WEEK three in the Tamworth and District Table Tennis Association, and Hopwas Panthers are currently top of the table. They dropped their first point of the season this week to Tamworth Youth Club Retros, with Tony Stewart scoring the only point for Retros against Stafford Brookes, while Alan Caffrey and Martin Round remained unbeaten in their 9-1 victory. Netherseales dropped two points against Curdworth Wheelers Pingers. Matt Satchwell and Jason Hadley both scored trebles, but Andy Walker was beaten by Rob Sheldon and Rob Rowson to take the final score to 8-2. The match between Lichfield Jets and Spital Daredevils was closely contested, ending in a 6-4 win for the Jets. Cameron Sykes won a hat-trick of games, while Michael Smith won two his games for Lichfield. For Spitsl, Claire Baker won two games, and Stuart Spalding beat Harry Emberson. Claire and Stuart then teamed up to win the doubles, but it was not enough to overcome the youngsters from Lichfield. Also in Division One, Wilnecote Raiders beat Lichfield Kings and Queens 8-2. Steve Atkinson and Andy Bache won their games for Raiders, and Ryan Birbeck won two games, being beaten by Dave Knight.
In Division Two, Tamworth Youth Club Future beat Hopwas Jokers 6-4. The improving youngsters at Future got the better of Jokers, with Michael Bree winning all of his games, and Lauren Evans and Sam Till both beating Colin Cartwright. Dave Tucker and Alister Tollis both scored doubles for Jokers. Rugby Oddballs beat Lichfield Barons 8-2. Keith Pratt and Dave Storr were undefeated for Oddballs, but Yuri Slobadguk and Pete Collins both scored singles over Kevin Wright but it was not enough to beat the Oddballs. There was also an 8-2 result when Rugby Kings met Lichfield Knaves, this time in favour of the team from Lichfield. In what was described as a fair result in a friendly match, Varya Meredith played well for Knaves, winning every match. Jack Gillespie and Mark Balant both won two of their games, being beaten only by an impressive brace from Jonathan Pilling, pulling back two points for Kings.
It was a quiet week in Division Three, with many games being postponed.In one game which was played, Netherseal Ash beat Kingsbury Cruisers 6-4 in a closely fought game.Graham Clarke scored a hat-trick for Ash, and a double from George Parry and single from Viktor Kathi helped the Netherseal team edge to victory. Steve Gardener won two of his games for Cruisers, and John Howell scored a single.