All in the fam­ily

The His­cock fam­ily keeps ta­ble ten­nis in house

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The mem­bers of His­cock fam­ily in Bay Roberts know a thing or two about ta­ble ten­nis.

In fact, it would not be a stretch to call them the first fam­ily of ta­ble ten­nis in the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion.

Each of three male mem­bers of the house­hold — fa­ther Jerry, 15year-old Nick and 11-year-old Michael — have ex­celled at provin­cial tour­na­ments over the past num­ber of years. Even mother Ni­cole dab­bled in the sport in years past.

Jerry’s brother Adam is also an ex­cep­tional player in his own right.

While they cur­rently do not have a ta­ble set up in their base­ment, the three, es­pe­cially Jerry and Nick, will try and get a cou­ple of rounds in around the ta­ble set up in fam­ily friend, Adam Drover’s base­ment, dur­ing the week.

“I play ev­ery­day said Nick.

At the New­found­land Closed event, held in Car­bon­ear on April 13, each His­cock male had suc­cess.

Michael was the busiest of the trio, bring­ing home a bas­ket­full of medals. The youngest His­cock grabbed first in the D sin­gles di­vi­sion, and the male un­der-13 di­vi­sion. Michael, along with his part­ner Joel Green­ham, also fin­ished sec­ond in the C di­vi­sion dou­bles.

Nick was the top player in the male un­der-18 di­vi­sion and along with Drover, fin­ished first in the cham­pi­onship of male dou­bles tour­ney.

Jerry took home the male un­der40 ti­tle and had a sec­ond place fin­ish in the sin­gles por­tion of the male A di­vi­sion.

With such an im­pres­sive show­ing, all three will be trav­el­ling to the 2013 Ta­ble Ten­nis At­lantic in Can­ning, NS on May 17-18 as a part of the con­tin­gent of play­ers from New­found­land and Labrador. Two — Jerry and Nick — are on the Team NL, while Michael will be trav­el­ling with his fam­ily and will be play­ing, just not with Team NL. “It’s al­ways fun,” said Jerry. It will not be the first time all three have rep­re­sented their prov­ince at the tour­na­ment. They’ve each gone the past three years, in­clud­ing last year’s tour­na­ment in Bay Roberts.

“Nick is go­ing to win un­der-18 this year, aren’t you?” said Jerry, turn­ing to his el­dest son.

“Yeah, I’m go­ing up con­fi­dent this year,” Nick chuck­led.

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Michael knows how he would like his fam­ily to travel to the tour­na­ment. He wants to drive.

“I want to go on the boat,” he told The Com­pass.

Jerry thinks he just wants to miss a lit­tle bit more school at Amal­ga­mated Acad­emy.

Start­ing young

Jerry in­stilled the skill to ex­cel at ta­ble ten­nis at an early age. Nick be­gan when he was 13, and Michael when he was eight.

“I re­mem­ber I used to play (Nick) with a book,” said Jerry.

“And use your left hand,” added Nick. Jerry plays right-handed. While Jerry used to take most matches from the mid­dle His­cock male, the ta­bles have turned now. Nick is the No. 1 un­der-18 male player in New­found­land.

“Now, I can beat him once in awhile,” he said.

Michael has shown some im­pres­sive de­vel­op­ment since he first picked up a pad­dle.

He is cur­rently the No. 1 ranked male player in the un­der-13 di­vi­sion.

Michael has even man­aged to take a cou­ple of games off his older brother.

“We keep it all in the fam­ily,” said Jerry.

The fourth mem­ber

Ni­cole His­cock will be the fourth mem­ber of the His­cock clan mak­ing the trip to Nova Sco­tia this month.

She will be there to cheer on all three as they aim for suc­cess at the tour­na­ment, and she does not mind chas­ing them around to the tour­na­ments. “I love it,” said Ni­cole. How­ever, the most stress­ful part of the tour­ney will be find­ing a way to watch each of the His­cock men.

“It usu­ally hap­pens that they are all play­ing at the same time,” she said.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Nicholas Mercer/the Com­pass

The His­cock fam­ily of Bay Roberts are re­ally good at ta­ble ten­nis. Michael (left), Jerry (cen­tre) and Nick have ex­celled provin­cially, and each will be com­pet­ing at the 2013 Ta­ble Ten­nis At­lantic Cham­pi­onships in Can­ning, NS on May 17-18.

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