prefer a more leisurely pace using a single table, finishing earlier may help to make playing in the League
more attractive to Juniors and their parents!
The Table Tennis Serve Is your serve legal?
The question of what constitutes a legal serve was discussed at the League AGM in May.
Illegal serves give the server an unfair advantage. Umpires are sometimes reluctant to call illegal
serves - perhaps because they don't want to create antagonism, or because they aren't quite sure about the laws of table tennis.
The reluctance to give offence is understandable, but not calling illegal serves often causes ill-feeling too,
even if nothing is said openly during the match.
Adrian Reeves, who's a Table Tennis England Local Level 1 qualified umpire (meaning he can umpire up to County level), has provided these notes. Adrian's aim is to help League match
umpires and players improve the legality of serving, so it ceases to be an issue! Hopefully people will talk about this,
and point players especially in their own team or club to Adrian's notes if they feel it's necessary.