Dear ADTTA members,
We hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well under the current extraordinary circumstances.
The committee had a telephone conference on the evening of Monday 20th April to discuss the ongoing situation and to decide on what this means for ADTTA’s 2019-20 season.
We discussed options regarding the potential to continue the season beyond April, including potential or likely availability of venues and players across our leagues.
It was decided by majority vote to end the season where we currently stand, as any other option did not appear to be practical.
1) Some teams would have difficulty completing their fixtures as the players might not be available in the case of the University teams probably until October or because of holidays (assuming they are allowed when the lockdown ends!).
2) Some teams will not have a venue to play at until booking is up and running again and with e.g. Council-run premises this process can take a long time
3) 22 teams have 4, 5 or 6 fixtures still to play and these would take quite a few weeks, if not months, to complete.
Although regrettable, as a committee we did not feel that we had any other practical choice available to us that could be applied equally across all clubs and teams.
We also discussed what this would mean for our competitions (prior to the above vote).
For the cup competitions (League Cup & KO Cup), none of them are at the stage where they could practically be completed within the season.
Cup competitions are declared null and void for the 2019-20 season.
League competitions were declared, by unanimous vote, sufficiently far enough advanced that the Divisional titles could be awarded to the teams currently at the top of the division.
The likely winners of 3 divisions are fairly clear-cut and in the other (Division 2), Shell Gashers beat their nearest rivals in both matches they have played. So, the results are:
Division 1 winners: AU Eagles
Division 2 winners: Shell Gashers
Division 3 winners: Shell Penguins
Division 4 winners: Westburn CSI
Careful consideration will be given to the composition of the divisions for next season and the Committee will take into account team’s wishes.
Currently there is still a date provisionally set for the AGM of Tuesday 26th May, but we feel it is highly unlikely this will be able be met. We will advise, in due course, of revised plans for the AGM.
In the meantime, continue to take care. I’m sure, like us, you will be keen to see a return to normality including playing Table Tennis.
ADTTA Executive committee