GREAT FACILITY: Ipswich table tennis regulars (from left) David McCosh, Gerard Marsh and Shane Shipperley welcome newcomers to their club.
GREAT FACILITY: Ipswich table tennis regulars (from left) David McCosh, Gerard Marsh and Shane Shipperley welcome newcomers to their club. Kate Czerny

Ipswich Spinners looking to recruit more players

IT'S been around for nearly 70 years, but the Ipswich Table Tennis Association is one of the city's best kept sporting secrets.

It is something the current ITTA plans to change, by hosting an open day on November 1.

The club currently has about 35 players competing two nights a week. Monday night is A grade and Wednesday is B grade and social play.

"We'd like to go to a consistent C grade to build that depth," club president Gerrard Marsh said. "And be better known about the place."

The open day also coincides with the club developing a new logo - the Ipswich Spinners.

It is both a reference to the spin a player can put on the ball and the fact Ipswich was once a home to five wool mills.

The club dates back to those times and is 60-70 years old.

It has moved homes over the years, from the old McMahon's soft drink factory in West Ipswich to the showgrounds to Riverview, where the Riverview Community Centre provides a perfect venue.

"This facility is great," club treasurer Shane Shipperley said.

It has a high ceiling, good lighting and a timber floor, which makes a big difference compared to unforgiving concrete floors.

People of all ages and skill levels are welcome and able to try their hand at the sport next Saturday.

If you are big enough to get your arm above the table you can play. No-one is too old.

At 84, Joe Lewis and his young counterpart, 83-year-old Noel Davis are still competitive.

Davis seems to be on an upward curve after his double knee replacement five years ago.

The club also has the services of Queensland's number one player Bruno Levis as club coach.

So there is no concern for anyone who would like to play but does not think they'll be good enough.

They will improve with practice and Levis is there to help.

"People can come and have a hit and play socially until they get ready for the next level," Marsh said.

For more information, call David McCosh on 3282 4708, visit the Ipswich Table Tennis Facebook page or go to the website ipswichtabletennis.com.au.

OPEN DAY

  • Where: Riverview Community Centre, 138 Old Ipswich Road, Riverview.
  • When: Saturday, November 1, 12.15-3pm.


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