VETTS Super 60s Team Competition - 26/27 November 2022
There is a new team competition this season. The Veterans' English Table Tennis Society (VETTS) has introduced the VETTS Super 60s Team Competition. This is an event for players aged over 60 and the inaugural event took place over the weekend in Grantham. Cippenham sent a women's team comprising Denise Weller, Mark Heffernan and Sue Hayes.
This proved to be a successful first outing for the Cippenham trio who also make up the bulk of one of the club's teams in both the Women's British League and the Veterans' British League. The team was placed in Division 2 and finished a creditable second place out of six.
Cippenham started the weekend with a 3-3 draw against Stockton. All three ladies got their campaign started with a win apiece. Sue and Mary both beat Jane Lynas while Denise won the opening set against Pat Clements. An easy 6-0 thrashing of Rugby Rebels followed and the Saturday matches concluded with a 5-1 victory over JMS. Denise and Mary both won two while Sue beat Sally Bax but had to give second best to Margaret Dignum.
Sunday morning proved to be Cippenham's hardest match and their 2-4 defeat against The Dark Horses settled the divisional winners' spot in favour of their opponents. Sue and Mary both beat the number three Senga Thomson but the team as a whole found Christine Wicks and Carrie Cope too hot to handle. However, Cippenham bounced back in the final match of the weekend to secure the runners-up spot with a 6-0 win against The Lady Charm. Denise was taken to five games by Ya Jun Yang but only two other ends were dropped to conclude a satisfactory weekend.