Table tennis veterans roll back the years for charity

Dale Ajeto travelled from Norwich to play and hosted the after-match reception. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dale Ajeto travelled from Norwich to play and hosted the after-match reception. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A total of 18 veteran table tennis players travelled distances of up to 300 miles to raise funds for the St. Luke’s Hospice at the English Institute of Sport on Sunday, in the “Redtooth Legends 21” invitational event.

Many al of 18 veteran table tennis players travelled distances of up to 300 miles to raise funds for the St. Luke’s hospice at the English Institute of Sport on Sunday, in the “Redtooth Legends 21” invitational event.

Farrel Anthony, who represented his country in the Paralympics in Sydney, triumphed in the handicapped singles event.

Farrel Anthony, who represented his country in the Paralympics in Sydney, triumphed in the handicapped singles event.

Many of the players formed the nucleus of the Saint Albion table tennis club which dominated the Sheffield table tennis scene in the 1980s.

Martin Green of Redtooth Entertainment sponsored the competition, together with contributions from the Sheffield table tennis league, Vulcan table tennis club and Sheffield International Venues.

Farrel Anthony, who represented his country at the Paralympics in Sydney, triumphed in the handicapped singles event beating a resurgent Simon Gore in the final 21-17.

The “chance doubles” was a tense affair won by Shaun Bibby (Rotherham Scorpions) in tandem with Anthony Parkin (Northern General). The pair narrowly edged out Ivor Warner and Lee Barker 22-20 having saved five match points!

The hugely talented, six-time Sheffield champion Clive Guest took the “hard bat” title with victory over Derbyshire’s Ivor Warner 21-13, and the latter went on to be voted the “players player of the tournament”.

Wadsley Bridge legend and former England number six Steve Mills, travelled from Reading to compete only 14 weeks after a replacement hip operation and Dale Ajeto arrived from Norwich to compete and host the after-match reception!

Prizes, donated by former Sheffield champion Kevin Thompson were presented by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Denise Fox, who delighted in announcing to the audience that the amount raised for the charity had reached £670.