The past two Wednesday evenings have seen the championships of the Kempsey RSL Table Tennis Club determined for another year.
Firstly, the singles were played and the results from those matches used to determine teams for the doubles competition the following week.
In the A grade singles it was Adi Vinaikosol chalking up another win and congratulations to him but he was pushed all the way in his match against Steve Tarbox.
It was a classic with Adi taking the first game in the best of five. Steve fought hard to take the second and it was obvious then it would be a long night for these two.
The sequence repeated with Adi taking game three and Steve fighting back to take the fourth.
Adi prevailed in the fifth to take the title but it would be fair to say he was less than his normally composed self. An enthralling contest from the two.
The tension in B grade was not in the ‘decider’ but in the lead up games.
In the end, and quite surprisingly, Graeme Carrad was too strong for Barbara Morley being able to overcome her thunderous backhand in three games.
It was John Mundy however who threatened to climb the podium in front of these two when he took them both to five games.
A point either way at critical times and John would have been the champ. It might well have been John’s frustrating persistence in his match against Barbara that allowed Graeme an uncharacteristic straight sets win in the final match against Barbara.
The doubles teams were determined much as the rugby league finals with the number one ranking of A grade pairing with the number four ranking of B, number two of A grade with number three of B grade and so on.
As such it meant that Adi Vinaikosol teamed up with Miho Ballard and they were undefeated. This is Miho’s third doubles championship in as many years. Theirs’ was a convincing performance and the other teams were left wondering where they went wrong.
Hopefully the experience bears the players in good stead as they take on Port Macquarie in Port in early December.
This coming Wednesday night (December 5) is the last regular playing night before the summer break starting December 12.
Keep watching the Facebook page and the web page for updates on competitions against other towns and for when regular play commences again in January.
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