New ta­ble ten­nis sea­son about to start

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

THE new Hinck­ley Ta­ble Ten­nis sea­son is about to get un­der way and once again there will be two di­vi­sions with twenty one teams par­tic­i­pat­ing.

A league spokesper­son said: “The start of the sea­son has how­ever been over­shad­owed by some aw­ful news about a cou­ple of lo­cal play­ers.

“The League & the Ge­orge Ward Club has lost on of its long serv­ing play­ers in the past cou­ple of weeks with the news that Derek Thomp­son had passed away af­ter a short ill­ness. Derek played for nearly forty years in the Nuneaton and for over twenty years in the Hinck­ley League. He rep­re­sented Nuneaton Vetts on many oc­ca­sions and along with team mates Roger Hill , Leigh Mor­ris and Mark Perkins col­lected Divi- sion One League ti­tles with both Ashby road Sports and Ge­orge Ward Clubs.

“He worked for many years at Churchill’s Engi­neer­ing in Mar­ket Bos­worth. He will be greatly missed and our con­do­lences go out to his fam­ily. His fu­neral will take place on Fri­day 14 Septem­ber at Nuneaton Cre­ma­to­rium at 4pm.

“Sadly there was more bad news a few days ago when for Cat player Dael Sid­well was in­volved in a ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent close to the Mile­stone pub, he was se­verely in­jured with a bro­ken pelvis and his con­di­tion is cur­rently sta­ble but crit­i­cal. We wish Dael a speedy re­cov­ery from his in­juries.”

On a more pos­i­tive note con­grat­u­la­tions to Hinck­ley’s Eileen Shaler who reached the quar­ter fi­nals of the World Vet­er­ans WS70 in Las Ve­gas in June. Well done Eileen.

With the league about to com­mence a cou­ple of teams have op­por­tu­ni­ties for new play­ers so if any­one would like to be in­volved please con­tact league sec­re­tary Jan Pinchess on 01455440054 for more in­for­ma­tion.

The coach­ing on both young­sters and more ma­ture play­ers con­tin­ues at sev­eral venues around the district.

There is ju­nior coach­ing at G Ward Cen­tre Bar­well on Mon­days from 3.45pm to 5.45pm. For more info con­tact Mike Holt 0754547680.Mixed groups coach­ing is also on Mon­days from 7pm at Bar­le­stone Pri­mary School, con­tact Russ Pet­titt 01455 822184.

All age coach­ing is at Mar­ket Bos­worth Sports and So­cial Club on Tues­days –more info from Brian Kin­sella 07974447629. It is also on Fri­day evenings at Sport in Des­ford – con­tact Andy Wright on 07748251546.

Derek Thomp­son (left) had passed away af­ter a short ill­ness. Also pic­tured are team­mates Mark Perkins and Leigh Mor­ris.

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