Table tennis mourns loss

PUBLISHED: 13:14 20 January 2011

Equipment for table tennis - racket, ball, table

Equipment for table tennis - racket, ball, table

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Table tennis mourns the passing of a true great of the sport.

THE sport of table tennis is mourning the loss of a most treasured player.

Last Saturday, Phil Reeves collapsed whilst playing on a County veterans match for Devon against Herefordshire at the Kingfisher Club in Reading, Berkshire.

Sixty years of age, Reeves was the 2004/5 season winner of the Exeter table tennis League’s men’s singles’ title, the Whitton Cup and he won the Men’s Doubles Cup with Phil Kelly (Exmouth) in the same year whilst together with Penny Perry (Clyst St Mary) he took the Mixed Doubles title in 1999-00. In the 2005/6 season, he also won the Bill Spry Memorial Shield - a trophy commemorating the death of veteran player who also died while playing a match Exeter in the Seventies.

One of the top players in the League, he was, this season, enjoying another outstanding campaign with a 75 per cent success rate in Division One.

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