Drumchapel Glasgow Table Tennis Club have created a historic double, having won the Scottish National League last weekend, following it up with winning the British title with a 7-1 win over Halton TTC on Saturday.
The Team of He Zhi Wen (Spain) who has competed at the last 4 Olympic Games, Liu Song (Argentina) who competed in two Olympic Games, He Bai (Slovakian National Champion), Eugene Wang (Canada), bring some international experience to the team, which also has Craig Howieson, who has been representing Drumchapel Glasgow in the British League for the past 13 years. Calum Main and Christopher Wheeler who have also been representing the club for several years and will no doubt benefit from playing alongside players of such high calibre.
Drumchapel have been able to bring training partners in this season in the form of Tao Shi from China and Huang Yen Che from Taiwan and this has helped benefit club players like Sepehr Bidari, who competes in the Championship Division of the British League and who has played in 2 premier division matches this season and also Yaser Razouk who was crowned Junior National Champion in March.
Drumchapel’s title challenge has been strong all season and it was between Drumchapel and England’s leading Club – Ormesby Table Tennis Club from Middlesbrough to see where the title would go this year.
Drumchapel have been top of the division since the start of the season and showed no mercy to their opponents this season which has saw the British League trying out the home and away format. This has really benefitted Drumchapel who have seen crowds of over 150 spectators coming to watch the matches and see some great Table Tennis.
Club Chairman Terry McLernon MBE said “We are delighted to have regained both the Scottish and British titles this season and to qualify for European Competition for a sixth time. My thanks to the players but also to the volunteers at the club who put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to make sure we put on the very best experience for spectators coming to visit the club.
All of the club matches are on their You Tube Channel, which has had over 60,000 views this season.
Club Secretary, Phil McCallum said “What we have achieved this season has been truly historic. Our teams have been in tremendous form this season and this has had an impact on all players at the club. It has also helped re-establish Drumchapel Glasgow Table Tennis Club as one of the top clubs in Britain and we look forward to the challenge next season. But this would not have been possible without the support of Skyform Group, Tees Sport, Glasgow Sport who all contributed to make this possible. “
Drumchapel’s final match of the season takes place this Saturday at North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club starting at 3pm.