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PostPosted: 21 Dec 2017, 11:18 
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Last Saturday had an enjoyable meal with around 10 of the community centre players during which I was asked what was happening in the world of table tennis, and so thanks to the info here and at the other TT forums I read I was able to tell them at least some of it :) We then had our last session for the year. There were some overly addicted players who were looking for places to play over our summer holiday, so I gave them some ideas.

Then Sunday was the last session at the PCYC for the foreseeable future for reasons given, and I am not aware of any more volunteers either from the local association or nearest local club. For a swan song, L1C turned up so we had our usual "I think I should beat you because I have better technique and actually train" (from his perspective) and "I don't have the technique, nor do I formally train but I'll beat you anyway because I'll make you play my game" (from my perspective) lot of games. I didn't lose any. While I entertained the other player who turned up, L1C looked impressive doing shadow strokes and some footwork. Then we played some more with the same result as earlier.

So that was it for the year. Merry Christmas, gentle reader, and I don't foresee much happening in this blog till around half way through January, but you never know.

PS There is someone coming over from Japan (MickD from My TT) looking for somewhere to play in Sydney soon. I am not sure where will be open.

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PostPosted: 29 Jan 2018, 11:02 
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Dusting off the blog ...

I have been slack here. The club started back on the 15th and I have been there Mondays and Thursdays since then, and will be there tonight too. Have played JC a few times and lost each time. Have played IF a couple of times and beaten him reasonably easily each time. Tonight will be the last regular time as school goes back for my daughter tomorrow.

On Saturday my wife & I drove up to Armidale for a golden wedding anniversary afternoon tea where she had been the flower girl at the wedding. Think 500+ kilometres and around 6.5 hours of driving. At the last moment I put my TT gear in the car as the local TT club according to the wonderful interwebs had practice. So while she went to have her hair done, I went to the local club.
I walked in to find only 2 tables, 4 playing doubles on 1 and a guy sitting around. I introduced myself to him and he told me he was the number 1 at the club. We had a hit, exchanged RC numbers (we were in the same 100) then the doubles finished. The number 1 called a combo bat player over to give me a hit. I suspect that number 1 thought I was beneath him or something.
Combo bat player and I also exchanged RC numbers (I was around 300 up on him), and he commented that he would expect to beat me even so. I asked if we could play a game. Either in the 1st or 2nd game I beat him to 0. My wife then turned up from having her hair done, and we continued to play the 3rd game, which I also won. Along the way he complemented me on not putting his long pimples shots back to his forehand to finish. i replied that I wasn't usually the one to let someone play their own game. He also made the usual comment about floating spinless balls being the way people usually played him, while I played against him with a lot of spin. I was using my tactic of over then under then over then under against his long pimples then sometimes suddenly switching an under to his forehand which he usually dumped in the net.
Went back to the motel, had a shower, went to the afternoon tea, then drove back yesterday .

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I introduced myself to him and he told me he was the number 1 at the club. We had a hit, exchanged RC numbers (we were in the same 100) then the doubles finished. The number 1 called a combo bat player over to give me a hit. I suspect that number 1 thought I was beneath him or something.
Combo bat player and I also exchanged RC numbers (I was around 300 up on him), and he commented that he would expect to beat me even so.


wow do people really act and speak that way without joking?
It's good that you showed him up, I suspect #1 didn't want to play you because secretly he was worried of being shown up.

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Is it really common to 'exchange RC numbers' before the match? Does not happen a lot here (replace RC with USATT, of course). You do occasionally get someone challenging a player well above his level because they don't know any better, but it gets sorted out pretty quickly.

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Is it really common to 'exchange RC numbers' before the match? Does not happen a lot here (replace RC with USATT, of course). You do occasionally get someone challenging a player well above his level because they don't know any better, but it gets sorted out pretty quickly.


First time it has happened to me. They both asked me separately as we were just hitting up. I was a bit surprised that the combo bat player said what he said. Maybe he thought I was inexperienced against long pimples. I have played IF at home who has plays with long pimples, since 1982. When playing against them I do restrict the amount of side spin that I use and am very careful with my next shot if I do use side spin.

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wow do people really act and speak that way without joking?
It's good that you showed him up, I suspect #1 didn't want to play you because secretly he was worried of being shown up.


I did give number 1 the benefit of the doubt with the "...or something" in my original post.

The combo bat player did complement me on my play as we played the match and afterwards, and I also explained to him that I usually don't look that tough to beat in the warm up (am usually worse at the warm up countering than my peers) but that I have an unusual style which can be misleading.

We also discussed that RC numbers can be from isolated groups if there is no "cross-pollination" going on. I am not sure how many Armidale players have played against any Sydney players, let alone Northern Beaches players, let alone a player I would have played in either Division 2 or Division 1 in a RC recorded match in the last year.

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Saturday afternoon was the first session that I help run at the community centre for the year. To begin with, instead of sweeping the floor before putting up tables and curtains, I had brought an old rag and towel to wipe the tables down with. I just used water. We had a fair turn out even though the local paper had us playing last week, but no notice this week :@ :headbang:

In one of the doubles I totally missed hitting an easy push. Later that night I saw the part of The Magnificent Seven where Robert Vaughn goes to try to catch 3-4 flies, only manages to get one and says that at one time he would have caught all of them. That was how I felt to some extent.


Last night I went to the club. I managed to beat 2 of my team mates from last year, AF (his 1st hit this year) & MD. Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately as I was playing OK :) ) I did not play JC.

First up I played SB whose wife is in the Australian Commonwealth Games TT team for The Gold Coast in a couple of months. He was visiting for a hit up - he is a player of other sports - he mentioned that his wife usually has better hitting partners and that one time he played her at squash and beat her to 0 in a game to show her what it was like and that she did not enjoy that experience much. Anyway he was a sort of retriever and we got on pretty well. he was impressed with how much spin I get on the ball. We later played doubles and did OK. He may be back as I get the impression that we at the club are a little more easy going and enjoy playing, rather than where he usually plays, let alone how his wife has to approach it.

I did play another guy, a penholder who i disposed of without too much problem. I didn't set him up for his smash like he obviously wanted me to. Afterwards he asked me if I used antipower :) as he couldn't read what I was doing to the ball and subsequently him. I showed him the red Tenergy 05 and the black Evolution FX-P on my bat and showed that they were both still normally spinny. Go figure. Usually they ask me which pimples I am using. I am not sure which is worse.

Next up is the district AGM on Friday night with a possible hit afterwards at the venue, then on Saturday the state AGM where I am one of 3 official representatives of the local district, followed by the Umpires Association AGM. The local district wants players who play in our comp to pay $10 to affiliate with the state rather than $70 which is what should be paid. This is so the local district can put its fees up of course.

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Went to the local district AGM on Friday night. Won a lucky door prize of a TT shirt - Ou-kei (spelling) without collar. Apart from a couple of contentious issues - subbing between teams from the same club in the lowest division - claim was made that the committee had gone against its own by-laws which as a member of said committee we claim we didn't as the by-laws didn't cover the lowest division for this. They do now. The other was a rule we have where to play in finals for a team a player has to have played 3 team matches of singles. Example was given of a player with injured back who managed to play at least 3 team matches of doubles but not any singles. Proponent didn't turn up to the meeting.


Then on Saturday went to the state AGM only, the Umpires one having been deferred :shake: (and since deferred again) as a delegate from the local district. Our main thing was to get the state registration fee reduced as we need to put our fee up.

The costs to play comp in our district are:
TT club membership: $varies
District comp fee: $25 (want to increase this to $30 or $35)
Venue fee to play a comp match: $varies from 0-10
State registration fee: $10 for social, $70 (of which $30 goes to the country TTA) for comp up to state, $90 to comp up to national.

Our other delegates put the case for only paying the social fee rather than the comp fee. I made the point that TT is almost the only sport where you pay this much to you club, that much to your district and the other much to your state, whereas to play football (soccer) you pay one amount which you don't explicitly know the break up of. The state people made the point that they couldn't let our district be treated differently as everyone would want the same treatment. I countered with presenting the state registration form which states that country or non-metropolitan players can play comp but only pay the social fee to show that they already treated some players differently. There's nothing like introducing facts do a discussion! The state people were somewhat taken aback by their own registration form. There was murmuring that this text should not have been on the registration form.

It looks like the state fees will remain the same for our members. I am in full agreement with this, however it was interesting arguing against what I really believe, to represent the best interest of our members.

In reality this is very cheap, however. $105 for district & state fees is only around $2 per week - less than a take-away coffee.


I played at the local club on Monday night. Played AF and lost in 3, MD and won 3 straight. Played G?, a visiting Brazilian penholder and lost 3 straight, and played M? a visiting Chinese coach who had his son there as interpreter and lost 0-3 as well. One of the few club nights that I went 1-3 in win - loss terms in singles.

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