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