Five Tees B 4-6 Medstead A Medstead A's Micky Lang sometimes favours a very high-thrown serve,
which isn't an option under Five Tees' low ceiling. No matter -
he won his 3 singles with room to spare, in straight sets.
Micky is the current Winchester Veterans champion.
Five Tees A 6-4 Kings A
There's almost nothing to choose between 4 teams at the top of Division 1,
but Five Tees now lead the stampeding herd by a small margin.
David Wills's excellent season continued with 3 more Singles wins and a
contribution to the Doubles win.
Swanmore A 5-5 South Wonston A
The scoreline looks ordinary enough, but this was no ordinary match. Swanmore A
won the first 5 legs straight off the reel, but the first 4 were all
5-setters. Then South Wonston A suddenly stopped reeling and won the final 5 legs!
You can't explain that except in terms of the oldness and funniness of the
sport of table tennis. To cap it off, the total number of 5-setters (7) and points
played (837) were certainly among the highest of the past ten years. The 2 teams are first
and second in Division 2, so there was plenty at stake.
Winnall 4-6 IBM B
Further down the table, this was another well-fought match, with Iliya Dimitrov
helping his team over the winning line with 3 singles wins, as well as the Doubles.
IBM C 5-5 Swanmore B Steve Coltman has had a bit of an up-and-down season, but this was an 'up'
occasion and he won 3 singles for Swanmore B. 4 5-setters were played during the evening, but
the match must have finished before 10 pm because there are no reports
of anyone peeping round the door and tapping their watch meaningfully or turning
lights off and on in the middle of ralleys.
Medstead B 5-5 Five Tees D
The Division 3 leaders have been neck-and-neck all season, and this match did nothing
to clarifiy the issue. A single point is all that distinguishes them.
Graham Lynch is back to winning ways after faltering momentarily 3 weeks ago
against Peter Tennant.
NEW Jan and April 2020 Coaching opportunity with England stars in Southampton,
Thanks to Allan Bransgrove for the information.
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!
Tournament Heats at IBM Hursley, Sunday 5th April 2020
Finals Night at Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall, Saturday 25th April 2020
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.