Ta­ble ten­nis a boom­ing sport

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Ta­ble Ten­nis is boom­ing within the Waipa¯ com­mu­nity at Ki­hik­ihi Ta­ble Ten­nis Club.

Im­pres­sive num­bers are at­tend­ing club nights ev­ery Tues­day, in­clud­ing play­ers trav­el­ling from Hamilton, Piron­gia, O¯ toro­hanga and Cam­bridge.

Ki­hik­ihi’s in­ter­club team has made a pos­i­tive start to the sea­son wal­lop­ing Mata­mata 50-10 af­ter Mata­mata had won the three match se­ries be­tween the two clubs the past three years.

Ki­hik­ihi was able to field their top 15 play­ers.

One of the stand outs was 70 year old Terry O’Car­roll, cur­rently ranked No. 5 within the club.

The for­mer New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive showed he still main­tains his com­pet­i­tive edge win­ning marathon matches against Lyall Wil­son 17-19, 17-15, 11-9, and faced Phil Towler in an epic five set match 11-9, 11-2, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9. O’Car­roll’s only loss was to Mata­mata No. 4 ranked Span­ish player Vic­tor Cuba.

One of the club’s new re­cruits, Ray Sheath from Cam­bridge, has come out of re­tire­ment af­ter 30 years ab­sence from the sport and is rapidly mov­ing up the Ki­hik­ihi ranks to No. 6.

Sheath ac­counted for Towler 11-5, 11-4 and Wil­son 11-6, 11-9, 11-2, while los­ing to Cuba 7-11, 11-6, 7-11.

Ki­hik­ihi’s line-up for the A grade ta­ble was Hyrum Sun­nex, Johnny Ains­ley and new re­cruit Ezra Heke who re­cently moved over from Australia. Mata­mata, which has dom­i­nated this ta­ble for the past three years, fielded for­mer New Zealand women’s player Ar­min­deep Singh and for­mer Waikato play­ers, Jatin­der Singh and Shane Quigley.

Heke made the dif­fer­ence in this bat­tle, record­ing up­set wins over the two for­mer Waikato play­ers. His only sin­gles loss was to Ar­min­deep Singh in a closely con­tested match. Sun­nex looked in omi­nous form, win­ning all his sin­gles matches in straight sets.

Ki­hik­ihi looks for­ward to game two in Mata­mata on June 11.

Re­sults in full:

A grade: Hyrum Sun­nex, Johnny Ains­ley, Ezra Heke won 7-5 vs Ar­min­deep Singh, Jatin­der Singh, Shane Quigley; B grade: Mark Nikara, Terry O’Car­roll, Ray Sheath won 9-3 vs Vic­tor Cuba, Phil Towler, Lyall Wil­son; C grade: Scott Dunn, Sam Roa, Shan­non Atwill won 11-1 vs Leif Tu­mai, Ragvir Singh, Heather Stringer. D grade: Han­nah Robertson, James Kripp­ner, Kieran To’angutu won 12-0 vs Ver­non Fisk, Adam Marsh, Vince Tay­lor. E grade: Lenn Onehi, Si­mon Roberts, Don Con­way won 11-1 vs Vivienne Dais­ley, Colin Quigley, Abbey Dais­ley.

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HOT SHOT: Hyrum Sun­nex led by ex­am­ple in Ki­hik­ihi’s in­ter­club ta­ble ten­nis win over Mata­mata, win­ning all his sin­gles.

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