Hinckley young Table Tennis players continue to impress, several of them have now climbed into the England rankings following good displays in individual competitions in the midland area. Eleven year old Alana Richardson currently stands at number 28 on the Girls Under 13 Table Tennis England list and at number 66 on the Cadet Girls list. Both Edward Brown at 107 and Oliver Wynne at 142 also feature in the Under 13 Boys ranking list. All three players play for George Ward Table Tennis Club.
The Barwell George Ward Juniors competed in the first round of the Leicester Junior Development League. This is one of the largest Junior League’s in the country and is played over five Saturdays between October and March. The first three rounds see teams babble to compete in Divisions of four with the winner of each round progressing upwards to a higher Division. G Ward had great success last year and were optimistic of continuing their progress this season. G Ward entered a fourth team this year including an under 10 girl recently taking up the sport.
G Ward B having been the top Barwell side from last year were placed in Division Two A. They defeated Winstanley Wizards by 4 sets to 0, before losing to Harborough A by 3 sets to 1. In their final match then defeated Knighton Park4 Eagles 3 sets to 1 to secure second spot in the table. Edward Brown won all four of his games to finish with 100% and Alana Richardson won three of her four matches for a 75% average.
G Ward C had a good day winning their matches against Leicester Grammar School 1 by 3 sets to 1 and against Knighton Park 6 Sharks also 3 sets to 1. They had to fight harder in their match with Abbots Road but still came away with a draw to win the Division. Callum Dale won all six of his matches to finish as the top player in the Division and team-mate Jack Dennis won two of his four matches.
G Ward A was in Division 3B and had a super day winning all three of their matches in fine style. The gave no quarter in defeating Knighton Park 7 Zebras by 4 sets to nil, then beat Knighton Park 8 Panthers by 3 sets to 1 and finally Electricity1 also by 3 sets to 1. The team were on fire with young Oliver Wynne winning his four games to give him a 100% average, both Ben Bennett and Matt Wynne lost just one game each for a 75% average.
The new team G Ward D, consisting of the two new girls Lucy Dennis and Freya Wynne found life quite tough in this their introduction to competitive league play. They were in the bottom but one Division. Div. 4C and lost all their matches but showed real promise for the future.
All the youngsters are products of the G Ward Coaching Scheme on Monday evenings, supported by the Hinckley Table Tennis League. The scheme is looking for more youngsters from the age of 6-18 to join. It takes place on Mondays from 3.45pm -5.45pm each week. Newcomers get their first week free and the next three weeks for just a £1 per session. After that the cost rises to just £2 per session. Coaches and volunteers are on hand each week to encourage and assist the youngsters to try and to improve their skills. To register of get more information please contact Organiser Mike Holt on 07545476808 or firstname.lastname@example.org