Press Reports 2021/22
Press 01 - 10th September 2021 - Season Preview
Kingfisher A and reigning champions Our Lady of Peace A will start out as favourites in Division 1 as the Reading Table Tennis League gets back underway after an 18 month break. Kingfisher look to have a good strong squad with Hari Gehlot, Dmitry Karkhamov, Mark Banks, Ross Saxby and Darren Jones all registered, while Ian Cole will lead the OLOP challenge in their bid to retain their title. Further down Sonning Common & Peppard A and Kingfisher B will be vying for 3rd and 4th and Sonning Common & Peppard C could do well with new recruit Ed Lush in their team, while all the rest might be happy to avoid the bottom 2 places with only 10 teams in the division this time around. Tilehurst RBL A are the ex Curzon Club A team and new recruit Keith Winter teaming up with Jon Willis will make them difficult to beat. Kingfisher D are the ex Kennet Valley A team, led by Julian Telford.
In division 2 Sonning Sports A came 3rd last time around and will likely be battling once again at the top end of the division, Paul Savage and Nick Sears their leading lights Tilehurst Methodists A will be strong with Eric Van Looy in their team and Michael Childs may spearhead a challenge from Reading FC A following their promotion from division 3. Both Our Lady of Peace teams could also figure as might any of the 3 Kingfisher sides and also Tidmarsh B.
Tilehurst Royal British Legion B look like favourites in division 3 with a formidable looking squad of John Willcocks, Nick Lean, Linda King and Kate Maksimenko. However this is a strong looking division and they can expect stiff competition from the likes of relegated Pangbourne WMC, Our Lady of Peace D, Milestone A and possibly Springfield. Leroy Wilson is always a good player at this level for Pangbourne as will be John Simmonds. OLOP D finished bottom of division 2 last time but with a rejigged squad they may challenge, while both Milestone A and Springfield have different squads from last time but can also expect to figure highly.
Reading FC B, Sonning Sports B and Tilehurst RBL C are the stand out sides in division 4, although Kingfisher J and Sonning Common & Peppard F may also challenge. Reading FC were 3rd last time around and only just missed out on promotion. Sonning Sports B were relegated last time but have added experienced Harry Brough to their squad, while Tilehurst RBL C were also relegated, but with Paul Treadgold in their side they should do well.
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Press 23 - 15th March 2020
Sonning Common & Peppard C couldn’t prevent Our Lady of Peace Premiers charge for the division 1 title as Sam Ricks, Ian Cole and Steve Murgatroyd all got trebles in a 10-0 win for the OLOP team. Kingfisher A are now 8 points behind the leaders despite winning 8-2 in their derby match against Kingfisher C, Phil Mead beating Tony Stead 11-5 11-9 14-12 as well as teaming up with Alan Cummings to win the doubles for the C team. Jason Roberts and Neil Hurford both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard A beat club mates Sonning Common & Peppard B 9-1, Jeremy Willis getting a win over Joe Barraclough for the B team.
Bottom side Tidmarsh B kept their chances of avoiding the drop alive after a creditable 5-5 draw against Kingfisher B, Mike Aistrop’s double for Tidmarsh included a 15-13 12-10 12-10 success over Richard Rosinski while Barry Carter and Duncan Groves both managed singles. Springfield A were 6-4 winners at Kennet Valley A, despite a good treble from Kennet’s Graham Mendick. Adam Sheen stepped up to the mark to seal the win by beating Catherine Venning 6-11 12-10 14-12 15-13. Curzon Club A nudged a little close towards safety despite losing 7-3 to Tidmarsh A, Lee Calcutt holding off Jon Willis 9-11 11-4 12-14 11-6 12-10 for Tidmarsh while Nick Lean managed a 7-11 11-7 6-11 13-11 12-10 win over Ray Webb for Curzon.
In division 2 the promotion race continues to get tighter and tighter. Our Lady of Peace B pushed their A team club mates hard before the A team eventually won 7-3. For the B team Pradeep Desh managed an 11-8 6-11 11-1 9-11 11-7 win over Benedict Carless and Binit Bhaskar beat Chris West 15-13 12-10 11-13 13-11. Tilehurst Methodists A were held to a 5-5 draw by Kingfisher D, Keith Winter’s treble supported through singles from Nigel Rowland and Phil Jones, while Sonning Sports A continued their pursuit of a top two finish after winning 7-3 at Our Lady of Peace C, Paul Savage and Nick Sears with trebles, Paul just getting the better of Dave Godfrey 11-6 9-11 17-15 9-11 11-4.
Alan Mollett managed an impressive maximum as Sonning Common & Peppard D defeated Milestone A 6-4, Alan and team mate Johnathan Abbott also teaming up to win the doubles set 22-20 7-11 11-7 12-10. Pangbourne WMC kept their hopes of avoiding the drop alive after a 5-5 draw at Kingfisher E, Clive Taylor winning twice, while Springfield B were 7-3 winners against Our Lady of Peace D in a close tussle that see’s the OLOP teams relegation confirmed.
In division 3 Our Lady of Peace E beat second place Tidmarsh C 6–4 mainly due to the third division champion Mo Cook who hit a stunning treble by beating Simon Craig 11-6 11-5 11-9, Richard Hudson 11-5 11-4 11-2 and Spencer Harvey 11-2 11-3 11-6. Louise Forster also did well to win two. Tilehurst Methodists B beat Curzon Club C 6–4 with four players all winning two namely Mike Williams, Jes Eassom and Patrick O’Sullivan for the Methodists and Paul Treadgold for Curzon. Eric Holmes was in good form by winning all three to help Kingfisher F beat Springfield C 8–2.
Milestone B came back to winning ways by winning 10-0 at Sonning Sports B, John Crosfield, Chris Collins and Oliver Bonser were the hat trick men, while Curzon Club B drew a long match with Kingfisher G 5-5. Kate Maksimenko and Linda King both gained doubles for Curzon as did Nils Wedi and Andrew Adair for Kingfisher, Linda gaining probably her best ever win when she beat Nils. Reading FC A beat a two player Tidmarsh D team 9–1 with Anthony and Wayne Alleyne unbeaten. For Tidmarsh Theresa Watson won their set.
In Division 4 Reading FC B maintained their bid for the top spot with an 8-2 defeat of Kingfisher H, Freedom Agindotan and Derek Anderson undefeated on the night, with teammate Harry Edwards beating Gill Bennett but losing to Ania Pytka 9-11 12-10 8-11 10-12 and Haris Munir. Sonning Common & Peppard E kept up the pressure at the top by winning 10-0 at Springfield D, with Anthony Reeve, Ian Davenport and Jim Warren winning every game bar one, in a very one-sided match, Paul Martin, Tom Berryman and Colin Jones finding the competition too tough on the day.
Kennet Valley Free Church B recorded a 9-1 victory over Sonning Common & Peppard F, Derek Wavell avoiding the whitewash by winning the final set against Steve Christelow, leaving Toby Barter and Roshan Patel as the only two undefeated players, the Commoners’ Alistair Scott and Derek Maltby leaving empty-handed. Tidmarsh E gained valuable points when Our Lady of Peace F could only field two players, but still lost 4-6 with Pete Sinclair defeating Alona Slobodskoy 11-8 14-12 11-9 to earn Tidmarsh’s fourth point, Jan Polnik recording a further maximum in beating Steve Andrews, Mike Bundy and Pete. Milestone C won 7-3 at Sonning Sports C with both teams gaining valuable points in their fight to avoid bottom place, Milestone’s Carl Edlind and John Evans both recording trebles while Colin Phillips ended the evening with no points, after losing to John Scott 9-11 5-11 10-12, Michael Byrne 9-11 12-10 8-11 11-9 14-16 and Mo Cole in another 5 game set.
Press 22 - 8th March 2020
Our Lady of Peace Premier kept up their title challenge after winning 8-2 against Kennet Valley A, Graham Mendick and Julian Telford managing wins over Steve Murgatroyd for Kennet Valley. Kingfisher A were back to full strength as they beat a two person Sonning Common & Peppard C team 10-0, while third placed Sonning Common & Peppard B were 9-1 winners at Kingfisher B thanks to trebles from Andy Wang and reserve Simon Berry, Nigel Maltby winning twice.
Jason Roberts and Joe Barraclough got trebles as Sonning Common & Peppard A beat Curzon Club A 8-2, Pete Bradley just getting the better of Sonning’s Malcolm Gregory 7-11 12-10 8-11 11-4 12-10. Phil Mead’s maximum, including a 4-11 11-6 12-10 11-1 win over Anthony Baker, helped Kingfisher C to a 7-3 win at Tidmarsh A, while Springfield A were 7-3 winners against Tidmarsh B, Graham Diplock leading the way with a treble.
In division 2 Tilehurst Methodists A took a significant step towards promotion after beating 4th placed Sonning Common & Peppard D 9-1, Eric Van Looy and Keith Winter with treble while Angus Jones managed a win over Nigel Rowland for the Commoners. Our Lady of Peace A grabbed back 2nd place after a fine 10-0 win at Milestone A, Darek Kaminski, Benedict Carless and Chris West all on top form with trebles. Sonning Sports A kept up their promotion challenge after beating Kingfisher E 8-2, Paul Savage starring with a maximum while Kingfisher’s Roger Pritchard managed two wins for his side.
Our Lady of Peace B and Our Lady of Peace C drew 5-5, Pat Daniels and Pradeep Desh with two apiece for the B team while Igo Scremec and Dave Godfrey did the same for the C team. Abhay Gore was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet after losing 12-10 9-11 11-9 10-12 10-12 to Igor. Kingfisher D were 6-4 winners at Our Lady of Peace D thanks to trebles from Luca Bianchi and Clive Gold, while in a big relegation tussle Springfield B and Pangbourne WMC drew 5-5 after Leroy Wilson played his best of the season so far to win twice for Pangbourne after Steve Leggett and Peter Gurney had both manged fine wins over John Simmonds.
By beating Tidmarsh C 6-4, Reading FC A have clinched promotion and almost certainly as champions. Mike Childs hit a three straight treble and Wayne Alleyne obtained a double for the unbeaten division 3 leaders. Our Lady of Peace E had a fine 6-4 win at fading Milestone B, Mo Cook was in great form for OLOP by gaining a three straight treble. Ruben Hernandez was in top form for Kingfisher F by winning all three against Curzon Club C, a result that nudged the Curzon team a step nearer relegation.
Springfield C beat Sonning Sports B 7-3 and as a result have almost clinched survival and a place in next seasons division 3, Jason King was the star by winning all three. Kate Maksimenko and Nick Lean starred with trebles for Curzon Club B in their 7-3 win at Tidmarsh D, while Kingfisher G and Tilehurst Methodists B fought out a 5-5 draw. For the birds Nils Wedi won all three.
In Division 4 Sonning Common & Peppard E suffered a surprise narrow 6-4 defeat at home to Kennet Valley Free Church B, for whom Roshan Patel scored a treble, Steve Christelow a double and Lewis Oke a single, with the Commoners’ Anthony Reeve winning twice and Jim Warren once, David Pearson managing to take a game off Steve. Sonning Common & Peppard F needed Derek Wavell’s maximum, Alistair Scott’s single and the doubles, to draw their match with Sonning Sports C 5-5, John Scott winning the final set to record a double, Stephen Reader also recording a double and Mo Cole a single.
Milestone C’s 6-4 win over Tidmarsh E opened a slight gap at the bottom of the table, Milestone’s points courtesy of a treble from John Evans, a double from Tony Hayden and a single from Colin Phillips, while Tidmarsh’s points were thanks to two wins for Roger Stevens, one win for Mike Bundy and the doubles, when John Harland partnered Mike to victory. Sonning Common & Peppard G consolidated their lead at the top of the table with an 8-2 defeat of Our Lady of Peace F, OLOP only managing to field two players, namely Qing Wu and Jan Polnik, who each beat Mark Berry but, in turn, lost to both Simon Berry and Melvyn Lovegrove. Kingfisher H could also only field two players, but since Anita Pytka and Azaan Ali were both undefeated on the night they ended up beating Springfield D 7-3, Chris Taylor, Tom Berryman and Emily Goodall earning three points as forfeit.
Press 21 - 1st March 2020
Liam McTeirnan, Sam Ricks and Ian Cole got the wins as Our Lady of Peace Premier were convincing 9-1 winners against a two man Kingfisher A side in the battle between the top two teams in division 1. Sam Ricks gained the best win of the night as he beat Hari Gehlot 11-7 5-11 16-14 7-11 11-8. Two wins apiece from Malcolm Gregory and Jason Roberts saw a two man Sonning Common & Peppard A side manage a 5-5 draw with Kingfisher C, while a nail biting 5-11 11-3 5-11 11-7 14-12 win by Jon Willis against Lily Cherry gave Curzon Club A an unexpected 5-5 draw against Kingfisher B.
A Graham Mendick treble and a thrilling final set victory by Jingshun Huang saw Kennet Valley A win 6-4 at Tidmarsh B, Jingshun winning 11-5 2-11 11-8 9-11 13-11 against Barry Carter. Duncan Groves won twice for Tidmarsh, beating Jingshun 13-15 11-3 8-11 11-8 12-10 and Cath Venning 11-8 12-10 20-18. Matt Stone and Matt Isherwood both won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard C won 6-4 against Tidmarsh A, Lee Calcutt with a maximum for Tidmarsh. Sonning Common & Peppard B remain 3rd after beating Springfield A 8-2 in a well fought match, Andy Wang’s treble including an 11-8 11-8 9-11 11-3 win over Graham Diplock, while Nigel Maltby managed a thrilling 6-11 11-9 5-11 11-9 14-12 win against Phil Burke.
In the big battle at the top of division 2 Tilehurst Methodists A managed a 6-4 win at Our Lady of Peace A, despite the OLOP team going 2-0 ahead thanks to a fine win from Benedict Carless over Eric Van Looy 6-11 12-10 5-11 11-9 11-9. Tilehurst hit back through a Keith Winter treble while Keith and Eric teamed up to win the key doubles set 11-9 8-11 11-9 6-11 12-10. This result saw Sonning Sports A gain further ground in the promotion race after Nick Sears 3-straight treble helped them to a 7-3 win at Springfield B, Paul Savahe also getting a maximum.
A Thomas Lewis treble saw Our Lady of Peace B win 6-4 at Kingfisher E, Thomas beating Roger Pritchard in the opening set 11-6 8-11 13-11 11-3. Our Lady of Peace C were also 6-4 winners as they came out on top against Milestone A, Igor Scremec with a maximum that included an 11-6 11-8 8-11 7-11 11-5 win against Milestone’s Zoltan Keleman, Zoltan having earlier beaten Alistair Richardson by the narrowest of margins 6-11 7-11 11-9 11-3 14-12. In a battle at the bottom Pangbourne WMC and Our Lady of Peace D drew 5-5, Clive Taylor and John Simmonds winning twice for Pangbourne while Graham Stark starred with a maximum for OLOP.
Division 3 leaders Reading FC A beat a two man Milestone B team 9–1 with Michael Childs and Anthony Alleyne unbeaten on the night. In a very long match Kingfisher G beat Curzon Club C 6–4 despite a great maximum from Geoff Johnson. For the birds Andrew Adair and Ken Robb both won two each. Curzon Club B lost at home to second placed Tidmarsh C 7-3 despite Kate Maksimenko winning all three for Curzon.
Without Mo Cook Our Lady of Peace E went down 3–7 to Springfield C for whom Jason King and Oliver Delas both obtained trebles. Dave Edwards and Theresa Watson were in good form with both gaining maximums to help Tidmarsh D win 8-2 at Tilehurst Methodists B, while Sonning Sports B lost 0–10 to Kingfisher F with Alan Yeung, Muharrem Aydin and Ruben Hernandez all winning three apiece.
In Division 4 Sonning Common & Peppard G opened up a 12 point gap at the top thanks to playing two matches, winning both. First up was Milestone C who they defeated 8-2, Melvyn Lovegrove and Simon Berry recording maximums while Marko Madzar beat Tony Hayden 12-10 12-10 11-4, in between losing to John Evans and Carl Edlind. Two days later they beat Springfield D 1-9, Simon and Melvyn reprising their feats, while Mark Berry won twice, losing to Tom Berryman but then going on to defeat both Colin Jones and Emily Goodall. Sonning Common & Peppard E retain second place with a 6-4 win at Kingfisher H, Anthony Reeve recording a treble, Jim Warren a double and Anthony & Jim winning a crucial doubles set, while for Kingfisher, Azaan Ali won twice, with Roger Prew and Anita Pytka each winning once, everyone defeating the Commoners’ David Pearson.
Tidmarsh E gained vital points despite their 3-7 defeat by Sonning Common & Peppard F, not going down without a fight in a match which needed 42 games to complete, Mike Bundy, Roger Stevens and Steve Andrews each getting the better of Alistair Scott, while compatriots Julian James and Mike Casserley both scored maximums. Sonning Sports C suffered an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Kennet Valley Free Church B, Sonning Sports earning their points thanks to a double from John Scott, teammates Michael Byrne and Jude O’Halloran ending with nothing to show for their efforts, Lewis Oke recording his first maximum for Kennet Valley with teammates Steve Christelow and Jamie Li-Telford both winning twice.
Press 20 - 23rd February 2020
In division 3 Paul Treadgold hit a superb maximum for Curzon Club C but could not prevent second in the table Tidmarsh C winning 6-4, however the 4 points earned by Curzon keeps them within touching distance of third from bottom Springfield C, however the Springfield side managed an 8-2 win against bottom of the table Sonning Sports B, Jason King and Oliver Delas both gaining trebles.
Leaders Reading FC A carried on as usual by beating Our Lady of Peace E 8–2. Michael Childs won all three but was made to work hard against Mo Cook before beating him 12-10 12-10 12-14 11-9.
Anthony Baker and Lee Calcutt both hit maximums as Tidmarsh A won their inter club derby with Tidmarsh B in division 1 8-2, both Tony and Lee managed hard fought wins over Duncan Groves while Lee also just held off the stiff challenged posed by Francois Durand 11-8 9-11 11-9 11-9.
In division 2 Springfield B moved themselves out of the drop zone by beating Our Lady of Peace C 7-3 in a re-arranged match. Rob Wilkie and Stephen Leggett both got maximum, Stephen just seeing off Alistair Richardson in his final match of the night 8-11 9-11 11-7 11-3 13-11. For OLOP Igor Sremac managed an exciting 4-11 3-11 11-9 11-5 16-14 victory against Peter Gurney.
In Division 4 Reading FC B won their postponed match against Tidmarsh E 10-0, Freedom Agindotan, Derek Anderson and Joe Bull proving too strong for Steve Andrews, John Harland and Roger Stevens, this result ensuring that Tidmarsh remain rooted to the bottom of the table while Reading FC maintained their title aspirations.
This season’s Team Handicap final will be between Sonning Sports B and Our Lady of Peace D, another maximum from Keith Machin and a fine unbeaten double from Brett Hastings getting Sports past Kingfisher G. OLOP were comfortable winners over Reading FC B with Simon Brookes, Derek Kaminski and Morgan Sykes all unbeaten on the night.
The all Tidmarsh semi-final in the Lower Division knock-out competition saw the ‘C’ side overcome the ‘D’ team 6-3, Ian Wu and Richard Hudson with the all important maximum for the victors. A creditable double from Terry Hardie and Dave Edwards was not enough for the ‘D’ team. Tidmarsh C await either Kingfisher F or Springfield C in the final.