LEAGUE POSITIONS WITH A MONTH TO GO
The Table Tennis Season in Aylesbury has just a month to run and top and bottom positions are almost cut and dried. Sports A top the Premier Division with 123 points with Haddenham A second on 102 with a game in hand. There is a big gulf to the next team, Ridgeway A on 85 points. Thame A are destined for relegation having gained only 12 points all season. Bierton B on 37 points are staving off relegation in contention with Sports C and Tring A (both 42 from 13). Top regular player is Robert Hansell (Sports A) on 95%.
Sports D are in second place on 78 points in Division One, having led for most of the season. Bishopstone A recorded an 8-2 win at Sports and now top the Division on 88 points. Sports have it all to do and have Ridgeway B (77), Sports E (72) and Ridgeway B (71) all in with a chance of promotion. Bishopstone B and Brill A (36 and 41 pts) are in the relegation zone. Top regular player is Mike Atkinson (Sports D) on 92%.
The Sports and Bishopstone clubs lead the way in Division Two, Sports G top on 110 points with the Sports H Team second on 104. Bishopstone D are third on 92 points with top player, David Shapter (92%) recording a maximum in their recent 9-1 defeat of Bishopstone E, currently bottom. Sports I occupy the other relegation spot.
Quainton A won 10-0 at Quarrendon A last week to remain top of Division Three on 141 points, fielding past Championship winner, Steve Boyd, in the win. Longwick A are second on 124 points with Patrick Walton their best player in their 10-0 defeat of Quarrendon C youngsters. Dave Stevens (Risborough A) tops the averages on 100%.
SPORTS JUMP AHEAD
Recent results in the Aylesbury Table Tennis League, Premier Division have given the edge to Aylesbury Sports A in their annual battle with Haddenham A for the Title.
In January David Croucher, Robert Hansell and Steve Munson entertained Elson Costa, Andy Misseldine and Darren Palmer in a crunch Title Match. Whilst Elson had a magnificent match moving up in the rankings with a 5 set defeat of Robert Hansell and a close 3 set win against Steve, his teammates were unable to follow suit. Andy had a win against David but lost out to the others while Darren couldn’t overcome David in a blistering encounter. With Sports taking the doubles this was undoubtedly a Title winning performance for Sports with a 6-4 win.
The same players for Sports then built on this with a 10-0 demolition of Bierton A including Neil Massa, Alan Cherry and Craig Brown. Unfortunately Haddenham could only find two players for their match with Bellingdon which they drew with Dave Ralls unbeaten. Andy Misseldine had two wins losing only to Lee Rogerson. Most recently the Sports A team won 7-3 against their B Team where Chris Hawkes, Ben Rolfe and Biao Wang all recorded wins against Nick Hansell.
As a result Sports A top the Division on 113 points from 13 matches with Haddenham A second on 93 points from 12 games. Sports B are a creditable third on 83 points from 14 games.
Junior and Cadet Championships played on 23 January at Quarrendon - see Junior events for full report.
Saarthak Kesarwani and James George take Titles.
HALF TIME POSITIONS in the League Programme
The Season is now at the halfway stage and the Aylesbury Sports Club is looking good for honours in the top three Divisions. In the Premier Division, Champions, Sports A are 23 points ahead of fierce rivals, Haddenham A who have two games in hand. Both teams dropped a point last week. Haddenham beat Sports C 9-1 with Iain Willcocks winning against Jon Abungan and Sports A beat Bierton B 9-1 with James McCafferty taking a win against Chris Haines. Sports B are presently 3rd and are enjoying a better season than in recent years.
Sports D are top of Division One with Sports E second, 2 points behind. Nothing is certain here with 6 points covering the top 4 teams. This week Keith Slipper had a well earned maximum for Sports D in their draw against Ridgeway B and Andrew Eggleton and Barry Hammond were unbeaten for Sports E in their 8-2 defeat of Bishopstone B. Mike Atkinson, Sports D, is top of the regular players on 94%.
The winning mentality stays with Sports H who top Division Two following a 9-1 hammering of second placed Bishopstone D. Mark Pierce and Ed Lock were unbeaten for Sports. Following close on the heels of Bishopstone is Sports G who beat Tring C, 8-2, with maximums for Mr 100%, Graham Silversides, and Pete Edwards, currently 72%.
Meanwhile Longwick A top Division Three, 7 points ahead of Quainton A who have a game in hand. Brill B and Haddenham E in third and fourth complete a strong top four who will continue to compete for top honours in this Division. Top player in this Division is Risborough’s Dave Stevens who took a strong maximum against Quainton A this week.
Sports A still dominate
With 6 weeks completed in the Aylesbury and District Table Tennis League, last year’s champions, Aylesbury Sports A have a commanding 11 point lead with Ridgeway A currently in second place. Lurking in 4th place is Haddenham A who have two matches in hand and could be 1 point behind Sports if they won each game 10-0. But this year both the top teams are dropping points thus giving chances for others to upset the end of season result.
Last week, Haddenham A beat Sports B 7-3 with Ben Rolfe beating both Jon Abungan and Darren Palmer and David Wackrill winning well against Jon. The Sports B team have taken games off Sports A also where Tim Cheek and Chris Hawkes had one success each in a 8-2 loss. Bierton A are currently third following a strong 7-3 win against Bellingdon. Alan Cherry, Craig Brown and Mike Wilkins all won twice for Bierton with Keith Newell winning twice and Jim Welch once for Bellingdon.
The teams fighting to stay up had mixed results this week. Third from bottom, Sports C, had a resounding 9-1 win against Thame who are currently bottom. Second from bottom, Bierton B, took 3 points off Ridgeway A, but then only managed 3 points against Tring A who are fourth from bottom. Dwayne Brooks is the star player for Bierton, but Tring seem to prosper when represented by Toofan Khalili, James and Matt George, with Les Ferguy always fairing well.
SPORTS A RESUME CONTROL
After 4 weeks of the new season Sports A have moved into top spot in the Aylesbury and District Table Tennis Premier Division. Danny Baxter, Steve Munson and David Croucher eclipsed a two man Bellingdon team, 10-0 and, with Robert Hansell replacing Danny, they took a strong 9-1 win against Bierton A. Craig Brown took the win for Bierton against Steve Munson.
Haddenham A are in close contention in fourth place with a game in hand, having beaten bottom team, Thame A, 10-0. Meanwhile the lower placed teams have pressed the leaders more closely this week. Sports C took a good 6-4 win at Tring with Mariusz Konopacki subbing from Division Two and winning twice. Alfie Lyons was unbeaten for Tring. The match of the week was Sports B v Bierton B with 3 resolute defenders involved. See match report below. The expedite rule was brought into play in two games, both involving Tim Cheek, once against Duane Brooks and then against Mark Croucher. Even so the match finished at 23.55. With Mark unbeaten and Mike Aistrop winning once, the Bierton team achieved a draw. Ben Rolfe and Tim Cheek both won twice for Sports. Finally Ridgeway A trounced Tring A 10-0 to stay in second place equal on points with Bierton A.
Sports B 5 V 5 Bierton B
A very long tough night!
The last ball was struck in anger at 11.55, so well after midnight by the time everyone left.
With Tim Cheek on one side and both Mark Croucher and Duane Brooks on the other, then a long night was always likely. It was pointed out that if Tim had been joined by Messrs Wackrill and Ridgeway that it might have taken till dawn!
For (possibly) the first time ever, Tim played two expedites on one night (it may have happened once before in around 1984)
The evening started with Tim playing Mark. At one leg all, it was agreed to play expedite. Although Tim was well up in both legs, Mark would not be passed and won 3-1.
Chris Hawkes was feeling off colour and lost on deuce in the 5th to Duane and very close in 5 to Mike Aistrop. He also lost in 4 sets to Mark.
Ben Rolfe beat Mike and Duane, but was reeled in by Mark who took a fine maximum.
Tim had also beaten Mike, which took the score to 5-3 to Bierton B.
Tim and Duane reached 1-1 before agreeing to expedite. Tim took a 2-1 lead, but Duane came back to force a decider and took a 7-3 lead before Tim turned it round to win 11-9.
The doubles was another marathon affair with Tim/Ben finally overcoming Mark/Duane in 5 sets as we reached 11.55.
BELLINGDON ON FIRE
The new table tennis season has started with a strong Bellingdon team stating their case for honours this year. Their first two matches were against weaker opposition in Bierton B and Sports C, but 19 from 20 points is a good start dented only by Pete Tillotson from Sports with a defeat of Stuart Brown.
Leading the chase behind Bellingdon is Bierton A who dropped 3 points to Ridgeway A, Kevin Doyle taking wins off Michael Wilkins and Alan Cherry. Last season’s champions, Sports A crushed Thame, 10-0 but then had a difficult early encounter with last year’s runners up, Haddenham A. Robert Hansell was in good form for Sports in their 6-4 win. Andy Misseldine starred for Haddenham with wins against Steve Munson and Dave Croucher. Sports are in third place on 14 points.
Tring A had a magnificent start to the season with a 6-4 win against Sports B, Matt George remaining unbeaten. James George then stepped up in the fixture against Thame which they won 8-2 to move level with Sports A on 14 points. Les Ferguy took notable wins against Ben Rolfe and Chris Hawkes in the Sports match.
ARTHUR HURST TROPHY 2018
FIRST WIN FOR ED
Seventeen Aylesbury Sports Club players and one guest competed in the Annual Arthur Hurst Table Tennis handicap Trophy recently at Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Association. The guest player was Paul Brown from the Bishopstone Club and he proceeded to upset the odds by winning through from his group, then knocking out fancied players, Mark Binder from Division Two and Premier Division’s Nick Hansell who lost by just one point in a third set play off. Paul had the final in his sights when he met Ed Lock in the semi final. Ed had not dropped a set all night winning his group comfortably and easing past Phil Blind to get to the semi final.
In the other half of the draw Sue Marchant was dominant using her handicap advantage well. She won her group and beat fellow Division Three player Craig Saunders to reach the semi final. There she was to face Pete Edwards who had qualified as second to Nick Hansell in his group. Pete ousted Barry Hammond and then last year’s winner, Andy Bradley by 6 points.
The Semi Finals saw a one-sided comfortable win for Ed against Paul and an 8 point win for Sue against Pete. So the final was to be between Summer Competition Team mates, Sue and Ed, an interesting matchup where Sue had a 1 point per set advantage. It proved highly competitive with Ed roaring into a lead of 8 or 9 points, but on 15 he became indecisive against Sue’s game plan and she overhauled him to win the first set 21-19. Ed had it all to do and was understandably annoyed with himself for throwing points away. He kept a more controlled game for the second set, maintained a lead and won 21-15. When Sue’s handicap advantage was added in this gave the match to Ed 40-38. This was his first Title of any note and he was well pleased. Congratulations to both Ed and Sue for an enthralling final.
SUMMER COMPETITION 2018
Winners Sue Marchant and Ed Lock aka The Mighty Marlocks - they beat Brill's Daniel Creanga and Poh Jin aka The Smashing Guys 5 - 0 for report see Summer Competition page.
|Premier Division||Aylesbury Sports A||Haddenham A|
|Division One||Bierton B||Aylesbury Sports E|
|Division Two||Haddenham D||Brill A|
|Division Three||Brill B||Aylesbury Sports G|
TOP TWO IN BATTLE ROYALE
by Iain Willcocks
With the season coming to a close, the last couple of weeks look to have decided the title.
Both Sports A and Haddenham A both secured comfortable 10-0 victories, dispatching Sports B and Sports C respectively.
This meant the long awaited clash between the top two teams would probably decide the title.
In the first half of the season Haddenham took the spoils 6-4 and Sports A were out for revenge.
With 6 of the regular top performing stars all on show Haddenham took an early lead as Elson Costa beat Danny Baxter 3-0.
The tie then swung the other way as Sports A won the next 3 matches, all in 4 legs, with Rob Hansell and Danny beating Darren Palmer and Steve Munson defeating Andy Misseldine. 3-1 Sports A.
The in-form Elson then beat Steve and Rob beat Andy to make it 4-2 to Sports A.
The next two matches went to 5 legs. Firstly Steve squeezed past Darren in a fantastic show of attacking table tennis winning 11-9 in the fifth.
Then Andy managed to defeat Danny 11-8 in the final leg making it 5-3 Sports A
The final singles match up saw both undefeated players with Rob taking the spoils in 4 legs against Elson.
The doubles was another tight match with Sports winning meaning a victory 7-3 to Sports A...and almost surely the title.
JUST A MONTH TO GO
As we near the business end of this year’s season, the top two teams in each Division of the Aylesbury Table Tennis League are almost decided. Aylesbury Sports A lead the Premier Division by 16 points and seem certain to retain their Title. Haddenham A in second are well clear of Bellingdon in third, 18 points behind with a game in hand. Sports C and Thame A seem destined for relegation after a difficult season.
Division One is the exception to the others where Sports D and Sports E are equal top on 90 points but Bierton A , currently third on 89 points, have a game in hand. The Title is theirs for the taking but the two Sports teams have to fight off Ridgeway B to claim the runners up spot. Bierton won a tough match with Sports E this week, 8-2, to really take a strong hold on the Title. Duane Brooks, Mike Aistrop and Graham Butcher were outstanding.
Haddenham D will return to Division One as Champions of Division Two with Brill A in second. Mark Penn is the outstanding player on 97% for Haddenham but Greg Lewis, 85%, and Daniel Creanga, 90%, are the emerging players in Division Two this season for Brill. Longwick and Bishopstone E occupy the relegation places.
Whilst Dave Stevens leads the averages on 100% in Division Three for Risborough A, it is Brill B and Sports G who are the top teams for promotion. Poh Jin on 97% is their top player. The new players to the League, including juniors, in Quarrendon C will be stronger next season and looking to improve on their return of 37 points from 15 games at the bottom of the Division.
SPORTS ARE CHAMPIONS IN WAITING
Somebody once said “they think it’s all over”. Well in Aylesbury Table Tennis, it is now, following the inability of Haddenham A to field a full team against Tring A. Giving 3 valuable points plus a huge win for Tring’s young James George against Jon Abungan, has practically gifted this season’s Premier Division Title to Aylesbury Sports A. With nearly two months to go Sports A have a 16 point lead over Haddenham A and look well set to retain their Title. Both teams are well ahead of the rest of the Division. Sports A have recorded overwhelming 10-0 wins against Ridgeway A and Haddenham B, but were reined in by Quainton’s Dave Ralls and James Mccafferty to 8-2, James beating Danny Baxter and James overcoming Dave Croucher. Dave Ralls has been outstanding in recent games beating all three Ridgeway players, albeit in 5 sets against each player, in Quainton’s mid table draw. He also managed two wins against Bierton A losing out to Alan Cherry. Bottom team Thame were blitzed by Haddenham A 10-0, Jon, Darren Palmer and Elson Costa trying to make up some lost ground on the leaders.
Excellent Junior News from Tring
Two juniors, Gabriella Tonev and Aliya Power, who attend the Monday coaching sessions run by the Tring Table Tennis Club. are part of a Table Tennis team of four for their school, Greenway Primary & Nursery School, Berkhamsted.
They are entered, for their age group, in the Butterfly National School competition under the auspices of the English Schools Table Tennis Association [ESTTA].
They have won through three previous rounds, and on Saturday 3 February they won the regional round at Bristol to qualify for the National finals to be held at Hinkley Leisure Centre, Leicestershire on 10 March 2018.
Tring TTC and ADTTL wish Gabriella and Aliya the best of luck on that day - and also extend it to the other two members of the team as well.