Ki­hik­ihi win grade

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Ki­hik­ihi re­bounded from a first up loss to be­come so­cial grade cham­pi­ons at the in­au­gu­ral Waikato Ta­ble Ten­nis Ru­ral Tour­na­ment in Hamil­ton.

The team of Han­nah Robert­son, James Kripp­ner and John Met­calfe drew their open­ing match against an in­vi­ta­tional Hamil­ton team, los­ing nar­rowly on a count­back, then strung to­gether three straight wins to emerge over­all win­ners of their grade at the Waikato Ta­ble Ten­nis Sta­dium.

Ki­hik­ihi also en­tered a team in the com­pet­i­tive grade.

Hyrum Sun­nex, Ezra Heke and Mark Nikara went through the round-robin un­de­feated be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated by their arch ri­vals from Manawaru Ta­ble Ten­nis Club, Ar­min­deep Singh, Jatin­der Singh and Shane Quigley.

Heke and Nikara both lost their open­ing sin­gles matches, as well as their com­bined dou­bles against Manawaru.

Sun­nex won his first two sin­gles and his com­bined dou­bles with Nikara to keep Ki­hik­ihi in con­tention, trail­ing 5-3.

The heat went back on Sun­nex who needed to win his fi­nal sin­gles match against Ar­min­deep Singh to keep the fight go­ing, but lost in straight sets.

Manawaru ended up win­ning 8-3 after Heke and Nikara both lost their fi­nal sin­gles matches.

There are cur­rently seven ru­ral ta­ble ten­nis clubs in the Waikato, Cam­bridge, Mata­mata, Manawaru, Raglan, Te Rahu, Te Rore and Ki­hik­ihi.

Cur­rently the re­gion’s strength is at the grass­roots level within the ru­ral clubs.

Newly ap­pointed Mid­lands de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jes­sica Ma­caskill, who also coaches within Ta­ble Ten­nis New Zealand, has been work­ing with the Waikato Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion to look at ways to grow the sport and in­te­grate with all the ru­ral clubs in the Waikato ar­eas. This tour­na­ment is seen as a path­way to kick-start this in­te­gra­tion process.

Ki­hik­ihi has en­tered four teams at this week’s Na­tional Coun­try Clubs Cham­pi­onships in Taupo.

New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come at Ki­hik­ihi Ta­ble Ten­nis Club.


Waikato ta­ble ten­nis so­cial grade cham­pi­ons Ki­hik­ihi with their medals and cer­tifi­cates. From left: John Met­calfe, Han­nah Robert­son and James Kripp­ner.

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