Champions Shottery A signed off their season in style with a 10-0 demolition of Ashorne who gave a league debut to Mandip Takhar. Their margin of success was such that there was little competitive table tennis, and the only match not settled over three games saw Graham Poole taken to a decider by Mark Kingham before eventually grinding out a victory. Gary Stewart's three wins ensured he completed the campaign unbeaten, while Stephen Foster and Poole also finished with trebles. The fixture was completed before 10pm, thereby providing plenty of time for the Shottery team to adjourn to the local hostelry for a celebratory drink.
Ashorne were also on the end of a whitewash at Henley A although on this occasion, despite the scoreline, there were some well contested encounters. Brian Marston took a game from each of his opponents without being able to make the breakthrough, and Mark Jones was unlucky to lose over the distance to Geoff Shepherd. However the Henley trio of Shepherd, Peter Quince and Don McAdam were all able to signoff with trebles.
Shottery C enjoyed an excellent 6-4 victory at Royal Mail. Captain Rob Poole maintained his recent run of form with a treble which included a five game encounter against Malcolm Heritage. Ken Southwell added a brace despite being taken to the wire by Nello Mauri. Southwell was prevented from making it a perfect evening by Tim Fell who recorded two successes for the hosts with Mauri and Heritage each getting on the card. However the two Postmen lost out in the crucial doubles where Poole and Southwell overturned an early deficit to come through and ensure their season ended on a high note.
West Warwicks defeated their former landlords FISSC in a good humoured contest. Alison Stewart and Andy Rowland were both undefeated, with the latter fighting back from 10-6 down in the opener against Malcolm Smith.The Farmer was also involved in the closest encounter of the evening with his old rival Peter Rodwell. Smith raced through the first game 11-2, only for his opponent to rally and win the next two games, before tightening up his attack and going on to claim the win. The unfortunate Rodwell also lost out to Peter Bruce-Moore and Richard Bennett but, with Rowland and Stewart securing the doubles, the final score was 7-3 to the Solihull side.
West Warwicks wrapped up their campaign by inflicting a whitewash upon Henley B in a rearranged fixture for which both teams thought they were responsible for the refreshments resulting in the provision of double biscuits much to the pleasure of Rowland. Henley's Gordon Trinder commenced proceedings against Jim Ferguson and played superbly to win the first game 11-2. He then lead the second until the final stages where Ferguson fought back to claim it 15-13 before going on to close out the match. Trinder performed well throughout the fixture also taking a game from both his other opponents. The only clash to go the distance was between the two captains where Stewart's attack was just enough to see her take the honours against Robert McCluskey.
With the league programme now complete Shottery A have retained their title with 145 points, albeit with a much reduced advantage over their own second string who have 110. The margin of West Warwicks' final victory meant they took third position, only a single point above their current landlords Henley A . Shottery C are the most improved performers finishing fifth which is a rise of two places from last season. At the bottom Henley B ended just three points behind FISSC's A and B teams who each have 39.
The only outstanding fixture is the knockout cup final between Henley B and Shottery B which is due to be contested on April 10th.
Players are reminded that the AGM will be held at FISSC on Wednesday 11th June commencing at 7.30pm.