2019/20 SEASON

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Well at last we have managed to complete last seasons final play off match to find out who are the combination champions and who are runners up of the 2019/20 season. There were just two weeks to play when Covid 19 put a stop to everything. There was one doubles and one handicap left to play and the top two teams were well clear of the rest. Adrian’s Oldstars were one point ahead of Hunnys Heroes (Hunnys Heroes were already crowned the Main league champions with the Oldstars taking runners up spot). The final handicap match left to play strangely enough was between these top two teams and as no doubles are still not allowed it was decided the two teams would play a one off winner takes the title. The handicap match was nine singles.

With all strict guidelines put into place it allowed the match to go ahead. Adrian’s Oldstars had Adrian Evans, Mick Minns and Mike Nobes on handicaps of 4, 2 and 2 respectively. Hunnys Heroes had Rob and Alfie Yarrow with Graham Keeley on handicaps of 0, 8 and 0 respectively.

However on Sunday evening prior to the match on the Monday evening young Alfie cricked his neck so Monday was a day of wondering if he would be fit to play. Finally after arriving home from school we found out he was not fit enough to play. As it was such an important match it was not the right thing to bring in a super sub and the two remaining Heroes agreed to take on the Oldstars conceding Alfie’s three games. This meant they could only afford to drop one game of the six to take the title.

The match was scheduled to be played in the main hall with just one table being used, no other matches or practice was allowed. On arrival everyone’s temperature was taken with instant infra red thermometer and green lights gave the go ahead. Everyone had their own antibacterial hand gel and mask and hand washing facilities in place. After a short knock up we were ready to start. Everyone had their handicaps from last season. Jim Race scored all six games so we could use a scoreboard that had been disinfected with nobody else touching it. Players started on their handicaps with matches best of five ends and played up to 11. Sudden death next point wins if scores were 10 all.

So the match began behind closed doors with just the five players plus Alfie supporting his team, Jim scoring and myself taking photos and preparing my report.

First up Graham for the Heroes against Mick for the Oldstars, first two ends to Mick, Graham took the third but Mick came back strong to take the fourth and with the three conceded games the Oldstars were poised for victory leading 4-0 and just needing one more win. Hunnys captain Rob looked determined when he faced Mike and three close ends followed and the score was 4-1. The Oldstars captain Adrian came to the table to take on Graham, another three close ends but at the end of the three ends the score was 4-2. Back came Rob this time taking on Mick and it took Rob four ends to clinch the game and take the score to 4-3  to the Oldstars. Graham then edged home 11-10, 11-9 and 11-9 against Mike to level the scores 4-4. So the scene was set, one game to play and both captains Rob and Adrian ready to fight it out. First leg 10-11 to Adrian, second leg 10-11 to Adrian, third end to Rob 11-8, fourth end to Rob 11-8. In the fifth and final end Adrian led 6-2 but Rob then went into overdrive and pulled back to win 11-9 and with it the combination league title with the final score 5-4 to the Heroes.

This was the icing on the cake for the Heroes adding to the main league title they had already won. The Oldstars can be pleased with their two runners up places in the two leagues.

This now completes the 2019/20 season and with it I am retiring from running the league which I first set up five years ago. The league went from strength to strength and the final season changing from the Heacham Table Tennis League to an internal league with all matches being played in the main hall at Heacham. I would like to say a big thank you to all those who have played and helped with setting up and clearing away and for all the good sportsmanship which has made it an enjoyable five years for me. Many highlights too many to mention but possibly the hard bat fun tournaments being the best. 

I would finally like to thank Jim and Stephen for agreeing to take over from me and I know they will continue to make the table tennis at Heacham enjoyable and fun. Jim is already doing knock nights on Monday evenings under strict guidance from TTE to make sure everyone is safe. For all those interested please contact Jim and for guidance what is required ... Click Here. Depending on the Covid 19 pandemic will decide if and when the knock nights will change back into the league format but at the present time I cannot see this happening in the near future. I will keep the website going and all information can be found on here for the rest of the season.

I would like to wish each and everyone of you a safe journey over these trying times.




Penultimate match between Graham and Mike with the Oldstars leading 4-3 before start of game
the match score 4-4 at the end of the game

The match all square at 4-4 as Adrian and Rob warm up for the final game which was a classic 5 ender.