Finals thriller

Kyle McIntosh stole the show on the second championship finals night held at Stanley Street Social Club.

The young DTH Redlands Rookies player had fought his way into no less than four finals earlier in the season. His attempt to win all of them got off to a flying start when he comprehensively beat Lee Bohan in the third division singles final in straight sets.

His next final however proved to be a much tougher proposition, as he teamed up with Matt Williams in the third division doubles final against the father and son pairing of Andy and Jack Kirkland.

The Kirkland’s found themselves in the driving seat as they raced into a two-game lead, leaving McIntosh and Williams having to dig deep if they were to wrestle the title out of their opponents’ hands. They battled hard to level the match before completing a magnificent comeback by taking the deciding fifth game 11-3.

McIntosh’s battle with the Kirkland’s wasn’t over though, as he came up against Jack Kirkland yet again in the Junior Singles final.

Despite a close encounter, Kirkland found himself on the losing side yet again as McIntosh won 3-1 to claim three out three titles.

His quest to win all four championship finals got off to a flyer in his next match, in the final of Boys U12s competition. He raced into a 2-0 lead against Owen Shutt, who must have thought he was going to suffer the same fate as all his other opponents.

But he dug deep to level the match at 2-2. The deciding game ebbed and flowed until Shutt completed an amazing comeback to win the game 11-7.

It was McIntosh’s first defeat of the night.

The second division singles final was an all Ryton Park Bees affair, as team mates Joe Else and Matt Lemon found themselves on opposite ends of the table for once.

Despite his best efforts, Else found his opponent at the top of his game and could do nothing to prevent Lemon taking the title in straight sets.

In the O40s final, Stanley Street’s Peter Eyre once again put home advantage to good use, in defeating in-form Andy Lee 3-0.

It completed a very good season for Eyre as he completed a hat-trick of titles.

Andy Lee was again involved in the next final of the night as he teamed up with Johnny MacDonald to take on the Wesley brothers Richard and Thomas in the open doubles final.

The form book suggested that the Wesley’s would win, and the brothers didn’t disappoint taking the match in straight sets to ensure Richard Wesley retained the title which he won last season.

In the last of the finals the Wesley brothers were again in action, but this time at opposite ends of the table as they met in the open singles final.

Richard showed no brotherly love as he beat Thomas 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 to retain another title and cap a magnificent season which saw him win 54 out of 54 matches.

League Presentation Night

Over 80 people packed into Shireoaks Club to attend the league’s annual presentation night. The awards were presented by Robert Hooton, representing the leagues sponsors DTH Engineering.

Special service awards were given out to Mike Tunningley and John McCllelan for their many years of selfless hard work on the Committee of the Worksop Table Tennis League.

The following annual awards were also given out on the night:

Player Of The Year Award - Richard Wesley

Junior Player Of The Year - Kyle Mcintosh

Most Improved Player - Peter Cowburn

Best Beginner - Gary Scott

Sporting Award - Centre For Sport