Glenburn B 5 – 5 Civil Service 2B

Tonight we saw Glenburn B take on Civil Service 2B at home in Division 2 of the Belfast and District Table Tennis League. The match ended with a score line of Glenburn B (5) and Civil Service 2B (5). The format for the match was a 3 Vs 4 player format.

Neil Magrath reporting on the match said “Glenburn came up against an inspired Civil Service team who significantly raised the level of their game to ensure there was no repeat of the 9-1 scoreline from the first half of the season. The first six matches were split 3-3 with a Captain’s performance from Steve winning his two matches, while Lucy J played great table tennis to win her match against Gus and, despite putting in a fighting performance, lost to the guile of Martin in her other match. Lucy C started superbly in each of her matches however Gus and Brian were inspired on the night and clawed their way back with both winning the 4th set 14-12 which was enough for Gus to win 3-1 and Brian was able to close out the 5th for a 3-2 victory. This left the match nicely poised going into the last 3 singles. In a battle of the defenders, the (vast) experience of Martin overcame the youth of Lucy C in 5 sets. On the other table Lucy J was also having a 5 set ding dong match against Joe, coming from 2 sets down to level it at 2-2. The 5th set proved to be a great battle with Joe edging (sometimes literally!) across the line 13-11. This left Glenburn needing to win the last singles and doubles to salvage a draw. Up stepped Captain courageous Steve to once again lead from the front with an impressive 3 set victory. On to the doubles and, after a short team discussion, Glenburn decided to field a new pairing of Steve and Lucy J to take on Gus and Martin. This proved to be an inspired decision with Glenburn winning in 3 sets to grab a draw overall from the jaws of defeat. Player of the night was undoubtedly Glenburn’s Captain Steve with 3 singles wins and the doubles, however Lucy J also stepped up a level to claim a singles and doubles victory, with Lucy C, who has been in great form all season, unfortunate to come out on the wrong end of a couple of 5 set matches. For Civil Service, Martin was undefeated in the singles and each of the other players grabbed a victory. A great night’s entertainment played in a great spirit by both teams.”

The players that were fielded for the Home Team Glenburn B in their playing order were:

Lucy Craig
Steve Hughes
Lucy Johnston

For the doubles Glenburn B decided to play Steve Hughes & Lucy Johnston

On the Away Side Civil Service 2B sent a team consisting of:

Gus Agnew
Brian Calvert
Martin Pickles
Joe Smyth

For the doubles Civil Service 2B had Gus Agnew & Martin Pickles joining forces to take on the hosts.

 

Match Break Down:

Singles:

Lucy Craig VS Gus Agnew (1 – 3)

Steve Hughes VS Brian Calvert (3 – 1)

Lucy Johnston VS Martin Pickles (0 – 3)

Steve Hughes VS Joe Smyth (3 – 1)

Lucy Craig VS Brian Calvert (2 – 3)

Lucy Johnston VS Gus Agnew (3 – 1)

Lucy Johnston VS Joe Smyth (2 – 3)

Lucy Craig VS Martin Pickles (2 – 3)

Steve Hughes VS Gus Agnew (3 – 0)

Doubles:

Steve Hughes & Lucy Johnston VS Gus Agnew & Martin Pickles | (3 – 0)

With the match card now fully completed the final score of Glenburn B (5) and Civil Service 2B (5) was recorded.

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Original Match Card

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