Oldham & District table tennis League – article w/c 19th November
The League and its members share thoughts and prayers to the late Ken Ward’s family and friends.
The League has just had a fantastic cup week; the second round of the Handicap Cup and the first round of the Handicap Plate are complete and it brought up some incredibly close games with some unlucky losers and some very lucky winners. I can only hope the next round of the cup & plate bring close games like these.
Some games were lost by 30 points and if you look at it, a 40-point difference is 1 point per set to gain, so if a team lost by 30 points, that team needed less than 1 point a set to catch up. Close! Look online for the next round draw in both. I cannot wait to see the results of the next round in both!
Let’s get into the results this week:
In Division 1, Honeywell Lane had a derby with the A team taking the victory 8-2 with Darryl ‘Darry’ Meredith taking 3 wins including one over his father, Stuart. Talk about a derby! Simon Hardwick and Dave ‘Standard AP’ Buckley picking up two wins and the doubles going to the A team.
Birley Moss have been recovering from a slow start this season to take 9 points away from Saddleworth B, Kyan Chin and Naz Ahmed taking 3 wins and Miles Benjamin picking up 2 wins and the doubles. The match was closer than the score suggests with games going to 5 and some deuce games. Kyan picking up the Player of the Match.
Rosehill and Hollinwood A had a fantastic match, with 3 games going to 5, 2 of those going to Rosehill and 1 going to Hollinwood. If Hollinwood could get 1 more, they would have drawn in an eventual 6-4 loss with Stephen Hilton taking victories against players ranked 9 and 12 places above him in Gabriel Wilding and Matthew Shaw respectively to win the Player of the Match award. His two wins mentioned going to 5, 11-9 and 12-10, pressure handled very well.
Hollinwood B versus Glodwick threw the biggest upset of the week, Dave Jefferson taking the victory against Kristof Pinter in 5. 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8. What a game. Mark Ramsbottom and Khamal taking 3 wins each with Khamal taking the player of the match.
A brilliant week in the 1st Division. Let’s take a look at the 2nd.
This writer has a smile on his face when he sees the name Steve Hathaway playing in Oldham. He played for Deaf Club A against Unison C, he won 2, a great game. Ted Robakowski, Eddie Kalinowski and Liaqat Ali winning 2 each for Unison C in a 7-3 victory.
Werneth faced Hyde YMCA B and Mick ‘The smiling giant’ Pellowe winning 3 and claiming the Player of the match award in an 8-2 victory. Richard Sarre fighting the good fight for Hyde by winning 2.
Honeywell Lane D beat Grotton A by 7 points to 3. Peter Buckley ran away with the Player of the match award with 3 wins, his wins were close, 2 of them won in 4 and another in 5. Howard Travis winning all of his games in 5 to help Honeywell on the way to victory.
Joe Redikin continuing his absolutely scintillating form from last week to win 3 and take home the player of the match award in an 8-2 victory over Uppermill A. Mark Simpson taking 2 wins for Uppermill A.
Honeywell Lane E surprised last week at Hollinwood with Adam Rowbotham losing for the 1st time, did this result in him being dropped? This writer doesn’t know the team selection policy and he only wants to garner a smile. (Do you know how hard I tried to find a way to get a Pete Ganley pun in here?) Stanley Square faced them this week, they didn’t have to face an Adam Rowbotham hungry to return to his devastating 3 wins. Steve Mather led Stanley to an 8-2 victory with Glenn Dowse and Glen Chadwick winning two and both losing to Pete Ganley.
Gary Crossley makes his return to the Oldham & District League with three wins in Division 2 over a very tough Honeywell C team of the experienced Robert Bent, Peter Fowler and Terry Taylor who won 2 each on the night plus the doubles to get a 7-3 victory for Honeywell. That’s two wins and a loss for the Honeywell 2nd Division teams this week.
In Division 3, Denshaw A faced Honeywell Lane F, the ageless Brian Hall winning 3 for Honeywell, Ken Dunkerley claiming 3 as well as Honeywell won 7-3.
The juniors of Unison E faced the experienced Owls A, Jamaal Akhtar the forever reliable this year having an off night, he did not go down fighting however, losing two matches in 5 and one in 4. Ian Ross won 3 games and claimed the player of the match award.
Unison D faced Uppermill B with John Maher and Jimmy Findlow winning 3 each with Mike O’Gara winning 2 in a 9-1 victory. This writer was present for the game, David Harthan was very unlucky to only win 1, it is the first time I have had the pleasure of watching David play and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Hollinwood D, with Pete Dawson leading the team to a 6-4 victory with his 3 wins over Ken Crimes, Malcolm Wills and Neil Chapman. Pete won all of his games winning in 4.
Division 4 had some good results:
Grotton B took a 10-0 victory over Our Lady’s B, along the way only dropping 3 sets along the way. Neil Tomlinson and Alan Sarsfeild not dropping a set on the night. Brilliant stuff.
Our Lady’s A battled Hollinwood E this week, Rovi Dato the only Our Lady’s player to pick up a point this week. Neil Hepworth keeping his 100% record up with 3 wins. Neil has only dropped 6 sets all season along the way. Well done, Neil.
Deaf Club C next, they faced Owls B, who were fresh off of their win against Unison D in the handicap last week, but sadly couldn’t keep the win train rolling as they lost 7-3 to Deaf, Mamad Nejad winning 2 and the player of the match award. Ruth Buckley unlucky for Owls, losing out to Alan Cockcroft and the player of the match award in the process.
Hollinwood F faced Ansa Elevators and walked out 8-2 winners in a close game with no less than 6 sets going to deuce and 8 sets going to 11-8. What a game this was. Ansa incredibly unlucky in defeat. Gordon Bickley winning all three in 3 sets in all. Well done, Gordon.
We have some fantastic games coming this week and I hope you all have a brilliant time playing this great sport.
If you have any questions for the committee or queries, please get in touch. Have a great week.