The British League Premier Division has come to a close and concluded with no major upsets in what was the end of an exciting season of table tennis.
Ormesby took their fourth 8-0 victory when playing Halton this weekend and the club have finished in 2nd position in the league. The club earned their finishing position by only losing one game when the played Drumchapel for the second time in round 9. Alan Ransome, Club Chairman, had this to say:
“The race for the Championship has been very tight at the top this season. If just a couple of points which if had gone the other way in our matches with Drumchapel we would have been champions, it was that close.”
Halton had an a tough season in a league of formidable clubs which was not helped by their battle with their own team selection. Halton only secured one victory which has resulted in them leaving the Premier Division of the British League.
“Halton have had some challenging matches this season but our Squad have enjoyed the opportunity to play against some very skillful international players and the spectators have marvelled at the standard of play.”
Karen Tonge, Club Chairman
Batts finished middle of the table following their defeats against their nearest rivals, Fusion, in round 13 and North Ayrshire last weekend.
“The season has been challenging. BATTS has wholeheartedly supported the home and away format but important challenges lie ahead if it is to be successful.”
Neil Brierley, club Press Officer
North Ayrshire finished the season with a 5-3 win over BATTS with all 4 of their players taking home at least one victory.
“North Ayrshire's target before the season started was to compete well against all the teams in the league and avoid promotion and we have done both, so it's been a brilliant season with plenty of tight and exciting matches for both our players and spectators. NA are looking to finish the season on a good note and pick up a draw or a win on our last match of the season v BATTS this Sunday to finish 5th. With the two teams being promoted next year looking strong, if this year was tough then next year with be even tougher but our club and players are looking forward to the challenge and hopefully improve on this year's results.”
Chris Main, Head Coach
Cardiff City finally got to play in their new venue but suffered a 5-3 loss in their last match of the season against Fusion. Daniel O’Connell, Lloyd Gregory and Dean Cundy took the three games for the club with Benedict Watson have two close matches.
“The club is pleased to have competed well in the division with the new home and away format. We are happy to have secured our place in the division for another season and we will be looking to challenge further up the table next season.”
Lloyd Gregory, Cardiff City club Press Officer
Drumchapel did not feature in the last fixture of the season after securing their victory a couple of weeks ago but Club Chairman Terry McLernon MBE said:
“We are delighted to have regained both the Scottish and British titles this season and to qualify for European Competition for a sixth time. My thanks to the players but also to the volunteers at the club who put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to make sure we put on the very best experience for spectators coming to visit the club.”