The 2nd season of RFL started last night. It was a busy night at Sportlink (multi-purpose venue- 2 Hanover Rd/Vermont South) with players meeting team mates for the first time and while other sports operate at the venue which added to the atmosphere.
This new concept has gained the interest of many players with some coming back to the sport after many years of not playing - two haven't played for over 20 years.
The Winter/Spring season has 60 participants (27 last season) spread over 4 different grades ranging from beginners up to Australian Team member David Powell. The player age group ranges from 7 to some in their 50's. There are also 10 females playing. Table Tennis caters for all ages and standards.
The top grade kicks off next week and will feature some great matches for the onlookers with a select group that form 4 teams (12 players), playing against each other 5 times during the season. It will be the first time, the teacher, Mark Smythe, will play student of 13 years, David Powell, in competition. Other players that will be exciting to watch are,
- Chamara Fernando (2013 Vic. Open O40 Singles Champion and 1st reserve for Aust. Team, 2006 C'wealth Games)
- Craig Carter (represented Vic. many times in last 10 years through U21, U18, U16 and U14 Teams)
- Michael Onisiforou (2013 represented Vic. in U21 Men's "B" Team at last week's Aust. C'ships)
- Joshua Cheung (2010 Australian Ranked no. 8 U18 Boy)
- Mahi Joshi (2013 Australian U15 girls Top 10 Champion & Vic. Ranked no. 1 U13 girl)