After narrowly missing out on promotion to Division 1 South of the Senior British League last season, the De Vere NETTS Team were looking for a strong start to the new season at the weekend, held at Cippenham Table Tennis Centre in Slough.
On the first day the team was Minda Sinkus, Alex Facey, Peter Hayden and Paul Davison and the first match was a 6-2 win against Ashford Brunwich II, with Peter and Paul unbeaten.
The second match proved a tougher affair against Yaxley RBL I. This team included the England Number 81 Jon Hall and former mens number 23 Ian Musk, returning to the game after a prolonged break. Facey and Davison picked up the only wins against Alan Cherry and Kieran Smith respectively in a 6-2 defeat. Yaxley went on to win all of the games and top the division and will take some beating second time around.
The race for second place was on however and NETTS were boosted on day 2 by the inclusion of England Number 29 Neil Charles and 199 Tony Zeqiri, alongside Paul and Minda. This line up proved too strong for York Gardens III with England Number 143 Luca Mariano picking up the only win for the London side against Minda 11-3 in the fifth set.
The last match was against Crusaders, who had won all three of their matches to date gold viagra. Both teams could foresee that this match could easily have a bearing on promotion, even at this early stage. A 3-1 win for Neil against England Number 16 Junior Micheal Ho put NETTS 3-2 up in the match but it was the next two matches that would decide the outcome of this match. Firstly, Minda came back from 2-1 down to beat Ben Larcombe 12-14, 11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 13-11 and then Tony beat the number 17 Junior Ping Ho in another tense affair 11-5, 11-5, 13-15, 9-11, 13-11. Tony admitted afterwards that he would have been kicking himself if that one had slipped away as he was in control of the whole match! Paul then finished off Crusaders with a comfortable win over Dean Rose, giving NETTS in 6-2 win and second place after weekend 1.
The next weekend is on the 10th & 11th December.
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