Gilberd B pip University of Essex B to the post

With all matches now played and completed in Division 4, we can now see who gets those two prestigious promotion spots. The Gilberd B finish top with a grand total of 118 points. That's an average of over 7 points per game! They completed their final game with a comfortable 7-3 victory over Pegasus G. John Morley did his bit for the Pegasus team though, winning all 3 of his matches.

Taking the other promotion spot are University of Essex B, who finished only 1 point behind the divisional winners. Their last match finished 6-4 against St James E (finishing 3rd). At one point, the University were winning 5-1 and needed another 3 wins to be outright winners of the division. However, St James fought back to win 3 out of the next 4 games.

As it is the lowest division of the Colchester League, no team is relegated. So it is a great opportunity for youngsters to try out table tennis in a competitive sense and to gain some valuable knowledge of the sport. CRGS finished bottom but will learn from this season and being a school, they might spring a surprise next season with some new players joining the fold! Rowhedge I had a slow start to the season, but picked up a few more points as the season reached its climax. The youngsters of Lauren James, Morgen Bardell and Lewis Bardell will only get better with time, so will be ones to watch next year!

What a year it has been; it does not matter that it is the lowest division of the league, there are players in Division 4 who would quite happily challenge other players in higher divisions and may even spring a surprise. Let's hope next season again introduces many new talented table tennis who have the chance to improve in years to come.

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