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Table Tennis targets female players

Sat, 18 February 2017 00:29
by Rodney Pienaar
News Flash

Namibia Table Tennis Association (NTTA) is set to promote junior female players at the upcoming Masters Cup Championship (MCC) over the weekend at Wernhill Park. According to Heiko Fleidl, the spokesperson of the NTTA, this will be the first time female junior players will take part in the competition. “This competition will be different from the once that were held in the past.

We will specifically be promoting ladies in table tennis for the first time we will have three juniors as part of the eight player field competition,” Fleidl said. He further noted that the event is unsponsored at the time as the long term sponsor withdrew their sponsorship at the beginning of the year due to budget constraints. Broll Namibia is assisting NTTA with 50% venue fees for the completion and the NNTA is looking to get sponsors on board for future competitions to be held.

The Villager, understands that the eight competition players and six promotional act players are expected to take one each other in singles only event competition over the weekend. The MCC is a promotional event aiming at generating a bigger interest in the sport. The NNT included number of exhibition games to showcase Table Tennis in the interest and awareness especially amongst prospective junior players.

NTTA registered junior talent and they will have the opportunity to display their talent and skills in front of a massive crowed at the shopping center during this coming weekend. The eight players that will be in action during the weekend are Wayne Green; Dietrich Mowes; Hieko Fleildl; Yannick Bohn; Fabian Tait; Ashley Julius and Patrick Beggs. The Villager understands that the Masters Cup has a round robin for mat, where all players play against each other. All the matches will be played with a three game must win system. The overall winner will be determined by the highest number of games won. Each match is scheduled to take approximately 15 minutes long.

The matches and show acts will take place on two tables in front of Pick n Pay. At the MCC held last year, Rudi Sanderson, the current Namibia National Singles Champion, managed to outclass his rivals with top earnings of 16 out of possible 21 points championship. Sunders had a difficult start, losing to Heiko Fleidl in only his third match but his consistency paid off as he then kept n unbeaten string, losing winning 7 of his 8 matches on the day and in the process earning most points, a mere 1 point more than the defending champion. Second Place went to Fleildl which is current ranked number one player in the country The Villager learnt. Field explained that Table Tennis, also known as ping pong, a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small bat.

Rules are generally as follows: players must allow a ball played toward them to bounce one time on their side of the table, and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side at least once. A point is scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its trajectory and limits an opponent’s options, giving the hitter a great advantage.