Medway Junior Development League
9 teams and 20 players will be competing in the New Medway Junior Development League in a two player format starting on 14th March until 23rd May at the Howard TTC every Thursday from 7pm until 9pm. Results and averages will appear on the website and reports will be added here.
All four matches this week were won 5-0 which was as expected
Glosrose beat TT Lightning with maximums from Jack Jordan and Lennon MacLorg with each having a 11-0 leg win during the evening against different opponents.
Smashed It beat CRS with wins from Liam Coake and Jude Clarke leaving them two points clear in second place.
TT Tornados beat GA Vikings although they had a couple of close games before wins from Charlie Bell and Jacob Gilbert.
the French Leprechauns defeated Leg-Ends with potentially the closest of the matches. But Katie O’Dwyer and Stephanie Fausse really played well to make sure they gained maximum points.
Glosrose continued their march to the title with yet another 5-0 victory over a decent team of the Leg-Ends. Kai Calvert did win a leg against Jack Jordan but that was the best they did wth Lennon MacLorg also undefeated.
Neighbour won a close match 3-2 against TT Lightning with Lily Clarke and Scarlett Lennon both beating Jack Hitchcock but losing to the promising Joseph Middleton back from having his appendix removed. The girls proved a great combination in the doubles to just collect the win.
The French Leprechauns are still in with a shout for second position with a 4-1 success over TT Tornados with Katie O’Dwyer in great form. Stephanie Fausse beat Charlie Bell but lost to Jacob Gilbert and joined Katie to win a very easy doubles.
Smahed It also kept up their bid for second place with a convincing 5-0 result over GA Vikings. Liam Coake and Jude Clarke were untroubled against their inexperienced opponents.
Before the Easter break round 4 of the MJL was completed with three really close and exciting matches.
Glosrose predictably are still dominating the league with another impressive 5-0 whitewash this time over TT Tornados. Jack Jordan and Lennon Maclorg did not lose a leg against Jacob Gilbert and Charlie Bell.
Smashed It just beat the French Leprechauns 3-2 and put themselves into pole position to finish second this season. Liam Coake and Jude Clarke both got the better of the improving Stephanie Fausse, but were no match for star player Katie O’Dwyer. Jude following a ‘meltdown’ after his defeat to Katie composed himself to win the important doubles with Liam.
Leg-Ends had a great victory over Neighbour 3-2 with every game really close. The talented Kai Culvert won both his games supported ably by Ben Allen and they both got the better of birthday girl Lily Clarke. Scarlett Lennon however beat Ben and joined forces with Lily to get a second point from the doubles.
The bottom two teams CRS and GA Vikings fought out a titanic battle with another 3-2 scoreline. Both Connor Flack and Samuel Garwood beat Vikings Harry Macklin but could not prevent Daniel Simmonds securing their first points in the division. The doubles was really close with Vikings getting 2-1 up in legs before eventually going down to the CRS pairing.
A third of the season has zoomed by and is proving to be a great success. After this weeks matches there will be a two week break during the school holidays as many if the youngsters are away.
Glosrose continue to predictably dominate the division and defeated one of the next strongest teams ‘Smashed It’ 5-0 although they did lose three legs this week. Liam Coake took a leg from Jack Jordan and Jude Clarke did the same against Lennon MacLorg. Also the doubles was a close affair with Jack and Lennon evenually winning 16-14, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7. They have a six point lead over the French Leprechauns although they have a match in hand with the two teams meeting on the last week of the season.
The French Leprechauns won 4-1 against CRS which could have been better but Katie O’Dwyer lost to Ronan Mallaghan from a 2-1 winning position. This was a magnificent result for Ronan against one of the best players in the division. Steph Fausse was unbeaten for the girls although dropping a leg in each game.
The second girls team Scarlett Lennon and Lily Clarke bounced back from their loss last week to beat TT Tornados 4-1. Lily easily won both her games but Scarlett had two deciding leg matches just getting the better of Charlie Bell but not so against Jacob Gilbert. All these players learnt table tennis at the Pilgrim Primary School proving that the earlier youngsters at taught table tennis the greater chance of them becoming good players.
Leg-Ends had an easier than anticipated victory over TT Lightning as top player Joseph Middleton was rushed into hospital the day before to have his appendix taken out so was unable to take part. This left Jack Hitchcock to play his singles games against Kai Culvert and Ben Allen. Unfortunately he lost to both in three legs to makethe result a resounding 5-0 to the Leg-Ends.
After 8 matches played amazingly they have all had different Player of the Match Awards.
Glosrose are clear at the top with maximum points whitewashing CRS repeating their feat from last week. Jack Jordan and Lennon MacLorg are still to drop a single leg, but this may change this week when they play the formidable Smashed It team who are currently only one point behind in second position.
They beat Neighbour 5-0 with Jude Clarke and Liam Coake unbeaten. Jude had the satisfaction and bragging rights over younger sister Lily in three highly contested legs. Lily was unfortunate against Liam losing in the deciding leg.
The French Leprechauns will be another strong team as the league progresses and started their campaign with maximum points against the inexperienced GA Vikings team, with Katie O’Dwyer impressing ably supported by Stephanie Fausse. Mitchell Donner for Vikings was unlucky against Steph being two legs up before she turned the game around.
The most closely fought match was Tornados 3-2 win over Lightning. Charlie Bell and Jacob Gilbert both just beat Jack Hitchcock but were unable to overcome the talented Joseph Middleton. Charlie and Jacob soon found themselves two legs down in the deciding doubles but somehow fought back to win the encounter.
There was some great games in the first week of the season in 4 competitive matches. The adult league players helping were very impressed by the standard of play, the yougsters enthusiasm and their joy for the sport.
Glosrose showed why they are favoutites for the title by beating GA (Greenacre) Vikiings 5-0 without dropping a leg in the process. League players Lennon MacLorg and Jack Jordan will be very difficult to beat this year. The Geenacre players have only been playing a short length of time and with Andy Eley’s coaching will improve with practice.
Neighbour consists of Lily Clarke and Scarlett Lennon (who live next door to each other!) also managed a 5-0 victory over CRS (initials of players in this team). Samuel Garwood was unfortunate losing in five legs to Lily andin four to Scarlett. The girls are part of the Thomas Aveling under 13 team hoping to clinch the National Schools title next Saturaday in Leicester.
Smashed It beat TT Lightning 4-1 with league player Liam Coake just winning both of his games. Young Joseph Middleton produced the performance of the week just losing to Liam who is three years older than him after being 2-1 up and then defeating Jude Clarke in three straight. The left handers of Liam and Jude are sure to bea strong team this year.
Leg-Ends (great name) had the closest match against TT Tornados just winning 3-2. This was always going to be a great match as the are all in the same school year. Kai Culvert was the hero for Leg-Ends winning both his singles and combining with Ben Allen to win the crucial doubles. Jacob Gilbert and Charlie Bell both defeated Ben for their two points.
The French Leprechauns (Katie O’Dwyer and Stephanie Fausse) join the action next week and will look to show why they are also tipped to be challenging for the title.