Tennis News of Thu, 21 Sep 20172

Ping-pong League: Team Coach Addo soar high

The D.G. Hathiramani Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium was set agog last Saturday when the female side of Team Coach Addo clashed with Ghana Army in a sixth week fixture of the second round of the Stanbic Bank-Graphic Sports National Table Tennis League.

With Team Coach Addo winning the first round fixture between the two teams 3-2 in a nail-biting encounter, the match was expected to be tougher. Both teams were on the same points in second place going into the match with the winner potentially ending the season as the second best team in the league. League leaders Tesano Spinners are in pole position to win the league, having taken a comfortable six-point lead.

In the first match, Ghana Army paraded their second seed Eva Adom-Amankwah against Augustina Baidoo, top seed of Team Coach Addo. The euphoria was high as both players played their best. The action kept swinging with Eva using her superior looping ability to win the first game. The second game started on a good note for Eva as well, but along the line she could not maintain her fine form and eventually lost the game 1-3 to Augustina Baidoo. Supporters of Team Coach Addo thronged the sports hall in their numbers giving the best of support ever.

Celia Baah-Danso, top seed of Ghana Army, had to redeem her team and she did just that by defeating Georgina Hackman 3-0. The flow of the game was exciting as there was constant attack from both ends of the table with Celia using her superior game experience to carry the day. The tide turned in favour of Team Coach Addo once again as they won the doubles encounter and reverse singles to win the overall match 3-1 to maintain their grasp of the second position in the league.

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In the other matches of the women’s league, runaway league leaders, Tesano Spinners, beat Ghana Police Service 3-1, Western T.T. Club lost 0-3 to Ghana Immigration, Ghana Navy lost 2-3 to Ghana Army, while Team Coach Addo beat Madina Stars 3-0.

In the men’s division, Ghana Immigration beat Ghana Navy 3-1, Eastern Loopers lost 0-3 to Ghana Fire Service, Ashanti Otumfuo Stars beat Western Club 3-0, Team Baboo lost 2-3 to Ghana Revenue Authority, Madina Stars lost 1-3 to Ghana Police Service, Team Coach Addo beat Ashaiman Power Club 3-2, while undefeated league leaders, Tesano Spinners, beat Synergy Club 3-0.

In the men’s second round matches, Ghana Immigration lost 2-3 to Ghana Fire Service, Ghana Navy lost 0-3 to Kings Royal Academy, Eastern Loopers lost 1-3 to Western T.T. Club, Ghana Police Service beat Team Baboo 3-0, Ghana Army beat Synergy T.T. Club 3-0, Madina Stars beat Ashanti Otumfuo Club 3-0, while Tesano Spinners beat Team Coach Addo 3-0.

In the final round of matches for men, Ghana Immigration Service beat Kings Royal Academy 3-0, Ghana Fire Service beat Western TT Club 3-2, Ghana Navy lost 0-3 to Ghana Revenue Authority, Ashanti Otumfuo Stars beat Synergy Club 3-0, Team Baboo beat Ashaiman Stars 3-0, Ghana Army beat Team Coach Addo 3-1 while Tesano Spinners beat Madina Stars 3-0.

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