Newspaper Report - week 6

Nuneaton Table Tennis League

 

Division 1

 

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Ajax Wolvey C

6

5

1

0

44

16

44

2

Stockingford C

6

5

0

1

44

16

44

3

Ambleside E

6

4

1

1

41

19

41

4

Stockingford B

6

4

1

1

40

20

40

5

NALGO A

6

4

1

1

36

24

36

6

Ajax Wolvey D

6

2

2

2

26

34

26

7

Crescent A

6

1

0

5

22

38

21

8

Crescent B

6

1

0

5

15

45

15

9

Nomads

6

0

0

6

14

46

14

10

Ambleside H

6

1

0

5

18

42

13

 

Six weeks into the new season, and there have been major
changes in Division 1. Last year’s champions, Ambleside E have relinquished top
spot with 1st place being shared on 44 points between Ajax Wolvey C
and Stockingford C. The Wolvey team remains the only undefeated team in this
division, although they were held to a draw against Ambleside E, but last
year’s town champion, Paul Calloway from Wolvey, came in with a maximum 3 sets,
although Aaron Riley who had previously been undefeated dropped 2 sets in the
same match. They then went on to meet Stockingford C in another top of the
table clash and came out 7-3 winners – Mark Perkins of Stockingford did his
utmost to win all his 3 sets, but was narrowly beaten in the 5th
game of his set against Aaron Riley. After their draw, Ambleside E went on to
lose their first match of the season against NALGO A  6-4, with NALGO coming back from 4-2 down to
win the match 6-4. Stockingford B are in 4th spot only 1 point
behind Ambleside E, and had three good wins over the past 3 weeks, with Paul
Lucas continuing his fine form this year, and remaining unbeaten so far. NALGO
A continue to do well, and remain in contention with their only defeat so far
to the in form Wolvey C team.

 

There is then a gap developing between the top 5 and the
bottom 5 with Ajax Wolvey D leading this bottom pack of teams, but 10 points
adrift of NALGO above them. They have played 3 of the teams in this bottom
pack, beating the bottom two teams, Nomads and Ambleside H, but losing out to
Crescent B who are well below them in the league. Crescent’s sister team the
‘A’ team are just above them, but have had team problems in the past 3 weeks,
and could be so much higher had they fielded a full team every week. Nomads and
Ambleside H fought out a bottom of the table clash with Ambleside registering
their first win of the season, by beating them 6-4, with Lee Bennett winning
his 3 sets to help Ambleside to their first win, and leaving Nomads still
looking for theirs.

 

 

Division 2

 

Team

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

NALGO B

6

6

0

0

59

1

59

2

Ajax Wolvey B

6

5

0

1

45

15

45

3

Stockingford A

6

5

1

0

43

17

43

4

Ambleside F

6

4

0

2

41

19

41

5

Ambleside A

6

3

1

2

27

33

27

6

Ajax Wolvey F

6

2

1

3

26

34

26

7

Ambleside B

6

1

2

3

19

41

19

8

Ambleside C

6

0

1

5

16

44

16

9

Ajax Wolvey E

6

1

0

5

15

45

15

10

Ambleside D

6

0

0

6

9

51

9

 

In division 2, NALGO B look like they already have the
league sewn up but there is still a long way to go yet. They continued their
unbeaten run, although at last they dropped 1 set, losing the final doubles in
their 9-1 win over Ambleside A, which means that all their players have
maintained their 100% success rate, but they have yet to play the 3 chasing
teams, so I am sure that this will change in the coming few weeks. NALGO are 14
points ahead of 2nd place Ajax Wolvey B, who benefitted from their
match against Ambleside F, who could only field 1 player on the night, and went
down 9-1 as a result. They then played Stockingford A who are in 3rd
spot only 2 points behind, and Stockingford ran out 7-3 winners. Stockingford
continued their winning ways the following week by beating the team 2 points
below them, Ambleside F, in a close match winning 6-4, and in both matches Mark
Randle made a maximum. So Stockingford remain the only other team, apart from
the leaders with an unbeaten record, but came close to losing this in their 5-5
draw against Ambleside A, once again winning the final doubles to draw the
match, and also maintaining unbeaten in the doubles so far. Ambleside F are in
4th spot but have had a difficult period losing 2 out of their 3
matches with a difficult match against the leaders to come in the next couple
of weeks, but can make strides to improve their position providing they continue
to play a full team each week.

 

After the top 4 there is a significant gap to the remaining
6 teams, with Ambleside A and Ajax Wolvey F vying for 5th and 6th
spot, with Wolvey being just behind by 1 point. They are ably supported by
Steve Hobley who is unbeaten in all his games this year. Following behind
Wolvey are 2 Ambleside teams ‘B’ and ‘C’, The B side registered their first win
of the season against their sister team the ‘D’ team, who unfortunately are in
bottom spot, with Richard Costall of the ‘B’ team getting a maximum into the
bargain. The ‘C’ side are still looking for their first win of the season but
came close when playing matches against both Ajax Wolvey F and Ajax Wolvey E,
but lost both matches 6-4. In the latter match v Wolvey E, Wolvey notched their
first win of the year, but it was also pleasing to see two new young players
from Ambleside, James Moore and Jamie Jowett winning their first ever sets in
the league, which, I am sure, they enjoyed immensely. Ambleside D are still
looking for their first win of the season, and have had some close matches over
the last few weeks, but may have some players returning who have not yet played
this season, who may be able to help in this direction.

 

Junior Town Championships

 

These will be taking place at Etone Sports Centre on
Saturday February 1st. Eligibility for certain events in the older
age groups requires league membership. However, for the Under 12 singles, Under
15 singles, and Under 15 doubles  there
in no eligibility so if anyone in these age groups feel they would like to
enter, then please do. Or, if there are any teachers, or youth group leaders
who feel they may like to enter certain individuals or teams then please do not
hesitate to contact our Tournament Secretary, Kevin Edwards via mobile No 07411
473650, or via e-mail – edwardskevine@aol.com  To enter for the relevant age group, age is
set at 1 January 2014.


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