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 The end of an era as the league mourns the late Roy Holmes


  I recently learnt of the passing away of Roy Holmes, I have known Roy for over 30 years and I can truly call him a legend of the league. The title “legend” is often banded about, but in the case of Roy Holmes it barely does him justice. He started playing in the league  in the late 1940’s and remained loyal to the league for almost 70 years!  He was a hard bat player with an elegant defensive game, indeed he struggled to hit anything but his touch and anticipation was a thing of beauty and Roy at his best was a lovely player to watch. The bat he played with was an original 1940’s Dunlop Barna which made a beautiful sound and was an intrinsic tool of the era Roy came from.   He suffered a stroke last year during the season and it is a testament to him that 8 weeks after the stroke he was back playing in the league at the age of 83. He also served as league Chairman from 1967 - 1973. He always had cheeky chappy sense of humour which could sometimes wind people up but those who knew him understood his sense of fun. Apart from Table tennis his passion was music and in particular the music of Nat King Cole, indeed he was president of the Nat King Cole fan club and wrote and contributed his expertise to television documentaries and articles on the great man. To say he will be sadly missed is an understatement, our love and best wishes are extended to all his family and friends.


Remembering the late Harry Rowley

   It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Harry Rowley. Harry died unexpectedly on the 10th October. He played in the Wandsworth League for many years for various clubs including Magdalen Park and Earlsfield, indeed he was captain of Earlsfield “B” and won the division 4 singles title in 1974 back when there were 12 teams to a division and 12 divisions.  He leaves behind a table tennis legacy through his son Paul Rowley who is one of the league’s top players. Ron Brown the captain of Vale “A” remembers Harry very fondly saying “the nights when we played against Harry were hilarious he was always such a wind up merchant but with a hell of a lot of charm. I remember once that Harry won a point by the ball just clipping the net, I expected him to just put his hand up and say sorry, instead he ran over to the net gave it a kiss then ran back to his end and then said sorry! He was a great guy who was always entertaining to play against. He will be greatly missed”. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Harry’s wife and all his family and friends.    

Division 1:                          York Gardens “A” back in the hunt as Leo Veinsreider returns

    There was a welcome return for the reigning Wandsworth League Open singles champion Leo Veinsreider (pictured) this week to give York Gardens “A” a boost. With his support they beat Vale “B” 9 – 1, although the match was not without some close battles. Leo duly won his 3 to unbeaten but lost a game to Don Stevens who played out of his skin to take the first set. Mark Philipsz was his usual calm dominant self and also went unbeaten to claim the man of the match for York Gardens, Anxho Pasha won 2 and Mark and Leo teamed up to take the doubles. For Vale “B” Tom Coady showed his current form is steadily growing as he had a great win over Anxho Pasaha and took Leo to a deuce 2nd set in their encounter. Peter Fenner took a game off of Anxho and pushed Leo hard in the second set of their match. Don Stevens showed his defensive backspin game can still be dangerous to even the best players and was unlucky to lose his 3.   York Gardens “B” managed to win 6 – 4 against Wilton “A” thanks mainly to Jose Carlos who won his 3 and was man of the match, Joe Leone and Martin Rosario both beat Paul Couper and Jose and Joe teamed up to win a dramatic doubles 11-8 in the 5th set to win the match. For Wilton Richard Evans and Eric Jeanpierre were both in good form winning 2 each. Eric using his off the table topspin and dangerous serves to good effect, Paul Couper was lost his 3, although he always looked dangerous against Joe Leone narrowly losing the first game 14-12.

Division 2:               XIV Club “A” win the XXIV Club derby to stay on top in division 2

    The derby between the XXIV Club “A” and “B” ended not too surprisingly in a win for the “A” team but for the first time this season they didn’t score maximum points. The “A” team is still 2 points ahead of every other team and they have a match in hand against St Pauls “C” which means they could be as much as 8 points ahead by the time they have completed all their matches. In the derby both teams were not at their full strength, the “A” team missing Remi Alaka and Tom O’Malley, and the “B” team was without Beatnik Rubaine. Adeel Ahmed and Steve Sin (pictured) were on duty though and Adeel was his usual lethal self winning his 3 without losing a game, Steve Sin won 2, Mike Bright filled in as the 3rd player and lost his 3, Adeel and Steve teamed up to win the doubles and the match 6 – 4. For the “B” team Peter Klocek was the star winning 2 including beating Steve Sin, Simon Jessop and Tim Cooke both performed well winning 1 each. After beating St Pauls “D” last week Wilton “B” continued their good form with a convincing 9 - 1 over Heathfield which moved them up to 4th place in the league table on 20 points equal with XXIV Club “B” but on a 1 set difference in for a and against. Both Hassan and Zain Baig were unbeaten for Wilton with Humza Baig winning 2 plus they took the doubles. For Heathfield Harry Greatwood was their only winner, both Bob Tidbury and Martha Chuddy narrowly losing out in their matches.   


If you are interested in playing Table Tennis look up one of the clubs in Wandsworth where you can join in. Players of all skill levels are welcome for coaching, practice or match play, from beginner to national level. Click this link to see clubs in Wandsworth.