Hereford Champions!

 The fourth and final session of the West Midlands region of the National Junior League took place on 16th January 2016 at Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury. 

Our team was Elliot Volpe, Jake Price and Matt Knight. 

The results from the last session were carried forwards and so this meant that Hereford were in a strong position at the top of Division 1. 

The first match was against Colebridge A whom we had beaten 5-1 last time.  Things did not quite go to plan after we went 2-0 down with both games lost in 5.  However, the boys rallied and we finished with a 3-3 draw.  Not the result we wanted at this early stage, but nothing to panic about. 

We then played the local derby match against Malvern again, who were rightly confident after being in second place in the table.  This was the third time we had played them and Hereford proved to be too strong with a 5-1 win.

The third match was against Woodfield A and the boys really started to play well now, with a dominant performance resulting in a 6-0 win and only 2 games not won 3 straight. 

A rest for lunch and then it was Sutton who unfortunately only had 2 players.  They did manage to borrow a player, whose results would not actually count in the match score, but both her games were really good five setters.  Hereford won 5-1 and a really good win for Elliot, 3 straight against the number one. 

The final match was against Draycott A who were unbeaten so far on the day and were certainly the best team we had faced.  Yet another dominant performance however, from Hereford resulted in a 4-2 win, the same as last time.  Matt’s very last match was to prove to be his only loss on the day.  The whole match went on for so long that there was quite a crowd watching at the end. 

The day was now finished and a fantastic performance by Hereford meant that we finished top of Division 1 as Champions and in fact increased the lead over second place to 9 points.  They also remained unbeaten over all four sessions.

I would like to say very well done to Elliot, Jake and Matt, all of whom have played some excellent table tennis, been a pleasure to be with and represented Hereford with pride.  I must also thank Kyle Day for his vital contribution to the overall result, finishing with figures of 18/20.

Congratulations to Matt who picked up an award for having won the most games over the 4 sessions 37/40 and he only missed out by 1% on having the best overall average.

DIVISION 1

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PTS

HEREFORD

10

9

1

0

46

14

46

DRAYCOTT A

10

5

3

2

37

23

37

MALVERN

10

5

1

4

30

30

30

SUTTON

10

2

2

6

24

36

24

COLEBRIDGE A

10

1

4

5

22

38

22

WOODFIELD A

10

1

3

6

21

39

21



The third session of the West Midlands region of the National Junior League took place on Saturday 12th December 2015 at Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury. 

As was the case in round two, our squad was Jake Price, Matt Knight and Kyle Day. 

Two excellent earlier “qualifying” rounds meant that we were now playing in Division 1 against the other top 5 teams in the competition.  We will also play against them again in the fourth and final session in January. 

The first match was against Colebridge A and a 5-1 win was a great start.  3 of the games went to 5. 

We then played Malvern who we had beaten 6-0 in the previous session.  They had strengthened their team this time and the match score ended up 5-1 to Hereford, with only one game won 3 straight.   

The third match was against Woodfield A and the first two games were very tight 5 enders with Jake and Matt just winning both.  These wins were to prove vital as we went on to win the match 4-2 with Jake and Kyle losing one a piece. 

After lunch we played Sutton which resulted in a 5-1 win for Hereford.  Matt lost the one game to the opposition Number 1 12-10 in the fifth, which was to prove to be Matt’s only loss all day. 

The final match was against Draycott A and the boys finished off a fantastic day with a 4-2 win.

Well done to all three boys, Jake winning 6/10 Matt 9/10 and Kyle 8/10.  Player of the day would have to be Matt with his only loss being 12-10 in the fifth.  Jake was a little disappointed with his results, but we have to remember that he was playing at No.1 and so played the tougher matches.  A very good overall team performance and they all worked hard to produce these results. 

This is an excellent position for Hereford to be in at this stage, but it’s still all to play for in the last session.

DIVISION 1

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PTS

HEREFORD

5

5

0

0

23

7

23

MALVERN

5

3

1

1

17

13

17

DRAYCOTT A

5

1

3

1

15

15

15

SUTTON

5

1

2

2

13

17

13

WOODFIELD A

5

0

2

3

12

18

12

COLEBRIDGE A

5

0

2

3

10

20

10


Hereford Juniors dominant – part 2.

Hereford Juniors travelled to Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury for the November session of the National Junior League.  This was the second session.

Elliot Volpe was unable to attend due to work commitments and so Kyle Day stepped in and played, together with Jake Price and Matt Knight.

The first match was against Woodfield B and a solid start for Hereford with a 5-1 win.  The Woodfield number 1 had a good win over Matt. 

The second match was against Wood Green and the boys continued in the same vein, a 6-0 win, all games won 3 straight. 

Next up was Colebridge B, another 6-0 win, with only one game going to 4, all the rest were 3 straight. 

After a light lunch the next game was against Burton Uxbridge who were the best team faced so far.  Jake had a topsy turvy game against the number one, but winning eventually in 5 and provided yet another 6-0 whitewash. 

Last match of the day was against Malvern who were similarly placed, having not lost a game and were certainly the best team the boys had played so far in either sessions.  Matt had a cracking game against the Number 1 winning 11-9, 9-11,11-9,11-9, both players showing some great attacking play.  Jake went 2-0 down against the same player but sneaked the third 12-10 and then really got going with some very strong attacking play to win the next two comfortably.  Kyle’s first game against the number 3 was again a 5 setter with Kyle winning 11-9 in the fifth.  He kept attacking and kept focused, this was a good win.  Matt had a similar game with the same player, but went 2-0 down, struggling a bit with his style.  However he held his nerve and won the next three to give us a final win of 6-0.  A really excellent result.

GROUP R

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PTS

HEREFORD

5

5

0

0

29

1

29

MALVERN

5

4

0

1

22

8

22

BURTON UXBRIDGE

5

3

0

2

14

16

14

COLEBRIDGE B

5

2

0

3

10

20

10

WOODFIELD B

5

0

0

5

8

22

8

WOOD GREEN A

5

1

0

4

7

23

7

Another dominant performance from Hereford with only one individual game lost.  This means that they will play the last two sessions in Division 1.  Well done to Jake who has a 100% (20/20) record so far in this competition.  Special mention this time should go to Kyle who remained unbeaten all day, only one game was not won 3 straight and indeed he won two of his games 11-0, quite an achievement in his first foray. 

We should also congratulate Jake on breaking into the Cadet top 100 in the National Rankings for the first time (91) and Kyle is not too far behind at No 118. 


Hereford Juniors dominant

Hereford Juniors travelled to Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury on Saturday 10th October 2015 for the first of 4 sessions in the West Midlands region of the National Junior League. 

Our team was Elliot Volpe, Jake Price and Matt Knight.  This is the third time the boys have played in this well organised event, and due to his age this will be Elliot’s last foray. 

The writer was a bit concerned at first, as they had played in a league match the night before and so with a late night followed by an early morning, who knew what state they might be in?  Let’s just say it was a quiet journey up!

There were again 18 teams divided into 3 divisions, with the organiser trying to split the divisions equally taking into account the positions from last year and individual rankings.  As we finished third in division 1 last year, we were classed as one of the top 2 teams in each division. 

The first match was against Streetly who were playing in this event for the first time and it turned out to be a bit of a mis-match with Hereford winning 6-0, all games being won 3 straight. 

The second match was against Wood Green and the boys continued in the same vein, a 6-0 win, all games won 3 straight. 

Next up was Draycott C, who appeared slightly more experienced players than those faced before.  However, the boys continued to sweep all before them with another 6-0 win, with only one game going to 4, all the rest were 3 straight.

After a light lunch the next game was against Hamstead who were the best team faced so far, but the boys upped their game (after words from yours truly!) and provided yet another 6-0 whitewash. 

Last match of the day was against West Bridgford Reds who were similarly placed having not lost a game so far.  A bit of a wobble took place, losing the first game, but they calmed their nerves and won the next 5.  Closest match of the day was Matt against the West Bridgford No. 2 which he won 12-10, 12-10, 10-12, 12-10!

GROUP C

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PTS

HEREFORD

5

5

0

0

29

1

29

W BRIDGFORD RED

5

4

0

1

23

7

23

HAMSTEAD

5

3

0

2

19

11

19

WOOD GREEN A

5

2

0

3

11

19

11

STREETLY

5

1

0

4

6

24

6

DRAYCOTT C

5

0

0

5

2

28

2

A dominant performance from Hereford with only one individual game lost.  Special mention should go to Matt who only lost one end all day and, prior to his very last match no player had scored more than 6 points against him.

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