Press Reports 2017/18
Press 02 - 17th September 2017
Mark Banks and Daniel Moses on his debut, both got 3-straight trebles as Kingfisher A opened their division 1 season with a 10-0 win over club mates Kingfisher D. Richard Rosinski however was made to battle hard for his treble, beating Phil Mead 8-11 8-11 11-8 19-17 11-7 and beating both Ivor Hardman and Grant Wheatley in four games. Kingfisher B were 9-1 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard A thanks to Hari Gehlot and Krasimer Ivanov getting maximums and Dmitry Khahkamov winning twice after dropping his opening match to Sonning’s Gary Morgan 11-7 3-11 10-12 11-7 9-11. Hari beat Gary in the final set 11-7 4-11 7-11 11-9 11-9.
Our Lady of Peace A got their season off to a bright start as they won 9-1 against Kingfisher E, Yonatan Slobskoy and Harry Munro with trebles, while Steve Ng hit back for Kingfisher to beat Ian Cole 5-11 11-7 12-10 2-11 11-8.
Peter Bradley on his Curzon Club debut, and Nick Lean both got maximums as promotion favourites Curzon Club A won 8-2 at home to Pangbourne WMC in division 2, Clive Taylor gaining a good consolation singles win for Pangbourne after he beat Jon Willis 8-11 11-8 4-11 11-5 11-9. Our Lady of Peace B took the step up from division 3 in their stride as they earned a fine 8-2 victory at Sonning Common & Peppard D, Alistair Richardson and Zdzislaw Jerzmanski with trebles while Wendy Porter managed an 8-11 11-7 8-11 11-9 13-11 victory over Malcolm Gregory. Carol Chard and Lisa Williams managed singles for the Sonning Common outfit.
Brian Meheux starred with a fine treble as Sonning Common & Peppard B beat their C team club mates 9-1, Brian earning an impressive win over Matt Stone 11-6 11-2 6-11 11-6. Andy Robertson also won all three for the B team including a 6-11 11-7 7-11 11-6 11-4 victory over Matt Stone. For the C team Matt Isherwood battled hard on his debut while Denise Weller also made her Sonning Common debut but failed to find her best form. Ray Webb and Lee Calcutt both got hat tricks as Tidmarsh C won a competitive match against Tilehurst Methodists A 6-4, Lee beating Nigel Rowland in a crucial opening set 14-12 11-13 3-11 11-4 11-8.
Philip Burke and Ludovik CouIllard both got maximums as Springfield A opened their Division 3 campaign with an 8-2 victory over Tilehurst Methodists B. Kingfisher J’s two man team were still too good for Kingfisher I after hat tricks from both David Wells and Joaquin Sabater saw the J team win 7-3, while reprieved Sonning Sports A got off to a great start as they won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard E, Paul Savage with a maximum.
Shawnik Thakur and Arun Rajagopal both got trebles as Milestone A won 6-4 at Kingfisher H, Arun just getting the better of Igor Sremac in the final contest of the night to win 7-11 13-11 19-17 7-11 11-8. A Clive Perry maximum and two wins for Chris West saw Our Lady of Peace C beat Kingfisher G 6-4, Clive earning crucial narrow wins over Luca Bianchi 2-11 6-11 11-6 11-8 11-9 and Eric Holmes 8-11 14-12 11-7 6-11 11-8.
One of the favourites for promotion from division 4, Springfield B beat Curzon Club B 6–4 thanks mainly to a stunning treble from Peter Gurney. Mike Maynard, after a year out, did well to win two and also teamed up with Derek Harrison to win the doubles for Curzon. Binit Bhaskar and Predeep Desh both obtained maximums to give Our Lady of Peace D a 6-4 win over Reading FC A, while Tidmarsh D started with a fine 9–1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard F with Terry Hardie and Dave Edwards both gaining trebles.
Despite doubles from Tarik Ramjuan and Ken Robb Kingfisher K lost 4–6 to Our Lady of Peace E for whom Paul Treadgold won all three on his OLOP debut. Curzon Club C had a nice 8-2 win at Tilehurst Methodists C with John Walker and Tracy Maynard both gaining trebles. For Tracy it was a welcome return to league action after about 7 years. Terry Spice did well to gain a double.
In Division 5, Tidmarsh E celebrated the start of the new League season by beating Springfield D 8-2, with one of last season’s stalwarts, Steve Andrews, recording a maximum, abetted by Theresa Watson, who also recorded a treble as well as partnering John Harland to a doubles win, while Mike Bundy beat newcomer Julian Lancaster, but subsequently lost to Paul Martin and Colin Jones, with both sets going to 5 games.
Last season’s 3rd place finisher, Sonning Common & Peppard G, recorded a resounding 10-0 win, over Kingfisher L, with Mike Casserley, Gerry Bacon and Marko Madzar all ending the evening with maximums, meaning that Derek Crombie, along with newcomers Dmitry Merzlyakov and Tom Allen, went home with nothing to show for their efforts. Mike won a tight opening set against Dmitry Merzlyakov 4-11 11-5 4-11 11-5 11-6.
Springfield C ended as 7-3 winners in their closely fought match against Milestone C, with Milestone’s Tony Hayden unlucky to leave with only two wins, losing in the fifth game against Rob Atack 11-3 8-11 7-11 11-5 12-10, a result which helped Rob to end the evening with the only maximum. Rob was ably supported by Tom Berryman, who won two and also partnered Rob in their 14-12 11-7 14-12 Doubles victory over Tony and newcomer Maksym Schipka, Maksym beating Chris Speight to record his first win.
Press 01 - 10th September 2017
The Reading table tennis league season gets underway this week with 50 teams spread across the league’s 5 main divisions, and a further set of teams and players taking part in the popular Youth League at Bluecoat School, Sonning.
Kingfisher A have added to their already strong squad this season, which makes them outstanding favourites for the Division 1 championship this time around. Martin Adams, Mark Banks, Justin Mead, Richard Rosinski and Daniel Moses will prove a tough nut to crack by any of their rivals. Kingfisher B and Kingfisher C also look strong contenders this year, Philip Zeng and Hari Gehlot leading the B team while Steve Murgatroyd, Andrew Parker, Tony Reynolds and Marco Essomba should bring plenty of success for the C team. Our Lady of Peace A can also challenge with Ian Cole, Harry Munro, Yonatan Slobodskoy and Steve Miller in their squad, especially if Harry and Yonaton can continue their rapid improvement from the past few seasons.
Tidmarsh A and Sonning Common & Peppard A should find themselves safely in mid-table, Duncan Groves, Danny Ricks and Tony Baker for Tidmarsh while Neil Hurford joins the SC&P A trio of Jason Roberts, Joe Barraclough and Gary Morgan. Kingfisher sides D and E look to have most to do to avoid the drop from this tough 8 team division.
In Division 2 Tidmarsh B, Curzon Club A and Sonning Common & Peppard B stand out as the likely promotion contenders. Tidmarsh look strong with Mike Aistrop, Francois Durrand, Barry Carter and Dom Cutter all more than capable at this level. John Willcocks, Jon Willis, Pete Bradley and Nick Lean make up the Curzon Club squad while SC&P B add Andy Robertson to their squad of Nigel Maltby, Brian Meheux and Simon Berry, although Jeremy Willis is currently out injured.
Matt Stone, Tim Raby and new recruits Denise Weller and Matt Isherwood could see Sonning Common & Peppard C challenge in the top half of the table, as could Sonning Common & Peppard D with Niall McGrane and Malcolm Gregory in their side. Brothers Chris and Ray Webb team up for Tidmarsh C, and they will be looking for Lee Calcutt to help them into a safe mid-table position early on. Pangbourne WMC and Tilehurst Methodists A could also do well, with Tilehurst registering Julian Telford back into Reading table tennis.
Division 3 looks a difficult one to predict. Four Kingfisher sides and OLOP C could all do well, however perhaps the favourites this time will be Milestone A and Springfield A, spearheaded by Aran Rajagopal and Phil Burke respectively. Sonning Sports A will be keen to do well having been given another chance at this level after narrowly finishing in the bottom two last season. Promoted Milestone B may surprise a few.
Curzon Club C welcome back Tracey Maynard to their Division 4 side and she along with Kinda King, Terry Spice and John Walker could push them towards the top of the table. New club, Saiyan Brothers, are also likely to figure highly and should Reading FC A with Richard Witt, Tony Aleyne and Jazz Dhillon in their side. Derek Wavell will hope to bring out the best from junior players Oliver Sayers and Jamie Legg who both make the step up from division 5, while both Our Lady of Peace teams and Springfield B can also fight for a top half finish.
In Division 5 experienced teams from Kingfisher L and Tidmarsh E should see them in the promotion shake up. Sonning Common & Peppard G just missed out last season and could challenge again with a good all round six man squad of Mike Casserely, Julian James, Gerry Bacon, Marko Madzar, Steve Knott and Derek Maltby. Keep an eye out two for both Springfield teams and perhaps both Reading FC B and Sonning Sports B, with the latter having nine players to choose from as they look to build on improvement shown over the past couple of seasons.
Many clubs would welcome additional players – contact Nigel Maltby at firstname.lastname@example.org who can put you in touch with a team / club in your area. Also there is plenty of room for more junior players in the Youth League on Friday evenings. Anyone interested in that can contact Wendy Porter at email@example.com
Press Reports 2016/17
Press 29 - 23rd April 2017
In Division 1 Kingfisher A finish as champions after clinching a decisive win over runners-up Our Lady of Peace A. Martin Gunn and Martin Adams both got trebles as Kingfisher won their final match against club mates Kingfisher C 6-4. Kingfisher B finished third. Our Lady of Peace B won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard A, Yonatan Slobodskoy starring with a treble while Gary Morgan had a good 6-11 12-10 7-11 11-7 11-9 win over Harry Munro for Sonning. The OLOP team finish in a creditable 4th place after Yonatan Slobodskoy and Harry Munro trebles saw them defeat Kingfisher D 9-1 in their final match.
At the bottom YMCA and Sonning Common & Peppard B are relegated with neither quite able to bridge the gap to third from bottom Kingfisher D.
There will be six Kingfisher teams in the top division next season after both Kingfisher F and Kingfisher G earned promotion from Division 2. Kingfisher G held on to take the title from the F team club mates. Tidmarsh B finish third while Curzon Club A are fourth. Tim Raby and Matt Stone won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard C drew their final Division 2 match 5-5 with relegated Kingfisher E, Roger Woolven-Allen and Nikhil Kulkarni also winning twice for Kingfisher while Grant Wheatley picked up a good single. Joining Kingfisher E in being relegated are Sonning Common & Peppard D who slipped into the drop zone in the final week as Tilehurst Methodists A completed a notable escape after looking doomed a few weeks ago.
Division 3 was as tough, competitive and closely fought as ever with promotion and relegation places not decided until the final weeks. Tidmarsh C came through to win the division, while Pangbourne WMC B are promoted as runners-up with Springfield A finishing in third place. At the bottom Tilehurst Methodists C finished some way adrift of the rest, while Sonning Sports A are also relegated on sets difference after finishing level on points with both Tilehurst Methodists B and Kingfisher J.
After beating Tilehurst Methodists D 6-4 Sonning Common & Peppard F clinched the runners up spot in Division 4. Eric Walker put on a great show by winning all three while Derek Wavell and Simon Blake did there bit by winning one each.
By winning 4 sets the Tilehurst team avoided the drop by one set, consigning Our Lady of Peace E to Division 5, alongside Tilehurst Methodists E. Kingfisher K and Curzon Club C finish just two points above the drop zone.
At the top Milestone B comfortably won the championship having led from start to finish.
Reading FC C were 8-2 winners at Sonning Common & Peppard H in the final Division 5 match of the season, thus giving their Reading FC B team promotion. SC&P H needed just a point to clinch 2nd place, but just miss out on sets difference, as do Kingfisher L. Our Lady of Peace F marched away at the top to take the title by a 10 point margin.
Press Reports 2015/16
Press 27 - 10th April 2016
The final matches in the Reading Table Tennis season have now been played and in Division 1 Our Lady of Peace retained their title with an unblemished record of 18 wins from 18.
Our Lady of Peace A were 9-1 winners against Curzon Club A while Kingfisher A won 10-0 against Tidmarsh A and Kingfisher B. OLOP and Kingfisher A then met in their Championship decider with OLOP emerging 6-3 winners, Daniel McTiernan won a thrilling contest against Martin Gunn 9-11 8-11 11-5 11-9 14-12 before clinching his teams victory by beating Stuart Williams 11-4 8-11 11-6 9-11 11-9. At the bottom YMCA and Curzon Club A are relegated.
In Division 2 Sonning Common & Peppard B are champions with Our Lady of Peace C also promoted as runners-up. Sonning Common & Peppard E and Kingfisher G drop down to Division 3.
Kingfisher J finish as champions of Division 3 while Tilehurst Methodists A held on to finish as runners-up, just ahead of Springfield A and Our Lady of Peace D. At the bottom Curzon Club B had a disastrous last few weeks to end up in the bottom two, joining Birch Copse A as the two relegated sides.
Curzon Club C became only the second team to take a point from Division 4 champions Tidmarsh E, Linda King and John Walker both getting doubles while Mick Gillard chipped in with a vital win against Isaac Davies 11-4 10-12 11-6 11-4. Pre-season favourites Sonning Sports A are promoted as runners-up with Tidmarsh D finishing third.
At the bottom Milestone B and Sonning Common & Peppard F finish adrift of third from bottom Kingfisher K.
Tilehurst Methodists D finished their season as runners up in Division 5 after winning 8-2 at Tidmarsh F, Steve Wood and Sam Will both getting maximums. Reading FC Community Trust survived a nervy end of season to be champions in their debut league season while Our Lady of Peace F finished the season strongly in third place.
At the bottom BBC Club finished the season 5 point adrift of next to bottom Springfield C.