Torquay Academy goes straight to the top of the table


With last season’s two best teams, NA Buzzards and NA Batmen, sitting out the first week, it was up to the rest to set the pace at the top of the South Devon Premier Division and Torbay Table Tennis League, writes TONY HALSE.

Torbay Academy 1 went straight to the top of the table and will be hard to dislodge!

Their impressive 10-0 win over NA Condors is a sign of things to come as Patrik Cincala, alongside youngsters Kacper Piwowar and Alessandro Mitranescu, never had any problems against the experienced Condors.

The NA Eagles traveled to Brixham to face new Sharks. However, it was the original Shark who stopped the Eagles – Clive Banham picked up a few sets early on.

While Mark Burridge went unbeaten on the night, the Eagles won the last six sets to claim an 8-2 victory.

The battle between the two Halwell teams was closer than ever, with Team B narrowly beating Team A 6-4 thanks to maximum Dave Wadling.

NA Owls and Torre Titans battled it out at the top of Division Two last season all the way to the final game, with the Owls narrowly prevailing to clinch the title.

With both teams losing their best player to Division 1 this season, it’s unlikely they’ll be as big this time around, but they still put on a great display when they met in the first game of the season. season.

The Owls, with Curtis Sage doing great, came back from 1-4 down to take the lead going into the final double, which the Titans won 11-9 in the fifth. A 5-5 draw is a fair result, with all players contributing with a win.

The NA Kestrels got their Division 3 season off to a good start with a 7-3 victory in Torre against the Vikings.

Andy Millman and Bruce Freeman with maximums for the Kestrels.

The three Torbay Academy teams in the Third Division have all started their campaigns well. Rob Johnston was unbeaten as the Torbay Academy 5 side narrowly beat the NA Harriers 6-4.

A maximum of Ed Damanskas helped the Academy 3 team defeat NA Hawks 7-3 and Peter Moretta led his Academy 4 team to an 8-2 victory over Torre Tornadoes with a player performance from the match.

Torbay Academy 4 – Will Whittington, Craig Collins and Ed Damanskas

The Division Four clash between the two whimsical teams saw a comfortable 8-2 victory for the Dawlish Renegades against Torbay Academy 6.

Prabhu Kashap won the player of the match award and he, along with Pierre Doutreligne, was unbeaten for Dawlish’s side.

The two games at Teign School involving only Newton Abbot’s teams produced contrasting results.

The Kites and Merlins shared the points 5-5, Jasem Abu Ali with a maximum for the Merlins. The other encounter saw the Ospreys team of Rob Ferguson, Ken Ramsden and Mark Dulling whitewash the vultures.

Division 1: Torbay Academy (1) 10 (Cincala 3, Piwowar 3, Mitranescu 3, Dbls), NA Condors 0 (Webster-Hall 0, Thompson 0, Hine 0)

Halwell A 4 (Mercer 2, Dunn 1, Smith 1), Halwell B 6 (Wadling 3, Sugden 2, Symons 0, Dbls)

Brixham Sharks 2 (Banham 2, Holmes 0, Harper 0), NA Eagles 8 (M Burridge 3, T Burridge 2, Yarde-Buller 2, Dbls)

Division 2: Na Owls 5 (Sage 3, M Cyron 1, W Cyron 1), Torre Titans 5 (Crawford 2, Lush 1, Garner 1, Dbls)

NA Falcons 6 (Scriven 3, Redfern 2, Wilshire 0, Dbls), NA Raptors 4 (Hine 2, Moffatt 1, Darch 1).

Division 3: Torre Vikings 3 (Nguyen 1, Holtham 1, Russell 1), NA Kestrels 7 (Millman 3, Freeman 3, Shears 0, Dbls)

Torbay Academy (5) 6 (Johnston 3, Mitranescu 2, Payne 0, Dbls), NA Harriers 4 (Fabian 2, Haslam 1, Copley 1)

NA Hawks 3 (Guy 2, Topp 1, Sercombe 0), Torbay Academy (3) 7 (Damanskas 3, Whittington 2, Collins 1, Dbls)

Torre Tornadoes 2 (Keywood 2, James 0, Morris 0) Torbay Academy (4) 8 (Moretta 3, Fowler 2, Harris 2, Dbls)

Division 4: Dawlish Renegades 8 (Kashap 3, Doutreligne 3, Girling 1, Dbls), Torbay Academy (6) 2 (Neafcy 1, Gibbs 1, Hollings 0)

NA Ospreys 10 (Ferguson 3, Ramsden, 3 Dulling 3, Dbls), NA Vultures 0 (Thain 0, Heather 0, Ozuna Montero 0)

NA Kites 5 (Shirt 2, Northcott 1, Stratton 1, Dbls), NA Merlins 5 (Abu Ali 3, Kitchen 2, Bishop 0)

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