6th JANUARY 2015 MATCH REPORTS

The first match of 2015 in Division One of the Eastern Valley Table Tennis League saw the leaders Bristol Nomads take on the bottom team YMCA. For the Nomads Mike Bishop was making his first appearance of the season, which strengthened an already strong side. YMCA were without Claire Flannagan and called upon the services of her 'old man' Wayne Ford who had a baptism of fire when losing his first set 0-11 to player of the match Chris Price. Never mind Wayne it is back to Div. 2 next week. The result of 22 - 10 to the Nomads confirmed their status as favourites for the title.

The other match in Division One was between the second and third teams Cwmbran Aztecs and Cwmbran Blues which the Blues won 21 - 13. This was despite being without their number one player Mark Farrow. However, his replacement Roger Grech was a good substitute as his only defeat was a narrow 2-3 loss to Tony Collins. The player of the match was the Blue's David Lloyd who won all his games and was involved in the match of the day when winning 14-12 in the final set of a terrific contest with Tony Collins. 

The leaders of Division Two, Cwmbran Panthers had their expected win against Cwmbran Devils 23 - 11. However, there was 2 excellent wins for the Devils' Stan Williams over 2 higher ranked players. Once again the player of the match was the Panthers' Mike Blatchford with 3 straight set wins.

The second placed team in Division Two, Blaenavon Aces, had a surprisingly comfortable win over Cwmbran Eccentrics 23 - 8. The previous game between the sides had been a much closer affair so it shows the progress being made by the youngsters from Blaenavon. Player of the match was the Aces' Ben Pearce with 3 wins, just edging out his brother Mathew who also had 3 wins.

Still fighting to retain the Div. 2 title they won last year, Cwmbran Dynamos, had a maximum points win over the bottom side Blaenavon Bulldogs 27 - 1. This leaves them 26 points behind the leaders with a game in hand. Player of the match for the Dynamos was Alex Jones, but there were also maximum wins for Will Smith-Haddon and Louis Price, who continues to be an able substitute for the Alson Limbu.

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