The first round of matches for the 2015/16 season in the Colchester & District Table Tennis League have almost all been completed. Tollgate A of the Premier Division are the early pacesetters, comfortably beating newly-promoted Dedham A 10-0. Hopefully it won’t take long for Dedham to pick up their first points. They play Pegasus A next week who lost 6-4 at home to Rowhedge C. Rowhedge featured a couple of players who took the step-up from Division One and they did not disappoint. Neil Huatan won 2 of his games as well as the doubles, whilst Oliver Reynolds won 1 game. John Andrews picked up the other points. Defending champions Gt Horkesley A beat Tollgate B 8-2, with Jake Collins and Paul Broxton both winning all of their games.
Tollesbury A are the early leaders in Division One after beating Rowhedge D 9-1. Chris Brook (Rowhedge D) wasn’t able to win any of his matches, which is a surprise as he had an 86.67% win-rate last season. Lawford A and Pegasus B are just behind Tollesbury after winning their matches 8-2 (Tollgate C and Rowhedge E respectively). Gt Horkesley B had a good 7-3 win over Rowhedge F, with Matt Rogers winning two games after playing up from a lower division. Walton B had a narrow 6-4 win over St James C.
In Division Two, Gt Horkesley C currently lead the way after the first week. They beat Tollgate D 8-2, however six of the games went to 4 sets or further, so the score-line doesn’t quite reflect how close the games were. Rowhedge G (a team who went up two divisions) found life difficult in Division Two. They lost 7-3 to a team who got promoted from Division Three (St James D). This gives an indication to how much of a difference each division can be in terms of difficulty. Dedham B beat Lawford B 6-4, and the score-line was the same in the match between Gt Horkesley D and Pegasus D (Gt Horkesley being the victors).
Lawford C had a very comfortable 10-0 victory over Rowhedge J, albeit playing against only two players. Both Dedham C & D made a good start to the season, winning their matches by the same score-line (6-4).
In the only recorded match of Division Four, new team Tollesbury C thrashed Gt Horkesley F 10-0, only dropping 3 sets in total.