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Star Sports Subhead Table Tennis Author Rob Loxley 26 March 12
Wisewood B may have one hand on the Division Six crown, but a three-way battle is taking place for the two remaining promotion places. Yorkshire Water retained third position taking seven points from the visit of their rivals Vulcan Redtooth P, who occupy fourth place in the race for promotion. Alan Scott (44/51), the division’s third highest scorer took another maximum and partnered Ken McIntosh to a doubles victory. McIntosh took a brace, losing out to Adam Morton 3-0. Roseanne Hurst completed the scoring for the hosts with a 15-13 in the fifth win over Morton.
In Division Three, Wadsley Bridge F kept their noses above the relegation mire with seven precious points against their floundering G team. Rotherham and Wadsley stalwart Ian Henderson notched a hat trick, Andy Dykes took two and the pair combined to win the doubles. Malcolm Wigby overcame Will Coward 11-4 in the fifth to leave the F team ten points clear of Cable B, who have a game in hand.
SHEFFIELD CLOSED 2012
On Sunday 26th March in the Wisewood sports hall, Vulcan Redtooth’s Matt Dodds won his first Open Singles title defeating Mo Khan (Vulcan Redtooth) 11-6, 11-2, 11-9 in the final. In the semi final Dodds accounted for teammate and former five time champion Mark Short in an epic contest that went the distance. Following his victory over Khan, Dodds said, “that’s the first of many; tell “Shorty” and Stephen (Horsfield) that I am chasing them, (they have eleven titles between them) so I too can be considered a legend of Sheffield table tennis”. The 21-year-old Rotherham born, table tennis coach has a UKCC level 2 coaching badge and works tirelessly in schools throughout Sheffield and Rotherham, promoting and teaching the sport.
Earlier Dodds teamed up with Short to win the men’s doubles title with a 3-1 win over Andrew and Stephen Horsfield (Stocksbridge Rugby).
Sarah Short increased her number of titles to six as she won the women’s event with a win in the final over Abbeydale’s Isobel Ashley. She doubled her medal haul with husband Mark as they took the mixed doubles title for a record ninth time!
Wadsley Bridge’s Bill Grant made it nine veterans singles titles in the last fifteen years, as he edged out Andrew Horsfield 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9.