Fort William Table Tennis teams narrowly beat Inverness

TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION 13/4/19 Competitors in the first Fort William v Inverness Table Tennis Club event which was held in the Nevis Centre on Saturday. Picture Iain Ferguson,

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Fort William’s Table Tennis club hosted a special event recently when they played the first ever challenge match against members of Inverness Table Tennis Club at the Nevis Centre.

The Fort fielded three teams of four at the day-long event, with the first team taking a well deserved victory. Monte Bleasdale remained undefeated, and was well supported by John Grant as they managed to hold off the challenge posed by the visitors’ first team. Both Angus MacDonald and Alin Popu came close to increasing the team’s winning margin in two of the matches but each of them narrowly lost.

It was Fort William’s second team that proved altogether too strong for the Inverness team as both Simon Jeffrey and Costi Dimitru won all their matches. Julie Magen only suffered one defeat and Harry Williamson chipped in with one win to give the team a resounding victory which was ultimately led to the home side’s overall victory in this match.

This was the first meeting between the two teams. NO F16 Table Tennis 02

Unfortunately the Fort’s third team found the going a little tough, as only Neil Cameron Jr managed to win a match. However, as this was the penultimate match of the evening to be played, Cameron Jr can take great credit in taking the Fort over the winning line, in what turned out to be a very tight but enjoyable contest for all participants.

Special thanks must go to Rae Jack for bringing his team from Inverness, and to Fort William chairman John Grant for organising the event with the Nevis Centre.

Fort William claimed a narrow victory over their Inverness counterparts. NO F16 Table Tennis 03

Inverness are already plotting revenge and a return challenge match is to be organised for sometime in September.

The club therefore are always on the lookout for new players of any standard. Visit the club’s website for more details and make contact if you feel like giving table tennis a go.

Results were as follows:

First Team

Fort William 9 – 7 Inverness

Monte Bleasdale (played 4, won 4), John Grant (p4, w3), Angus MacDonald (p4, w1) and Alin Popu (p4, w1).

Second Team

Fort William 11 – 4 Inverness

Simon Jeffrey (p4 w4), Costi Dimitru (p4, w4), Julie Magen (p3, w2) and Harry Williamson (p4, w1).

Third Team

Fort William 1 – 9 Inverness

Aileen MacFazdean (p4, w0), Neil Cameron (Senior) (p3, w0), Neil Cameron (Junior) p2, w1) and John Steele (p1, w0).


FW 21 – 20 Inverness