Strong At­lantics show­ing for Team NL

Lo­cal ath­letes well rep­re­sented at ta­ble ten­nis tour­na­ment

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.”

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

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.

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