Table Tennis Twinning, April ’18

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A party of table tennis players from Vannes visited Fareham for weekend 27th April to 1st May 2018. Here is a photo memory of the event. <Click!> on the controls on the screen below for a slide-show of the action (or just let it run)!   You can find more photos of the event here.

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Generation 2 Table Tennis Club received our french sister club, AJK, from Vannes on the evening of Friday 27th April at the ferry port.
Saturday morning was for most a traditional English breakfast followed by our annual Table Tennis competition. We start off with the Davis Cup which is a two person team event. After two and a half  hours, we reached the final between Graeme Smith / Guillaume Gain and their opponents Tom Chamberlain / Leo Jegousse. Graeme and Guillaume were the eventual winners.
Then the official team competitions  start with three teams from Generation 2 playing three teams from AJK. 2018 was our year with all three Generation 2 teams winning their matches, some very close! Team A won 9-4, Team B won 10-3 and Team C won 6-4.
Saturday evening was spent at at several host families with winners joining together for a social evening.
Sunday saw the group head off to the New Forest for a cloudy and chilly visit which finished at Milford overlooking Hurst Castle. Shopping at West Quay in Southampton completed the day before our skittles evening at the Crofton Pub in Stubbington.
On Monday, a visit in the afternoon to Fort Nelson was followed up by our final evening at Fareham snooker Club for our presentation evening. The Geoff Coppock Trophy for the person who personified the twinning spirit this year was given to Alain Cobrun (Vannes). Player of the weekend was Tom Chamberlain for good performance in the competitions. Team trophies were also awarded to the winning team Captains.  The overall “Tim Manhire” was awarded to Guillaume Gain (Generation 2’s home Frenchman) by Tim’s widow Sandra Manhire.
After breakfast on Tuesday we headed out for some retail therapy ay Gunwharf quays and lunch. Then we moved off to the ferry terminal to give a fond farewell to AJK for another year.
Report: Charlie Childs
Photos: Mike Rhodes

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