Triple triumph as MTTG produce dominant display
The Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League held its annual meeting at Burghley Park Golf Club.
The meeting heard reports from committee officials before finishing with the presentation of trophies by Brian Spittlehouse, a former vice-chairman of the league and a member of the dominant Wanderers A team of the 1970s.
Chairman Richard Henry’s welcoming comments focused on the season’s successful modifications to league and match formats and highlighted members’ willingness to meet, listen to and exchange opinion, provide ideas and solutions, and action change.
County representative Bob Hulka reported on players’ continued success at county level, with Denise Jacobi and Joe Cox winning veteran and junior tournaments respectively. Cox and Jamie Anderson also enjoyed winning seasons in the National Cadet League.
Match secretary Nick McDowall reported on an enjoyable season which was dominated by the experienced MTTG team, which won the treble of Tier 1, Ketco Cup and President’s Cup.
The team’s Dave Needham also won the individual averages trophy and the veterans and superveterans titles.
Another highlight saw 15-year-old Joe Cox win the Tier 1 singles final against Leigh Ware, himself a former Lincolnshire Schools Under 18 champion.
Tallington again won the Tier 2 title while Harringworth’s Dave Harvey was awarded the Fred Fenton Memorial Trophy for his improved results during the two seasons he has played in the league.
Coaching Secretary Steve Williams spoke of efforts to increase junior involvement in the game with Archway Table Tennis Club setting up tables in Queensgate shopping centre for the public.
Stamford Endowed Schools also have table tennis as an activity during their Easter and summer sports camps.
In his closing comments, the chairman highlighted the improved ranking points of the league’s juniors Ryan Chung, Jamie Anderson and Joe Cox - the latter who has risen close to the top 50 nationally in his age-group.
The league would welcome new players and teams for next season. A promotional video for the league can be watched on their website www.tabletennis365.com/StamfordAndRutland