The annual tournament between Barming and Chatham Table Tennis Clubs was held this year at the Barming club on Sunday 3rd Sept.
This was the first holding of this competition since the tragic loss of one of the Barming clubs most revered and admired players – the late Robin Savage, after who the trophy is now named.
For all of us who knew Robin it was an emotional day and I, personally would like to thank Julie and Mike (Robins daughter and son-in-law) and Libby, Holly and Alice (Robins granddaughters) for attending and especially Julie and Mike for agreeing to present the competitors with their mementos.
This tournament is held annually between 4 Barming teams (representing the Maidstone leagues 4 divisions) and their counterparts at Chatham.
TABLE 1 (MAIDSTONE DIV. 1 v. MEDWAY Premier)
On this table Barming fielded a very strong team of Richard Beckham, William McCarthy and Tim Vaughan and they ran out comfortable winners 8-2 over the Chatham trio of Dean Chipperfield, Trevor Towers and Charlie Cook. Only Charlie beating Tim and Dean beating William prevented this from being a whitewash.
TABLE 2 (MAIDSTONE 2 v. MEDWAY 1)
Again, on this table the Chatham team were always struggling and it was only a good effort from Segun Ake in beating Martin Stubbs and Martin O’Brien that stopped this from being another whiewash. However Callum Hoare won all his games for Barming dropping only 2 sets in the process. Although Frank Wing and Jordan Weller fought hard they were up against it, although Frank partnered Segun to a very good and hard fought five-set win in the doubles to limit the loss to 7-3.
TABLE 3 (MAIDSTONE 3 v. MEDWAY 2)
This table saw some of the most competitive, if not the best, table tennis of the afternoon and a change of fortune for the Chatham contingent with both Gareth Dewdney and Julian Barker getting three each for Chatham. Malcolm Kay got a couple, only losing to Keith Ball for Barming and both Phil Midgeley and Richard Ewens can consider themselves unlucky to come away empty-handed although Keith and Richard pulled the score back to 8-2 with a 4-set doubles win to give Chatham a winning 8-2 scoreline.
TABLE 4 (MAIDSTONE 4 v. MEDWAY 3)
This table was also won by Chatham 8-2 with Doug Murray rolling back the years to record a treble and, with Roger Chipperfield and Min Jie Guo both getting braces, plus a 4-set doubles win Chatham ran out winners. For Barming Brooke Palmer beat both Roger and Min Jie (JJ) but Harry Dunnage and Haydn Vaughan couldn’t get a win between them.
This was the closest contest yet in this series of friendly rivalries and for those of you who have been keeping count the final score was 21-19 to Chatham who retained the trophy. This was a thoroughly enjoyable day and most of the players playing in this event for the first time said they were looking forward to playing again next year when the competition will be at Chatham (I am sure Barming will be wanting revenge).
Once again I would like to thank Julie, Mike, Libby, Holly and Alice for agreeing to attend this event and to Julie and Mike in presenting the mementos.