The 2018/2019 season officially finishes, this week, although just a couple of remaining outstanding D3 matches may still be played if the teams involved can manage to fit them in, in the next couple of weeks - given they do not affect any promotion or relegation positions, which have now all been confirmed.
The League AGM will be held on Tuesday, 4th June at Adeyfield Hall, starting at 8pm. All Clubs should be represented at the AGM, and as well as the usual business of the evening, there will be a big decision for the League to make in terms of next season - i.e. what we wish to do concerning use of the TT365 (Table Tennis 365) system, used to record all the results and provide the League's website - assuming TT365 will still be running? There will be a *separate* update on this issue, very soon, with more information, but brought about by TTE's (Table Tennis England's) decision to opt for a new system in place of TT365, with the future of TT365 likely to effectively be decided at Table Tennis England's AGM in late June, where there is a motion from some Leagues for the TTE Membership Fee (currently £16 per player / £8 per Junior) to be reduced by £7 per player (£3.50 per Junior), given that TT365 have advised that if they get sufficient interest / support, they will continue to operate, but .. separately funded, at a cost of £7 per player.
Note: TTE have basically offered TT365 'free' as part of their Membership, for the last 10 years, but are proposing the development of a new system, which they claim will be ready for the new season?
Meanwhile, back to the season just completed, congratulations to Adeyfield 1st for regaining the League title, and to Flamstead 1st for finishing as runners-up, breaking the duopoly at the top of many seasons between Adeyfield & Crown & Sceptre 1st teams! Row and Northchurch 1st are the teams that will face the drop. In Division 2, Flamstead A ended up as the champions in a very hotly contested division, where the top five teams were all in contention until the last week, with Adeyfield C storming through the second half of the season, to finish as runners-up, just ahead of their own B team, Crown & Sceptre B and McAlpine. The bottom two are Northchurch A & Crown & Sceptre C. Division 3 sees Flamstead C as the champions, with the best record in the League of 20 wins and just one draw, ahead of Leverstock Green, who win promotion in just their second season.
As Geoff has reported, the Wren Cup and Wren Plate both had close finals, with Northchurch 1st edging out Flamstead 1st by just 7 points in the Wren Cup, whilst Flamstead C added the Wren Plate to their D3 title, with a 22 point win over Northchurch C.
Watch this space for more news, and hopefully see many of you at the AGM on 4th June.