DUST off those rarely used table tennis bats and start practising for Loch’s table tennis marathon.

The 24-hour event is a joint project put on by the Poowong Loch Cricket Club and the Woodleigh table tennis players.

The table tennis marathon will be held in comparative comfort at the Loch Memorial Reserve clubrooms.

“We’re not swimming the English Channel or running 42 kilometres, we’re having 24 teams each play an hour of table tennis in Loch,” Garry Knox said.

The marathon starts at noon on January 25 and finishes 24 hours later at noon on Australia Day.

Those playing table tennis in the middle of the night will need plenty of endurance and encouragement.

The project has received strong in-principle support and financial backing from the South Gippsland’s ‘Local Men – Local Communities’ and ‘Shift: The Work Life Balance’.

But participants are not limited to men.

Friends, families, sporting clubs, social clubs and workmates can all buy an hour of this 24-hour marathon.

Participating groups will be well looked after during and after their one-hour stint.

Clubs and companies and all players can expect due recognition.

A wide range of activities are planned for the 24 hours, but the main focus will be on each hour of table tennis.

Any profits will go to the cricket club, the Woodleigh Hall building fund and other local charities.

More details available on Poowong Loch Cricket Club’s Facebook page.

Your one hour of marathon table tennis can be purchased from December 1.

Wonthaggi table tennis

CONGRATULATIONS to Zach Anstey for continuing success and high ratings this year with Table Tennis Victoria.

Zach was a top A Grade player (and former junior) at Wonthaggi Table Tennis before moving to Melbourne a few years ago.

Zach has represented Wonthaggi at Victorian Country Championship matches and has gone on to represent Victoria in national championships. Well done, Zach.

Club president Michael Ede, life-time Wonthaggi Table Tennis representative Mick Wright, and now Zach Anstey are keeping the standards set locally right up there!

Leongatha table tennis

AFTER a long COVID break, Leongatha Table Tennis resumed on Tuesday, November 2. Players had not lost any of their enthusiasm during the long lockdown and competition was fierce.

After round 3 in A Grade, standings are as follows in order of points, rubbers and games.

Bold and the Beautiful 6, 18, 65; Brooklyn 99 6, 18, 61; Team 4 2, 16, 56; Ren and Stimpy 2, 15, 51; Happy Endings 2, 12, 37, Happy Days 0, 10, 37; Team7 0, 10, 33.

Leading players: Case DeB 8, Dirk H 8, Michael G 6, Michael W 5 and Paul Mc 5.

Round 4 standings as of November 10: Brooklyn 99 8, 24, 82; Bold and the Beautiful 6, 23, 84; Happy Endings 4, 18, 57; Ren and Stimpy 2, 19, 68; Happy

Days 2, 17, 59; Team 4 2, 16, 56; Team7 0, 15, 49.

Leading players: Case DeB 11, Dirk H 11, Michael H 8, Michael W 7, Bryce H 6, Dom M 6, Martin S 6, Michael G 6, Neil C 6, Paul Mc 6.