THE WINNERS: The Lismore table tennis team that won the Friendship Cup against Armidale and Coffs Harbour.
THE WINNERS: The Lismore table tennis team that won the Friendship Cup against Armidale and Coffs Harbour.

Lismore table tennis club breaks nine-year losing streak

LISMORE broke a nine-year drought with its first win in the Friendship Cup against Armidale and Coffs Harbour at the weekend.

It was a test of depth for the club as they did it without two of its best players who are currently injured.

Playing singles and doubles in four divisions at the Coffs Harbour table tennis centre, Lismore edged out Coffs Harbour 32-30.

In division one, Henning Hansen won all four singles and doubles games in hard-fought matches with teammate Col Gradwell.

Division two saw Sid McDonald and Daniel Cox take out three singles wins apiece as well as three of four doubles matches.

They beat the division one team from Coffs Harbour.

Ruth Woodhams beat higher ranked players in division three to win three singles games to one while Ethan Wakely helped in the doubles, winning two out of the four matches.

In division four Jeremy Berghan fought hard to take his three matches losing just one to an experienced Coffs Harbour player in the fifth set in the last.

Matt Ostila played in his first tournament, winning two matches.

Lismore coach Henning Hansen said they were extremely impressed with the level of play from all clubs, and congratulated the Coffs Harbour Club for hosting such a wonderful tournament.

The Friendship Cup now stands proudly at the Goonellabah Table Tennis Centre in Oliver Ave.



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