Nelson's Table Tennis Trio : probably Nelson's best ever Town Team

Left to right: circa 1950 / 1954
Eric Johnstone 
Roy Pickles 
Zdeněk Kabrna

"Kab" and Roy were the main strengths of the team.  The third member was initially Karoly Ployak, then Eric Johnstone and finally Ronnie Carradice. The intertown championships pitched Roy Pickles (centre) against Kab for the top spot.  Kab felt that if Roy moved onto a bigger stage he would have proved good enough to play for England.

Kabrna v Pickles - a great rivalry for the District Championships
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Mine biggest opponent for years was Roy Pickles, later of course Ron Carradice. I played during 10 years 51 games against Roy, winning 48 and loosing 3. Here are some of the results":

Kabrna v  Pickles: 1 - 2 (21-16, 12-21, 19-21
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-19, 21-16)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 3 - 2 (18-21, 21-15, 21 -16, 17-21, 21-12) District Singles Final
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 1 (21-10, 18-21, 21-17)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-10, 22-20)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-13, 21-14)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 3 - 0 (21-11, 21-15, 21-19) District Singles Final
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-12, 21-13)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-16, 21-17)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-19, 21-12)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-5, 21-7)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-9, 21-10)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 3 - 0 (21-11, 21-12, 21-12) District Singles Final
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-9, 21-18)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 1 - 3 (15-21, 21-11, 20-22, 17-21) District Singles Final: 1951 / 52
Kabrna v  Pickles: 3 - 1 (17-21, 21-18, 21-18, 21-14) District Singles Final: 1953 / 54
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-16, 21-18)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 1 - 2 (21-12, 19-21, 19-21)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 1 (16-21, 22-20, 21-13)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-19, 21-14)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-6, 21-4)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-10, 21-14)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-19, 21-8)
Kabrna v  Pickles: 2 - 0 (21-16, 21-10)