NTTA season off to a flying start

17 Apr 2019 16:00pm
REHOBOTH, 17 APR (NAMPA) – The Namibian Table Tennis Association (NTTA) season recently kicked off with a singles-only tournament that saw high quality table tennis bringing many new champions to the fore, especially in the junior sections.
In a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday, NTTA said since many top junior men’s players (under-18) from the 2018 season were not eligible to play as juniors anymore, the openings created by their absence were seized by the many promising juniors.
The statement said Maximillian Bock of Deutsche Höhere Privatschule delivered a strong message to the rest of the players in the mixed category with a dominant performance that saw him winning gold without dropping a single set for the day. Second place also presented a surprise, with Ethan Cloete of the Dr Lemmer High School picking up the silver medal and Andre Utz and Alicia Eibes sharing bronze.
Although Reese Saunderson of Windhoek Gymnasium won gold in the Junior Ladies’ Division, second-placed Eibes of Holy Cross Convent made sure that the defending champion took note of her presence on the table.
The statement said that with the necessary guidance, Eibes will soon develop into one of the top ladies’ players in Namibian table tennis. Vanessa-Mae Mouton (Dr Lemmer) was the bronze medallist.
Saunderson went on to win the Senior Ladies’ section as well with Anna Feris van Rooyen (Wanderers) securing silver and Eibes winning bronze.
The Senior Men’s division saw some very even matches. Heiko Fleidl who had a quiet 2018, was the eventual winner but he had a tough route to the finals.
Fleidl survived a strong challenge from Wayne Green in the quarter-finals, followed by a semi-final match against Rudi Saunderson.
The match against Saunderson went to the maximum sets and after surviving 2 match points against him, Fleidl managed to hold on to win 3-2.
In the final-match played at high pace, Fleidl faced a determined Delton Dreyer who surprised Fabian Tait in the semi-final to reach his first ever senior tournament final.
After losing the first set to Dreyer, Fleidl went on to clinch the title 3-1 from Dreyer who won silver while Saunderson and Tait won bronze.