Hot-shot Rule nets Ryedale double

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Ryedale Sports Club held its annual Table Tennis tournament on Thursday.

Eighteen members left the comfort of their sofas during the festive period to enter the competition, which consists of the main event and a handicap event which runs alongside.

The event started with four groups.

In Group A, Mick Fenby, on scratch, had the task of seeing off John Gascoyne (4), Alan Kirkwood (16), Peter Lee (6) and Ray Mitchell (12).

This he did with some ease, although Peter was hot on his heels.

Alan and Ray won two of their matches on handicap, but Mick won the main and handicap.

In Group B, James Rule (0) cleaned up nicely, beating Stephen Temple (4), Ed Wardman (2), Linda Scott (20) and Jean Wardman (16).

Ed’s game with Stephen was a close affair with the former winning 11-7, 9-11, 11-8.

James came through as the main and handicap winner of this group.

Group C consisted of Gerald Cosens (14), Titch Temple (12), Derek Elliott (2) and Adrian Greaves (20).

Derek made short work of his games. Adrian played a stormer to beat Gerald without needing his handicap, but it was Derek who won this group, main and handicap.

In Group D the players were Pat Swindell (2), Russ Scott (18), Josh Greaves (22) and Mick Carter (16).

Youngster Josh played extremely well against club stalwart Mick, taking him by surprise with his well-placed smashes and beating him 11-5, 11-2, 0-11.

Russ and Josh had a close game with Russ just winning 10-12, 11-6, 12-10.

Pat Swindell was the winner in both events.

The semi-finals of the main event saw James Rule beat Pat Swindell 11-5,11-7, 6-11, 11-6, while Derek Elliott lost to Mick Fenby 6-11, 8-11, 8-11.

The draw for the handicap semi-finals resulted in the same pairings; consequently the main event and the handicap event were played as one, James Rule beating Mick Fenby 11-2, 11-7, 11-3.

This was an entertaining event for the spectators; James being a young and courageous attacker and Mick being an experienced and mobile defender.

This resulted in long rallies, with James bringing his man in, then driving him out and Mick trying to deceive his opponent by twiddling his combination bat to use both the long pimpled and conventional rubbers to best advantage.

However, this time, the sheer power of James’s flat hit forehand was the deciding factor as the youngster secured both trophies for the second year running.

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