Table tennis success celebrated

Nathan Watson topped the men’s rankings again this season. Photo: Supplied.

A season of successes, both at home and around the country, was recognised by the Marlborough table tennis fraternity at their annual dinner.

A grade team competition winners for the were Jnr, comprising Nathan Watson, Rory Osborne and Joseph Ruwhiu, with Unorthodox Rubbers (Simon Bishell, Jeff Sawyer, Malcolm Honour) being runners-up. Third was Ken’s Team (Ken Thompsett , Billy Hebberd and Peter Cowdrey).

First round winners were Two and a Half Men (Matt Millar, Rob Honour and Rory Osborne) with Forrest Gump (Zac Cowdrey, Billy Hebberd and Vanessa Wood-Lin) runners-up.

Alex Kennedy was named Most Conscientious Club member, while the Most Improved Male Player was Malcolm Honour. Vanessa Wood-Lin was voted the Most Improved Female Player and was confirmed as the Marlborough Sports Awards Nominee.

High achievement at various national events was also recognised. The Marlborough Girls’ College team of Vanessa Wood-Lin, Hannah Smit, Sophie Woodhouse and coach Megan Stratford won the National Girls’ Title and the Tasman Secondary Schools.

Nathan Watson, Alex Kennedy, Matt Pigou, Jacqui Wood and Vanessa Wood-Lin won medals at the national championships in Christchurch while Jacqui, Vanessa and Warren Haszard medalled at the South Island Championships in Invercargill.


Season’s rankings

Men: 1 Nathan Watson, 2 Alex Kennedy, 3 Matt Millar.

Women: 1 Jacqui Wood, 2 Vanessa Wood-Lin, 3 Kylie Hurren.

Under-18 boys: 1 Rory Osborne, 2 Joseph Ruwhiu, 3 Peyton Ritchie.

Under-18 girls: 1 Vanessa Wood-Lin, 2 Hannah Smit, 3 Sophie Woodhouse.

Under-15 boys: 1 Rory Osborne, 2 Joseph Ruwhiu, 3 Peyton Ritchie.

Under-13 boys: 1 Peyton Ritchie, 2 Theo Sandford-Jury, 3 Tama Cresswell.

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