Seriously: Does Kevin Murphy really want to see the Yukon Open Table Tennis defending champion to return this year?

After all, Murphy, the local club’s vice president and coach, placed second to this Alaskan last year.

“Yeah, I want him there,” says Murphy. “Revenge is sweet.”

That’s the extent of the trash talk. While this is an event that looks for the best players in the North, it also encourages new players.

Besides the open category that sees the best play each other, there is a novice singles event for those who may not be new to the sport, but their participation in tournaments is limited.

There is also a junior event for those 18 years of age and younger.

Figuring that other table tennis tournaments this year have attracted a little more than 20 entries, Murphy says he expects 30 to 40 for this one.

It will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, at Holy Family School.

Entrants are asked to sign up as soon as possible to allow for a smoother start.

Spectators will be able to watch from the gymnasium’s stage and there may be chairs along the walls.

Information and registration is available through the tournament director, Dave Stockdale, at stockdale@yknet.ca.