Five in to two don’t GO
Report by Nigel Griffiths - Challock
At the half way point of the season division 3 of the ADTTA league could not be any closer. With only 3 points currently separating the Top 4 teams.
Ruckinge C and Little Chart Posties head the table with 33 points. Alan White has been the mainstay for Ruckinge having won 15 of 18 games. For the Posties Colin Price is top of the pops with 10 from his 15.
Hot on their heals, only one point behind are Ashford C, who have moved up the table from 7th to third with a great run of victories, including a recent 7-2 win at the posties. Youngster Luke Garvey is in fine form having won 13 of 15 and has not lost a game since week 1.
The interlopers (still very welcome if not local) from Cheriton Motor House are in 4th only 2 points further back. A fine recent 8-1 victory over Challock D stopped a run of 3 close defeats. Star performers for Cheriton so far have been Pawel Martyniuk with 9 from 12 and Mark Gregory with 8 from 11.
Challock D have slipped down to 5th spot in the absence of the unbeaten Darren Richardson (fancy having a holiday in the table tennis season!). The dark horses remain Challock C who are in 6thplace but have games in hand. The eagerly awaited (well by them anyway) meeting of the last two undefeated players in the division was abandoned due to the snow, so Darren and Nigel remain the two prime targets at the top of the rankings. Luke Garvey has moved up to 3rd in the individual rankings with his fine run of form.
In the danger end of the division are Rolvenden on 20 points and Ruckinge F on 12 but with a game in hand. For Rolvenden Robin Maktelow has won 14 of 18 and for Ruckinge F Joe Laty has 4 from 9.
As last week was International women’s week it would be remis not to mention Division 3’s female competitors, of which there are sadly only 2. Jenny Swain has won 3 of 9 and Helen Mattock 1 from 9. I find it incredible that we only have 6 ladies actively playing in the Ashford League, it would be lovely to see more, Table Tennis is a sport where men and women play on an equal footing as strength is not involved, so come on ladies, come along and get involved.