Tony Hitchcock and Lee Tyson had been a part of the Chillman Choppers, who received the Taranaki ping pong event.
Their prime participant wasn’t there on sport day, they usually copped criticism for an all-male staff however the Chillman Choppers had been unapologetically pleased with their victory within the inaugural Fitzroy Avenue Ping Pong Traditional.
The event befell on Saturday on the Fitzroy Surf Lifesaving Membership in New Plymouth.
It stemmed from TVNZ’s Hadyn Jones who, after being gifted a ping pong table for his fortieth, ran a neighbourhood table tennis league from his storage.
No less than till the Covid-19 lockdown shut the ping pongers down.
The event was each a resumption of the competitors and a celebration of the liberty of degree 1.
And it was well worth the wait – residents from 10 Fitzroy and Strandon streets dressed of their best table tennis uniforms and performed ping pong as they by no means had earlier than.
“Individuals cherished it – they need it to be an annual occasion,” mentioned Jones, who hosts TV One’s Honest Go and Goodsorts.
Jones described it as nice group night the place residents had been capable of meet the folks they knew and smiled at even when their title had eluded them.
Plus, $250 was raised for youngsters’s well being charity Starlit Hope and a lot of baggage had been full of items for Foodbank.
Whereas it was largely all for enjoyable, there was one (minor) harm and “a pleasant dialogue” or two shared between opponents, Jones mentioned.
The ultimate noticed the Chillman Choppers, who tried to cover their ruthless nature with non-threatening sweatbands and fluoro colors, take out the Recent Princes of Fitzroy, to say the small wood event trophy.
Tony Hitchcock, of the victorious Choppers, mentioned they had been simply on the brink of compete towards different streets just a few months in the past when lockdown dashed their desires.
After the primary couple of video games one in every of Hitchcock’s teammates, Lee Tyson, made positive it was well-known they had been unbeaten.
“It is nice, an incredible ambiance,” he mentioned magnanimously.
Sackville Slayers, which included Kim Sadler, Karen Uhlenberg, Mike Fleming, Marise Thomson and Chris Bell, could not have achieved sporting success on the tournamengt, however they had been the best armed.
In addition to their pong paddles – they got here outfitted with weapons, a few of which almost appeared scary.
Whereas the scientific Chillman Choppers could have the trophy and bragging rights for now, they might not have them for lengthy.
There’s discuss of the small piece of wooden that’s the trophy turning into the “Log o’ Wooden” and being battled for throughout dwelling video games within the close to future.