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British League Report – Drumchapel V Ormesby

In what was labelled as the match of the season between the two top teams in the Premier Division of the British League on Saturday 25th February 2017. Could Drumchapel Glasgow maintain their slim lead with both teams having star studded line up.

The venue was filled to capacity and the atmosphere was electric!

He Zhi Wen (Spain) was first up for Drumchapel Glasgow against Viktor Brodd (Sweden). “Juanito” got off to a great start winning the first set 11-8 and led the 2nd set 7-3 only for Viktor to stage a comeback to win the 2nd Set 11-8. This turned the match for Viktor as he won the match 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7) to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

He Bai (Slovakia) was next up for Drumchapel Glasgow against Filip Symanki (Poland)in match 2. These two had a fantastic match in December and this one was to be no different. This five set thriller went right to the wire for Hai Be to win 3-2 (11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 7-11, 12-10) to level the match score for Drumchapel Glasgow.

Liu Song (Argentina) who has been undefeated this season and has been in great form but never got started in his match against Darius Knight (England) losing 3-0 and it was advantage back to Ormesby.

Huang Yen Che (Chinese Taipei) who is over training at Drumchapel for the next few months was next up against Danny Reed (England) in what really was a must win game for Drumchapel and you could feel the tension in the air as the visiting crowd were really supporting their team. Huang won the first set 11-3, but Danny showed his international experience to win sets two and three and had 2 match points only for Huang to stage a great comeback which was the turning point in the match to win this five-set thriller 3-2 (11-3, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8).

He Zhi Wen was back in action in game five against Filip Symanski in what was to prove another thriller and after the match these two had in last season British League He Zhi Wen was looking forward to the return match. He Zhi Wen showed his true class winning this match 3-1 (10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6) and Drumchapel now lead 3-2.

Liu Song returned for match 6 against Viktor Brodd. These two players provided the crowd with another five set thriller for the crowd. Viktor raced to a 2-0 lead which stunned the home crowd only for Liu Song to claw his way back into the match and stage another comeback victory winning 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 and now Drumchapel lead 4-2 and the point was secured.

He Bai was back for match seven against Danny Reed and the Drumchapel home crowd were in full voice by this time. He Bai was in awesome form and showed his true international class winning the match 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-7) and this meant that Drumchapel had won the match, leading 5-2.

Huang Yen Che was back to the table for match 8 against Darius Knight and this was yet another five set thriller but it was Darius who held his composure to win the match for Ormesby winning 3-2 (9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9).

This win against Ormesby puts Drumchapel Glasgow firmly at the top of the table with a three point gap. Drumchapel Glasgow TTC would like to thank all the club members and su8pporters who turned out for the match yesterday.