The first round of Junior British League produced a number of epic contests across the numerous divisions.
Several matches surpassed the allotted time as the teams played out some memorable sets.
The Boys’ Premier Division was one of the major culprits of drawn out matches, with the teams so evenly matched games commonly went to deciding ends.
However that wasn’t the case for Ormesby, who raced to a 6-0 victory over Draycott. The trio of Tom Jarvis, Chris Wheeler and Josh Harland all secured maximums, despite a couple of scares on the way, to secure a confidence boosting victory.
The other three matches in the competition were epic encounters, all ending 4-2.
Wales and Ireland played out arguably the most spectacular of opening round fixtures, with the former eventually leaving triumphant. Two wins apiece for Jac Jenkins and Callum Evans saw Wales prevail, with Jenkins crucially pulling back a 10-2 deficit in the fifth to beat Alan Walsh.
EBATT prevailed against Bournemouth in what was another intense match. Danny Lawrence’s double proved to be the difference between the two sides, as he beat Hugo Pang and Jimmy Yeung.
Meanwhile, LVA Academy overcame Wood Green after winning a number of tight affairs.
All but two of the ends went to five, but Gabriel Achampong’s double eventually guided LVA to two crucial points.
Leila Imre impressed on her debut for Ellenborough as her side dispatched of Ulster 6-0 in Girls’ Premier Division.
The Hungarian picked up two hard fought wins on her way to victory as her team mates Emily Bolton and Denise Payet followed suit.
Defending champions Burton Uxbridge enjoyed a perfect start to their season with a 6-0 win over BATTS. Lois Peake was particularly impressive on her way to two victories, and as a whole the side looked more than capable of completing their quest of securing another crown.
Meanwhile, Irish Girls and Draycott couldn’t be separated as they played out a 3-3 draw. Katie McGlone starred as she recorded two victories, but it wasn’t enough to secure her side what would have been two vital points.
In Division 1, Greenhouse and Northfield boys made the early running with 5-1 victories over Sussex Alliance and Formby respectively, whilst in Girls’ Division 1 Bournemouth started the season impeccably as they defeated Brixham 6-0.
Urban TTC opened their account for the season with a 5-1 victory over Wood Green 2 in Division 2A to see them top the table after the opening round, with Fusion and Dublin tied in Division 2B at the top of their division after beating Lillington and Batts 2-0 respectively. Meanwhile, Fusion Girls also topped their Division, Girls’ Division 2, after an impressive first round win over Burton Uxbridge 2.
Fusion’s incredible opening round got even better as their second team registered a 5-1 win over Deutsche Bank Guernsey in Division 3B, a result that was bettered by Ulster, who recorded a superb 6-0 victory over Greenhouse 2 in Division 3A, whilst BATTS B were resounding winners in Girls’ Division 3, beating Cippenham 6-0.
Ormesby 2 replicated their first team in winning 6-0, overcoming Deutsche Bank Guernsey 6-0 in Division 4A, whilst Horsham Spinners also recorded a whitewash victory as they defeated BATTS B 6-0 in Division 4B.