Yesterday was the 9th round of the spring competition. Team 1 faced off against Vitesse, a team that was already dead and buried and had 13 points out of 8 matches thus far. They took alway all excitement before the match, by playing with 3rd and 4th players Chris and Ipe and bringing a substitute from 5th class. About the match itself we can be rather short. Xin and Sander had no troubles at all. Sander won all games and the highest amount of points his opponents got in one game was 5. Xin lost 1 game in the whole day. In the doubles the players from Vitesse could not win a game. Martijn, who is struggling with his form the whole season was the only Thibatan who was having problems. Not against the substitute, but against Chris and Ipe. Against Ipe he got away with a victory of 11-9 in the fifth game but against Chris he lost the match with 1-3.
Thibats 1 - Vitesse '35 1: 9-1
Xin 3, Sander 3, Martijn 2, Sander/Xin 1.
Results round 9:
Swift - Effekt: 8-2
Blauw Wit - De Brug: 4-6
Standings Promotion class, group A:
Thibats 1: 9-63
De Brug 2: 9-61
Swift 3: 9-48
Blauw Wit 2: 9-45
Effekt 2: 9-39
Vitesse 1: 9-14
In this group, 3 teams will move down to the first class. With the matches remaining it is certain that Vitesse and Effekt are moving one class down. Blauw Wit and Swift are deciding in their final match who will become third in the group. Blauw Wit needs a 7-3 victory to stay in the promotion class. De Brug and Thibats will determine in their final match who will be the runner up and champions of this group. Thibats needs a 5-5 draw to be certain. A small loss (4-6) is allowed, but then the amount of games won over two matches is decisive. The first match was won by Thibats with 6-4 and a game score of 22-14 (+8).
The championship match will take place in Apeldoorn at the 26th of April (Kings night). Anyone intersted in joining the support of Thibats, please let us know! It's going to be a fun match either way.
Last weekend was the eighth round of the spring competition. At home there were playing 3 matches, teams 1, 2 and 4. Teams 1 and 2 both had the same opponents Blauw Wit from Almelo. From the Thibats 1 side everyone was available to play on friday. Xin had a surgery at the dentist, and needed rest. Xin was substituted by Sander and by Derek, who would only play the doubles. Here a match report from this entertaining evening of table tennis. From Blauw Wit the trio of Eric, Michel and Ton were playing.
Trung played the first match against Eric. He started off really well by winning the first game easily. Then Eric stepped up his game and Trung missed some confidence in his forehand spin. After losing the second set by 11-13 the momentum in the match switched to Eric his side. Trung tried, but couldn't recover in the remaining sets, losing the match 1-3. Next Martijn played against Michel. In the first 2 games Martijn got no chances, against the aggressive playing Michel. The third set went both ways till 9-9 but unfortunately Martijn didn't finish the game. Sander proceeded by losing the first set against Ton. However, this was likely due to not playing any balls before the match. After Sander got warmed up he destroyed his opponent by only giving him 12 more points in the next 3 games. The double of Trung and Derek is usually good enough for a victory on this level, but similar to the first double against Eric and Michel things got pretty close. The Thibats duo recovered well from losing the second set by winning the third and fourth, and putting their team back on the scoreboard: 2-2 in matches thus far.
After the doubles Martijn played an excellent set against Eric. However, a missed set point turned things around and after losing the first game with 11-13 the resistance was broken. In the next 2 sets Martijn had no chances of winning a set against Eric. After a good doubles performance for Trung he continued strong against Ton. His confidence and feeling was totally back, leaving no opportunity for Ton to take a set. His fast 3-0 victory was followed by the best match of the day. Sander and Michiel played an intense and great match of table tennis. It was a pleasure to watch this match which had the longest rallies. To be fair the match could have gotten either way, but it was Sander who had the momentum in the fourth set. However at 10-7 3 match points were being thrown and Michel won the set with 12-14. Mentally, Sander showed great strenght by fighting for every point in the fifth set. Although Michel dominated the first part of the set, Sander managed to somehow stay in the rallies, and won the match eventually with 11-3.
In the last round of matches Martijn missed opportunities against Ton. Similar to his first and second match, games above 10-10 didn't go his way. In the second and third set he lost, again with the smallest difference possbile. Sander showed against Eric why is is such a stable player. Similar to the first time they played it seemed like Sander controlled the match. Sometimes Eric could step in with a storng backhand, but it was again Sander who won with 3-1. In the final match Trung continued his strong performance. By winning every set with 11-6, Trung secured another victory for the Thibats team this season.
Thibats 1 - Blauw Wit 3: 6-4
Sander 3, Trung 2, Martijn 0, Trung/Derek 1.
Results promotion class, group A:
De Brug 2: 8-55
Thibats 1: 8-54
Blauw-Wit 2: 8-41
Swift (D) 3: 8-40
Effekt '74 2: 8-37
Vitesse '35 1: 8-13
After 8 matches, De Brug took over the lead in the group again. This group is going to be incredibly close, since due to other results in other divisions it is likely that numbers 4, 5 and 6 are regulating from this division. This means that only 1 of the 3 teams of Blauw-Wit, Swift and Effekt will be staying at this level. De Brug and Thibats will battle on the last match day who will become champions of this group. Next week waits another home match, against Vitesse. A good results is required to improve the position for the deciding championship match.
This weekend was the seventh week of the spring competition. The match was away in Deventer, and a car had to be rent in order to get back to Enschede in time. For Thibats were playing Xin, Derek and Trung. For Swift played Leon, Jeffrey and Sven.
The first match between Leon and Xin was one of the highest quality matches this season. After two sets the score was equal. The third set was probably the deciding one. Leon couln't finish a large lead, and at 8-10 down Xin hit an insane forehand. After winning the third set the resistance of Leon was broken and Xin took revanche by winning the second time with 1-3. In the next match Derek didn't have much problems with Jeffrey and won 0-3. Trung slipped up in the first game against Sven, despite having opportunities to take the set. However, he recorvered well and won the next 3 sets all with 7-11. This put Thibats in a comfortable 0-3 lead before the doubles.
Trung and Derek played the doubles match, since they are the most adapted to each other's game. Leon and Sven had problems returning the serves throughout the whole match, which resulted in a quick 0-3 victory. After the doubles the good run continued when Xin also didn't lose a set to Jeffrey. Halfway through the match was a surprising 0-5 score. The second half of the matches turned out to be closer. Similar to the first match of Leon he played a thriller against Trung. Trung was on the good side of the score in the first and third set, but a good fourth game of Leon forced a deciding set. In this set Trung managed a small comeback from 8-4 down, but a good series of points won Leon the first point of the day. Sven and Derek continued the tight matches. In the second set Sven let a 10-7 advantage slip away, resulting in being 0-2 down in games. The third set also went to overtime, but this time it went to Sven. After Sven played an excellent fourth game also here a fifth set was required. Derek started off bad, by 2 service mistakes. After a time out at 6-3 down, Sven only got 2 more points and Thibats was up 1-6 in matches.
In the final round of matches Trung beat Jeffrey with 3-0. Although Jeffrey played better than in his first matches, it wasn't enough. Xin managed to finish his excellent day by beating Sven with 1-3. In the last match of the day it was Leon who got the second point for Swift by beating Derek with 3-1. All in all, it was a very good match from the Thibats side and an excellent result.
Swift (D) 3 - Thibats 1: 2-8
Xin 3, Trung 2, Derek 2, Trung/Derek 1.
Standings Promotion class, group A:
Thibats 1: 7-48
De Brug 2: 7-47
Blauw-Wit 2: 7-37
Effekt '74 2: 7-35
Swift (D) 2: 7-32
Vitesse '35 1: 7-11
Friday the 22nd marked the start of the second half of the season in the spring competion. In the first half 4 matches were won by Thibats, and 1 time a draw where the results. After being 9 points down to the Brug after just two matches, Thibats had grabbed the lead in the poule after las't weeks match. This weekend, the first team of Thibats played at home against the second team of Effekt '74. For Thibats where playing Xin, Martijn and Trung. The opponents showed up with familiar faces Mirko and Ashwin but also with substitute Erik. Although it was a coinincidence, we had seen Erik play before this season, both at the away match in Wierden and at an away match in Hengelo.
Xin started off against Ashwin and managed to take revanche for the lost match (and missed matchpoint the previous game). He managed to succeed in this with a 3-1 victory. In the second match Mirko left Martijn no chances, and with 0-3 the score was being even again. Trung had difficulties with substitute Erik, and it required a deciding fifth set for him to take the victory. The double Xin/Trung lost the first game with 2-11 against Ashwin and Mirko, but won the next three games in a row, resulting in a 3-1 score both in games and sets at this moment.
After the doubles Martijn won his first match of the season. Although he lost the first set with 3-11 against Ashwin, he won the next three with all scores of 11-9. Xin gave substitute Erik chances to win the first game, but after he pulled through the resistance was broken. It seemed like Thibats was walking away with this match, but from 5-1 the matches got all very close.
The set scores of Trung and Mirko illustrate the start of some intense matches. After 8-11, 17-15, 8-11, 12-10 a deciding 5th game was necessary. Unfortunately for Trung, he lost ghe set and match with 9-11 and Mirko doubled the points of his team. In the next match also Martijn and Erik required a deciding game. For the first time this season Martijn managed to win a 5th set, which hopefully has ended his trauma of losing 5th sets so often. The match between Trung and Ashwin was pretty close, after being 0-1 down it was important that Trung won the second set with 14-12. The third and fourth game also went his way resulting in a 7-2 lead. In the final match of the day Xin and Mirko were very close to each other. In one game there was a 3 point difference between the two, but for all other games the difference was 2 points and thus minimal. Again, a 5th set was required to determine a winner and again Mirko managed to take the win with 9-11. This brougth the final score to a 7-3 victory for Thibats, where Mirko went unbeaten from the side of Effekt.
Thibats 1 - Effekt 2: 7-3
Xin 2, Trung 2, Martijn 2, Xin/Trung 1.
Standings Promotieklasse, Group A:
Thibats 1: 6-40
De Brug 2: 6-38
Blauw-Wit 2: 6-34
Swift (D) 3: 6-30
Effekt '74 2: 6-28
Vitesse '35 1: 6-10
After six matches Thibats has taken the lead in the group on their own. Due to the draw of de Brug against Swift the difference is now 2 points. Also Blauw Wit and Swift are in the range of the student, thus nothing has been decided yet. Only the relegation of Vitesse is almost certain after six matches.
Yesterday was the clash between the first two teams in the group. Both teams did not show up in their strongest formation, which led to some interesting matches. Before the match de Brug had a 2 point advantage left. After two matches they had a perfect score of 20 points and Thibats had to chase them. For Thibats were playing Xin, Martijn and Derek tonight. On the other side of the table stood Jan, Dick and Sander.
Xin and Jan opened the match with a first set on a high pace. Every opportunity to use their strong forehands was being taken. Jan won the first game and Xin changed his serving game a bit to gain more control over the rallies. This seemed to be very effective since Xin could finish every third ball in the next sets. A final score of 3-1 voor Xin. Marijn played against Dick, who he had never beaten before. In the longer rallies Martijn was afraid to use his forehand, and he didn't get close to winning a game against the solid Dick. Derek fought off Sander in the third match. Given their history (2-2) it could go either way, but Sander didn't really get into the match and Derek won with 3-0. The doubles had been good so far this season (3/4 won), but Xin and Derek had never played a double before. Against Jan and Sander it became a strange match. In two out of three games the Thibats duo screwed up a hughe lead in the game, resulting in a close 0-3 loss. A tough loss for how the game went, but enough room for improvement of this double in the future.
Afer the doubles Martijn played against Jan, and in the first 2 games he couldn't deliver his forehand topspin. Starting with 0-2 down Martijn started playing better and with more confidence, resulting in two comfortable 11-7 wins in a row. Marijn his track record of 5th games has not been great lately, and unfortuneatly Martijn lost the deciding set with 11-4. For the first time in the match Thibats was behind. However this didn't stand for too long. Xin and Derek played good in their next singles matches, both winning with 3-0 against Sander and Dick. In the mean time, Sander showed up to support his teammates.
Martijn his final match was against Sander. The reporter didn't see the first game, but it turned out that Martijn had lost 0-11. When the reporter got back, Martijn was leading 10-9 and had a game point at own serve. Martijn lost the set with 10-12 and things where looking bad. Similar to the game against Jan, Martijn played more confident and better when he was 2-0 down in sets. With again two very good games he pulled himself back and forced again a 5th set. Also this deciding set, Martijn was behind pretty much the whole game. Despite fighting back against two times, there was no victory for him. In the final two matches, Derek and Xin had more trouble with their opponents. Although Derek lost his first singles game of the day, he won with 3-1. Xin was being down in the first set against Dick, but proceeded to play his best table tennis of the evening. With some amazing points Xin got his hattrick as well.
Thibats 1 - De Brug 2: 6-4
Xin 3, Derek 3, Martijn 0, Xin/Derek 0.
Standings promotieklasse, group A:
Thibats 1: 5-33
De Brug 2: 5-33
Swift (D) 3: 5-25
Blauw-Wit 2: 5-25
Effekt '74: 5-25
Vitesse '35: 5-9
After half of the competition things have turned around. After the intitial advantage for the Brug, Thibats had fought back to the first spot in the group. Thibats is the only team that is yet to lose a match in this group. So far, 4 matches have been won and 1 time was a draw. From the current standings it looks like de Brug and Thibats will fight for the championships, Blauw-Wit, Effekt and Swift are playing for places 3-5 and Vitesse is going to play 1st class next season.
On last friday Thibats first team played their fourth match of the competition, this time in Hengelo against Vitesse. In the ranking there where already quite some differences between the two teams. For Thibats were playing Trung, Sander and Derek and for Vitesse where playing someone anoymous, Ipe and Chris. The differences between the two teams where simply to large to speak of a real match. Quite on time the match fininished with a 10-0 victory for Thibats. In total only two sets were lost on this night.
Vitesse '35 1 - Thibats 1: 0-10
Sander 3, Trung 3, Derek 3, Trung/Derek 1.
After 4 completed rounds these are the standings overall. This week friday Thibats is playing at home against group leader de Brug.
Promotieklasse, group A:
De Brug 2: 4-29
Thibats 1: 4-27
Blauw-wit 2: 4-21
Swift (D) 3: 4-19
Effekt '74 2: 4-19
Vitesse '35 1: 4-5
This friday Thibats 1 and 2 played an away match at Almelo. Tonight the Thibats players are Trung, Sander, Niels, Hans, Annelies and Derek. No spoilers for the second team, but a shoutout to substitute Annelies who played really well.
Our opponents where Michel, Ton and Eric. All six players have a kind of similar rating, so everything could happen. It turned out to be a match with two phases. Thibats started off really well, by Derek taking a 3-0 victory over Michiel, although 2 games where decided with a 2 points difference. Trung had some trouble at the start of the match against Ton, but played better in the second part, resulting in a 3-1 victory. Sander played really well in his first match against Eric. He led comfortably with 2-0 but screwed up a huge advantage in the third set. After the losing the third set he pulled himself together and also won with 3-1. The doubles for Thibats was going to be Trung/Derek, although the last time they have played together was at the Moekotte tournament. The doubles where very one-sided. The second game was won with a lucky ball at 10-9, but the other set scores of 11-3 and 11-1 showed that it was an easy victory.
After the first four matches thus a comforting lead of 4-0 against this direct competitior for the first 4 places. Then things turned south. Derek lost against Ton for the first time in his career despite winning the first set easily. The next 3 sets he all lost with 2 points difference. Sander and Michiel played a very interesting and tense game after. Although Sander had the opportunity to go 2-0 up in games it went 1-2 to Michel, who got his first match point in the fourth set. However Sander managed to stay in the match with an insane smash from third position after being attacked by Michel. He forced a deciding fifth set, in which Sander came 2-6 down. After pulling back to 9-9 it was anyone's game, unfortuneatly he couln't take advantage of his own serve and lost the match. A kind of similar situation was in the match between Trung and Eric. Just like a lot of times today (9 out of 10) the Thibats player won the first set. Then things went south and the feeling in Trung his forehand wasn't really there. At 2-1 and 8-2 down he miraculously managed to espace and force a fifth set, similar to Sander. However he couldn't pull back from a deficit and the match was lost in the fifth set as well. After being 4-0 up the score was now almost evened at 4-3 and all individual players had both won and lost 1 match.
In the final set of matches Thibats managed to get the win. Sander was playing excellent against Ton and gave him no chance, a 3-0 victory. Derek failed against Eric to make use of 2 game points in the third game. Instead of going 2-1 up he went 1-2 down and lost the match. In the final match of the day Michel and Trung played an interesting game with a lot of backhand rallyies. The second and third game came to the wire, but Trung took the first and fourth set convincingly, resulting in a 3-1 win for the game and a 6-4 win overall.
Blauw Wit 2 - Thibats 1: 4-6
Sander 2, Trung 2, Derek 1, Trung/Derek 1
Standings, Promotieklasse Group A:
De Brug 2: 3-24
Thibats 1: 3-17
Blauw-Wit 2: 3-16
Effekt '74 2: 3-14
Swift (D) 3: 2-5
Vitesse '35 1: 2-4
After the 6-4 victory against Effekt last week, last Friday Thibats 1 faced Swift (D) 3 from Deventer. Last week Swift lost 10-0 to De Brug, so Thibats 1 was hoping to get a big win over Swift as well. This however, was not going to be easy, because the best player of Swift, Leon, did not play last week and was playing this week. Thibats 1 was playing with Martijn, Sander & Xin. Swift was playing with Jeffrey, Leon & Mees.
Sander started the match against Leon and this matchup turned out to be a difficult one for Sander. Despite playing well, Sander could not manage to exert enough pressure on Leon. Hence why Leon won 1-3. Next up was Xin and Mees. Mees, a young player of 16, was blasted away by the fast playing style of Xin: 11-1. Xin continued the form from the first game and won the match 3-0. Thirdly, Martijn was playing against Jeffrey, a difficult player with pimples on his backhand. Martijn had a lot of trouble with his own topspin and on top of that the pimples of Jeffrey did not ease the spinning of Martijn. Despite that Martijn grew in the match, he lost 0-3
Because last week Sander and Xin played doubles and lost 3-0, they wanted to play doubles again to get revenge. After winning the first game 13-11 with a bit of luck, the rest of match was in control of the two thibatans: they won 3-0. After the doubles the score was 2-2. The fifth matchup was Xin and Leon. Xin also had a lot of trouble against Leon, because Leon returns almost every ball. Because of this Xin needed to take more risk in his playing game, which resulted in just too much mistakes. Xin lost 1-3 to Leon.
The sixth match was between Sander and Jeffrey. In difficult first game, with 5 game points for Jeffrey, Sander used his first game point to secure the game 15-13. After this game Sander was in full control of the pimples of Jeffrey and won relatively easy in 3-0. Next up was Martijn and Mees. Just as in the first match, Martijn struggled a lot with his own attacking in the first two games. The third game gave hope because Martijn came back in the match. Unfortunately the fourth game Mees played very well and won the match 1-3. After 7 matches Thibats 1 was down 3-4.
After Martijn and Mees, Xin and Jeffrey had to play. Xin’s difficulties against pimples came up in the first game. Luckily Xin won the first game 12-10. After winning the first game, Xin secured the victory fairly easy in 3-0. The ninth match was between Martijn and Leon. Martijn played his best match of the day, unfortunately he played this match against the strong player Leon. In all three games Leon came out as the winner, meaning a 0-3 loss for Martijn. The last match was between Sander and youngster Mees. Sander had to win in order to secure a draw. In a difficult match the score went to 1-1 and Mees having the best playing. Luckily Sander could made use of the inexperience of Mees and turn around the match, winning 3-1. The final score was 5-5, which was a correct result, considering the course of the match. A downside to this result was another 10-0 victory for De Brug. Thibats 1 becoming champion is becoming nearly impossible if De Brug continues this form.
Thibats 1 – Swift (D) 3: 5-5
Sander 2, Xin 2, Martijn 0.
Results promotion class, group A:
De Brug 2: 2-20
Blauw-wit 2: 2-12
Thibats 1: 2-11
Effekt '74 2: 2-8
Swidt (D): 2-5
Vitesse '35 1: 2-4
Next friday, there will be no match. Friday 22 February Thibats 1 will play away against the number 2, Blauw-wit 2.
Happy new year everyone!
It seems like a lot of people have missed us writing the match reports in the last half year, so we are getting back to it. About the last match of previous season: there was not much to say really. We got defeated by Blauw Wit in a chanceless match with 10-0. There wasn't any hopes for staying the the class either way, so it didn't really come as a surprise that we have to play one division lower this season.
Last friday the competition started off against Effekt. Since it was the last day of the exam weeks, everyone from thibats was pretty exhausted before the match already. Thibats 1 consists of 5 players this year; Xin, Tiago, Derek, Sander and Martijn. For Sander it is the first time that he is playing competition with Thibats, Xin has played the previous season as well and the rest are the familiar faces of the team for the last couple of years.
This friday, Xin, Sander and Derek played against Effekt with Mirko, Ashwin and Gabriel. Xin started the match against Ashwin and it became a true thriller. Where xin was winnen the first set comfortably, the second set got very close. It was Ashwin who won the very long game with a 19-17 score. Xin didn't recover until the fourth game, where he was helped a lot by some lucky points. With a 13-15 game he managed to force a deciding set. In this set he was the first player to get to the 10 points, but for the third time this match the players went into extra time. After a match that took over 40 minutes, it was Ashwin who walked away with a 13-11 victory.
Next, Derek played against Gabriel. He won the first set very comfortably, despite having some trouble with returning the serves. This got even worse in the second set which he lost. The thrid and fourth game went to the Thibats player comfortably, equalizing the score to 1-1. In the first match of Sander he could not secure a very big lead in the first game against Mirko. He recovered by winning the second set closely with 10-12. Then, Mirko started taking more initiative in the rallies, which resulted in a 3-1 loss for Sander in his first thibats match.
After some troubles deciding who was playing doubles (normally Trung is there for this), Sander and Xin stepped into the arena. In a lot of rallies they were either too late or they made unforced errors, resulting in a 3-0 loss. The match might have went a little different if the Thibats duo managed to take advantage of their game points in the first set.
After the doubles Xin did not play around, and beat Gabriel convincingly with 3-0. Sander seemed to follow this example by playing brilliantly against Ashwin. In the first 2 sets he only allowed his opponent to make 7 points in total, and in the third game Sander took a 10-6 lead. However, somehow Sander managed to loss this game. He showed great mental strength by winning the fourth game with 3-11, in a match in which he played confident as well. In the seventh match Derek played more against himself than against his opponent, which started with a 2-0 down in games. Playing one good game wasn't enough to secure the victory, so Thibats was 4-3 down after 7 matches.
In the final round of matches the Thibats players all stepped up their game. Sander contined his form of the second match and won with a very quick 3-0 match against Gabriel. Xin, who showed some trouble playing against pimples historically, played one of his best matches in the Thibats shirt (figuratively speaking...) and dominated the rallies against Mirko. Most important was the second game, which Xin won with 13-15. At 10-5 in the fourth game Xin took a timeout since he was not feeling to confident about making the final point, but in the end he secured the fifth point for Thibats. Derek finished the match in style by beating Ashwin with 3-0. Especially the second set was very good. In the previous 3 times they have played, Derek was outreached by the long arms of his opponent, but this time around the tactics payed off. After being 3-1 down, a 4-6 victory is a great result.
Effekt '74 2 - Thibats 1: 4-6
Sander 2, Xin 2, Derek 2.
Results promotion class, group A:
De Brug 2: 1-10
Blauw-wit 2: 1-6
Thibats 1: 1-6
Effekt '74 2: 1-4
Vitesse '35 1: 1-4
Swift (D) 3: 1-0
Next friday, Thibats 1 will play their first home match of the 2019 season against Swift.
Previous friday was our final home match this competition, home against Kampenion. Xin, Tiago and Martijn were supposed to play, but on our way to the sports centre Martijn had a biking accident and needed to go to the hospital. Derek biked with him and went to the match after. Fortunate for Martijn he could keep all his fingers, but unfortuneatly it needed to be stiched and plastered.
The match against Kampenion went really well. By the time Derek got there, Xin won in 3 close games against Bas,Tiago suprisingly beat Gerben with 3-1 and Xin also won against Gertjan. Tiago and Derek won the doubles very convincingly with 3-0, which was excellent despite never having played against each other. After the doubles Derek got lucky for the first time this season, winning with 14-12 in the 5th game with a net ball despite being 2-0 down.
An unknown luxury this season, being 5-0 up. The remaining matches were a bit closer. Gerben got his revanche by beating Xin with 3-1 with a lucky final point, Tiago lost with 1-3 against Bas, and Derek was very close to beating Bas, but lost 2-3 as well. Then Tiago played his final match in the Netherlands, agianst Gertjan. He played very well in the first part of the match and got 2-0 up and two match points. He couldn't convert any of them and Gertjan got back into the game. In the 5th set it was Tiago who brought the point home. Derek had less trouble with Gertjan and won easily with 3-0.
Thibats 1 - Kampenion 3: 7-3
Xin 2, Tiago 2, Derek 2, Tiago/Derek 2.
Standings Hoofdklasse, Poule A:
Blauw-Wit 1: 9-62
Effekt '74 1: 9-50
DTS 1: 9-43
Kampenion 3: 9-41
Tafetlennis Zwolle 2: 9-40
Thibats 1: 9-34
Theoretically Thibats has a small chance to escape from the last place, but with an away match against champions Blauw-Wit schedueled this will become very difficult. Next friday is the final match of the season, while Thibats 2 has their championship match at home, also against Blauw Wit.
Last week team 1 played a home match against Effekt 1. Since there was not really much left to play for, Effekt didn't show up with their strongest team, but Gert-Jan, Rick and Peter were able to take a 4-6 win after a very tense match.
Big man on the side of Thibats was Xin, who managed to beat all his opponents. Against Gert-Jan he had to go all the way, and came back from a deficitit in the fifth game to win with 11-9. Derek only could add 1 win to that, beating Peter easily with 3-0. Against Gert-Jan he should have won, got a match point, but in the end lost with 14-12 in the fifth game. Against Rick he again lost in a close match, this time with 13-11 in the fourth game. It wasn't Tiago his day, since he could only manage to win 1 game during the singles. In the doubles Tiago and Xin couldn't finish the game, despite being 2-1 up and reaching the 10 points in the fourth game.
Similary to the rest of the season, the close matches in 5 games didn't come our way and we where left with the feeling that we deserved a bit more than we got. In the next match we will again play at home against Kampenion. Only a very large win can bring us back in this group, since we are 11 points down on them. Despite our final match being against champions to be Blauw-Wit we will do our best to win some points.
Standings Hoofdklasse, Group A:
Blauw-Wit 1: 8-57
Effekt '74 1: 8-45
DTS 1: 8-39
Kampenion 3: 8-38
Tafeltennis Zwolle: 8-34
Thibats 1: 8-27
Last friday, team 1 played their fourth away match of the season against Tafeltennis Zwolle 2. The teams were both tied at the 5th place of the competition, so a good result was required. Unfortuneatly Trung was not able to play, so Thibats played with Xin, Martijn and Derek. Zwolle played with Roy, Stefan and Corne, thus with two very difficult material players.
About the match we can be rather short. All of the Thibats had great difficulties with the game of Stefan and Corne. Only Xin was able to get an easy 3-0 victory against Corne, all the other 5 matches were lost. Against Roy, Derek and Xin were able to make a nice match out of it. Xin won with 3-1, and Derek lost with 11-9 in the 5th game. The double of Xin and Derek wasn't looking great, and got lost with 3-1 as well. In total a very disappointing 8-2 victory and deregulation from the Hoofdklasse as a result.
Tafeltennis Zwolle 2- Thibats 1: 8-2
Xin 2, Derek 0, Martijn 0, Xin/Derek 0.
Hoofdklasse, poule A:
Blauw Wit: 7-50
Effekt '74: 7-39
Tafeltennis Zwolle: 7-29
Nog bedankt voor het organiseren van het geslaagde toernooi.
We hebben genoten van een goed georgisneerd toernooi. Gevulde zaal, goed gevuld speelschema en alle deelnemers op het laatst nog op de tribune bij de finales.
En bovenal gezelligheid troef tussen deelnemers en organisatie.
We hadden bij Hatac een live-blog rapportage via onze groepsapp. We gaan dus voor een volle bus Hataccers voor de volgende editie.
Tot volgend jaar,
Leo de Jong (ttv. Hatac)
After a close 4-6 loss last week, team 1 immedeatly got te chance to take revanche against the opponents of this week, DTS. Last time Xin, Trung and Martijn played, and this time Xin was substituted for Derek. DTS was playing with the regular 3; Pepijn, Stefan and Desney.
Trung started off against Pepijn, and played very well in the first 2 games. He won those comfortably, but then Pepijn started to get more grip in the match, resulting in another comeback and a loss in the fifth set this season. Derek started awful on his new shoes against Stefan, and only made 4 points in the first two games. Then he started playing more defensively and made the reverse comback again. On 9-10 he survived one match point and won a bit fortunate with 12-10 in the fifth. Martijn struggled against Desney, who is simply to fast and couldn't win any game. The doubles was for Trung and Derek in a very close game against Desney and Pepijn. Thibats took a 1-0 and 2-1 lead and got one match point in the fourth set. Unfortuneatly this couldn't be finished, and as you can imagine reading from this season the fifth set resulted in a loss.
After the doubles Trung lost quite unexpectedly against a good playing Stefan with 1-3. Things started to become really tough when Pepijn had an easy victory over Martijn and Derek lost in a close match to Desney. Martijn then won his first set of the day with a fantastic ball at gamepoint, but couldn't manage to win more than one set agains Stefan. Thibats was down 7-1, which could have easily been 4-3.
It looks like things just aren't going our way. In the final matches the Thibats players did very well. Trung managed to secure a back to back win against Desney with a 3-1 victory and a well playing Derek played the best game of this season against Pepijn which also resulted in a 3-1 victory.
The overall 7-3 loss was avoidable, and since the unexpected results in the match between Kampen and Effekt, things are now looking pretty difficult in the group. Most likely the race to stay in this division will be between Thibats and Tafeltennis Zwolle. The final 4 matches will decide who remains in the highest regional division.
Standings Hoofdklasse, poule A:
Blauw Wit: 6-42
Tafeltennis Zwolle: 6-21
Last friday Thibats 1 received one of the strongest teams in the poule, Blauw Wit 1 at home. For Thibats were playing Xin, Tiago and Derek where Blauw Wit played with the regulars Jos, Raymond and Erik.
Derek started of the match against Jos, where he got close every game but couldn't secure a game. Next was Xin who blew away the so far undefeated Raymond with an amazing 3-0 victory. His opponent was left with only 14 points in the whole match. Next was Tiago who continued his good form of the past weeks against Erik. He again got back into a match after being 0-2 in games down. In the fifth set he took a whopping 9-0 lead and won the match with 11-2. Next, Xin and Derek played doubles for the first time ever, which resulted in a very close 11-9 vicotry in the 5th set against Jos/Raymond, causing an unexpected but very pleasant 3-1 lead for Thibats.
After the doubles things went a bit in the other direction. Xin had no answer to the pimples of Jos, with a 0-3 loss as a result. Erik played very well against Derek and won the first game with ease. The next three games were very close, but it was Erik who took the win with 9-11 in the 4th set. For Derek his season couldn't have started worse. Tiago was again very close to causing a major upset, by getting 2-1 up against Raymond. In the last game Raymond played very passive, and Tiago made just a few mistake to win his second match of the day. The last 3 matches were all pretty fast. Xin won convincingly with 3-0 against Erik, Tiago lost with the same numbers against Jos and although Derek won the first game against Raymond the other games were not close at all. This resulted in a 4-6 results against the champion or runner up, which can be considered as a very good result this season.
Thibats 1 - Blauw Wit 1: 4-6
Xin 2, Tiago 1, Derek 0, Xin/Derek: 1
Results Hoofdklasse, poule A:
Blauw Wit: 4-26
Tafeltennis Zwolle: 4-17
Thibats 1: 4-14
In the next round Thibats is playing DTS while the other concurrents Zwolle and Kampenion are playing the two strongest teams. Let's hope that we get to the rest of the pack after the next week.