Table tennis training day in Garstang

The squad at the training day
The squad at the training day
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THE first North Lancashire training day took place at the sports hall of Garstang Community Academy on Sunday.

A total of 34 promising junior players from the North West took part, who were looked after by seven of the region’s top coaches.

The players took part in physical training and drills, and also serve and receive exercises, while after lunch, the afternoon was devoted to match play.

The squad will be back at the sports hall on November 27 for the next training day.

This weekend sees Rebecca Hodgson, Kelly Southward and Stuart Southward in action for the second of a series of two-star junior tournaments, this time in Halton, Cheshire, on Saturday.

Sunday sees the sports hall at Garstang Community Academy in use again, this time for National Cadet League, when 12 teams from the North West will be taking part, including two from Garstang. The action starts at 9.30am.

In the Lancaster & Morecambe League Premier Division, the Garstang A team of Rebecca McGrath, brother Luke and Rebecca Hodgson, were unlucky to lose their opening match of the season 21-19 to Trimpell Bulldogs.

All three picked up good wins – the final result hinged on the doubles which they lost 3-2.

There were mixed results in Division One.

Garstang C, comprising Kelly Southward, brother Stuart and Andrew Williams, got off to a great start with a 21-17 victory over St Luke’s C team – Southward won all three, Stuart two, and they also won the doubles.

Garstang D also got off to a winning start by beating St Luke’s D 23-16. Thomas Gorst won all three, Joe Peat two and Kevin Aughton chipped in with the final victory.

Garstang B lost 22-15 to Trimpell Dragons. Dave Holroyd claimed two victories, and Mike Gregory added on more. Jim Vasey was unlucky not to claim a victory, losing out 3-2 to Alistair Short.

In the Bolton League, Graham Coupe snatched three 3-2 victories to reach the semi-final of the Premier individual competition, before losing out to team-mate Ronnie Pennington.

In the Premier Division of the Preston League, the A team lost 6-4 to Deepdale, although Martin Wyatt kept his 100% record, with the other win coming in the doubles.

The B team lost 9-1 to BAC/EE B, with Ashley Bradburn claiming the solitary win.