Greg Green: 'Senior' player for Tollgate A
The youth policy of the top teams of the Colchester and District Table Tennis League were once again in evidence this week. Tollgate A must have played one of the most youthful teams ever put out in the top flight with CRGS student Jason Yung making his return to Colchester at 17, Jane Li 13 and Captain Greg Green 22 the oldest in the team! Green got his team off to a flying start beating St James Essex number 5 ranked junior James Denyer -13. 4, 4 & 4. Denyer in turn got the better of Yung in five ends; 14, -6, -10, 7, & 4 as Tollgate ran out 6-4 winners to retain their unbeaten record, fifth in the table with two games in hand over leaders Gt Horkesley B. They were held to a 5-5 draw by joint third placed Pegasus A. Gary Young won his customary three, with braces from Ian Whiteside and Toby Turner for Pegasus. H20 Rowhedge A move up to second inflicting their ‘B’ teams first defeat in a 9-1 rout. David Moss got the one for his ‘B’ team coming back from two sets to one and 5-0 down to beat Alan Burgess. Steve Joslin and Michael Andrews were unbeaten. Gt Horkesley A made it four wins from five, Aimee Sparkes the player-of-the-match winning three against Walton A in a 6-4 success. Tollgate B are up four places to fifth after a comfortable 9-1 win over Walton B. John Stubbings who came in as a late replacement for the poorly Sue Welham, and Martyn Green both completed maximums as well as Neil Freeman picking up his first two wins of the season.
In contrast it was the old guard that took Walton C back to the top of Division Two, Paul Woolnough’s five set win over Steve Noble catching the eye in a 10-0 whitewash of Pegasus B as they drop three places into the relegation zone. Senior Citizens Colin Dearman and John Rice were also unbeaten. Tollesbury A are looking good with yet another youngster performing well, Patrick Gilbert undefeated, beating Ian Fielder of St James C in a 7-3 win. They remain second as they also accounted for St James C 7-3, Tom Lewis joining Ben Page and Gilbert winning one, two and three respectively. Lawford A are up two places to third as they gained the bragging rights over their ‘B’ team, also winning 7-3. Kieran Hills and Graham Mortimer both returned maximums for the ‘A’ team. Tollgate C drop to fourth following their second straight defeat, this time to H20 Rowhedge E. John Owen won three whist the wily Martin Edwards saved match points against both Holly Stubbings (15-13) and Mike Tracey (12-10) as he and Paul Tracey both won two. H20 Rowhedge F and St James B fought out a tight 5-5 draw with Chris Brook eventually beating Andy Vincent in five ends to save the match as both players went into the last game unbeaten.
St James D have gone top of Division Three, beating Pegasus C 8-2. John Hatley won three whilst in the game of the week fourth placed Gt Horkesley E beat their ‘E’ team who are fifth, 7-3. Steve Holland scored his first win ever over Ian Carter, 11-8 in the fifth end to complete his maximum. Carter then emulated this feat, winning three against Lawford C but his team still suffered a 6-4 defeat. University of Essex move up to second after winning the battle of the students 10-0 as all singles were won in straight sets. CRGS are bottom with just one win from six.
It’s as you were at the top of Division Four with Gilberd A winning 8-2 and Tom Elder wining three for second placed Tollgate D in a 6-4 win at Lawford D. Third placed Dedham B achieved a maximum 10-0 win at Lawford E whilst H20 Rowhedge I drop one place to fourth despite beating Gt Horkesley G 8-2. Mark Burrows and Terry Smyth both won three. Pegasus E won the battle against their ‘G’ team 9-1.