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Veterans dominate at Namibia Table Tennis Association season opening

by Rodney Pienaar

Veterans of Namibia Table Tennis Association (NTTA) have dominated at the season’s opening games for this year held at the Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) play fields over the weekend. 

 The relatively high percentage of new and very talented young players was one of the highlights of this event, opening competition manager, Heiko Fleidl, has told The Villager. 

“Veterans have displayed world class skills at the season opening. It seemed like they waited for the opening competition for a long time and all games that were played has drawn much attention from spectators due to the high class performance of players,” he said. 

He added that the relatively low number of overall entries was the only lowlight of the tournament.

Patrick Beggs, aged 16, from the DHPS Windhoek and SKW Table Tennis Club was the Junior Boys Singles and Doubles champion with his partner Fortune Hashoongo.

 Hashoongo was runner up in the junior boys’ singles section and the third place was sealed by Ronaldo Schuman from Rehoboth’s Dr. Lemmer High Schools.

 Alecia Aebes from Holy Cross Convent Primary School in Windhoek won her debut under 18 girls’ singles by beating Vanessa-Rae Mouton from Dr. Lemmer High School in the girls final.

 Both national ladies’ team members, Reese Saunderson and Kaitlyn Beukes were absent due to other school commitments.

 In the senior section season veterans, Christa Mrozek and Rudi Saunderson dominated the field and clinched the senior ladies and men’s singles titles respectively. 

Saunderson defeated another veteran, Reinolt Schurz (SKW TTC) 3-2 in a very exciting and tightly contested final, 11-9 in the final game. 

Schruz came from two games down to force a decider which could have gone either way. With this victory Saunderson moves to the top of the NTTA national rankings. 

The combination of Fleidl and Schurz continued their dominance of the senior doubles category defeating all doubles teams to clinch the season opening title.

 Fleidl made it a double also clinching the senior mixed doubles title with his ladies doubles partner, Michelle de Koker.

 The evergreen veteran, Christa Mrozek, added to her ever increasing and impressive list of titles winning the senior ladies category after a round-robin event. 

Runner up was Michelle de Koker and Anna Feris van Rooyen was won the third place.

 Another major highlight of the event was the generous donation of a table tennis board to the NTTA from the German Embassy of Namibia. 

A representative of the German Embassy was present to hand over the table which was in turn donated to the Dr. Lemmer High School for their continued commitment and dedication towards table tennis development in the town of Rehoboth.