22nd February 2013
Leamington League players figured prominently in the Warwickshire Schools’ Championships, recently staged over two weeks in Rugby. The Under 19 Boys’ competition saw the two favourites, Jesse Kendrick-Hill and Matt Outhwaite, both Lawrence Sheriff, contest a thrilling Final which Kendrick-Hill edged 15-13 in the 5th. Timmy Cooper, Myton, won the Under 16s, as previously reported. The Under 13 semi-finalists were Adam Cofler and Adam Pulman, both North Leamington, James Morrow, Alcester Grammar and Jack Green, Bablake. Morrow claimed the title in a competitive final with Cofler. The Under 11 event was comprised entirely from boys from Coventry Schools, the winner being Nathan Allen (Pearl Hyde).
Disappointingly, there were single entries in the Under 19 and 16 girls with Holly Thompson (Stratford Grammar) and Olivia Fletcher (Myton) going forward unchallenged to the Nationals. However, the younger age groups had very healthy entries. Eve Briscoe (Kineton), Milly Bradshaw (Bilton), Emma Kilpatrick (Rugby High) and Katie Singleton (North Leamington) contested the semi-finals with the encounter between Singleton and Kilpatrick being especially eye-catching. Kilpatrick won the Final against County team-mate Bradshaw.
The Under 11 event attracted 7 entries and was played in a round robin. Three girls won 5 out of 6 so that the title was decided on countback. Amy Dixon (Pearl Hyde) was first, Sophie Rinnhofer (Widney Junior) second and Millie Green (Priorsfield) 3rd.
Nilton Green of WCC B was in sparkling form against Rugby B, winning his three to steer his side to a 7-3 success. Simon Griew weighed in with two and Martin Hunter 1 with Green and Griew taking the doubles. Ryan Lines won two but fell to Green in a tight 5 setter. Colebridge A had Kate Hughes to thank for their narrow 6-4 win over WCCA as she romped to a treble. Amit Ubhi (2) and Sarra Wang (1) notched the other Birmingham points with Pat McCabe’s double, Clive Irwin’s single and an Irwin/McCabe doubles making for a close result.
Other result: St Georges B 7 (Mark Jackson 3, Matthew Man 3 +D) Potters Green 3 (3 games conceded).
Both of the top teams in Division 2 recorded 9-1 victories to keep the chasing sides at bay. Enigmas trounced Whitnash A with trebles from Gary Jackson and Dong Wei plus a double from Steve Proctor who also partnered Wei to the doubles. Free Church B clobbered their C team with Hugh Matthews and Luke Spencer undefeated and Michael Ho claiming two. Solomon Hayes had a good win to take C’s only point. Free Church D fall further behind the leaders after a 6-4 win over St Georges E. Timmy Cooper registered yet another treble and Scott Delday and Roald Myers chipped in with a win apiece, Cooper and Myers the doubles. Rugby C are the other close challengers and they overcame Eathorpe A 8-2 with a treble from Anshul Satsangi and doubles from Niall Herbert and Paul Lilley. Andy Baruch and Pete Titmas replied for the villagers. Paul Calloway and Richard Jardim both took hat-tricks to help Phoenix overcome St Georges E 7-3 but Tony Thomas’s treble could not prevent Nomads A going down 4-6 to St Georges D for whom Brian Aston, Kevin Finn and Jimmy Pittaway all enjoyed two wins.
Free Church E, who are second in Division 3, dropped 3 points against their F side who are adrift at the bottom. Kim Wong posted a triple, Chris Blowey(2) and John Taylor (1) but F ‘s Pete Rourke (2) and Lleryn Brocklehurst (1) were determined to make life hard. There was another Free Church derby as G entertained H. Sam Weaving (2), Sam Wiggins (2), Julie Richardson (1) and a doubles win from the Sams edged G home with Kit Turner claiming a tremendous hat-trick for H and 13 year old Andrew McIlvaney recording an impressive single.
Other result: Flavels 8 (Mick Bennett (2) Trevor Bradley (2) +d +3 conceded) Nomads B 2 (Darren Hadley (1) Steve Poole (1) )
Free Church J cemented their place at the top of Division 4, overcoming the much improved Rugby E 7-3. Adam Cofler was unbeaten and took the doubles with Tom Harris who posted two wins, as did Roger Palmer. Emma Kilpatrick claimed Rugby’s points.
Free Church I remain in second position, beating FC K 8-2. Josh Wyatt-Smith was their mainstay taking his three. Joe Hunt and Ben Haigh won twice and paired successfully for the doubles with 12 year old Jack Green having two excellent wins. A new team, Enigmas B, are going to contest the last third of Division 4 matches as a way of acclimatising to League play. Their first match was against the experienced Ashorne A and they could muster only two players but Phillip Donner can be proud of his debut win. Steve Bolton and Chris Bowles won twice for Ashorne, Roger Kelley once, Bowles and Kelley took the doubles and Ashorne received 3 for a 9-1 victory.
Topspinners are proving to be worthy challengers for the Division A crown and defeated Eathorpe C 5-0, Richard Lancucki and Bradley Matthews amassing the points. Lancucki (2)was joined by Russell Smith (1) to edge a strong FISCC team 3-2 With Brian Marston claiming a win and partnering Mark Kingham to the doubles. Free Church L whitewashed Eathorpe D 5-0, Keith Knott and Tony Williams unbeaten.
Eathorpe E walloped Ashorne B 4-1 in Division B with James Keay taking two and the doubles with Callum Pickering and William Apted adding one. Steve Handsley held one for the losing side. Free Church P beat FC R by the same score with Lewis Singleton winning twice and taking the doubles with Daniel Shaw who won once. Sam Bradley scored for R.
St Georges F are clear leaders of Division C after taking all 5 points against Free Church T through Kevin Rose and Alex Wright.