Southend & District Table Tennis League
Winter League 2013-14 Season
Week 16 - Commencing 6th January 2014
Leaders Thorpe bay A were pushed this week but still came out 6-3 winners over Rawreth B. There were two very close 5 set matches which were entertaining to watch: Keith Adams versus Alex Abbott and Keith Phillips versus John Poysden but Thorpe Bay winning both of these proved to be the difference. Rawreth A were able to close the gap on Thorpe Bay with a thumping 9-0 win over Rayleigh Mill who were still without the injured Duncan Taylor.
Runnymede A were also 6-3 winners over Hullbridge B, Dave Bowles and Stuart Gibbs undefeated in this one.
Duncan Taylor, Divisional Results Secretary, Premier Division
"Rawreth RESSC have started the year as they finished 2013 with another victory. Chris Nunn and Tony Milward hat tricks helped give the Rawreth team a 7-2 win over Thorpe Bay C with Adam Deadman nearly taking Chris Nunn's 100% record going down in 5. Canvey A have moved into 2nd place after a Terry Giddens maximum helped them to a 6-3 win over Lentern E. Ray Wilson had to settle for two wins after losing to Mark Dupe in 5 with one of the games finishing 19-17. Lentern B were 6-3 winners over Hadleigh Forum B with John Lott doing most of the damage with three wins for Lentern. It was a good week for Lentern D also after the narrowly beat Hullbridge C 5-4 thanks to a hat trick from Gus Heath and two wins from Dave Kirsten. Warehouse B were this weeks biggest winners with a 9-0 victory over Canvey B. Sam Langton, Berti Makolli and Jim Stait all winning there games and Canvey B need a strong second half of the season in order to avoid the drop."
Andy Seabrook, Divisional Results Secretary, 1st Division
The first matches of 2014 saw Division 2 leaders Invicta A and second place Hockley B both record 7 – 2 wins to maintain status quo at the top.
Invicta’s Barrie Murphy scored a maximum in their win away to Hullbridge D. The host’s Paul Ogden had an excellent win over Richard Verrinder and Janet Finch overcame Invicta’s returning Michael Piper.
Hockley B entertained Castle Point B. Alan Tideswell and Tony Mollisso were both unbeaten whilst Tony Ayliffe and Martin Roberts got one each for the visitors.
Warehouse C and RESSC played out a close match that the hosts won 5 – 4. Despite a maximum from Ron Coutts for RESSC, Warehouse’s Graham Back and Darren Launder both won two and Peter Maslanka chipped in with a single to settle things.
Basildon Hospital proved too strong for Canvey C, overcoming them 6 -3. Maximums from Kieran Woods and Mike Smith gave them the edge.
Rawreth D beat Hullbridge E 5 – 4 thanks to a maximum from Andy Nunn and two from Melanie Jones. Tony Vassallo won two for Hullbridge.
The Hullbridge F team had a good 5 – 4 win away to Castle Point C. In an all round team performance, two wins each from Zoe Davies and Dan Payne and one from Sam Fullick gave them victory. John Beddow scored two wins for the home team.
David Barnes, Divisional Results Secretary, 2nd Division
Wakering have further extended their lead a the top of the table after the xmas lay-off with a 9-0 win at Hockley F. Dave Accleton, Nigel Cook and Cliff Noakes all scored maximums with only Jon Knight taking Dave Accleton to 5 sets putting up some resistance. Invicta B remain in second spot despite going down 6-3 to Rawreth Juniors A. Andy Deadman kept up his good form with a hattrick for the Juniors along with two for Jack Himpfen-Jones. Shelley Woolley was unlucky scoring two for the losers. Warehouse D are in 3rd place thanks to a 6-3 win against Canvey D. An unbeaten night for Phil Mardle and Chi Cheung was enough to see them home. In the last remaining result received, Hullbridge G scored a close 5-4 win over Hockley D. Adam Jackman and David Zeffie scored two each and Harry Harwood scored the final point for the victors despite a hattrick for Stuart Adshead from the Hockley team.
Barrie Delf, Divisional Results Secretary, 3rd Division