Strong Atlantics showing for Team NL
Local athletes well represented at table tennis tournament
Team Newfoundland and Labrador, stacked with talent from the Conception Bay North region, captured not one, but two Atlantic table tennis championships during a tournament in Bay Roberts earlier this month.
The senior men’s squad, featuring Jerry Hiscock of Bay Roberts, captured it’s first gold medal in close to a decade when it upended defending champions Prince Edward Island 3-2 in the final.
“It was unexpected, especially since they beat Nova Scotia 3-0 to get in,” said Hiscock. “I don’t think anybody thought we could get by them.”
The team also included Merv Greenham of St. John’s, Eric Cranford of Steady Brook and Brian Ash of Conception Bay South.
In another impressive feat, Bay Roberts natives Adam Drover, Nick Hiscock and coach Adam Hiscock, along with Nick Buckle of Springdale powered the junior boys’ A team to a gold medal, besting Nova Scotia.
The two gold medals are symbolic of a groundbreaking feat for the Newfoundland representatives.
“It was the first time that both the senior and the junior men’s teams have won at the same time,” said Jerry Hiscock.
The junior men’s A team was in tough as second place Nova Scotia featured the top ranked under-15 player, Josh Macmillan.
In the junior women’s division, Team NL, which featured Alexandra Wells of Bay Roberts, lost to Nova Scotia, while the junior boys’ B team captured third spot in the division. Nick’s brother Michael Hiscock was a part of the B team.
The Team NL B team finished in fourth. Members of the team are Tony Smith from Bay Roberts, David Milley from Western Bay, Lawrence Downey from Springdale and Chris Hussey from Bay Roberts.
Individual results After the team events had concluded, the open style tournament began.
Athletes from this region enjoyed a moderate level of success, picking up a first place finish and three second place finishes.
Adam Drover and Nick Hiscock of Bay Roberts captured gold in the junior boys’ doubles competition, besting Devon Lohnes and Ryan Rodenhiser from Nova Scotia.
In the U1200 men’s division, Chris Hussey from Bay Roberts finished second to Jeremy Reid of St. John’s.
Tony Smith also lost out to Reid, but in the U800 division.
In the male singles under-15, Nick Hiscock captured second, losing the Josh Macmillen of Nova Scotia.
In the male singles under-21, Drover lost out to Alex Younker of Prince Edward Island.
Jerry Hiscock was pleased with his performance in the tournament. One in particular saw Jerry take some points from Todd Gregory, who is ranked as the top table tennis player in Atlantic Canada.
Jerry also had the opportunity to share the tournament with his two sons, Nick and Michael. He and Nick competed in the U2800 doubles competition, losing out to eventual champions Robert Gao of PEI and Mark Warren of Triton.
“It was good experience,” he said. “Michael is doing really well. I got th e chance to coach him a couple of times. Nick also played good. He went for his shot and wasn’t intimidated.”
Jerry said the level of competition at the championships really impressed him.
“It was good for Bay Roberts,” he said. “There were some really good players there. That’s the best in Atlantic Canada.”
Alexandra Wells of Bay Roberts attempts to return a serve in team play against Nova Scotia.
Team Nll’s Jerry Hiscock (left) is in tough here against Prince Edward Island’s Todd Gergory, as Hiscock’s teammates watch with baited breath.
Team NL’S David Milley gives some advice to one of his teammates at the Table Tennis Atlantic Championships at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, May 19-20.
The father and son team of Jerry Hiscock (left) and Nick Hiscock took the team of Robert Gao and Mark Warren to the limit during U2800 doubles action.