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Player numbers are buidling

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June 21, 2017

Ian Clinch, Chris Nanere, Dave Cotterill and Hank Doller playing doubles.

We are continuing to promote our table tennis programs and it is pleasing to see numbers slowly but surely building, particularly as we head into winter.

Our Wednesday night graded round-robin group competition continues to be busy with numbers steadily increasing.

Last week we had 17 players, our biggest night so far this year, which is encouraging to see.

We continually have new people coming along to join in the fun, even if they can only make it on rare occasions.

The beauty of the round-robin group format is that there’s no obligation to make it every week.

We now have a small but keen regular group who love coming along for some gentle exercise, a cuppa and a chat for the Thursday over-50s social morning.

With the current chilly mornings, we do make sure the heaters are on and the kettle is hot.

Activities include fun doubles games, plenty of coaching tips for those interested and free use of the robot — just for a laugh or three.

Be sure to bring your friends along and enjoy the health benefits of table tennis.

After-school coaching is really starting to take off with four regular (and very promising) players in the first session and five joining in the second session last week.

At this stage, we are getting all primary school aged children — boys and girls — joining in.

The youngest is just five and they’re improving very quickly.

We are developing a good system to allow for the more athletic and advanced juniors to be engaged and improve their skills.

Numbers remain small for Thursday nights, which is rather good for the few who do turn up.

What great value they are getting, with two Victorian representative players who are qualified coaches offering advice, coaching and general tuition for less than the cost of a coffee per hour.

Thursdays would be well suited as a family night where adults and children can join in the fun together.

●The Mechanics Hall will be undertaking major floor repairs during the July school holidays and so the venue will be unavailable for the first two weeks of July.

As a result there will be no table tennis activities from July 1 until we resume on July 19.

Hopefully then we will have an uninterrupted run until the September holidays when the floor will be re-finished.

We apologise for the unforseen break but it is great news that the floor will be improved, not only for table tennis but also to create a much better venue for some major dance events we have in mind down the track.

— Chris and Christine

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