TABLE TENNIS: Eight still harbour hopes of Roy Gibson glory

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SPALDING & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE (Sponsored by Magellan Solutions Ltd): THE quarter-final line-up for the annual Roy Gibson Memorial Rose Bowl competition was decided last week.

Four groups played a round robin format, with games starting on handicap, best of three ends to 31. By the end of a long evening two players from each group had qualified for the last eight.

Of the final 23, one dropped out injured and only one player remained unbeaten.

Group three ended their matches with Richard Hammond (starting on 4) and Joe Bombardini (20) both unbeaten in four games, but with their tie to come. Bombardini lost the first end 27-31, but came back to take the next two 31-22, 31-22.

Group one finished in a tie, this time between Phil Chandler (4) and Reece Kerry (20) on 4/5. However, Chandler took their individual match 31-30 in the third to head the group.

Group two, which had dropped to five players, also ended in a tie. Both Mark Willows (4) and David Gilbert (17) finished on 3/4, but the latter took top spot thanks to a 31-29, 31-24 victory in their match.

It was more clear-cut in Group four, which was topped by David Gibson (7) on 4/5. Allan Lewis (18), who lost to Gibson, tied on 3/5 with Dave Coley (19), who had beaten Gibson. But Lewis won their match 31-29 31-24 to take second place.

In the quarter finals Chandler (4) faces Lewis (18), Gilbert (17) meets Hammond (4), Bombardini (20) plays Willows (4) and Gibson is paired with Kerry (20).