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.