The culmination of the 2014/14 Junior British League season takes place this weekend as an impressive 74 teams travel to RAF Cosford the second weekend of the season.
There is all to play for in the Junior Boys’ Premier Division with a unique format meaning every set matters. With eight teams in the league compared to just six in the others, the league shall split after the first two rounds of this weekend, changing into two divisions of four. Only Ormesby are mathematically guaranteed to be in the top four, with second placed London Academy, just one point behind Ormesby, still needing results to confirm their place.
Once the league splits, it would seem that Ormesby and London Academy shall be the two teams fighting for promotion. Ormesby were dominant in the opening weekend, dropping just five sets. However, three of those came against London as the teams couldn’t be separated, with Academy’s star Luke Savill beating Ormesby’s Tom Jarvis. There is little between the two teams, with both possessing an abundance of talent, Jarvis joined by Scottish superstar Chris Wheeler in Ormesby colours, whilst Savill is backed up by the likes of Gabriel Achampong.
The Girls’ Premier Division commences with a tussle for places throughout the league. However, the most exciting is that at the top of the division, with Burton Uxbridge and Ellenborough neck and neck at the top of the standings, with just a single set putting Burton on top. Their battle in the first weekend was an epic affair, with Ellenborough coming from behind twice to salvage a point. Their match this weekend is likely to deem the superior this season.
Northfield Boys shall look to build on their impeccable opening weekend by wrapping up the Division 1 crown. The trio of Matthew Leete, Joseph Clark and Nuradin Muktar were consistent throughout, dropping just four sets. Their nearest rivals are Greenhouse, who will be hoping the unbeaten Kleber Silva is available for selection.
Munster Girls approach the weekend top of Division 1, optimistic they can retain their one point lead over the course of the weekend. They’ll find the going tough with Bournemouth and Wales in pursuit, however with unbeaten Chloe O’Halloran in their ranks, Munster have every chance.
Division 2A starts as one of the most intriguing divisions, with just four points separating the top five teams. St Marys TTC perch at the top as it stands, with Pompey, Urban, Halifax TTC and Rotherham Scorpions in hot pursuit.
After a successful opening weekend, Dublin head into Division 2B full of confidence having yet to be beaten. They were pushed close by both Fusion and BATTS A, who sit two and four points behind them respectively, and will be hopeful of cutting their arrears over the course of the weekend.
Fusion TTC head into battle full of confidence with a three point cushion at the top of Girls’ Division 2 intact. The unbeaten Sophie Barlow was backed up with good performances from Katie Barlow and Tiana Dennison, and are strong favourites to wrap up the crown. Meanwhile, the league’s three bottom sides, Ashford Brunswick, Draycott East Midlands 3 and Ellenborough B all have ambitions to move away from the depths of the division.
An incredibly tight Division 3A starts with a solitary point separating four sides. The gap between Ulster, Rasen Racers, Kingfisher and Sussex Blades is so minuscule that the sets difference between them fluctuates by just two sets, yet staggeringly, that competitiveness is matched in Division 3B, with two points separating the top five teams, with Halton so far ahead on seven points.
Exceptional performances Mollie Patterson and Lydia John have handed their respective sides a platform to build on going into Girls’ Division 3, with Urban and Cardiff hopeful of securing the crown, Urban currently lead the division by two points.
Finally, Ormesby 2 shall look to replicate their first team comrades in the Premier and hope to secure a title of their own in the shape of Division 4A, although they’re under close scrutiny from Cardiff, who are behind them by just a set, whilst from the other side of England, JOOLA Plymouth shall look to clinch the Division 4B Crown.