Mar 1, 2020

Power Flowering


Alex Power was on form at the matchplay this week showing more evidence that he’s breaking through to the next level up. Not only did he win four of his matches including both of the dangerous Shibu brothers, he also took coach, Tat On Man, deep into a fifth set off-the-record friendly. Only the unpredictable Rahil Rehman-Furs was able to resist him in a 2-1 finishing match. Not only is AP making great strides on the table fantastic to see him continuing to develop in his Table Tennis England TT Young Ambassador role that involves supporting coaching and activity in schools, with TTE’s new TTKidz programme and Horsham TT Club’s ladies programme that directly precedes the matchplay and which is going great guns; nine ladies this week under Bilal Rehman-Furs’ increasingly impressive tutelage.

Elsewhere in the Upper Group Anu Agrawal only managed to get a single competitive match in but gave Tim Clennell a good run for his money in it. Otherwise she was busy getting lots of coaching and beware everyone, that enthusiasm to learn and progress will be bearing fruit soon; she’s coming to get you.

Oskar Crook was as selective as ever with his workload but plotted his path particularly well on Friday winning all three of his contests including an excellent one over Chris Goodier. If you want heavy workload look no further than the Shibu brothers who always get lots of matches, Alrain this week playing seven and winning two of them with his bing bong bash style.

Rahil Rehman-Furs hit 60% win rate this week, Steve Ledger sporting a crew cut couldn’t notch but remains attitudinally resilient, three wins to nil losses for Clennell but he kept away from the bigger boys (chicken?!), Zaib Rehman-Furs only winning one but always focussed, Harry Llewellyn still mercurial at times but searching for that consistent winning formula, Jude Lane another one of the unpredictable and Alain Shibu with a good night of the win ratio front, only Alex Power denying him a full house.

In the lower tier super to see father and son pair Dave and Nathan Kent make their debuts and show great promise. Dave achieved four straight wins and both of them were keen to lap up advice from one of the resident coaches, Ian Ford. If Dave doesn’t get 100% again next week the efficacy of Ford’s input will be brought into question.

Elsewhere in the group Tom Lewsey had a tougher night after last week’s successful one but that’s the nature of ping pong, just when you think you’ve cracked it it can come back to bite you. Adrika Shibu just like her brothers one of the busiest of the group’s bees with seven matches of which she won two, only surpassed in quantity by coach Bilal.

Good introduction to competitive play by Michelle carrying over from the ladies group and winning half of her four games, including one against the regular Leon Lukose, a player who can cream the ball beautifully but can also be erratic. Caleb Belton stayed on from the primary school league and was glad he did so winning three and only falling to Bilal. Charlie P only won one of his three and appears more fixated on using one of the coach’s mini-bats than improving his average. Bobby Barnes, another PSL stayover, is becoming increasingly successful but another who needs to get more matches in the time available; a time and motion survey may be in order.

UPPER

Rahil RF

Steve L

Oskar C

Chris G

Jude L

Zaib RF

Tim C

Aalrin S

Harry L

Alex P

Alain S

Anu A

Rahil

 

2-1

 

 

 

 

 

0-2

2-0

2-1

0-2

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

0-2

0-2

0-2

 

0-2

0-2

 

Oskar

 

 

 

2-1

 

 

 

2-0

2-1

 

 

 

Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-0

 

 

 

 

Jude

 

 

 

 

 

2-0

 

2-0

 

0-2

1-2

 

Zaib

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-2

 

0-2

 

 

 

Tim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-1

Aalrin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-2

1-2

 

Harry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-0

 

Alain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Won 3

Lost 2

Won 0

Lost 6

Won 3

Lost 0

Won 1

Lost 1

Won 2

Lost 2

Won 1

Lost 3

Won 3

Lost 0

Won 2

Lost 5

Won 1

Lost 2

Won 4

Lost 1

Won 4

Lost 1

Won 0

Lost 1

 

LOWER

Dave K

Nathan K

Aadrika S

Leon L

Charlie P

Caleb B

Bobby B

Tom L

Michelle

Bilal

Dave

 

 

 

2-0

3-0

 

 

 

2-1

2-0

Nathan

 

 

 

 

 

0-2

 

 

 

 

Aadrika

 

 

 

0-2

0-2

1-2

1-2

2-0

0-2

2-0

Leon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-0

0-2

 

Charlie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-2

Caleb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-0

 

1-2

Bobby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-0

 

1-2

Tom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-0

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-2

Bilal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Won 4

Lost 0

Won 0

Lost 1

Won 2

Lost 5

Won 2

Lost 2

Won 1

Lost 2

Won 3

Lost 1

Won 2

Lost 1

Won 1

Lost 4

Won 2

Lost 2

Won 4

Lost 4