NEWBY 10 v LINDHEAD 0
Lindhead had a very tough introduction to competitive table tennis when they met the powerful Newby team in their first match. The Newby team of Sam Lowe, Jack Louth and Frazer Ives swept all before them last season and are red hot favourites to repeat the feat this year. They did not have things all their own way however and were made to fight particularly by Isaac Grunwell who only lost 11-9 in the deciding set against the Jack Louth, the reigning Division six individual champion. In fact in his three matches Grunweel lost a total of five sets by the 11-9 score. Debutant William Butterworth also showed good form for Lindhead who can comfort themselves with the thought that will not have to play Newby every week.
NEWBY 10 v SEAMER A 0
Newby again showed their dominance in this league by fairly comprehensively disposing of the Seamer A Team. The Newby squad of Jack Louth, Frazer Ives and Coby Rowe did not lose a set in completing a whitewash over gallant opponents. All three Seamer players were making their competitive debuts against much more experienced players and they will surely benefit from the experience and it could be a different story when the teams meet again.
SEAMER A 8 v SEAMER B 2
The Seamer A squad found life rather easier playing against their B team and recorded a first victory. Dan Breckon and Ellis Greatorex both went through the night unbeaten, Greatorex winning all his matches in straight sets. Tommy Risker the third member of the A team squad did not find things quite so easy however and although he beat Joseff Colman in a three set thriller he lost to Oliver Jackson and Nathaniel Cawood which gave the B Team some consolation.
GLADSTONE ROAD 9 v NORTHSTEAD 1
Gladstone Road got their season off to a flying star,t recording an impressive victory against local rivals Northstead. Cameron Mc Donald was in particularly devastating form, disposing of all three of his opponents in straight sets, in fact only losing a total of four points in two of his victories. There were signs that Northstead might prove to be rather stronger than last season however. Zack Forster in particular looks to be a more than capable player; he recorded Northstead’s only point when he beat Oliver Scott in straight sets and only lost 11-9 in the deciding set against Callum Andrews.
REPORT 2 OF THE SCHOOLS Division Six
SEAMER 3 v LINDHEAD 7
Lindhead recorded their first ever win in competitive table tennis when they saw off the Seamer first string. Isaac Grunwell and Wiliam Butterworth both won all of their three games without losing a set and then combined for a doubles victory. For Seamer Ellis Greaterex, Daniel Breckon and Tommy Risker all beat debutant Charlotte Smith although Risker was made to fight for his victory, winning the deciding set 16-14
NORTHSTEAD 3 v LINDHEAD 7
Having broken their duck Lindhead did not have to wait long for a second victory when they beat the improving Northstead side by a similar margin to their win over Seamer. Isaac Grunwell and William Butterworth were again in dominating form , winning all of their games in straight sets and combining to beat Zach Forster and Ryan Small in a double match which provided the best table tennis of the evening. Olivia Young, of Lindhead, one of a disappointingly low number of girl players in the league, lost all three of her matches but put up a most spirited display, particularly against Jacob Lightfoot when she lost narrowly in three sets.
NORTHSTEAD 6 v SEAMER B 4
Northstead confirmed their improving form when they recorded their first victory of the season, seeing off a plucky Seamer second team. This was the best match of the Division Six season so far. Virtually every game could have gone either way, with seven of the ten games going to a deciding set. Zach Forster, the Northstead number three, was the only player to win all of his three singles but he couldn’t maintain this form when partnered by Ryan Small in the doubles and they were beaten surprisingly easily by the Seamer pairing of Nat Cawood and Joseff Colman. Cawood was the best of the Seamer players, winning two of his three singles and going to three sets in all three.
NEWBY 10 v GLADSTONE ROAD 0
Newby again showed that they are easily the best team in the league when they swept away the Gladstone Road team that had previously shown good form. The Newby squad of Sam Lowe, Frazer Ives and Coby Rowe won all of their games while, for Gladstone, only Cameron McDonald caused any sort of a problem when he pushed Rowe to three sets.