East­ern Open

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL MACEACHERN dmaceach­ern@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Carbonear Col­le­giate hosts New­found­land and Labrador Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion's East­ern Open.

The Carbonear Col­le­giate gym­na­sium heard the steady thwok­th­wok-thwok of the ping-pong ball Jan. 16, as the school hosted the New­found­land and Labrador Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion’s Easter Open.

Barry Hicks, a lo­cal or­ga­nizer of the tour­na­ment, said it went very well.

“It was very suc­cess­ful. About half of the par­tic­i­pants were from the CBN area, so that bodes well for ta­ble ten­nis in the area,” he said.

The New­found­land Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion has open tour­na­ments - any­one can com­pete — in the east­ern and west­ern parts of the prov­ince, fol­lowed by a closed tour­na­ment in St. John’s. “In April they’ll have the New­found­land pro­vin­cial, or ‘closed,’ it’s called, it’s just for New­found­land play­ers,” he said.

Hicks said the rea­son the tableten­nis as­so­ci­a­tion held the East­ern Open in Carbonear was to try to gen­er­ate some in­ter­est in ta­ble ten­nis in the area, and seems to have achieved that goal.

“(There were play­ers) new to the ta­ble-ten­nis as­so­ci­a­tion,” he said, es­ti­mat­ing there were about 50 peo­ple who took part. “ The youngest player was in Grade 6, and the old­est player was 59. And of course you play your age cat­e­gory, but you also play a rat­ings cat­e­gory, so some­times there were older peo­ple play­ing younger peo­ple, and in a few in­stances there was a fa­ther play­ing against a son and a mother play­ing against a daugh­ter.”

“ They have a re­ally good club at the high school. And there were lots of play­ers, I guess you could call them base­ment play­ers, from the area,” he said, not­ing that there isn’t a for­mal club right now. “But if peo­ple are in­ter­ested in play­ing, they can con­tact me. I’m try­ing to set up a club.”

The West­ern Open is next month in Cor­ner Brook, and Hicks said lo­cal play­ers plan to at­tend.

“I heard there are at least a cou­ple of play­ers that are con­sid­er­ing go­ing over to Cor­ner Brook from our area, so that’s ex­cit­ing,” he said, adding that the pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment should at­tract some lo­cal play­ers as well.

“I’m hop­ing that many of the peo­ple at the East­ern Open now have the bug, and would like to play in an­other tour­na­ment. A lot of peo­ple would be good candidates to en­ter this tour­na­ment as well.”

Any­one want­ing to learn more about up­com­ing tour­na­ments or events should con­tact Hicks at 5961772.

TRI-PEN ICE - The Tri Pen Ice Ban­tam Fe­male team de­feated East­ern Ice Break­ers 7-4 in the cham­pi­onship match Sun­day, Jan. 17 to take the New­found­land and Labrador Fe­male Ban­tam qual­i­fier. Nicole Blanche scored four for the Ice, while Jil­lian Shute, Natalie Keep­ing and Caeleigh Fewer added sin­gles. Fewer’s goal was an empty net­ter. The Ice Break­ers had goals from Kayla Dupont, Keisha Younge, Sara Wicks and Cal­lie Lang­mead. The two teams in the cham­pi­onship game along with a team from Cen­tral com­peted in a dou­ble round robin over the week­end at Whit­bourne. The Ice have now been in­vited to a Ban­tam At­lantic In­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment in PEI from March 25-28.

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