The Mens and Women’s TTTA Club Championships were held on Wednesday 8th July at the Traralgon Stadium complex in Davidson Street, Traralgon. As the competition is a knockout tournament, the committee decided on a separate competition for the evening of another ‘fun doubles’ competition. We had enjoyed one of these earlier in the year as part of a fund-raising night and everyone had such a good time so we did it again. The top players pair up with the lower players in a handicapped doubles event. The whole club enjoys the friendliness and camaraderie this brings plus it is quite a mental exercise developing different and creative ways to win.
The TTTA Women’s Championship was contested by eight members and came down to a face-off between last year’s champion Helen Procak and runner up Leonie Degnan. Leonie’s defensive skill set her in front early in the match but Helen’s tenacity in attack won the day in the 5th tie-breaking game at 11 to 9 points. It was an extremely tense and entertaining game for the crowd watching.
The TTTA Men’s Championship also came down to last years winner Mick Warr and runner-up, his brother Stephen Warr. Mick has had some extra experience this year representing Victoria in the Veterans Table Tennis Nationals so it was no surprise that he also defended his title with match score of 3-1. The match was keenly watched by everyone as these two brothers demonstrate another level of skill than most of us will ever achieve.
Below are some pictures of the singles matches leading to the Club Championship plus some pics of the Handicapped Doubles enjoyed by all.