SPALDING & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE (Sponsored by Magellan Solutions Ltd): THE league’s final two trophies were dished out as another successful season came to a close – and they were both claimed by John Gilbert.
It was a busy evening for the South Holland ace, who was involved in both the Division One and Veterans’ finals.
At the start of the evening he faced Pete Budd, who had finished top of the averages, for the top tier crown.
Budd took the first two ends 11-6, 11-9, but Gilbert fought back to level with wins to the tune of 11-8 and 11-6 wins, before reclaiming the trophy he won two years ago on a deuce end 12-10.
After a break, Gilbert faced up to Phil Chandler, the reigning Veterans’ champion.
Chandler, who earlier in the season had won the Supreme title, was unable to reproduce that form and went down 8-11, 7-11, 2-11 to give Gilbert the divisional trophy he last won in 2005/06.
• 2011/12 trophy winners (Team): Division One – South Holland; r/up JDM Allsorts. Division Two – Seriously Adrift; r/up Chunky and Chunkier. Guardian Cup – Lone Sharks; r/up JAG. Marylands Cup – South Holland; r/up Defenders. Moulton Shield – South Holland; r/up JAG. (Individuals): Division Two – J Bombardini; r/up R Kerry. Supreme – P Chandler; r/up D Gibson. Ladies’ – L Staff; r/u H Gilbert. Doubles – P Chandler & M Willows; r/up A Davey & D Gilbert. U/17 – M Childs; r/up D Gray. Roy Gibson Memorial Rose Bowl – D Gilbert; r/up J Bombardini. Val Mackey Doubles – R Hammond & S Duffill; r/up R Bain & A Lewis.
• Most of the other tables were in action last week, with members and visitors honing their skills. The Robopong machine was put to good use.
The league is now looking forward to welcoming other visitors during the coming weeks – and would be especially pleased to see old members.
• Everyone involved with the league as also saddened to hear of the death of Eric Creasey, who was a member for many years.