2017 BELFAST & DISTRICT LEAGUE v LEINSTER LEAGUE
Division 1: MARIUS BERENDE, BRIAN DEVEREUX, STEPHEN KEENAN
Division 2: GREG SLOWINSKI, YINGJIE QI, BARNEY MOLONEY
Division 3: JOHN SMITH, JOHN MC CORMACK, AENGUS BENSON
THE BELFAST & DISTRICT LEAGUE V LEINSTER LEAGUE MATCH TOOK PLACE IN BELFAST ON SATURDAY 25TH MARCH 2017.
This was a day of really good table tennis and a pleasure to watch. Last year I received an e mail over comments I made about funny rubbers so no mention of them this year.
Marius got Leinster off to a great start winning in straight sets against Rodney Mc Kirgan. Leinster thought they had another one in the bag when Brian was 2 nil up against Philip Wallace but Philip had other ideas. He won the third set 11/6. Brian was up 9/7 in the 4th but Philip came back and won 12/10 and he also won 12/10 in the 5th which made it 1-1. Willie Cherry then beat Stephen in four sets. Next up, Philip against Marius. Again Philip was down 2 nil but went on to win the next three 11/9, 12/10 and 11/9. He was later to be referred to as the come-back kid. Belfast now led 3-1. Rodney beat Stephen in a real close 3 setter to give Belfast a lead of 4-1. Brian kept Leinster in the game beating Willie. Unfortunately for Stephen, Philip’s confidence was at a high and he beat him in 4 sets, which gave Belfast the match. The last two games were played and Marius and Brian both won in straight sets.
Belfast got off to the better start with Adrian Aetris beating Greg in the 4th set. We didn’t fare much better in the next one either with Yingjie losing to Alec Butarsk in straights giving Belfast a 2-0 lead. The ever reliable Barney didn’t let us down and beat Syd Beasant in straights. Greg had a close one against Alec but lost. Barney again kept us in the match with an easy win over Adrian to make it 3-2 to Belfast. I thought we were in trouble again when Yingjie lost the first set to Syd but he played well to win the next three making it 3-3. Alec had a great straight sets win over Barney with a first set score of 17/15 to give Belfast the lead once again. The next match was crucial. Leinster couldn’t afford to lose it. Syd won the first 2 sets easy but Greg came good and won the next three making it 4-4. So it was all down to the last game between Adrian and Yingjie. Adrian started well winning the first set 11/6 but well done to Yingjie for coping with the pressure and winning the next three sets giving Leinster the win.
As in last year’s division 3 match this was another nail biter. John Smith got Leinster off to a great start with an easy win over Ivor Kirk but Belfast fought back straight away with Yuyo Go beating John Mc Cormack in a close three setter. The next was just too close to call but Ranjit Singh pipped it over Aengus 17/15 in the 5th. Yuyo was playing so well we knew the next game was going to be a tough one but John (S) also played really well and won it 11/13 in the 4th to make it 2-2. Aengus was once again involved in a 5 setter and once again he was on the wrong side losing 11/8 in the 5th. John Mc had a straight sets win over Ranjit to make it 3-3. Yuyo beat Aengus in straights and John (S) also won in straights against Ranjit, the score in the 2nd set in that game being 18/16. It was now 4-4. So like division 2 it was all down to the final game so no pressure on Ivor or John Mc. John won the first 12/10 but unfortunately for Leinster Ivor won the next three to give Belfast the match.
The player of the day was a difficult decision as three players stood out for their outstanding play- Philip Wallace, Alec Butarsk and John Smith. Philip Wallace was chosen mainly for his come-back against both Brian and Marius having been 2 nil down in both matches. He was presented with the Pat O’Brien individual trophy.
Well done to all the players for giving us such an enjoyable day of table tennis and many thanks to Derek and the Belfast team for their hospitality.
– TERRI MC KEON