In the third game of a best of three match when one team reaches 5 points the players switch ends and a different player receives the serve. It is not a tactical decision, it is required by the rules.
The Laws of Table Tennis
2.13.6 — The player or pair serving first in a game shall receive first in the next game of the match and in the last possible game of a doubles match the pair due to receive next shall change their order of receiving when first one pair scores 5 points.
2.13.7 — The player or pair starting at one end in a game shall start at the other end in the next game of the match and in the last possible game of a match the players or pairs shall change ends when first one player or pair scores 5 points.
Friends gathered for good food, good conversation and with good entertainment courtesy of the Ukulele Players Club highlighted by a hula dance from our own Jackie Chen.
Mike Rusaw (GOLD medal mixed doubles, SILVER medal doubles, BRONZE medal singles)
Two years ago Stu Lesser and I, Deb Harrison and I qualified for men’s doubles and mixed doubles for the National Senior games. This year Stu and I had goals of qualifying for men’s singles as well as as the men’s double and mixed doubles. Our age group had the most ever men signed up, 20 men 75-79. With 4 groups of 5 men playing a round robin and the top 2 people coming out to play in a single elimination bracket. Stu and I both finished 1st in our respective groups. We had to win our first round in the playoffs to qualify by being in the top 4. The computer selected which 2nd place person we would play. Of the 4 second place men, I had to play a guy I have never lost to and Stu unfortunately had to play a tough player and lost in 5 games. One of the second place players left and forfeited. So luck of the draw I made the playoffs and Stu will have to qualify somewhere else. I finished 3rd and lost also to the guy that beat Stu.
Deb Harrison (GOLD medal singles, GOLD medal mixed doubles, SILVER medal doubles)
In singles my toughest match was with Mardee GOLDBERG. I won the first two, she came back like the tiger she is and won the second two and I squeaked it out in the fifth! What a competitor she is. She always gives me everything I can handle. I will also was pleasantly surprised that I did so well against Churchill. I went into the match fearing her attacking forehands and backhands. There was one serve I did that really got the best of her so fortunately I came out ahead. Mixed doubles, Mike Rusaw was as dynamic as ever. We cruised to an undefeated gold medal! Mike is always a joy to play with. He makes me look good. Mardee and Joan beat us in three. By the way, Joane is looking to be a future Villages residence. We will all welcome her. You couldn’t ask for a nicer competitor. Dianna Gray was such fun to play women’s doubles with. She also brought all the snacks that I could ever want. We had a nice waffle breakfast at least I did at the La Quinta Inn. Pretty convenient place to get to and from the games. Looking around it was great to see all of our Villages friends playing such good Table Tennis. Gordon, Deb, Marilyn, Stu, Mike, Scott, Jon, Bill, Cornell, Dean, Pat, Wendy. It was also a treat to see Gerry, Pat,Kathy, Mickey and Peggy.
Mardee Goldberg (GOLD medal doubles, BRONZE medal singles, BRONZE medal mixed doubles)
I had fun! But what a knucklehead! I had Churchill from Ocala 2-0 in games & 10-6! Yes I let her get back in and she won. Now that is a knucklehead!
Stu Lesser (GOLD medal mixed doubles, SILVER medal doubles, 5th-7th place singles)
We had the biggest and toughest group in the Games (20 players). I was in a round robin group of 5. One player I had never played and 2 other players had beaten me before (one had a rating of approx 1850). I was nervous but somehow I overcame my nervousness and was undefeated, and won my group. I advanced to the single elimination round and met a player that I had beaten in The Villages Games in April. I had confidence but I couldn't pull it off, losing 11-8 in the 5th game. In the Doubles and Mixed Doubles I had two great partners (Mike Rusaw and Joan Ruggerio) and they helped me win my Gold and Silver medals. Thanks Guys.
Congratulations to all the table tennis players from the Villages who played in the Florida Senior Games in Clearwater Dec 3–4. They brought home an astounding 43 medals.
50—54 Yulia Wilson — GOLD
60—64 Deb Curtis — BRONZE
70—74 Deb Harrison — GOLD
Mardee Goldberg — BRONZE
75–79 Sherri Bernhoft — BRONZE
Kate Aiello — 4th Place
85—90 Jackie Miller — GOLD
60—64 Gordon Weinblatt — 4th Place
65—69 Bill Mogensen — SILVER
75—79 Mike Rusaw — BRONZE
50—54 Yulia Wilson/Patrica Benitez* — GOLD
Suzanne Noe/Tara Profitt* — BRONZE
60—64 Deb Curtis/Wendy Tyree — SILVER
65—69 Mardee Goldberg/Jane Ruggierio* — GOLD
Dianna Gray/Deb Harrison — SILVER
75—79 Sherri Bernhoft/Kate Aiello — GOLD
80—84 Pat Deacon/Jackie Miller — BRONZE
60—64 Gordon Weinblatt/Cornel West — SILVER
Jim Curran/Ron Deaman — BRONZE
65—69 Bill Mogensen/Alan Millett* — SILVER
Scott Sauerman/Kerry Knight* — 4th Place
75—79 Stu Lesser/Mike Rusaw — SILVER
80—84 Dean Chickering/John Schultz* — GOLD
50—54 Yulia Wilson/John Borjeson — BRONZE
60—64 Deb Curtis/Gordon Weinblatt — SILVER
Wendy Tyree/Scott Sauerman — BRONZE
Dianne Gay/Jim Curran — BRONZE
65—69 Joan Ruggerio/Stu Lesser — GOLD
Marilyn Cates/Cornel West — SILVER
Marde Goldberg/Bill Mogensen — BRONZE
Dianna Gray/Alan Millett* — 4th Place
70—74 Deb Harrison/Mike Rusaw — GOLD
80—84 Pat Deacon/Dean Chickering — SILVER
* Non Villager playing doubles with a resident
Laurel Manor is loaning out 2 tables to the high school Wednesday Dec 12 through Monday 17. The remaining 6 tables will still be available for play.
The Thanksgiving Mixed Doubles Tournament was a great success. Special thanks to Doug Cates for helping out during the event allowing vice president and tournament and chairman Deb Curtis to compete and win the tournament. Congratulations to our winners:
First place Deb Curtis-Gordon Weinblatt 28 games won
Second place a tie Marilyn Cates-Cornel West and Deb Harrison-Mike Rusaw 25 games won
We held another successful luncheon on November 12, at Cracker Barrel. There will be no ladies luncheon in December due to the Winter Pot Luck Luncheon. remember to sign up below. Details for the January 2019 ladies luncheon will be posted when they become available.
Lynn Irish, is going back to Canada for the holidays and is offering her home in the Villages for rent from December 20 through January 10. You can send her an email at email@example.com or call her at 352-205-7286.
There is no table tennis at 12:00 noon on Sunday, November 18, at the Laurel Manor recreation center. They will have open play time at 9:00 am as usual.
Very sadly I need to report that Richard Lehtonen, a long time member of the Villages Table Tennis Club, passed away November 8.