Ping Pong star Rumgay to miss the West of Scotland Grand Prix
SCOTTISH champion Gavin Rumgay will miss this weekend’s West of Scotland Grand Prix in Glasgow after his top-eight finish at last week’s World Championship of Ping Pong in London.
Last year’s runner-up has spent two months practising with the traditional sandpaper bats in the build-up to last weekend, where he finished with a cheque for $3,000.
“I’ve just been playing with the sandpaper bat and didn’t want to come up there just playing at 80 per cent,” the London-based player said.
“I thought I’d concentrate on getting my table tennis back up to scratch as I look to win a tenth Scottish title in March.”
Edinburgh holder Craig Howieson is seeded only fifth this weekend with China’s Xu Ruifeng top seed. England’s Karina Le Fevre is top seed in the women’s singles. GLASGOW Rocks coach Sterling Davis is confident he has made the right move by bringing in Reggie Middleton as his starting point guard and ditching JaJuan Smith.
The former Cheshire Phoenix star is slated to make his home debut on Sunday against Manchester Giants. And Davis expects Middleton to help keep Rocks in the BBL playoff race.
“I think people who have followed the league know what Reggie can do. He will give us a different look to what we previously had in Smith because he is very much a penetrator and a very good finisher at the basket as opposed to a predominantly outside threat,” said Davis.
Fixtures: BBL (7.30pm). Newcastle Eagles v Plymouth Raiders, Leeds Force v Sheffield Sharks, London Lions v Bristol Flyers, Worcester Wolves v Surrey United.