Head­ing for the top ta­ble

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

TA­BLE TEN­NIS Brighton main­tained sec­ond place and on course for the Premier­ship play­offs af­ter claim­ing a hat-trick of suc­cesses in the Bri­tish League Divi­sion One.

Led by Dov Katz, the team also in­cluded Eng­land Jewish No. 1 Ashley Stokes, for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Cris Slad­den and Chi­nese star Dashua Shi.

They pro­duced a scin­til­lat­ing dis­play in Devon, beat­ing Lon­don Progress (5-3), Gen­er­a­tion II (6-2) and Wool­well (6-2).

Katz said: “The team is strong. Stokes and Slad­den are qual­ity play­ers that per­form at the high­est level and I am pleased with the over­all per­for­mances of the squad. De­spite hav­ing to travel the long dis­tance to Devon, we shrugged off any tired­ness and worked hard for some dif­fi­cult vic­to­ries.”

The next round of matches take place in Cip­pen­ham, Berks, in Jan­uary.

Alex Mur­doch, chair­man of the English Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion, vis­ited Mac­cabi GB’s Ta­ble Ten­nis Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence at the Ku­lanu Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, for­merly Ken­ton Mac­cabi. Mel David­son, Mac­cabi GB Ta­ble Ten­nis chair­man, said: “Alex seemed im­pressed with what we had achieved dur­ing our two years at the cen­tre. He ap­pre­ci­ates what we do here, not just for the com­mu­nity but also for the sport in gen­eral where we al­ways try to en­cour­age our play­ers to fil­ter into the main­stream na­tional ta­ble ten­nis sys­tem.”

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