A representative Sheffield team have clinched the Carter Cup following a 28-year spell in the national table tennis wilderness.
The side, consisting of David Thompson, Liam Rowson (both Vulcan Redtooth) and Bradley Wood (Scorpions) lifted the national Under-18s team trophy at the finals in Wellingborough, beating Watford 3-0 in the final.
Team captain and head coach Alan Lowe said: “It was typically a team effort in which all three of the lads donated a huge amount of spirit and fight.
“David, who is ranked 32 in the junior list, had a magnificent win over Luke Walsh of North Herts in the group stage: it was a standout performance as Walsh is ranked 16 places higher than Thompson!”
Sadly, Sheffield & Vulcan Redtooth will soon be losing Thompson’s services, as he has accepted an invitation to train in Sweden for the forthcoming winter season.
* The Sheffield summer league Premier Division showdown was won by Abbeydale A as they ended Redtooth A’s winning streak with a 6-4 result at Attercliffe.
Jake Meikle, who was recently crowned most improved junior by the league’s executive committee, lived up to that billing as he swept past Ernie Mpundu, Marc Williams and notably Mo Khan. He was backed up by a Tim Denby brace and Isobel Ashley’s win over Williams.
Division Two leaders Scorpions C suffered a setback to their title challenge as a result of a visit from High Green, for who John Daniels featured.
To add to his hat trick, Daniels teamed up with Trevor Robinson to win the doubles and steer the visitors to a 7-3 win.
A Robinson brace and Dave Engledow’s win over Alex Bland completed the scoring for the third placed outfit.
Michael Taylor faired best for the hosts with a brace and Ellie Long saw off Engledow in straight games.
Results - Prem Div: Abbeydale B 2 Scorpions A 8, Abbeydale A 9 Vulcan Redtooth B 1, Scorpions A 8 Vulcan C 2, Vulcan A 8 Albert Prem A 2.
Div One: Clifton A 8 Scorpions B 2, Vulcan E 5 Crookes B 5.
Div Two: Abbeydale C 2 Crookes C 8, Scorpions C 3 High Green 7.
Div Three: Albert Prem D 10 Abbeydale D 0, Clifton C 5 Scorpions D 5, Vulcan G 7 Vulcan H 3.
* Johnny Leach MBE, a two-time world singles table tennis champion, has died at the age of 91. Leach won the men’s singles in Stockholm in 1949 and in Vienna in 1951 and was a member of the 1953 England team who won the World Championships in Bucharest. A former president of the then English Table Tennis Association (now Table Tennis England) and Honorary Life Vice President of the organisation, Johnny was inducted into the ITTF Hall of Fame in 1997.