Newcastle Table Tennis team did exceptionally well to beat Northumbria in the style they did, resulting in an 8-0 victory for Newcastle in the Stan Calvert cup.
The women’s teams were up first, and they managed to successfully put Newcastle 4-0 up with the 2nd team of Mavis and Yu Zhou winning comfortably 5-0. The 1st team of Muse Tse and Emily Walker, however, had to dig deep in the doubles after a good display from Northumbria’s first seed resulted in a narrow 3-2 overall victory for Newcastle.
The men’s 2nd team played later in the afternoon. The team of Oliver Grant, Reuben Hainsworth, Stephen Baxendale and Matt Hopkins breezed past their opponents in superb fashion, with a 9-5 victory. Everyone beat their lower seeds, and Stephen Baxendale put in a tight and consistent performance to out-play their top seed. However, although Oliver Grant and Reuben Hainsworth overpowered their top seed in the fast, top spin rallies, they narrowly lost out overall in the two games which could have gone either way in the end.
"Stephen Baxendale put in a tight and consistent performance to out-play their top seed"
Newcastle’s 1st team’s fortunes went the same way with another 9-5 victory. Tom Miller put in a classy display to win 3 out of 4 of his games. Robin Francis and Horace played some extremely fast and eye-catching games which had all the audience hooked, and ended up with 3 sets between them, but were very unlucky not to get more.
Chun Yin Yu, Newcastle’s first team’s star man as usual breezed through his first 3 games without breaking a sweat. He then came up against Northumbria’s top seed. It was a thrilling game. Many people’s eyes and camera’s were fixed on the match. Many fast top spin rallies were exchanged, but in the end Chun had too much power and consistency for his opponent and ended up winning 3-2 to overall give Newcastle Table Tennis a perfect 8-0 victory over Northumbria.