The first weekend of the 2014/15 Junior British League season came to a spectacular close as a number of teams and individuals dug deep to produce some truly wonderful performances.
Ormesby maintained their spot at the top of Boys’ Premier Division despite losing their 100% record after a pulsating 3-3 draw with second placed LVA Academy.
A mesmeric performance from Luke Savill gave his side a solid platform to build on with two wins, including a truly sensational victory over Tom Jarvis. And whilst William Apelqvist defeated Josh Harland, Chris Wheeler’s double for Ormesby helped them salvage a point, with Jarvis defeating Gabriel Achampong.
Wood Green recorded their most impressive result of the weekend with victory over EBATT. The previously unbeaten side had no answer to Marcus Giles, who recorded superb victories Danny Lawrence and Jack Bennett. Victory moved Wood Green up to fourth.
Ryan Oyler helped Wales keep up with the top four as his two wins helped his side to a 4-2 win over winless Draycott. Victories over Nathan Butler and Abhijay Mishra for Oyler put the Welsh in a commanding position, whilst a win apiece for Callum Evans and Jac Jenkins secured a crucial win.
Irish Boys picked up their first win of the season with a 4-2 victory over Bournemouth Sports. Zak Wilson, who had been impressive throughout the weekend, picked up two wins on Ireland’s way to victory.
The huge game in Girls’ Premier Division ended in a draw as Burton Uxbridge and Ellenborough drew 3-3.
Player of the weekend Eva Wang recorded two victories for Burton, including the scalp of previously unbeaten Leila Imre, which had put Uxbridge on course for victory, however Ellenborough recovered with Imre, Emily Bolton and Denise Payet winning one game each.
Draycott and Ireland closed the gap on the pair with 5-1 victories over Ulster and Batts A respectively. The defeats have left Ulster and Batts in perilous positions, four points adrift of the sides that dispatched of them.
Northfield Boys ended the weekend as one of just two teams with a 100% record after beating London LVA Academy in Boys’ Division 1, whilst a pulsating 3-3 draw between Wales and Bournemouth Sports allowed Munster Girls to steal top spot of Girls’ Division 1 after they defeated Sussex Alliance 5-1.
St Mary’s Hull retained their spot at the top of Division 2A despite drawing 3-3 with Rotherham Scorpions, whilst the Boys’ team of the weekend, Dublin, made it five wins from five as they squeezed past Fusion 4-2.
Ulster capitalised on Rasen Racers’ draw with Sussex Blades to move to the top of Boys’ Division 3A. They defeated Bankfield 4-2, with Thomas Earley’s two wins proving to be the difference. Meanwhile, the division of the weekend was undoubtedly Division 3B with two points separating the top five teams. Halton hold a slender lead at the top of the league despite being dispatched of by third placed Fusion 2 5-1.
Cardiff City TTC pulled off a superb victory over Ormesby 2 to put them level with the league leaders at the top of Division 4A, with Lawrence John’s man of the match performance giving his side victory, whilst JOOLA Plymouth ended the weekend at the top of Division 4B after defeating Horsham Spinners 5-1.