After a season of intense competition, Tackleway C have been crowned Division Two champions in the Hastings & District Table Tennis League. Tackleway’s squad of Danny Rickaby, Andy Brown, Kevin Rowe and James Gorridge were runners-up last season and teamwork was the key to their success, with all their players averaging 60% or more and Gorridge leading the way with 76%.
Brian Beaney proved an excellent acquisition for Bexhill E and helped them to second place, three points adrift, with stablemates Bexhill D third, due in no small part to a fine season for Ryan Warner.
Saints D would have been contenders but for a couple of lapses, while Tigers B only occasionally played to their full potential. NALGO A suffered from player unavailability and tailed away after Christmas.
Logistically, Tackleway dominated the Division with four teams and it was a little surprising that the D, E & F teams all finished in the bottom half with the players at their disposal.
Monarchs, who gained a reprieve from relegation last season, again finished at the foot of the table.
Three players dominated the season individually, with Ryan Warner finishing top of the averages. Warner also found time to contribute significantly to Bexhill A’s First Division championship campaign.
Brian Beaney finished in second, just ahead of Shaun Godfrey who returned to league action in November to assist Hollington H through a player shortage.
Paul Hyland (NALGO) and Kevin McEwan (Tackleway F) both had fine seasons although not matching their first half performance in the second half.
Saints E (Claire Bridges, Derek Brown, Pete Lambert and Paul Davis) won Division 3
with a 12 point margin having won all their games.
Bexhill F claimed runner-up spot with Barry Goodson and Roger Gillett the backbone of their side. Third place went to Bexhill G, with Malcolm Glover and Ricky Knight prominent.
Bridges was the top player in Division 3, losing only twice, followed by Bryan Tichband (Tigers C), Neil Pankhurst (Saints F), Goodson and Brown.