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Highland Table Tennis League set to be reintroduced after almost 30 years out of action

By Will Clark

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The club train twice a week.
The club train twice a week.

TABLE Tennis players in the Highlands and Moray are set to take part in the first league competition in the region for over 30 years.

The Highland Table Tennis League will see teams from across the region compete in a league competition which starts next month.

A total of 10 teams will be competing in the league which is due to start on Sunday, November 12 and will be held on three days, with the final day taking place in March.

Three teams from Inverness Table Tennis Club will be competing in the competition along with Dalneigh Boys Brigade Club who who were recently crowned Scottish champions.

Teams from Dingwall, Fort William, Moray, Nairn and Tain will also be taking part in the league competition.

All matches will be taking place at Inverness Tennis and Squash Club, where games will take place in the venue's table tennis studio as well at the four squash courts.

Highland Table Tennis League match secretary Michael Dow says participation in table tennis in the Highlands has grown rapidly in the last few years.

He says that the league is another step forward to show how successful the sport has become in the Highlands and Moray.

He said: "There used to be a successful league in the 1970's and 1980's, but around 1986 the league folded.

"However, in the last few years, the success of table tennis in the area has been going like a train.

"Now the league is starting next month and it is great that we have managed to attract 10 teams from across the region to take part.

"Each of the three match days will take place on a Sunday, between November and March when the champions will be crowned.

"A lot of work has gone into promoting table tennis in the Highlands and it is great that different areas will be represented.

"We are looking forward to the competition starting next month."

Inverness Table Tennis Club have experienced success this year and have established a junior development squad, selecting players who have shown commitment and skill capable of doing well at major tournaments in Scotland and beyond.

Stephen Gertsen, who is head coach of Inverness Table Tennis Club and also works in Moray, has put a lot of work into promoting the game across the Highland and Moray.

In the Highland Table Tennis League, matches will involve players of all age group and both male and female.

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