Table tennis: St Albans’ kings of ping

St Michael's Table Tennis Club's winners

St Michael's Table Tennis Club's winners - Credit: Archant

St Michael’s Table Tennis Club has ended the 2013/14 season with a record haul, as its players picked up eight trophies.

Not only did the St Albans’ based club take first and second places in the premier division of the St Albans, Hatfield and Welwyn (SHAW) league, the first time a club has ever achieved this, but it also made a triumphant debut in the Hemel Hempstead league, taking the second division title with a record points haul and coming runners-up in the cup competition.

The dominance continued in the Harvey Shield, the SHAW league’s handicap cup, with the club winning the competition for the first time ever.

“We had to give away some big starts [due to the handicap], so it was a good win for us. I am very proud of my boys,” said the victorious team’s player-captain, 76-year-old Stan Carter, who returned from a couple of seasons plagued by injury to steer his team to glory.

St Michael’s players’ glory continued in the end-of-season tournament with star player Tony Murrell once again mowing down opponents with his killer backhand to retain the title, making it four SHAW open singles titles for him. Mark Brent also took home silverware, winning the inaugural division one singles title.

“We are very pleased with the season, I don’t think I have ever seen so much silverware at the club’, said St Michaels’ secretary Richard Anderson, who has played at St Michael’s for 30 years, and who recently made his debut for Hertfordshire.

St Michaels TTC is open every Tuesday during the summer for general play and the league season starts again in September. Contact Richard Anderson at for more details or see