Table Tennis – The Cut Throat Game

I have been reading through the Sussex County Table Tennis Association Official Handbook 1950-51, and I find the game of table tennis is more deadly than I realised!  In an article entitled “Sussex in the Inter-County Championships 1949-50 the author writes ‘I think the outlook is moderately bright, although as my friend, Keith Watts, says in his article on “Sussex For The Premier Division,” more tournament and cut-throat table tennis is necessary to obtain that extra “bite.”  I believe it was Fred Perry who used to say “Hate your opponent,” and I really think that a more realistic and dead-serious attitude to the game would help to put our players on the top.’

Reading the article mentioned above, Keith Watts discusses the difficulty of players only being able to compete in small local leagues and not being able to improve their game by playing better opposition.  He writes ‘Players know each others’ play so well that games become stereotyped and almost ladylike, lacking that cut-throat atmosphere that is essential if they are to reach the top.’  He goes on to suggest players join different leagues in order to participate in more games each week.

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About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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5 Responses to Table Tennis – The Cut Throat Game

  1. Jackie, I just found your blog thanks to a mention on GeneaBloggers today. I really liked your introduction there, about using your blog as a means to help sort through the boxes of family memorabilia you’ve inherited. Frankly, I’ve just been through the same process–having gotten quite a bit of material from my husband’s Irish immigrant family after their move to the US in Chicago–and can say that that was the same process I used. It really helped in my case.

    Best wishes as you continue your blogging project. Welcome to GeneaBloggers!

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