Kidderminster & District Table Tennis League 2017-18. Report for 8-10-17.
The new Kidderminster table tennis season has begun, with the league once more featuring three divisions as opposed to last year’s two.
And despite the loss of a couple of top players the standard of the top division remains high, with several teams strengthening their ranks over the summer.
Top national junior player Charlotte Bardsley has signed for the club where she first learned the sport and should make Cookley a stronger proposition in a highly competitive division one - when she is able to turn out for them.
Still only 15, Bardsley, who goes to Heathfield School in Kidderminster, is currently the number two junior in Britain and ranked 12th in the senior women. Her first game this season was a cup match against an experienced Harriers D team and her three victories helped the visitors to a fine win at Aggborough.
Meanwhile Harriers A have lost George Carroll to university, though the signing of Stourport teacher and former county u21 champion Luke Moffat should compensate for this.
New to the league are Barnt Green who feature several experienced players from the north Worcestershire area.
But it is the teams from Bromley that are expected to dominate the league once again and this time there are four of them - all featuring strong players.
Champions Bromley A have added county vet John Collymore and national women’s top 20 player Kate Hughes to their ranks. Meanwhile, Bromley B feature the dangerous Jamie Cartwright and improving Declan Gardiner and already have an impressive 7-3 win over last year’s runners-up Harriers A under their belts.
After two matches Bromley A are in their customary spot at the top of the table on eight points, with Bromley B in second place on seven.
There are eight teams in the second division and it looks like the two Wordsley teams, who traditionally perform well at this level, may not have things all their own way this season.
Jim’s Gym have started the new campaign strongly and may take some stopping as they bid to regain their division one status.
Meanwhile Holy Trinity A will pose a threat and Harvington should hold their own.
In division three there are nine teams with the Cookley and Bewdley Institute clubs being well represented.
After two games Bewdley Institute’s B and D teams are undefeated with the E team in third on seven points.