The inaugural Oxford City Council Team Challenge match between Legal Beagles aka Law and Governance and Team RAMPRO aka Regeneration and Major Projects and Property Services took place in the Heritage Learning Centre in the Town Hall. After a brief warm up and with all participants excluding the Team Leaders Challenge being randomly drawn out of a hat..ish, the match began with Anne Bland v Stewart Thorp. After three close sets Stewart T put Team RAMPRO one nil up. This game was followed by Daniel Smith v Steve Smith (Engineer),which followed a very similar pattern to the first game, giving Team RAMPRO a two games to nil lead
The next game was between Cathy Durance v Julia Kidd, which was edged by Cathy D by three sets to one
Next up was the much anticipated Team Leaders game between Jeremy Thomas of Legal and the late, late replacement for Jane Winfield ..and Nick Twigg, of RAMPRO ,Chris Wood. After a high energy, exciting game, cheered on by all present, Jeremy T prevailed in straight sets to make the match score two games a-piece
The following game was Steve Smith (Legal) v Richard Davison. A tight ,nervy but skilful game ensued, with Richard finally gaining the victory for Team RAMPRO in straight sets. There were only a handful of points difference over the three sets, The sets, genuinely, could have all gone to Steve ! Finally, the match ended with David Browne v David Wignall. DB’s steadier all-round game saw off DW’s determined ,youthful enthusiasm in straight sets giving Team RAMPRO a hard fought 4 games to 2 games win.
In summary , an enjoyable evening with much skill and endeavour ,played in a very genuine ,competitive but respectable and supportive atmosphere which has done much to enhance already good inter-departmental relationships.
Many thanks to UNISON (especially David Hawkins) for providing the table and equipment, Kate Toomey for allowing the use of the Heritage Learning Centre facilities, Steve Smith (Legal) Julia Kidd & Marion Maguire for all their help and assistance in getting the match on !. Finally, thanks to all the players, and supporters whose participation etc made it all worthwhile !
Now for the re-match !!!!
Btw…as Jane Winfield might say, Team RAMPRO are clearly Kings of Oxford City Council Table Tennis, ( and very modest too..) who consider all challengers…lol !!!!!!